The 34th annual Thanksgiving Bluegrass Festival continues today and Saturday at Sertoma Youth Ranch, 85 Myers Road in Brooksville. The festival includes a full schedule of music under the new, 9,000-square-foot pavilion, including the best in bluegrass, instrument workshops and full youth programs.
Onsite camping is available. For ticket prices and event information, call (352) 754-3082 and visit sertomayouthranch.org.
There are plenty of gems to go around at the 38th annual Gem, Mineral and Jewelry Show, happening today through Sunday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at the Suncoast Dance & Party Center, 13383 County Line Road in Spring Hill.
Presented by the Withlacoochee Rockhounds of Hernando County, the event includes handmade jewelry, gems and minerals, lapidary equipment, fossils and a gem auction and more. Adult tickets are $3, teens $1 and 12 and under are free. For information, visit www.withlacoocheerockhounds.com.
Candy cane fun
Gather your friends and neighbors and enjoy a holiday light display and Christmas village at the second annual Candy Cane Acres, starting today and running from 6 to 10 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 21 at the Hernando County Fairgrounds, 6436 Broad St. in Brooksville.
Families can explore the fairgrounds, where they will visit Mrs. Claus' kitchen and decorate cookies; see a Parade of trees; stop by Santa's workshop to make a craft to take home; and have fun at the Magical Playground. There also are sleigh rides and a live Nativity scene. For information, call (352) 796-4552.
The Nature Coast Festival Singers present "A Christmas Concert Series" at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Spring Hill United Church of Christ, 4244 Mariner Blvd., Spring Hill, and Dec. 8 at the Nativity Lutheran Church, 6363 Commercial Way, Spring Hill. Both concerts begin at 3 p.m. A special event, "Handel's Messiah," will start at 3 p.m. Dec. 15 at the First United Methodist Church of Hudson, 13123 U.S. 19, Hudson. If you have sung Handel's Messiah and would like to join the performance, call Jeanmarie at (352) 556-8549 or Liesl at (352) 848-4484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.