Party for 24 years of local business


BCTC environmental science and sign language junior Katie Stillwell makes a “Turtle Mocha” at Common Grounds on Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2010. Photo by Adam Wolffbrandt

Aayat Ali

College students can thank local coffee shops for providing them a second home, especially in the midst of midterm week. 

To celebrate 24 years of local businesses, Common Grounds will be hosting the Grand Party as a thanks to those who support Lexington businesses. 

EaLoud, a nonprofit organization based in Lexington, will help host the event. The organization helps impoverished youth reach their musical goals and other dreams.

“We, here at EaLoud, have come together to help fight this poverty through music and community outreach programs. In the next few years, we will be launching a few new community events and outreach programs,” according to EaLoud’s website.  “We would love the support of the community and would love to partner with any individual, business, or nonprofit for other events as well.”

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The block party will be kid friendly, featuring face painting, coloring and ninja courses. Kid events last until sunset and adults will also be entertained with a West Sixth vendor as well as live music.

Other vendors include Wines on Vines, clothing company Kentucky for Kentucky, Sunflower Gypsies Jewelry and several others. 

Common Grounds will have seasonal treats, new menu items, and coffee tastings.

Entertainment will include live art demonstrations from Fowl County Art Troupe and local muralist Dani Green. 

Two stages will host live music from bluegrass band Driftwood Gypsy, satirical political band Tronald Dump, Damage Therapy, Big Atomic and others. The stage will also feature a comedian and mind reader to transition between each band.

Prizes will be given away, including the chance to win free coffee for a year from Common Grounds.

Common Grounds has been a Lexington institution since its opening 24 years ago. It opened a campus location for those who consider it a local favorite.

What: Common Grounds block party

When: Saturday, Oct. 15 from 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.

Where: 343 E High St.