On Sunday, May 22nd , from 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm, the Roanoke Valley Chess Club participated in the Grandin Village Block Party. This annual event is sponsored jointly by the Raleigh Court Civic League, and merchants and organizations in and around the Grandin Village area. This event is a one-day, fun-filled, public celebration of the organizations, neighbors and businesses of the Grandin Village area and their friends and supporters. This was the third year that the club has participated in this event.

The Block Party was held on Grandin Road, between Memorial Ave. and Westover Ave. SW. This long block was closed to traffic so that the participants would have a safe area in which to celebrate.

There were handicrafts, face-painting, singing and a magic show that was a real hit with the kids ! Food was served by the Natural Foods Co-Op, the Homestead Creamery, the Local Roots Cafe and several other vendors. Many of the hot dogs , cookies and other goodies were served by members of the Raleigh Court Civic League and the Grandin Road Block Party committee. These items were all FREE !!

The RVCC members participated, playing everyone wanting a game, and showcasing its four new chess tables in front of the Food Co-Op. These tables saw a lot of activity, with several dozen people participating in the chess part of the celebration!

We also passed out basic information club cards at these tables. The RVCC gained some invaluable exposure and added to its contact list of 7 possible new members and tournament players !

The club's participation was chiefly Co-ordinated by officer Mike Huff, who negotiated the arrangements with the Grandin Village officials. Mike, Rusty Potter and others all helped with setting up the tables, chairs and other promotional materials.

The weather cooperated by favoring us with a warm, sunny afternoon. Unlike last year, there was NO RAIN this year - HOORAY !

In summary, the Block Party was well attended, with lots of smiling faces all around !

We consider the Grandin Village Block Party to be an outstanding neighborhood event, as well as a real publicity-generating event for the club !

( Report submitted by Mike Huff. )