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Citrus County Historical Society

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January 15, 2015 - Bing Futch - Music at the Museum

“Sold out. Would you like your name on the waiting list?”

As the knowledgeable music goers filed into the Old Courthouse in Inverness, patrons heard about a sold out crowd, but many waited, hoping that they could somehow get in to see Bing Futch, dulcimer player.  The word was out about this charismatic performer, and the “in crowd” knew they wanted entry.

Bing introduced himself and gave a brief history of the Appalachian dulcimer.  His brilliant smile and intimate way with the crowd left no doubt that this was an entertainer par excellence. “Pick a Bale of Cotton” got the crowd to sing along, and in between songs, Bing showed how to play the dulcimer, and his magical technical accoutrements intrigued.  After laying down a rendition on the dulcimer, recording it, Bing then played it back and accompanied himself on the American Indian flute.  Unbelievable sounds, and Bing remarked, “Isn’t technology great!”

Part Seminole and African, Bing gave tribute to his heritage with blues from the South and wowed the audience with his double dulcimer.  He even played the ukulele and entertained us with “Kokomo” and “Hawaiian War Chant.” Not one to dwell on any one ethnic group, “Danny Boy” made the Irish feel nostalgic, and the kilt song made the Scots laugh, along with everyone else in the audience.

Other songs, “Crazy Feels Like,” “Run On,” and “Seminole Solstice” wowed the crowds, but the biographical comments about how “Simon Brothers Mercantile” came to be fascinated the fans.  Bing closed out the show with a song about his wife, “Red-headed Lover,” and the crowd insisted on the encore.

The quality entertainment is a certainty at the Music at the Museum concerts. Don’t disappoint your valentine in February. Get your tickets to see the jazz group, Southern Exposure. The date is February 12, the number is 352-341-6427, and the event is sure to please.  Don’t be left on the SRO list.

INVERNESS WALKS – Back by popular demand!

Brought to you by the Citrus County Historical Society, take an escorted walking tour of about 1-1/2 hours of the historical highlights of Inverness. See the new theater coming forth and learn all about historic preservation, as well. This walk includes moderate walking levels. Hear stories about the fascinating history of Inverness, while experiencing the small town charm of our area. What better way to start the winter season, while the weather is nice and cool, and to provide a great stress releaser just before the holidays, as well.
Tour begins at shortly after 10:15 a.m. starting from the Old Courthouse Heritage Museum in downtown Inverness to begin the walk. Reservations only are required.
Cost is $5 per person, and $2 per child under 16. All proceeds go directly to the Citrus County Historical Society.
Tours will be held once per month on the third Friday of each month through April 2014, and may be increased in frequency each month depending on interest. Currently, the February tour is booked.
Group size is a maximum of eight persons per tour, and no more than one child under sixteen per adult, making for a maximum of four children under sixteen per tour.
To reserve your place on this first ever tour, please call (352) 341-6428. 

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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