DADE CITY — The kumquat, a pint-size citrus fruit with a powerful punch, is an exotic that originally hails from south Asia. It can be popped in the mouth whole or mashed and mixed into confections, casseroles or desserts.
According to Dade City native Margie Goodwin, it takes a lot of thinking and experimentation to conjure up palate-pleasing recipes such as kumquat chicken chili, kumquat chicken and wild rice, kumquat cannoli cake, kumquat dream bars and a dessert she calls kumquat bliss....
• Feb 15 — Presidents Day, no school.
• Feb. 19 — Progress reports are distributed.
Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey, (727) 774-7381.
• Gulf High drama presents Almost, Maine at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13. Tickets are $10 at the door.
• River Ridge High band concert, 7 p.m. Feb. 16....
01/14/16 Visual Arts
WESLEY CHAPEL — To support his family, Alan Metzger spent his working years in advertising and various business ventures. Brick Brickel used to be a nurse who helped pay her bills by selling handmade beaded necklaces to friends and colleagues.
Four years ago, the light bulb went on for both of them.
That's when, after years of procrastination, Metzger, 69, finally drafted a financial plan, quit his job and started painting for a living. It dawned on Brickel, 65, that she should venture into the art of glass fusion....
NEW PORT RICHEY — Sidney Dorey has a certain affection for the oddball character.
That's likely what led the River Ridge High School freshman to sing Screw Loose from the musical Cry-Baby at the District 12 Thespian Festival in early December. Well, that and an inspirational-yet-comical performance by Broadway performer Alli Mauzey, who played the part of Lenora, a psychotic stalker out of 1950s Baltimore in the musical adaptation of John Waters' film....
Just a few days before the winter break and the culinary kitchen at Fivay High was a beehive of activity. Students donned white and black chef coats and teamed up at work stations to prepare an elaborate holiday luncheon for teachers at the school.
On the menu — roast pork and turkey, chicken cutlets, meat lasagna, pesto macaroni and cheese, glazed carrots, sauteed vegetables, pumpkin pie and assorted cupcakes....
Richey Elementary School student Ariana Thrash could barely contain herself as she tilted an ear, listening for the jingle of sleigh bells amid the din of 249 kids awaiting Santa's arrival at the Knights of Columbus hall in Port Richey.
"I'm happy. It's a party. I like dancing," said Ariana, 7, before launching on to the packed dance floor to join in a rousing rendition of Jingle Bells as word got around that Santa was still circling above in his sleigh. ...
12/09/15 Visual Arts
The eighth annual Tampa Bay Tour de Clay kicks off Saturday, offering folks an opportunity to embark on a two-day, self-guided tour of four art studios.
The event has attracted thousands over the years — some who visit one or two studios, others who take on the entire trek.
The work of 25 artists — some nationally and internationally known — will be on display and for sale. From functional to decorative, tiny teapots to sculptured pieces, it's sure to be found somewhere on the tour. Those who visit will be rewarded with the opportunity to win a piece of pottery after having a "passport to pottery" stamped at each studio....
NEW PORT RICHEY — It's winter concert season, and, predictably, Sleigh Ride and The Nutcracker Suite will be on the program. But there will be a lot of other things going on when the Mitchell High School band program presents its annual Prism concert today and Saturday at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge.
The whirlwind concert is an annual tradition that has become a favorite of students and their families, faculty and even some members of the community who have no connection to the school other than a shared appreciation of well-played music....
12/03/15 Human Interest
NEW PORT RICHEY — Sunday afternoon was proving to be fruitful for the volunteers working at Grand Gardens, a new community venture at Georgia Avenue and Grand Boulevard.
Yellow Scotch bonnet peppers and the more mild green, bell variety were ripening on the vine. Tomato plants were sprouting pale blooms. Winter greens that had been stunted by an unseasonably warm fall were finally perking up. And the herb garden, planted in vertical beds constructed from repurposed bricks that were removed when the street out front was repaved, was showing a bountiful return for those who had poured their sweat into the garden since breaking ground in September....
HOLIDAY — Looking back, Scott Myers figures he was pretty fortunate to grow up in Chicago during a time when arts programs were a given, right from the start.
"In elementary school, we had a full jazz band and a full orchestra and a full dance program," said Myers, who spends a lot of time these days playing trombone with a well-known cover band called the Black Honkeys. "It kills me that (school) budgets are not funding those arts programs like they used to."...
11/25/15 Music & Concerts
SPRING LAKE — The turkey and fixings will be designated to leftover status and then comes the music.
The annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival, which began Thursday, continues through Saturday at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, offering a toe-tapping, knee-slapping, get-up-and-dance alternative to the post-holiday hustle and bustle at local shopping centers.
The music kicks off at 11 a.m. today with 11 bands performing over two days under an 8,000-square-foot covered pavilion. Those who go are welcome to purchase tickets by the day, or camp overnight in the ranch's woodsy setting....
NEW PORT RICHEY — Looking for a weekend respite? Yearning to spend a couple of days communing with nature? The fifth annual Pasco EcoFest at Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park just might fill the bill.
The two-day event this weekend, organized by Lia Gallegos and twin sisters Kacey and Kira Atkinson of Rock the Boat Productions, promises a schedule packed with activities meant to appeal to all ages....
11/11/15 Visual Arts
NEW PORT RICHEY — The boxes have been unpacked, there's artwork on the walls and the grand piano has found a place that flows well with the green sitting benches and the partitions that shield the long classroom tables splattered in paint.
Art classes have been up and running since early September at the Pasco Fine Arts Council, now at 4145 Fairford Drive, all while volunteers and board members have worked furiously to spiff up the new digs in what once was the Grove Park Community Center....
When it comes to high school marching bands, halftime is showtime. It's a brief performance window for well-practiced musicians, who often take the field on Friday nights just as the audience heads for the concession stand.
Come Saturday, marching bands from Pasco, Hernando and Citrus counties will have the spotlight all to themselves at the District 5 Florida Bandmasters Association MPA (Marching Performance Assessment) held from 2 to 10 p.m. at Hernando High School. ...
10/29/15 Economic Development
NEW PORT RICHEY
Market Off Main, a quaint restaurant and fresh market, nestled on the banks of the Pithlachascotee River, was a favorite spot for people hankering for locally grown vegetables and comfort food offerings.
But there was always a feeling of being on the outskirts of downtown for business partners Rose Mohr, 68, and Jerry Kuss, 73. So when the opportunity came to relocate to the heart of downtown, they made the leap, and quietly moved their operation over Labor Day weekend to a space that once housed the Cafe Grand....