Friday with Casie. So Local Pasco, September 30th, 2016.

Hey, everybody, this is Casie.  Casie, this is everybody.

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Casie is my oldest daughter.  She used to sit in my first studio, which was a travel trailer jammed full of recording devices and a computer, recording her own voice, pretending to be a radio dj.  The trailer had it’s own cable, power, and sewer connections.  She would camp out in the trailer on weekends, and she even voiced a PSA when I worked in radio…She was six, I think.

She did a fine job last week, and is back again, today.

In a weird, house of mirrors moment, we realized, today, that the show is Casie, bringing you an interview where I interview HER.  Then, I throw the show BACK to her, in the studio.

All this is to say:  My kid is doing a creative thing.  She is trying to set value for her creative efforts.  This is a difficult thing…Our friend Dave Eichenberger says “All our creative work has value, don’t undervalue your work.”  So go visit her Etsy Shop, and value some of it!

Here’s a little gallery of her work, and a link to her Etsy Shop, TheBeachBunny:

 

She also wanted to bring two other Etsy Shops to your attention:

Cardinal Moon Crochet shop, click image to link
Cardinal Moon Crochet shop, click image to link

And Alex Parker‘s amazing woodburning art!

Click the image to see more of SpacehipMoon's work
Click the image to see more of SpacehipMoon’s work

I’ll be working, Friday, on a Music Cast that will be pretty amazing, and different than anything we’ve done before…Even though the artist has been on before.  I think you’ll like it.

Saturday, make sure and give generously to the Flood of Hope Benefit at Tapas on Ridge, and at the Brews (and wine!) on the Bayou benefit for YFA…I’ll be at both.

Corey is playing music at Gill Dawg, for the YFA benefit, and Alex is going to join him for some tunes.  Good times!  See you there.

Alex, Corey, and Danimal, earlier this year.
Alex, Corey, and Danimal, earlier this year.

Thanks for the night off, kiddo!

Writing and recording the September 30th, 2016 stupid podcast.
Writing and recording the September 30th, 2016 stupid podcast.

~Greg

Mystic Turtle Creations: Creativity, Motivation, Love and Purpose. So Local Pasco, Thursday, September 29th, 2016.

This show is turtles, all the way down. (Let’s see who clicks this, and discovers an amazing artist!)

Today’s guests are creative people…Creative, peaceful, lovely people.  I have met so many folks like Joaner and Tammy, this year.  Hard to believe it’s only ten months!

One a jewelry maker, on a wood crafter, they are a fun couple to hang with…We actually recorded almost an hour of conversation.  Again, I like it when these are not standard interviews…When we can stretch out and discuss ideas, and beliefs, and histories.

Tammy (Left) is the jewelry crafter...Joaner (right) is the wood crafter.  See pics of their donations, below.
Tammy (Left) is the jewelry crafter…Joaner (right) is the wood crafter. See pics of their donations, below.

Here is some of the lovely work they brought with them, Tuesday:

This lovely necklace is one of the donated raffle items for the raffle at the Flood of Hope Benefit Saturday, at Tapas in Port Richey
This lovely necklace is one of the donated raffle items for the raffle at the Flood of Hope Benefit Saturday, at Tapas in Port Richey

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Dragon and Tiger Eye on the donated magic wand, crafted by Joan Hepsworth.

Please support our local artists and crafters…You can catch Mystic Turtle at the Gathering of the Tribes camping trip and mini-festival, next weekend at Starkey Park.  Check out their website by clicking the image below:

Click image to visit the Mystic Turtle website
Click image to visit the Mystic Turtle website

They are also strong supporters of  High Risk Hope, which provides services for premature babies, and premie moms:

Click image for information about High Risk Hope
Click image for information about High Risk Hope

Wreaths Across America Fundraiser and Celebration.  Click to learn more!
Wreaths Across America Fundraiser and Celebration. Click to learn more!

Come see me at Gill Dawg, from 1 to 3pm, today!  Also, don’t forget, Alex Centeno is playing Gill Dawg tonight, 6pm to 10pm.

~Greg

Wednesday with Laura Sherrod Pence, TWO interviews, and more! So Local Pasco, September 28th, 2016

Laura Sherrod Pence joins us again, today, for the mid-week art, culture, music and entertainment report.  She’s coming right along!  Today, she did her first EVER interview, with Stephanie Sky from Soulshine…She’s here to talk about the Ancient Apothecary series of classes she is conducting with our friend and supporter Queen Kavanaugh from the IDR Consciousness Discovery Center.

(By the way…As you scroll this page, NOTE all the amazing, artistic community minded, empowered women in today’s coverage!)

Stephanie Sky from Soulshine
Stephanie Sky from Soulshine, with daughter Leilani.
Queen from IDR Center
Queen from IDR Center

Click the image below to learn more about the Ancient Apothecary series!

Click the image to learn more, and BUY TICKETS...They are limited, and will sell out.
Click the image to learn more, and BUY TICKETS…They are limited, and will sell out.

Tuesdays at the deli are a great time to make new friends, and we sure did THAT on Tuesday.  I was joined first by Candace from the Fur Babies Foundation, a local charity that will benefit from the 4th Annual PetFest, taking place Saturday at the Florida Estates Winery in Land o’ Lakes.

Candace lays out the details of Petfest. That's our friend Dom Lombardo from Hudson Relay for Life in the background.  Hi, Dom!
Candace lays out the details of Petfest. That’s our friend Dom Lombardo from Hudson Relay for Life in the background. Hi, Dom!

Click the poster below for a link to more information.

PETFEST!  Click image to learn more.
PETFEST! Click image to learn more.

Joaner and Tammy Hepsworth from Mystic Turtle came by to visit, and to generously donate raffle items for the Flood of Hope Benefit, taking place this Saturday at Tapas Gastro Lounge, on Ridge Road.

Tammy (Left) is the jewelry crafter...Joaner (right) is the wood crafter.  See pics of their donations, below.
Tammy (Left) is the jewelry crafter…Joaner (right) is the wood crafter. See pics of their donations, below.

Tammy donated this magnificent necklace…The chains are handmade by Tammy!

I know she told me what the stone is, but I forgot!
I know she told me what the stone is, but I forgot!

 

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Detail of the bracelet (tiger eye) and dragon charm, wrapped around the wand…
Wand and stand by Joaner Hepsworth, features some honkin' big amethyst crystals!
Wand and stand by Joaner Hepsworth, features some honkin’ big amethyst crystals!

Again, these items will be raffled at the Flood of Hope Benefit, this Saturday, at Tapas Gastro Lounge, 6404 Ridge Road, Port Richey.  PLEASE stop in, the benefit and music goes on all day, I’ll be there from noon to 2:30.

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You can hear an interview with Joaner and Tammy about their lives and creative works tomorrow, here on So Local Pasco.

Thanks again, ladies, for these generous donations!


Here are some links to events Laura covered in the podcast…Click the images to learn more!

Haunted Angelus House!  OOOOOOOHH!!!!
Haunted Angelus House! OOOOOOOHH!!!!

 

Please support Operation Stand Down, which assists homeless veterans.
Please support Operation Stand Down, which assists homeless veterans.

 

Click to learn more!
Click to learn more!

 

 

I'm not even sure what this image has to do with Trivia OR Barry Horvath, but it looks delicious!
I’m not even sure what this image has to do with Trivia OR Barry Horvath, but it looks delicious!
Come meet Barry Horvath, the ONLY County Commission Candidate we have endorsed, and kick his butt at trivia!
Come meet Barry Horvath, the ONLY County Commission Candidate we have endorsed, and kick his butt at trivia!

THANKS for all your help, Laura!  I know I can be grumpy and demanding, sometimes.

Laura is the one with no beard.
Laura is the one with no beard.

Thursday is Gill Dawg day!  I’ll be there 1-3pm.  Come by and say hello…Check in on social media, and they’ll buy you a drink!!

~Greg

Catching Up On the Medical Cannabis Issue: Our Tour of the Trulieve Dispensary with County Commissioner Mike Wells and County Staff.

Monday was a good day. We toured the Trulieve Medical Cannabis Dispensary in Clearwater, along with County Commissioner Mike Wells, Jr., and Pasco County Government staffers.

This was the culmination of our efforts to get the County Commission to actually learn what happens at a dispensary, as opposed to what they were told happened at dispensaries.  I am very happy to report that a lot was learned.  Good questions were asked.  Some fear were allayed, and some myths busted.

And that, frankly, was all I wanted:  At the end of the day, the Pasco County Commission may decide that there shouldn’t be medical cannabis dispensaries in our county.  I’d be disappointed, because I think there will be an economic benefit…But I would be TRULY angry if I felt like the BOCC didn’t give the idea a fair hearing.  I think they might have tried to ‘slip by’ the people, had we not become interested in the first medical cannabis moratorium discussion in July.  You can watch a video of that, here:

July 2016 Medical Cannabis Moratorium Workshop, Board of County Commissioners.

The early August BOCC Meeting gave folks a chance to show the commissioners that “Those folks” were OUR folks.  Over a dozen people spoke to the board about their personal and professional experiences with medical cannabis. Some negative, but overwhelmingly in support of medical cannabis availability in Pasco County.  I was among those that addressed the commissioners, and it was the first time I have ever done so.

August 2016 BOCC meeting in Dade City…Fast forward to around 224 minutes to hear the testimony of members of the public.

The second workshop, held last week, shows the beginnings of a change in the attitude of Commissioner Starkey, who asked challenging questions of the staffers and invited speakers.

September 20th, 2016 Medical Cannabis Workshop

Which all lead to our tour of Trulieve, today.  Listen to the podcast for details of that tour.

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Link to Trulieve

Link to the Florida Dept of Health Office of Compassionate Use

Thanks to all those who have helped me cover this story…And special thanks to Commissioner Mike Wells, Jr., and the county staff that made the effort to get out and learn more.

 

~Greg

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