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By JOY DAVIS-PLATT

© St. Petersburg Times, published April 27, 2001


MUSIC FOR THE SEASON: The Hernando Symphony Orchestra will conclude its 2000-01 season with spring concerts Saturday and Sunday. Performances will be 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Hernando High School Performing Arts Center, 700 Bell Ave., Brooksville, and at 2 p.m. Sunday at Springstead Theater, 3300 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill. Tickets are $9. For information and availability, call 688-3736, 686-5334 or 799-8507.

BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL: The annual Spring Bluegrass Festival will be at the Sertoma Youth Ranch from 4 to 11 p.m. today ($13); noon to 11 p.m. Saturday ($13); and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday ($8). Admission for kids 12 through 16 is $2; children age 11 and younger are admitted free with an adult. Camping hookups are available. Performers include the Reno Brothers, Suggins Brothers, Tim Graves and Cherokee, Changing Times, Devine and LaRoche, Whites Sands Panhandle Band, Valerie Smith and Liberty Pike and Local Exchange. Concessions will be open for breakfast through dinner. Those who attend should bring folding chairs. To reach the Sertoma Youth Ranch, take Spring Lake Highway south, turn left onto Church Road, cross Interstate 75 and turn right on Myers Road. The ranch is on the right. Call 754-3082 for tickets and camping reservations.

ART ON DISPLAY: The work of Spring Hill Art League artist of the month, oil painter Virginia Johnson, will be displayed through April during business hours at the Withlacoochee River Electric Cooperative, 10005 Cortez Blvd., Spring Hill. The exhibit is free. For information, call 596-4000.

Look ahead

CHARITY AUCTION: The sixth annual Autism Society of Florida Dinner and Auction will be at 5:30 p.m. May 5 at GlenLakes Country Club off U.S. 19, north of Weeki Wachee. The event will feature drawings, prizes and entertainment. Tickets are $20. Call 597-9041

NOT AS THEY SEEM: The musical Victor, Victoria opens May 10 and continues Thursdays and weekends through May 27 at Stage West Community Playhouse, 8390 Forest Oaks Blvd., Spring Hill. Shows are at 8 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays. Tickets are $14 for adults and $7 for students age 17 and younger. The theater's box office is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and one hour before each show. Call 683-5113.

NOT JUST DESSERTS: The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will feature Sue Mericle at the May 10 Dessert With the Arts program. Mericle will present Fun with Poetry at the Spring Hill Drive Campus of Pasco-Hernando Community College. Desserts will be served. Members are free; non-members are $3. For reservations, call 596-9455.

ALL ABOUT MOM: New Millennia Studio will present the original production Memories of Mom, featuring local performers, at 3 p.m. May 13 at the studio, 316 S Broad St., Brooksville. The show features local performers paying musical tribute to their mothers. Tickets are $12.50 andinclude a Mother's Day treat. Call 848-0901.

JAZZ BUFFET: The Hernando Jazz Society will have its May Musical Feast Finale at 3:30 p.m. May 20 at the SNPJ Hall on County Line Road in Spring Hill. Buffet and show are $7.50 per person with reservations accepted until May 10. Call Frank Domick, 666-4842.

Quick trips

COLORFUL MUSICAL: The Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat opens at 7 p.m. today and continues at 2 and 7 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at the Center for the Arts at River Ridge, Town Center Road, New Port Richey. The cast of 80 includes students and faculty at River Ridge Middle and High schools, parents of cast members and one alumnus. Admission is $5. Call (727) 992-4210 between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. today for reservations, or purchase tickets at the River Ridge box office between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays. An American Sign Language interpreter will sign the performance at 2 p.m. Saturday, and a section for hearing impaired people will be reserved at that performance. Those who are hearing impaired should call (727) 376-5054 for tickets

Curtain calls

The Hernando Symphony Orchestra is auditioning musicians who play the following instruments: trumpet, French horn, oboe, bassoon, cello, viola and percussion. Anyone interested may call conductor Wayne Raymond at 688-0427 to schedule an audition.

Vendor spaces are available for the Hernando County Fine Arts, Crafts and Music Festival, scheduled for May 26-27. Formerly known as the Masaryktown festival, the event will be at Tom Varn Park in Brooksville. Call 684-6288.

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