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From buffalo burgers to Aztec dancers: Native fest returns to Brooksville

Things to do in Pasco and Hernando counties
The popular Red Boyz Dancers and Drummers return to the Brooksville Native American Festival this weekend at Florida Classic Park. [Courtesy of Paul DeLuna]
The popular Red Boyz Dancers and Drummers return to the Brooksville Native American Festival this weekend at Florida Classic Park. [Courtesy of Paul DeLuna]


Brooksville Native American Festival: The 7th-annual Brooksville Native American Festival, voted a Top 20 February event by the Southeast Tourism Society, will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Feb. 1 and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 2 at Florida Classic Park, 5360 Lockhart Road, east of Brooksville. The festival brings traditional Native American music, art, primitive skills demonstrations, and historical reenactors and educators. Among the nonstop entertainment will be the Red Boyz Dancers and Drummers, a multi-tribal group; award-winning singer/songwriter Shelley Morningsong, who performs Native American music with her husband, Fabian Fontanelle; and Nahuli Ollin, an Aztec dance group. There will be food vendors offering authentic Native staples such as buffalo burgers and fry bread, and more than 35 vendors offering hand-made Native American and Native American-inspired arts and crafts. Admission is $10 for adults and teens, and $5 for ages 5-12. Camping is available. For details on the event and camping, For more information on tickets and camping, call (727) 389-1395 or visit

St. George Winterfest: The annual four-day festival will be Jan. 30-Feb. 2 at George Greek Orthodox Church, 9426 Little Road, New Port Richey. Hours are 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. Includes carnival rides, games, fair food and a barbecue cook-off. Free admission. There is a fee for rides; unlimited ride wristbands available in advance and at the gate. Toll-free 866-666-3247.

Snowbird Palooza: Sample chili and vote for the winner at this annual festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 1 at Zephyr Park, 38116 Fifth Ave., Zephyrhills. With live music, raffles, free coffee and donuts, pie bake-off, photo booth, senior-friendly businesses and health screenings. Free admission. Call (727) 674-1464.

Farm Festival and Quilt Show: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 1 at Pioneer Florida Museum, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, Dade City. Featuring a quilt show with a raffle, combined with a southern draft horse-pulling competition to create a farm day festival. Admission is $10, $6 students, 4 and younger free. (352) 567-0262.


Moonlight and Ivory Concert: A spotlight on area musicians and visual artists will include two shows, at 2 p.m. and again at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 at Dade City Woman’s Club, 37922 Palm Ave., Dade City. Gourmet desserts from area restaurants will be served. Benefits scholarships for Pasco County graduating seniors. Tickets are $15-$25. (561) 400-1404.

Richey Concert Band: The band, under the direction of Henry Fletcher, will present a mid-winter concert at 2:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. A suggested $2 donation is requested. (727) 236-9897.


Leisure Days Quilt Show: The Quilters of Leisure Days RV Resort host their 15th-annual quilt show from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1 at Leisure Days RV Resort, 34533 Leisure Days Drive, Zephyrhills. Includes wall hangings and specialty quilts from family treasures. $5 donation requested. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Feb. 1. (613) 777-5490.

Art events

‘This is Our Story’ Black History Month Exhibit Reception: The exhibit, which will be featured throughout February, celebrates the history of black America, with art and artifacts from collections of several private collectors. The reception is 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Feb. 7, at Uptown Art Gallery (Brooksville City Hall), 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. (352) 540-3811.

The Art in My Mind: The exhibit continues through April 4 at the Uptown Art Gallery (in Brooksville City Hall), 201 Howell Ave., Brooksville. Featuring works that are “artist choice.” Call (352) 540-3811.

Past Merges Now: The exhibit, featuring works by artist Michael Conway, continues through Feb. 19 at the Rao Musunuru, M.D., Art Gallery at Pasco-Hernando State College West Campus, 10230 Ridge Road, New Port Richey. The show features works that blend new and old, combining fine art, commercial and studio photography through a unique medium. It integrates mid-century and current photography with mixed media and a past generation world view with contemporary art disciplines. Gallery 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.

Other Hernando events

31 Friday

Hernando Audubon Beginning Birding: Learn to identify birds at feeders and during a short walk. There will be binoculars and bird books available for use. Free. 8 a.m. Chinsegut Conservation Center, 23212 Lake Lindsey Road, Brooksville. (352) 428-2629.

Academia Hernando Spring Lecture Series: The topic is “Butcher and Douglas — Protecting the Everglades,” by Ann Ottaviano. $10 at the door. 10 a.m. St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church Spring Hill, 2301 Deltona Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 515-0300.

1 Saturday

Fish Out of Water Extreme 5k Race: Hosted by the Friends Of Weeki Wachee and Weeki Wachee High School XC Team. Participants must have the ability to traverse uneven and unstable sugar sand/lime rock terrain for 3.11 miles independently or with little assistance of a companion, and be able to withstand exposure to the outdoors and tolerate bright sunlight for up to one hour. Packet pickups start Jan. 31 for those who register by Jan. 26. For details, email 9 a.m. Weeki Wachee Springs State Park, 6131 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. (352) 592-5656.

Brookridge Social Dance: Join the social dance club for a Valentine’s Day dance with music by Little Miss Daynamite and Bill Castner. $7. 7 p.m. Brookridge Clubhouse, 8150 Hampton St., Brooksville. (317) 440-6586.

Nature Coast Botanical Garden: The gardens are free and open daily from dawn to dusk. Plant sales at the nursery are from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays and Mondays, and include plants grown at the gardens. All proceeds go toward the upkeep of the nonprofit gardens. Pet-friendly. Free. Nature Coast Botanical Gardens, 1489 Parker Ave., Spring Hill. (352) 683-9933.

6 Thursday

Black History Celebration: The African American Club of Hernando County’s celebration includes food, music and “sounds of our ancestors.” 2 p.m. Regency Oaks Clubhouse, 4445 Breakwater Blvd., Spring Hill. (352) 835-7003.

Look ahead

8th-annual Celtic Family Jamboree FamJam: Gates open for noncampers at 3 p.m. Feb. 7 and 8 a.m. Feb. 8 at the Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road, Brooksville, on the Hernando/Pasco border. Music is 5 p.m. to midnight Friday and starts at noon Saturday, with continuous music on two stages. Friday performers include the Screaming Orphans, Albannach, Bing Futch, McIntyre, Marcille Wallis & Friends, Connor an Dearg, and the Legendary Flaming Caber. Most will perform again on Saturday, along with Trevlor Tanner, West of Galway Trio, Loch and Keys, and the Byrne Brothers. Saturday offers a variety of workshops in pennywhistle, fiddle, mountain dulcimer, hammer dulcimer, Bodhrán (Irish frame drum) and Irish dance. The weekend also will have food, children’s activities and vendors. Weekend passes are $35 in advance; ages under 18 admitted free. Visit or find the event on Facebook.

Hernando Harmonizers presents ‘An Afternoon of Music’: 2 p.m. Feb. 8, Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Weeki Wachee. The a capella chorus performs. A love offering will be collected. (352) 597-1456.

Winterfest: 5 to 10 p.m. Feb. 8, Lake House, 1202 Kenlake Ave, Spring Hill. The headliner is Slippery When Wet, Bon Jovi tribute band. Includes food trucks, crafts and merchant vendors. Presented by Hernando County Parks and Recreation. Free admission; parking is $5. (352) 754-4031.

Valentine’s Day Dance: 8 p.m. Feb. 8, Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 6193 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill. The Latin American Civic and Cultural Association hosts, with music provided by DJ Kue. Small coolers permitted. Ice is available for a small fee. $10. (352) 277-2915.

2020 BPW Scholarship Fundraiser Believe and Achieve Fashion Show: 11 a.m. Feb. 9, Glen Lakes Country Club, 9000 Glen Lakes Blvd., Weeki Wachee. The Hernando County Business and Professional Women host this annual fashion show and luncheon. Fashions by La Boutique of Spring Hill. There will be a raffle auction and 50/50 drawing. Proceeds go to the scholarship fund, to provide scholarships to high school students and women returning to school in Hernando County. Tickets are $40; runway seating is $45 (limited). Call 352-346-1847 or 914-246-0400.

Hernando Jazz Society presents “Bourbon Street Jazz”: 2 p.m. Feb. 9, Wellington at Seven Hills clubhouse, 400 Wexford Blvd., Spring Hill. Listen and dance to lively tunes, featuring the Jazz Phools. A cash bar and optional buffet meal will be available (separate fee). Nonmembers pay $10 each or $15 per couple. (352) 799-9690.

Other Pasco events

31 Friday

Abbott and Costello: Watch a screening of Abbott and Costello’s iconic Who’s on First? routine before touring the entire museum. $6-$12. 10 a.m. Friday, 10 a.m. Saturday, noon Sunday. National Comedy Hall of Fame, 2435 U.S. 19, Holiday. (727) 541-7876.

Booth Brothers: The southern gospel trio performs. $22-$24. 7 p.m. Word of Life Florida Conference Center, 13001 Word of Life Drive, Hudson. (727) 856-7575.

Gospel Singing: The annual event returns at 7 p.m. to Trilachoochee Church of Christ, 20300 U.S. 301, Dade City.

1 Saturday

Florida Native Plants: Learn the beautiful benefits and joys in landscaping with Florida native plants at this free UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension seminar. Registration recommended. Free. 10 a.m. One Stop Shop (formerly Stallings Building), 15029 14th St., Dade City. (352) 518-0156.

Ukulele Jam: Join the monthly ukulele jam for World Ukulele Day, hosted by the New River Library staff (the library is closed for remodeling). Bring a ukulele and jam with the group. 12:45 p.m. East Pasco Family YMCA, 37301 Chapel Hill Loop, Zephyrhills. (813) 788-6375.

3 Monday

Hearing Clinic: Free ear wax removal and hearing aid battery. No appointments necessary. Free; first-come, first-served. 10 a.m. CARES Rao Musunuru, M.D. Enrichment Center, 12417 Clock Tower Parkway, Hudson. (727) 807-7082.

CPAP/BI PAP Clinic: CPAP and BI PAP are both non-invasive forms of therapy for patients with sleep apnea. The screenings are provided every Monday in the Sleep Disorders Center. Free. 1 to 3 p.m. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital, 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey. (727) 953-6877.

4 Tuesday

“Faith and the Message of the Prophets” Lecture: Interreligious scholar Rabbi Jack Bemborad will speak. Hosted by the Saint Leo University Center for Catholic-Jewish Studies. Held in the Greenfelder-Denlinger boardrooms in the Student Community Center. For details, email to Free. 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Saint Leo University, 33701 State Road 52, St. Leo. (800) 334-5532.

Watercolorist Joye Moon Demonstration: Pasco Fine Arts Council hosts a free demo by acclaimed artist Joye Moon. Space is limited; advanced sign-up required by Jan. 28. Email to, or sign up online at, or call Avalon Park West at 813-783-1515. Free. 5 p.m. Tuesday. Avalon Park West Community Center, Amenity Center, 5060 River Glen Blvd., Wesley Chapel. (813) 783-1515.

Veggies: Spring Gardening: Learn what to grow and when to grow it in this UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension seminar. Free. 6:30 p.m. Land O’ Lakes Library, 2818 Collier Parkway, Land O’ Lakes. (352) 518-0156.

5 Wednesday

All About the Brain: This is the final class in a series that focuses on the brain. The topic is Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research: Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement. No reservations needed. Free. 12 p.m. Wednesday. Hugh Embry Library, 14215 4th Street, Dade City. (800) 272-3900.

Spring Vegetables: Learn when and what vegetables to plant for central Florida in this UF/IFAS Pasco County Extension seminar. Registration recommended. Free. 6:30 p.m. Hudson Regional Library, 8012 Library Road, Hudson. (352) 518-0156.

6 Thursday

Blood Drive: Pearl of the West Masonic Lodge No. 146 , in cooperation with One Blood, hosts this drive. Donors will receive a free health and wellness check, and a free long-sleeved One Blood T-shirt. Free. 1 to 6 p.m. Pearl of the West Masonic Lodge, 6319 Louisiana Ave, New Port Richey. (727) 819-3100.

Masonic Lodge Open House: Have questions about becoming a mason? Visit the Pearl of the West Masonic Lodge’s open house. Free. 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. Pearl of the West Masonic Lodge, 6319 Louisiana Ave, New Port Richey. (727) 849-4122.

Human Trafficking Awareness Seminar: Doors open at 6:30 p.m. A panel of experts will discuss how Pasco County and New Port Richey are combating modern-day slavery. Includes speakers from the Pasco County Commission on Human Trafficking: Child Protection Investigations, Sunrise Domestic Violence Center, U.S. Institute Against Human Trafficking, New Port Richey Police Department and Pasco County Sheriff’s Office. Questions will be answered and free resources available. For information, email to Free. 7 to 8:30 p.m. Our Lady Queen of Peace, 5340 High St., New Port Richey. (727) 849-7521.

Look ahead

Watercolor Workshop with Joye Moon: 9 a.m. Feb. 8, West Pasco Art Guild and Gallery, 6206 Jefferson St., New Port Richey. The West Pasco Art Guild hosts this workshop with this nationally-recognized artist. Moon will also give a free demonstration at the guild’s general meeting on Feb. 7. Visit her website for samplings of her work at Space is limited for the workshop; registration required. $80 for guild members, $95 for nonmembers. Email: Call (727) 842-8613.

Museum Open House: 10 a.m. Feb. 8, Sims Park, 5547 Main St., New Port Richey. The West Pasco Historical Society will have an open house at the Rao Musunuru M. D. Museum and Library. See the all-new exhibits. Free. (727) 847-0680.

Pasco Blues and Food Festival: Noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 8, Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park, 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd., Land O’ Lakes. Bands include the Pasco Lefty Trio, Grimes Alley Blues Band and Home Cookin’ Band. Headliner Selwyn Birchwood takes the stage at 5:30 p.m. Birchwood is promoting his latest Alligator Records release, Pick Your Poison. The festival also includes food, wine, beer, vendors and a kids zone. No coolers. Dog-friendly (owners must pick up after their pets). Visit Admission $10; children 11 and younger free. Free parking. (813) 929-1229.

Richey Community Orchestra: 3 p.m. Feb. 9, Center for the Arts at River Ridge, 11646 Town Center Road, New Port Richey. Presenting “Music from the Movies: A Celebration of John Williams.” Join the orchestra as it celebrates the 88th birthday of the American composer. The show highlight will include the award-winning music from Schindler’s List. Also on the program is Star Wars, The Empire Strikes Back, Raiders March, Superman, Jurassic Park and others. $18, open seating. (727) 919-3866.

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