What's Up Zephyrhills

a blog – by Greg First

Mark Your Calendars. Music and Motorcycles Coming September 10th.

music and motorcycles

July 1, 2016 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Music & Motorcycles Rolls Into Zephyrhills

The ever popular Music and Motorcycles will be this Saturday, April 16, 2016 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Music, food, vendors and those wonderful motorcycles will be downtown for this fun event. Check out the poster for more information.

Music and Motorcycles

April 11, 2016 Posted by | Main Street Zephyrhills, Mainstreet Zephyrhills, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Barbarian Beer Fest is Happening This Final Weekend at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival

Come out for Final Weekend on 03/19 and 03/20 of the Bay Area Renaissance Festival! Show off your facial follicles in the Best Beard Competition or test your aim in the Florida State Archery Championship. Be sure to taste some of the best craft beers during our Craft Beer and Food Tastings!


Best Beard Competition
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Patrons proud of their finely trimmed and manicured beards can enter the new Beard Competition for the chance to win amazing prizes! Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
• Longest Beard
• Grizzliest (Fullest) Beard
• Most Unique Beard
• Best Mustache
• Best Trimmed Beard

In addition there will be over 100 Artisians selling just about anything that you can think of. The Town of Fittleworth is waiting for you and remember parking is always free. For more information go to http://www.bayarearenfest.comIMG_4556

March 15, 2016 Posted by | BARF, Bay Area Renaissance Festival, Beer, Beer Fest, Belly Dancers, Chocolate, Fittleworth, Highland Fling, Highland Games, Huzzah, Jousting, King Henry, MOSI, Pet Fest, Pirates, Queen Katherine, Ren Fest, Romance, Uncategorized, Wenches, Wine, Wonders of the World | Leave a comment

Pirates and Pets This Weekend at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI

Ren Fairy

Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 11 – 13 will be one of the best weekends yet at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI. Pirates and Pets is the theme and you can look forward to a Pet Festival, Pet Demonstrations, Weiner Dog Races, Perfect Pirate Competition, Swab the Deck, Craft Beer & BBQ Tasting, Deaf Awareness Weekend and even a Tattoo Competition. In addition to all of that over 100 Artisan Vendors and a group of food vendors fit for a King will be on hand. Remember parking is always free. The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is located at 46th & Fowler Avenue in Tampa

March 12, 2016 Posted by | BARF, Bay Area Renaissance Festival, Beer, Beer Fest, Belly Dancers, Chocolate, Fittleworth, High Seas Adventure, High Tea, Highland Fling, Highland Games, Huzzah, Jousting, King Henry, MOSI, Pet Fest, Pirates, Queen Katherine, Ren Fest, Romance, Royal Pet Fest, Shamrocks, Uncategorized, Wenches, Wine | Leave a comment

O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D…Really???

Bulldog Basketball

I was pleased to represent our newspapers along with Dave Walters and Jim Weber at the Regional Finals in the Dog House at Zephyrhills High School last Friday night. I have always been a football guy but must have forgotten how much fun and excitement is generated when the Bulldogs hit the hard courts. I remember the days of never missing a home basketball game when I was a student at ZHS and the courts were outdoors.

When teams would come to play the Bulldogs at home the school was located where Raymond B. Steward Middle School is at now. Many of you probably thought I was in a one room school house.  Come on, I might be old but not that old. The basketball team was outstanding.  When the visiting teams showed up they sometimes made comments about us not having an indoor gym and playing outside. We were referred to by many other names but our response came on the court. I would love it when there was a strong breeze. Our guys knew how to compensate for it and would be shooting baskets like crazy. The visiting teams had a hard time playing us at home. We now have a beautiful air conditioned gymnasium with no problem with inclement weather or a strong gust of wind changing the path of the ball.

Well it has been about 50 years since we were in the position that we are in today. In 1969 we made it to the regional finals and look where we are at now. Coach Alan Reed and his team of coaches and players have now once again brought boys basketball to the forefront in the State of Florida and Bulldog fans everywhere couldn’t be happier. Our team has chosen to take the high road while facing some adversity at times. It was interesting to me that Ponte Vedra High School which is only about 20 miles from Jacksonville decided to come up with a cheer while making the four hour bus trip to Zephyrhills. It went something like this, “O-V-E-R-R-A-T-E-D” and it continued over and over throughout most of the game. The home team fans and cheerleaders acknowledged every single positive move that our guys made. The Dogs kept their focus while being down 16 points at one time to the Sharks. They had a mission and they continued to implement the plan tying up the score at the end of regulation play. In overtime when it was finally said and done the Bulldogs came out on top beating the Sharks 76 – 68. I am sure I was not the only one having chest pains during this competition. It is starting to feel normal now and I love it. That will always be a night to remember at the Dog House. Many that have been around for a long time looked up at the banners from the 1960’s and remembered.

Today our team of photographers, reporters and social media along with hundreds of fans will be at the Lakeland Center to cheer on our Bulldogs as they take on Poinciana in the State Semi-finals in the final four competition. We wish them the best. Oh, and as far as being over-rated I just want to say this. Our team has earned each and every single advancement that they have made on this awesome journey. The administration, coaching, the hard work of the players and the awesome fans that we have in this community have made this possible and we should all be proud. We do all have one thing in common. We will always be Bulldog fans no matter what. Hey, we wouldn’t have it any other way.

February 25, 2016 Posted by | Basketball, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Time Travelers Invade The Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI

Bay Area Ren Fest lady

The weekends keep getting to be more fun at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI. This weekend, February 27th & 28th the theme is, “Time Travelers” and the Village of Fittleworth will once again welcome visitors of all ages to this awesome event.You can look forward to the Florida State Belly Dance Competition, Steampunk Invasion along with a costume contest, a Fantasy Market, Dr. Who Costume Contest and even a Wine & Cheese Tasting.Every weekend has a different theme but some of the things that are happening continue every weekend. There are 12 stages of entertainment, over 100 vendors selling just about anything you can think of and food glorious food. Beer and wine are also available.

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is located at 46th & Fowler Avenue in Tampa across from the University of South Florida from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. rain or shine and remember parking is always free. For more information go to http://www.bayarearenfest.com.

February 25, 2016 Posted by | Fittleworth, High Seas Adventure, High Tea, Highland Fling, Highland Games, Huzzah, Jousting, King Henry, MOSI, Pet Fest, Pirates, Queen Katherine, Ren Fest, Romance, Royal Pet Fest, Shamrocks, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, Uncategorized, Wenches, Wine | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Highland Fling at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI

Highland Fling
February 20th & 21st
Weekly Food Festival: February 20th and 21st
Craft Beer and Gourmet Pretzels
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Highland Games
Saturday, February 20: Florida Heavy Games Championship
Sunday, February 21: Florida Heavy Games Masters Championship

Highland Games Schedule
Located in Piper’s Valley

10:15a 10:30a
Tampa Bay Pipe & Drums 22lb Breamar Stone Throw
11:00a 11:30a
17lb Open Stone Throw Heavy Weight Throw for Distance
12:15p 1:30p
Light Weight Throw for Distance Tampa Bay Pipe & Drums
2:00p 3:00p
Caber Toss Sheaf Toss
4:00p 4:45p
Weight for Height Awards Ceremony
5:00p
Tampa Bay Pipe & Drums

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is on Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine. It is located next to the Museum of Science and Industry on Fowler Avenue and 46th Street in Tampa. Remember parking is always free.

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February 18, 2016 Posted by | Fittleworth, High Seas Adventure, High Tea, Highland Fling, Highland Games, Huzzah, Jousting, King Henry, MOSI, Pet Fest, Pirates, Queen Katherine, Ren Fest, Romance, Royal Pet Fest, Shamrocks, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, St. Patricks Day Party, Uncategorized, Wenches, Wine, Wonders of the World | Leave a comment

Chocolate Fantasy at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI

 

Chocolate Fantasy

This is the second weekend for a great, family friendly fun time at the Bay Area Renaissance Festival in Tampa as they present a Chocolate Fantasy featuring the Hansel & Gretel Gingerbread Competition. This year they have all new Wine & Chocolate tastings, Whirlwind Wedding Wars, the 8th Annual Fencing Championship, Mural Competition Voting, Couples Pie Eating Contest and much, much more. Food fit for a king and over 100 Artisan booths for your shopping pleasure. All the fun is this weekend February 13th & 14th. A food drive will be taking place and if you bring 4 cans of food you will get a buy one get one free admission to the festival.

The Bay Area Renaissance Festival is from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. rain or shine and is located at 46th Street & Fowler Ave across from the University of South Florida next to the Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) and remember parking is always free.

February 10, 2016 Posted by | BARF, Bay Area Renaissance Festival, Beer, Beer Fest, Belly Dancers, Chocolate, Fittleworth, High Tea, Highland Fling, Highland Games, Huzzah, Jousting, King Henry, MOSI, Pet Fest, Pirates, Queen Katherine, Ren Fest, Romance, Royal Pet Fest, Shamrocks, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, Uncategorized, Wenches, Wine | Leave a comment

Pillage The Village Feb 6 & 7 At Bay Area Renaissance Festival at MOSI

Set sail as fun awaits you during our Pillage the Village weekend! Experience a one of a kind Traders Port full of spices, jewelry and clothing brought here by merchants from far away lands. Is your beard the envy of all shipmates? Participate in our annual Tattoo Competition or test your strengh in the Arm Wrestling Championships! Also, while you’re wearing your favorite pirate garb, enter our Perfect Pirate Contest and be judged on your sartorial sophistication. There is something for pirates of all ages! Parking is always free. For more information go to http://www.bayarearenfest.com 

  • Arm Wrestling Competition
  • Tattoo Competition
  • Pirate Costume Contest
  • Trader’s Port
  • Fairy House Voting
  • Perfect Pirate Competition

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January 20, 2016 Posted by | BARF, Bay Area Renaissance Festival, Beer, Beer Fest, Belly Dancers, Chocolate, Fittleworth, High Tea, Highland Fling, Highland Games, Huzzah, Jousting, King Henry, MOSI, Pet Fest, Pirates, Queen Katherine, Ren Fest, Romance, Royal Pet Fest, Shamrocks, Shamrocks & Shenanigans, St. Patricks Day Party, Uncategorized, Wenches, Wine | Leave a comment

PIGZ IN Z’HILLS AT ZEPHYRHILLS AIRPORT

pigz

 

January 14, 2016 Posted by | Pigz in Zhills, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

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