Florence, Kentucky – A Great Place to Live and Call Home!

Florence_YAllFlorence, Kentucky was first called “Crossroads” since it was the location where roads from Burlington and Union merged at what is now U.S. 25.  In the early 1800s, the area became known as Maddentown (named after local attorney Thomas Madden.) After he moved away the area switched names once more to Connersville (named after settler Jacob Conner.) And, finally – Florence became the city’s name. It is assumed to be named after Florence, Italy – but the origin is not clear.

Florence, Y’All
The icon for the city is its water tower. When the Florence Mall was under construction, its developers negotiated with the city about its creation. In 1974, the water tower said: Florence Mall even though the mall was not yet constructed. Due to legal issues over the size of this large advertisement, the Kentucky Bureau of Highways informed the city that the tower sign was too tall per state law. First a tarp was considered to be placed over the word “Mall” – which would have been expensive for a short-term need. Instead, a painting company was hired to change the “m” into a ”y” with this cost-effective solution. Voila – the slogan was born and has remained.



Florence Parks
Florence has seven community parks offering walking trails, landscaped gardens, play fields and equipment as well as basketball and volleyball courts.

  • Florence Nature Park – Walking trails, Kalb Gathering House available for rent, gazebo and granite animals to enjoy.
  • Lincoln Woods Park –  Tennis courts, basketball court, playground, dirt trails, and ball fields.
  • Orleans Park –  Picnic shelter, playground, sled hill, volleyball court, stocked lake and paved walking trail
  • South Fork Park – With a nautical theme, this park is the largest Florence park. Picnic shelter, playground, volleyball and basketball courts, bike path, log dam habitat, meadow and wooded areas and earthen sculptures for play.
  • Stringtown Park – This park has a Camelot theme. Enjoy a playground, basketball  and volleyball court, four fitness stations, paved trail and picnic shelter.
  • Niblack Memorial Park – This park is formerly the old city building that is now the home for the Florence Senior Activity Center.
  • Walnut Creek Park – This 2.5 acre park is located in the Walnut Creek subdivision and has a ball field and play area.

The active city of Florence has numerous annual events including a Memorial Day Parade and Independence Day celebration. There are also many local events hosted at the city parks such as movie nights and sports camps.


Florence Aquatic Center
This aquatic center has everything one would desire to enjoy the water. The facility offers a lazy river, competition pool, two spray areas, zero depth area, slides, shelters and bathhouse. There are fun events to enjoy such as Dive-In Movie and Christmas in July.  There is an annual fee to join this center. The Florence Hammerheads are an award-winning swim team based at the center.

Florence_SkatePark.JPGFlorence Skate Park
This park is heaven to those who enjoy skating. Over 20,000 square feet has been designed for all levels of skating. There is no charge to enjoy this park.

FlorenceFreedomStadium4.JPGFlorence Freedom Ball Field
The community enjoys rallying about the Florence Freedom minor ball team which is part of the Frontier League since 2004. The venue is a lot of fun with many special events held throughout the season.



Turfway Park
For all of those horse lovers, Turfway Park is the place to be. Enjoy live horse racing from January through March on Thursday, Fridays and Saturdays. There is also a holiday meet from late November through the end of December on Wednesdays through Saturdays. General admission is free (except on Spiral Stakes Day.)

The park was originally called Latonia Race Course and opened in 1959. The park changed to its current name in 1986. In 2005, Turfway Park was the first track in North America to have a polytrack  – an all-weather surface. The park stables about 1,000 horses.

Florence Homes
With 30,000 residents, Florence has a wide variety of home values and styles to offer. You can find single-family homes ranging from modest to luxury. For those who prefer the condominium or lifestyle patio homes, Florence has those type of residences, too. From old to new, small to large, Florence has it all with housing. Look at Florence homes for sale.

January 2018 Local Events


The holidays are over and it’s cold outside. If you have cabin fever, check out all of the local things to do throughout January 2018 in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio; Northern Kentucky; and Southeastern Indiana!

Events are in order by date.

These events are still running from 2017:

Thinking Money: Traveling Exhibit
Through January 23, 2018
Newport Branch Library at 901 E. Sixth Street, Newport, Kentucky
The exhibit is designed to teach about saving, spending and avoiding fraud in a fun way.

Living on the Air in Cincinnati: Cincinnati’s Broadcasting History
Through January 31, 2018
The  Main Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County – 800 Vine Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
View photos and artifacts from local shows and stations.

Elegant Geometry: British and American Mosaic Patchwork Quilts
Through January 21, 2018
Taft Museum of Art at 316 Pike Street, Cincinnati, Ohio
View 19 quilts – some from the 18th century!

The Kinsey African American Art and History Collection
Through February 3, 2018
National Underground Railroad Freedom Center at 50 E. Freedom Way, Cincinnati, Ohio
A very large private collection of  African American art to preview.

Albrecht Durer: The Age of Reformation and Renaissance
Through February 11, 2018
Cincinnati Art Museum
View the prints of Durer and his contemporaries

Red to Bronze: The Story of  Reds Statues
Through February 28, 2018
Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum at 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, Ohio
Learn about the 8 Reds icons who now have bronze statues and how artist Tom Tsuchiya created them. (The ninth Reds statue for Pete Rose will be dedicated on June 17, 2018)


The Tutors
January 4-7, 2018
Victoria Theatre at 128 N. Main Street in Dayton, Ohio
Story about day jobs vs dream jobs

Climb: A New Dance Work by MamLuft&Co. Dance
January 5-6, 2018
Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy the dance that shows a man in search of greater opportunity.

The KOI Cavalcade of Customs
January 5-7, 2018
Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio.
See cool custom cars and trucks!

Elvis Tribute Artistic Spectacular
January 6, 2018
Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy many songs by the King!

Sir Andrew Davis Celebrates Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s History
January 6, 2018
Music Hall in Over-the-Rhine in Cincinnati, Ohio
Sit back and enjoy the music!

Lalley! Lalley! Lalley!
January 6 – February 3, 2018
Thunder-Sky Gallery in Northside, Cincinnati, Ohio
Art show featuring the Lalley family of Northern Kentucky.

CFA Cat Show
January 6, 2018
Agner Hall at Lawrenceburg Fairgrounds in Lawrenceburg, Indiana
Meow and purr!

January 9-21, 2018
Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy pie-making and waitressing with this broadway show!

Cabaret Broadway Tour
January 10, 2018
Clark State Performing Arts Center at 300 S. Fountain Avenue in Springfield, Ohio
Life is a Cabaret!

Cincinnati Travel, Sports & Boat Show
January 12-14 and 17-21, 2018
Duke Energy Convention Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio
Golf show – January 12-14, 2018; Hunting and fishing show – January 19-21, 2018)

Brews for Blue
January 13, 2018
Humble Monk Brewery in Northside (1641 Blue Rock St) , Cincinnati, Ohio
Taste brews while supporting Type 1 Diabetes research

Barrel-Aged Beer Bash
January 13, 2018
Jungle Jim’s in Fairfield, Ohio
Over 80 types of beer to try!

Phil Direct and the Dozers
January 13, 2018
The Murphy Theatre at 40 W. Main Street in Wilmington, Ohio
Enjoy the music!

Passively Aggressive
January 14, 2018
Wright State’s Nutter Center at 3640 Colonel Glenn Highway in Dayton, Ohio
Enjoy ventriloquist Jeff Dunham

Mario the Maker Magician
January 14, 2018
Fairfield Community Arts Center
The best kids’ magician!

Art on Vine
January 14, 2018
Rhinegeist Brewery in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio
Fine art and homemade goods for sale from local artists.

Martin’s Dream 
January 17, 2018
Victoria Theatre at 138 N. Main Street in Dayton, Ohio
A one-man show about Martin Luther King

Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka
January 18-28, 2018
The Carnegie Center in Newport, Kentucky
Explore the candy factory!

The Giver
January 19, 2018
Town Hall Theatre at 27 N. Main Street in Centerville, Ohio
Jones struggles where sameness is valued

January 19 – February 20, 2018
Know Theatre of Cincinnati
A comedy!

NightLights II: The Shimasaki Sisters
January 20, 2018
Clark State Performing Arts Center in Springfield, Ohio
Violin talent

Mr. Popper’s Penguin
January 20, 2018
Victoria Theatre at 138 N. Main Street in Dayton, Ohio
Penguins cause chaos!

Million Dollar Quartet
January 20 – February 11, 2018
Playhouse in the Park in Mt. Adams, Cincinnati, Ohio
Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley jam together!

Fire in the Heart
January 21, 2018
Schuster Performing Arts Center at 1 W. Second Street in Dayton, Ohio
Leonard Bernstein’s Symphony No. 1 will be performed

The Humans
January 23 – February 17, 2018
Ensemble Theatre in at 1127 Vine Street in Cincinnati, Ohio
Enjoy a play!

Five Women Wearing the Same Dress
January 25 – February 11, 2018
Warsaw Federal Incline Theater
Bridesmaids hideout in an upstairs bedroom in this play.

Maya Angelou: A Writer’s Legacy
January 17- May 31, 2018
Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati, Madisonville, Ohio (and other touring locations)
A biographical sketch

Sophisticated Ladies with Steven Reineke
January 26-27, 2018
Schuster Performing Arts Center at 1 W. Second Street in Dayton, Ohio
Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra with guest conductor, Steven Reineke

Dayton Brew Ha Ha
January 27, 2018
Montessori School of Dayton at 2900 Acosta Street, Kettering, Ohio
Enjoy some great beers!

Paw Patrol Live
January 27-28, 2018
Aronoff Center in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio

Gold Star Chili Cook Off
January 28, 2018
Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine, Cincinnati, Ohio

National Geographic Live Discovery
January 28-29, 2018
Victoria Theatre at 138 N. Main Street in Dayton, Ohio
Mireya Mayor will discuss her wildlife adventures

Robin Sibcy Sheakley is Named Chairman of the Board of The Realty Alliance

Robin_Movie_CroppedRobin Sibcy Sheakley, Vice President of Sibcy Cline Realtors, has been named Chairman of the Board for The Realty Alliance. She will serve a two-year term that ends in October 2019. Robin has previously served as a board member of this organization.

Says, Rob and Pam Sibcy (Sibcy Cline’s President and Vice President of Marketing as well as parents to Robin), “We are very proud of Robin’s success and her leadership skills. We think it is wonderful she is continuing the real estate tradition within our family and are sure she will do a great job with The Realty Alliance.”

A licensed real estate professional since 1994 (and a fourth-generation Sibcy in the business), Robin wears many hats at Sibcy Cline Realtors. As Vice President, she oversees Relocation, Mortgage, Title, Insurance, Recruiting and Professional Development. She is also a member of the Sibcy Cline Executive team.

Locally, she currently serves as a board member for The Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati; Ursuline Mother’s Club; Cincinnati Regional Business Committee; and as an advisory member of The Fifth Third Bank.

About The Realty Alliance
The Realty Alliance is a network of the largest, most-successful full-service real estate companies in North America, comprising more than 117,000 sales people and thousands of employees in its real estate firms and affiliated businesses such as mortgage, title and insurance. The Realty Alliance leads the real estate industry in innovative practices and in the setting of policy for real estate.