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"On Golden Pond' a bit of summer in February

The husband and wife team of Curtis and Vangie Rich team up for On Golden Pond at Playhouse 19 this weekend, topping off the local entertainment scene.

The Riches play Ethel and Norman Thayer Jr., the roles made famous by Henry Fonda and Katharine Hepburn.

In On Golden Pond, the family's vacation is slightly skewed by the arrival of some relatives. First, there's estranged daughter Chelsea (Lisa Stocker); her fiance, Bill Ray (Joseph Drew); and his son, Billy Ray (Aaron Johnston).

The boy is left with the grandparents-to-be as the couple goes off for a European vacation.

It seems that Chelsea longs for a solid relationship with her father, and along the way Billy Ray seems to find a way into Norman's rather distant heart.

On Golden Pond will be performed Thursdays through Sundays until March 5 at Playhouse 19, 865 U.S. 19 S, Crystal River. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students. Box office hours are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Call 563-1333.

If you are in the mood for some music, head over to Silver Springs Nature Park near Ocala today to catch superstar Lee Greenwood's Tribute to America. The music icon will take the stage at 3 p.m. today at the Silver Springs amphitheater. The music begins at noon. Bring chairs or blankets and bottled water but no other food or coolers. The concert is included in the regular admission price of $32.99 for adults, $23.99 for children ages 3 to 10, and $29.99 for seniors 55 and older. Bring any Coca-Cola product and buy tickets for $24.99 apiece.

Comedian Mike McCarthy will headline at 8:30 p.m. today at Giggles Comedy Club at the Park Inn Hotel, 4076 S Suncoast Blvd. (U.S. 19), Homosassa Springs. The featured performer will be Ray Pennetti. Tickets are $7. Doors open for dinner at 7:30. Call 628-4311.

Florida folk artist Ruby C. Williams will be the guest of honor at Our Florida Books & Art in Dunnellon. Several of her colorful and charming works are on display at the store.

Miss Ruby, as she's known, operates a small vegetable farm and roadside produce stand in Hillsborough County. But she's also known for her brightly colored folk art, paintings that use alligator shapes or strawberries and usually carry a short message. Among the works at Our Florida Books & Art are I Sing Because I'm Happy and her new children's book I am Ruby.

The small bookstore at 20709 W Pennsylvania Ave. in the Dunnellon Historic Village stocks only Florida books and artwork. Owner Jean Tullis said bookstore experience in Lakeland led to the niche market concept.

RV AND BOAT SHOW: Continues today through Sunday at Kings Bay Plaza, U.S. 19 at Kings Bay Drive, Crystal River. Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Sponsored by the St. Petersburg Times and Kings Bay Rotary.

CLUBHOUSE COMEDY: Comic Homer Noodleman will perform from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Beverly Hills Recreation Association clubhouse, 77 Civic Circle. Tickets are $5 plus tax at the door.

VIVA LIBERACE: The Hernando Performing Arts Guild will present Liberace impersonator Martin Preston at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville. Tickets are $18. For information, call 799-5577.

WILLKOMMEN, BIENVENUE AND WELCOME: The Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19 in Hudson, will present its production of Cabaret through Feb. 26. Shows are 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 3 p.m. Sundays and 1:30 p.m. some Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Doors open two hours before each show for included buffet and cash bar. Dinner and show tickets are $41; show only, $29.95; ages 12 and younger, $23.45 and $18.45, all plus tax and tip. For information, call toll-free 1-888-655-7469 or visit www.showpalace.net.

Jorge Sanchez covers arts and entertainment in Citrus County. Call 860-7313 or e-mail sanchez@sptimes.com.

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