Groovin' in the Grove benefits M.S. Society

August 31, 2007|By DAN DEARTH

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Groovin' in the Grove, an event that was organized to help raise money for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, got off to a not-so-groovin' start Friday at Morgan's Grove Park.

Only about 100 people showed up as of 7 p.m., about 2 1/2 hours after the festivities began.

For the first few hours, there was more staff than patrons.

Todd Geary, organizer of Groovin' in the Grove, said before the event started that he hoped at least 1,000 people would attend by the time everything wrapped up at 11:30 p.m.

Organizers advertised locally and offered a shuttle service that ran between Shepherdstown and the park to spark interest.

"If we can get 1,000 people, we know we'll raise money for (the National Multiple Sclerosis Society)," Geary said.

Groovin' in the Grove was put together by the Theta Xi-Gamma Alpha Alumni Association at Shepherd University, Geary said. The event was sponsored by Bud Light, Domino's Pizza and Red Bull energy drink.


Geary said he hoped Groovin' in the Grove would become an annual event.

Three bands - Demon Beat, The J. Factor and Love Seed Mama Jump - played to the sparse audience, which was split down the middle by a mesh fence that kept underage festival-goers from entering a beer garden.

"The Demon Beat. Right here. That's where it's at," said Tanner Haid, a 19-year-old Demon Beat fan and Shepherd University student. "Amazing band ... I think they have a big future."

Demon Beat guitarist Adam Meisterhans said the band was invited to play at Groovin' at the Grove by event planners.

On Wednesday, Demon Beat will open for Burning Brides at the Ottobar in Baltimore, he said.

Miche Kendrick, 30, said she went to Groovin' in the Grove because it helped benefit a good cause.

"We live in (Shepherdstown)," she said. "It's a show. We didn't have plans. So we thought we'd come out."

Jim Scott, vice president of events for Groovin' in the Grove, said local officials, especially the Jefferson County Parks and Recreation Department and the Shepherdstown Men's Club, were very cooperative in helping organizers stage the event.

Scott said he would know by the first of the week how much Groovin' in the Grove raised to help fight multiple sclerosis.

The admission fee to the event was $10.

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