• 'Barefoot,' off Broadway

    Special to the Chronicle

    One of Neil Simon’s best-loved comedies opens next Friday for a three-weekend run at the Art Center Theatre, 2644 N. Annapolis Ave., Citrus Hills.

    “Barefoot in the Park,” the story of two very different young people learning both the joy and the travails of married life, is Simon’s longest-running play with 1,530 performances after it first opened on Broadway in 1963 and closed in 1967.

  • Citrus Watercolor Club: Visit from watercolor master

    By Norm Freyer

    Gainesville watercolorist Virginia Chen will be the demonstrating artist for the Citrus Watercolor Club meeting on Friday, Feb. 12. About a month ago, I visited Virginia’s home, along with some other artists from a watercolor critique group. Virginia has a number of her paintings on exhibit throughout her home.
    Personally, I find her watercolors stunning, because when you see them you know that you have encountered something very special. Critiques of her work usually end up with a succession of praises for work — not just well done, but of a mastered artistry.

  • Art Talk: Comedy, paintings at Art Center

    By Sharon Harris

    February is a month for art and comedy at the Art Center of
    Citrus County.
    An exhibition of watercolor paintings is on display in one gallery while a one-person show of acrylics is on display in another.

  • Play it by Ear: Music in February a virtual El Nino

    By Jim Davis

    Woodview Coffee House gets the month going when the high-energy foursome of Passerine performs tonight at 2628 Woodview Lane (on the campus of Unity Church of Citrus County). Doors open at 6:30 p.m., opener James Hawkins begins at 7 p.m. Desserts, light savory and coffee, tea and soft drinks available. Cost is $8 at the door. For more information, call Debbie at 941-204-9707.

  • Who wrote the book of love?

    Do you love the smell and feel of a book? How about easy access to computers in the peaceful setting of a library? From librarians helping the public track down information, to programs for teens and tweens, adult education, to an array of activities and exhibits, the Citrus County Library System serves many in the community and fills a broad, vital role.

  • The spirit of music

    Kevin Holdren teaches music lessons to anyone who has a dream of playing soft riffs on the guitar or perfect rhythm on the bass guitar, ukulele, banjo or mandolin. For roughly five years he has been working with FS Music, but started playing at age 16.

  • Citrus shows its respect for Dr. King

    Martin Luther King Jr. Day observances are planned Monday on both sides of the county.

    In Inverness, join in the Martin Luther King Jr. Unity Walk at 8:30 a.m., starting at the Valerie Theatre and ending at Liberty Park.

  • Widman bowing up

    Emory Widman is a rising star in Citrus County who wants to go far with his music ability.

    He is a young man at only 17 years old, but has always loved music and the sound of the violin.

  • Manatee Fest this weekend


    Make sure to head to Crystal River for the 29th annual Florida Manatee and Rotary Craft Sale on Saturday and Sunday. 

    There will be lots of live music, tons of delicious food, and fun for the whole family. 

    Throughout the weekend the festival features:

    • Fine art and crafts.
    • Manatee boat tours. 
    • Free tours to Three Sisters Springs. 
  • Wildlife State Park focuses on conservationists, conservation

    Susan Strawbridge
    Special to the Chronicle
    Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park has set aside the month of January to honor some of Florida’s well-known naturalists and conservationists. These include William Bartram, Marjory Stoneman Douglas, Rachel Carson and Archie Carr, all who have played an important part in the conservation of Florida’s natural resources. In addition to displays in the Visitor Center and the Discovery Center, the park will be presenting two special programs on how we can all be conservationists by making small changes in our daily lives.