Taste of Downtown: Riverside Restaurant

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Riverside Restaurant is a southern diner located right in downtown Florence. Decorated with photos from old westerns and cowboy accessories, this small local owned restaurant even includes a jukebox full of country classics. The restaurant was built somewhere around 1959 and has been in the possession of the current owner for 25 years. Just walking through the front doors takes you back to the year it opened, complete with the mild scent of cigars smoked by their loyal patrons as they enjoy their morning coffee. Children ran and chattered about as their parents spoke cheerfully to someone they hadn’t seen in a long time. It captured the era it was built in perfectly and did not leave anything to be desired or lose any of the downright friendly behavior you would expect from a restaurant of this caliber.

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Open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you can find a classic southern breakfast such as country ham or, if you’re in the mood for supper, could go for a juicy burger. My husband and I went for brunch so I opted for the classic gravy and biscuit combo while he ordered the blt; however, that was no easy choice! There were so many great foods to choose from including top favorites such as catfish or the ribeye steak, I had to work hard to keep my husband from drooling all over the menu. We both got sweet tea and yes, it is as sweet as your grandmother’s. They are open Monday through Thursday from 6:00am to 10:00pm and Friday and Saturday from 6:00am to midnight. You can find them at 111 East Limestone Street in Florence, Alabama. 

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Sweet Home FloAla: TVA Trails

For as long as I can remember, my family has always loved being outside. Thankfully, Florence and the Shoals area have no shortage of hiking trails and paths for adventurers with all levels of experience. Last spring, I went with my family to the Rockpile Recreation Area to enjoy the sun and the river.

One of the coolest parts of the trail was passing under the Singing River Bridge that connects Lauderdale and Colbert Counties.  However, there’s also a beautiful waterfall and view of Wilson Dam, a plethora of challenging trails, and picnic areas and playgrounds for families with younger kids or those just looking to experience some of the natural beauty that the Shoals area has to offer.

Seven Points Art Crawl IV

The Seven Points Arts Community welcomes you to the 4th anual Art Crawl Thursday, October 12th, from 5-9. The Art Crawl is a self guided tour of art exhibits, open studios, installations, food stands, and music, all in 7 Points! Other shops in the area will be staying open late as well!

Artists include:
Cullen Stewart
Nadine Marisse
Olivia Sherif
Andrew Sutherland
Abraham Rowe
Katie Barrier

Food and Music:
TBA

The Tennessee Valley Strummers

The Tennessee Valley Strummers will return to the Florence/Lauderdale Visitor Center in McFarland Park to play dulcimer music in the Gallery.

The dulcimer, which means “sweet sound,” is a four-stringed instrument developed in the 1700s in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The featured players use a tablature system of playing, based on fret numbers, which enables them to play with others – even if they have never met before.

Visitors are encouraged to come out and listen to the music and tour the Center.

Trail of Tears

Every third weekend in September, motorcycle enthusiasts from around the United States gather in the Shoals to honor the legacy of Native Americans who were forcibly removed from their homes to live on reservations. The ride, which starts in Bridgeport and ends in Waterloo, is the same route Native Americans were forced to take during the Trail of Tears.

Sweet Home FloAla

Hey there!

My name is Emily Strickland, and I’m a guest blogger and communications intern for Florence Main Street. I am entering my Junior year at the University of Alabama pursuing a degree in Journalism with a double minor in Economics and General Business.

In my time at UA, I’ve completely fallen in love with Tuscaloosa and all it has to offer. However, I’ve also learned that nothing can make one appreciate her hometown more than spending some time away.

That’s why I was so excited to have the opportunity to work with Main Street promoting the city I love. I’ve lived in the Shoals area my whole life and jump at any chance I get to sing its praises. Throughout my internship, I’ll be keeping up a series called “Sweet Home FloAla,” highlighting all of the parts of Florence and the Shoals that I love the most.

My hope is that readers would fall in love with this area just as much as I have. Thanks for reading!

Emily

Shoals Dragon Boat Festival

Paddles up, Shoals! The Dragons are returning to the Tennessee River on Saturday, September 30, for the 5th annual Shoals Dragon Boat Festival. This fun, family-friendly event, sponsored by Kilby Laboratory School, is the only event of its kind in the Shoals. The 2017 race promises to be bigger and better than ever!

This is an exciting, team-building event. Co-workers, church groups,

school clubs, Greek organizations, athletic teams, friends, family,

and neighbors all make great dragon boat race teams.

Don’t miss the boat!

(Free admission for spectators)

Visit shoalsdragonboatfestival.com to

find out more information and sign up to race

or email Shoalsdragonboatfestival@yahoo.com.

The Tennessee Valley Strummers

The Tennessee Valley Strummers will return to the Florence/Lauderdale Visitor Center in McFarland Park to play dulcimer music in the Gallery.

The dulcimer, which means “sweet sound,” is a four-stringed instrument developed in the 1700s in the southern Appalachian Mountains. The featured players use a tablature system of playing, based on fret numbers, which enables them to play with others – even if they have never met before.

Visitors are encouraged to come out and listen to the music and tour the Center.

Billy Reid Shindig

This summer, Billy Reid is curating an unparalleled
weekend of music, food, beverage, education,
and fashion.

For more detailed information visit the link below!
https://www.billyreid.com/shindig-no9

W.C. Handy Music Festival

A week long tribute to the “Father of the Blues”, W.C. Handy. Great Jazz and Blues music can be heard throughout the Shoals at restaurants, theatres, malls, parks and other locations. The week will include over 100 events perfect for the jazz and blues enthusiast as well as great family entertainment.