by Charlotte Burrous
If you like automobiles, the weekend of May 18-19 will be filled with vehicles galore.
The weekend kicks off with the 37th annual Antique & Special Interest Car Show from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, May 18 on the Abbey campus at 2931 E. U.S. 50.
Numerous vehicles from around the region will be on display. Starting with registration from 6:45-10 a.m., the gates open at 7:30 a.m. for spectators, who will view up to 425 antique and special interest cars and trucks. Along with the big display will be a swap meet, a flea market, a craft show and a car corral. In addition, those who are hungry or thirsty will have a plethora of concessions to choose.
During the awards ceremony at 3 p.m., first and second prizes will be awarded in 15 categories. Also, those attending may vote for People’s Choice award, which is one of the coveted awards.
Hosted by Friends of Classic Vehicles Inc., admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 12.
Earlier in the day, the inaugural Cruise Above the Gorge will take place on May 18. Participants are asked to meet at 6:30 a.m. at the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park for coffee and breakfast pastries before heading to the park from 7:30-9 a.m. A professional photographer will be onsite to take free photos during the event. The cost is $25 and space is limited so register today.
But the fun is not over yet. The next day, Florence Downtown Merchants 18th annual Car Show will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, May 20 in downtown Florence.
With historic Main Street closed off, local Florence businesses will host car activities, where car lovers and their families may enjoy the huge display of cars of almost every make and model.
The car show begins at 9:15 a.m. with introductions and the first round of door prizes. During the show, the valve cover races also will take place, along with live music from 10:15 a.m.-2:15 p.m., followed by the second round of door prizes, T-shirt drawings and a major door prize.
Come one, come all and see all the vehicles you ever wanted while having fun, munching food and sipping beverages. As an added bonus a variety of shopping experiences are available in the stores along Main Street and side streets.
As the country prepares to observe Memorial Day, local groups are preparing to participate, as well.
Kicking off the weekend, the Greenwood Pioneer Cemetery Committee will host its annual Memorial Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 25 at 1315 S. First St.
Joining in will be the American Legion Post 13, the Marine League Volley team and the Greenwood Guard.
“The committee invites everyone to this honoring of our fallen, as well as the many pioneers, who are laid to rest in the National Historic Cemetery and a local landmark site,” a press release said.
Following the American Legion Post 13 Color Guard, the Greenwood Guard will conduct a flag ceremony in the GAR (Union) section, followed by Kelli Duncan performing the National Anthem. Larry McDonald will lead the invocation, followed by Major Ed Williamson presenting his keynote address. From there, the audience will stroll to the Confederate section, where a ceremony will honor these veterans and pioneers, as well.
The public is invited to attend the ceremonies.
According to the press release, only half of the burial plots have markers, but there are no empty gravesites in this cemetery with 4,000 burials. Recently, the committee erected white metal crosses to mark the unmarked graves in various places in the 10 acres. In conjunction, the bluebird houses have reduced the number of flying pests.
The committee encourages everyone to wear sturdy shoes and be prepared to be out in the weather for an hour. Parking is by direction unless driver is disabled, the release said. The committee will make special arrangements for closer parking.
Then on Memorial Day, the Bruce McCandless Veterans Community Living Center will host its annual Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday, May 27 at 903 Moore Dr. in Florence.
“There are going to have a flag raising ceremony, a memorial tribute,” a spokesperson said. “They’ll play Taps then they’ll have light refreshments after the ceremony, as well as a keynote speaker.”
Everyone is invited to share the Memorial Day service with the residents and staff of the Veterans Home.
In the meantime, a Memorial Day service will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27 in Mountain Vale Cemetery at 1700 Chestnut in Cañon City.
Major Gen. Bob Hollingsworth will conduct the service, as well as provide the keynote speech.
During the ceremony, the Royal Gorge Detachment of Marine Corps League will serve as the Color Guard. Other activities includes a 21-gun salute, music, followed by breakfast, provided by Holt Family Funeral Home.
“Tables will be set up outside (to enjoy the food),” said Marine Corps League Chaplain Ray Linebaugh.
Everyone is invited to join in the services to commemorate the numerous men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country.