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...]

Check out Pasco’s history at Fivay.org

If you are curious about Pasco County’s history, perhaps the best way to become familiar with it would be to check out the website, Fivay.org. Jeff Miller, a recently retired high school mathematics teacher, maintains the website and has invested countless hours piecing together Pasco County’s story. Miller has gleaned information from newspaper articles, old deeds, post cards, photographs, … [Read more...]

Kumquat Festival likely to attract thousands

In the beginning, there was the kumquat. It’s a tiny fruit, with a slightly sweet and tangy, tangy taste. And, it’s the centerpiece of an annual tradition that often introduces visitors to Dade City’s Old-Florida charm. The festival that pays homage to the diminutive orange fruit began two decades ago, when Phyllis Smith, Roxanne Barthle and Carlene Ellberg were looking for a way to … [Read more...]

Gran Fondo cycles into Pasco

For the fourth year in a row, cyclists from all across the nation will make the trek to Pasco County to ride in the Gran Fondo Florida racing event on March 26. The race begins — and ends — in downtown San Antonio. It is one of eight events across the country as part of the Gran Fondo National Championship Series. The cycling route is 100 miles, but there are also 35-mile and 55-mile … [Read more...]

Kumquats reign supreme at Dade City festival

They take the cake and the pies at the festival. The first kumquat tree in St. Joseph took root more than 100 years ago, when C.J. Nathe planted it in his backyard. He added a few more, and soon he had a small grove on an acre of fertile ground. The kumquat king, as Nathe was later dubbed, transformed a quiet back road community into the Kumquat Capital of the World. An open house will … [Read more...]

Petters, Davidson to speak at Saint Leo commencement

The newest graduates at Saint Leo University will get a sendoff from a native brother and sister duo who have a lot to share about their experiences. C. Michael Petters and U.S. Army Brig. Gen. Susan Davidson will deliver the guest commencement address at Saint Leo May 3 for graduate and undergraduate students at the university. Petters, chief executive officer at Huntington Ingalls … [Read more...]