When Elvis Came to Town


Citrus County Historical Society

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Hear Sam Spade Live and Onstage in Citrus County! SPADE:    Sharpen a couple of pencils, Sweetheart, I’ll be right over . . .


Crystal River’s Mayor Jim Farley will be directing the theater troupe Bloody Monday Capers in a production of a Sam Spade radio play on November 8 and 9. It will be staged in the 2nd floor courtroom of the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum, Inverness.

Mayor Farley stars as hard-boiled private detective Sam Spade in the mystery “The Blood Money Caper.” Sponsored by Wildroot Cream-Oil for the hair, the entire production will stay faithful to the original script, with sound effects, sponsor breaks, and of course, Spade’s tough-guy persona.

Before the advent of television, radios and radio shows were a common form of entertainment, especially during the Golden Age of Radio, 1925 – 1955. The Adventures of Sam Spade, by Dashiell Hammett made their debate on CBS in 1946. Howard Duff, a mostly unknown Hollywood actor took on the first roles, which rapidly gained in popularity.

Admission is $15. Doors open at 6:30 pm, with cash bar and snacks available. The show begins promptly at 7:00. Proceeds will benefit the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum exhibitions, programs, historic preservation, and maintenance of the 1912 Citrus County Courthouse.

Partnerships and sponsorships are available from several different levels, so call today for more information or to reserve your seat 352-341-6427 or 352-341-6429 or e-mail at csociety@tampabay.rr.com. If you wish, stop by the Old Courthouse Museum at One Courthouse Square for tickets and a tour.

Music at the Museum - With Patchouli - get your tickets quickly while seats are still remaining, by calling 352.341.6428

                                         Click on the following to listen to Patchouli:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1NTO6B5DxBE&feature=player_embedded

Bruce Hecksel’s astounding guitar technique reminds listeners of The Gypsy Kings, and when blended with fellow musician and vocalist Julie Patchouli, they bring high energy and sweet harmonies to their acoustic repertoire on Thursday, November 20, 2014 from 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Cost is $10/per person. Call 352.341.6428 to reserve your seat today! 


Old Courthouse Heritage Museum makes Channel 10 News on "Why do they call it that?"


And, how Elvis saved the courthouse, then and now.

Check out the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum on YouTube Tour below.


Citrus County Historical Society

The Citrus County Historical Society, Inc. (CCHS, INC.) was originally formed in 1963, and incorporated in 1979. Operating as a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation, it accepts tax-deductible donation in the active pursuit to "preserve and further the knowledge of the history and pre-history of Citrus County and nearby areas."

Since 1985, the Citrus County Historical Society has been located in The Old 1912 County Courthouse, located at 1 Courthouse Square, Inverness, Florida. The historic Courthouse was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992.Call (352) 341-6428 to order historic photographs for your home, office or business.Please consider becoming a member and volunteering with one of our many programs, events or councils.



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