GOIN’ WITH THE FLO— 50+ VINTAGE TRAILERS RETURN TO FLORENCE THIS WEEKEND

 Florence is about to roll-retro for the second annual “Goin’ with the Flo Vintage Trailer Rally.” More than 50 kitschy-campy travel trailers will be staged for public viewing, free, at the Port of Siuslaw Campground in Old Town Florence beginning Saturday, October 19, from noon to 3:00 p.m. The event is all about sharing about and preserving the nostalgic road-tripping vacation era of the 1950s and 60s. Most of the trailers are restored to perfection, some will be in the restoration process, and some will be towed by cool classic vehicles from the trailer’s same era. Solarity Puppetry, a solar-powered literary vintage caravan featuring puppet shows, will present several times throughout the event. Visitors can also chat with the trailers’ owners who are happy to share about vintage trailer restoration, about this growing-in-popularity travel trend, and what it takes to keep these rare rigs on the road. “Last year was […]

Applications for the 113th Rhododendron Court are now available!

Applications for the 113th Rhododendron Court are now available through Siuslaw and Mapleton schools, the Florence Visitor Center and the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. DOWNLOAD APPLICATION HERE: Senior Application and Junior Application. The Senior Court is open to high school senior girls and boys who exhibit exceptional character and are Siuslaw region residents. Queen Rhododendra and her Junior and Senior Princess Courts as well as the King of the Coast and his Senior Prince Court will reign over the 2020 Rhododendron Festival, act as the goodwill ambassadors for this event and make many promotional appearances between the start of the year and the annual Rhody Festival in May. The Rhododendron Court will benefit from experiences with public speaking and media relations. Queen Rhododendra and the King of the Coast, along with their Senior Court, will be awarded scholarships on the night of the coronation. Applications for the Rhododendron Court […]

FLORENCE REGIONAL ARTS ALLIANCE IS SEPTEMBER’S FEATURED EXHIBITOR AT CHAMBER’S VISITOR CENTER

Artwork from the Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) is featured in the Florence Chamber of Commerce Visitor’s Center lobby, 290 Highway 101, throughout the month of September. “We love the diversity of art provided this month by the Florence Regional Arts Alliance,” says the Chamber’s executive director Bettina Hannigan. “FRAA has become such an essential and dynamic part of the community and their efforts to advance tourism through the promotion of the arts is a tremendous compliment to the Chamber’s work in the region.” FRAA chose the theme of “Coastal Critters” for their September exhibit, with artwork reflective of Florence’s diverse coastal life. Artists with work on display include Benny Anderson, watercolor; Kristin  Anderson, fused glass; Mark Anderson, black and white photography; Deborah Cordone, photography; Minn Depweg, watercolor pencil; Pat Blue Heron, mixed media; Ron Hildenbrand, oil; Claudia Ignatieff, oil; John Leasure, oil; Andy Nedder, wood/resin; Pam Nedder, acrylic; Jack […]

TOP HOT RODS, COMMUNITYWIDE GARAGE SALE, RETURN TO FLORENCE SEPTEMBER 13-15

Florence is revving-up for the 12th Annual Invitational Rods ’N Rhodies Invitational Car Show and 7th Annual Communitywide Garage Sale September 13-15. “It’s a high-octane weekend at a spectacular time of year here in Florence,” says Florence Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Bettina Hannigan. “Up to 125 of the west coast’s best high-end hot rods and custom cruisers from 1976 and earlier will be on hand. Some are valued in the range of $250,000 and will exhibit at various show-and-shine locations including a closed-off Bay Street along the river in Historic Old Town Florence.” The main event takes place Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Bay Street in Old Town. The event also includes a Pinewood Derby at 1:30 p.m. Saturday at the corner of Nopal and Bay Streets, the traditional Saturday Old Town Cruise at 4:15 p.m., a poker walk and raffles with lots of prizes, […]

BACKSTREET GALLERY HEADLINES JUNE ART EXHIBIT AT CHAMBER

Backstreet Gallery, a co-op of 24 local artists in Florence, is this month’s featured local exhibitor at the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce’s Visitors’ Center, 290 Highway 101. Visitors to the exhibit will get to see more than a dozen pieces within a theme of “A Summer Flight to the Oregon Coast.” The artists have each chosen an original piece of their artwork depicting birds. Represented artists include Stephanie Ames (photography), Kristin Anderson (fused glass), Pattie Brooks Anderson (ink on watercolor), Kathryn Damon-Dawson (watercolor), Russ Dixon (wood), Charles Draper (photography), Meredith Draper (bas relief/paper clay), Daphne John (fiber art), Claudia Ignatieff (oil), John Leasure (oil), Colleen McKnight (gourd art), Karen D. Nichols (paper painting collage), and Jane Rincon (watercolor). “We are delighted with Backstreet Gallery’s display this month. It fills the walls of the Chamber’s Visitors Center with some really stunning original artwork,” says Chamber executive director Bettina Hannigan. “They are […]

News from BLM on Loon Lake Causing Confusion and Financial Loss for Private Businesses

(LOON LAKE, OR) Recent news releases by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) about the status of their camping facilities at Loon Lake in the Oregon Coast Range remain confusing to the public. The entire Loon Lake, and Loon Lake Lodge and RV Resort and Loon Lake Watersports and Marina, not affiliated with the BLM, remain open. It is true that due to winter snowstorm damage, the BLM closed its campground and recreation facilities on the west end of Loon Lake for the 2019 season. However, inaccurate article headlines and television news reports relating to the BLM press release have not been corrected, further compounding the public confusion. Also, social media comments continue to state the inaccurate news reports. The lodging and marina businesses located at Loon Lake have experienced many cancelations and a lack of new reservations as a result. The beach and docks at the BLM are closed, […]

Oregon’s Coastal Playground Gets New Summer Bus Service!

As of May, and continuing through September of 2019, Florence-area visitors and residents have a new option to see one of the most beautiful stretches of coastline in America. The Florence-Yachats Connector Bus Service shuttles passengers between these two fun destinations so passengers can relax and take in the awe-inspiring ocean, lake, and forest views—for just $5 for a day pass, or $2.50 for a one-way pass. Service includes two round-trips per day, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 7:35 p.m. except holidays. The bus picks-up and drops-off at Grocery Outlet in Florence, makes one mid-route stop at Carl G. Washburne State Park, and makes its turn at 3rd and Pontiac (Historic Log Church) in Yachats. For details, route maps, location of stops, and more information visit www.ltd.org/florence-yachats-connector or call Lane Transit District at 541-902-2067. Exact change or pre-purchased tickets are required. The bus is fully accessible and bikes are […]

FLORENCE PICKED AGAIN AS ONE OF BEST PLACES TO RETIRE

A publication out of Houston, Texas, has named Florence as one of the top eight coastal places to retire. In its recent edition, Where to Retire magazine looked at several categories including cost of housing, quality of life, arts and community involvement.  They also considered climate, the Rhody Festival, and the Winter Music Festival as major benefits. The magazine’s website boasts that Where to Retire is “The authority on retirement relocation since 1992.” The publication’s editor Annette Fuller says though she has never visited, Florence sounds like an ideal place and some of the views she has seen from photographs, amazing. “The Heceta Head Lighthouse, with that red roof, when that is on the horizon, oh my god, it is absolutely compelling for us to see,” she writes. Other retirement destinations mentioned in the best-of list were Washington, North Carolina; Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida; Bainbridge Island, Washington; Carlsbad, California; Picayune, Mississippi; […]

FLORENCE VOTED #2 BEST HARBOR IN US

USHarbors.com has tallied the votes from across the country and from among their 4 million users. Florence was voted #2 Best Harbor of 2019 in the US, overtaking Lubec, Maine, in the final week of voting. Padanaram/South Dartmouth, Massachusetts, was voted #1. The Best Harbor contest kicked off in January with nominations of 1,278 harbors across 23 states. During the nomination phase readers of US Harbors narrowed down the list of eligible harbors leaving 90 across the US. Online voting began in early March. Rounding out the top five were Florence, Lubec, ME, Rockland, ME, and Oyster Bay, NY. The organization announced in its news release that “Over the past few months US Harbors has been on a mission to find out which community our users deem the Best Harbor of 2019. It’s been a long, tight race. For us the best part of the contest was getting to read […]