Local orchestra to liven Heritage Park field

The Florida Orchestra will amplify the field of Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park with a live performance on Oct. 27. Hosted by the Heritage Park Foundation, the “Brass with a Beat” event will be free to the public and starts at 5 p.m. This will mark the orchestra’s second year performing on the park’s stage, which opened in 2017, after a persistent and collaborative effort to create a venue for … [Read more...]

Traditions on the Green attracts hundreds

A crowd estimated at about 400 enjoyed pleasant weather for Traditions on the Green, a concert featuring local music and dance groups. The free family event was presented by the Heritage Park Foundation and the Wesley Chapel Noon Rotary Club Land O’ Lakes Satellite. It was the first time the annual Traditions on the Green was held on the newly built Heritage Stage, a project that was … [Read more...]

Heritage Stage is becoming a community gathering place

Long before Heritage Stage existed, Sandy Graves envisioned a place where the community would gather, to watch performances and spend time together. The stage was completed this fall and Graves’ vision has begun to take shape. Recently, the stage was the centerpiece for an event to honor area veterans. Shortly after that, entertainers used it for performances during Land O’ Lakes … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes park and community center have a new name

The Pasco County Commission has renamed the community center and park in Land O’ Lakes as the Land O’ Lakes Heritage Park. Commissioners adopted the new name on Nov. 7, at the request of Pasco County Commission Chairman Mike Moore. “They are trying to have more of an identity in that area,” said Moore. “I think they’ll be excited by this.” Moore said he consulted with members of the … [Read more...]

A good week to be a newspaper publisher

Some weeks being the publisher of a weekly newspaper is more fun than others. And, the past week was one of them. Let’s begin with the recognition we received at the annual meeting of the Florida Press Association. Led by editor B.C. Manion, our news department received 10 statewide awards for outstanding photography, news stories and feature writing. These awards convey the quality of work … [Read more...]

Land O’ Lakes community stage is ready for action

After years of persistence, Land O’ Lakes finally has a place where residents can gather to hear concerts, watch plays or gather for other community events. Construction of the Land O’ Lakes Community Stage is completed and the venue is now ready for groups to use it, said Sandy Graves, one of the prime movers behind getting the project done. Graves has been talking for decades about the … [Read more...]

Foundation considers its future path

The Heritage Park Foundation is figuring out its future. The foundation, which formed decades ago, has essentially met its major goals of bringing improvements to the park — including a stage, which is now under construction. So, the group met on Feb. 1 to discuss whether the foundation should continue to exist, or should disband. Sandy Graves, a prime mover in the quest to get a … [Read more...]

Heritage Park Foundation plans reorganization

The Heritage Park Foundation — the primary mover behind the construction of a stage at Land O’ Lakes Community Park — is hosting a reorganizational meeting on Feb. 1 at 6 p.m. The foundation has been involved with the park and community center for years. It has hosted family events in the past and brought attention to the Pasco County Commission about needs at the community center. In … [Read more...]

Setting the stage for community gatherings

Someday when the crowds gather to enjoy a school recital, or attend a concert, or watch a play — the stage at Land O’ Lakes Community Park will just be a fixture, a venue for events. But last week, the yet-to-be built stage was the star of the show. That’s when local politicians, community activists and interested residents gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for the stage, which … [Read more...]

Setting the stage for community gatherings

A groundbreaking ceremony is set for Aug. 16 for a stage to be built at the Land O’ Lakes Community Park, at 5401 Land O’ Lakes Blvd. “It’s been a long wait, but we’re very excited,” said Sandy Graves, of the Heritage Park Foundation, who has played a leading role in helping to bring the vision to life. “It was (state Rep.) Richard Corcoran, working with the governor, to get our cultural … [Read more...]