• Feel, hear the Heat

    A din could be heard emanating from the Inverness Middle School campus. 

    As one approached the field, musicians became visible. Collectively, they are the Heat Wave of Florida — a drum and bugle corps that is readying for competition.

  • 'South Pacific'

    Special to the Chronicle

    The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” opens next Friday in the Art Center Theatre at 2644 N. Annapolis Ave. in Citrus Hills.

    Set on an island in the South Pacific ocean during the latter days of World War II, the play mixes a dramatic story line, lush music and multiple choreographed dance scenes. 

  • Spotlight on Theater: Area shows will please just about everyone

    By Jeri Augustine

    Because the Art Center Theatre summer musical is based on James Michener’s Tales of the South Pacific, does that make it even more special? You bet it does! 

    With a story line suggested by a well-known, well-read, prolific storyteller and set to music by one of the all-time greatest teams, Rogers and Hammerstein, how could “South Pacific” not be recognized as one of the most popular musicals of all time? 

  • Bald eagle highlighted at wildlife park in July

    By Susan Strawbridge



    Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on the threatened bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) during the month of July. 

    The park is now home to four bald eagles that could not otherwise survive in the wild due to injuries or imprinting. Three of the eagles are on display and another is used in outreach programs. 

  • Citrus Watercolor Club: Watercolor Club takes a break for summer

    By Norm Freyer


    July is the month that the Citrus Watercolor Club (CWC) takes a hiatus in their schedule. It is the month when many of the club members take time to travel, vacation, visit relatives, enjoy the shore, have backyard barbeques and generally enjoy the time of summer.

  • Play it by Ear: July roars with some hot concerts, arts events

    By Jim Davis


    On July 4 and 5, the Nature Coast Concert Band presents two free concerts, both starting at 2:30 in the afternoon. The Independence Day concerts, called “American Heritage,” are at the Citrus Springs Community Center on Saturday, July 4, and at Cornerstone Baptist Church on Sunday, July 5. 

  • Teams sought for Dragon Boat Races

    Special to the Chronicle

    Dragon Boat Races will return to Lake Hernando with a Nov. 13 kickoff party and concert at the lakeside park in Hernando, then race day on Nov. 14.

    Now’s a good time to pull a team together and support the event and the community. This regional event hosts teams from all over Florida and the Southeast, but is also supported by community teams made up of businesses, clubs and groups of friends and neighbors. 

  • Play it as it lies

    Not many sports are played in the middle of the woods, surrounded by the quiet and beauty of nature.

    Disc golf, however, is. The sport is a combination of Frisbee and golf. Instead of a golf ball and clubs, hand-thrown flying discs are used.

    Walking through the disc golf course at Whispering Pines Park in Inverness, player Bob Theis said people can use “dime store” Frisbees during the game, but if they’re involved in league play, specialized discs are used.

  • Art Talk: ‘South Pacific’ coming to stage of Art Center Theatre

    By Sharon Harris


    The classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical “South Pacific” will be on the stage at the Art Center Theatre from July 17 through Aug. 2. Rehearsals have been underway since April, and the cast and crew of the production are fine-tuning the show to get it ready for opening night.

  • Horses on the hill

    Tammy Woodburn, owner, operator and head trainer at Blueberry Hill Farm in Hernando, has about 25 horses on her property — and has one busy life.

    “This morning I was out at about 6:30 a.m. feeding, watering, dumping water tubs, just getting everybody happy; then, we turn the horses out again after they eat, and we clean the barn and the stalls,” Woodburn said.