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Festival to feature Christian concert

The popular musical event will be part of Chasco Fiesta's final weekend.

By BARBARA L. FREDRICKSEN
Published March 30, 2007


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NEW PORT RICHEY - Chasco Fiesta starts its final weekend today with the popular Contemporary Christian Family Night concert from 6 to 11 p.m. in the Sims Park amphitheater.

Chasco concludes Sunday.

Tonight's headliner is Grammy-nominated singer Ayiesha Woods, who blends rock and pop-influenced music with traditional worship music in her debut album, Introducing Ayiesha Woods, and in her concert appearances.

Although she was born on Long Island, N.Y., her biggest hits so far have been in the Caribbean, where she won "New Arrival of the Year" and "Contemporary Vocal Performance of the Year (Female)" at the Caribbean Gospel Music Marlin Awards in 2004.

Another relatively new act in tonight's lineup is 33Miles, a Tennessee-based group that describes its music as "pop, rock, country and worship."

The band took its name from the 33 years that Jesus spent on Earth. The group expects to release its first album, 33Miles, on April 10.

Others on tonight's program are New Port Richey's Carrie Pettit, who kicks off a singing tour through the United States and Canada on Sunday, starting with four dates in Nashville; and Group 1 Crew, a funk-pop-hip-hop fusion group out of Orlando that has been compared to the Black Eyed Peas and Souljahz.

Saturday's activities start early, with sign-ups for the Alzheimer's Family Organization's "2007 Rally to Remember" foot, cycle and skate runs in Starkey Wilderness Park, off Starkey Boulevard between River Crossing Boulevard and DeCubellis Road.

Registration starts at 7 a.m. ($15 for ages 15 and younger, $30 for ages 16 and older). The fee includes a custom-designed T-shirt, refreshments and a goody bag. IHOP will serve pancakes before the races and hot dogs afterward.

There will be 5K and 10K foot races, a 10K in-line skate and 10K, 25K, 50K and 100K bicycle tours. There will also be a 16K off-road mountain bike race, a junior mountain bike race, an 8K off-road foot race and a one-mile walk/fun run.

Money raised by the races will go to the Alzheimer's Family Organization's People Helping Families programs, which provide respite care assistance, the Wanderer's I.D. program, support groups and caregiver/professional educational seminars.

For information or registration, call (727) 848-8888 or, toll free, 1-888-496-8004.

Meanwhile, sign-up for the kayak races on the Cotee River starts at 7:30 a.m. Saturday at the Crab Shack near the U.S. 19 bridge in Port Richey. The races start at 9 a.m.

Saturday's big spectator event is the Chasco Boat Parade at 1 p.m. from Miller's Bayou to Sims Park in Port Richey and back. Some $4,500 in prizes will be awarded for "best boat overall" and the winners of a dozen other categories.

To enter, call Laurie Froelich at (727) 919-6434.

The Chasco Fiesta Country Concert is at 6 p.m. Saturday.

Today

9 a.m.-11 p.m.: Native American Festival.

11:30 a.m.: Registration for the Chasco Fiesta Golf Tournament, Beacon Woods Golf Club, $100 fee.

12:30 p.m.: Shotgun start of golf tourney.

1-4 p.m.: West Pasco Historical Society exhibit open at museum.

5-11 p.m.: Chasco Carnival.

6-11 p.m.: Contemporary Christian Family Night.

Saturday

7-8 a.m.: Registration for bicycle tours and races, in-line skate, Road Run, Fun Run and Walk: Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park.

8:15 a.m.: Races start.

7:30-8:30 a.m.: Registration and breakfast for Chasco kayak races, Crab Shack.

9 a.m.: Kayak races start, Cotee River at the U.S. 19 bridge to Sims Park.

10 a.m.-11 p.m.: Native American Festival.

10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Children's Pageant/Contest, New Port Richey Recreation Center.

11 a.m.-6 p.m.: West Pasco Historical Society exhibit open at museum.

11 a.m.-11 p.m.: Chasco Carnival.

1 p.m.: Chasco Fiesta Boat Parade, Millers Bayou to Sims Park.

5:45 p.m.: Gates open for Chasco Fiesta Country Concert (general admission: $15 in advance at the West Pasco Chamber of Commerce office, 5443 Main St., New Port Richey, or $25 at the gate; Golden Circle: $20 in advance, $30 at the gate, seating provided) with Darryl Worley and Rodney Atkins.

Sunday

11 a.m.-6 p.m.: Native American Festival; Chasco Carnival; West Pasco Historical Society museum open.

2-5 p.m.: Big Band Showcase.

[Last modified March 30, 2007, 00:03:29]


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