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Support your local and regional independent musicians and artists by coming to listen to their music and view their artwork! Invite your friends, and have a great time, too! How better to stimulate our local economy than to support the efforts of these talented people, instead of listening to music fed to us by large businesses, or buying art that has been replicated thousands of times.

Friday, June 8th, 5 pm: Live Music By Two Sticks & a Chick

Two Sticks & a Chick is a 3 member band from Lima the delivers far more than the usual small piece or acoustic trio show. Along with many popular 3 piece selection on guitar and piano from bands like Journey, The Beatles, and Billy Joel, we are growing our list to include classic country hits and new songs by artists such as Adele and many more.
The concert is at The Meeting Place on Market, 220 West Market Street, downtown Lima. Free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 9th, 12-2 pm: Singer/Songwriter Laura Joy in Concert

Chicago-based singer-songwriter Laura Joy has been known to quell dark, angry bars full of ornery old Irishmen. Drawing comparisons that range from Joni Mitchell to Alison Krauss, Laura’s percussive finger picking and buoyant voice have graced audiences from as far as the Sun Belt to the streets of Manhattan.

Laura’s adventures in “Folk Sustainability” (a new endeavor for 2012) are regularly documented in her blog (www.laurajoymusic.com). Join her as she attempts to simultaneously minimize her carbon footprint while increasing musical output.

Concert is free and open to the public.

http://laurajoymusic.com/bioreviews/


Laura Joy

Friday, June 15th, 7:30 pm: Philip McMurry in Concert

Philip McMurry has been writing and performing music for twenty-five years and is currently a professor at the University of Northwestern Ohio. He has recently finished his first CD of original music with his band, “Stir Crazy.” Now that the members of the band all live in different states, Philip has begun performing solo shows around the Lima area. His music is very much inspired by the artists that he listened to when he was a teenager, such as Billy Joel, The Little River Band, Toto, Steve Taylor, the Eagles and others from the late 70s and early 80s. He has begun work on a solo CD and will play both original material as well as covers of well-known recording artists. His concerts are very family friendly, yet at the same time, full of passion and energy. Philip currently lives in Lima with his wife and four daughters.

Philip will be performing at The Meeting Place on Market, gourmet coffee house/bakery/cafe in downtown Lima, on June 15th. The concert is free and open to the public.

Saturday, June 23rd, 1-3 pm: Hawg Creek Spinners and Weavers

Come see how our ancestors created thread, fabrics and needle arts! The Hawg Creek Spinners and Weavers are meeting this day in the private meeting room (from 10 am – 3 pm). From 1-3 pm, they will have spinning wheels and tabletop looms and also knitting and other needle arts finished projects that members are interested in. The public is welcome to come and observe, ask questions and see demos, etc.Free and open to the public, at gourmet coffee house/ cafe, The Meeting Place on Market, downtown Lima, Ohio.

June 1-28: Marge Brandt Art Exhibit

About the artist: Each day Marge Brandt opens her eyes onto the vivid joy of reds and blues, greens and yellows.”I have a wonderful life,” said Brandt, 73, of Wapakoneta. “I”m excited every day when I get up.”

Brandt is a painter, specializing in watercolors.

“There”s an excitement with watercolor I don”t find with any other medium,” Brandt said. “Surprises happen and you go with the surprises. With acrylics, it stays where you put it, but with watercolors, it bleeds. It bleeds out and has flow of its own.”


For all the events – more info online: www.meetingplaceonmarket.com

Location: The Meeting Place on Market, 220 West Market Street, downtown Lima, Ohio.

419-222-0985

French Press1.  Start with high quality, freshly roasted coffee.

2.  Grind coffee coarsely using a burr grinder.  Grounds should be consistent in size, but larger than drip coffee grounds.  If you don’t have burr grinder, instead of using a blade grinder, ask your local coffee shop to grind it for you.

3.  Take the lid and plunger out of your French Press.  Warm your French Press by pouring hot water into it, swishing it around, then discarding.

4.  Place approximately 1 rounded Tbsp of coffee grounds per 5 oz of water in the bottom of the French Press.  Experiment with this amount and adjust to your taste.

5.  Bring filtered water to boil.  After the water reaches the boiling point, remove from heat source and let sit for 1 minute.

6.  Pour water slowly over coffee grounds in the French Press, making sure to pour the water over the surface of all the coffee grounds.

7.  Stir for a little bit to distribute the coffee grounds, and see the “bloom” at the top of the coffee.

8.  Place the lid and plunger over the coffee, but do not press down.  Let it sit for 3-4 minutes (experiment with timing and adjust to your taste).

9.  Once the time is up, slowly push the plunger to the bottom of the French Press.

10.  Serve immediately in warmed coffee mug.

Just for fun:

The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock

S’io credesse che mia risposta fosse
A persona che mai tornasse al mondo,
Questa fiamma staria senza piu scosse.
Ma perciocche giammai di questo fondo
Non torno vivo alcun, s’i’odo il vero,
Senza tema d’infamia ti rispondo.

LET us go then, you and I,
When the evening is spread out against the sky
Like a patient etherized upon a table;
Let us go, through certain half-deserted streets,
The muttering retreats 5
Of restless nights in one-night cheap hotels
And sawdust restaurants with oyster-shells:
Streets that follow like a tedious argument
Of insidious intent
To lead you to an overwhelming question…. 10
Oh, do not ask, “What is it?”
Let us go and make our visit.

In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.

Dame mit Kaffeetasse

The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes,
The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes
Licked its tongue into the corners of the evening,
Lingered upon the pools that stand in drains,
Let fall upon its back the soot that falls from chimneys,
Slipped by the terrace, made a sudden leap,
And seeing that it was a soft October night,
Curled once about the house, and fell asleep.

And indeed there will be time
For the yellow smoke that slides along the street,
Rubbing its back upon the window panes;
There will be time, there will be time
To prepare a face to meet the faces that you meet;
There will be time to murder and create,
And time for all the works and days of hands
That lift and drop a question on your plate;
Time for you and time for me,
And time yet for a hundred indecisions,
And for a hundred visions and revisions,
Before the taking of a toast and tea.

In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo.

And indeed there will be time
To wonder, “Do I dare?” and, “Do I dare?”
Time to turn back and descend the stair,
With a bald spot in the middle of my hair—
(They will say: “How his hair is growing thin!”)
My morning coat, my collar mounting firmly to the chin,
My necktie rich and modest, but asserted by a simple pin—
(They will say: “But how his arms and legs are thin!”)
Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.

For I have known them all already, known them all:
Have known the evenings, mornings, afternoons, 
I have measured out my life with coffee spoons;
I know the voices dying with a dying fall
Beneath the music from a farther room.
So how should I presume?

van Gogh

And I have known the eyes already, known them all—
The eyes that fix you in a formulated phrase,
And when I am formulated, sprawling on a pin,
When I am pinned and wriggling on the wall,
Then how should I begin
To spit out all the butt-ends of my days and ways?
And how should I presume?

And I have known the arms already, known them all—
Arms that are braceleted and white and bare
(But in the lamplight, downed with light brown hair!)
Is it perfume from a dress
That makes me so digress?
Arms that lie along a table, or wrap about a shawl.
And should I then presume?
And how should I begin?
. . . . . . . .
Shall I say, I have gone at dusk through narrow streets
And watched the smoke that rises from the pipes
Of lonely men in shirt-sleeves, leaning out of windows?…

I should have been a pair of ragged claws
Scuttling across the floors of silent seas.
. . . . . . . .
And the afternoon, the evening, sleeps so peacefully!
Smoothed by long fingers,
Asleep … tired … or it malingers,
Stretched on the floor, here beside you and me.
Should I, after tea and cakes and ices,
Have the strength to force the moment to its crisis?
But though I have wept and fasted, wept and prayed,
Though I have seen my head (grown slightly bald) brought in upon a platter,
I am no prophet—and here’s no great matter;
I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker,
And I have seen the eternal Footman hold my coat, and snicker,
And in short, I was afraid.

And would it have been worth it, after all,
After the cups, the marmalade, the tea,
Among the porcelain, among some talk of you and me,
Would it have been worth while,
To have bitten off the matter with a smile,
To have squeezed the universe into a ball
To roll it toward some overwhelming question,
To say: “I am Lazarus, come from the dead,
Come back to tell you all, I shall tell you all”—
If one, settling a pillow by her head,
Should say: “That is not what I meant at all;
That is not it, at all.”

And would it have been worth it, after all,
Would it have been worth while,
After the sunsets and the dooryards and the sprinkled streets,
After the novels, after the teacups, after the skirts that trail along the floor—
And this, and so much more?—
It is impossible to say just what I mean!
But as if a magic lantern threw the nerves in patterns on a screen:
Would it have been worth while
If one, settling a pillow or throwing off a shawl,
And turning toward the window, should say:
“That is not it at all,
That is not what I meant, at all.”
. . . . . . . .
No! I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be;
Am an attendant lord, one that will do
To swell a progress, start a scene or two,
Advise the prince; no doubt, an easy tool,
Deferential, glad to be of use,
Politic, cautious, and meticulous;
Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse;
At times, indeed, almost ridiculous—
Almost, at times, the Fool.

I grow old … I grow old …
I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.

Shall I part my hair behind? Do I dare to eat a peach?
I shall wear white flannel trousers, and walk upon the beach.
I have heard the mermaids singing, each to each.

I do not think that they will sing to me.

I have seen them riding seaward on the waves
Combing the white hair of the waves blown back
When the wind blows the water white and black.

We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown 
Till human voices wake us, and we drown.

- T.S. Eliot (1888–1965).  Prufrock and Other Observations.  1917.

http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Prufrock_and_Other_Observations

 

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 Cdbaby.com 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 www.cdbaby.com/cd/marymurphy

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 www.cdbaby.com/cd/marymurphyd You can hear samples of her orignal blues music here: www.myspace.com/marymurphymusician

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.

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: http://www.mennofolksonggirl.webs.com/

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 www.nwoff.org.  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!

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


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 info@meetingplaceonmarket.com.

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.

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