Happy Friday everyone! No excuse to stay at home this weekend...with things to do indoors and out...
If you want to warm up inside, you might want to head to the Ocala Civic Theatre to catch its latest production. The play "I DO! I DO! I DO! I DO!" wraps up its short run this weekend. The show takes a musical look at the lives and 50 year marriage of a couple, from their wedding night... to raising a family... to growing old together. The show was originally on Broadway in the 60's, coming back in an Off-Broadway revival in 1996. You can catch "I DO! I DO! I DO! I DO!" tonight and Saturday night at 8, with matinees at 2 pm Saturday and Sunday at the Ocala Civic Theatre on East Silver Springs Boulevard. Website
Outdoors, the City of Crystal River is hosting the 27th annual Florida Manatee Festival this weekend. The celebration of the sea cow features lots of entertainment, a craft fair, food and activities for the kids. There's free parking at the Crystal River Mall, with a one dollar shuttle service to the event. Ten bucks will get you a boat tour to go see the manatees (kids 10 and under are free). The festival runs Saturday from 9 to 5 and Sunday from 9 to 4 in downtown Crystal River at Citrus Avenue and U.S. 19. Website
The Phillips Center on the UF campus has something for you if it's music you're looking for. The "Summer of Love Concert" is a celebration of the music and mood of the late 1960's. An all-star cast of musicians, led by former Styx vocalist Glen Burtnik, will re-create the music of the Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Mamas and Papas... and others. The psychedelic Pig Light Show is featured, as well. "The Summer of Love Concert" is Saturday night at 7:30 at the Phillips Center. Website
For a little country music, head to Marion County. Florida native Mel Tillis will be at the Orange Blossom Opry in Weirsdale for two shows. The CMA Entertainer of the Year award winner has been recording since the late 50's.... Shows are Saturday at 2:30 and 7:30 pm. Website
Finally, Martin Luther King's life is being remembered with a parade and rally Saturday in Williston. The parade at 10 am goes from U.S. 27 to Cornelius Williams Park.
Enjoy your weekend!