By Billy Ray Warren
The date is Monday, March 12. The time is 3:30 p.m. The place is Wilson Park in downtown Florence. The event is a birthday party celebrating the City of Florence’s 200th anniversary - a truly historic occasion. There will be free cookies and bottled water, an official proclamation read by Mayor Steve Holt, displays around the fountain, live music, items to be inserted into a time capsule, etc. This event will be the official launch of a nine-months-long celebration, with each month focusing on a different aspect of Florence’s history. On the same day - Monday, March 12 - Trowbridge’s, which is celebrating its 100th birthday this year - will sell cones of ice cream for 5¢! We encourage everyone to mark your calendar so you won’t miss this momentous occasion.