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By Charlotte Burrous

Whatever brides and grooms are looking for, they will be able to find it at the fifth annual Royal Gorge Bridal Expo, which will be held from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Jan 5 in the Abbey Events Center at 2951 E Hwy 50.

“We will have a full variety of different types of vendors, like florists, DJs, photographers, bridal dresses, venues and all different types of vendors that the brides can talk to,” said Abbey Marketing and Public Relations Director Brenda McKay. “We have about 20 (to) 25 vendors.”

Because the menu is extremely important for weddings, there will be several cakes vendors and caterers offering samples of cakes and other delightful food.

“We always have a huge crowds of brides with their families and friends,” McKay said. “We will have some demos, as well as the photographers (talking about) the timeline and that kind of thing. We have a teeth whitener and she’s going to do a demo. We have a dressing room set up so the (brides) can try on some dresses.”

The Royal Gorge Bridal Expo is open to the public and free to attend.

“We’ll have a ton of door prizes available,” she continued.

The expo is sponsored by the Abbey and Dawn Lincoln Photography.

Fifth annual Royal Gorge Bridal Expo held in the Abbey Events Center
Florence Pioneer Museum hosts sixth annual Chili Bowl Fundraiser

By Charlotte Burrous

What better way to enjoy a cold winter night than to have a bowl of chili. At the same time, it’s also a way to support the Florence Pioneer Museum.

This year’s annual Chili Bowl Fundraiser will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at 100 E. Front St. in Florence.

“The bowls are made by P & G Pottery,” said Marty Lamm, one of the organizers. “So far, they have 200 bowls created. Their goal is 250. The chili bowl has been very popular over the years.”

This year, the museum raised the prices to $10 a bowl, which includes a bowl or cup of homemade chili, a beverage, crackers or bread and a handmade bowl or cup by P & G Pottery.

“The chili is prepared by the community,” Lamm said. “The last couple years, we’ve had volunteers bring in crockpots of chili and we will take as many crockpots as people want to donate to us. They need to make sure they have their names on the lid, the crockpot and the spoon.”

Other volunteers are welcome to bring in red or green chili, as well as hot or mild, but please mark what kind it is.

The money is all going to go to the building fund two projects, the sandstone on the museum and the roof on the White building, Lamm said

For more information or to volunteer, call the museum at
719-784-1904 or check the website at www.florencepioneermuseum.org.

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