Voters in a national poll have selected Florence as the country’s second-best small town for adventure. In April, USA Today’s 10Best.com listed Florence as one of their top-20. Florence beat out such tourism heavyweights as Sun Valley, ID; Telluride, CO; Sedona, AZ; Moab, UT; Watkins Glen, NY; Bar Harbor, ME; and Stowe, VT. Florence was beat out by Marquette, WI. The poll allowed voters to vote once per day on as many devices as they wanted for several weeks. Florence started the poll at number 11 and quickly rose to second. The poll closed Monday, May 14. Florence was the only Oregon destination on the list. To make the list, each town had to have a population under 25,000. Florence’s population is just under 9,000. In a similar USA Today poll last year Florence was voted second of the Top 20 Best Small Towns in the Northwest. “We are super […]
More than two dozen pieces of art, including photos, watercolors, ceramics, and sculptures in metal and wood, are part of a new art display at the Florence Chamber of Commerce’s visitors center this month The Chamber features a different local art exhibit each month. Their current display of local artistry features a variety of works by local and Northwest artists from both Sticks and Stones Gallery and The Blue Heron Gallery in Old Town. “Visitors will find a beautiful display and a wide variety of photography, sculpture, and artwork in several mediums by locally-, regionally-, and nationally-acclaimed artists,” says Bettina Hannigan, the chamber’s executive director. “It’s exciting to be invited to participate in the chamber’s monthly exhibit,” says Jack Butler, owner of the Blue Heron Gallery, Sticks and Stones Gallery, and Wind Drift Gallery in Florence. “We appreciate the many ways that the chamber supports Florence’s growing and vibrant arts […]
The chamber’s newest committee has launched a survey targeted towards non-tourism driven businesses up town and around town. This survey will help define challenges and opportunities so that this new committee can work towards meeting these needs.
Rhody 2018 Window Painting Scholarship Fundraiser! Let’s Paint the Town! Join in the fun and help create excitement for 111th Rhody Weekend (It’s almost here!) This fundraiser not only creates excitement, shows support and celebrates Florence, most importantly helps raise scholarship money for our graduating senior court. We Hope You’ll Paint the Town with Rhodies! Business all over town have an opportunity to boost excitement about the 111th Annual Rhododendron Festival, support our local students, draw in customers and your donation could be tax deductible*! Deadline to participate is April 13th and painting will begin Mid-April. Please fill out the attached form and a coordinator will be in contact with you to schedule your Window Painting Date. DOWNLOAD THE PARTICIPATION FORM HERE!
The Small Business Revolution (SBR) will be announcing the Top 5 Towns on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:30am ET, 4:30am PT. You can watch the Top 5 announcement on Facebook Live by following SBR’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/smallbizrev. Florence, Oregon is currently in the Top 10 Towns and is anxiously awaiting the results to see if the community has made it to the next round. If Florence makes it into the Top 5, the next step will be an online vote that will run from Feb. 13th until Feb. 20th. Individuals will be able to vote once per day, per email address during the week-long voting period by visiting www.smallbusinessrevolution.org. Voting will begin promptly after the Top 5 announcement on February 13th and will conclude at 6:00pm PT on February 20th. Voting will be done on a 24-hour clock and individuals with multiple email addresses are welcome to use each […]
The Small Business Revolution (SBR) will be announcing the Top 5 Towns on Tuesday, February 13th at 7:00am EST, 4:00am PST. You can watch the Top 5 announcement on Facebook Live by following SBR’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/smallbizrev. Florence, Oregon is currently in the Top 10 Towns and is anxiously awaiting the results to see if the community has made it to the next round. If Florence makes it into the Top 5, the next step will be an online vote that will run from Feb. 13th until Feb. 20th. The voting will be open and individuals will be able to vote once per day during the week-long voting period by visiting www.deluxe.com/small-business-revolution. In 2017, there were about 1 million votes cast nation-wide, with the winning town receiving over 350,000 votes. Florence is currently one of only two towns in the current Top 10 on the entire west coast, with […]
The Florence Regional Arts Alliance (FRAA) is very excited to invite all artists to participate in the 2nd annual “Florence Fest” to be held at the Florence Events Center on April 27 and 28, 2018. Last year’s event was a huge success as over 700 people attended and we sold almost 40% of the art selected. This year’s event, which will feature two days of Jazz, Art and Wine, will be highlighted by talented jazz musicians and outstanding wine from some of the best wineries throughout the state. Selection for the exhibit will be made by Margaret Prentice, who is an accomplished painter and printmaker and has curated numerous exhibitions throughout the Northwest. She is currently Professor Emeritus in the Art Department at the University of Oregon where she taught for 26 years. Prentice taught drawing, intaglio, and relief printmaking, papermaking and artist’s books. Her original prints are included in […]
The Public Art Committee of the city of Florence has created an exciting new program to enhance the beauty and livability of our community by regularly introducing original outdoor art into Florence to create a unique sense of place and enhance community identity. This program, called “Art Exposed – Dynamic Public Art” provides a creative outlet for artists to display their work, and artists are encouraged to submit unique pieces that demonstrate extraordinary creativity and elicit a feeling of “Wow” from all who view them. Many cities around the world are engaged in programs of this type and it creates excitement for both the community and visitors. Five (5) locations for this art have been selected by the Public Art Committee and are in the high visibility/high traffic area of Historic Old Town Florence along Bay Street. This area is filled with restaurants, galleries and specialty shops and provides a […]
January 30 is National Plan Your Vacation Day, and the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce is ready to help. The event, promoted by Project Time Off who encourages everyone, on January 30, to take 30 minutes to plan a vacation. Nationally, more than 660 million vacation days go unused. “It is proven that those that take vacation time are happier, healthier, and more productive,” says Bettina Hannigan, executive director of the Florence Area Chamber of Commerce. “Vacation is essential to strengthen personal relationships, inspire creative thinking, improve professional performance and promote better health—and Florence should be at the top of your list of vacation destinations for many reasons.” “Our visitors, and locals too, enjoy the dunes for ATVs, sand rails, sandboarding, and hiking. They love that we have more than a dozen lakes within a dozen miles of town, as well as the Siuslaw River and the ocean. There’s fishing, […]
This week, the Rhododendron Festival Committee announced the selections for the 2018 Rhododendron Court, comprised of a Senior Court of five princesses and two princes, and a Junior Court with five princesses. The Senior Court Princesses are Andrea Hernandez, Lainey Goss, Thelma Gentry, Alex Saindon and Denielle VanWinkle. The Senior Court Princes are Colby Waters Trent Reavis both from Siuslaw High School. Junior Court Princesses from Siuslaw Elementary are first-grader Alleya Thomas, second-grader Jasmine Krause, fourth-grader Kylee Stinger and fifth-grader Brittney Adams. Abigail Mendez, the third-grade princess is from Mapleton. “The students are all wonderful representatives of Florence and Mapleton,” said committee chairperson Jenna Bartlett. “These courts will be introduced at various functions during the next few months and represent Florence and the Rhododendron Festival throughout the year.” Members of the Junior and Senior Court were presented with roses by Florence Mayor Joe Henry and committee members Nancy Bosket, Jenna […]