Events – December 25-31, 2020


Reenactors with the 14th Brooklyn and the First Florida Artillery fire a replica of an 1841 Mountain Howitzer cannon that shoots a 12 pound cannonball during the First Heritage Skills Day at the Fort King National Historic Landmark in Ocala, Fla. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. During the event, Fort King Artillery volunteers conducted live firing of the Howitzer cannon several times during the day. There were also reenactors that gave live firing demonstrations of an historic .69 caliber French Charleville Flintlock rifle and a .50 caliber Hawkens rifle. In addition, live demonstrations were given throughout the day. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.

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Posted December 25, 2020 | Compiled by Lisa McGinnes
Reenactors with the 14th Brooklyn and the First Florida Artillery fire a replica of an 1841 Mountain Howitzer cannon that shoots a 12 pound cannonball during the First Heritage Skills Day at the Fort King National Historic Landmark in Ocala, Fla. on Saturday, Dec. 12, 2020. During the event, Fort King Artillery volunteers conducted live firing of the Howitzer cannon several times during the day. There were also reenactors that gave live firing demonstrations of an historic .69 caliber French Charleville Flintlock rifle and a .50 caliber Hawkens rifle. In addition, live demonstrations were given throughout the day. [Bruce Ackerman/Ocala Gazette] 2020.

COMMUNITY

Now-1/2

Astronaut Academy
Discovery Center, 701 NE Sanchez Ave.
Tuesday-Saturday 10am-4pm

Kids of all ages learn about space travel with hands-on exhibits exploring the space station, Mars rover and rockets. www.mydiscoverycenter.org

Now-12/30

Christmas Holiday Tour
Grandview Clydesdale Farm
6-7:30pm

Evening guided tours get up close and personal with the majestic Grandview Clydesdales at their farm decorated with holiday lights. Offered Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. Visit grandviewclydesdales.tours for tickets and more information.

12/26-27

Christmas Train
Kirby Family Farm, 19630 NE 30th St., Williston
6-10pm

View the farm’s thousands of Christmas lights from a train pulled by a 100-year-old locomotive and ride the 1950 Ferris wheel and Italian carousel. Admission includes a visit with Santa, petting zoo and magic show. Visit kirbyfarm.com for more information.

12/26

Ocala Downtown Market
Southeast Third Street and Southeast Third Avenue
9am-2pm

A variety of vendors offer local fruits and vegetables, meats and seafood, fresh pasta, honey, arts and crafts, rain or shine. Visit ocaladowntownmarket.com for more information.

12/29

Impact Holiday Reception
Ocala Downtown Market, 310 SE Third St.
5-7pm

The CEP’s entrepreneurship-focused diversity and inclusion initiative, Impact, will host a holiday reception. RSVP required to jim@ocalacep.com.

12/30

1 Million Cups Ocala
Power Plant Business Incubator, 405 SE Osceola Ave.
9:30-10:30am

Two local startups present their business idea to an audience of community entrepreneurs. Email ryan@ocalacep.com for more information.

ARTS

Now-1/1

Hinterlands
City Hall, 110 SE Watula Ave.
8am-5pm

Artist Megan Welch, a portrait painter and educator who lives in Northeast Florida, has created an exhibition of portraits in oil and graphite that portray the stories of those navigating the temporal nature of life, the unknown and the human condition. Open Monday-Friday. Call (352) 629-8447 for more information.

Now-1/3

The Spaces Between
Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
10am-5pm Thursday-Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday

A mixed media exhibition featuring the theatrical landscapes of Christian Duran. Visit appletonmuseum.org for more information.

Now-1/3

Mid-Century Tourism on the Silver River
Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
10am-5pm Thursday-Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday

An exhibition featuring Bruce Mozert’s iconic Silver Springs photographs plus ephemera from Silver Springs and Paradise Park. Visit appletonmuseum.org for more information.

Now-1/3

The Art of Adventure
Appleton Museum of Art, 4333 E. Silver Springs Blvd.
10am-5pm Thursday-Saturday; 12-5pm Sunday

The serigraphs of 1970s artist Clayton Pond highlighting his “Leisure-time Obsessions Series.” Visit appletonmuseum.org for more information.

Now-1/15

Florida: Explored
City of Ocala Recreation and Parks Administration, 828 NE Eighth Ave.
9am-5pm

Ocala artist Dan McCarthy’s exhibition includes pieces created during his exploration of Indian Lake State Forest, a hidden gem in Marion County, capturing the mood and feeling of this wild space. Open Monday-Friday. Call (352) 629-8447 for more information.

12/29

Teaching Tuesday: Bottle Cap Creatures
Appleton Museum-virtual
10-10:30am

The Appleton Museum presents a live streaming art project that the whole family can make at home with basic art and craft supplies. Online at fb.com/appletonmuseum.

GOVERNMENT

12/28

City of Belleview Site Plan Committee
Belleview City Hall, 5343 SE Abshier Blvd., Belleview
9am

Call (352) 245-7021 for more information.

12/28

Marion County Planning & Zoning Commission
McPherson Government Complex, 601 SE 25th Ave.
5:30pm

The Planning & Zoning Commission conducts hearings for zoning changes and special use permits. Call (352) 438-2600 for more information.

12/31

Marion County Development Review Committee Staff Meeting
Office of the County Engineer Bldg 1 Conference Room, 412 SE 25th Ave.
8:30am

Applicants may discuss proposed or current projects with county review staff prior to meeting formally with the Development Review Committee. Call (352) 671-8686 for more information.

ENTERTAINMENT CALENDAR

12/25

Indigo
Spanish Springs Town Square | 5pm

12/25

Dance Express
Lake Sumter Landing Market Square | 5pm

12/25

Earthbeat
Brownwood Paddock Square | 5pm

12/26

Clark Barrios Band
Brownwood Paddock Square | 5pm

12/26

Penta
Lake Sumter Landing Market Square | 5pm

12/26

Caribe Groove
Spanish Springs Town Square | 5pm

12/26

Heather Lynne
Ocala Downtown Square | 6pm

12/26

3 For the Road Plus 1
Circle Square Commons | 6pm

12/26

Sam Hill
The Corkscrew | 7pm

12/26

Side Piece
Pi on Broadway | 9pm

12/27

The Big Bad
Gator Joe’s | 3pm

12/27

Jeff Jarrett
World Equestrian Center | 4pm

12/27

Nate
The Club at Candler Hills | 5pm

12/27

Rocky & the Rollers
Brownwood Paddock Square | 5pm

12/27

Ampli-Fires
Spanish Springs Town Square | 5pm

12/27

Justin Heet Band
Lake Sumter Landing Market Square | 5pm

12/28

Steelhorse
Brownwood Paddock Square | 5pm

12/28

Rick Melvern Band
Spanish Springs Town Square | 5pm

12/28

Blonde Ambition
Lake Sumter Landing Market Square | 5pm

12/29

Heather Lynne
World Equestrian Center | 4pm

12/29

Trip 19
Brownwood Paddock Square | 5pm

12/29

Southbound
Spanish Springs Town Square | 5pm

12/29

Think Big Band
Lake Sumter Landing Market Square | 5pm

12/30

The Mudds
The Club at Candler Hills | 5pm

12/30

Uncle Bob’s Rock Shop
Lake Sumter Landing Market Square | 5pm

12/30

Chasing Amy
Brownwood Paddock Square | 5pm

12/30

Street Talk
Spanish Springs Town Square | 5pm

12/31

The Hooligans
Brownwood Paddock Square | 5pm

12/31

Johnny Wild & the Delights
Lake Sumter Landing Market Square | 5pm

12/31

Blue Stone Circle
Spanish Springs Town Square | 5pm

12/31

Caly & Megan
The Keep Downtown | 5pm

12/31

Opry Band Celebration
Orange Blossom Opry | 8pm

12/31

DJ Karim
Pi on Broadway | 9pm

12/31

Black Sheep
First & Last Tab | 9pm

12/31

Dueling Pianos
The Lodge | 9:30pm