Events

33rd Annual Art in the Park

33rd Annual Art in the Park

The 33rd Annual Art in the Park was a wonderful experience. I had the opportunity to go to the event this past Sunday, and was amazed at just about every aspect of the art show. Held at Tom Varn Park, local artists, as well as those from around the state and across the country, lined the paved walkway that meandered through the beautiful location.

Jan Knowles is the Projects Coordinator with the Hernando County Arts Council (HCAC), and has worked with Art in the Park for about 15 years. When we spoke, she explained some of the history behind the event and how it came to be.

Noted author relates story of parents' survival during World War II

Roslyn Franken attributes her parents' survival to "bashert," the yiddish word meaning destiny. Franken says, "It was meant to be."

Members of Spring Hill Central Rotary with author Roslyn Franken.  From left to right: Mike Fitzgerald, Roslyn Franken, Sandra Fitzgerald, Doug Brainard, Stephanie Chambers.

Vicktor Frankl, in his book Man’s Search for Meaning, said “Forces beyond your control can take away everything you possess except one thing, your freedom to choose how you will respond to the situation.”

Roslyn Franken’s parents, John and Sonja, were stellar examples of this philosophy. Ms. Franken relates their amazing story of survival through the Nazi Holocaust and the atomic bombing of Nagasaki in her book Meant to Be: A True Story of Might , Miracles and Triumph of the Human Spirit.

Orchid Show March 18 and 19

The Orchid Lovers of Spring Hill will hold their annual orchid show and sale on Saturday and Sunday March 18th and 19th. This year the theme will be a “Salute to Vets”. The show will be held at the VFW Post No. 8681, located at the corner of County Line Road and Drayton Street in Spring Hill. Doors will be open from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Saturday and from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm Sunday. Admission will be $2.00 per person. Children under 12 are free with paid adult admission. Each entry fee includes one free raffle ticket.

Ribbon Cutting at Eli’s Café: Hernando County celebrates a local “Home away from home”

Earlier this month, the Greater Hernando County Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony for Spring Hill restaurant, Eli’s Café. Located in The Shoppes at Spring Hill on US 19, this restaurant is a convenient place to get a good home-cooked meal and family fun. All the food is made from scratch- absolutely nothing frozen. Many of the recipes have been handed down from owner Eli Sherman’s mother and grandmother. The cafe feature Boars Head meat and cheeses as well as a wide array of tempting breakfast and lunch delights.

Celebrating Lu the Hippo’s 57th Birthday

 Lu, the hippo by Joe Dube

Guest article
by Susan Strawbridge,
Park Services Specialist

State park and local children will celebrate popular hippo’s Birthday

HOMOSASSA—The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will celebrate Lu, the hippopotamus’ 57th birthday with two special birthday parties on Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 10:00 am and at 12:30 pm. Lu is the oldest living hippo in captivity in North and South America.

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