2017 Christmas Open House

So many exciting things happening at the Christmas Open House! Plans in the works for the Downtown Christmas Open House include:
Christmas Cookies – 10am – 12pm; Decorate a FREE cookie provided by Bookmarks Coffee Shop by Alabama Bliss, located in the Florence-Lauderdale Public Library.

Selfies with Santa – 12pm – 2pm; Santa will be visiting downtown Florence and visitors can take FREE photos with him! He will be set up in front of Court Street Market and if it rains he will be inside the market (218 North Court Street) 

Holiday Hopscotch – all day; Play Hopscotch with us and visit participating downtown stores! Completed games and purchases could win you prizes! Our registration tent will be in front of Court Street Market. If it rains we will move inside. (218 North Court Street)

Letters to Santa – all day; PSI Printers & Stationers, Inc. will have a letter writing station for little ones to post their wish lists to Santa.

Candy cane hunt in downtown Florence! Find sweet treats for both kids and parents (candy for the kids; coupons for the parents) in downtown stores. (Begin at our registration tent in front of Court Street Market)

Best Window Display contest – Vote on your favorite window display in a downtown store! Voting will take place via Florence Main Street’s Facebook.

Family Movie Night – 6pm-8pm; Enjoy a FREE family Christmas movie at Singin’ River Live Sponsored by Singin’ River Brewing Company

Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Challenge

The 2017 Shoals Piecemakers Quilt Challenge features quilts themed around song titles. The show will hang in the Kennedy-Douglass Annex from November 15 – December 20. Holiday quilts will also make a special appearance in this show! Don’t miss this warm, quilted art show set to put all us all in the spirit!

Holly & Ivy Luncheon

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Volunteers invites you all to our annual Holly and Ivy Luncheons. A Cup O’ Cheer is served in the main gallery at KD Art Center at 11:30 then lunch is served next door in the Southall Moore House. Tickets are $25. Call 256-760-6379 for reservations. Bring a friend for this special holiday lunch!

Holly & Ivy Luncheon

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Volunteers invites you all to our annual Holly and Ivy Luncheons. A Cup O’ Cheer is served in the main gallery at KD Art Center at 11:30 then lunch is served next door in the Southall Moore House. Tickets are $25. Call 256-760-6379 for reservations. Bring a friend for this special holiday lunch!

Holly & Ivy Luncheon

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Volunteers invites you all to our annual Holly and Ivy Luncheons. A Cup O’ Cheer is served in the main gallery at KD Art Center at 11:30 then lunch is served next door in the Southall Moore House. Tickets are $25. Call 256-760-6379 for reservations. Bring a friend for this special holiday lunch!

Holly and Ivy Luncheons

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts Volunteers invites you all to our annual Holly and Ivy Luncheons. A Cup O’ Cheer is served in the main gallery at KD Art Center at 11:30 then lunch is served next door in the Southall Moore House. Tickets are $25. Call 256-760-6379 for reservations. Bring a friend for this special holiday lunch!

Storytelling Time with Marian Baker

Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts presents Storytelling Time, an exhibit and talk with contemporary folk artist, Marian Baker November 27 – December 28. Baker has been been producing folk art for almost a decade that is inspired by her own family stories. She describes her artwork as “scruffy” with a dose of humor. Baker lives in Oneonta, AL and began painting from old family photographs. “Once I started painting, my memories all started coming back to me,” she said.
Baker will share some of the stories in her paintings Monday night, November 27 at 6PM at her gallery talk or “storytelling time.” Her unique use of materials in layers produce subtle charm in her characters. Her subjects vibrate with a determined sense of presence, whether it be a farm animal, tomato, watermelon, or great aunt. She calls her studio, Blockhead Art Studio after the style of the characters she brings to life. Baker’s artwork has been featured in several movies and she has been a distinguished artist in many galleries and art festivals.

Black Friday

Shop awesome sales in #DowntownFlorence this Black Friday!

Small Business Saturday

Show your love for Small Businesses by shopping local this Small Business Saturday! Many #DowntownFlorence businesses will have sales and discounts to help with your holiday shopping.

Transgender Day Of Remembrance

Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) is an annual observance on November 20 that honors the memory of those whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence.

There will be a candlelight vigil and reading of the list of the names of those who died in 2017.

Minister Carl Gebhardt will be speaking.
Jacob Brock will be performing.
Musician David Walton will also be there.

All are invited to the Diversity Center afterwards for warm refreshments & visitation.

What is the Transgender Day of Remembrance?

The Transgender Day of Remembrance (TDOR) was started by transgender advocate Gwendolyn Ann Smith as a vigil to honor the memory of Rita Hester, a transgender woman who was killed in 1998. The vigil commemorated all the transgender people lost to violence that year and began an important memorial that has become the annual Transgender Day of Remembrance.

Additionally, during the week of November 14-20, we will participate in Transgender Awareness Week to help raise the visibility of transgender and gender non-conforming people, these activities will be added soon.