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Things to Do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting March 16

By Phyllis Day


Chasco Fiesta: The nine-day festival, which wraps up this weekend, runs from 5 to 11 p.m. March 16, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. March 17 in downtown New Port Richey. Friday’s events include a barbecue, as well as an Oldies Night with the Atlantic City Boys at 6 p.m. Saturday features a boat parade at 1 p.m. that begins in Millers Bayou and ends at Sims Park; and the fiesta will close out with a country concert featuring Runaway Jane, the James Barker Band and Levon (tickets $25-$35). Located adjacent to the park on Bank Street, this year’s festival carnival has a midway with a special area for younger children. Free to attend; wristbands for carnival rides are additional. Call (727) 842-6055.

Inverness St. Patrick’s Festival: The celebration will be from 5 to 10 p.m. March 17 at the Citrus County Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness. Includes live musical performance by Seven Nations, large parade and local merchant crawl. Free.

Sertoma Spring Bluegrass Festival: The 41st annual four-day fest will be March 21-25 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. Featuring four days of bluegrass music, a kids zone, arts and crafts, food, vendors, Easter Sunday sunrise service and more. Bands performing include the Gibson Brothers, Nothin’ Fancy, Darrell Webb Band, Dave Adkins, Jan Ladd, Alligator Alley, Greg Bird and others. Prices for adults vary $25-$75; youth ages 10-15 are $5 a day or $15 for all four days; children 9 and younger free. Visit for details or call (904) 886-8378.


Paulie Palooza Music Festival: The festival, which is a benefit for Gulfside Hospice, will be from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 17 at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, 5200 Airport Road, Zephyrhills.

Bands performing throughout the day, silent auction and drawings. Food available for purchase. Guests encouraged to bring lawn chairs. All proceeds go toward hospice patient care in Pasco County through Gulfside Hospice. The event was spearheaded by local resident Paul Correia, whose father received Gulfside services. Admission is $5. Call (727) 845-5707.

Richey Community Orchestra presents "Big Apple Adventure": The show, March 18 at Spartan Manor, 6121 Massachusetts Ave., New Port Richey, will feature noted singers Dee Etta Rowe and Jimmy Ferraro. Cocktails are at 1 p.m., with dinner at 1:30 and show time at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40; advanced reservations required. Call (727) 919-3866.

Elvis Tribute Show: Presented by the High Point Golf Club Ladies League, the show is 7 to 9 p.m. March 16 at the High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. Features entertainer Brian Lee. Tickets are $10 and available at the High Point office and golf club pro shop. Call (352) 596-0833.

On stage

"Catch Me if You Can": The musical will be weekends, March 22-31 at Richey Suncoast Theatre, 6237 Grand Boulevard, New Port Richey. The show includes a libretto by Terrence McNally, and theatrical score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman. With a plot borrowed from the 2002 film, the story follows the story of a con artist named Frank Abagnale Jr. Based on Abagnale’s 1980 autobiography. Show times are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $18 cash; $20.07 credit card. Call the box office at (727) 842-6777.

"Twelve Angry Men": The show wraps up this weekend with performances at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and at 3 p.m. Sunday, at St. Thomas Aquinas Roman Catholic Church Father Thomas Earner Parish Center, 8320 Old County Road 54, New Port Richey. Based on the Emmy Award-winning television movie by Reginal Rose, the show is centered on a sequestered jury deciding the fate of an inner-city teen charged with murder. Tickets are $15. Contact Steve Wolfe at (614) 843-5193 or [email protected]

Art events

Smithsonian Exhibition: Hometown Teams: The exhibit opens March 17 and runs through April 28 at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. The exhibit celebrates the various sports in American communities, including baseball, soccer, hockey, bowling, kickball and surfing. Hometown Teams captures the stories that unfold on the neighborhood fields and courts, and the underdog heroics, larger-than-life legends, rivalries and defeats, spanning more than 100 years. The exhibit is part of the Florida Humanities Council’s Museum on Main Street program. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Included with museum general admission: $10 adults, $8 seniors, $5 for students, free for ages 5 and younger. Call (352) 567-0262.

Color Explosion: The exhibit is on display through March 31 at West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. Free. Call (727) 271-1914.

2018 Kids N Art: The exhibit is on display through March 24 at the Pasco Fine Arts Center, 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. Featuring works from a competition for Pasco students in kindergarten through fifth grade. Call (727) 845-7322.

‘Environmental Events’ Exhibit: Presented by artist Anne Bowen, the exhibit continues through April 11 at Pasco-Hernando State College Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Bowen’s works provide an artistic view of the planet and its environment, inspiring viewers to contemplate how Americans can lead efforts to protect and sustain the planet for future generations. Free. Call (727) 816-3231.

Look ahead

Land O’ Lakes Music Festival: Noon to 8 p.m. March 24 at Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. Free admission; $20 preferred seating. Call (813) 909-2722.

"Dearest Sister": Two shows: 1 to 3 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. March 24 at Gateway Gallery and Emporium, 6216 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Based on Laura Jackson Arnold, the sister of Confederate General Thomas "Stonewall" Jackson, during and after the Civil War. Tickets are $28; seating limited to 50 guests per show. Call (727) 815-1222.

Tin Pan Alley Productions presents Mario Rocco: March 25 at the Columbian Event Center, 5850 K of C Drive, Port Richey. Dinner is at 3 p.m. and the show is at 4 p.m. Doors open for "show only" at 3:30 p.m. A full cash bar is available. 2:30 p.m. $29 for dinner and show, $17 show only. Call (727) 457-4899 or (727) 597-0948.

Florida Loquat Festival: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 24, Frances Avenue Park, 5580 Frances Ave., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 849-1626.

Stringbreak Music Festival: April 5-8 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, south of Spring Lake. Prices vary. Visit, email [email protected] or call (863) 984-8445.