City Council Approves Parameters of Groove N’ Brewfest

Elyssa Haven for The Newberry Observer

NEWBERRY – City Council approved a request Tuesday to allow alcohol in designated event areas of the Groove N’ Brewfest on Saturday, April 7.

At the January 9 City Council meeting, Amy Talbot, representative for the Newberry Downtown Development Association (NDDA) addressed council with a request to allow consumption of alcohol for the event. However, council asked Talbot and the NDDA to reach out to local homeowners and businesses that would be effected by the festival to make sure there were no significant conflicts with hosting the event.

At the specially called council meeting January 16, City Council approved NDDA’s request to allow beer and wine only served and sold by designated event vendors using approved cups no larger than 16 ounces. This allows patrons to travel the event area by foot with a designated cup and 21 or older wristband.

The original proposed time for the event on April 7 was from 3 p.m. until 11 p.m., however council also asked that the festival time be limited to 10 p.m.

While the original event parameters were proposed to be the east end of Main Street, from Holman Street to Lindsay Street and inside the Ritz Theater, the area was expanded from Holman Street all the way to College Street.

Groove N’ Brewfest will be a street festival featuring 70s/80s tribute bands, craft beer, food trucks and vintage memorabilia and is intended as a fundraiser for the revitalization of the Ritz Theater. The event on April 7 is being sponsored and managed by the NDDA.

Councilman Thomas Louis Boyd supplied the motion, which was seconded by Councilman Edwin Wicker.

City Council will meet on February 5 at 6 p.m. for a work session to discuss the city’s fiber network and the recreation complex.

Elyssa Haven for The Newberry Observer