So Local Pasco Podcast, March 31st, 2016. Eric Anderson talks Chasco Fiesta Edition

Eric and friends will lay some great classic rock out for you, 5pm, Saturday!
Eric and friends will lay some great classic rock out for you, 5pm, Saturday!

Eric Anderson has played in a TON of good music projects, in our community:  He has done solo work, has “pinch hit” for the Bearded Brothers, and even played with local 80s legends Shadofax, during their recent reunion.

The "Grateful Nation" concert is this Saturday, April 2nd, kicking off immediately after the Chasco Fiesta street parade, in Sims Park.
The “Grateful Nation” concert is this Saturday, April 2nd, kicking off immediately after the Chasco Fiesta street parade, in Sims Park.

Today, he joins us to plug his Saturday gig at the Chasco Fiesta…The Eric Anderson Band  plays around 5pm on the Sims Park stage…Also appearing at the Grateful Nation Concert that day will be our friends in Dead Serious, The Embry Brothers Band, The Dalton Paige Band, and Seven Bridges, The Ultimate Eagles Tribute show.


Tomorrow’ we’ll catch up with Julie Black, a GREAT singer songwriter who will be appearing at The Chasco Fiesta, as well.

Julie will join us on the Friday podcast!
Julie will join us on the Friday podcast!

In closing…There was a SLEW of serious traffic accidents and other madness in West Pasco, on Wednesday.  At least one fatal accident on 52, serious accidents on 19 in Holiday, and 54 near Trinity…Additionally, reports of a stabbing at the Winn Dixie on Moon Lake Road, and a bomb threat on a public transportation bus.

Hey, folks…It’s a crazy world, out there.  PLEASE be careful.  PLEASE be mindful of the lives around you…PLEASE be kind to one another.

I feel like hugging everyone who survived, today.

*hugs*

~Greg

So Local Pasco Podcast, March 30th, 2016. Chasco Fiesta Info, Hudson Relay Fashion Show Edition

I am going to hit you with a lot of Chasco Fiesta Info, tonight, so get ready!  Here are the two main links I mention in the podcast:

This will be the 70th Chasco Fiesta.
This will be the 70th Chasco Fiesta.

NEWSPORTRICHEY.ORG SERTOMA CHASCO BBQ INFO LINK

CHASCO FIESTA OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Those two links are a great starting point to plan your participation in the Chasco Fiesta, this year.  The festival runs April 1st thru 9th, and most events take place in and around Sims Park, downtown New Port Richey.

There will be dozens of things to do…NINE concerts, TWO parades, FIVE different art shows/cultural events, FIVE sporting events and ONE MASSIVE barbecue event….There’s more, but you get the idea.

Over the next several days, we’ll try our best to bring you updated information about things happening at and around the Chasco Fiesta…In addition to ‘official’ events, a GREAT MANY live music events and parties will be taking place in conjunction with the Fiesta…Everyone knows it’s a great time to throw a party.


 

Speaking of which, I hope you’ll join me in support of the Relay For Life Hudson’s annual Fashion Show and Luncheon, which takes place Saturday, April 9th, from 11:30am to 2pm.  As mentioned in the podcast, your ticket gets you the fashion show featuring fashions for adults AND kids, a luncheon provided by The Olive Garden, raffle tickets, and more.  There will be a 50/50 and door prizes, and I will be emcee and music DJ for the show!

Relay For Life Hudson

All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life. Tickets are going fast! Call today!
All proceeds benefit the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Tickets are going fast! Call today!

For tickets and info, please call:

Carolyn @ 727-271-9908 or Cathy @ 727-264-7578


Finally, here is a link to a scholarly article called:

“New Port Richey: Myth and history of a city built on enchantment”

by Adam J. Carozza


Thanks to John Tietz for making his excellent NewsPortRichey content available to us!

John Tietz, local news done right!
John Tietz, local news done right!

 

So Local Pasco Podcast, March 29th, 2016. NPR Drum Circle, REAL Waters of Pasco Edition

 

It sounds so inviting:  “Crystal Lagoon coming to Pasco County”.  It’s beautiful.  I mean…Look at it!

Looks good, right?  I mean...Look at the rendering of our local mountains, in the background!
Looks good, right? I mean…Look at the rendering of our local mountains, in the background!

Too bad it is fake, sterile, and not for you.  Unless, of course, you buy one of the 1500 homes, which will run to $200,000.  It’ll be a gated, PRIVATE lagoon.  But the pictures sure are pretty!  I won’t even link to it…You can find the article all over Facebook, or on Bay News 9.

U.S.19
Scenic U.S.19, West Pasco County

Meanwhile, in the REAL Pasco County, we struggle to RE-develop the last abandoned boom…The west side of Pasco County.  We can’t get a permit to extend a CRITICAL evacuation route (Moon Lake Road to the Veteran’s Expressway) from the Army Corps of Engineers…But, hey!  We can get one to build a lagoon that will use our critical water resources for a $100 MILLION dollar private development.

Awesome.

Here’s a newsflash:  We ALREADY HAVE a sandy, freshwater beach, in Pasco County, at Sunwest Park in Hudson.  Frankly, I’m skeptical about all THAT development has in store, except that it is being planned on land that has ALREADY been mined.  It is a RE use project, that does not divert water away from our needs, here in Pasco County.  We have water restrictions nearly every year…And continue to pump away OUR fresh water to feed greedy lawns in other counties.  Is this development a good idea?

Who benefits, aside from wealthy home buyers, and the development company?

We sit next to an amazing marine ecosystem…Home to THOUSANDS of species, including manatees, dolphins, sea turtles…So who is excited about this sterile, PRIVATE crystal lagoon?

Not me.


 

Interview today with our friend Laura Sherrod Pence, who would like YOU to wander to the riverside, and join the New Port Richey Community Drum Circle, at Gill Dawg.  Come on out…See the REAL waters of Pasco County.

Laura and I at the Hogs 4 Dogs event...She is a BIG booster of community service projects, and a central part of the "So Local Pasco" family.
Laura and I at the Hogs 4 Dogs event…She is a BIG booster of community service projects, and a central part of the “So Local Pasco” family.

Click on the image below to join the discussion…The New Port Richey Community Drum Circle gets together once a month (last Wednesday of the month) at Gill Dawg, on the Cotee River.

A mellow gathering, a good place to start, if you'd like to learn about drum circles!
A mellow gathering, a good place to start, if you’d like to learn about drum circles!

Thanks for tuning in!  Let’s see what I can find to rant about, tomorrow!

Oh, hey…feel free to leave comments…But play nice, or I shall have to ban you!

~Greg

So Local Pasco Podcast, March 28th, 2016. Loquats and Loud Music Edition

Yep.  It’s true.  Lots of loquats and loud music, this weekend, for your intrepid So Local Pasco podcaster.  I hung out with bikers, farmers, promoters, musicians, and even a politician or two.  I got around.  I got BUSY.  I got my hands dirty, and I got to support a club that does great charity work on behalf of foster kids AND parents, here in our community.

There isn’t one highlight, but there WAS a favorite moment…When Corey and his friends began the build up to “What I Love”…One of Corey’s originals I had never heard.  Oh, my.  So wonderful.  This is real, organic, ORIGINAL music, being played at Overtime Sports Bar, in Hudson.  Magical.  The clip does not do it justice…Here is the complete video:

And that, by the way,  is how we are going to do video, from now on: Ourselves.

Where Ma Dawg?  In the Spare Room Studio, last week.
Where Ma Dawg? In the Spare Room Studio, last week.
Alex opened, and made everybody jealous of his vocal range.
Alex opened, and made everybody jealous of his vocal range.
You could SEE.IT. Totally on the same wavelength.  It was spooky, knowing they had not played a lick together, in years.
You could SEE.IT. Totally on the same wavelength. It was spooky, knowing they had not played a lick together, in years.

Don Middlebrook still life
Don will be back this way in October, don’t miss it!

More music…This is the life of a troubadour…Don Middlebrook is that, in the best sense of the word.  A touring, original musician, playing his heart out for people who are busy eating lunch 😉


I promise…I’ll refrain from any more loquat talk for at LEAST thirty days…However, I heard rumors about an Okra fest and a Collard Green Jamboree, so….

Dell does a LOT for our community.  Not just the people, but the land itself.
Dell does a LOT for our community. Not just the people, but the land itself.
Many of the vendors at the Festival sold out!  Estimates are that OVER 500 people attended!
Many of the vendors at the Festival sold out! Estimates are that OVER 500 people attended!

Found myself at Gill Dawg in Port Richey TWICE this weekend.  Good music, good times!

Jeremiah Halverson and Alex Centeno got asked to stay an extra hour, they were a BIG hit at Gill Dawg, Sunday.
Jeremiah Halverson and Alex Centeno got asked to stay an extra hour, they were a BIG hit at Gill Dawg, Sunday.

Finally, check out NewsPortRichey, a PRINT media website that has the same idea that we do:  Local news and information is best served by local interested people!

Click the pic to visit their excellent website!

John Tietz, local news done right!
John Tietz, local news done right!

Have a great Monday, everyone!

~Greg