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By Times staff
© St. Petersburg Times
published March 7, 2002

Some things old, some things new

Singers, songwriters and lovers of music gather near Dade City this weekend to celebrate the legacy of Florida troubador Will McLean and to bask in Florida folk, new and old.

The Will McLean Music Festival brings together about 50 musicians for continuous performances from 10 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. At noon Saturday, the winners of the Best New Florida Song Contest will perform their winning songs. The festival will close at 5 p.m. Sunday with a program of McLean's songs.

While music is the main attraction, there also will be food, poetry, storytelling and arts and crafts, including demonstrations of crafts practiced in pioneer times. Above, Lita Swindle shows Jay Hall and Tampie Taudte how to weave a rag rug using a wagon wheel as a loom at a recent festival.

The campgrounds open Friday, and a potluck dinner kicks off the festivities at 6 p.m.

The festival is at the Sertoma Youth Ranch on Clay Hill Road, 7 miles west of Dade City. Tickets at the gate are $20 for the weekend, $12 Saturday and $10 Sunday. For more information, call (352) 465-7208 or check

Shake that booty and boogie

You can't get more disco than KC and the Sunshine Band. How 'bout pairing that act with the Village People for one fun-filled night of complete indulgence, funky dance music and fabulous clothes?

Yes, kids, it's the 1970s all over again as KC and his big band of sqauwkin' horn players, keyboardists and a slap-happy bassist get you to do things with your booty -- i.e., shake, shake, shake it -- like no others.

When you're not boogying down, you'll be putting on your boogie shoes. After all, KC is your boogie man. Which raises the question, what the heck is a "boogie"? A verb? Noun? All things to all people?

The Village People, everyone's favorite conglomerate of an American Indian, a cowboy, a police officer, a construction worker, a G.I. and, naturally, an S&M leather man, will also rock the hall. Have a gay old time dancing to In the Navy, Macho Man, Y.M.C.A. and the nostalgic San Francisco (You Got Me). Why not, everyone in the 1970s did!

KC and the Sunshine Band perform with the Village People 8 p.m. Saturday at Ruth Eckerd Hall, 1111 McMullen-Booth Road, Clearwater. $35-$75. (727) 791-7400.

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