On Sunday, May 20th , 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 fourth year that the club has participated in this event.

Like it is every year, 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.

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 stone chess tables in front of the Food Co-Op. These tables saw a lot of activity, with many visitors dozen people participating in the chess part of the celebration! More than a half dozen club activists participated in organizing and playing the public, at this year's event.

We also passed out basic information club cards at these tables. The RVCC gained some invaluable exposure and added to its contact list of 6 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, Eric Diaz, Ray Megginson and others helped with setting up the tables, chairs and other promotional materials. Rusty Potter brought display easels and signs.

The weather cooperated by favoring us with a warm, sunny afternoon. This year NO RAIN - 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, with assistance from Russell Potter. )