1. Hernando

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties for April 12-18

The Nashville-based band High South will perform at the 15th Annual String Break Music Festival, April 11-14 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch in Hernando County.Courtesy Lind Entertainment
Published Apr. 10


CARES Beach Chair-Ity Festival: The two-day festival will be from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. April 13 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 at SunWest Park, 17362 Old Dixie Highway, Hudson. Includes vendors, crafts and a full schedule of entertainment while playing at the waterfront facility. Saturday highlights include the Tampa Bay Water Ski Show at 1 p.m.; the Makes Ya Mamma Mad Band from 2 to 5 p.m., singer Marla Jo at 5:30 p.m. and fireworks over the lake at 8:30 p.m. Sunday's highlights include a volleyball tournament starting at 10 a.m., with MonkeyBone performing at 11 a.m. and the Beach Chair-ity auction starting at 3 p.m. This is a benefit for CARES - Community Aging and Retirement Services, a nonprofit organization that helps seniors and their caregivers and families. Admission is free; parking is $5. Call (727) 862-9291. Visit

Stringbreak Music Fest: Now in its 15th year, the music fest kicks off April 11 at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, on the Hernando/Pasco border, south of Spring Lake. Featuring four days of camping and more than 25 of bands performing alternative country, Americana, Rockabilly, Cajun, bluegrass, roots rock and more. Music starts at 6 p.m. April 11 (gates open at noon for campers), and continues daily from noon to midnight each day, and ending at 6 p.m. April 14. There will be craft exhibitors, music jams, music workshops, a limbo contest, food and drinks available. Children's activities will be held on a dedicated stage. A variety of ticket prices are available from $20-$125. Visit or call (863) 984-8445.

Hernando County Fair and Youth Livestock Show: The Hernando County Fair kicks off April 12 and continues to April 20 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St., Brooksville. With midway rides, fair foods, pig races, camel rides, helicopter experience, musical entertainment, Miss Hernando County Fair pageant (April 13), truck and tractor pull (April 14), Lance Gifford (hypnotist-magician) and the Demolition Derby (April 19-20). Gates open at 5 p.m. weekdays, noon Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $8; $4 for ages 4-12 , and free for ages 3 and younger. Ride armbands are $20-$25. Visit

Barns and Beer Craft Beer Festival: The fest will be from 6:30 to 10 p.m. April 13 at Old McMicky's Farm, 9612 Crescent Drive, Odessa. Dance to music by the Soul Circus Cowboys and sample more than 100 craft beers and wines. This is a benefit for the Old McMicky's Farm Foundation. Tickets are $45-$50. Call (813) 920-1948.


Phil Dirt presents Surf's Up Teach Boys Tribute: The concert, held 6 to 8:30 p.m. April 13 at Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey, is part of the free concert series hosted by the City of New Port Richey Recreation and Aquatic Center. T. Michael and Duke opens at 6 p.m., followed by the headliner performing the Beach Boys tribute. Guests are asked to wear Hawaiian shirts and meet before the concert to be part of the attempt for the Guinness World Record of the largest gathering of people wearing Hawaiian shirts. Call (727) 841-4560.

Friday Night Live: The monthly musical event will be from 5 to 10:30 p.m. April 12 at Hernando Park, 205 E Fort Dade Ave., Brooksville. Featuring live music, food trucks, games in the park, market and full bar. Shawline Band performs from 5 to 6:30 p.m., and Solar Exposure performs from 7 to 10:30 p.m. Admission is free. Call (352) 540-6409.

Ladies of Jazz: The Hernando Jazz Society presents this tribute, featuring vocalists Valerie Gillespie and Sally Smith Adams, from 2 to 5 p.m. March 14 at the Wellington Clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. The Wellington Bar and Grill will offer an optional cash bar and buffet (separate fee). Musicians are welcome to sit in. Admission is free for members; nonmembers pay $10 each, $15 per couple. Call (352) 799-9690.

Dade City Symphony presents "Music, Music, Music": The concert will be at 7 p.m. April 13 at Pasco Middle School Auditorium, 13925 14th St., Dade City. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost for admission. Call (352) 524-8400.

On stage

Noises Off: The comedy wraps up this weekend at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. April 12, and at 2 p.m. April 13 and 14. Noises Off is a play about a play called Nothing On. The aging leading lady (who has financed the show) and her director have put together a mismatched group of actors. The rehearsals are not going well. When the show goes on the road, personalities and jealousies turn backstage into chaos. Tickets are $19-$25. Visit or call the box office at (352) 683-5113.

Godspell: Live Oak Theatre's presentation of the 1970s hit musical wraps up April 14 at the Carol & Frank Morsani Center for the Arts, 21030 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville. Shows are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, with matinees at 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Tickets are $20 adults, and $5 for children 13 and younger when purchased with an adult ticket. Admission includes coffee, tea and dessert, available 30 minutes before each performance. Call (352) 593-0027, email or visit

Chicago: Shows continue through April 14 at the Show Palace Dinner Theatre, 16128 U.S. 19, Hudson. Clocking in as the second-longest running show on Broadway (after Phantom of the Opera), the Tony Award-winning musical tells the tale of murder, fame, fortune and how to work the media into a frenzy in the 1920s prohibition era. Tickets are $55.50. Visit

Always a Bridesmaid: Shows are at 7:30 p.m. April 12-13, and at 2 p.m. April 14 at Tarpon Springs Cultural Center, 101 S Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs. This comedic romp is about four friends who have sworn to keep the promise they made on the night of their senior prom — to be in each other's weddings, no matter what. More than 30 years later, these southern friends-for-life are still making the "long walk" for each other. Tickets are $20 ($16 for members). Visit or call (727) 942-5605.

Little Mermaid Live: The Broadway musical takes place in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, where the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, longs to leave her ocean home to live in the world above. Shows will be at 7 p.m. April 11-13, and 2 p.m. April 13-14 at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $15 adults, $10 students. Purchase tickets online at or call Mark Pennington at Springstead High School, (352) 797-7010.

Art events

'Tropical Paradise' exhibit and reception: The West Pasco Art Guild's April show continues through April 30 at the guild, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. A reception will be from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. April 14. The show features works by students in the guild's Young Artists' group. The show and reception are free. Call (727) 841-7732.

PHSC Student of the Arts: The exhibit will be from April 17 to May 15 at the Rao Musunuru, M.D. Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The opening reception will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 17, hosted by the PHSC Student Government Association. Experience the diverse creativity of PHSC student artwork in this annual exhibit that features photography, drawing, mixed media and more. Regular exhibit hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday. Call (727) 816-3231.

Pasco Fine Arts Council Member Show: The show continues through May 3 at 4145 Fairford Drive, New Port Richey. In celebration of Poetry Month, the exhibit features artwork based on a poem of the artist's choice. Visit or call (727) 845-3722.

Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America: The traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit continues through April 27 at 6345 Grand Blvd., New Port Richey. Presented by Florida Humanities Council. The exhibit is open from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays, or by appointment for group visits. Call (727) 841-4560.

Blueberries: The exhibit continues through May 4 at Uptown Art Gallery/Brooksville City Hall, 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Call (207) 809-9066 or (352) 540-3810.


Other Hernando events

12 Friday

Heimatabend: The German American Club of Spring Hill hosts this celebration, with dancing to music by Manni Daum and open-faced sandwiches. Trachten or club casual attire required. Guests are to bring their own beverages. 6 p.m. Hernando County Shrine Club, 13400 Montour St., Brooksville. $20 nonmembers, $16 members. (352) 688-3744.

13 Saturday

Master Gardener Nursery: Find a large selection of Florida native and Florida-friendly plants, all from healthy stock, at budget prices, at the nursery open from 9 a.m. to noon, each Wednesday and Saturday, weather permitting. Master Gardener Nursery, 19490 Oliver St., Brooksville.

Nature Coast Botanical Garden Plant Nursery Plant Sale: The botanical gardens are open daily from dawn to dusk. On Saturdays and Mondays from 9 a.m. to noon, find a sale of plants grown at the gardens with budget-friendly prices. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave, Spring Hill. Free admission. (352) 683-9933.

Brooksville Garden Club Plant and Rummage Sale: The sale will be held in Pavilion 2. Proceeds will benefit the PHSC Scholarship Fund and the Florida Federation of Garden Clubs' Wekiva Youth Camp. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tom Varn Park, 306 Darby Lane, Brooksville. (352) 544-5669.

Spring Lake Museum and History Center: Offering historic photos and artifacts, local family histories, school and lake histories. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Old Spring Lake Community Center, 4184 Spring Lake Highway, Brooksville. Free. (352) 796-4704.

Mermaid Chase Paddling Race: The race route will be 3.5 miles along the Bayport Linda Pedersen Paddling Trail. Participants will be released by corrals to prevent overcrowding, and must finish the race within three hours of starting. Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers in various divisions. Participants may use their own kayaks, canoes and paddleboards; there will be an option to rent kayaks and equipment at the race. Participants who bring their own equipment must bring a life vest and whistle. Visit 10 a.m. to noon. Linda Pedersen Park at Jenkins Creek, 6300 Shoal Line Blvd., Hernando Beach. $40-$60. (352) 754-4433.

Safety Fair for Kids: Oak Hill Hospital's Pediatric ER hosts this event that includes a complimentary lunch of a hot dog, fruit, and water or juice (one per person). Children can learn CPR basics and save their teddy bears at the Teddy Bear Clinic (must bring own bear). A Bayflite helicopter will be on display, along with Hernando County Fire Rescue and EMS trucks. Meet local pediatricians, nurses, Bayflite pilots and EMS heroes. There will be games, such as playing Operation with surgical nurses, a diaper and waddle challenge with maternity suite nurses, and an opportunity to crawl through the Hernando County Fire Corps' Fire Safety House. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oak Hill Hospital, 11375 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 597-6317.

Sons and Daughters of Italy Scholarship Dance: Doors open at 5 p.m. Music provided by Angelo. There will be raffles and baskets. The menu includes breaded chicken cutlets, sausage and peppers, roasted potatoes, salad and rolls, along with a surprise dessert. Beer and wine will be sold separately. Tickets must be purchased in advance; no tickets sold at the door. Hosted by the Sons and Daughters of Italy Nature Coast Lodge 2502. 6 p.m. to midnight. St. Theresa Catholic Church, 1107 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. $25. (352) 556-4739, (352) 683-7713 or (917) 617-7459.

High Point Gospel Jubilee Celebration: 6 p.m. High Point Community Center, 12249 Club House Road, High Point. $5. (352) 597-9887.

Brookridge Social Line Dance: A DJ will play a variety of music for beginners through intermediate dancers. Bring your own beverage, snacks and ice. Casual attire (no open back sandals). 6:30 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St, Brooksville. $5. (352) 397-6088.

Welcome Spring Variety Show and Dance Celebration: The Hispanic Scholarship Civic and Cultural Foundation hosts this event with music by David Mojica "El Indio." Beer, wine, water and hot snacks available for donation. There will be door prizes and raffles. 7 p.m. to midnight. Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. $15; ages 12 and younger free. (352) 238-6863, (352) 683-6235 or (352) 263-1142.

14 Sunday

Bridal Extravaganza 2019: The event will feature vendor booths, raffles, a fashion show at 3 p.m. and door prizes. There will be representatives from a variety of bridal and wedding-related services, such as DJ and photography services, boutiques and more. Noon to 5 p.m. Towne Square Mall, 3021 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Free admission.

15 Monday

Movie Matinee: A newly-released film will be shown; check with the Y for the movie's name. Sign up on the clipboard at the front counter to ensure there will be enough popcorn for everyone. 1 p.m. Hernando County Family YMCA, 1300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Free. (352) 688-9622.

Hernando Harmonizers Guest Night: Enjoy barbershop a capella singing. There will be a meet and greet from 6 to 6:30 p.m. The meeting will include a demonstration of the four voice parts, quartets will perform, then the entire chorus will perform. Refreshments will follow, including pizza and soda. The Harmonizers is a large male and female chorus that performs at local events, stages a big annual show in November and competes in the Barbershop Harmony Society's district competitions each spring. There are openings for both male and female singers. 6 p.m. Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Pete, (352) 797-1043.

Look ahead

Passover Seder: 6 p.m. April 19, Temple Beth David, 13158 Antelope St., Spring Hill. Feast on a catered brisket meal while enjoy a Haggadah reading, insights and songs. Advanced registration and payment required by April 12. Nonmembers pay $30, $10 ages 4-12; members pay $25 adults, $7 ages 4-12. (352) 686-7034.


Other Pasco events

12 Friday

Book Bazaar: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 Fourth St., Dade City. (352) 567-3576.

Friends of the Library Spring Book Sale: The semi-annual sale will include discounted books, movies and more. Cash or checks only. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. (727) 861-3049.

13 Saturday

Starkey Ranch Distance Classic: 5K or 10K chip-timed races to benefit River Ride Middle and High School. Refreshments will be served. 8 a.m. Starkey Ranch District Park, 11880 Lake Blanche Drive, Odessa. $30. (202) 838-0084.

San Antonio Farmers Market/Community Yard Sale: Sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio. Hot dogs and drinks will be available for purchase. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. San Antonio Park, 12202 Main St., San Antonio. 352-588-3825 (yard sale), 352-437-5161 (farmers market).

Start Your Engines: "Engines" is the theme of this show with a display of more than 200 cars. The Easter Bunny will visit from 10 a.m. to noon. The event also includes a variety of activities and "ask the Doctor" education stations. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Medical Center of Trinity, 9330 State Road 54, Trinity. Free admission; $15 to show car. (727) 514-0500.

Egg-a-Palooza: Paint some Easter egg rocks before an egg hunt and tower building. 11 a.m. Regency Park Library, 9701 Little Road, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 861-3049.

Easter Egg Helicopter Drop: A ground hunt for ages 2 and younger with helicopter egg drops for ages 3 to 5 and 6 to 12, pony rides, hay rides, bounce house and live music. Noon. Beaumont Ranch, 19765 State Road 52, Land O' Lakes. $10, $5 with 12 filled eggs (activities), egg drop free. (727) 433-5865.

TAT Springfest: A "welcome to spring" with live music, vendors, food, an egg hunt and crafts. Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Tampa Bay. 1 to 5 p.m. TAT Clubhouse, 3210 Darlington Road, Holiday. Free. (727) 479-3785.

Mishkanim Concert: Musical couple will perform songs from genres around the world. 5 p.m. Beth-El Shalom, 6209 Congress St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 375-7502.

Moonlight Egg Madness: Children up to sixth grade hunt for glow-in-the-dark Easter eggs at this festival with games, family activities, food and drinks. 6 p.m. Future Home of Peace Lutheran Church, 12608 Memorial Drive, Trinity. Free. (727) 937-5893.

Casino Night Fundraiser: This is a benefit for Sunrise of Pasco Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Center. It will feature casino games, such as blackjack, roulette and bingo. There will be a bourbon bar, heavy appetizers, cigar rolling and more. Visit 6 p.m. 4G Ranch, 22501 State Road 52, Dade City. Tickets are $150 each. (352) 521-3358.

14 Sunday

Sunday in the City: Walk, bike and golf cart yourself to downtown New Port Richey. Shop, eat, drink and enjoy a relaxing day downtown. Venues will have sales, food and drink specials, live music, and various activities will be added each month. 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.. Downtown New Port Richey, Main and Grand, New Port Richey. Some business activities will have a fee. (727) 385-5375.

Blessing of the Fleet: The ceremony is open to the public, and all boats are welcome. Spectators coming by land can view the event from the seawall of the Yacht Club. Doors open and a captains meeting starts at 12:30 p.m. Te ceremony will be at 1:30 p.m. and will include music and color guard support provided by students from Gulf High School. The blessing of boats begins at approximately 2 p.m. The Pasco County Sheriff's Marine Patrol will lead the procession. Blessings will be provided by the Rev. Sebastian Earthdath of Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church. All boats will follow the Marine Patrol for the laying of the wreaths or scattering of cremains. Gulf Harbors Yacht Club, 3926 Marine Parkway, New Port Richey. Free. (727) 849-4559.

15 Monday

Chair Yoga: Use the security and stability of a chair to challenge the core energy and increase movement. Donations benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 2 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Free (donations appreciated). (727) 755-2955.

16 Tuesday

Community Health Fair for Seniors and Caregivers: A free information session to help seniors and caregivers learn to "Navigate Through Healthcare." A table of experts will be available for one-on-one consultation and assistance on various healthcare needs (advanced directives, elder law, benefits assistance, on-site physician, etc). 9 a.m. to noon. Gulfside Healthcare Services, 2061 Collier Parkway, Land O' Lakes. Free. (727) 845-5707 or toll-free at 1-800-561-4883.

Plant-Based Cooking with Chef Warren: Learn to use more veggies in creative and delicious ways with award-winning cookbook author Warren Caterson as he offers a cooking demonstration. He will prepare several dishes, followed by a sampling. 1 p.m. New Port Richey Library, 5939 Main St., New Port Richey. Free. (727) 853-1279.

WISE: Wellness Initiative for Senior Education: Weekly lesson topics include the aging process, benefits of aging, risk factors, alcohol and medication issues, and simple tools to help you feel more empowered about your health and healthcare. Continues each Tuesday through April 30, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Land O' Lakes Senior Center, 6801 Wisteria Loop, Land O' Lakes. Free. (813) 929-1200.

17 Wednesday

DNA Testing for Ancestry Research: The West Pasco Genealogy Society hosts this lecture on DNA. Denise Manning, library operations coordinator for Tarpon Springs Public Library, will discuss different types of DNA for genealogical research and compare popular testing companies. Register by emailing or texting to (727) 359-3746. 12:30 p.m. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. Free.

Contact Phyllis Day at or (352) 848-1408. Follow @pdaytimes.


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