Holy Smokes, Folks…

By Sandy Dale

   I can’t believe September is here already. With it comes a passel of great things to do. I’ll start the list with our own Tour de Florence, or to be more correct, a bicycle tour sponsored by the Florence Pioneer Museum called Tour de Coal Camps, Sept. 8. For more info check the museum website. Get a good workout, great history lessons, and lunch in Pioneer park.
   Next, Sept. 14 thru 16, come celebrate the 91st Annual Florence Pioneer Days themed “Our Pioneer Stories.” Events begin with the Crowning of 2018 Royalty, Friday evening. Saturday, starting at 10 a.m., is the Parade winding its way through historic downtown. Then lunch in Pioneer Park with vendors, music, and games. Add to this, a Ghost Walk downtown, open house at the Pioneer Museum, a tractor pull at Pathfinder Park, and a dance at the Elks Lodge to top things off. On Sunday, more tractor pull in the a.m. and a concert at the Rialto theatre at 1 p.m.
   On Sept. 21, Heartland Classics Antiques and Spark will present The Death of Doctor Pepper, a mystery dinner theatre in the Gumaer home and a tour of this historic bungalow featuring young storytellers from Florence Middle School. Info and reservations (required) for dinner theatre at 719/784-0777 or 303/520-6201.    By popular demand, Junktique Show and Flea Market has been greatly expanded and moved to Sept. 28 and 29. Formerly part of Pioneer Days, this fun event outgrew its one block of booths on a side street off Main and will now be set up on a couple of blocks right down the middle of Main Street. Vendors offer antiques, collectibles, rusty old stuff, handmade items, and treasures you didn’t know you needed till you saw ‘em. And yes, there are a few spaces left. For info, go to www.junktiqueshowandmarket.com.
   Find all this fun in Florence!

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