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Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Oct. 14


Citywide celebration: Hurricane Matthew may have put a damper on last week's opening festivities for Founders Week in Brooksville, but the rescheduled fun will kick into high gear this weekend with numerous activities downtown. Friday's events include a Victorian Tea from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brooksville Woman's Club for $10, and an outdoor viewing of Zootopia at 7:45 p.m. on Main Street near the courthouse. Saturday's events include the Market on Main Street starting at 9 a.m.; a car show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Trunk or Treat from 10 to 11:30 a.m.; a Kids Halloween Costume Contest from noon to 1 p.m. for ages 12 and younger; a Breast Cancer Awareness Walk to Tom Varn Park, starting at 12:45 p.m. on Main Street; a walking tour of Brooksville Cemetery at 10 a.m. (meet at the gazebo); mural tours at 12:30, 1 and 1:30 p.m. (meet at the Fine Arts Council booth on Main Street); a "Back in Time" fashion show from 2 to 3 p.m. on the old courthouse steps, and scarecrow building for children between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on the old courthouse lawn. Live entertainment will include music by the Florida Cracker Cowboys at 9:30 a.m., the Tyler Creek Band at 11 a.m. and Silverback Rock N' Roll Band at 12:30 p.m. There will also be tours of the Hernando Heritage Museum from noon to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday for $5.

Native Sounds: The Silverhawk Native American Flute Gathering will be from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at Withlacoochee River Park, 12449 Withlacoochee Blvd., Dade City. The event, now in its 13th year, is hosted by Dock Green Silverhawk, and will include nonstop flute music, singers, storytellers and the Sacred Thunder Drum. There will be vendors selling arts and crafts, as well as a variety of food, including Indian tacos, fry bread, buffalo burgers, hot dogs and ice cream. Admission is $2 per carload. Pets on leashes are welcome, but must be cleaned up after. Visit or contact Dock Green Silverhawk at (813) 763-2118 or [email protected]

Harvest Pumpkin Festival, Arts & Crafts Show: The event includes a pumpkin patch, wine tastings for adults, arts and crafts, pumpkins, horse-drawn wagon rides, face painting, food and drinks. It will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at Strong Tower Vineyard and Winery, 17810 Forge Drive, Shady Hills. Admission is free. Call (352) 799-7612 or visit

On stage

A tragic outcome: Nature Coast Technical High School's drama department will present Lillian Hellman's drama The Children's Hour at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, at the school's Black Box Theatre, 4057 California St., south of Brooksville. The play is set in an all-girls boarding school, where intolerance, lies, innuendo and gossip result in scandal and tragedy. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students. Call (352) 797-7088, ext. 296.


A real showman: Tin Pan Alley Theatre presents Johnny Petillo in concert at 2 p.m. Sunday at King of Kings Church Hall, 10337 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Petillo sings hits of the 1950s and '60s, and does impressions of Dean Martin, Sammy Davis, Jr. and Louis Armstrong, among others. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Tickets are $15. Call (727) 457-4899.

Art events

For the birds: A reception for the "It's a Hoot" art show will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday at the West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. For details, call (727) 841-7723 or visit

Celebrating autumn: A reception for "The Colors of Fall" art exhibit will be from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Uptown Art Gallery at Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Light refreshments will be provided by the Junior Service League. For details, call (207) 809-9066.

Natural life: "Life Beyond Ours," featuring the works of sculptor Evie Harper and painter Julie Komenda, is on display through Oct. 26 in the Rao Musunuru M.D. Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College's West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fridays. Call (727) 816-3231.


Haunted House: See if you can survive the "reign of terror" and "Your Worst Nightmare" from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday at USA Fleamarket, 11721 U.S. 19, Port Richey. Admission is $3; $1 for ages 5 and younger. Call (727) 243-1367.

Scream-A-Geddon: The annual haunt continues daily through Oct. 31, as well as on Nov. 4 and 5, at 27839 Saint Joe Road, west of Dade City. Visitors can make their way through six haunted attractions, including the Cursed Hayride, Dead Woods and Blackpool Prison. The event is from 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and from 7:30 p.m. to 1 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Tickets vary from $19.95 to $29.95. Visit or call (813) 452-5412.

Haunted Angelus House: The attraction opens Friday night and continues on select nights through Oct. 31 at the Angelus, 12413 Hudson Ave., Hudson. Situated on 25 acres, the PG-13 event features six attractions, including a haunted house, haunted hayride, zombie and prison haunts, fire dancers and performers. There will be a balloon pumpkin patch for children. Open 7:30 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays and from 7:30 to 11 p.m. Sundays, Thursdays and Oct. 31. Tickets are $16; $8 for ages 5 to 10 and free for ages 4 and younger. Unlimited passes are $40; $20 for ages 5 to 10. Visit or call (727) 364-2868.


Harvest Moon Corn Maze: Featuring a 5-acre maze with more than 3 miles of twists and turns, a petting farm, pony rides, a 70-foot jumping pillow, a cow train, games and a pumpkin patch. The event is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 6 at Harvest Moon Farm, 15990 Stur St., Masaryktown. This year's theme celebrates the 50th anniversary of It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown Peanuts television special. Visitors can play interactive bingo for a chance to win a trip for four people to Knotts Berry Farm in California, where the Peanuts characters are the theme park's mascots. Admission is $11.95; ages 2 and younger free. Call toll-free 1-800-373-4811 or visit

Sweetfields Farm Fall Corn Maze: Five acres of maze fun and a variety of activities, including hayrides and a hay maze, fall maze, hay play area, picnic area, duck race, spider web maze, tree house, story teller, free craft of the season and petting zoo. There also is a fresh produce and U-pick area. Sturdy shoes suggested. Food and beverages available for purchase. Open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through Nov. 6, as well as Oct. 17. The cost is $9.50 plus tax for ages 12 and older, $5 plus tax for ages 3 to 11 and free for ages 2 and younger. Cash only. Call (352) 279-0977 or visit

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties starting Oct. 14 10/12/16 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 5:33pm]
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