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Things to do in Hernando County Feb. 17-23

step back in time

The annual Heritage Day Festival is 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the May-Stringer Hernando Heritage Museum, 601 Museum Court. Admission is free. Includes demonstrations, a silent auction, food and raffles. Tours of the museum will be available. Vendors and craft demonstrators are welcome. This year's event will highlight the mom-and-pop businesses of Hernando County. For information, call the museum at (352) 799-0129.

This week

Mathematical madness: The Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play Proof wraps up this weekend on the Forum stage at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. After her father's death, Catherine fears following in the footsteps of the mentally disturbed mathematical genius. Showtimes are at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday. Tickets are $10. Call the box office at (352) 683-5113 or visit

Meet the artists: The Spring Hill Art League hosts a reception for artist Carol A. Szynwelski from 1 to 3 p.m. today at Art, Craft, Bridal & Frame at Town Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. A second reception, for artist Barbara Blavatt, is 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Easy Street Home Decor, 100 N Brooksville Ave., Brooksville. Both receptions include refreshments. There is no cost to attend. For information, call (352) 556-3984.

Inspiring art: The Aspiring Artists of Clover Leaf will present an art show from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Clover Leaf Farms Heather House, 900 N Broad St., Brooksville. More than 20 artists at this indoor show will display their paintings, including oils, watercolors, pastels and acrylics. Admission is free. For information, call (352) 345-8412.

Mardi Gras celebration: The African-American Club of Hernando County will host its annual Caribbean Carnival/Mardi Gras from 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 10470 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The event will include costumes, masks, beads, the Mardi Gras Grand March and other activities. Steel band music by Dickie and Melvin, with a steel pan welcome by Kokomo Chris. Tickets are $20. A cash bar will be available, and guests may bring their own snacks. Call (352) 835-7003.

Quick trip

Wrestling superstars and divas: Florida Championship Wrestling makes a stop Saturday at the Crystal River Armory, 8551 W Venable St., Crystal River. Bell time is at 7:30 p.m., with a meet-and-greet and autographs starting at 6:30 p.m. Competitors include newly crowned Florida heavyweight champion Mike Dalton. Tickets start at $10 for kids and $20 for adults. Visit the website at For group tickets, call (813) 344-8904.

Making her move: The musical Hairspray continues with matinees and evening shows through Feb. 26 at the Show Palace Dinner Theater, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. For adults, dinner and show $49.50, show only $38.45 plus tax and tip; for ages 12 and younger, $24.95 and $19.95. Call toll-free 1-888-655-7469.

Curtain call

Barefoot in the Park: Auditions for the Neil Simon comedy will be at 7 p.m. Feb. 24 and 1 p.m. Feb. 25 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. There are roles for two women, one in her 20s and another between 50 and 60 years old. There are also small roles for two men, one 30 or older and another younger than 70. Performance dates are May 10-20. For information, contact director Terri Marwood at (352) 684-1787 or (352) 397-0259.

Things to do in Hernando County Feb. 17-23 02/16/12 [Last modified: Thursday, February 16, 2012 3:08pm]
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