Phyllis Day, Times Staff Writer

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

E-mail: pday@tampabay.com

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  1. Conductor passes baton

    Music & Concerts

    SPRING HILL — Back in 1995, the Hernando Symphony Orchestra found itself in a difficult position when its conductor, the late Marvin Rosenberg, had to step down due to health concerns.

    Finding another conductor was not a problem; finding the right one was.

    After three conductors over the next four years, orchestra leaders turned to Wayne Raymond.

    Proficient on both the piano and the trumpet, Raymond has a degree in music education from the University of Massachusetts, taught within the public school system for more than 30 years in Massachusetts and Spring Hill, has played with and guest conducted several orchestras, and has participated in a variety of community theater projects....

    Wayne Raymond became conductor at the Hernando Symphony Orchestra in 2000 and is its longest-tenured in the position.
  2. Hernando County nightlife listings for Sept. 19

    Events

    Nightlife

    Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wednesday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.

    Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.

    Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Live entertainment, 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....

  3. Hernando County events for Sept. 19-24

    Events

    Events

    Markets and sales

    Today (FRIDAY)

    American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186 yard sale: During the sale, there will also be a membership drive by American Legion Post 186, American Legion Auxiliary Unit 186, Sons of the American Legion and the American Legion Riders. A table will be set up with representatives from each organization to answer questions. Rain date is Sept. 26. Proceeds benefit veterans and their families. Sales will continue on the third Friday of each month. 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. American Legion Post 186, 12091 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Vendor spaces are $10; bring your own table. (352) 799-1545, (352) 686-1820....

  4. Hernando County Nightlife

    Events

    Nightlife

    Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wednesday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.

    Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.

    Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Fred George, 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....

  5. Hernando nightlife for Sept. 5

    Events

    Nightlife

    Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wednesday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.

    Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.

    Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Fred George, 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....

  6. Things to do in Hernando County

    Events

    Events

    For your health

    WEDNESDAY

    'A Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls' program for seniors: Designed to help older adults learn positive coping methods to reduce the fear of falling and remain active and independent. The program includes eight classes, to continue each Wednesday and Friday through Sept. 26. Led by a master trainer through Community Aging and Retirement Services. 1 to 3 p.m. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point, 14000 Fivay Road, Hudson. Free. RSVP to (727) 869-5498....

  7. College Football Kickoff Party will benefit programs for children, families

    Events

    BROOKSVILLE — Lara Bradburn recalls a day last year at a meeting of Friends of the Children Inc. when she and other board members were reminiscing about the "old days." It reminded her of one of her favorite charitable events: the annual college football kickoff sponsored by the local chapter of the American Cancer Society.

    "It was such darn good fun," said Bradburn, a Brooksville City Council member. The event, she recalled, was a "fun, interactive rivalry, but all were on the same team for the cause."...

  8. Hernando County nightlife

    Events

    Nightlife

    Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wednesday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.

    Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.

    Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Fred George, 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....

  9. Early voting in Hernando begins Saturday at four locations

    Elections

    Hernando County voters don't have to wait for the Aug. 26 primary election to cast their ballots. Early voting kicks off this weekend.

    There are some changes from past years.

    Early voting is no longer available at the Hernando County Government Center in Brooksville. But, for the convenience of residents across the county, four early voting sites have been set up — at the East Hernando and Spring Hill branch libraries, the South Brooksville Community Center and the supervisor of elections' branch office at the Westside Government Center in Spring Hill....

  10. Hernando County nightlife

    Events

    Nightlife

    Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wednesday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.

    Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.

    Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Fred George, 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....

  11. Hernando County night life, week of Aug. 8

    Events

    Nightlife

    Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wednesday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.

    Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.

    Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Eddie James, 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....

  12. Teen cast to bring the story of Peter Pan to Stage West

    Stage

    SPRING HILL — Fighting with pirates. Living among mermaids and fairies. Never growing up.

    The fantasy world created by author J.M. Barrie has been a favorite of children and adults for more than 100 years, and perhaps is why the adventures of Peter Pan continue to live on in various adaptations on stage and in films.

    It has been more than 60 years since Disney's animated film brought Peter Pan to life and produced classic songs such as You Can Fly and Yo Ho (A Pirate's Life for Me). And it is this familiar and fun Disney version of the story that will take audiences on a trip to Neverland with Peter and the Darling Children in a teen production of Peter Pan Jr. that opens tonight (Friday) at Stage West Community Playhouse....

    From left, Rebecca Douglas is Wendy Darling, Amanda Waters is Peter Pan and Holly Frendberg is Tinker Bell in Stage West Community Playhouse’s rendition of Peter Pan Jr. The production will run Fridays through Sundays from Aug. 8 to 17.
  13. Things to do in Hernando County for Aug. 8-14

    Events

    Back to school

    Saturday

    Getting Back in the School Groove Festival: Bouncy rides, face painting, refreshments, complimentary haircuts for school-age children, eye exams and games. While supplies last, kids will get a free backpack filled with school supplies; children must be accompanied by an adult. New socks and underwear will be available. 10 a.m. to noon. First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill, 9344 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. Free. (352) 683-2605....

  14. Hernando County events for Aug. 1

    Events

    Nature, outdoors

    TODAY

    Frog Watch: Join friends and family for a night of wildlife conservation and hands-on learning as participants help survey the frogs and toads at the park. Long pants, long-sleeve shirts and bug repellent recommended. 8:15 to 10:30 p.m. Crystal River Preserve State Park, 3266 N Sailboat Ave., Crystal River. Free; donations appreciated. (352) 563-0450. floridastateparks.org/crystalriver preserve/default.cfm....

  15. Hernando County night life, week of Aug. 1

    Events

    Nightlife

    Aqua Bar and Lounge: 1365 Kass Circle, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Thursday. Karaoke, 9 p.m. Wednesday. No cover. (352) 600-2802.

    Bamboo's Bar & Eatery: 4564 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. DJ, 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday, Monday and Wednesday. No cover. (352) 596-5008.

    Bayport Inn: 4835 Cortez Blvd., Bayport. Peter Cannon, 6-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Fred George, 2-6 p.m. Sunday. No cover. (352) 596-1088....