GROVE, OK -As spring ushers the people of Oklahoma outdoors, Grove Second Saturdays, the premiere downtown arts festival, embarks on its 3rd season.  Beginning this May 9th, Second Saturday has expanded from a mere evening of events, to an all day soiree.  

The day starts early with ‘The Farmers Market’ on the lawn of the community center and ends with an 8 pm Mother’s Day concert by Terry Jordan at The Playmakers theater. In between you will find downtown merchants in full swing along with an array of vendors on the sidewalks including willow furniture, hot dogs, pottery, and jewelry.

The emphasis of Grove Second Saturday has always been the flourishing artist community within the small town of Grove.  To honor this tradition of offbeat artistic flair, the intrepid Vickie McCaul, an institution from the inception of Second Saturday, has expanded her role of children’s face painter partnering with collage artist Ronda Gibson.  They will be introducing “Creation Station” inviting children of all ages to indulge their creative impulses.  To inspire young artists, Grove’s local gallery the Brush and Palette will feature jewelry artists Laura and Butch Haywood and oil painter Shirley Whitman.

These days finding simple affordable ways to enjoy an evening on the town can be challenging.  At Grove Second Saturday, however, memorable and entertaining events dominate the day, with the diversity complimented only by the quality. 

The ‘Don’t Worry, Be Happy’ gals at Magnolias have planned a Gilligan’s Island theme with a trivia game and fun facts. Longtime favorite, Illusionist Tim Potts of Fishers of Men, will be back this year.  Saturday afternoon young and old will want to stop by the petting zoo with a miniature pony, miniature burro, miniature goats, and giant rabbits. 

The pulse of Grove Second Saturday the band “Friends and Family” sponsored by Brothers Jewelers is guaranteed to make any listener nostalgic, playing music from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s.  The merriment lasts all day but the music begins at 5pm.  

“Off Broadway Troupers” will perform on the sidewalk a play “Totally Red.” It is the story of Red Riding Hood done in 4 styles of theater.

As summer approaches and the lake beckons, now is the time to acquire any swimming and boating gear.  Sam at the Sports Center will be selling his fresh caught fried fish with tators and onions, bait companies will provide demonstrations, and tournament bass fishermen will be there to give pointers. 

Finally after a full day of fun, Gourmet’s can be counted upon to have coffee and dips to sample, and for a delicious dinner, La Casita, everyone’s favorite Mexican restaurant has moved downtown.

 You will want to stop in and see our newest downtown businesses Bella Floral and Catering, and Bare Necessities have joined the bandwagon.

Offering entertainment from ten o’clock to twilight, Grove Second Saturday is the right way to enjoy the budding signs of spring. For more info go to www.grovesecondsaturdays.com.