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Alabama's Renaissance City


In This Issue
Message from Mayor Holt
Florence City Council Meeting - Tuesday, June 19
4:00 p.m. Work Session / 5:00 p.m. Council Meeting
City Auditorium, 103 South Pine Street



Music in the Park 2018
Wilson Park
11:30 am -1:30 pm

June 20th - The Browns 
June 27th - Tim & Amber Rhodes/Holly Horton
McFarland Park
Friday, June 29
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Featuring - Salt & Light





On March 12, 2018, the City of Florence was officially 200 years old - making it one full year older than the State of Alabama!
It was a GRAND Bicentennial Celebration on Monday, March 12, in Wilson Park, and now we have an entire year of exciting events planned to highlight the different sectors that helped form our wonderful City.



For June, we are looking to take it back.  'Way back that is, to the Frontier Days of Florence!
 As part of the festivities, the City celebrated its earliest settlers with various events and attractions. 
The following events will complete the month:
  • Saturday, June 23, 10:00 AM to Noon - MEET & GREET for our KOREAN WAR VETERANS, Pope's Tavern
  • Monday, June 18, through mid-August - HOUSE & HOME EXHIBIT on loan from Washington, DC, featuring the housing evolution of the United States.  Stop by to see this grand exhibit at the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts, open Monday-Friday, 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. (See information under the Arts & Museums Section below.)
For a full list of Florence Bicentennial events, visit

(Including an online store - Click on "Shop" from the menu)
(Here are a few of the items for sale...)









(Updated Schedule as of May 22, 2018)

We are indebted to our wonderful Sponsors who
helped to make the celebration possible!

Memorabilia is for sale in the Mayor's Office and includes:  Christmas ornaments, canvas tote bags, coasters, ball caps, coffee mugs, insulated tumblers, throws, coins, tee-shirts, polo shirts, golf balls, fans, window decals, lapel pins, screen wipes, and koozies, and the beautiful 2018 Bicentennial Calendar published by The Design Committee of Florence Main Street and features interesting information about Florence's fascinating history, along with details of the commemorations that will take place monthly from March through December.  

Bicentennial Office - 256-760-6689
Mayor's Office - 256-760-6400
Mayor's Office
Florence-Lauderdale Government Building
102 South Court Street - Second Floor

The CLUB is coordinating a trip to Nashville...
The Public is invited to join them...
Nashville Show Trip
  • 3 Days - 2 Nights
  • July 30 - August 1, 2018
  • $365 pp/Double Occupancy
This Tour Includes:
  • Motor coach transportation
  • 2 nights lodging
  • 4 meals: 2 breakfasts and 2 dinners
  • Guided Tour of NASHVILLE
  • Visit to Opry Mills
  • Ride on the DELTA FLATBOATS inside the OPRYLAND HOTEL

For Information & Reservations Contact:

Fran Davis @ (256)760-6642
The Club @ (256) 760-6420
You can also email me at


The Club, 450 Country Club Dr, Florence, AL @ 8 am

Additional Payment Information:

$75 Due Upon Signing. *Price per person, based on double occupancy. Add $89 for single occupancy.   
Click here for Itinerary and Full Details:

Congratulations to our Florence, Alabama, OnPoint Manufacturing!  Press Release Below...

OnPoint Manufacturing Collaborates with New York Designer, Gabi Asfour, and Parsons School of Design to Develop New Uniforms for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
OnPoint Manufacturing, Inc., an innovative leader in on-demand, personalized apparel manufacturing, today announced a partnership with top New York Designer, Gabi Asfour, and the Parsons School of Design to redesign and manufacture new uniforms for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra under the leadership of Music Director Marin Alsop.
In addition, we invite you to view the video in the listed link:



Meet and Greet for area Korean War Veterans
Saturday, June 23, 10:00 a.m.
Pope's Tavern Museum
As part of the City's Bicentennial celebration, Florence's historic Pope's Tavern Museum will host a "Meet and Greet" for area Korean War veterans on Saturday, June 23, at 10:00 a.m.  Everyone is invited to come by the museum and talk with the veterans about their experiences during the war in an informal setting. This war was fought between several countries of the United Nations against North Korea and its allies. June 25th will mark the 68th anniversary of the beginning of the war. The Northwest Alabama Chapter #2 of the Korean War Veterans Association is the local organization for this area. Anyone who served during this war is welcome to join us. 
Pope's Tavern Museum is located at the corner of Hermitage Drive and Seminary Street. For more information call Wayne Higgins at 256-760-6439 or 256-764-4945. This event is sponsored by the Florence Department of Arts and Museums and the Florence Bicentennial Committee. 

The Last Five Years, a musical by Jason Robert Brown, will be presented at
The Z, 416 N. Court Street, Florence, on Thursday-Saturday, June 21-23, at 7:30 pm,
and on Sunday, June 24, at 2 pm.  Directed by Martin Dean, the show stars Heather Bithell and Hunter Jackson. Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and will be available at the door beginning 30 minutes before curtain or online at www.TheZTickets.Store.
For additional information, email 
 or call 256-768-5586.

An interactive FREE program will be held at the Florence Indian Mound Museum
Saturday, June 23, at 10:00 A.M.
Join us for this free event and make your own pollinator garden!
James Newton will give a presentation about the importance of pollinators like bees, butterflies, and hummingbirds and their role in pollinating flowers, trees, and crops in our environment. We will then make pollinator gardens for you to bring back to your home.

This is a free event!
This program is sponsored by the City of Florence Department of Arts and Museums and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area. The Florence Indian Mound Museum is located at 1028 S. Court St. Florence, AL and is open, Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Sundays from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Call 256-760-6427 for more information.
Local Authors Day at the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Visitor Center Featuring Native American Heritage, Civil War and Haunted History

Saturday, June 23
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
The Florence/Lauderdale Tourism and the Muscle Shoals National Heritage Area will host a Local Authors Day featuring Historians Debra Glass, Tim Kent and Butch Walker.  They will speak about the history of the Shoals area associated with Native American heritage, the Tennessee River, Civil War and haunted history. The event will be held Saturday, June 23, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Visitor Center in McFarland Park and is free to the public. Each author will sign their books after their special presentations.

Debra Glass will present and sign from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.,
Tim Kent from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and
 Rickey Butch Walker from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Debra Glass holds an M.A.Ed with an emphasis in history from the University of North Alabama. The author of over thirty-five books of folklore and romance, she has also penned several articles for Fate Magazine, as well as historical articles for various Civil War Magazines. She conducts the Haunted History of the Shoals Ghost Walk Tours.  Her presentation will focus on the haunted history of downtown and the early development of Florence as a river town.

Rickey Butch Walker is a life-long native son of the Warrior Mountains and will be presenting information from his books that chronicle the lives and history of Chief Doublehead and Chief Colbert. He taught science at Speake High School for 11 years and served as Director of Lawrence County Schools' Indian Education Program and Oakville Indian Mounds Education Center. Walker is currently a writer and author. In addition to his Masters Thesis, he has written several books about Native American life.
Tim Kent has been interested in the Civil War since the age of six. Over the past ten years, he has written several books about different aspects of the Civil War. Kent enjoys re-enacting and is a captain with the 26th Alabama infantry. He has re-enacted several battles and enjoys making period clothing for himself and his family, collecting Civil War relics, books, and Confederate Generals autographs. Kent is also the Lieutenant Commander of his local Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 898, the William A. Johnston camp. He has spoken at various camp meetings all over Alabama.
All three books and full author bios can be found at
the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Visitor Center and on
For additional information please contact
Florence/Lauderdale Tourism at 256-740-4141

Come learn about our waterways and why we need to protect them.
Join Kids and Kin for FREE games, songs, and crafts.
Saturday, June 23, at 10:30 a.m.
Florence Library Conference Room

Florence-Lauderdale Public Library
350 North Wood Avenue


Death by Chocolate, by Paul Freed, will be presented at The Z, 416 N. Court Street on Thursday-Saturday, June 28-30 at 7:30 pm, and on Sunday, July 1, at 2 pm.
Death by Chocolate is a comedy murder mystery set at a health resort
which has staff members dying at an alarming rate.  It is up to the new resort
manager and a mystery writer guest to find the culprit. 
Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for students and will be available at the door beginning 30 minutes before curtain or online at www.TheZTickets.Store. For additional information, email or call 256-768-5586.
UNA Summer Theatre presents
July 20 & 21, 7:30 p.m., Norton Auditorium
For tickets visit
or visit the Lindsey Theatre Box Office (T, W, Th 12pm to 3 pm)

KENNEDY-DOUGLASS CENTER FOR THE ARTS is located at 217 East Tuscaloosa Street,
Florence, and is open, free of charge, Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  
Call 256-760-6379 for information on City museums and art events or Click here.


House and Home: The NEH on the Road Exhibition
Comes to Florence for the City's Bicentennial
June 18 - August 9
The National Endowment for Humanities On the Road Exhibition, House and Home, will fill the galleries of the Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts from June 18 - August 9. Sponsored by the City of Florence Department of Arts and Museums and the City of Florence Bicentennial Committee, House and Home comes to Florence from the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., in partnerships with the Mid-America Art Alliance to tell the story of American housing and neighborhoods. 
The NEH on the Road version of House & Home draws on themes originated by the National Building Museum to encourage visitors to explore how our ideal of the perfect house and our experience of what it means to "be at home" have changed over time. The exhibition includes domestic furnishings and home construction materials, photographs, "please touch" interactive components, and films. Together, the objects and images illustrate how transformations in technology, government policy, and consumer culture have impacted American domestic life.
The City of Florence has received a National Endowment for the
Humanities grant for special public programming that will accompany the exhibition.

The first program Our Neighborhood will take place at the
Florence Indian Mound Museum on Thursday, July 12, at 6 PM.
This program will be a panel question and answer session with experts on community planning. Alabama Historic Commission preservation planner, Mary Shell; Florence's own City Planner, Melissa Bailey; planning consultant from KPS Group in Birmingham, Jason Fondren; will give insights into long-term neighborhood planning and relationships.
Our House is a free book-making session at the
Florence-Lauderdale Public Library on Saturday, July 14, at 1 PM.
Preregistration opens June 14 at the library for homeowners and families who would like to make a book and share stories about their homes. Each registrant will receive a worksheet to help lead them through the story of their house and make a beautiful memory book. Space is limited so please sign up quickly! 
Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts is located at 217 E. Tuscaloosa St., Florence and is open Monday - Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Admission is free. For more information call 256-760-6379.




There is a brief description available on the flyer, and our website link
for registering is:


Don't Forget to Visit our Farmers' Markets!


College Street Farmers Market
will be open at the Singin' River LIVE
526 East College Street - Covered Facility
May thru November - Every Thursday - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.,
with local vendors, live music, and food.
Contact:  Allison Mackey 256-762-1760


Florence-Lauderdale Farmers' Market
451 Fairground Road - Covered Facility
May - Saturdays - 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
June thru September - Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays - 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.
October - Saturdays - 6 a.m. to 1 p.m.



123 East Mobile Street
(256) 712-2383
Monday - Friday: 10:00am to 7:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 4:00pm



The City of Florence has numerous boards and commissions through which our citizenry can get involved.  We depend upon you to help us make wise decisions and we solicit your advice and ideas.  Your service is invaluable in helping us continue to build and prosper as a progressive City. 



If you are interested and willing to serve on one of these boards,
you may: 

Pick up an application from the Mayor/Council Office or
download a simple application that is available on the City's website at

A description of each board, along with the resolution
detailing the guidelines for serving, is also posted on the same website.  Applications stay on file for one year.  After one year, you will need to reapply or let us know to update your application that is on file.  







The Florence/Lauderdale Animal Shelter has

DOGS AND CATS available for



Click here for the Quarterly Newsletter...





NEW SHELTER HOURS - The Shelter is open from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. weekdays.  


Friday Evenings the Shelter is open for Pet Adoption - 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.


Weekend hours are:

 Saturday, open to the public and volunteers,

from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and

Sunday, closed to the public,

but open to volunteers from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon.


Volunteers are always welcome!






The City Council adopted a  pet license ordinance

for certain dogs and cats. 

The ordinance became effective May 1, 2014.


Florence Parks & Recreation Department
For an updated listing of the monthly activities at the
Royal Avenue Center
421 North Royal Avenue

"Where Boomers and Seniors Come Together As ONE"
450 Country Club Drive
(Savannah Highway/Hwy. 20)
Florence - 256-760-6420
***The Club is a drug free, alcohol free facility***




2018 Weekly Schedule of Events


On FRIDAYS, the Boomers and Seniors wear RED to show support for our service men and women.  Get your "CLUB" shirt the next time you visit.
"JOINTS IN MOTION" CHAIR EXERCISE CLASS will help you with your activities of daily living.  Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 8:45 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.  No age limit. Men, women, friends and family are welcome to join us at The CLUB.  No fee.  Class Leader:  Fran "fish" Davis.
Also, the Joints in Motion Class offers the opportunity for you to join them in prayer around the flagpole each Monday morning after class at 9:50 a.m. to pray for our community, city, nation, first responders, troops, and families and friends of The CLUB.
THE NUTRITION PROGRAM is a NACOLG/State program which serves lunch each Monday-Friday, at 11:00 a.m., at The CLUB.  Suggested donation $1.  This program is based on age and not financial need.  Limited seating (35) available on first come basis.  You must be seated by 10:30 a.m.  Feel free to come check it out.
The only requirements are:
1) Must be 60 years of age, and
2) Must sign in and be seated by 10:30 a.m.
BOOMER'S & SENIOR'S TUESDAY NIGHT DANCE at The CLUB, 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., each week.  The doors will open at 6:00 p.m.  $6 per person.  Singles & couples are welcome.  21+ years old.  Music spanning the decades is performed by The Browns.  For more information please call The CLUB at 256-760-6420, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Alabama's state dance is Folk and Square Dancing.  It's a healthy challenge that will have you stepping to the music and enjoying your new dance family.  The Singing River Squares will happily be your square dance angels during your BEGINNING SQUARE DANCE CLASSES that begins approximately every 12 weeks. The Singing River Squares WELCOMES you to give it a try.  Singles, couples, families...anyone with the desire to learn is welcomed.  For more information call Fran at The CLUB, 256-760-6642.  The seasoned dancers will dance PLUS TIPS in between the beginners tips.
BINGO is offered at 9:30 am on Tuesday and Thursday mornings.  No fee for BINGO.  Expendable type prizes are appreciated such as paper products, toothpaste, mouthwash, lotion, soap, puzzle books, unopened snack foods. If you'd like to make a donation our guys & gals they would greatly appreciate it.
BOARD GAMES, ROOK, CARD GAMES, DOMINOES and fun with friends each morning & afternoon at The CLUB.  9 am to 4 pm.  No fee.


We attend
Senior Citizens Appreciation Day (SCAD)
each spring!

We have picnics at The Club throughout the year. Feel free to give us a call for the schedule. Due to thunderstorms that roll through our area we have to postpone our outdoor events occasionally.
The DULCIMERS play each fourth Thursday at The CLUB, from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Come and enjoy their music!
We enjoy MYSTERY TRIPS and overnight trips with our friends from The CLUB.  The Dam Fall Color Tour and Touring for Christmas Lights are two of our favorite annual tours along with Reelfoot Lake, the Earthquake Lake, Tiptonville, TN during bald eagle season.

Our vegetable garden at The Club

Have a great weekend!

Mayor Steve Holt

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P.O. Box 98
Florence, AL 35630