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2015 Trips to the Rays Ballgames are Back!

raysThe 2015 Rays Baseball Trips, Sponsored by the Senior Foundation of Citrus County are back. Tickets are $50 each and include round-trip transportation via a Chartered Bus from the Citrus County Resource Center in Lecanto to Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg. All proceeds benefit Citrus County's seniors. To reserve your tickets, or for additional information, call 527-5900.



Old Courthouse Heritage Museum Opens New Traveling Exhibition


One Courthouse Square
Inverness, Florida

The Old Courthouse Heritage Museum will open a new traveling exhibition “The Art of Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales” on Tuesday, August 4 and will be on display through the end of October in the John Murray Davis Rotating Gallery at the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum. This visiting exhibition features framed prints of illustrations by Kitty Kitson Petterson for Dr. Kristin G. Congdon’s book Uncle Monday and Other Florida Tales. The artwork is on loan from the Museum of Florida History in Tallahassee.

Few states can boast the diversity of cultures that created Florida and its folktales. The tales go back over 100 years and draw mainly from the Cracker, African American, and Seminole cultures. Large, full-page illustrations vividly express the humor and poignancy so often found in folklore. Congdon’s book has garnered two major awards and is now a Florida folklore classic. Also on display is a collection of classic children’s pop-up books to supplement Petterson’s artworks.

Kathryn Kitson Petterson followed her husband to Saudi Arabia, London, and Kuwait for his career, raising two children in the process. In Saudi Arabia, which did not permit free expression of art, especially by women, she started an art organization that still thrives today. In Orlando, Petterson founded a gallery, taught college art classes, made posters, and illustrated children's books. Her images of Martin Luther King were put on buses. In 2001, she passed away at the age of 58 with cancer.

Kristin G. Congdon is Professor Emerita of Philosophy and Humanities at the University of Central Florida. She has also taught art in a variety of places, including public schools, correctional settings, treatment facilities, and museums. She has published extensively on folk art, community art, multi-cultural art education, and feminism in an effort to celebrate artists who have had little visibility in the art world. She has also been senior editor of Studies in Art Education and The Journal for Research in Art Education and is a principal co-investigator in a project that documents China’s cultural heritage.

For more information about this exhibition, please contact the Heritage Museum at 341-6436.

Old courthouse Heritage Museum Seeking Volunteers


One Courthouse Square
Inverness, Florida

Citrus County Old Courthouse Heritage Museum is currently recruiting volunteers to serve as tour guides and information specialists. The Museum Visitor Service volunteers provide guided tours and visitor information historical and current, about the county and our area for visitors from across the country and world. In addition, they provide insights about state and local history, government and the architecture of the 100+ year old historic building, which is a cultural icon for the county. A weekly shift commitment of four hours is required. Comprehensive training is provided.

Some additional volunteer opportunities available are clerical work, including answering phones, taking messages, and typing correspondence, and providing support for book tours and special events.
For more information, contact Deb Bloss at 341-6429 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

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