San Antonio Farmers Market makes its return

The San Antonio Farmers Market is making its return, for its second year, beginning on Sept. 8. The event runs on the second Saturday of the month, from September through May, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at San Antonio City Park, 12202 Main St., San Antonio. The event is sponsored by the Rotary Club of San Antonio. The market features vendors who set up around the park, offering a variety of … [Read more...]

Nurturing quilts uplift spirits in the courtroom

When children enter Judge Lynn Tepper’s family courtroom in Dade City, they’re often welcomed with healthy snacks, stuffed animals, and lots and lots of books. Another staple in Tepper’s courtroom of late: Dozens of homemade quilts, stitched with an assortment of bright colors, shapes and other unique designs. The quilts are given to adoptive parents and caregivers of infants and young … [Read more...]

San Antonio gears up for 51st Rattlesnake Fest

The 51st annual San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival, slated for this coming weekend, is borrowing from old traditions and introducing new activities, too, according to organizers of the event. The two-day event is set for Oct. 21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Oct. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. As in the past, the festival will have a snake show, wooden gopher tortoise races, a pumpkin patch and … [Read more...]

Egg hunts and services planned to celebrate Easter

If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Easter season, you’ll find plenty of options across the region. There are fun events, such as Easter crafts and egg hunts, solemn Good Friday events and Easter service celebrations. Here are few highlights from around the area covered by The Laker/Lutz News. They are presented here, in chronological order. The Pioneer Florida Museum & … [Read more...]

San Antonio Rotary goes to the market

The Rotary Club of San Antonio is getting a fresh start on a popular trend – the farmers market. The nonprofit will host its first San Antonio Farmers Market on Jan. 14 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the San Antonio City Park, at 32810 Pennsylvania Ave. In the future, the farmers market will be held every second Saturday of the month, at the same time and place. “It will be really festive,” … [Read more...]

Rattlesnake fest hits half-century mark

They weren’t bringing in rattlesnakes that they’d found out in fields or carting in live gopher tortoises to race — but they were having old-fashioned fun at the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival & Run. Kids scaled up rock walls, people had close encounters with alligators and bands played continuously. The festival, held in San Antonio’s City Park, celebrated its 50th anniversary with a … [Read more...]

A half-century of old-fashioned fun

A half-century ago, the San Antonio Jaycees got together and hatched a plan for a fun way to raise money to support local causes. They figured they could hold a festival, with rattlesnakes as the centerpiece. Over the decades, the leading organizers have changed — and so have some of the particulars — but the essence of the annual event remains the same: Every year, on the third weekend … [Read more...]

Celebrating San Antonio’s small-town charms

When you’re young and restless, Betty Burke says, San Antonio is the sort of town you leave. It’s small. It’s sleepy. It’s a long way from anywhere. It scarcely helps that its mascot is the Eastern Diamondback rattlesnake, the deadliest serpent in North America. More about that in a moment. So you go. To college. To a fast-paced career. To bright lights and busy streets. To places that, … [Read more...]

Music, barrel train rides, food and fun

The old phrase — ‘There’s something for everyone.’ — really rang true at the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival & Run at San Antonio Park. There was a man who was eating fire, musicians keeping the crowds entertained, and children riding in a train fashioned from barrels. Shoppers could peruse booths featuring everything from homemade soaps to honey, to paintings and horseshoe … [Read more...]

Rattlesnake Festival features snakes, music, food and fun

It’s a tradition that dates back 49 years, and it takes a community to stage it — but it’s worth the effort because people really seem to have a good time, said Betty Burke, chairwoman of the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival & Run. “Once those tents start going up, the atmosphere is charged all over town. Kids start getting excited. It’s a big event for San Antonio,” said Burke, who is a … [Read more...]