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Summer Music at the Museum Concert Series Begins at the Beach!

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Inverness Cultural Heritage Council is pleased to announce the 3rd annual summer Music at the Museum Concert Series. The series kicks off with a tribute to the Beach Boys on Thursday, June 15. Peter Alden and the Corvairs will perform as the Beach Boys at 7:00 p.m. in the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. Come dressed in your best 60s and 70s beach wear and you may win a ticket to a future show!  Call 352.341.6428 to reserve seats.

Thursday, July 20th Brian McCullough will treat us to a duo tribute show of classic Roy Orbison and Conway Twitty tunes. Brian has been traveling and perfecting the beautiful and challenging songs of Orbison and Twitty since 1995. In addition to McCullough’s full band, a special not-to-be-missed guest will also be performing: Allan James, Roy Orbison's guitarist during the 1970s.

In memory of the 40th anniversary of Elvis’s death, on August 17th we will bring Peter Alden back to perform as Elvis! Peter Alden is from Orlando and has performed his tribute show across the U.S. and internationally. Alden has also performed countless lead roles in both dramas and musicals, but it was while he was involved in the production of “Bye, Bye Birdie” that Peter zeroed in on his calling. The musical focuses on an Elvis-style singer being drafted into the army, leading Peter on his lifelong journey as an Elvis tribute artist! He has worked for years to perfect his performance, in all ways – from vocal stylings to mannerisms; from costuming to stage presence – and fans all over the world who’ve seen his tribute not only appreciate Peter’s talent and dedication, but rank his tribute to Elvis as one of the absolute best in the world!

The fourth and final concert of the series brings in Valerie Gillespie, who has played alto saxophone professionally since age 14. Over the years she has added to her repertoire, and now plays soprano, alto, tenor, and baritone sax, as well as flute, piccolo, and clarinet. Gillespie has played with national icons Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, Rosemary Clooney, Joan Rivers, and Ray Charles.

All of these shows are sure to sell out, as have previous summer shows, so call (352) 634-3428 to reserve a seat at $25 per person, which includes light appetizers and a cash beverage station. All proceeds benefit the Inverness Cultural Heritage Council and the Citrus County Historical Society, Inc.’s exhibits, programs, and preservation activities.

Our mission is to promote and provide accessible educational, cultural and musical events for residents and visitors, while maintaining the integrity of the museum, along with the preservation of the artifacts and collections at the Historic Courthouse Heritage Museum.

Citrus County Submittal Period for Tourism Grant Funding is Open

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Citrus County Visitors and Convention Bureau announces that the Tourist Development Council is open to receive grant applications for tourism-related grants now through Friday, August 18. This is the second round of grant funding for the year 2017.

June 2017 - Applicant Submittal Period Opens

August 18, 2017 - Applicant Submittal Period Ends

September 13, 2017 - Applicant Presentation to the Tourist Development Council; Grant Selection & Budget Allocation

There are two grant categories available this period: Special Project/Events and Collateral Materials.

Special Projects/Events Grant

The Citrus County Tourist Development Council (TDC) offers a Special Event Grant program to organizations designated to promote special events/projects which attract overnight visitors to Citrus County, thereby impacting the lodging industry. A “Special Event” is defined as any activity, service, venue, or event which is intended to attract overnight visitors to Citrus County.

This Special Project/Events Grant is used to provide funding for advertising and promotion of local events to out-of-county markets, with the goal of attracting overnight visitors. The Grant funds are intended to supplement the organization’s budget and are restricted in their use, allowing them to be used only for Marketing, Advertisement, and Promotional Materials.

Collateral Materials Grant

The purpose of the Citrus County Tourist Development Collateral Materials Grant is to assist organizations in Citrus County by providing funding awards for program dollars to make our area more appealing to visitors who are spending the night in Citrus County. This grant leverages TDC resources and extends the marketing for Citrus County.

The goals of the program are:

Increase overnight stays in Citrus County

Promote a positive image and increased visibility of the area’s attractions

Increase expenditures by visitors to Citrus County

Enhance the quality of existing material and encourage new collateral development

Educate visitors about the different areas in the County

Grant funding was awarded to applicants in both categories during the last two grant cycles. In the second grant period of 2016, a Collateral Materials grant supported an informational brochure on the Withlacoochee State Trail; a Special Projects/Events grant was given to benefit the Homosassa Seafood Festival during this same period. During the last grant period in early 2017, a Collateral Materials grant was awarded to the author and designer of the Finding the Treasures of the Trail: Citrus County trail guide and a Special Projects/Events grant was given to help advertise the City of Crystal River’s Pirate Fest. These items and events were found to be beneficial to overnight tourism in Citrus County.

To apply and for more detail on each type of grant, maximum awards, eligible projects, reporting requirements, etc., visit the Tourist Development Council website at: Applicants must conform to the TDC’s policies and procedures as specified. Applications failing to meet the deadlines will not be considered until the next funding cycle.

Citrus County Code Review and Appeals Board Will Conduct a Public Meeting

Category: Press Releases       Posted By: Denise Gallagher       Year: 2017

The Citrus County Code Review and Appeals Board will conduct a public meeting on June 28, 2017 beginning at 9:00 am, at the Lecanto Government Building, Room 166, 3600 W Sovereign Path Lecanto, FL 34461.

The purpose of this meeting is to review the revised building division fee schedule. Agenda Items will be:

•              Approval of last CRAB meeting minutes

•              Fee Schedule Revision and Implementation

For any person who decides to appeal a decision made by the Code Review and Appeals Board with respect to any matter considered at this public meeting, he/she will need to insure that a verbatim record of the proceeding is made, which record shall include the testimony and evidence upon which the appeal is to be based. (Section 286.0101, FL Statutes), any person requiring reasonable accommodations at this meeting because of a disability or physical impairment should contact the Citrus County Administrator’s Office at the Citrus County Courthouse, 110 North Apopka Ave., Inverness, FL 34450, phone: (352) 341-6560, or the Lecanto Government Building, phone: (352) 527-5310, at least two days before the meeting. If you are hearing or speech impaired please use the TTY telephone number: (352) 341-6480.


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