On Sunday, May 18th, from 2:00 pm until 4:30 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 sixth year that the club has participated in this event.

As 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 and several different types of cake were served by members of the Raleigh Court Civic League and the Grandin Road Block Party committee. These items were all FREE !! The party this year also featured a street fair theme, with magicians, musicians, and children's activities.

The RVCC members participated, playing everyone wanting a game. The club generously allowed the public to use three of its four stone chess tables to eat, rest, and hang out. We preferred to borrow several 8-foot white tables from Virginia Heights Baptist Church, and loads of chairs, the better to accommodate the many chess players drawn to our area.

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

The club's participation this year was mainly co-ordinated by club President Mike Huff and by Chairman of the Board NM Rusty Potter. Sam Kennedy and the Lewis father-and-son duo helped Mike with setting up tables, chairs, sets, and promotional materials. Rusty did great P.R. work as well. Many thanks also to the volunteers who put all the tables and chairs back in their proper places at the conclusion of the festival.

Mostly sunny skies prevailed this year, helping to boost attendance.

In summary, the Block Party was a big success for the RVCC, with lots of sunny smiles to match the great weather! Most importantly, Rusty collected eight completed contact cards on the visitors to our tables.

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

( Report submitted by Mike Huff, with assistance from Russell Potter. )