WHEELING – The Elm Grove Business Association, in partnership with Main Street Bank and Paree Insurance, is proud to present the first Grooving in the Grove.
The event will take place from 3 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, May 21 at the YMCA of Elm Grove. Free entry. The YMCA is located at 55 Lounez Avenue in Wheeling. The event will feature an art installation, live music, five food trucks, more than 30 craft and artisan vendors, inflatables for kids, a river float and a corn hole tournament.
Activities begin at 10 a.m. in the 2200 block of the national road.
For art lovers in the area, the EGBA, in partnership with the Methodist Church of Elm Grove, will organize an art installation. The installation will feature artwork made by local school children.
“We wanted to involve local children’s artwork,” said EGBA President Kristy Ferguson. “We want them to not only be proud of their artistic skills and their work, but to feel like they’re contributing to the community pride of the area.”
Ferguson went on to say that the plan is for this art installation to be part of the event each year.
For those looking to satisfy their live music cravings, local artists Buck Porter, Clint Landis and Ten Feet Tall will be performing live beginning at around 3 p.m. The shows are brought to you by Main Street Bank and Paree Insurance. Visitors are encouraged to bring their own chair and get ready for a fun night out.
Inflatables are provided by the YMCA. The Corn Hole Tournament is sponsored by Altmeyer Funeral Home. Both of these activities must begin at 3 p.m. and last for the duration of the event.
The MEGA Float, hosted by Southpaw Outfitters, will begin with a shuttle to the Coal Mine Bridge at 10 a.m.
“We want everyone on the water by 11 a.m.,” said EGBA Vice President Ray McKee.
Transportation will be from the IAC parking lot, as long as there is no other event going on at that time.
“If you plan to use the shuttle or need a kayak or tube rental, please call 304-905-2628 ahead of time,” McKee said. “If you wait until the day of the event, we may not have enough space or rentals.”
Pricing for these services is available on the Southpaw Outfitters website.
Grooving in the Grove is shaping up to be a great time for the whole family with something for everyone.
“This event has been discussed for at least two years,” Ferguson said. “For what started as a sidewalk conversation between local business owners, to finally see it become a reality is almost beyond words. It’s gratifying to see that so much hard work is finally paying off.