Monday, December 22, 2008

Humbug is for Huffies

There is no reason to pout and moan these days. Check that...I know first hand that many folks are struggling to believe in something this Christmas season and I would never sugar-plum fairy coat that real reality. And so, as friends and family and neighbors, we have the responsibility and the privilege to love on one another and shower eachother with blessing. We take that calling seriously here at the cafe and in that reality we are on the eve of Christmas and are excited to share cheer with the whole community. Enough said, here's what we got going on.

Tonight, 5-11PM
Christmas Eve's Eve Community Extravaganza. Be there or be square! I hope that is not an offensive expression and I wish no one to be square whatever that means. I have been harping about this thing for a while so feel oober invited to join us tonight.

Wednesday- We close at 6PM but I promise to be early and have our Yuletide Coffee blend brewed by 7AM

Thursday- Christmas Day- We are closed. Thanks

Friday, Dec. 26, 7-11PM
We got music all night. The Band "O Rabbit" is in the house from 7-9. I know these guys and gals are a comingling of ages and muiscal talent so it should be fun to tune in and hear them play. The Table Tops are rounding out the night. It's been a while since they played last at the Bean so come out to hear them rock the house.

Saturday, Dec. 27, 5-9PM and hopefully the rest of the night!
Rich Machamer will be doing his thing from 5-7. Basically he is a funny guy who loves to adapt songs of many genres and always has an intermittent story to tell. He will be here tonight as well but why not listen in on Saturday as well? Following him, Mr. Mike Holliday is back with us to lend his thoughtful voice. I bet he will mix in some holiday tunes and truely all of his music is very spirited.

We wish you a very Merry Christmas
From the Hard Bean team to you

Much Love
Mr. Bean

Monday, December 15, 2008

Snowfall kind of love

Ingrid Michaelsen sings a song about love in the wintertime that draws people's attention. I like this song.
This is relavant because here at the cafe we are getting a little nostalgic as Christmas is coming and decorations are up and the Hard Bean is buzzing with chatter about Holiday parties and gift giving and times spent with the closest of family and friends. We wish you the very best in this precious season and hope that you include us in your holiday schedules- to relax, to grab a sofa and a friend and a drink. Cheers...

Here's what's on the menu for this week besides the new panini's and deserts/pastries we are providing- check them out for sure!

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 7-9PM
Yes, Yes, Yes, we have Chess, Chess, Chess and you would make Imra's day if you came around to duel him or glean valuable game strategy.

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 7-9ish PM
We are ever excited to have Sam teaching another lesson this night but that is just the begginning as he is also providing the punch. Yes, we are having a Christmas party after the lesson and there is a wide open invite to anyone who has attended, is considering doing Yoga with us, or just wants to hang out with limber folks like us. Feel free to bring a snack and remember a drop in donation is appreciated.

Thursday, Dec. 18, 7-9PM
Scrabble is happening this night and even though there is no holiday party planned by the ladies, there should be leftovers from the yoga party and anyone is welcome to enter into the game and spell out holiday words like...bazaar, mistletoe and nativity.

Friday, Dec. 19, 7-11PM
This Friday we have a full lineup with music that promises to be all over the place from young love originals to old time rock and roll. From 7-9 Taking Motion is in the house for the second time and promises to entertain both friends and cafe lingerers. Going late into the evening, The Reluctants were not so reluctant about playing at the Bean- in fact that were very excited- like giddy school girls on the eve of their first junior high dance. Should be a great night.

Saturday, Dec. 20, 7-9PM
Mr. Cliff Stakonis is back in town to do his normal routine at the cafe. Most likely he will be rolling in accompanied by his mandolin player and drummer and they all make for a smooth collage. Show the man some love and don't let the chicago blues get you down.

Sunday, Dec. 21, 6-8PM
Mr. Tom Post probably prefers not to be referred to as Mister but I was feeling it. Tom is back in toe at the cafe and we are all hoping for some Sunday coffee drinkers to come out and spend an early evening with us...

Which could turn into a late night if you wanted to stick around for Front Porch Church that is getting started around 7:30 with chatting and continuing until nine with more formal chatting about life and love and God and spiritual things like everything. We are a diverse group of friends that have so much to bring to the conversational table and we would like to invite you out to share your thoughts and ask your questions.

That is the week on our end. Another Reminder about the amazing Christmas Eve's Eve party that is happening next Tuesday night, Dec. 23rd, starting at 7PM at the cafe. The night will include live music and carolling and classic movies and carriage rides and good times in B-town, Christmas style. Invite family and friends and foes out to join us at the cafe as we make our community a festive and unified one.

Whoever reads this entire blog- way to go, I talk too much. Leave a comment if you get this far.
I have to go home and go to bed.

Much love and thanks so much for your continued support.
Mr. Bean

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

It's beginning to feel a lot like...

December is fully upon us and it is a chilly reality. You gotta admit that illumined falling snow in a crisp, charcoal night is beautiful beyond words. Straight up cold is not always that pleasant especially when you have to warm up the car extra frozen moments and the engine and belts squeal in frigid pain. And hanging christmas lights ain't that fun with tingling fingers. All in all, winter is the season and warm drinks make things better.
Like you saw looming at the end of the blog last week, we have so much happening this week and I need to do that justice. And, we're off...

Tuesday, Tonight, 7-9PM
There is chess tonight after a couple week break so break away from the TV and enjoy the checkerboard.

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 7-8:15PM
We are like on week 13 of our original 4 week free intro class and that is totally thanks to Sam and all of the folks that have made Yoga a priority on wednesday nights. As usual, we are expecting a great, full class tommorrow and we are excited about the holiday party happening after the yoga class next week so consider bringing some healthy goodies for that.

Thursday, Dec. 11, 7-9PM
Jodi Corbett had a vision of seeing poetry bursting to life in Boyertown and that is becoming a reality with our third Open-Mic night happening this Thursday. Last time we quintupled (5X) the number of readers and if that happens again, gotta love exponential growth, we will have 5o some readers on Thursday which would be insane- literally. Come out and share and/or enjoy because "Poetry reveals that there is no empty space."

Friday, Dec. 12, 7-9 and then some PM
The Poets get their due on Thursday and the Musicians are up in arms and decided to do their own thing on Friday nights. So, every second Friday an open-mic is open to all starting at 7PM with sign-ups happening aforehand. This should be a great night of assorted genre and voice.

Saturday, Dec. 13, Afternoon
We're doing Christmas for kids on Saturday the Hard Bean way with crafts and games and a good chance to say hi to Mr. Clause who is real chum-chum with Mr. Bean. I think we rented some Elves for the day too which should be amusing. Bring the kids- or yourselves.

Music is good. We have five hours of live music happening on Saturday night and it should be good. From 6-8PM it is Leon and Scott and I have no idea what they bring to the melody table but I ain't scared. After that duo, Dave Antonio takes the stage and their is no one more entertaining and talented so everyone is in for a treat.
Carriage rides are also happening and even though it is fully booked some drop-outs might happen and at the very least Trotter allows pictures so bring a camera and a carrot.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 12-5PM
Two things are happening this special sunday noon. First off we have the Christmas bazaar which is bringing over 14 local vendors and crafters into the Bean to showcase their goods- crafts, jewelry, pottery, art, etc. Bring cash and a wish list because these are quality gifts.
Also, Tara Espinoza is in the house for her children's book signing so buy her book and she will sharpie it up.

Front Porch Church. Last week we talked about Race. Should we or can we be color blind and how does race fit into the church, our community and the world at large. It was a good discussion and I have no idea what we are discussing this week but some topic will emerge as paramount for somebody from our group and we will run with it. There is an open invite out their to porch it as we welcome any faith and persuasion to share your thoughts and insight concerning God and his creation. We mostly look at life from christian angles but we are blessed by our group's diversity and welcome all as people with value and worth.

That's a wrap. Once again we are looking forward to the Hard Bean's Christmas Eve's Eve community party on Tuesday, Dec. 23 so put that on the calendar- so much festivity funness happening that night you won't want to miss it.
I'm done.

Much Love,
Mr. Bean

Monday, December 1, 2008

Cafe News and Such

My heart is racing because I drank too much coffee, too quickly and I'm not quite sure how I feel about that. Besides that, I am blown away by all the opportunities we have here for neighbors to come out and enjoy our cafe and the events we have planned. So, here we go.

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 7-8:15PM
Yoga is back and Sam is ready to lead us as we better appreciate and understand our bodies. It is a great class that welcomes first timers and experienced students alike so come out and enjoy.

Thursday, Dec. 4, 7-9PM
The Table Tops are back and playing on their familiar Thursday night. These guys are so great to have around and we appreciate their music and their following.

Friday, Dec. 5, 3-9PM
Holiday House Tour
This event is becoming one of the BBB's most successful and anticpated event and we are so glad to be hosting an art gallery as part of the tour. We are hosting 12 local artists with a wide range of styles and mediums and all of the artwork is for sale. As part of the flavor, we have live string music on tap from 5-7 and some vino to go along with our awesome cafe menu.
We will try to have music from 9-11 so keep in touch.

Saturday, Dec. 6, 8-11PM
Mr. Steve Walker is an aclaimed folk musician in the greater Berks County area and is now a loyal house musician here at the cafe. He combines easy flowing originals and fun adaptive covers and gets the audience involved in what he does best.

That's what we got. Here's a quick shout out to our soonly upcoming events
Dec. 11- Poetry Open Mic from 7-9
Dec. 12- Music Open Mic from 7-9
Dec. 13- Santa Clause is in the House and Carriage Rides that night
Dec. 14- Christmas Bazaar
Dec. 23- Christamas Eve's Eve Extravaganza- this is going to be amazing.

So, there you have it. Feel free to shoot any questions via email or the blog and we will be in touch

Much Love
Mr. Bean