If you enjoy eating and reading, this club is for you

They came in carrying plates, casserole dishes and plastic containers holding an assortment of food — inspired by books they had read. One brought in a chocolate cake, inspired by “The Help.” Another brought a platter of corn dogs and a bottle of lemonade — an homage to “State Fair.” A third had a plate of chocolate chip cookies, a tip of the hat to “Murder She Baked: A Chocolate Chip … [Read more...]

Ranch Days offers ample servings of entertainment, fun

Ranch Days gave visitors a chance to enjoy good music, watch entertaining acts, go for ranch tours and grab a bite to eat, said Kevin Campbell, who along with his wife, Andie, coordinates events at Little Everglades Ranch, 17951 Hamilton Road, north of Dade City. The event was in its second year, and organizers plan to continue the event next year, because they believe it is an affordable way … [Read more...]

Big things are in store for Pioneer Florida Museum and Village

For the second year in a row, the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City will be hosting a traveling Smithsonian Exhibition. This year, it will be presenting “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America,” from March 17 through April 28. The Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, in cooperation with Florida Humanities Council, will be presenting the program, which is part of the … [Read more...]

Horses, quilts and homespun skills

Pioneer Florida Museum & Village put the spotlight on farm life, and the homespun skills passed down through generations at its annual Farm Festival and Quilt Show. The event was held on museum grounds in Dade City on Feb. 4 and Feb. 5. Large crowds gathered during the Draft Horse Pulling Competition to cheer their favorite teams. The contest pitted 20 horse teams against each other, … [Read more...]

Thousands turn out for barbecue and blues

The results are in, and the eighth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival drew a crowd of more than 12,000, according to festival organizers. The event, held Jan. 20, at the festival venue at Zephyrhills Municipal Airport, featured blues music, award-winning barbecue, and vendors offering goods and services. The Ed Wright Duo, The Doug South Band, The Legendary JCs, Chuck Riley’s … [Read more...]

Kumquat Festival offers a slice of Old Florida charm

The Kumquat Festival, which pays homage to a tiny orange fruit with a tangy flavor, carried on in its usual fashion — despite this year’s challenges to the kumquat crop. Citrus greening, insects and Florida’s recent hard freezes dealt a blow to the kumquat crop — knocking out sales of fresh kumquats this year. But, there were kumquats to sample, and plenty of kumquats served up in jams, … [Read more...]

Ranch Days is back for its second act

When the organizers were gearing up to debut Ranch Days last year at Little Everglades Ranch, north of Dade City, they proceeded with caution. They wanted to see how the event went, before making plans for another one. Apparently, the event went well because now event planners are gearing up for the second annual Ranch Days on the 2,050--acre property, owned by Bob and Sharon … [Read more...]

Raising Cane fest offers sweet and savory flavors

The annual Raising Cane event held Jan. 13 at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City, gave visitors a chance to purchase homemade cane syrup, taste some chili, see cane grinding and enjoy live entertainment. Musicians who enjoy jamming had a chance to do that, too, and there was even a miniature donkey at the event. Published January 24, … [Read more...]

Festival-goers enjoy heaping helpings of barbecue and blues

Visitors to the eighth annual Pigz in Z’Hills BBQ & Blues Festival had plenty of tasty temptations awaiting them. The scent of barbecue smoke flavored the air, as guests made their way up and down aisles of booths offering slabs of ribs, pork sandwiches, pulled pork, coleslaw, baked beans, and all sorts of sides. There was plenty of beer to wash down those meals, and there were treats — … [Read more...]

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dade City held festivities over the weekend to commemorate the birthday and honor the legacy of slain civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The city had a parade, followed by a unity prayer on the steps of Historic Pasco County Courthouse. That evening there was a banquet, with proceeds benefiting a scholarship fund. Other festivities planned included an MLK Commemorative … [Read more...]