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Heritage Festival set

for Baker House

Looking for some local Wildwood history?

This is the weekend, with the 4th Annual Baker House Heritage Festival planned for Saturday, April 29. Hosted by the Wildwood Area Historical Association, the festival is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and includes live demonstrations of pioneer skills, living history camps and antique cars.

Tours of the 1880s home will take place during the day, along with a musket firing demonstration at 10:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m., as well as live performances by several musicians.

The performance line-up includes the Sumter County Queens at 11 a.m., Native American flute music at noon,  the Celebration Dulcimer Group at 1 p.m., Nolan Hamm at 2 p.m. and John Johnson at 3 p.m.

3:00pm—John Johnson 

Baker House is at  6106 C.R. 44A in Wildwood. There will also be food available. For more information or to participate Contact Gidget Gibson (352) 461-1140.

Arts and Crafts Festival

Spring is in the air, and residents of The Villages community are invited to enjoy the beautiful Florida weather while discovering the finest hand-crafted, affordable artisan creations during the 8th annual LaPlaza Grande Art & Craft Festival, 1120 Bichara Blvd. The free, two-day event takes place Saturday, May 6, through Sunday, May 7. from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. both days. Whether looking for pet products, folk art, pottery, jewelry, paintings, personalized gifts, handmade clothing, scented soaps and body products or other specialty green market items, the annual art and craft festival has something to suit every taste and every budget. Friendly pets on leashes are welcome. 

Food giveaway

A USDA food giveaway will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on the first and third Wednesday of every month. The distribution will be at the Lake Panasoffkee United Methodist Church ( Church of the Fishermen). 

A limited number of packages are available on a first-come, first- serve basis. The church is located at 589 N C.R. 470 in Lake Panasofffkee. Please call 352-793-3438 for more information.

The new food pantry hours to help serve the Lake Panasoffkee and Sumterville area are: 9 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.  on  Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays and from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays.

Arts Guild

The spring/summer season is in full swing.

Sumter Counrty Arts Guild members, Darlien Crosby and Jonni Post, took home blue, red and purple ribbons from the Sumter County Fair in March.  Congratulations! ladies.

Carol Applegate has been conducting Acrylic Pouring Workshops.  This is a technique of creating art with texture by using different mediums i.e. pumice gel, molding paste, pouring medium, liquid acrylic paint mixed with lots of creativity and imagination.  Learning something new is always fun.  Later in the summer members will explore creating art with “puff” paints.

The Sumter County Arts Guild invites artisans to visit.  Meetings are held each Wednesday between 1 to 3 p.m. at the Sumterville Community Building – U.S. 301 at CR 522.

Wildwood Masonic monthly breakfast

The Wildwood Masonic Lodge will hold its monthly breakfast from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29. The public is welcome.

Breakfast is all you can eat - eggs cooked to your request, bacon, sausage, grits, toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, orange juice and coffee and tea. The donation is $6 per person.

The Wildwood Masonic Lodge is located  103 Georgia Street, Wildwood, FL (across the street from Tin Can Pam’s). From C.R. 44,  follow U.S. 301 north, turn right onto Georgia Street. From C.R. 42 follow U.S. 301 south, turn left onto Georgia Street.

For more information, call Don Meyers 352-753-2263.

Breakfast is free to all military, police, fire, EMS in uniform.

Pet vaccinations

The low-cost pet vaccinations by the Florida International Teaching Zoo (FITZ) Veterinary staff have been offered for years at various area locations are going to be offered on Saturday, April 29, for the first time ever at the FITZ location west of Bushnell.

The zoo veterinarian will be administering vaccinations to local pet dogs and cats from 10-11a.m. All proceeds from the clinic benefit the FITZ programs.

Vaccination costs are $7 for dog/cat rabies; $15 for the dog/puppy distemper-parvo combination; $16 for bordatella/kennel cough; and $15 for cat/kitten distemper. Vaccination documentation will be provided.

Payment is cash or check only – credit or ATM cards are not accepted. The fees are tax deductible. No sick pets are allowed, dogs must be on leashes and cats must be in carriers. Pets will not be allowed to enter the zoo.

The Teaching Zoo is located at 7725 C.R. 48 West, Bushnell (it’s seven miles west of Interstate 75 and seven miles east of Floral City). Look for the signs.

For vaccination information, call 352- 867-7788. For zoo tour info, call 866-937-1115.