Grampian-Penn-Bloom festival begins Sunday|
Thursday, June 21, 2012
By Dianne Byers Staff Writer
GRAMPIAN - Grampian Community Park will be alive with activity next week as the base for a weeklong celebration of the local community. The Grampian-Penn-Bloom Festival and Homecoming begins Sunday and continues through June 30. The theme is "Christmas in June."
Returning this year on June 29 will be a fireworks display. The display was not held in 2011 but is back this year at dusk to add colorful interest to the skies over the park.
The festival will open Sunday at 1 p.m. with a pot luck picnic at the park. Ham and rolls will be provided. Those attending should bring a covered dish to share. Following the picnic will be music by CrossOver at 2:30 p.m. and The Baughman Family at 4 p.m. A vesper service begins at 5:30 p.m. with the Rev. David Baker, pastor of Greenville Church of the Brethren, as the speaker. Music will be provided by the Grampian Community Choir and special selections from each of the churches that make up the Grampian Ministerium. All food and games booths will close during the vesper service.
On Monday at 8:45 a.m. is the opening for the community Bible school held at the Penn-Grampian Elementary School. Classes are available for all ages from kindergarten through adult. The 2012 theme is "Son Surf National Park."
At 6:30 p.m., the annual auction of baskets, gift certificates and other items, some handmade, donated by local businesses, churches and civic organizations, will begin. The auctioneer is Pat Errigo of Curwensville.
On Tuesday the community Bible School opens at 8:45 a.m. A red ribbon walk with the theme, "Grampian Goes Red to Take Care of Our Hearts," begins at 2 p.m. on the Rails to Trails recreation path from Grampian toward Curwensville. Those participating are asked to wear red and meet at the entrance along state Route 729. Stations with displays about heart health will be positioned along the trail.
A health fair will be held from 4-6 p.m. at the park. Also from 4-6 p.m. at the park is the annual chicken barbecue sponsored by the Grampian Lions Club. The cost for dinners is $8 for adults and $4 for a smaller portion. Only 300 meals will be available to eat in or take out. Advance tickets will be sold at Sholes Grocery, Grampian, Dimmick's Auto Repair, Bells Landing, or from any GLC member. A limited number of tickets will be sold at the door.
At 7 p.m., Scott McKenrick will provide music on the stage followed by local gospel group, The Michael Family Ministries, at 7:30 p.m.
On June 27, Bible school opens at 8:45 a.m. Chicken and biscuit meals will be sold at St. Bonaventure Roman Catholic Church's social hall beginning at 11:30 a.m. until 2 p.m. The cost for chicken and biscuits is $4. There will also be a selection of sides, desserts and beverages for sale.
At 6:30 p.m. will be the annual showcase of local talent followed by a performance by Heavenbound at the show's conclusion.
On June 28 the community Bible school opens at 8:45 a.m. Heather Olson will perform at 6:30 p.m. followed by music provided by the Grampian United Methodist Charge youth praise band and the Hepburnia Boys Band Plus One.
On June 29 the community Bible school opens at 8:45 a.m. At 6 p.m., the Grampian Lions Club will present its annual citizen of the year award followed by the community Bible school's closing program at 6:30 p.m. A performance by C.W. Shaw will follow the Bible school program and the fireworks display will begin at dusk.
On June 30 the parade lineup will begin at 9 a.m. along SR 729 near the entrance to Rails to Trails. Emergency vehicles are asked to line up on Stronach Road near Grampian beginning at 8:30 a.m. where they will be judged.
The parade steps off at 10 a.m. followed by the announcement and presentation of awards and trophies at the park. Registration for the annual soup cook-off will begin at 1 p.m. Local cooks are asked to prepare a slow cooker of their favorite potage and bring it to the community building in the park where at 2 p.m. festival visitors can taste as many varieties as they like and vote for their favorite at 25 cents per vote.
Also at 2 p.m., visitors are invited to participate in a Zumba lesson conducted by instructors and students from Kathy's School of Dance, Curwensville.
At 3:30 p.m. will be a performance by Spruce Creek Traditional Country Band. The Grampian Community Choir will present a show at 5:30 p.m. followed by a concert by the Grampian Community Band at 7 p.m. A square dance with Hoby Bell and Friends begins at 8:30 p.m.
There will not be a home talent play this year.