Grass Valley Downtown Association might launch another Ladies Night Out in May |

Grass Valley Downtown Association might launch another Ladies Night Out in May

Residents and visitors to Grass Valley might get treated to another episode of Ladies Night Out in May.

The success of the event, rolled out by the Grass Valley Downtown Association on Oct. 8 to create a unique shopping, dining and wine-tasting experience for women, prompted its organizers to consider hosting a second session in May.

“Around 90 percent of shop owners said it was a strong event, there’s room to grow it,” said GVDA Executive Director Diane Raymond, during a Promotions Committee meeting on Wednesday.

Members voted to put Ladies Night Out on the schedule tentatively for May 19, 2016. Committee members said the proposal and the date would be discussed at the next GVDA Board of Directors meeting Oct. 28.

If passed, the event would be in proximity with holidays such as Mother’s Day and Cinco de Mayo. Scheduling Ladies Night Out close to these existing holidays would increase the turnout of shoppers and help grow businesses in downtown Grass Valley, said organizers.

“Events near Mother’s Day usually do well if it has to do with flowers and balloons,” said Raymond.

More than 30 stores in downtown Grass Valley participated in the Ladies Night Out last Thursday. The event ran from 5-8 p.m. It was designed so “ladies could grab their friends and have a night on the town” before the arrival of the holiday season and during a time when kids are back in school, wrote Raymond in a recent article in the Other Voices section of The Union.

Though there’s a month and a half left before the celebration of Cornish Christmas takes off on Nov. 27, committee members already have their mind set on a potential Santa Claus.

Promotion Coordinator Libby Bonomolo said the portly symbol of Christmas would be played by Ric Caravelli. Bonomolo said Caravelli is a resident of Grass Valley who is involved with the Nevada County Historical Society and had been active in the Gold Rush Days.

“I ran into him, and he said he was doing a Santa Claus gig,” said Bonomolo. “He is very friendly and a great fit for the role.”

Cornish Christmas will take place on Nov. 27, Dec. 4, Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 in downtown Grass Valley this year. Santa Claus will be there for photos from 6-9 p.m. every Friday.

To contact Staff Writer Teresa Yinmeng Liu, please call 530-477-4236, or email

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