Housing demand on rise in Florida, Pasco

Construction sites along Pasco County’s major corridors are part of everyday landscape. Bulldozers clear land and work crews move in with hammer and nails. Pasco is awash in new single-family homes under construction, and to a lesser degree, apartment complexes. But, market trends show that the supply of new homes is lagging behind demand. That’s a change from the housing bubble that … [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...]

Raising awareness about drugged driving

A case of drugged driving forever changed the lives of parents Joey and Tammy Leonard. Now their mission is to ensure other families don’t experience the same anguish they must handle every day. On Oct. 12, 2015, the Leonards lost their daughter, Kassidy Leonard, her husband, William Griggs, and their 12-day-old baby granddaughter, Kimberlynn Dawn Griggs, after a horrific head-on collision … [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...]

These gardeners are breaking new ground, in more ways than one

Community gardens are not a new concept, but the Watson Park Community Garden in Dade City has a new twist. This garden is the first of its kind in Florida, and the people behind it hope it will become a model for others to follow. At a ribbon-cutting and groundbreaking ceremony on Jan. 26, children from Cox Elementary School were among the first to get their hands dirty in the … [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...]

It’s Kumquat Festival time

A day set aside for tiny orange fruits and fun It’s that time of year when the tiny tart orange fruit reigns supreme in Dade City — the town on the eastern edge of Pasco County, with quaint shops lining its downtown streets and a historic courthouse in its center square. About 35,000 people are expected at the festival this year, said John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade … [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...]