Raising money to preserve the Old Lutz School

On the surface, it will appear like any typical fall festival. Vendors will line up, selling a wide array of items — and visitors to the Autumn Day at the Old Lutz School, 18819 U.S. 41 in Lutz, will be able to stock up on all sorts of stuff. There will be handmade soaps and scrubs. Salsas, jams and jellies. Wreaths. Terra cotta pots. Toys. Plants. Wooden signs and more. The event will be … [Read more...]

Marilyn Wannamaker leaves a legacy of service

She was a fixture for years at Independence Day celebrations in Lutz, overseeing the annual Cake Bake Contest. She was a regular, too,  at the Christmas House at the Old Lutz School, serving up hot chocolate and doling out cookies. But, those are just a couple of the many, many ways that Marilyn Wannamaker served the community of Lutz. She was deeply involved in the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ … [Read more...]

Locals invited to get involved with Lutz Fourth of July

A planning committee preparing for the Lutz 4th of July Parade will have its first meeting on March 12 at 7 p.m. The community is encouraged to attend and to offer fresh ideas for the annual holiday event, which has been a Lutz tradition for years. The meeting will take place at the Old Lutz School at 18819 U.S. 41. Future meeting dates will be announced during that initial … [Read more...]

Treasure-seekers may discover hidden gems at Lutz Flea Market

Elaine Pittman is looking forward to the annual flea market at the Old Lutz School. She’s a staple at the annual event, hosted by the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club. Nicknamed the ‘Plant Lady,’ Pittman will have her signature booth displaying an array of plants and flowers outside. “Plants have always been my hobby,” the 87-year-old explained. “I had my first garden bed when I … [Read more...]

Annual Autumn Day event set at Old Lutz School

If you want to learn about butterfly migration, visit an old-time school or purchase some items from vendors, you’ll have your chance at Autumn Day on Oct. 20, at the Old Lutz School in Lutz. The event will be held on the historic school’s grounds, at 18819 U.S. 41, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Lynn Barber of the UF/IFAS Hillsborough County Extension will offer a class at 10 a.m., to explain … [Read more...]

Honoring the anniversary of September 11

Flag-wavers held their flags high, as drivers passing by on U.S. 41 honked their horns in support. The red, white and blue draped with stars has always symbolized America, but on this particular Tuesday, it held a much more significant meaning. It was 17 years to the day of the 9/11 attacks. Local members of the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club, and other members of the community, stood … [Read more...]

Lutz Guv’na hopefuls face off in amusing debate

The afternoon was hot and sizzling — and so was the 2018 Lutz Guv’na Debate at the Old Lutz School. So much so that the May 19 event ended in a tie, a first in the debate’s long history. Kandy Sinquefield of American BellyDance Studio and returning candidate Jessica Sherman of Pinch A Penny each earned the same number of “votes” (most guests in the audience)— earning a split of a $100 … [Read more...]

This flea market — a woman’s club tradition — has bargains galore

The Old Lutz School, at 18819 N. U.S. 41, was abuzz with activity on Feb. 26, as scores of volunteers prepared for the GFWC Lutz-Land O’ Lakes Woman’s Club annual flea market. “It’s our second largest fundraiser of the year,” said Pat Serio, a club member, as she consulted with other club members about where to put various donations. “It’s always much anticipated by the community because … [Read more...]

Let the good times roll

Part of the secret to having fun is knowing where to find it. And, then once you have figured out some options, it’s good to know early enough so you can do what you need to do, to maximize your enjoyment. That’s the idea behind this master calendar: It’s a list of fun stuff to do in 2018 — giving readers plenty of time to consider their choices and make some plans. So, as New Year gets … [Read more...]

It’s that time again for the Lutz Arts & Crafts Show

Christmas at the Old Lutz School is coming up, too Preparations are underway for the 38th annual Lutz Arts & Crafts Show, which is being held for the second year on the campus of Keystone Prep High School, 18105 Gunn Highway in Odessa. “We’re going to have over 300 vendors. And, there’s a larger expanded food court,” said Faith Sincich, co-chair of the event. She marvels at the … [Read more...]