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Stitches and Stories in the John Murray Davis Rotating Gallery

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is proud to present a new exhibition titled: Stitches and Stories. This 2018 show opens on September 6th and will be on display through November 13th. The exhibit features many hand-crafted and machine-made vintage quilts, ranging from large wall hangings to bed quilts. Each of these quilts tells a story that we want to share with you!

Quilts and quilt making are a timeless, ancient craft, which have been made for function as well as self-expression. Two particularly interesting quilts were part of the Florida Quilt Heritage Project, 1986, sponsored by the Florida Museum of History in Tallahassee. They are featured in Charlotte Allen Williams’ 1992 book, Florida Quilts. The goal of the project and the results of the book included discovering, documenting, and preserving the history of Florida as expressed through the life and the times of the quilt makers.

Citrus County took the challenge and two centennial quilts were made, one for Crystal River and one for the county as a whole, since in 1987 the county would have been 100 years of age. The Creative Quilters of Citrus County made the Crystal River quilt with places of interest such as the Old Crystal River City Hall, the Heritage House, the Old Bank of Crystal River, the Holder/Miller House, the Old Women’s Club, and the Plantation Inn and Golf Course. This quilt was exhibited at the National Quilting Association’s annual meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, in 1988.

The Citrus County Centennial quilt was made by the Cracker Quilters group in Beverly Hills. This quilt has appliques depicting places such as the Yulee Sugar Mill, the 1912 Citrus County Courthouse, the train depot, the train tracks going into Homosassa, and the stealing of the county seat, just to name a few. These quilts along with many more will be on display through mid-November.

For more information, visit https://citruscountyhistoricalsociety.org/ or call (352) 341-6428.

Music at the Museum: Brian Smalley

The 2018-2019 Music at the Museum Acoustic and Jazz Fundraising Concerts Return with Brian Smalley on November 15, 2018!

One of Citrus County’s best-kept secrets is the outstanding music that is offered in the gorgeous setting of the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum.

November 15: Brian Smalley is a songwriter who borrows from folksy flat-pick guitar and new-grass as well as a new-age acoustic to create his unique Americana sound. Brian sings with a soulful, earthy yet energetic voice and his live performances tend to be just that: lively! For the past eighteen years Brian has made music his sole occupation, and has four home-spun CDs under his belt: "Songs You Can Sing To Your Dog", "Mangrove Run", "Off Season" and his latest "Jumper Creek is Dry". A great many of the songs are set in and inspired by Florida, a state of mind and a state of nature that he loves to write about and longs to see preserved. For Brian who seems to have lived in numerous spaces in the past, the wanderlust continues and he is willing to travel anywhere to perform and inspire a little love and peace along the way. We are excited to welcome him back to the museum and see what new songs he’s come up with! Listen to Brian’s great foot-stomping music at: https://www.reverbnation.com/briansmalley

December 13: Savants of Soul – Motown/Jazz

January 17: Richard Adams and Julie Smith – Acoustic Virtuoso Guitar and Cello

February 21: Southern Exposure – Local Favorite Jazz Group

March 21: Rusty and the Music Makers – Popular Jazz Tunes

April 18: Mindy Simmons –Tribute to Jazz Legend Peggy Lee

Call (352)-341-6428 or go online to http://www.cchistoricalsocietyshop.com to reserve your seat today. A limited number of tickets are available at the door. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for all shows and music starts at 7:00 p.m. Acoustic shows are $15/person and include light refreshments, a cash bar, and auditorium-style seating. Jazz shows are $25/person and include appetizers, a cash bar, and tabled seating. Season tickets for all six shows are available now for $115/person.

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