Keep Longview Beautiful presents art extravaganza: Music, Food, Wine Tasting, Beer Drinking, repeat. So come on out.

by Joycelyne Fadojutimi

The Keep Longview Beautiful (KLB) initiative is taking another step in serving and delighting the city’s residents. On November 3 the KLB board of directors will present Grassroots @ the Green from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. to display the wares of artisans who use their hands, hearts, voices and souls to create points of interest for everyone. Artists, merchants, foodies, Jenga or Cornhole aficionados, outdoor enthusiasts, singers, yodlers and dancers will all find something in which to delight. The venue will be The Green at the entryway of Highway 31 and Spur 63.
Artists, musicians, vendors and merchants can apply for admission by visiting and hovering over “What’s Happening.” This is also the location to sign up for the Cornhole and Jenga tournaments. Hard copy applications are obtained at
“Vendors are encouraged to be a part of this community event to show off their creative genius,” said KLB Vice-President Dennis Samford. “We know there are so many talented folks in the surrounding area, and we simply want to showcase these people and give them a chance to share their talents.”
Musical offerings will include Low D’s Jam Band, the Pine Tree ISD Jolly Rogers Ukulele group, guitar virtuoso Ben Shepherd’s top students, Longview ISD’s string quartet, and, as a finale, Social Brigade.
“We’ve got six hours packed with amazing musical talent,” said Music Chair Brian Lowe. “These artists simply wish to be heard and help entertain our community.”
Food vendors will comprise five food trucks and two adult beverage vendors provided by Kona Ice of Longview, Amazing Concessions, Rolling Smokes BBQ, Coffee & T’s, and Divine Catering. Rotolo’s will supply beer while Enoch’s Stomp will offer wine tastings and bottles for sale.
The Cornhole and Jenga tournaments will emphasize family activities revolving around the KLB mission statement of beautification, litter abatement and recycling.
“One feature of Grassroots is simply about getting families and friends outside and enjoying each other. Stepping away from the normal craziness of our routine and coming to The Green to walk, play, shop and create,” said Debbie Leith. “Anyone can come and just enjoy hands-on activities and everything else. We hope everyone will grab a friend and get outside for some good clean fun.”
KLB President Adam Graves went even further in expressing the basic essence of this event.
“Grassroots @ The Green is genuinely about promoting the creative expressions of gifted artists and merchants, getting the community outdoors for a little competitive fun, and allowing everyone to shop for unique gifts in the natural beauty of The Green,” he said. “We hope to see you there!”