Live Music – Gospel/ Jazz/ Blues – Mary Murphy May 12th

Mary Murphy live music Lima, Ohio

A celebration of versatility ranging from jazzy blues to light neo-classical with an underlying celtic feel.

Lima, OH – Touring artist, Mary Murphy, is visiting friends & family in Lima and agreed to give a free concert at The Meeting Place on Market while in town.

Mary Murphy is a Maine native singer/songwriter indie recording artist who performs from Maine to South Carolina and beyond. Her vocal and piano stylings include originals and covers that cross many genres from blues and jazz standards to classic country and more.

She has won numerous awards for performance and songwriting from DECMA (Down East Country Music Association) in Maine and internationally from N.A.C.M.A I. (North American Country Music Associations International) in Pigeon Forge Tennessee.
Mary’s Cds are available at concerts and online at and most major download sites such as Rhapsody, I-tunes, etc.

For “Music For All The Good Lads & Lasses”, a vocal showcase CD of originals, please visit

For her newest original gospel album, “God’s Love” which contains the most recent N.A.C.M.A.I Horizon award winning song, “Into The Darkness No More”, please visit You can hear samples of her orignal blues music here:

Concert is free and open to the public on Saturday, May 12th, starting at 7 pm, at The Meeting Place on Market, gourmet coffee house and cafe in downtown Lima at 220 West Market Street.

Downtown Events Showcase Local Art, Music and Film This Weekend

Experience talented artists, musicians and filmmakers this weekend from around the region!

Friday, April 27th

Friday night, hear Bluffton musician Wendy Chappel-Dick at The Meeting Place on Market, while dining on a scrumptious dessert buffet of made from scratch desserts by the bakery at The Meeting Place (just $5/person).  Start time is 7 pm.  Wendy will be singing and playing folk music about green stuff, from Appalachian Mountain songs to singer-songwriter favorites; come hear music to entertain, entrance and inspire you in your growing season. More info:

While you’re at The Meeting Place, check out the art exhibit by local artists Lesa Davis and Herb Vonderau.

Saturday, April 28th

Don’t miss this chance to meet the artist of one of the most talked-about new all ages comic books of the year, Giants Beware!

Rafael is based in Ohio with family in Lima. He is a veteran of the animation industry and is currently a storyboard artist for Warner Bros, Disney and Cartoon Network. He will conduct a live-drawing class and book signing starting at Noon on Saturday, April 28th at Alter Ego Comics.

Giants Beware! is his first graphic novel.

Later that evening…

On Saturday, April 28, week 2 of the NWOIFF Student Criticism Workshop continues at ArtSpace. 2012 Judge Erik Pepple will host to discuss narrative construction, form, and plot vs. story. Admission is FREE for all students aged 13-18, noon at ArtSpace Lima.

Later that evening, the NWOIFF will host “REDISCOVER” PARADISE RECOVERED: A special screening of the 2011 Audience Choice Award winning film at City Club. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at the door or through  Includes and meet and greet with screenwriter Andie Redwine.

The night includes snacks, popcorn, a cash bar and an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session with Andie and Storme following the film!

The Coffee House Diaries: This Coffee House is About Storytelling

I was working on the mission statement for the coffee house this week and it felt like I was throwing a bunch of things together.  The mission included offering great coffee, but also art exhibits, live music, and event space, and bakery items and catering.  I wondered how all of these items were related, and then it hit me:  storytelling.

When we first opened the coffee house, we were very focused on our space.  Above all, we wanted people to feel comfortable, to come together and spend time together, and to be able to share artwork, music and more.  Hence the name, The Meeting Place on Market.

Since then we realized that a coffee house does not survive on place alone, and so we focused a lot on our offerings, coffee, food, gifts, catering, desserts, breads, and how to make them more pleasing to the general public.

We like doing both, but I’ve realized that above all we are about storytelling.

I love to be able to tell the young musician that yes, he and his band can give a concert on a Friday night.  I love being able to tell a local artist that yes, she can hang her artwork a particular month.  I love seeing a young culinary artist bloom under the freedom of creating confectionary delights.  I love watching a new barista take pride in the intricate coffee drinks he creates. I love helping people tell their stories.

Let’s face it, the creative arts are not a very easy way to make a living.  Whether a person make beautiful cakes and chocolates, thought provoking paintings, or original music, those things are not very appreciated in our efficiency and convenience focused world, and definitely not highly compensated.

The musician who is stretching his wings and trying out something that isn’t necessarily honed, nor perfect, nor even mainstream – he struggles to find an audience.  And yet something inside of him is crying out to tell his story.

The artist who has had no formal training, yet is inspired to paint, paint and paint.  Some of the pieces are home runs, others not so much.  But regardless, she is telling her original story.  She is the only one in the world who can.

The baker who explores alternative ingredients and experiments with a variety of recipes to accommodate tastes and nutritional needs –  that is her way of telling her story.

And the high school student who is hard pressed to find a place to be himself.  Everywhere he goes, home, school, work, he is under someone’s thumb.  But he wants a place where he can be un-judged.  He is learning how to tell his story.  He needs the space to do that, even if it’s not necessarily cool or popular or even pleasing.

We all want to share our story in one way or the other.  I believe the popularity of facebook attests to that fact.  We don’t always understand that is what we are doing.  But deep down, we want to share our own, individual, unique story, and we want to be part of others stories.

It’s tempting for me to want to sterilize the way artists or musicians share through our coffee house.  I understand some music styles or some lyrics make people uncomfortable.  But in trying to filter, I am afraid first of all of denying someone the privilege of sharing themselves, and secondly, of missing out on a diamond in the rough, an artist or musician who is new and untested, but whose work touches my soul.  So when a man comes to me and says he wants to start an open mic night once a month that features Christian artists, I say sure.  When a group of teenagers asks to perform music of undefined style and content, I say, “when can you come?”.  When a folk singer offers to play a set of original songs about the earth, I say welcome.  I know that some customers might not like Christian songs and someone might be turned off by folk music and some might think the teenagers’ music is too loud, but someone else might love it.  I want you the audience to choose what music you want to listen to.  I want to give you the opportunity to open your minds to new experiences.  I want to let others share their story.

And I want you to be part of their stories.  Because what we are about more than anything else is a place.  A place to relax, to talk with friends, to experience something new, to host a baby shower, to give a presentation, to listen to music, to see art, to try a new cooking style, to experience the story telling of people around you.

This coffee house is about storytelling.

- Jennifer

Gluten-Free Cooking Class Offered April 12th

Lima, OH – Mary Weis, chief baker for The Meeting Place on Market, is leading a gluten-free cooking class on Thursday, April 12th, from 6-7 pm.  Mary will be teaching attendees how to make a variety of gluten-free soups, including chicken noodle and cream of mushroom.  The one hour class is only $10/per attendee, and is limited to the first twenty attendees who register.  Interested attendees can sign-up online, by stopping at the café, or by calling 419-222-0985, or emailing

Baker Mary Weis has created desserts for The Meeting Place on Market since they opened their doors in 2003. Since then, she has expanded the bakery menu from just desserts, to fresh-baked breads and soups, and more recently, a wide variety of gluten-free items.  Gluten-free items available for purchase include sandwich breads, moon pies, noodles, cupcakes, and a variety of desserts, which can all be ordered on their web site.

The Meeting Place on Market offers a unique dining experience with gourmet coffee, homemade soups and desserts, fresh hot and cold sandwiches, salads, and over 101 specialty drinks. The gourmet coffee house, café and bakery is located at 220 West Market Street at the corner of West and Market in Downtown Lima, Ohio.

Q in Concert Friday, Plus Pre-Concert Open Mic


Q (originally Cue?) officially started January 2011.  Nick, Jordaan, and Anton pulled their musical talents together to form a group interested in playing a variety set, encompassing multiple genres.  Anton’s rhythmic chordings and lyrical ambitions are complimented by Nick’s aggressive patterns on the bass.  Jordaan accentuates the melodies with slaps and pops, completing the roller coaster of dynamic and melodic movement.  The group is influenced by multiple artists from the genres of Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and multiple forms of modern alternative music.  All three have been involved in other bands, including Trauma Packet and Casual Friday, and are accustomed to playing live.  The group shows emphasis on feeling the music and improvising upon it, fitting the emotions of each individual player in a specific moment.  It’s not about perfection, but expression.  Q has currently performed in bar, club, charity event, college party, and coffee house settings.  They are accustomed to acoustic and electric sets, preferably consisting of original music.

For more info and music downloads, visit:

Concert is Friday, March 20th, 7 pm at The Meeting Place on Market, gourmet coffee house & cafe in downtown Lima.  Free and open to the public.  Come early to Open Mic from 5-7 pm and play your tunes, or just listen to the variety.

Last Week for Unique Quilt and Glass Exhibit

This week is the last week to view the unique quilt and glass exhibit on display at The Meeting Place on Market.

Experienced quilter, Elva Shepherd, has 11 quilts on display, including intricate art quilts. Chari Solomon, owner of ToSSed & FoUNd, has over 15 glass pieces on display, all created from recycled glass pieces.

Chari finds antique glass pieces are various thrift stores and auctions, and then uses them to create beautiful and functional glass pieces for your home.

Elva Shepherd has been quilting for over 32 years, and her skill is evident in her unique art quilts. See complete collection online.

All items are also for sale. Support your local artists!

Eat Healthy Recipe: Baked Asparagus with Parmesan

One of our goals at The Meeting Place on Market is to encourage healthy eating with fresh ingredients.  This recipe uses fresh organic asparagus purchased from Keller’s Organic Co-Op. I usually don’t like asparagus, so this surprised me with how good it was. The kids even ate it!  Thanks Mom for the recipe!


Fresh asparagus

Olive oil

Sea salt


Parmesan cheese

Drizzle olive oil on a baking stone or cookie sheet. Add asparagus and turn until lightly coated. Season with salt and pepper or your favorite seasoning. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake at 400 until crisp-tender (about 10 – 15 minutes).

Alternate method: Follow above instructions, but don’t sprinkle the Parmesan cheese until after cooking. Instead of baking, broil at 400 degrees. Then top with Parmesan. (recipe from Tami Niemeyer).

NOTE: Keller’s Organic Co-Op is a local co-op in the Lima, Ohio area that provides its members with fresh organic fruit and vegetables every month. There’s no commitment required. What better way to encourage good environmental practices than to shop organic or naturally-grown foods? It also encourages the growth of smaller, family owned farms. For more information, contact Tami Niemeyer through her web site:

If you’re not in the Lima, Ohio area, you might be able to find a co-op near you through this web site:

Meet the Artists Reception Friday, March 9th, 5-7 pm

Exhibit Features Arts and Crafts with a Twist

Lima, OH – The Meeting Place on Market is delving into new territory this month with an art exhibit featuring traditional arts and crafts – with a twist.

Chari Solomon makes beautiful glass pieces out of items she finds at garage sales, antique shops and just about anywhere. She calls her exhibit ToSSed & FoUNd. “God takes the broken pieces of our lives and restores them into something beautiful,” Chari says, which is the inspiration for her work. Her style ranges from vintage to modern design, seeking to create pieces that will enrich the lives of others and over time become a treasured heirloom passed on to the next generation.

Elva Shepherd creates works of art out of quilts. Her quilts are not what you would traditional think of, rather, she integrates intricate pictures that tell a story into each wall hanging. Elva has been a quilter for over 32 years. She entered the American Quilters Society’s juried shows for the past four years and has had five pieces accepted, including “Summer Swans” and “Quilting Together” wall hangings. Both pieces are on display at The Meeting Place on Market, as well as others.

A meet the artist reception will be held Friday, March 9th, from 5 – 7 pm at The Meeting Place on Market, 220 West Market Street, Lima. The exhibit is free and open to the public. The artists’ work will also be available for sale. Some of the pieces are also available for sale online at

Chari Solomon poses with some of her glass pieces.

Elva Shepherd stands beside one of her quilts, “The Flag.”

How to make Gluten-Free Muffins

gluten-free muffins

How to make Gluten-Free Muffins:

  • Combine: 2 cups of Gluten-Free Brown Flour Mix, 2/3 cups sugar, 1 Tbsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. baking soda, ¾ tsp. xanthan gum,
    ½ tsp. salt, 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • Add:  2 eggs, ½ cup milk, ½ cup oil, 1 cup of your choice of variation ingredient (see below).
  • Optionally, add ½ cup chopped walnuts.
  • Mix well.
  • Pour into greased muffin pan (or use muffin papers).
  • Bake 18 – 25 minutes at 350 degrees (until toothpick comes out clean).


Banana Muffins:  1 cup of ripe banana, mashed

Blueberry Muffins:  1 cup  of fresh or frozen blueberries

Cheddar muffins: 1 cup shredded cheddar

Chocolate chip muffins: 1 cup of chocolate chips

Be creative and you can make an infinite variety of muffins!

Buy our Gluten-Free Brown Flour Mix online at

Local Talent Showcased in Upcoming Free Concerts

Several free concerts scheduled throughout February and March showcase local talent. Concerts are held at The Meeting Place on Market, gourmet coffee house and bakery in downtown Lima.

Friday, February 24, 7:30 pm – 12 String Relief and Friends

12 String Relief, with Doug Adams & Merilee Ziccardi, will perform together with friends Lou’s Crew and David Harris. Great old and contemporary acoustic folk music will be played. The audience is invited to sing along.

Doug Adams has been singing folk songs since the 1970’s. He’s one of many current folk revivalists performing today. Merilee Ziccardi is an accomplished young musician just venturing onto the folk scene. Together, they offer a rich depth of traditional storytelling thru their blended voices and musical talents.

Saturday, March 3, 12 pm – Live Music by Carl Rust

Carl Rust was born in Kentucky and grew up in northwest Ohio. He graduated from Lima Senior High School and earned a bachelors degree in elementary education from Ohio State University Lima branch. He has been a newspaperman, a factory worker, a teacher, a chef, a bottle washer, a dog walker, and an author, singer, songwriter, filmmaker. He has been writing and performing music for 20 years. He has produced 7 albums of original music with the 8th to be released later this year. He currently lives in Indiana with his wife Robin, a dog and a cat. He loves his job as an assistant principal at an elementary school and plays music as often as he can.

Friday, March 30, 7 pm – Q in Concert

Q, a trio from Ohio Northern University, officially started January 2011. Nick, Jordaan, and Anton pulled their musical talents together to form a group interested in playing a variety set, encompassing multiple genres. Anton’s rhythmic chordings and lyrical ambitions are complimented by Nick’s aggressive patterns on the bass. Jordaan accentuates the melodies with slaps and pops, completing the roller coaster of dynamic and melodic movement. The group is influenced by multiple artists from the genres of Classical, Jazz, Blues, Rock, and multiple forms of modern alternative music. All three have been involved in other bands, including Trauma Packet and Casual Friday, and are accustomed to playing live. The group shows emphasis on feeling the music and improvising upon it, fitting the emotions of each individual player in a specific moment. It’s not about perfection, but expression.

For more information, visit

Coffee house, cafe, bakery & meeting space in downtown Lima, Ohio


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