Events surrounding Grove’s Culture District was discussed at the recent Convention and Tourism Bureau meeting.

During the Aug. 24 meeting, the board was informed a Cultural District Festival and Arts Festival is planned for Sept. 16 with art performers being located at downtown businesses, said Suzanne Boles, of the Grove Community Playmakers group.

There will be artists on the Community Center lawn including wood carvers, glass blowers and balloon makers.

Boles also addressed the board regarding their upcoming performance of “If all the Sky was Paper, ” written by Andrew Carroll.

Historian, author and creator of the Center for American War Letters, Carroll is making Grove his only Oklahoma stop on his campaign to collect a million more “war letters”, Boles said.

Carroll believes articles of correspondence between U.S. troops, veterans, and their families are the first drafts of our nation’s history. Carroll will be spending five days in Grove, speaking with community groups, students and veterans and their families about this mission.

Individuals may take letters to the Grove Public Library or visit with him from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sept. 16 at the Grove Community Center.

Brent Malone, executive director told the board the recent Food Truck Friday and car show held on Aug. 4 was a bigger success than the first event.

More than 2,000 people attended the event and downtown businesses remained open and the restaurants were full. 

The next Food Truck Friday will take place on Friday, Sept. 1 with inflatables for the kids and Western Justice Band will be playing, plus a local car club will display its cars downtown.

Board member Amelia Chamberlain announced Har-Ber Village is celebrating its 50th Anniversary in 2018. 

The museum is hosting events beginning in May through September.

A different decade will be featured each month: 1960, 1970, 1980, 1990 and 2000 with fashion shows, music, and movies from the specific decade, she said.

The board also approved was a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Miami to lease space in the Northeast Oklahoma Travel Information Center.

City Manager Bill Keefer advised the content of the document has not changed from the previous document the board approved for two months.

The document expired June 30 and needed to be renewed effective July 1 to coincide with the city’s fiscal year.

Board president Jim Corbridge said the Grand Lake O’ The Cherokee Quilt Guild Show which took place July 21 and 22 was a success and the group continues to expand their event. The board approved paying $850 which is the second half of the grant. 

In financial reports Keefer informed the board the Hotel-Motel Tax collected in June was the highest amount collected to date.

The tax generated $13,013.35 in revenue, an 11.8 percent from over a year ago, city documents show. Expenses were $1,865.12 for salaries, $245 for marketing and $2,450 for grants, according to city documents.

Brad Wisdom, with Best Western Motel advised he had definitely seen an increase in hotel visitors during the month of June.

Board member Hitesh Patel was absent from the meeting.