Evening tours of Brooksville Cemetery, scones and tea at the Brooksville Woman's Club, walking tours with local author and storyteller Jerry Cowling, and various art events are just some of the staples during the annual Founders Week in Brooksville.
As the city celebrates its 154th anniversary, the 2010 Founders Week will kick off Tuesday and bring back some of the old-time favorites, as well as some new activities and events.
"This year's Founders Week is definitely going to be different," said Lindsay Morgan of the city of Brooksville.
Among the new activities will be a Historic Brooksville Candlelight Haunted Guided Walking Tour on Oct. 15, which will start at 8 p.m. at the old courthouse steps. The tour, led by members of the Belle Letters Writers Group, will include stops at some haunted historic homes and sites in the downtown area. Participants should bring a flashlight.
During the week, the Brooksville Woman's Club will host daily Victorian teas. An art reception will be on Thursday at the City Hall Art Gallery, and the awards ceremony for this year's Great Brooksvillian, the late Sarah F. Davis, will also be Thursday.
"(Davis) lived here for 80 years and taught in our public schools for more than 30 years," Morgan said.
She was killed in her home this year.
The week will conclude with a 12-hour festival Oct. 16, including the Art N' Market Walk, Market on Main Street, Brooksville Nights and other activities throughout the day.
The two-day Get Healthy Brooksville Cycling Classic will also kick off that day. A short-course race will start at 9 a.m. at Liberty and Main streets and will include a children's race later in the afternoon.
"I'm so excited about this," Mayor Lara Bradburn said about the cycling event. "It's kind of a foreshadow for what we hope to have in Brooksville on a regular basis."
Another highlight of Founders Week will be a book signing and presentation with photographer Carlton Ward Jr. on Oct. 16.
Ward is an internationally known conservation photographer and author of Florida Cowboys: Keepers of the Last Frontier. The book explores the rich history and culture of the Florida ranch. Some of Ward's photographs are on display at the City Hall Art Gallery, where copies of the book are also available for purchase.
"The Brooksville Business Alliance, race organizers and the city really put together their resources to give a great event," Morgan said.