As spring approaches and the snow starts to melt away, Long Grove was budding with exciting opportunities.
Ice Meltin’ Blues Weekend
Melt your winter blues away at the Village Tavern (135 Old McHenry Road), Illinois’s oldest operating tavern/restaurant, as they hosted a weekend of live blues music during the annual Ice Meltin’ Blues on March 7 and 8. Studebaker John and the Hawks hosted the opening lunch, Saturday, March 7, from Noon to 4 p.m. while Demetria Taylor Blues Band hosted two dinner shows from 6 -7:30 p.m. and 8:30-10 p.m. Sunday, March 8, the Rockin’ Johnny Blues Band, featuring Mary Lane, performed live from 1-5 p.m.
Attendees also got to take advantage of 30 percent off breakfast specials at the Long Grove Café (235 Robert Parker Coffin Rd) all weekend long from 9-11 a.m, plus had the opportunity to sip on beverages and enjoy relaxing blues music with a beautiful view.
St. Patrick’s Day in Long Grove
Visitors celebrated St. Patrick’s Day, by picking up special gifts from Long Grove’s Irish specialty shops. Paddy’s on the Square offers music, clothing and gift items from Ireland, while the Irish Boutique (434 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.) is home to a selection of Irish-made jewelry, English and Irish foods, Waterford Crystal and Belleek China.
Everything Irish in March Workshop Series began on March 5 in Long Grove. The Rivellino School of Art (216 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.), in partnership with Paddy’s on the Square (228 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.). A total of six classes ran from March 5 thru March 21. Four of the six classes were adult-only. Two, of those four, were BYOB. There was also one class, suitable for all ages and one parent / child workshop. Prices ranged from $20 – $50 dollars.
On Saturday, March 7, Paddy’s on the Square and Beans & Leaves Coffee & Tea Café (320 Old McHenry Road) hosted their first Irish Soda Bread Baking Competition. Participants were invited to bake their own soda bread at home and drop it off at either Paddy’s on the Square or Beans & Leaves before 1 p.m. on March 7. After submission, the eligible soda breads were sampled by the public and guests had the chance to vote on their favorite from 2:00-3:30 pm. The first place participant received a $40 certificate to Paddy’s on the Square and $10 to Beans & Leaves, second place took home $25 to Paddy’s on the Square and $10 to Beans & Leaves and third place received $20 to spend at Paddy’s on the Square and $5 to Beans & Leaves. Call Paddy’s on the Square at (847) 634-0339 or Beans & Leaves at (847) 821-0011 for more information.
The McNulty Irish Dancers performed at Paddy’s on the Square on Saturday, March 7 and Saturday, March 14 from 2:00-3:00 p.m.
Guest topped off their celebrations by visiting the Village Tavern (135 Old McHenry Road) on Saturday, March 14 for a St. Patrick’s Party with R. J. Express, live music from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Guests also enjoyed traditional corned beef & cabbage washed down with green beer!
Long Grove Cafe (235 Robert Parker Coffin Rd.) celebrated the battle of college basketball, March Madness, all month by offering 30 percent off all “Dine In” food items.
NOW IS THE PERFECT TIME
Never before has there been a better time to conduct business in Long Grove. Recent retirements by merchants and landlords have made prominent spaces available for lease, sale, or development for the first time in 30 years. These spaces are suitable for the smallest of boutique style businesses to more established businesses looking to expand, and for fast casual dining to restaurants seating 50 and more. For more information on Downtown Long Grove and local merchants visit www.visitlonggrove.com or call the Visitor’s Information Center at 847.634.0888