Full life. Full forward.
As Florence Mayor Stephen J. Wukela said with optimism four years ago during his State of the City address, Florence is in a state of a renaissance.
“Our union is not a facade of smiles that conceal real differences; but, rather, the durable product of hard negotiation and true compromise motivated by practical realism and a singular goal. We have turned the force of this efficient and urgent pragmatism toward the critical task of rebuilding our City,” Wukela said in 2013.
Continuing downtown revitalization, decreasing crime, and investing in infrastructure advances at a steadfast pace.
Spring brings a new round of exhibits, festivals, and outdoor activities to enjoy in Florence.
Arts and entertainment in Florence County in the spring features a beautiful lineup. From the notable April festivals in Florence to “The King and I” at the Florence Little Theatre to concert lineups, there’s a variety of activities to enjoy.
Returning for its fifth year, ArtFields has plenty to do day and night. The nine-day festival in Lake City is an art competition with $100,000 in cash prizes given to artists across the Southeast. Winners are determined by attendees as well as a juried panel. Artfields runs April 21-29. For a list of the events, visit http://www.artfieldssc.org/attendees/events/.
Arts International will be held from noon to 6 p.m. April 8 in downtown Florence. There’ll be three stages of continuous music as well as the Artisan Village and food vendors. Don’t forget the Eighth Annual Welding Rodeo returns to Arts International as well. The daylong contest starts at 7:30 a.m. and finishes with judging and auction, which benefits the Florence-Darlington Technical College Educational Foundation’s scholarship fund.
Also April 8 is the Flo-Town 5K. The run/walk offers participants an enjoyable trek through Pee Dee history and the natural wetlands along Jeffries Creek. The 5K starts at 9 a.m. For more details, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/SC/Florence/FloTown5KRunWalk.
Anybody out there have any good original recipes involving pecans?
The Florence Convention and Visitors Bureau wants you to share them as it has special plans for celebrating National Pecan Month in April. The Florence CVB is holding a recipe contest, and entrants’ recipes also will be used to create a pecan-focused cookbook.
The cookbook will help celebrate the South Carolina Pecan Trail, a culinary trail dedicated to the pecan, where Florence is the hub. It is seeking original recipes from area residents to share, and there’s a category for youth, too.
Home, amateur and professional chefs of any age – there’s a special category for youth, too -- from the area are encouraged to submit their original recipes for a chance to win gift certificates and to be featured in the cookbook. “Original” is defined in this case as not previously published by the entrant, or anyone else, in the same or substantially the same form.
Prizes will be awarded to first, second, and third place for adults and youth. For adults, first place will be awarded $250; second place, $150; and third, $75. For youth, first place will be awarded $75; second place, $50, and third, $25.
FLORENCE, S.C. -- One of Florence's well-known run fundraisers, Pacing for Pieces Half Marathon and 5K Run/Walk, is back this March.
This event, which draws several hundreds of in-town and out-of-town runners to the starting line at Salvation Army, is the largest fundraiser for All 4 Autism, Florence’s local autism advocacy organization.
Amy Pennington, a mother of a child with autism, created the race to gain awareness in the Florence area and raise money for resources and support for those with Autism Spectrum Disorder.