Monday, January 25, 2010

Enjoy Old-Time Family Fun at Farm Fest & Quilt Show

DADE CITY, FL – Old Time Family Fun will begin 9 a.m. Saturday, February 6th and continue through Sunday, February 7th at 4p.m. There will be something fun for everyone. Entertainment includes music, and living history demonstrations of pioneer life including soap making, weaving cane grinding and syrup making. Children’s activities include free petting zoo, crafts, activities and more. The Pioneer Village buildings will be open to view, including Pasco’s oldest 2 story house, the Historic Overstreet House.

Headline musical entertainment is “The Southerners”, Pasco County’s Premier Gospel Quartet, playing Sunday afternoon. Les McDowell, the cowboy poet will present his tales of the Florida Cowman.

Cornerstone of the quilt show is the prestigious Hoffman Challenge Touring Collection. Local quilters will also be showcased with a Quilt Contest – calling all local quilters to display their unique masterpieces with winners announced Sunday. Call the Museum for details.

And for animal lovers, the Museum’s 7th annual Draft Horse Competition will be presented on Saturday by the Southern Draft Horse Association. Cowboy Tom will present his Wild West Show and a Cracker Cow Camp will be set up.

Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 10-17, $2 for children ages 5-9 and children under 5 are free. Museum members get in free.

Onsite food and beverages will be available, and on Sunday, beginning at 8 a.m. the first 500 paid admissions will receive a free pancake breakfast.

The Pioneer Florida Museum is a private non-profit history museum dedicated to preserving and teaching about Florida’s Pioneer Heritage. The museum is located one mile north of downtown Dade City, off of US 301, just north of Dade City Business Center. More information, visit or call 352-567-0262


· Cracker Cow Camp
· Les McDowell the Cowboy Poet
· Cowboy Tom’s Wild West Show
For Quilters:
· Hoffman Challenge Traveling Quilt Collection of dolls, quilts
· Hoffman Challenge Clothing Fashion Show
· Kumquat Challenge Quilts
· Quilt appraiser and historian Brenda Grampsas presenting a trunk show
· Local Quilters and Contest
· Quilter Vendors
· Select Quilts from Museum Collection on Display

Living History Displays
· Sugar Cane Grinding
· Sugar Cane Syrup Making
· Soap making
· Weaving & spinning
· 7th Annual Draft Horse Pull Competition presented by Southern Draft Horse Association
· Gazebo Stage: “vgo”, “The Barking Dogs”

· Free Pancake Breakfast for first 500 paid attendees
· “The Southerners”
· “Dulcimer Connection”

· 1835 Seminole Indian Village
· Free Petting Zoo
· Free Seminole Quilt Piecing
· Free Crafts & Games

Contact: 352-567-0262
Barbara Russ, Director

Thursday, January 14, 2010

Enjoy Fine Art, Food & Live Music at Suncoast Arts Fest

Wesley Chapel - Celebrate a countywide weekend of the arts as the Suncoast Arts Fest presents its fifth annual fine art show at the Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel on Saturday, Jan. 23 and Sunday, Jan. 24.

More than 120 fine artists and craftsmen are the main attraction, but there will also be a “Taste of Wiregrass” event and continuous live music throughout the weekend, including Sarasota Slim, the Women’s Blues Review, Ray Olan and his Latin Band and the newly discovered bluegrass/country family band, AmeriKinFolk. In addition to woodwork, ceramics, glass art, paintings, photography and jewelry, the event will feature live chalk art demonstrations on the sidewalks in Wiregrass.

For the kids, there will be an interactive arts area and emerging artists display. All proceeds from the event go to “Art for Kids in Pasco County’’ and help supplement funding for arts education in public and private schools. Also, for the first time this year, the event includes multiple art exhibitions and activities throughout the County, including shows at the Pasco Arts Council, Pioneer Florida Museum, Progress Energy Art Gallery and the Pottberg Gallery at Pasco-Hernando Community College.

For more details, visit or call 727-247-6182.
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