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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

Swimming with Manatees Adventure

It was 59 degrees when we stepped outside on a brisk February Florida morning. Climbing into the truck before sunrise to head north on the Gulf Highway (Hwy 19), we were on our way to Citrus County to fulfill my son’s Christmas gift to his sister… swimming with manatees. When the Gulf water temperature drops, … Continue reading Swimming with Manatees Adventure

Homosassa’s Wildlife Park History featured in March

The history of Homosassa and the Park will be highlighted during the month of March at Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park. Displays on our area’s heritage will exhibited in the Park’s Visitor Center on US 19 and in the Discovery Center from Tuesday, March 7, 2017 through the end of the month. Special … Continue reading Homosassa’s Wildlife Park History featured in March

Heritage Day Festival

The 1885 Train Depot is the place to begin your full day of fun activities. Heritage Day 2017 vendors, artisans and demonstrators will be set up along along the Good Neighbor Trail. Enjoy entertainment at the Gazebo, a bake sale, a silent auction and games; food and beverages will be available for purchase. Several historic … Continue reading Heritage Day Festival

Experience ‘Art in the Park’ March 11-12

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council is excited to present its very popular “Art in the Park” for the 33rd year on Saturday, March 11, from 10 am to 5 pm and Sunday, March 12, from 10 am to 4 pm at Tom Varn Park in downtown Brooksville – and you’re invited! This celebration of … Continue reading Experience ‘Art in the Park’ March 11-12

Discover Ozello: the Nature Coast Keys

Ozello (or as the locals pronounce it Ozelluh) can be found between Crystal River and Homosassa by turning onto Highway 494 from U.S. 19. This winding two-lane blacktop is called “The Ozello Trail,” and it twists and turns through St. Martin’s Aquatic Preserve, a 23,000 acre wildlife preserve owned by the citizens of Florida and … Continue reading Discover Ozello: the Nature Coast Keys

Spring Hill’s Start & its Iconic Waterfall

In 1968, the United States was in the throes of the Vietnam War, Richard Nixon was elected President, and Spring Hill was established. It is hard to imagine how the mega land developer, Deltona Corporation, would choose to develop this specific piece of Florida. The Mackle Brothers created the Deltona Corporation to build their Florida … Continue reading Spring Hill’s Start & its Iconic Waterfall

Wildlife Park features Alligators in February

Ellie Schiller Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park’s monthly focus during the month of February will be on the American alligator. Displays will be available in the Visitor Center on US 19 and in the Discovery Center inside the Wildlife Park. Two special programs will be presented on the American alligator. (featured image at top of … Continue reading Wildlife Park features Alligators in February

Discovering San Antonio

Every year, in October, the Rattlesnake Festival is held in San Antonio. I will never forget talking to a friend in Crystal River about the San Antonio Rattlesnake Festival and having her ask why I was going to Texas! I replied that San Antonio was right here in Florida’s Nature Coast and proceeded to explain … Continue reading Discovering San Antonio