‘Spring Walk’ for the Grapevine

Barbecue, band planned for festivities

ANTRIM — The 10th Annual Grapevine Spring Walk for Families will offer a chance for the community to walk and talk together on May 10, and will conclude with a big barbecue and a live band.

Around 70 adults and children walked in last year’s event and raised $9,000, Grapevine Director Kristen Vance said in an interview last Thursday. On top of that, the Finlay Foundation donated $5,000 as part of a Challenge Grant they issued to the Grapevine. The Challenge Grant matches funds raised up to $5,000.

This year, Vance said the goal is to raise $10,000 in donations, so that the Challenge Grant will boost the donation amount up to $15,000.

In honor of its 10th year, the Grapevine board of directors decided to end the fundraiser with a cook out and a live music. Walkers who raise at least $20 are eligible for free burgers, veggie burgers and fixings, Vance said.

The Grapevine began hosting the Spring Walk 10 years ago, with the goal of starting a community activity. “The primary purpose was to bring families together to walk with Grapevine volunteers and enjoy each others’ company,” Vance said.

The Spring Walk continues to be a big part of the Grapevine’s sustainability. “[The Spring Walk] has become a bigger fundraiser since the Challenge Grant was awarded three years ago,” Vance said. The money raised will help support programs for children and families.

Grapevine board member Kristen Proctor of Antrim said in an interview last Thursday that the Spring Walk helped her get involved in town when she moved to Antrim with children. Proctor participated in her first Spring Walk, six or seven years ago.

“I met [Kristen Vance] when I was walking. [Vance] said, ‘You should check out the Grapevine, it has a lot of resources,’” Proctor recalled.

Learning about what the Grapevine offered interested Proctor, so she began volunteering and bringing her kids to programs there, and eventually joined the board of directors. Proctor said she went from being new in town and not knowing much to becoming more active in the community just from walking.

“It’s a nice way to reach out and meet new people,” Proctor said, referring to the Spring Walk. “It gives you a chance to talk, while you workout.”

As in previous years, the walk will take place rain or shine. Walkers can register at 9:30 a.m. on May 10 in the Grapevine parking lot, located on 4 Aiken St., and the walk will begin at 10 a.m. The walk is a little more than 4 miles long, with mile-markers along the way for participants who just want to walk a mile or two. A van equipped with car seats for children will be driving the route to pick up any walkers who are unable to finish, Vance said.

For more information, call the Grapevine at 588-2620.

Lindsey Arceci can be reached at 924-7172, ext. 232, or

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