Celebrating the kumquat’s place in history

Every year, for one day, a small, oval-shaped fruit called the kumquat takes center stage during a festival that was established by The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce in 1998. The annual event celebrates everything that makes the Dade City area unique. Casper Joseph Nathe came to what is now known as St. Joseph and planted an acre of the fruit trees in 1912. The Nathe family … [Read more...]

Dade City to hold first monarch festival

Dade City is getting ready for its first Monarch Butterfly Festival. The Oct. 12 event, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., will celebrate Dade City’s induction as a  Monarch City USA. The designation refers to the city’s efforts in maintaining the survival of monarch butterflies. Vendors will offer food and items for sale, including pottery, birdbaths, metal art and jewelry, to name just a few of … [Read more...]

Monarch City art show

The Dade City Monarch Project Art Show will soon display various art pieces from 30 artists. The public event is in recognition of Dade City being inducted as a Monarch City – tending to the survival of the monarch butterflies. It will be held from Oct. 5 to Oct. 19 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., unveiling various paintings, photography and sculptures for sale. Artwork also will be … [Read more...]

Dade City is established as butterfly sanctuary

Dade City has been inducted as a Monarch City USA – pledging to help preserve the monarch butterfly population. In March, the city joined the ranks of four other Florida municipalities in addressing the plight facing these endangered insects. The idea of seeking the designation was initiated by the Dade City Garden Club. After the scarcity of the butterfly species became a topic of … [Read more...]

Get ‘uncorked’ and sample wines

Wine enthusiasts are invited to sample various wines at ‘Uncorked,’ an event set for April 7 in Dade City. The Dade City Garden Club will host the function from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Various tables will offer an assortment of red and white wines for guests to sample from. And, craft beer will be this year’s new feature provided by Barley’s Angels. Each table will also include appetizers … [Read more...]

Keeping a piece of Dade City history alive

When Jo and Bob Larkin bought the R.D. Sistrunk House at the corner of 14th Street and Church Avenue, they knew they were buying a property with a rich history — that required a lot of work. “We renovated the house completely,” said Jo Larkin, who has a title company and previously owned an antiques shop. Her husband, Bob, who is a builder, said it was the most extensive renovation project … [Read more...]

Local garden club celebrates National Garden Week

The Dade City Garden Club recently celebrated National Garden Week, with a variety of activities in Dade City. The club received a proclamation from the Dade City Commission in May, asking the club to share their knowledge with Dade City residents. In response, the garden club set up 21 floral displays and three conservation exhibits in 17 Dade City businesses, according to a news … [Read more...]

Buzzin’ about bees at the Hugh Embry Library

Ginny Geiger, a member of the Dade City Garden Club, delivered an entertaining and informative program on the importance of bees at the Hugh Embry Library. Geiger led the “Nature Detectives Bee Workshop,” dispensing information and, at one point, demonstrating how a bee might act, if a wasp — an enemy of the bee — approached the hive. In her hour-long workshop, Geiger talked about the … [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...]

Solar co-ops offer savings on solar panel installations

Florida lags behind other states in producing clean, renewable energy from the sun. It doesn’t crack the top 10 in state rankings, even while being promoted nationwide as the Sunshine State. But, Florida, along with other states across the country, is embracing solar power, and other clean energy sources, in ways that don’t always get noticed. Solar panels, wind farms and … [Read more...]