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...]

Former Miss Pasco keeps busy with acting, modeling

Leja Apple has surely kept herself busy in the years since being crowned 2013 Miss Pasco. She has a burgeoning modeling and acting career — appearing in various commercials, infomercials and independent films. She’s also an on-air host at HSN, peddling hair and makeup products. On top of that, she’s an adjunct professor of speech communication at St. Petersburg College and a sales event … [Read more...]

Dade City attracts thousands to 22nd Kumquat Festival

Thousands streamed to the 22nd annual Kumquat Festival in historic downtown Dade City on Jan. 26 In an open letter, John Moors, executive director of The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce, recapped the event, and offered a heartfelt expression of gratitude for the army of volunteers who helped to pull it off. “Over 400 vendors and sponsors sold and promoted their wares and services,” … [Read more...]

Kumquat Festival offers fun, Old Florida charm

Susan Frimmel enjoys the social gathering — known as the Kumquat Festival — that brings all things kumquat to Downtown Dade City. Taking part in the festival, known for its Old Florida charm, has been a tradition for her for 15 years, and this year promises to be no exception. Frimmel, administrative director/marketing for AdventHealth Zephyrhills, said she’s looking forward to the event, … [Read more...]

Volunteer, and get a taste of the ‘little gold gem’

The Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce is looking for community volunteers for the 22nd annual Kumquat Festival scheduled for Jan. 26 in downtown Dade City. More than 30,000 guests are anticipated, including residents from Tampa Bay and surrounding counties, winter residents, tourists and “day trippers.” For the event, downtown Dade City is transformed into a giant marketplace with … [Read more...]

Market Place at Hibiscus Park prepares for new season

The Market Place at Hibiscus Place in Dade City will be marking its fifth season, with its first event this year set for Sept. 1. The market is held on the first Saturday of each month, September through May, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is free, and both people and pets are welcome. Shoppers will have plenty of choices, said Lucy Avila, event coordinator. “We have a variety of … [Read more...]

Food trucks get the go-ahead

Pasco County is close to rolling out the welcome mat to food trucks as a dining option. The Pasco County Planning Commission approved a proposed food truck ordinance at its Aug. 9 meeting in Dade City. Next, the Pasco County Commission will consider the ordinance, which establishes regulations on food trucks, as well as “veggie vans.” Members of the county’s Food Policy Advisory Council … [Read more...]

Stitching together a quilt of creativity, kindness, friendship and fun

When members of the East Pasco Quilt Guild come together, it’s more than a meeting about the best pattern to quilt, or best fabric to buy or best colors to use. It’s a club where members get a chance to showcase their creativity, catch up with each other and share their enthusiasm for a pastime they cherish. The guild’s meetings, which last about two hours, generally feature a chance to … [Read more...]

Hitting all the right notes — together

It’s a Monday evening at the Dade City Woman’s Club and vocal coach Alison Graham sits at a small round table, near a bank of windows. Girls are sitting around her on the floor, listening as Graham reads through judges’ comments from their most recent competition. It’s a routine the girls know well. The singers, who are members of Graham Music Studios, are accustomed to performing, and … [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...]