Concerts on the Circle at The Shops at Wiregrass will feature Shevonne Philidor from 6 to 9:30 p.m. today. Tampa-based Philidor, 21, is best known for her Season 6 wild-card appearance on “America’s Got Talent.” Concerts on the Circle is sponsored by Q105 and The Shops at Wiregrass to benefit the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. For information, visit www.theshopatwiregrass.com.
West Pasco festival:
Chasco Fiesta returns with family fun, music and entertainment beginning Friday, and runs through April 13. The festival, along the Pithlachascotee River in downtown New Port Richey, originally began as a fundraiser for the local library in 1922 and has been held continuously since 1947.
The festival, which is loosely based on a story about Native Americans, is highlighted by a Native American festival Friday through Sunday.
The Chasco Fiesta Street Parade begins at 1 p.m. Saturday in downtown New Port Richey. About 140 units in the parade will compete for awards with the theme “Viva FL 500,” commemorating the 500th anniversary of the discovery of Florida. Holiday Rotary stages the parade.
Chasco starts Friday night with the carnival, Native American Pow Wow and Festival, Lighthouse Coronation Ball and Contemporary Christian Family Music Night. The Saturday slate features a flea market and Arts & Crafts Village, Children’s Village, Main Street Mile and a Rock ’n’ Roll Tribute in the Park concert.
More than 30 local nonprofit groups benefit from the festival. Some groups host food booths as a fundraiser and others participate directly with a specific event to raise funds for their charity.
The full schedule is available at www.chascofiesta.com.
The Florida Old Time Music Championship is returning home for its 31st annual event Friday and Saturday at the Pioneer Florida Museum grounds. The event, founded to preserve and perpetuate old time music, was first held there in 1982. Friday hours are 5 to 10 p.m., with competitions beginning at 7?p.m. and including harmonica, dobro, autoharp and old time singing by individuals and groups.
Saturday hours are 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. A backup guitar workshop with Clayton Jones, assisted by Angelee Krieger, will cover a range of techniques from 10 to 11 a.m. Competitions Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. are finger pick guitar, hammered and Appalachian dulcimers, beginning old time banjo, beginning fiddle, and rhythm instruments such as Jew’s harp, washboard, washtub and spoons. Competitions Saturday from 2 to 5 p.m. are flat pick guitar, mandolin, old time banjo and senior fiddle eliminations. Saturday night at 7 p.m. are old time banjo finals, senior fiddle finals and old time string band.
Mac Benford, guest of honor, is also scheduled to demonstrate his music at 8 p.m. Friday and 10:30 a.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday. Benford has been a leading figure in preservation and performance of traditional Appalachian stringband music for more than 40 years. He began playing clawhammer banjo in 1960 as a student at Williams College and has made a career as a professional musician since.
The Cousin Thelma Boltin and Edward Lee Flemming Jr. awards are also given at The Old Time Music Championship. The Edward Lee Flemming Jr. Award, sponsored by the Friends of Florida Folk, is presented at the end of the contest and presented to someone who is outstanding on a single instrument or in recognition of exceptional versatility on a number of instruments.
The executive board of The Florida Old Time Music Championship has presented the Cousin Thelma Boltin Award for service to the old time community since 2002. It focuses on service to the community at the event and/or in Florida. The award was established to recognize individuals who have supported and nurtured the old time music community in Florida for many years.
Admission to The Florida Old Time Music Championship is $5 for Friday and $10 for Saturday. Admission for all weekend is $15. Children younger than 12 are free. Camping in the rough is available for $10 per night with advance reservations or $12 per night at the gate. No pets or coolers are allowed. For information, visit www.fotmc.org. The Pioneer Florida Museum is located at 15602 Pioneer Museum Road, a mile north of Dade City, off U.S. 301.
The Spring Fair at the Shops at Wiregrass will begin Friday and continue through April 14, featuring rides, food and games. North American Midway will present the rides, with unlimited wristbands available for $15 weekdays and $20 Saturdays and Sundays. Tickets are available for four for $5; 22 for $25; or 55 for $60. Rides take two to four tickets each.
Hours are 4 to 9 p.m. weekdays, 2 to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 2 to 9 p.m. Sundays. For information, contact the carnival office, 28211 Paseo Drive, at (601) 874-3176. The outdoor shopping center is located on Bruce B. Downs Boulevard at State Road 56.
The Dade City Cruise-In will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Saturday around the Historic Pasco County Courthouse in downtown Dade City. The cruise-ins are hosted monthly by the Greater Dade City Chamber of Commerce and feature antique and classic cars, vendors and music by disc jockey Starvin Darvin. For information, call the chamber, (352) 567-3769.
The Shops at Wiregrass will hold its Fresh Market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the outdoor mall located off Bruce B. Downs Boulevard at State Road 56. The market will feature more than 50 vendors featuring local, certified organic, hydroponics and conventional produce; Florida-grown plants, herbs and flowers; organic garden food and supplies, as well as locally made foods such as jams, jellies, salsa, dips, seasonings and sauces. There will also be local artists and live music. For information, visit www.tampabaymarkets.com.