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Citrus County Historical Society January 2019 Events and Activities

By Florida's Original NatureCoaster™ Posted on January 4, 2019

The Citrus County Historical Society and the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will continue the Coffee and Conversation Speakers Series at the Old Courthouse Museum, January – April 2019. In addition, a new traveling exhibition titled, Manatee Mania will be opening on Friday, January 25 from 5 – 7:00 pm. These programs are being funded by Florida Humanities Council through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities..

Dr. James “Buddy” Powell, founder and Executive Director of Sea to Shore Alliance will be presenting the first program of the season on Thursday, January 31 at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Powell has spent over a 40 year career studying and working to conserve manatees around the world.

Dr. Powell began his love for marine mammals here in Citrus County while working with Daniel “Woodie” Hartman and Jacques Cousteau in the late 1960s and early 1970s in Crystal River. Hartman first came to Crystal River in 1969 from Cornell University to work on his dissertation thesis, the first comprehensive study of manatees at that time.

Next up a week later, on Thursday, February 7, Dr. Steven Noll from the University of Florida will bring another entertaining and educational program on manatees to the Museum.  Steve Noll is a master lecturer in the history department at the University of Florida, where he received his PhD in 1991. Dr. Noll taught special education in the public schools of Alachua County for 28 years before moving over full-time to UF in 2004. Dr. Noll has written extensively on general Florida history as well as more specialized subjects ranging from Florida environmental policy, the ill-fated Cross Florida Barge Canal, and the disability rights movement of the 1970s.

Old Courthouse Heritage Museum joins Florida Trail Passport Program

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum has become part of the Florida Trail Passport Program and a Florida Trail Gateway Community site. Inverness is now one of nine communities in north and central Florida. This program works very much like the Florida or National Parks System Passport program. More information can be found at: https://www.floridatrail.org/passport/.

From Bach to the Beatles:

Musicians Julie Adams and Rick Smith, will perform on Thursday, January 17 at the Old Courthouse Museum in Inverness. Can you imagine a full orchestra playing in your living room? Alternatively, two lovers flirting in a symphony hall? It is a little bit of both that you get from world-renowned finger style guitarist Richard Smith and his wife, versatile cellist Julie Adams – and they serve up so much more.

Julie Adams is one of the most diverse cellists on the music scene today. Raised in Dayton, Ohio, and classically trained at Interlochen Center for the Arts and the Cincinnati Conservatory, she has won many competitions and played in the most diverse musical settings. She has performed with orchestras in Chicago, Columbus, Dayton, Cincinnati and Vero Beach.

Richard started playing the guitar at age 5 and has never looked back. Focusing early on with the fingerstyle guitar of Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed, he began transcribing classical music, Jazz, the gypsy style of Django Reinhardt, bluegrass, ragtime and the blues to Sousa marches.

Their repertoire includes Scott Joplin rags, Sousa marches, Chopin, Mozart, and fiddle tunes. It ranges from jazz standards Chet Atkins and Jerry Reed and to Django Reinhardt gypsy swing, not to mention their intriguing originals. Richard and Julie deliver both, lightning fast barn-burners and beautiful ballads, occasionally spiced with gentle and witty vocals.

This is a show you won’t want to miss!

*Doors open at 6 PM and concert starts at 7 PM* Light refreshments will be served. All shows take place at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum located at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, FL 34450. You can order tickets online at cchistoricalsocietyshop.com or call 352.341.6428.

Any questions, call 352-341-6428 or email [email protected]

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