Grand Vue Park Has Full Slate

Looking at Grand Vue Park’s upcoming events and program brochure brought back memories of when facility opened 38 years ago. At that time the park consisted of 126 acres with events covering most of the area.

The facility now covers 650 acres and with the park taking on an adventure theme, once again much of the total acreage is being utilized.

The brochure lists more than 60 special events, the dates and times, along with whether the individual event is free or if there is a charge.

In the early years of the park there was a wide variety of programs including golf and tennis tournaments, children’s day camp, flea markets, arts and crafts shows, musical concerts, family films and youth golf, tennis and swimming clubs.

Many of the park’s events took place at the amphitheater, and I noticed in the brochure that it is again being used for concerts and movies throughout the spring and summer.

In fact, 30 years ago the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce named Grand Vue as the county’s “Outstanding Business of the Year.”

While some facilities at the park – the cabins, the banquet hall, disc golf, bingo, and the playground – are open year-round, two seasonal attractions, the Par 3 Golf Course will be opening for the season this Saturday, while the miniature golf course will be opening on May 5. The swimming pool (Aquatic Center) is scheduled to open on May 26.

Since day-one golf has been the park’s major attraction, although now tourism, the park’s banquet hall and other new activities, are drawing patrons to the facility.

Getting back to golf, some of the upcoming special events involving the Par 3 and miniature golf are:

  • Mothers can golf (Par 3) free on Mother’s Day on May 13.
  • There will be miniature golf tournaments on Mondays, June 11 through July 30. The July 30 event will be a championship tournament.
  • Junior Golf lessons will be available from June 12-July 3. The lessons will be given by Moundsville Country Club pro Brian Hamric, who began his golfing career at Grand Vue’s Par 3 course at an early age.
  • Dads will be able to golf free (Par 3) on Father’s Day, June 17.
  • There will be a Night Flight tournament on the miniature golf course on July 7.
  • There will be a Grand Vue Park Homecoming Golf Tournament on April 28. It will be an individual 18-hole stroke play event. There will be a Homecoming King and Queen contest, the award to go for low gross men and women’s divisions.
  • A two-person Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on May 26, and will honor service men and women who have served our country. Donations will be accepted and a portion of the proceeds will go to benefit Helping Heroes Inc., in Moundsville.
  • The June 23 Night Flight Scramble is GVP’s premiere golf event of the season. This three-person event will have a shotgun start on the Back 9 at 6 p.m., followed by a cookout in the golf shop. Golfing will resume at 9 p.m. on the Front 9. Those participating are to bring flashlights and glow sticks.
  • Although it is a Par 3 course, on Aug. 25 golfers will be able to participate in what is being called a “Hard Day Course” as tee markers will be in difficult locations. You will tee off with a tennis racket, and there will be pins in bunkers. It is being described as a fun event, and, of course, very challenging.
  • The Club Championship tournament will be held on Sept. 22, and will be an individual, 18-hole stroke play event. It is for pass-holding members only.

Among some of the other events are:

  • Earth Day Clean-Up will be from 1-3 on April 14 starting at the Barn.
  • Arbor Day will be celebrated on April 25 and will include a tree identification hike and crafts at the pool club room from 6-8 p.m.
  • The park will be holding a Summer Concert Series, the first taking place on June 7 and continuing through Aug. 2. All of these events will take place beginning at 7 p.m. on Thursdays at the amphitheater, and in the event of inclement weather will be moved to the pool club room.
  • Also, there will be a Summer Movie series beginning on June 14 and held bi-monthly in June and July, concluding on Aug. 9. The free movies will be held at 9 p.m. at the amphitheater.
  • Many individuals have expressed an interested in the Zip Line course which will provide excitement for those willing to literally “fly” over the park. The course is currently in currently being laid out.
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The Marshall County Deputy Sheriff’s Civil Service Commission has extended the deadline for accepting applications for those interested in taking the test for becoming a deputy sheriff. The deadline is 4:30 p.m., April 13.

The MCDCSC will be testing for the position of deputy sheriff on April 21, the written exam to be at 9 a.m. on that date in the south commons of John Marshall High School, while the required physical agility test will be at noon at Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.

Eligible persons must be United States citizens between the age of 18-45, in good physical and mental health, agile and fit, and of good moral character. Anyone wishing additional information can call MCDCSC secretary Winnie Reilly at the county clerk’s office, 304-845-1220.

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Perkins Restaurant & Bakery owner Frank Carolla has donated 50 tickets to Marshall County area youth to enable them to see the movie “Grease,” which will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Strand Theatre in Moundsville.

Twenty-five of the tickets were given to the Youth Club of Marshall County, and 25 tickets were given to students at John Marshall High School.

Carolla stated he wanted to allow young people of the community to attend such an event which would fun and entertaining.

Other support for this showing came from Bill Anderson.

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A 100th birthday party for Dorothy Games will be held from 2-4 Saturday at Beacon House, 100 Reservoir Road, St. Clairsville.

Games was for many years a music teacher in Moundsville and also, choir director at Simpson United Methodist Church.

She is the widow of Charles Games, who was a teacher-administrator for the Marshall County Schools.

Anyone who might wish to send her a birthday card is encouraged to do so.