Smithsonian’s sports exhibit stops at local museum

Jim “Mudcat” Grant is a Lacoochee native son who blazed a trail as the first African-American to pitch a 20-game winning season in the American League. His 1965 win/loss record for the Minnesota Twins was 21-7. Grant, now age 82, lives in California. He won two World Series games, also in 1965, pitching for the Twins against the Los Angeles Dodgers. During one of those wins, he … [Read more...]

Region offers Easter festivities

Easter events are scheduled across the region this week, offering ways for families to have affordable fun, and opportunities for spiritual reflection and celebration. There are also a number of Passover events scheduled, which are included in an accompanying story. Many churches offer Holy Thursday, or Maundy Thursday services, which is March 29 this year, as well as Good Friday … [Read more...]

Reenactment offers living history lesson

The grounds of the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City stepped back in time over the weekend for Civil War Reenactments and a Living History Encampment. Skirmishes emerged from the village and battles took place on the afternoons of Feb. 24 and Feb. 25. Spectators enjoyed the demonstration, as re-enactors advanced on the battlefield during the skirmishes. Some in attendance … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Two museums receive money for special projects

Two museums will receive a financial boost in Pasco County’s fiscal year 2018 budget. The Pasco County Commission has agreed to give $25,000 each to the West Pasco Historical Society Museum and Library in New Port Richey and the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village in Dade City. The action came at the commission’s Aug. 29 meeting in Dade City. The infusion of cash to the nonprofits stemmed … [Read more...]

Pioneer Florida Museum makes film history

The 19th century Overstreet House at Pioneer Florida Museum & Village aced the audition and got the casting call for its film debut. For two nights, the Dade City museum hosted actors and about a dozen graduate students from the College of Motion Picture Arts at Florida State University. The front porch at the Overstreet House will be the setting for a climactic showdown of … [Read more...]

Festival features egg hunts, Easter Bunny and fun

  A giant Easter Bunny roamed the grounds, kids scoured fields for Easter Eggs, and there was lots of time to take train rides, eat treats and visit the petting zoo during the Jelly Bean Fling. The event made its debut this year at the Pioneer Florida Museum & Village, at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road in Dade City. Visitors could start out the day by having a pancake breakfast … [Read more...]