In 2020, the Homosassa Civic Club donated $12,000 for the Beri-Hagarty Phelps Scholarships for 12 graduating seniors to continue their education. When the schools closed down due to the quarantine, over $3,000 was raised by the members and from the club to help feed the children of Homosassa Elementary School.

The club provides a meeting place for the Homosassa River Alliance, the Homosassa River Restoration Project, the Old Homosassa Heritage Council, the Homosassa Girl Scouts, and the Homosassa Ukers. The office is now a Sheriff’s workstation. After-school and adults programs are held in the Old Homosassa Learning Center. (No charge for any of the children’s programs) Free Wi-Fi is provided to the community.

Every year, Christmas gifts are given to many children that might go without and the club has a Christmas Party for all the children in the community where they meet Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus. Donations are given to numerous local groups.

All the above come from the proceeds from the annual Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival. Canceling the annual festival was not taken lightly. All the chair people from the festival were consulted and it was almost unanimous that the festival could not take place this year. This is an entirely volunteer-run event. The primary concern was for the health of our volunteers that would be taking money and dealing with the thousands of people that come into our community from all over the state. There was no way to ensure the safety of the volunteers or the visitors.

The Homosassa Civic Club will continue the above programs and donations in the future and members are currently planning an event in the Spring—if the threat of COVID-19 is less. The second weekend of November in 2021, the Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival will return. Mark your calendar—November 13-14, 2021.

Hope to see you at the 2021 Homosassa Arts, Crafts, and Seafood Festival on November 13-14.