Lake Grove gets ready to Splash

West End Building will host Sunday celebration

Talent Splash, the day when Lake Grove celebrates itself, will be held on Sunday, Sept. 21.

More than 1,000 Lake Grovers are expected to flock to the city of Lake Oswego's new West End Building for an event of great variety.

This will include free food for the first 600 people; a talent show featuring all kinds of local singers, musicians and dancers; speeches by two Lake Oswego politicians, Mayor Judie Hammerstad and City Councilor Frank Groznik; and a concert by the Portland piano/guitar duo of Tim and JP.

There will also be historical displays, non-profit outreach, kids game areas, antique cars, and police and fire trucks.

Still, the biggest attraction may be the chance for Lake Grove residents to simply get together, visit, have fun, and find out what their community has to offer; which evidently is a lot.

Officially titled Lake Grove Village Day, the celebration started out as Boones Ferry Days and was held for decades before seemingly coming to a conclusion.

However, four years ago Lake Grove folks decided to bring it back.

'We re-incarnated it,' said Splash chairman Daniel Work. 'People missed it, and it was a chance for our community to see what is available. It's been going great the last four years.'

As for the talent show, Work said, 'It's a great chance to show off for your neighbors. It's an excuse to come out of the house.'

The festival would not have been able to recapture its glory days if not for outstanding support from local businesses, including title sponsor Bank of Oswego.

'It's been incredible,' Work said. 'People have stepped up to provide over $6,425 in cash and well over $10,000 in trade, donations and in-kind services.'

The Talent Splash will be held from 1 to 4 p.m.

The event is sponsored by the LGVD Committee in partnership with the city of Lake Oswego Parks and Recreation Dept.

For more information, see the Lake Grove Neighborhood Association Web site .