Thursday, January 18, 2018
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Things to Do Planner: Rays home opener, Dunedin Highland Games, Chasco Fiesta

 

PLAY BALL: RAYS HOME OPENER

 

The street will be closed to traffic on the 1300 block of Central Avenue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in front of Ferg's to celebrate the Tampa Bay Rays home opener for the 2016 season. There will be live music before and after the game, and fan booths set up in the street for the Baseball Forever booster program. The Rays play the Blue Jays at 4:05 p.m. and it is the first of the Sunday Family Fun Days, with free parking for cars with four or more passengers, giveaways for kids 14 and under, a variety of activities for kids on the concourse and a post-game running of the bases. Also of note: This is first week for the slew of new incentives tied to weekday games. Mondays bring two free tickets for active military and veterans, including dependents. It's $2 on Tuesdays for kids 14 and younger with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. Hot dogs will be $2 on Wednesdays. There are price breaks for seniors on Thursdays and students on Fridays, and new perks for season ticket holders. Find information at raysbaseball.com/specials.

 

FULL KILT BOOGIE: DUNEDIN HIGHLAND GAMES

 

Dunedin's Scottish traditions are pretty much unparalleled in the Tampa Bay area, with a wide range of clubs and even a high school bagpipe band thanks to the Scottish families who settled the city in 1899 and named it after their hometown in Scotland. If you enjoy the sweet sounds of bagpipes, this year marks the 50th anniversary of the Dunedin Highland Games, a festival with serious, if odd, athletics like the tossing of a 100-pound, almost 19 feet long pole called a caber that's tipped end over end. There will also be numerous bands and clans, pipe bands and Highland dancing. Epcot's popular Off Kilter band will play, as will Seven Nations, and there will be kids' activities, Scottish wares, food and drink. Tickets are $16 advance on Eventbrite, $18 at the gate, 12 and younger free at Highlander Park, 1920 Pinehurst Road, Dunedin. 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday. (727) 465-6229. dunedinhighlandgames.com.

 

PLAY BALL: RAYS HOME OPENER

 

The street will be closed to traffic on the 1300 block of Central Avenue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday in front of Ferg's to celebrate the Tampa Bay Rays home opener for the 2016 season. There will be live music before and after the game, and fan booths set up in the street for the Baseball Forever booster program. The Rays play the Blue Jays at 4:05 p.m. and it is the first of the Sunday Family Fun Days, with free parking for cars with four or more passengers, giveaways for kids 14 and under, a variety of activities for kids on the concourse and a post-game running of the bases. Also of note: This is first week for the slew of new incentives tied to weekday games. Mondays bring two free tickets for active military and veterans, including dependents. It's $2 on Tuesdays for kids 14 and younger with the purchase of a full-priced adult ticket. Hot dogs will be $2 on Wednesdays. There are price breaks for seniors on Thursdays and students on Fridays, and new perks for season ticket holders. Find information at raysbaseball.com/specials.

 

PARTY TIME: CHASCO FIESTA

 

New Port Richey's biggest community party of the year gets under way this week when Chasco Fiesta opens Friday through April 9 with carnival rides, boat and street parades, a steady lineup of music in Sims Park and the traditional Native American festival in downtown New Port Richey. The street parade gets rolling at 1 p.m. Saturday with the Parris Island Marine Band leading the way with about 30 military units forming and marching behind the band. Other highlights include the three-day Native American Festival held Friday through Sunday in Sims Park with a variety of cultural presentations from 5-10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The West Pasco Sertoma Club Barbecue, now in its 45th year, brings pulled pork and ribs on Friday and Saturday both weekends. Tickets are $10. There are loads of free activities for kids daily, and a car, truck and bike show 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday at Orange Lake, adjacent to Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. chascofiesta.com.

 
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