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Experiencing Hurricane Irma

We chose to “ride out” hurricane Irma in our block home in the woods of eastern Hernando County because: we have several pets: 2 dogs, 2 cats and one horse the horrible traffic jams on the freeway scared us our home made it through 2004’s three hurricanes I refuse to buy into the “hype” of … Continue reading Experiencing Hurricane Irma

Riding the Rainbow (River)

Recently I had the privilege of kayaking the Rainbow River, a Registered National Landmark that is fed by a first magnitude spring. The river itself is 5.7 miles long with its origination at the Rainbow Springs State Park. In the 1930s, the park was developed into a tourist attraction and today it is still popular … Continue reading Riding the Rainbow (River)

“Appreciating Vultures” at the Wildlife Park in September

September is Vulture Awareness and Appreciation Month at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Learn about New World and Old World Vultures, the key role they play in the environment, and the plight they face in many countries. September’s displays in the Visitor Center and Discovery Center will focus attention on Florida’s two New … Continue reading “Appreciating Vultures” at the Wildlife Park in September

Boogie on the (Port Richey) Bayou

Port Richey’s waterfront district is located along the Gulf of Mexico both north and south of the Pithlachascotee (Cotee) River. It isn’t well marked and doesn’t look like much from U.S. 19, but it houses some really nice businesses owned by determined entrepreneurs that are improving the area with help from the City of Port … Continue reading Boogie on the (Port Richey) Bayou

Are the Chassahowitzka (Chazz) Bears OK?

 Chazz Bears are dangerously Isolated The Chassahowitzka National Wildlife Refuge on Florida’s Nature Coast was established in 1943 as a winter preserve for migratory water birds. Today, over 31,000 acres are protected and managed by several federal, state and local government agencies with the goal of offering migrating and wintering water birds a place to … Continue reading Are the Chassahowitzka (Chazz) Bears OK?

Charming Crystal River

(Feature image courtesy of The Cutting Edge Photography.) Crystal River is situated around Kings Bay, which is spring-fed by a cluster of more than 30 springs, designated as a first-magnitude system. Because the water stays a constant 72 degrees, this area is a popular area for West Indian manatees to winter in. Incorporated in 1903, … Continue reading Charming Crystal River

Canning to Preserve Tasty, Healthy Traditions

I fondly remember making applesauce from fresh-picked apples with my mom in our little kitchen up north. We made chunky-style sauce from locally-grown Macintoshes in a time when only pureed applesauce was available at the grocery store, adding cinnamon for a flavor that became my definition of delicious! When reading labels on spaghetti sauce, sugar … Continue reading Canning to Preserve Tasty, Healthy Traditions

We’re All Abuzz about Butterflies and Bees at the Wildlife Park in August

Discover the hidden lives of butterflies, moths and bees during the month of August at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Learn about butterflies and bees through exhibits in the Visitor Center and in the Discovery Center. Two special programs will also be offered, one on “The Importance of Honey Bees” by Master Beekeeper … Continue reading We’re All Abuzz about Butterflies and Bees at the Wildlife Park in August

Exploring Nature Coast Springs

There is nothing like hopping into a 72-degree spring on a hot, humid day to cool the body and soothe the soul. Florida is graced with many natural springs, providing crystal clear, cool (some would say cold) water and the Nature Coast has a great concentration of these magical geological phenomena. Although we tend to … Continue reading Exploring Nature Coast Springs

Chinsegut’s Historic Treasures adorn Brooksville

Chinsegut (pronounced chin-SEE-gut) is an Alaskan Innuit word meaning, “The spirit of things lost and regained.” This local treasure is an interesting piece of the Nature Coast’s history, having been homesteaded by John and Susan Bishop in the 1800s. Colonel Bird T. Pearson of South Carolina acquired 160 acres through the Armed Occupation Act in … Continue reading Chinsegut’s Historic Treasures adorn Brooksville

Scalloping Florida’s Nature Coast: A Delicious Adventure

At one time, the West Central coast of Florida supported a robust commercial scallop industry, with 400,000 lbs. of bay scallops being harvested in Florida in 1957. By 1992, the commercial harvest was near zero. Fishery groups banded together and worked to restore the scallop populations to healthy levels and by 2005, most years showed … Continue reading Scalloping Florida’s Nature Coast: A Delicious Adventure

Bald Eagles Featured at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for July

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on the threatened Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus), our national bird, during the month of July. Educational exhibits about the Bald eagle will be on display in the Park’s Visitor Center and Discovery Center throughout July. Three mature Bald eagles; Spirit, Homosassa and Summer; an immature … Continue reading Bald Eagles Featured at Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park for July

Independence Day Celebration July 4th

The City of Port Richey and the Bayou Business Association have partnered to bring an Independence Day Celebration to Waterfront Park on Tuesday July 4th. Food and refreshments will be available for purchase. You may bring chairs, but no coolers please. The fireworks display is at 9pm.

Wine in Good Company

Have you been looking for an opportunity to voice your opinion about what you would like to see happening in Brooksville? Well look no further…Come and WINE ABOUT IT with us!

Live Oak Theatre: Teaching Performance with the Ties that Bind

Caitlin Frostman is 18. Her goal is to be an actress and singer on Broadway, after graduating college and moving to New York City. She began acting lessons at thirteen years of age, attending her first summer theatre camp in 2010 at Nature Coast High School. Since 2013, Caitlin has attended Live Oak Theatre Summer … Continue reading Live Oak Theatre: Teaching Performance with the Ties that Bind

Another Old Homosassa Update

Hey, I write things.  And now it’s time to update them! First, the winners of the Scavenger Hunt sponsored by the Old Homosassa Heritage Council! Everyone that I talked to about the race thought it was FUN, FUN, FUN! Now, on a more serious note.  Things that will make Old Homosassa better….. The post I … Continue reading Another Old Homosassa Update

Learn About Black Bears at the Wildlife Park in June

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be focusing on Florida’s Black bears during the month of June.  There will be displays and hands-on activities in the Visitor Center and in the Discovery Center throughout the month.  A special program is planned on the theme of Black bears on Thursday, June 15, 2017. The … Continue reading Learn About Black Bears at the Wildlife Park in June

Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

Pulling up to the wide farm gate on Hayman Road, anticipation of the sweet, yet slightly tart flavor of fresh, juicy blackberries has a grip on me. This is my second year visiting Bramble Creek Farm and I have a vision to fulfill – and a bucket! It is an idyllic scene; slowly touring the … Continue reading Bramble Creek Farm: Growing Blackberries with Love

First Friday Brings Music to the Streets of Dade City

June 2 kicks off summer’s First Friday, a date night of sorts featuring live music, store specials and a community atmosphere from 5-9 pm in Dade City. Downtown shopkeepers and restaurateurs are staying open late to bring some of the finest shopping and dining to NatureCoasters. Live music, in the form of street musicians throughout … Continue reading First Friday Brings Music to the Streets of Dade City

Paddling Adventure for NatureCoasters: Blazing a new Trail

Kayaking and canoeing are peaceful ways of interacting with nature on the water and getting healthy exercise, without getting too wet. Florida’s Adventure Coast (Hernando County) recently opened a new paddling trail from Bayport Park to Linda Pedersen Park to  give residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy what makes Florida’s Nature Coast such a … Continue reading Paddling Adventure for NatureCoasters: Blazing a new Trail

A Corny Obsession for Golden Fans at Frazier Farms

At 10 am the gate opens and customers begin their semi-annual trek for what has been called, “the sweetest gold on earth”: Frazier’s sweet corn. David Frazier owns a 25-acre farm several blocks north of Jefferson and East Avenue in Brooksville. Twice each year he harvests the crops and people flock to the quaint locale … Continue reading A Corny Obsession for Golden Fans at Frazier Farms

May’s Focus is on Wetlands and Wildflowers at the Wildlife Park

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be highlighting Wetlands and Wildflowers during the month of May when wildflowers are springing up all along our roadsides and in our fields. Exhibits will be on display in the Park’s Visitor Center and in the Discovery Center on this theme. You may ask yourself “What is … Continue reading May’s Focus is on Wetlands and Wildflowers at the Wildlife Park

Florida-fresh Blueberries in the Nature Coast: Picking and Grinning

Picking blueberries throughout Florida’s Nature Coast is one of my favorite things to do in April-May. I easily pick 10 pounds at a time and they keep a long time in the refrigerator. I give some to the neighbors, some to my friends, and I eat a lot of blueberries while picking because they taste … Continue reading Florida-fresh Blueberries in the Nature Coast: Picking and Grinning

Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Florida’s Nature Coast has a cornucopia of fresh farm produce available throughout most of the year. While the local grocery store may carry Florida fresh fruits and veggies throughout the year, a local produce market can provide foods that have been grown closer to home, and a trip to the farm provides the freshest food … Continue reading Fresh Farm Food for NatureCoasters’ Good Health

Old Homosassa goes to Tallahassee

Today I’d like to tell you about a bunch of NatureCoasters that really care about their community.  We have two very active  groups that are tirelessly working on projects for the Homosassa River. A wee bit of history–two years ago, Roger Cullen formed the “Access to the River” committee.  Made up of members of the Homosassa … Continue reading Old Homosassa goes to Tallahassee

Bountiful Blueberries make Tasty Fun in Brooksville

You can almost taste it, right? That cool blue sensation that awakens the pallet this time of year. Spring is nearly upon us and with it, the bountiful harvest of Florida blueberries. On April 22 and 23, Brooksville will celebrate Florida’s fastest growing specialty crop of edibles by hosting the Sixth Annual Florida Blueberry Festival. … Continue reading Bountiful Blueberries make Tasty Fun in Brooksville

Panthers and Bobcats featured at the Wildlife Park in April

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park will be highlighting Florida’s Big and Little Cats: Florida Panthers and Bobcats during the month of April. A special program and displays on Florida Panthers and Bobcats are planned during the month of April. A special program on the Living with Florida Panthers initiative will be presented on … Continue reading Panthers and Bobcats featured at the Wildlife Park in April

Disovering Anclote Island’s Delights

Anclote Key State Preserve is steeped in history. French and Spanish pirates used Anclote Key to launch raids in 1682, according to researchers. There are rumors of buried treasure. The word Anclote is a Spanish word that means anchor. The island is about 180 acres, around 4 miles long, and less than a mile in … Continue reading Disovering Anclote Island’s Delights

Art in the Park – Art, Craft and Music Festival

Over 115 artisans participate in this annual juried show featuring fine art, fine craft, and craft artist vendors. Live entertainment is featured throughout the day. The  Student Art Pavilion features a county-wide exhibit of Hernando County student art and a Kid’s Art Zone. You’ll enjoy food, children’s activities, an Art Boutique and more…all in the … Continue reading Art in the Park – Art, Craft and Music Festival

Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters to Compete for Best Cold Brew Title in Nashville

If you are a coffee connoisseur, you need to know about Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters, Citrus county’s first and only coffee roasters. They have state-of-the-art home brewing kits, on-site roasting of over 30 varieties, delicious breakfast, lunch and bakery treats and are soon on their way to Nashville to compete in the Coffee Fest Cold … Continue reading Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters to Compete for Best Cold Brew Title in Nashville