Every year, the Music Teachers National Association invites outstanding young musicians to showcase their talents in state and regional meetings. Closer to home, the Central Florida chapter invited the top five students from each county to perform at this year’s annual gathering March 27. Fo…

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Driving east into Lake Lindley Village, a home accented by brightly painted murals catches the eye. MeJesTique Forest Gardens was named by combining the initials of owner Janice Spencer and her boyfriend and fellow gardener Mark Schweder. This gardening duo developed every inch of the proper…

It has been said that April showers bring May flowers, but April’s Garden of the Month has had an abundance of blooms all winter long. Steve Lahiff and his wife, Lisa, moved into their new home at 729 N. Florida Ave. in DeLand six months ago.

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“Start the car, I know a whoopee spot,” and let’s get ready for all the jazz and vaudeville you can handle, as Chicago, the second-longest-running American musical in Broadway history, packs up its “Razzle Dazzle” and brings it to DeLand’s Athens Theatre April 16-May 9.

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Elvis may have left the building, but his double, Ted Torres Martin, will be gracing the Athens Theatre stage for one night only on Wednesday, March 24. Martin is a multitalented actor, singer, songwriter and musician who has spent extensive time performing on tours around the world in the U…

Twenty-four years ago, Vera Bluemner Kouba, the daughter of modern artist Oscar Bluemner, bequeathed more than 1,000 pieces of her dad’s art collection to Stetson University. Thanks to a generous gift by philanthropists Homer and Dolly Hand and the Volusia ECHO grant, the Hand Art Center was…

DeLand High School’s Hill Street Theatre is proud to announce our spring musical All Shook Up. Joe DiPietro’s play features the music of Elvis Presley. Classic songs like “Don’t Be Cruel” and “Love Me Tender” are just a couple of the King’s hits sure to bring back memories and inspire hummin…

You can “Go Your Own Way,” but, with no “Little Lies,” “Everywhere” you turn people are talking about the excellent (and socially distanced) concerts at the Athens Theatre in DeLand — and another one is coming Tuesday and Wednesday, March 2and 3. Anyone who has “Big Love” for Fleetwood Mac a…

Who doesn’t love the way Van Halen rocked the world? They had it all, including the best guitarist on the planet. A lead singer with the biggest personality in our solar system. A bass player who laid down the law on bass while singing pristine harmonies over the top. And a drummer who kicke…

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Remember letters? The kind where you would actually sit down at a table and place pen to paper, forming your T’s with precision and your Q’s just so? The kind you would actually use to keep in touch with a loved one? The kind that when received, you keep forever in a box — with its high-carb…

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The West Volusia Artists Inc. are highlighting Elizabeth Zapata Cothran as their “Artist of the Month” for February. Her acrylic painting Calm by the Sea was inspired by her love of the ocean. Cothran’s work will be on display at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center in DeLand through February. 

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West Volusia Artists Inc. is spotlighting the work of artist Peggy Toussant for the month of January. Her painting Magnolias will be on display at the Wayne G. Sanborn Activity Center in DeLand.

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The Museum of Art - DeLand will feature the exhibition “Renato Rampolla: Dignity - The Light Within,” a series of striking, yet sensitive, portraits of the homeless taken by Tampa photographer Renato Rampolla. The exhibition opens Friday, Jan. 8, at the museum’s 600 N. Woodland Blvd. location.

Artist Peter Keller worked as a pipe fitter in Detroit, retiring 39 years later and moving to Port Orange. Remembering he would watch his mother paint with watercolors, as a hobby he took an interest in oils and enrolled in a painting class at the Port Orange Senior Center. Soon after, Kelle…

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 This year, more than usual, it feels like the world could use a serious dose of holiday spirit — and the Athens Theatre in DeLand is ready to deliver Central Florida a jolly remedy for the blues! Plaid Tidings is a splendiferous show for every age, filled to the brim with songs of the seaso…

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MAKING GINGERBREAD — Sarah Thorncroft, executive director of the West Volusia Historical Society, stirs some gingerbread batter with an overgrown sock monkey. Sock monkeys came about during World War I, when those at home made socks for soldiers who were fighting in trenches where their feet…

Shoestring Theatre in Lake Helen is presenting a live musical cabaret under the stars. Everyone is ready for a night of Broadway music without all the worries, and the Shoe has the solution: Broadway in the Park(ing lot). 

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Artist and jazz musician Don Nedobeck died this morning, Oct. 23, at a hospital in Sanford. He had just turned 85 on Aug. 26.

During the month of November, visitors to the Enterprise Museum will be able to view an exhibition of impressionist works by artist Richard D. Colvin. Colvin’s works and experience as a museum professional span more than 30 years.

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John Zelle, a DeLand resident and retired software consultant, began constructing small buildings for model railroads in 2009. These small buildings make up his exhibit “The Artistic Building of John Zelle,” which can be seen at Gateway Center for the Arts in DeBary through Thursday, Oct. 8.

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On Aug. 21, Tom’s Auto Repair at 211 W. Rich Ave. in Downtown DeLand will host the first Fresh As Fruit Gallery exhibition show, which will run through the weekend.

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As the days continue to plow forward with no foreseeable end to the pandemic in sight, many are looking for safe activities or places where they can forget (even if only for a short time) about the weight of our current condition.  After nearly five months of meticulous preparations, the Ath…

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As infection numbers skyrocket and once again live concerts in bars go silent, the Athens Theatre in DeLand and The Studio Creative Group continue to offer you incredible entertainment that you can enjoy from the safety and comfort of your own home! This weekend, from Friday, July 10, throug…

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With infection numbers on the rise, many are back to looking for fun stay-at-home entertainment to help break up the boring blahs. And to answer this call, DeLand’s local theater continues to offer exceptional virtual options that at-home audiences are simply loving — so join the Athens Thea…

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As the performing-arts world continues to navigate choppy waters, the Athens Theatre in DeLand is proud to announce another night of talent to keep the theater afloat and patrons swimming in high-octane entertainment. Central Florida’s own Bad Actors join the lineup of the Rock & Virtu-R…

Get your history fix at DeBary Hall Historic Site, which has reopened after a two-month hiatus.