KFB Brew Fest 2011 – October 11, 2011

October 15th, 2011 – Downtown Florence 

VIP Admission $40 3:00 – 7:00 PM  | General Admission $25  4:00 – 7:00 PM 

The inaugural KFB Brew Fest is an event hosted by Keep Florence Beautiful, a nonprofit organization in Florence, South Carolina committed to improving our community through Litter Prevention, Waste Reduction, Recycling, Beautification, and Community Greening. 

This fundraiser be held in downtown Florence on October 15th, 2011 between the hours of 3:00 pm and 7:00 pm at the new Florence Cultural Garden (a KFB Project) on South Dargan Street and will feature a competition for local home (beer) brewers and live music including band “Octopus Jones”. 

Admission includes a tasting glass and beer samples. VIP admission will also include access to the Home Brew Contest and an early beer tasting of two specialty craft beers. Additional food and beverages will be available for purchase. Funds from tickets and sales for this event will benefit the Florence community through KFB beautification/improvement projects and educational awareness programming. 

Home Brewers (Competitors) – There is an entry fee of $25 which includes a VIP ticket for the Home Brewer. Home Brewers applications must be submitted by October 3rd. You will be required to submit three (3) 22 ox bottles OR six (6) 12 oz. bottles. They should be clean and free from labels or bottle designs and without distinguishing marks. The cap should also be free of any markings. If the cap has writing on it – use a black permanent marker or paint to cover it up. Fine grit sand paper and acetone will remove writing as well. Silver or gold caps are recommended. Each bottle should have a bottle tag rubber banded to it. Do not use tapes or glue or you may be disqualified. Make sure to tag each beer with a label, see “Brew Fest 2011 Homebrewers Application.pdf” attached for additional details. 

 Volunteers – Volunteer positions are available, must be over 21 with valid ID. Please contact michelle@keepflorencebeautiful.org

Ticket Sales – Tickets are on Sale at Micky Finns in Florence, SC at 194 South Cashua Drive or 550 Pamplico Highway. You may also purchase tickets through one of the Keep Florence Beautiful Board members listed below.

Florence Cultural Garden, a Keep Florence Beautiful Project



Florence Cultural Garden, a Keep Florence Beautiful Project

The Florence Cultural Garden installation on South Dargan Street in Downtown Florence is a “Carolina Fence Garden”, this is a Keep Florence Beautiful project in conjunction with the City of Florence and other local and state businesses.   A Carolina Fence Garden utilizes some very basic elements to incorporate both natural and cultural elements which have been designated as symbols of our state. The Carolina Fence™ is a landscape component that can be adapted to a variety of settings. The Fence can function as a valuable habitat element while showcasing symbols of natural and cultural history. Please read below for more information.

Downtown Florence (beside 150 S Dargan Street)

Project Timeline
September 2011

14-16 – Grading/Excavation of Site
19-20 – Installation of Downspout and Rain Barrels
21-23 – Paver Installation (see attached flyer)
23-24 – Volunteer Planting Days
30 – Proposed Project Completion Date, to be ready for Florence After Five Outdoor Concert on S Dargan St

Reference Material
Carolina Fence Gardens: http://www.scwf.org/index.php/education-programs/habitats/fence-garden


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Project Contacts

Terasa Young – terasa@clemson.edu  – 269-5904 (Project Manager/Board Member)
Michelle Bailey – michelle@keepflorencebeautiful.org – 206-3205 (Board Chair)
Tara Durden – tara.durden@acstechnologies.com – 229-7794 (Press /Board Member)

Florence City-County Complex gets greener

Published: May 18, 2011
FLORENCE, SC –The fortress of brick and concrete that towers above downtown Florence showed a softer side Wednesday as volunteers with Keep Florence Beautiful spruced up the landscaping at the Florence City-County Complex.Giving the landscaping a facelift was a no-brainer, organizers said.

“The city-county complex is right here in the middle of town. It probably has more activity of anyone except the mall, but it was not one of the most attractive places,” Bill Picklevice chairman of Keep Florence Beautiful(KFB), said.

The foliage was made possible by a $5,000 donation from BB&T, which also supplied more than a dozen volunteers throughout the day to help with the work. Other volunteers included city workers and members of the Florence Boys & Girls Club who were scheduled to stop by in the afternoon. County inmates also helped with the landscaping.

“I couldn’t have asked for more help then this,” Pickle said. “Now, I’ll tell you there are some here who don’t know an oak tree from a banana tree, but we’re all having fun and doing hard work and it’s going to be really nice when we get through.”

Victor Webster, another KFB volunteer, said work began about 6 a.m. and continued through the evening until the project was complete. Volunteers were rewarded with a small cookout on the steps of the complex when the landscaping transformation was complete.

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