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Phyllis Day, Times Correspondent

Phyllis Day

Phyllis Day started working at the Times in February 2000. She works for the Hernando Times regional edition, writing entertainment stories for the Hernando Things to Do page, and puts together various listings for clubs, events, government meetings and other happenings in Hernando County.

Phone: (352) 754-6101


  1. Fair association's Candy Cane Acres kicks off busy holiday season in Hernando


    BROOKSVILLE — The animated television special A Charlie Brown Christmas has been a holiday staple since it debuted in 1965. And with the recent release of The Peanuts Movie, the lovable loser and his friends are more popular than ever.

    So, it is fitting that good ol' Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the gang will be the theme of the annual Candy Cane Acres holiday event that opens this weekend at the Hernando County Fairgrounds....

    A decorative Santa sits among the holiday lights at Candy Cane Acres at the Hernando County Fairgrounds in Brooksville.
  2. Spring Hill Art League joins with county in attempt to revive annual festival


    SPRING HILL — The Fall Harvest of Art had been the Spring Hill Art League's signature event for more than 40 years. But in recent years, the show had petered out.

    "The past two years, it was a much smaller, internal event," said Spring Hill Art League president Marilyn Schaeffer.

    When the festival returns this weekend, it will do so under a new name, with a new partnership and with a promise of being bigger and better....

  3. Hernando Performing Arts Guild opens season with "Simply Streisand"


    BROOKSVILLE — The resemblance is uncanny. From the hairdo to the trademark long fingernails, she looks a lot like a young Barbra Streisand.

    "But what's more important is her voice," said Susan Rupe, publicity chairwoman for the Hernando Performing Arts Guild. "She sounds just like Barbra."

    The look and the voice that belong to Carla Delvillaggio will entertain in Brooksville on Saturday when the Hernando Performing Arts Guild kicks off its 2015-16 concert season with "Simply Streisand."...

  4. Hernando Music Fest debuts in Brooksville


    BROOKSVILLE — Darnell Crandle is used to traveling.

    As a member of Fuzed Elements Jazz Ensemble, he often performs at jazz festivals and other musical events in areas throughout the state. But he always thought to himself, "Why are we always going out of town? Why can't we do something like this here, where we live?"

    That was the seed that sparked the birth of an idea. And when Fuzed Elements entertained earlier this year at the Hernando Arts Council's annual Art in the Park event, Crandle took the opportunity to share that idea with the event's organizers....

  5. Some of the biggest names in blues set for weekend festival at Sertoma Youth Ranch

    Music & Concerts

    SPRING LAKE — As a board member for the Sertoma Youth Ranch and the president and owner of Mojoe Productions, Greg Herndon has had the opportunity to put together numerous music festivals, not only at the youth ranch but throughout the eastern United States.

    In recent years, Herndon admits, he has been asked numerous times to bring a blues festival to the local youth ranch. That long-awaited endeavor came to fruition in 2014 with the inaugural Camping with the Blues, a three-day blues festival....

    Just weeks before launching a tour in the northeastern states, Tampa’s Damon Fowler and his band will play here.
  6. Volunteers are key to success of annual St. Joan of Arc Ethnic Festival



    It was 22 years ago when Sal Napoli began lending a hand with the annual Ethnic Festival at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

    Every year, Napoli has been at the church a week before the festival, setting up the grounds and making way for a large 120- by 60-foot tent. And during the four-day festival, he has always been there, faithfully assisting, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day....

    Gypsy Star returns this year, playing at 5:15 p.m. Thursday.
  7. Hernando chamber taps into craft beer and wine craze with inaugural festival


    BROOKSVILLE — Craft beer is a growing trend across the United States. Its popularity is huge in the Tampa Bay area, and Hernando County is no exception.

    Home to a number of home brewers and with a large home brew club (Beer Pressure of the Nature Coast), Hernando is also hosting its first brewing company, Marker 48 Brewing in Spring Hill, which is set to open its doors to the public this month....

  8. Live Oak Theatre opens season with musical adaptation of 'Around the World in 80 Days'



    It starts with a few men, sitting and chatting at the Reform Club in 1874 London. Discussing how the Earth has "shrunk" and now someone can travel the globe in three months, one man speaks up.

    "Eighty days," he says with affirmation, adding it could be done even with setbacks caused by weather, shipwrecks or train wrecks.

    The others don't believe it. And what results is the infamous wager — 20,000 pounds....

    The Live Oak Theatre Company’s Around the World in 80 Days cast includes Kyle Marra, from left, as Phileas Fogg, Esprit Tafelski as Princess Aouda, Eric Kessel as the General, Mahle Truitt as Marguerite and Terry Edwards as Passepartout.
  9. Hernando Beach Cardboat Boat Race and Seafood Festival promises plenty of fun and food


    HERNANDO BEACH — Bill Ferreira began racing cardboard boats 25 years ago while living in Arkansas. As a manufacturing engineer, it was a fun outlet to put his engineering principles to work.

    Now retired and a member of the Hernando Beach Marine Safety Support Group, Ferreira and some of the other group members decided several years ago to try and start a race in Hernando County.

    The inaugural Hernando Beach Cardboard Boat Race took place in 2013 with a handful of entries. Not a bad start....

    George Saponari, 64, of Spring Hill, paddles his cardboard replica of a Coast Guard vessel during the boat race.
  10. Hernando Jazz Society swings into 21st season Sunday

    Music & Concerts

    SPRING HILL — Dancing to swing, ragtime and jazz orchestra music is reminiscent of a bygone era, a simpler time with simpler pleasures. Born after the Great Depression, the big band era embraced a more enthusiastic outlook on life, with spiced-up music from greats such as Duke Ellington and Tommy Dorsey.

    That era will come alive once again when the Hernando Jazz Society kicks off its 21st season Sunday afternoon with a show featuring the Hernando Jazz All Stars at the Wellington Clubhouse....

  11. Stage West's 'Dorothy in Wonderland' a whirlwind of a mashup


    SPRING HILL — Everyone knows the classic story of Dorothy Gale's amazing journey in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. And who doesn't remember Alice's trip through Wonderland? But does anyone know what happens when their two worlds collide?

    Audiences will have a chance to find out when the children's production of Dorothy in Wonderland opens Friday at Stage West Community Playhouse....

    Savannah Smith portrays Queen of Hearts, Laney Windlan is the Scarecrow, Emma Chenoweth plays Alice and Victoria Rooney has the role of the Footman in Dorothy in Wonderland at Stage West Community Playhouse.
  12. Fourth of July fireworks return to Hernando County Fairgrounds with community support


    BROOKSVILLE — Eighteen years. That's how long it has been since the Hernando County Fairgrounds played host to Freedom Fest, a Fourth of July celebration that included a fireworks display. Due to dry spells, both meteorological and financial, the event fizzled out.

    There have been a few other local celebrations with fireworks, but those, too, did not last.

    "It's just been too long," said Shari Klimas, president of the Hernando County Fair Association. "This event is something we've been wanting to bring back for a while."...

  13. Hernando Symphony will salute America and its veterans

    Music & Concerts

    SPRING HILL — It has not been uncommon for the Hernando Symphony Orchestra to offer patriotic tunes, as well as selections from American composers. In fact, during the 30-plus years the orchestra has been performing, audiences have enjoyed pieces such as The Armed Forces Salute and God Bless the USA.

    And while both selections will be performed when the orchestra presents its "Salute to America" concerts this weekend at Stage West Community Playhouse, the concerts will feature more than a few patriotic tunes. There will be a full tribute to America and its veterans....

  14. Scheduling delay works for Live Oak Theatre's 'The Music Man'


    BROOKSVILLE — Harold Hill. Theater buffs know the name well. He is the charming con man who aims to dupe the naive townsfolk of River City, Iowa — the classic and stereotypical sleazy traveling salesman devoid of any scruples.

    The role requires a talented actor, and for Live Oak Theatre's production of The Music Man, it will be filled by two.

    With colorful characters and some of Broadway's biggest hit songs, Live Oak's presentation of Meredith Willson's Tony Award-winning musical opens this weekend at Faith Evangelical Presbyterian Church....

  15. Fine art, and plenty of fun, in store at annual Art in the Park festival


    BROOKSVILLE — It is a festival celebrating the arts, a juried show that draws a plethora of artists in various mediums and thousands of visitors who admire and purchase works.

    For many years, it was a springtime staple in Masaryktown, but eventually outgrew that location, moving to Brooksville nearly 15 years ago.

    The 31st annual Art in the Park, the signature event of the Hernando County Arts Council, takes place this weekend at Tom Varn Park. With scores of artists, continuous entertainment, food and a huge kids zone, visitors are bound to have a good time. There will also be a student art pavilion, featuring more than 300 works by local students from elementary school through college....