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Groovin’ in the Grove at library offers local date night option

SUGAR GROVE – The sound of music soon will fill the Sugar Grove Public Library as Groovin’ in the Grove makes its debut.

Groovin’ in the Grove, a music series program, will provide a date night opportunity from 7 to 9 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Sugar Grove Public Library, 125 S. Municipal Drive.

The free event will feature several artists, including a singer and guitarist duo, Amy Ferrias Peters from Brightest Stars Preschool in Sugar Grove along with Jon Bobbe from The Right Pick in Sugar Grove. Acoustic guitar soloist Mike Christiansen of Vernon Hills also will perform.

Passages Cafe within the Sugar Grove Public Library will be open during the event. Passages Cafe offers artisan sandwiches and two types of Norwegian pancakes along with coffee, hot tea and cocoa. Complimentary cookies will be available from the Sugar Grove Public Library.

The village of Sugar Grove, Sugar Grove Township, Sugar Grove Park District, Sugar Grove Public Library and Sugar Grove Chamber of Commerce work together as the Sugar Grove Arts and Entertainment Committee to plan Groovin’ in the Grove events. The committee is hopeful the event is successful and generates additional interest in future events.

“We are learning as we go through the process for the first time about some of the hurdles to get a program like this off of the ground, but we are dedicated to try and make the first year a good platform to build off of,” Village Board Trustee Rick Montalto said. “If the community embraces the idea, we can continue our efforts to build the program each year.”

He would like for many couples to take advantage of the local date night opportunity.

“We are hoping to have at least 50 to 100 residents show up for an enjoyable evening of easy listening music,” Montalto said. “The entertainment is free to those who attend, and it is a perfect Valentine’s weekend date night for couples of all ages.”

The committee received positive feedback from an event in conjunction with Holiday in the Grove. It hopes this date night event also will be a big hit.

“We are already planning a second event the first week in June and hope to have flyers for that event out after this first event,” Montalto said. “If the community responds well to this event we can continue to try and make it bigger and better each time. For future events, we have some demos sent to us. We plan on looking at those as options for the June event.”

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