Choices abound for holiday fun

The holidays are a traditional time for friends and families to gather, and to seek out ways to enjoy the lights, sounds and treats of the season. If you’re looking to have some old-fashioned fun, to be inspired, or relax, there’s likely an option in The Laker/Lutz News coverage area to suit your fancy. Here’s a listing of some of your options. Lutz – Land O’ Lakes Traditions on the … [Read more...]

Rattlesnake Festival makes gains despite ‘Nestor’

The Rattlesnake Festival had its biggest year since The Thomas Promise Foundation took over, despite the appearance of Tropical Storm Nestor, event organizers say. “We’ll be able to provide 100,000 lunches as a result of this years’ Rattlesnake Festival,” Joe Simmons, executive director for The Thomas Promise Foundation, said in a news release. “That’s more than the last two years. Imagine … [Read more...]

San Antonio welcomes back outdoor market

The San Antonio Farmers Market is set to return with an array of unique merchandise, starting on Sept. 14. From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., patrons can visit numerous vendors offering produce, bath and body products, honey, jams and plants, among other things. A local winery also will offer samples of fruit-flavored wines to entice potential buyers. Multiple park benches will be available for … [Read more...]

Saint Anthony Catholic School celebrates 135 years

Saint Anthony Catholic School, in San Antonio, had a special celebration last week to mark its 135th anniversary. The day began with the Most. Rev. Gregory L. Parkes, Bishop of the Diocese of Saint Petersburg, presiding over a celebration of the Holy Mass. The Rev. Garry Welsh, pastor of Saint Anthony of Padua Catholic Church offered welcoming remarks at the Mass and, throughout the … [Read more...]

Pasco County Fairgrounds gears up for Rattlesnake Festival

The Rattlesnake Festival, a community tradition for more than a half-century, has moved to a new locale — the Pasco County Fairgrounds. The move from San Antonio City Park — its venue for 51 years — comes as the event’s host, The Thomas Promise Foundation, decided it was time for a roomier setting. While shifting to the fairgrounds, many of the event’s traditions will continue. For instance, … [Read more...]

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...]

San Antonio celebrates an old-fashioned Christmas

About 100 people turned out to “Christmas in the Park,” a holiday celebration hosted by the Founders Garden Club of San Antonio. The event, held Dec. 3 at San Antonio City Park, included the lighting of the Christmas cards and entertainment featuring the Huron Family. The family performed old hymns — harmonizing their voices and playing instruments. Group members are Santiago Huron, the … [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...]

Park bench honors original garden club members

The San Antonio Founders Garden Club recently paid tribute to the 23 original members of the club by dedicating a park bench in their honor. The event was at the San Antonio City Park, 32819 Pennsylvania Ave., on the morning of Sept. 7. The ceremony was meant to celebrate and honor the club’s many contributions through the years. The club draws its name from the fact that it was the … [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...]