We all know about Tornado Alley, that part of the country that is prone to outbreaks of twisters each spring. The folks in Gahanna know about Acoustic Alley, one of four great stages at the annual Creekside Blues & Jazz Festival. All over central Ohio, kids young and old head out of their houses on Saturday morning to visit their local bowling alley. But here at Heartland Bank, our favorite alley comes around every September in Grove City, at the annual Arts in the Alley festival, celebrating their 34th year in 2013.
Hosted by the Grove City Chamber of Commerce (GCCC), more than 100 juried exhibitors display and sell fine art, photography, jewelry, crafts, fabric art, glasswork, pottery and wood creations. A variety of musical entertainment is also featured throughout the weekend – marching bands, show choirs, jazz, blues, classic rock, folk, gospel, country and much more. On the Heartland Bank Entertainment stage, you’ll see McGuffey Lane at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday and the British Invasion at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.
2013 marks the 10th year that the GCCC has awarded the Helena McComb Floral Award as part of their annual prestigious Easel Awards. Named in honor of one of the festival co-founders (and late mother of current Chairman, President and CEO Scott McComb), this award honors Helena’s love of flowers. One entry that features a floral theme will be nominated from each of the shows and a $500 award will be presented to the final winner.
The festival begins with the Arts in the Alley Parade, in partnership with the Grove City Girls’ Club, at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 21. Children under 12 can use their imaginations to create free take-home arts and crafts at Kids Fun Street. Food vendors, limited to local non-profit and community organizations, supply festival favorites such as chicken and noodles, fried bologna sandwiches, curly fries, funnel cakes and more.
If you’d like to enjoy a fun weekend, come on over to Grove City’s historic Town Center, at the corner of Broadway and Park Streets. They’ll be opening a new Welcome Center and Museum on Saturday of the Festival weekend and musical entertainment starts on the Heartland Bank Stage at 11:45 a.m. And, if you need sound banking advice, please stop at Grove City’s community bank, the Heartland branch on Old Stringtown Road. No matter what road you choose, whether it’s a dirt road, an alley or a major thoroughfare, Shirley Spellman and her team will help you find the right path to success...