Monday, Apr 21, 2014
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Hernando County Courthouse celebrates 100th birthday this weekend


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BROOKSVILLE - Connection to small town America begins with understanding the roots of its historical past. And communities often incorporate the historic epitome through celebrations set against the brick-and-mortar backdrop of the county courthouse.

Brooksville's iconic courthouse will celebrate 100 years this weekend, commemorating a history that began in 1913 after two previous structures burned. The current design was styled in the Beaux Arts tradition by architect William Augustusas and constructed by J.F. Jenkins & Company. And it has been the back scenery for many celebrations spanning that 100-year history.

Beginning tonight at 4 p.m., the Courthouse Centennial Celebration will end the Founders' Week festivities, hosting a reception of past and present elected officials. The Honorable Daniel B. Merritt Sr., retired chief judge, will give the welcome and a brief historical narrative. The public is invited to the reception.

Entertainment will be provided by the Hernando Youth Orchestra Mentors, and refreshments will be served by the Junior Service League of Brooksville.

Festivities will resume Saturday at 10 a.m. with a packed day of entertainment by local organizations. In fact, an appearance of the cast from Live Oak Theater's upcoming production of "Fiddler on the Roof" will appear along with other scheduled acts.

Art displays of the courthouse's history, historical displays, a birthday cake and an open invitation to enjoy Historic Brooksville's beautifully diverse shops and restaurants will help make the celebration one to remember.

Saturday's Centennial Celebration itinerary is as follows:

10:30 a.m.: Coastal Chords.

11:15 a.m.: Hernando Harmonizers.

12 p.m.: "Fiddler on the Roof" cast members.

12:30 and 1:30 p.m.: Sam Sikes, Cracker Cattle Demonstration.

12:45 p.m.: Jack Lovelace and the Courthouse Trio

1:30 p.m.: Jerry Pearson, acoustic guitar.

The Hernando County Fine Arts Council will also display historical artwork, along with pieces depicting the courthouse.

The Courthouse Centennial Celebration is an annual event, organized by the Hernando County Government, the City of Brooksville and a committee of local residents and businesses. The two-day courthouse celebration wraps up the Brooksville Founder's Week, which began Monday.

For additional information about the event, call Hernando County Community Relations at (352) 540-6780.

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