Those magnificent manatees

Published January 13, 2007

The weather should be perfect for enjoying the Florida Manatee Festival today and Sunday. The festival, held in downtown Crystal River on the east side of U.S. 19, features arts, crafts, music, food and educational exhibits on manatees and other wildlife. Across U.S. 19, pontoon tour boats and kayaks will embark on manatee viewing tours. The pontoon boats leave from the end of NW Third Street, and the kayakers paddle out of Hunter Springs Park. You should be an experienced paddler to go on a kayak tour, organizers say. Festival hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2 at the gates. Boat and kayak rides are $7. Purchase tickets at the chamber information booth inside the festival. Don't forget to park at the Crystal River Mall on U.S. 19 and catch a free bus ride to the festival.

Here's what else is going on:

Musical Revue: The World Goes 'Round, featuring songs by John Kander and Fred Ebb, continues Thursdays through Sundays until Jan. 28 at Playhouse 19, 865 U.S. 19 S, Crystal River. Songs include All That Jazz, Maybe This Time, A Quiet Thing and Kiss of the Spider Woman. Danielle Flury directs, and the musical director is Bob Brust. Show times are 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 1 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15 at the box office, which is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday, and at the door starting one hour before the show. Call 563-1333.

Trumpeter: The Hernando Jazz Society will present Dan McMillion from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the SNPJ Hall, 13383 County Line Road, Spring Hill. Admission for nonmembers is $7. Call 666-4842.

Gospel Concert: The Inspirations, an award-winning Southern gospel vocal group, will perform at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando County Fairgrounds auditorium on S Broad Street in Brooksville. Advance tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for children and are available at the offices of radio station WKJO, 7319 Fall St., west of Brooksville. Call 799-9468.