Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Happy Holidays!

Well its that time of the year again for all the Christmas craziness. It reminds me of that really fast Christmas song that starts....just hear those sleigh bells jinglin ring ting tinglin too...giddy up giddy up lets go....and so forth. Well I dont know about you all, but I wouldn't mind something a little slower paced right now! If thats what you are really in the mood for, then come on out at any of our great music nights and take a well deserved breather....ahhhh-breathe in----breathe out....thats it. ;) OK!

DECEMBER 18th & 19th

Friday night the 18th welcomes back Cliff Stackonis. If you havent heard Cliff before you definitely dont want to miss his unique flavor of Country Blues. Cliff will be playing in the Living Room for a cover charge of $2 per person from 8pm on.

Saturday the 19th Its a FOLK FEST of our own. We are celebrating the wrap up of our musical year in review with a 3 artist fest. This is a show you will not want to miss. Starting with Frankie Alazar at 8pm, followed by Daniel Bower of the Manatawny Creek Ramblers and Ike Wilder of the Kansas City Wilders we will be bringing the house down Americana style! Frankie is a frequent guest of the hard bean and does a nice combination of singer songwriter stylings with guitar and rhythm set. Then local Bluegrass music star Daniel Bower and International Touring star Ike Wilder of the Kansas City Wilders will be teaming up to show you just what American roots music is all about! So come on out and celebrate a wild and crazy year with just a $5 cover charge per person, which includes a fresh brew, tea, or hot chocolate!

Got plans for New Years? If not then come on out and party with the Bean as we welcome in the New Year with our house rock and roll band.......THE DEAD HORSE BAND! These guys are sure to make your new years a blast with some good solid jammin. Come hear all your favorites with unique jam arrangements by the Dead Horse Band. If you like the Allman Brothers, Grateful Dead, Rolling Stones, and any other classic jam, then you will love these guys. Our new years party is just $10 per person. The $10, besides the music and the venue, also includes a fresh brew, tea, or hot chocolate, a beef bbq sandwich, snack foods and more! Call 610 367-1788 and ask for Laurie for more information. The party starts at 8pm and goes til 1:00am!

As always, thanks for listening and we will try and keep the noise to a minimum, giving you just enough info each news letter to keep you informed and educated on all the action Boyertown can handle each week! ;-)
If you have events you would like us to host, ideas for us, or even just want to correct the grammar in the news letter, just call us at 610 367-1788!
Thank you for being a loyal Hard Bean Member!

--The Team at the Hard Bean Cafe in Boyertown

Friday, November 27, 2009

Happy Holidays!


This Saturday the 28th - For those who missed last weekends show with local legend Jimmy Z, you are in luck! He is coming back with his band "Acoustic Roadkill". This is a stand up act with Jimmy and friends, including several well known area musicians. He will even be joined by our very own Henry Frecon on sax. So come out at 8pm and get a seat for a trip that spans Americana folk, jazz, and more. Our candlelit atmosphere will make you will feel like you just were transported to a New Orleans jazz club. Cover charge is $4 and includes a free fresh brew!


DECEMBER 4th & 5th, celebrates the opening of the Holiday season in Boyertown!

Friday night the 4th welcomes the Boyertown Holiday Open House tour. For those who have never done this unique event, buy your tickets at several local establishments or go to the website You will be transported back in time touring the local businesses and Victorian era homes via trolley as everyone rolls out the red carpet with Christmas goodies, music, and more. At the Hard Bean we will be featuring Porter Shimer on Piano playing and signing Christmas tunes all evening long. The Holiday tour starts for us at 5pm and goes until 10pm. We will also be visited by a special Boyertown treat, the Boyertown Brassmen! They will stop by around 8:30pm with a full horn brass section playing all the Christmas favorites!

Then on Saturday the 5th, its Chillin on Main, where Boyertown opens up main street for the kids! Santa comes to town along with ice carving, kids activities and more. At the Bean we will feature Miss Maggie from 2-3pm sing along with the kids. We will also have Carriage Rides from 1-3pm at $5 per person. Then from 8:30 to close our own Mike Holiday will be doing a Christmas Music Special right in the Living Room for a $3 cover!

Finally on December 7th we will be hosting Story Time from 10:30am-11:15am. Bring your kids and have a copy of coffee and watch them be amazed by our own local story teller.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

For those that do not know, the Hard Bean has stepped up its game in its live music. We are hosting live music on a regular basis every almost every Friday & EVERY Saturday now. How many of you have ever sat down looking at your weekend plans and said, "Man, there is nothing going on tonight in Boyertown"? How many of you have ever said, "I wish I didn't have to drive so far for live music!"? Well friends, those days are over. So put down that credit card, don't worry about gassing up to drive some ridiculous distance, and come on out and support your local scene on Friday and Saturday nights. BYOB is allowed as long as you are over 21.

November 5th - 7th

Thursday November 5th (7-9PM) - Cliff Stackonis with Country Blues - Living Room Session
[Cover charge is $2 at the door]

Friday, November 6th (7or8 - 9or10PM) - Haley Sheeler - Signer/Songwriter with her blend of Alternative Folk/New & Used Country (Check her out at ) - playing by candle light in our Living Room
[Cover charge is $3 at the door]

Saturday, November 7th - Tom Prost & Mike Holiday from 6-8:30 in the Living Room & then The "infamous" Dead Horse Band from 9 to 11ish on the main stage.
[If you arrive before 7pm cover charge is $2; After 7pm, cover charge is $4 ]

November 13 & 14

Friday, November 13th (uh oh) ( 8-11PM) - SUNVERB - Let these guys bring you some good luck and good vibes this Friday the 13th, with the energetic rock/jazz of an original acoustic-electric pop/rock band. They have played at WXPN's "World Café Live" in Philadelphia( or at
[Cover charge is $4]

Saturday November 14th (8-10PM) - Frankie Alazar (for those who don't know Frankie, she is a regular at the Bean and always welcoming with her folky stylings, just perfect for a candle lit evening in the Hard Bean's Living Room Sessions!)
[Cover charge is $2]

November 20 & 21

Friday, November 20th (8:30-10:30PM) - Lee Smedly - Living Room Session!

[cover charge $1]

Saturday, November 21st (8:30 - 11PM) - local legend Jimmy Z will be playing and singing classic Americana style music in the Living Room. Rumor has it he may be bringing a special guest with him that evening!

[cover charge $2]


Saturday November 7th

9AM - 12PM - Multi Services Bake Sale

This wonderful event supporting the Boyertown Area Multi Services. The event works like this: Bring your donation of a baked good over to the Hard Bean that morning and we will sell them from 9am to 12pm; to the public, and donate 100% of all proceeds go to the Multi Services to help Boyertown area residents in need.

7 - 9PM - Fall Carriage Rides by Trotter's Carriage Services, Inc.
Sign up in advance to reserve your spot by calling the Hard Bean at 610 367-1788 or just stopping in. $10 per person. What a perfect idea for a date night!

Saturday November 14th

8AM - 2PM - Hard Bean 2nd Annual Craft Show

This is a great event and at the right time to get a jump on that special gift for the holidays! We are currently looking for vendors. All vendors must feature hand crafted items. Cost to be a vendor is $12 a space. Bring your own table. Sign up in advance at the Bean.

Monday, November 16th

6:30 - 7:30 PM - group singing lessons

The cost is $15.00. These are lessons for any teenager or adult who wants to hone their skills. All ability levels are welcome! Classes will be taught by Michael McCann. Michael has 20 years experience training singers of all ages, all ability levels, and all styles of music. For more information, call Michael at 610.906.1149


Friday, October 23, 2009

SPOOOOOKY Halloween!

The first frost has arrived and the leaves are rapidly changing... What a great time of year for a warm fresh or specialty brew! The Hard Bean has some special fall goodies for just this time of year:
This month and into November we are featuring our Pumpkin Spice coffee. We are also serving fresh hot spiced apple cider from Frecon Farms. Even if you just want to come in and savor the various aromas filling the cafe, you will definitely not be disappointed!

Saturday Night October 24th
Is everyone ready for the 57th Boyertown Halloween Parade, hosted by the Boyertown Jaycees?!?! For all us townies (and even you out of townies) this is a fantastic weekend to be in Boyertown. For those who are not in the know, this legendary regional parade is an annual highlight for Boyertown. Its a great time to get out and roam the town, see the creative floats, and tour local businesses. Frecon's Hard Bean will be offering an evening of live music with NO cover charge! Here's the line-up for Saturday Night:
7pm Dave Antonio will surround the cafe with the sounds of Jazz and International Music
9pm Green Apple Squared will take over the air waves with Alternative and Classic rock until closing.

Saturday Night October 31st
Its The HALLOWBEAN Disco Party! So put on your platform shoes and your fattest pair of bell bottoms or groovy skirt, because a disco era costume is required to enter. We will feature a DJ, Costume Contests, Limbo Dance Contests, and More! The cover charge will be $3 at the door, but 50% of the door fee will go to CASH prizes. If you are doing BYOB it will be an extra $3. The party starts at 8pm and the doors close at......well, lets just see what happens! So come on down to the Bean and boogie-oggie-oggie, till ya just cant boogie no more!!

Upcoming Music
Friday October 23rd - local artist Wayne Johnston with Acoustic Blues/Folk/Rock - from 7pm unitl he feels like it. Cover charge is $2 at the door.
Thursday November 5th - Cliff Stackonis with Country Blues from 7pm to 9pm. Cover charge is $2 at the door.
Friday November 6th - we are featuring Haley Sheeler - Signer/Songwriter with her blend of Alternative Folk/New & Used Country. Cover charge is $3 at the door. Check her out at
Saturday November 7th -we have a double header with Tom Prost & Mike Holiday from 6-8:30 & then The "infamous" Dead Horse Band from 9 to 11ish. If you arrive before 7pm cover charge is $2. After 7pm, cover charge is $4

Upcoming Events
NEW!Saturday November 1st (4:30PM - 5:30PM) Tai Chi hosted by Phill Haddad

Saturday November 7th (9AM - 12PM) The Multiservice Bake Sale! Come out and get some inexpensive yummy treats to combat the cold weather while helping a great cause! or...causes!The event works like this: Bring your donation of a baked good over to the Hard Bean that morning and we will sell them from 9am to 12pm to the public, and donate 100% of all proceeds go to the Multi Services to help Boyertown area residents in need.

Saturday November 14th (8AM - 2PM) the Bean will be hosting its second annual Craft Show! This is a great event and at the right time to get a jump on that special gift for the holidays! We are currently looking for vendors. All vendors must feature hand crafted items. Cost to be a vendor is $12 a space. Bring your own table. Sign up in advance at the Bean.

NEW! Monday Nov 16th (6:30PM - 7:30PM) Group singing lessons will be held at the Bean. The cost is $15.00. These are lessons for any teenager or adult who wants to hone their skills. All Ability Levels Are Welcome! Classes will be taught by Michael McCann. Michael has 20 years experience training singers of all ages, all ability levels, and all styles of music. For more information, call Michael at 610.906.1149

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Uber October :)

Coming this Saturday October 3rd at 8:30 pm...
we are very lucky to have 2 very special guest appearances at the Hard Bean. See, once upon a time an internationally touring americana singer met a local music scene star, and out of the ashes of that clash emerged Ike Wilder of the Kanas City Wilder's and Daniel Bower of the Manatawny Creek Ramblers and Frog Holler. This is an act you wont want to miss, since tying these two down is a bit of a challenge due to their busy schedules! Our unique set up will make you feel like these two are right smack dab in your living room.

Some upcoming Hard Bean events to put on your schedule:

Saturday Night October 24th - Its the Boyertown Halloween Parade and the Hard Bean will be spinning up a little special something that night.

Saturday Night October 31st - Its the Hard Bean's first ever Halloween Disco Costume Party! So put on your platform shoes and your fattest pair of bell bottoms and boogie-oggie-oggie, till ya just cant boogie no more!

We are now featuring FRESH banana smoothies made with real fruit! stop in to try one of these yummy concoctions & if you're in the mood for something soothing, pick up a caramel apple steamer!

Sunday, September 13, 2009


Hey everyone!

Friday, September 18, 2009
Mike Holliday 8-10, an oldie to the cafe and a goodie! stop in for some fall-flavored features, like a pumpkin spice steamer, or if the weather decides to cooperate, have it iced!

Saturday, September 19, 2009
Oktoberfest Block Party for after the Boyertown Oktoberfest hosted by Durango’s and Frecon’s Hard Bean Café!!

Frecon’s Hard Bean Café Theme: Come on over and get your second wind by charging up with some good old-fashioned caffeine. Continuing the celebration with Boyertown’s own Oom-pah Band the Duachanand Bande. Also featuring German café cuisine and special coffee brews.
Open all day, but the party starts at 8pm. The Duachanand Bande will play from 9pm to 11pm.
We will be open an extra hour – until Midnight!

Durango’s Details: Featuring 15+ Fest Beers and Pumpkin Ales on draught and in bottles including Bell’s, Southern Tier, Atwater, Left Hand, Weyerbacher, Lancaster, Flying Dog, Dogfish Head and plenty more
*Authentic German dinner specials served all day & Karaoke starting at 10:30pm

Friday, September 4, 2009


Hi All, we have a killer line up for you for the next 2 weeks. 

Tonite, Friday Sept 4th - Cliff Stackonis (Country/Blues)
Saturday September 5th - 7pm - BOOG & 8:30pm The infamous Ike Wilder from the Kansas City  Wilders

Then Next Week: 
Thursday September 10th- Open Mic (all you new commers, come on out!)
Friday September 11th - (CURRENTLY OPEN)
Saturday September 12th - Frankie Alazar

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Talkin Bout Blue Skies

Friends, we have officially made it back! Now that the storm has passed we have nothing but blue skies, and with that we moved back into our home. Many thanks to Duffy Moon our fantastic landlords, the utility companies, and all the employees, who dug in and got us back so quickly. Also special thanks goes out to FreconFarms ( for giving us a home away from home! As a result many of Frecon's customers were happy to have Hard Bean coffee in the store, so starting in a few weeks we are going to keep them supplied with fresh brew pots and they are going to keep us supplied with fresh fruit so we can step up our smoothie game. 
All activities are resumed so come on out and join in the many different events from yoga, to games, to music, and more. 

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hey guys! : )

Due to the recent damage done to the building, Hard Bean will be temporarily relocating to Frecon's on Rt. 562 in Boyertown starting Saturday, August 22 from 7 am - 7 pm

Thank you! Hope to see you there!

Monday, August 10, 2009

Last Weeks of Summer : (

Hey, everyone! As usual, we have an exciting line up to kick off the end of the summer at Hard Bean :

Thursday, August 13

5:30 PM - Horns

Friday, August 14

7 - 9 PM - Mike Holliday

9 - 11 PM - Adam Price & Friends

Saturday, August 15

Dog Day of Summer!

7 - 9 PM - Christine and Chad

Tuesday, August 18

6:45 - 8 PM - Yoga w/ Jillian Prout

Wednesday, August 19

9:30 - 10:45 Yoga with Diana

6:45 - 8 PM - Yoga w/ Sam

Thursday, August 20

11 AM - 12 PM - Kids' Drum Circle

7 - 9 PM - Chris Kelly and Friends

Friday, August 21

7 - 9 PM - Wayne Johnson

9 - 11 PM - Tabletops

Saturday, August 22

6 - 8 PM - Tom Post

8 - 11 PM - Rocket 88

Tuesday, August 25

6:45 - 8 PM - Yoga w/ Jillian Prout

Wednesday, August 26

9:30 - 10:45 AM - Yoga w/Diana

6:45 - 8 PM - Yoga w/ Sam

Thursday, August 27

7 - 9 PM - Open Mic!

Friday, August 28

7 - 9 PM - Eileen T.

9 - 11 PM - The Groovement

Saturday, August 29

6 - 8 PM - Jeff

8 - 10 PM - Ryan Bradley

7 PM - Carriage Rides by Joe Trotter

We hope you've had an awesome summer so far - end it by stopping in at the Hard Bean to meet up with people, start planning for the upcoming year, or listen to some great music by talented artists while enjoying an iced drink!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Midsummer already?

Hey Everyone!

Okay, first and foremost, the Hard Bean has new hours, and they are as follows:

Sunday 9 AM - 6 PM

Monday 7 AM - 8 PM

Tuesday 7 AM - 8 PM

Wednesday 7 AM - 8 PM

Thursday 7 AM - 9 PM

Friday 7 AM - 11 PM

Saturday 7 AM - 11 PM

Okay now that we've got the technicalities out of the way, let's progress to the FUN stuff! :)

Thursday, July 23

11 - 12 Kids Drumming Circle

7 - 9 Open Mic!

Friday, July 24

7 - 9 Cliff Stackonis

Saturday, July 25 >Exciting Night!!!<

8 - 2 Christmas in July Craft/Jewelry Expo

7 - ? Trotter Carriage Rides

7 - 9 Eileen Tipping Band

9 - 11 Michael Jackson Celebration (w/ DJ Guss!)

Tuesday, July 28

6:45 - 8 Yoga with Jillian Prout

Wednesday, July 29

9:30 - 10:45 Yoga with Diana

6 - 8 Tarot Card Readings by Naomi

6:45 - 8 Yoga with Sam

Thursday, July 30

7 - 9 The Leavitts

Friday, July 31

7 - 9 John & Kass

9 - 11 Jay Bird (

Saturday, August 1

7 - ? Trotter Carriage Rides

7 - 9 Franki Alazar

9 - 11 Big John Thunder

Sunday, August 2

3 - 5 Ruppert Wates

All of us at the Hard Bean hope that you're having a terrific summer thus far and we hope to see you soon for any number of our exciting events!

Stop in for an iced drink (remember, we can ice anything on our menu!) or a Frappe or, if coffee's not your thing, a scrumptious fruit smoothie!

Much love,

Ms Bean

Monday, July 6, 2009

How we know the date!

Friends and such-
I think July Fourth is a national holiday because it gets everybody back on track knowing the date halfway through the year. Christmas should not always be on the 25th because you are so close to the end of the year, who cares if none of us know what day of the month it is. Anyways, it is late and the weekend was fabulous and bed is calling me home.
Please read forward concerning a full week of goodness.

Tuesday, July7th, 7-8:30PM
Jillian Prout's Yoga class is in session so come ready to do an intense workout.

Wednesday, July 8th
9:30- 10:45AM
The AM Yoga class with Diana is still happening so keep that in your mind if your body needs some attention.
Sam's Vinyasa Yoga class is back after the lack thereof last week- sorry about that mishap and he will be there in real life on Wednesday night.

Thursday, July 9th, 7-9PMish
I am 90% sure that our Open-Mic Poetry event is happening this night and if that falls through we do have music scheduled- folky stuff thanks to some dudes rolling through the neighborhood from up-state NY.

Friday, July 10th, 7-11PM
A full night of music is instore both weekend nights. First off for Friday night from 7-9 is Sharon Abbott who I think is making a first time appearance and in so much I don't have much to say about her or her music.
Following her is a new duo- John and Kass playing till 11 and once again I'm not quite sure what they are going to do for the crowds but I'm sure the music will be great.

Saturday, July 11th
All day is a used book sale happening both on Saturday and Sunday with proceeds being donated to the Boyertown Library and we are looking for more book donations.
While Carriage Rides are scheduled from 7-10PM we have a night full of music started at 7PM with the Box Car Children. Another first time group so give them a chance.
From 9-11 Rocket 88 is in the house doing their thing. I know you can find them at These guys are amazing and I just heard them on their myspace recorded from a 93.7FM show which is pretty cool. They play "fresh rock and roll" and draw a big crowd that loves to clap and dance and drink coffee.

Sunday, July 12th, 2PM
The knitters and crocheter's are out on the porch for their weekly Bitch and Stitch get together which is the preferred name given by them. Join them if you dare.

That is a wrap. Thanks so much for your continued patronage and friendship.
Be Blessed
Mr. Bean

Monday, June 29, 2009


Dear Friends-
Finally we are having consistently wonderful weather including the blessing of cooler temps and some pretty amazing thunderstorms reminding of the unstable beauty of summer. Most of us are just thankful for the sun and June's grumblings are almost behind us...soggy socks and memories. In that vein of joy, please keep reading and see what we have going on this week.

Night Yoga classes that are usually offered for Monday evenings have been switched, for the summer, to Tuesday nights.

Tuesday, June 30th, 7-8:30PM
Like some of you smart ones guessed, there is Yoga on Tuesday night with Jillian Prout starting at 7PM with 2$ donations welcomed.

Wednesday, July 1st
9:30-10:45 AM
The morning Yoga class is in session with Diana O'Rourke so all you free moms and students should feel invited to participate in the class and start your day off well and bring the middle of your week back to balance.
And Sam is back from vaykay (vacation) and is ready to do class with everyone like usual on Wednesday nights with donations welcomed.

Friday, July 3rd, 7-11PM
From 7-9 we have Troy Allen in the house sharing old and new songs from his album- Chewing on Marbles. Troy's tunage can be found at
We also have a band from 9-11 called the Green Apple Squad and I can't find them on Myspace and I have no idea what this squad can pull off musically so come out and give it a chance.

Saturday, July 4th, Independence Day! OPEN!
Most of you will be spending a super day with family and friends and barbeques and fireworks. Consider fitting us into that day as we will be open the entire day and trying to get some music together for the evening.
In light of music...
Miss Franki Alazar is back to do some music from 7-9PM. She was with us last weekend and must have enjoyed herself so much that she is back this weekend. You can find her at

Sunday, July 5th, 2-4PM
Okay, so these ladies are always on my case that a bunch of them gather on Sunday afternoons to knit and crochet- and they call it Bitch and Stitch and folks interested in this hobby are welcome to attend. I personally like to cross-stich so I'm not sure if I am officially invited? Hum?

Monday, July 6th, 10:30AM-12:30PM
Monday morning is all about the kids with two great events scheduled. First off, Nadine is with us from 10:30 till 11:30 doing a Story time for kids. Following her, Miss Balloon Heart is in house doing balloon magic with your kids till 12:30. Take advantage of your kids wholesome distractedness and enjoy the other joys of mommyness including mom dates and coffee.

Much love
Mr. Bean

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Laa, de da, de da

Okay, so we are in a Recession, half of June was cold and wet, the Phillies are not contending Champs and...your Blog has been a no-show for almost 2 months. Mr. Bean cannot help with the first three unfortunate realities but I take full responsibility for the Blog dissappearance. We will have the blog back up to snuff with weekly updates about what's up and going down here at the Bean. Excuse us and thank you for your continued loyalty and support.

And so, it is Tuesday night but better late than never.

Wed, June 24th
Morning Yoga is still happening. You all know the deal so come out and give it a try in the coolness of the morning.
A round table discussion about Home Buying- relevant to the amazing government tax breaks with new home purchasers is happening at the Bean so if you are interested the experts will be inhouse sharing all the secret ins and outs.

Thursday, June 25th
Kids love to make noise and I am not working so...
Nadine is doing a Kids Drumming Circle and all of you are invited to bring your children- releasing energy and Moms- you can soak in caffeine and sugar!
Music open mic night hosted by our special friend, Mike Holliday, is happening so remember to come a bit early and sign up and it should be a fun night.

Friday, June 26th, 7-11 PM
Music is happening all night on Friday starting with the wonderful Franki Alazar whose tunes can be sought after online at She is an acoustic, folk rocker and she would love for you to check her out- her music I mean.
And then, a fun band that is full of physcadelic surprises is wrapping up the night from 9-11. Oh Rabbit is the name and they can be found at They put on a great show last time and deserve your late night attendance.

Saturday, June 27th, 7-11PM
While Carriage Rides are happening from 7:30- 10PM, our friends from the Band, Me Against Myself have made some personal invites and put together a whole night of music with select bands. I will try to get the skinny and get that info about the bands out to you but as for now picture- alternative, rockish type tunage.

Sunday, June 28th, 6PM
Book Club. Not sure too much about this. No book or author that I know of but anyone that does know please comment on the blog and we will pass it on.

That is a wrap. Once again we are sorry for the lack of info sharing but please forgive us and enjoy an iced latte.
thank ya
Mr. Bean

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

It's always sunny in Philadelphia

Dear Friends-
The weather was splendid this weekend and we trust it will continue throughout the coming summer season. Although we know that the gorgeous weather gives you so many activity options, please consider coming out to the bean enjoying a drink on the front porch or some amazing entertainment. Thanks for your continued support.

Monday, June 1st
7 - 8:30 PM Yoga with Jillian Prout - $2 donation

Wednesday, June 3rd
9:30 - 10:45 AM Yoga with Donna O'Rourke cost: $10/class
7:00 - 8:30 PM Yoga with Sam cost: $2 donation/class

Friday, June 5th
7 PM - Malawi Choir. This Friday night will be a special one as we are hosting a talented choir from Malawi, Africa that is representing a non-profit organization from Camden, New Jersey. This will not be a typical music night at the Bean, and we believe you will be blown away by the unity and passion exhibited by the choir.

Saturday, June 6th
7-9 PM Mike Holliday (
9-11 PM Dave Karaban

Sunday, June 7th
7-9 PM Fifty and Free

Monday, June 8th
7:00 - 8:30 PM Yoga with Jillian Prout - $2 donation

Tuesday, June 9th
7 - 9 PM Antiques Discussion

Wednesday, June 10th
9:30 - 10:45 AM Yoga with Donna O'Rourke cost: $10/class
7:00 - 8:30 PM Yoga with Sam cost: $2 donation/class

Thursday, June 11th
10 - 11 AM Miss Balloon Heart!
7 - 9 PM Poetry Open Mic

Friday, June 12th
7 - 9 PM Cliff Stackonis and the Hack
ALL DAY - Clay on Main

Saturday, June 13th
11 AM Kids' Yoga
2 - 4 PM Knit in Public!
7 - 9 PM Project Wendigo
9 - 11 PM Dave Antonio

Sunday, June 14th
2 - 4 PM Knit in Public!

Ms Bean

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Short and Sweet : )

Hey everyone! We've got another exciting week at the Bean! This week I've decided not to go into too much detail about the events...most are self-explanatory this week, and I don't want to get all repetitive on you lovely readers :)

Monday, May 18th
7:00 - 8:30 PM Yoga with Jillian Prout - $2 donation

Wednesday, May 20th
9:30 - 10:45 AM Yoga with Donna O'Rourke cost: $10/class
7:00 - 8:30 PM Yoga with Sam cost: $2 donation/class

Friday, May 22nd
7:00 - 9:00 PM Mike Holliday (
9:00 - 11:00 PM Jack Murray & friends

Saturday, May 23rd
11:00 AM Kids' Yoga
8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Community Yard Sale
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Carriage Rides by Joe Trotter Carriage Company - sign up in advance by calling the Hard Bean Cafe cost: $10/person
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM Franki Alazar (
9:00 PM - 11:00 PM David Karaban

Sunday, May 24th
3:00 - 5:00 PM Yvonne Hartman (

Monday, May 25th
YOGA will be CANCELLED this week due to the instructor's holiday plans. Thank you :)
Also, we will only be opened until 2:00 PM due to the holiday!

Have a wonderful holiday & keep it real
Ms. Bean

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Spring Fevah!

Hey there!
What a beautiful weekend it was! I hope you all enjoyed it :) This week, we've got an array of things going on here at the Bean and would love to inform you of these events so that you can get as much out of them as possible.

Tuesday, May 12th

7-9 PM Antiques Discussion
join us at Hard Bean to discuss a variety of antiques!

Wednesday, May 13th

9:30 - 10:45 AM
Donna O'Rourke will be visiting us at the Bean on Wednesday morning again this week! The classes are $10 weekly, and provide a great workout for both new comers as well as regulars. Stop by and check it out and start off your day the right way - feel energized and empowered!

7:00 - 8:30 PM
The usual, but always new, Vinyasa flow yoga with Sam is happening again this Wednesday night! Great for beginners and advanced, Sam caters to all levels and is willing to provide help to you personally if you have any concerns with your practice. Another great aspect of this class is the music - personally, I find it relaxing but energizing, which may seem counter-intuitive but if you join us in the class this week, you may find some clarity. Mind, Body, and Soul, ya know? Don't forget your $2 donation!

Thursday, May 14th

Poetry Open Mic 7 - 9 PM
Share your thoughts, feelings, and opinions orally at the Hard Bean's Open Mic Night! We encourage poets of all sorts to express themselves. Even if you do not write poetry of your own, you are welcome to read some of your favorites to the audience.

7 PM Scrabble
A Thursday night classic at the Bean, Scrabble can be enjoyed by seasoned players as well as newbies! All are welcome to come join in the F U N (that's 6 points)!

Friday, May 15th

Art Show 6-8
We are fortunate enough to host some extremely talented artists' works at our cafe this Friday night. Works by Reuben Wilson (photographer -, Tammy Mytr, as well as Clay on Main will be displayed throughout Hard Bean.

Table Tops 9-11
If you haven't heard them yet, come visit Hard Bean, relax, and enjoy the talent that is the Table Tops. Two young, talented males, Carson Hershberger and Tyler Haddad, provide some acoustic covers with additions of different instruments, as well as original music. Check them out at . An Italian soda or a smoothie would best compliment these guys - they are so fresh!

Saturday, May 16th

Bake Sale 10AM-2PM
YUM! So many delectible confections to purchase at such low prices! Great desserts complement a great latte or cappuccino (and if you're feeling wild, try adding one of our many flavors!)

Blue Mountain Junction 7-9 PM
This band is so entertaining! Think older men with banjoes having a grand old time playing country/bluegrass music!

Ryan Lewis 9-11 PM
Hailing from York, Pennsylvania, this guy is upbeat and fun with his acoustic guitar and passion for music. Check him out at ... very "feel good" music!

We've got some great things happening this week at the Hard Bean! Make sure to stop by for any of the experiences we're offering this week, or just to relax and enjoy your favorite cup of coffee or tea.

Have a wonderful week, all!
Be Fearless.

Much love,
Ms Bean

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Better Late than Never?

Dear Friends-
It is Wednesday morning and I guess that the only excuse I have is that the heat roasted me a little bit more bitter than usual and henceforth the tardiness. Not sure about the correlation there but the important thing is that we care at the Bean to let you know what's up and happening throughout the week- especially this week with an amazing weekend of music on the docket- please read ahead!

It is Wednesday so this is old news but every last Tuesday of the month there is a Support Group gathering hosted by our own Ruthanne O'lock and last night was quite a success with a bunch of folks dealing with disabilities spending part of their evening together- to relax and get to know and encorage one another. Keep this in mind for yourself and family and friends who need a good support system as they keep up the good fight.

Wednesday, April 29th
Yoga is happening this morning and the word on the street is that the first class is now 8$ with regular class fees being 10$. Not bad so enjoy.
Vinyasa yoga is here for another night and tonight it will be a little cooler so when you go home you will be relaxed and not stressed by the summer heat. The class is offered for a 2$ donation so there is no reason not to try it out or continue your regular yoga routine.

Thursday, April 30th, 7PM
SCRABBLE is always played on Thursday nights and newcomers are always welcome to join in the spelling fun. It is semi-competitive so leave the proper nouns at home.

Friday, May 1st, 7-11PM
I think it is Flag Day or Independence Day in Mexico and in Boyertown we are celebrating with some exceptional music. Starting off the night from 7-9 is Haley Sheeler from Reading who has played here once before and is quite good. You can check her out at and there you will find she is rockin and worth your audience.
As for the followup act, we are priveleged to have Wayne Johnston who virtually resides at but more importantly is here at the cafe on Friday night. This guy is heart and soul blues and has quite the history as a regional blues top notch musician. I confess I'm not quite sure what Wayne has accomplished but everyone I tell about his appearance is shocked and excited so please, please, please welcome him to Boyertown.

Saturday, May 2nd, 7-11PM
And Saturday night is no musical let down with a full slate for yall. Starting off the night is a local folk/country band, the Barn Swallows. This band plays a lot locally and you can here songs from the recent album on their myspace- They are very talented and it is our pleasure to have them with us on Saturday.
And graciously taking the later slot for the evening is Troy Allen who has played here at the Bean a bunch of times. Troy is a poet and a mad drummer and knows how to sing doing a wide range of alternative covers and having a CD's worth of original music that comprises his new album- Chewing on Marbles which he should have on hand on Sat. night. Feel free to check out his site at

Sunday, May 3rd, 7PM
If you are over 50 and Single there is only one place you should be on Sunday night. The Bean is hosting a "Fifty and Free" singles social group event here at the cafe and the organizers are excited to offer this opportunity for you to put off inhibitions and excuses and enjoy the evening with other friendly singles. A contact to get a better feel for the night is Diane whose number is 610- 367- 9779

That is a wrap for the week. From the bottom of our coffee cups we thank you for your continued support and friendship. We value you and ask you to return and tell friends. Our doors are almost always open and the planter boxes will be filled by the weekend so enjoy the porch!

Be Blessed
Mr. Bean

Monday, April 20, 2009

April Showers Bring...

Soggy socks...sour moods...annoying intermediate wiper blade action. And of course May flowers but the pessimist out there will remind us all of global warming, flowers being more expensive because of the recession and the sure coming of drought and bird flu.
Optimism wins.
A special thanks to the 11 followers of the cafe blog. You make Mr. Bean smile. We did miss out on the first day of your week but let's take the time to fill in the rest of the dots. Read on...

Tuesday, April 21st, 7PM
Chess rules the night with diligent young pupils engaging Imra in brilliant mastermind affairs. Join the action every chess action every Tues night.

Wednesday, April 22nd
AM Yoga is still in session with certified yoga instructor, Donna O'Rourke leading the efforts and now offering a 2$ off coupon for the first attended class. Classes are 10$ weekly and for first timers, the coupon helps you give it a try.

Vinyasa flow yoga happens on Wednesday evenings thanks to the veteran and casual direction of Sam who has been teaching here since September. These classes are great for newbies and oldies so come and enjoy a 2$ donation class!

Thursday, April 23rd, 7PM
A group of folks play SCRABBLE every Thursday night and you should see the words fly accross the board...really intense words like "I Q" and "R A" and "D O" Just to prove that anybody can join in I gave away the genius' secret power words.

Friday, April 24th, 7-11PM
The weekend is all about great music starting with Friday night which is off with a bang with Cappi Hour from 5-7PM. First off is the amazing Sarah Goldbloom who "hails?" from Ambler area and is a fine singer/songwriter and is sure to impress with her soulful voice and lyrics. You can find her online at
Following her, very promptly because they have very kindly let Sarah use their sound equipment, are the Table Tops, who rocked the afternoon at this Saturdays "Coming out of Hibernation". Tyler and Carson are fun and energetic and play fun instruments like the recorder but check out there myspace and dig there talent.

Saturday, April 25th
Craft Sale. We have, in house, over 15 local craftpersons producing and selling a wide range of crafty items from jewelry to candles to llama hair speedo shorts for the confident menfolk out there. You should come out and enjoy Saturday morning at the sale in our house!
Okay, you can't get much better for a night cap then these two talented musicians performing on Saturday night. Starting the evening is a newcomer, Josh Swavely to the Hard Bean scene. Be sure to find him online at Josh joins us from Mohnton and apparently sings acoustically and is influenced by...Voltage spikes in my brain that cause uncontrolable his words. Give him a shot!
And following Josh from 9-11PM is the awesome Tim Harakal who has recently done amazingly well at West Chester Radio's Battle of the Bands. Tim's voice is gold and his lyrics are fun and he plays like Jimmy Hendrix when he was like 5 but that's still intense and to prove it visit him virtually at

You people are lovely. Thanks for being such wonderful friends and loyal patrons and as always we welcome thoughtful critique and your ideas of community involvement.
Be Blessed and in the words of Rhiana whose birthday was today, not really but..."you can stand under my ummbrella, ella, ella, eh, eh, eh, with a mocha cafe, eh, eh, eh"
much love
Mr. Bean

Sunday, April 12, 2009

Easter Eggs and Dust Bunny Hoppin'

It is Easter Sunday but Mr. Bean does not rest from doing his work of informing and encouraging community involvement here at the Bean. I for one had a great day with family and friends with more festivities to come and trust that all of you experienced the same goodness that Easter and the coming of Spring brings to us. We do have an amazing lineup of events and activities that we want to share with you so please read along.

Monday, April 13, 7-8:30PM
Beyond a shadow of a doubt yoga is happening tommorrow night and Jillian is real excited to have a full class of students ready to burn off some Easter calories. It's a great class so join in and remember the 2$ donation.

Tuesday, April 14, 7PM
The special event this night is an Antiques discussion: Antique and Collectible Timepieces - Imre and Beatrice Szalai will focus on 19th Century American clocks. If antique hunting and collecting is your thing you might want to try this out. Imra is in house the whole night so I also assume the chess classes will be offered for the evening.

Wednesday, April 15
AM yoga is in session with an amazing class offered by Donna O'Rourke. Classes are 10$ each and well worth it for the classes small size and Donna's excellent teaching.
Sam is with us for evening yoga and as always, an amazing class is in store for all- begginners and experts alike. Sam and us would like to thank everyone who pitched in to purchase insurance for Sam's cafe classes and would like to remind students with Jillian's Monday night classes that she is also accepting donations for her own insurance purchase. Thanks!

Thursday, April 16, 7PM
A very special Open-Mic poetry is happening tonight with our very first guest reader. Awilda Castro-Suarez is an amazing poet, writer and journalist whose Puerto Rican roots bring flavor and realism to her words. Please join us in welcoming Awilda as one of the events for the Berks Bards, National Poetry Month celebration.

Friday, April 17
We wanted to congratulate Century 21's Terry Ayers who was selected from our "Business Card Toss". She is receiving a free coffee and breakfast sandwhich and the offer begins fresh on Monday for your to throw your card in for a chance to have it drawn on Friday. Thanks for all those participating!
Cafe Gallery presents our very own Photography Art exhibit with the amazing Reception happening at 6PM with live music and all of the presenting artists in house. We are showcasing the work of over 10 photographers so it should be a hoppin' exhibit which will be on display the entire weekend. All art is for sale and feel free to pop in and hit up Cappi Hour and meet an artist or two. Interested artists for future shows can email
Steve Walker is in the house jamming with his locally flavored folk jams. Steve is a fun guy to listen too and his songs talk about Barto and Bird Feeders and anything else you can think of. And art is in the house so why not linger?

Saturday, April 18, ALL DAY
So Saturday is an intense "Coming out of Hibernation" celebration sponsored by the BBB and hosted by businesses up and down Philadelphia Ave. We have a bunch of events happening all day so please read along...
11AM-3PM- Chili cookoff is here with over 10 chili experts having there chili on hand for tasting and voting.
1-3PM- The Table Tops are playing on the porch which should be a great time for all involved listening to great live music.
3-5PM- Miss Balloon Heart is back for the kids doing her entertaining balloon heart for kids of all ages.
7-10PM- Carriage Rides are happening thanks to Joe Trotter Carriage Company. Plenty of 20 minute slots are open so try it out.
7-9PM- Our own Mike Holliday is performing playing amazingly soulful original music
9-11PM- Rounding out the evening is Boyertown's most international musician- Dave Antonio- playing a wide array of instruments. Great Evening!

Sunday, April 19, 3-5PM
Last but not least on this amazing week is Franki Alazar who packed the house last month. Franki is an amazing solo acoustic act and you can hear her online at

So much so give a few of these events a try and let us know what you think.
Be blessed and enjoy life!
Mr. Bean

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

The week is yet young

Dear Friends-
I know it is Tuesday night and the blog is still last week's news. I apologize for the delay and ask for your patience. By the way, it snowed today...craziness. I was just distracting you from my failures so please read ahead to the rest of this week's action. Thanks for your continued friendship and support.

The Monday night Yoga class was cancelled due to the instructor being on vacation and we apologize for dropping the ball with letting yoga folks know about it. The class is on for next week and as always will be 7-8:30PM.

We did have chess tonight but we wanted to highlight an Antiques discussion happening next Tuesday, April 16th at 7PM. Specifically the discussion will be: Antique and Collectible Timepieces - Imre and Beatrice Szalai will focus on 19th Century American clocks. Enjoy!

Wednesday, April 8th
Morning yoga class is happening. 10$ drop in fee per class. Smaller class that is perfect for beginners!
The Wed. evening Yoga class is continuing this week. As always, Sam is doing a great job or mixing things up and making an enjoyable class atmosphere. 2$ donation is welcome and please stay for a drink!

Thursday, April 9th, 7PM
Perspectives: "The Boyertown Farmer's Market vs. Extinction"
Please join us for an informative and problem/answer evening with Sharon Lee representing Farmer's Market that is preparing for this year's season of great local food and amazing family events all summer. This night will shed light on food and community issues with time during and after the presentation for q & a. Additionally, some amazing opportunities for good eating and community engagement will be presented. Don't miss this opportunity.

Friday, April 10th, 7-10PM
It is Good Friday and to celebrate we have a music Open mic event on tap for the whole evening. We have a great host in Mike Holliday and interested musicians are asked to show up before 7 to sign up for your slot. This is a great time so put it on your weekend schedule. Don't miss out on Cappi Hour from 5-7PM.

Sat, April 11th
The Kid's Time Yoga class is canceled due to holiday traveling BUT the "Sip and Spa" event provided by Diana Stigura is still on for Saturday morning. This is such a relaxing event with all sorts of calming and rejuvanating treatments with Diana walking you through the whole thing. It's free and worth it!
We have a full night of music on tap with O Rabbit opening up the night from 7-9. This band provides a lot of funk and was well recieved last time they played at the bean. Unfortunately, their myspace has been changed so I can't lead you to their rabbit trail on the web.
Following them is Dave Antonio with his international flare- a whole arsenal of off the beaten track instruments from around the world and home town humor creating a fun atmosphere for all. You can't go wrong.

Sunday, April 12th, Easter
Enjoy this day with family and friends. We are closed all day on Sunday but we are back in action starting Monday. Once again, enjoy!

That's a wrap. Thanks for reading along. Please be aware that next week we have the Poetry open mic with a very special guest reader- Awilda Castro-Suarez, and the monthly Art Gallery featuring photography is also on the menu.

Another FYI is that we have a coloring activity for kids related to a huge international crisis situation in Columbia. The cutout coloring sheets are in the back of the cafe with a bunch of crayons and each cutout represents thousands of displaced persons in Columbia. The sheets will be collected and sent to Columbian officials to highlight international concern for the displaced victims. Thanks for your help.

thanks so much and enjoy your week
Much Love
Mr. Bean

Monday, March 30, 2009

March Winds Dry April Showers For May Flowers

Dear Friends-
It was a crazy evening yesterday with hail and tornado action and rain and wind and tieing it all together was an amazing quality of turbulent light and luminous, dynamic clouds. Quite beautiful to just enjoy it for what it was. Back to the cafe, it is Monday and whether you are ready or not, the sun is shining, the coffee's brewed and our 9-5's have just started. We have a lot going on this week and so much to look forward to as April unwinds and flourishes. Thanks for taking the time to take in the blog and if you want you can become a "Follower" to show how many folks care about the Bean and the Blog.

Monday, Mar. 30th, 7-8:30PM
Yoga, courtesy of our own Jillian Prout, is on for tonight and we are excited to offer this new class. We are asking for a 2$ donation AND for yoga participants to consider staying for a drink to benefit the cafe. Jillian is a great instructor and you will surely get a workout.

Tuesday, Mar. 31st, 7PM
First off...Our Support Group is kicking off its existence on Tuesday night with the first informal get-together. Our own, Ruthanne Olock is rounding up support and awareness about this opportunity for folks with disabilities and illnesses to come out and enjoy honest friendship and discussion and concern. These events will happen every last Tuesday of the month and will offer guest speakers and awareness topics as well as downtime for convo and relaxation.
Also, Imra is in the house offering CHESS tutoring so feel free to stop in and play a game or two.

Wednesday, April 1st
AM Yoga is off and running and the class is coming into its own as a smaller, more intimate class thanks to the personalized teaching of Donna O'Rourke. Drop-in cost is 10$ per class.
I was going to April Fools all of you by saying that Sam's class was cancelled for Wednesday night but there was enough fooling around last week so please know that the Class is ON for good on Wednesday nights. We are asking for a 2$ donation and please enjoy a drink as well.

Thursday, April 2nd
Miss Balloon Heart is a favorite with sword fighting boys and kitten loving girls and moms anxious to get out of the house and enjoy time out with friends and coffee. Last time we had 80 kids signed up and this place was hopping so please consider coming out with your kids.
BJ Moesher is a children's book author and is at the cafe promoting her new book, "Monty the Traveling Cat". There will be a book reading and signing so keep your kids around for this event.
SCRABBLE is also happening on Thursday night at 7PM. Mr. Bean won last week in a friendly Scrabble affair so come out to enjoy the word forming experience.

Friday, April 3rd, 7-11PM
Music is on the menu on Friday night after Cappi Hour winds down from 5-7PM. This night Valerie Nicole is back,, and she is playing fabulous music from her new album- "From the Heart" Val is a very talented up and coming musician performing a wide range of covers and a whole cd's worth of original music.
Opening for her is the band, My Last Day, performing rock covers. You can find them at This is there first time at the Bean so please welcome them.

Saturday, April 4th
Kid's Time Yoga is here for it's second week. This is an amazing opportunity for kids ages 4 and up to enjoy a yoga exercise mixed with music, dance and other activities. Renee Sherkne is charging 6$ per child and promises to engage your child and develope healthy, little bodies and minds.
Another fullnight of music is happening with The Table Tops back in action at the cafe. Tyler and Carson are an amazing duo performing cover material including Weezer and older rock and beautiful original songs. You can check them out at
Opening for these guys is Gary under the fun name of Inky Diver. Gary labels himself as an acoustic musician playing all original material. It will be a great night.

Sunday, April 5th, 7:30PM
Front Porch Church is meeting up tonight for a Rob Bellavision session and we are going to give the film "Trees" another go as the projector was not functioning last time. This event is open to any and all and is a time for honest and safe conversation about God and community and a life that we are trying to make better and more complete.

That's what we got. A quick shout out that in the coming weeks we have music and poetry open mics and a Farmer's Market Perspectives event and the third weekend Art Gallery along with our collaged participation in Boyertown's "Coming out of Hibernation" event.

Much love,
Mr. Bean

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Yoga is NOT cancelled- It's ON!!!!

Dear Friends
This is all craziness on our end so sorry but...
the class is on for this evening. Please if you are a regular consider bringing a donation for Sam to purchase liability insurance for a year- 5-10$ per person would be fabulous.
thanks so much
Mr. Bean

Monday, March 23, 2009

March Madness- the real kind!

Dear Neighbors-
Something about March just doesn't flow right. Maybe its the ides or the hidden pots of gold over the imaginary rainbow or searching over acres of grass for a four leave clover. I'm not Irish and I wish I was Italian because Italians always marry the Irish and have similiar looking national flags so they share Guiness and Peroni and stories of potato pasta parmagiana. I'm rambling and what's important is that this blog needs to make sense because now we have 6 followers and this is a big week here at the Bean. Here goes...

Yoga was cancelled this evening but it is definately on for next week. Your patience is key as we sort through issues with liability and insurance details concerning wellness events here at the cafe.

Tuesday Mar. 24 7PM
Speaking of Wellness, no one showed up last week for the Wellness Expo but that's okay. Chess is in house and Imra has some kids that are really excited about learning the game and you should feel welcomed to come out and join the strategy.

Wednesday Mar. 25
Our AM yoga class is ON and going well with more students of the amazing Donna O'Rourke. Please feel welcomed to attend and know that you will recieve top notch training with relaxed atmosphere.
No idea what's happening with this weeks PM class due to liability concerns- yeah, the legal nuts and bolts that curb community. We will send out a notification on Wednesday morning and feel free to call the cafe at 610 367 1788 to find the verdict. Your patience here is appreciated.

Thursday Mar. 26 7PM
"Political Perspectives" is back with our March Town Hall meeting. Last month we had our very own State rep, David Kessler, with us discussing his current local endeavors and issues close to heart and home. The focus for Thursdays meeting is for further conversation regarding the status and opportunities for local community action and political involvement. Please, please, please feel welcomed and urged to attend so that we can game plan and stimulate a healthy political/cultural atmosphere close to home.

Friday Mar. 27 6-11PM
Music, music, music and Cappi Hour to kick it off from 5-7. But enjoying your half price cappucinos is just the beginning. Please stay and enjoy the lyrics and melodies all night. From 6-8 Lee Smedley is at the Bean and will be performing his original music and other stories in song with Henry Patterson on drums and Pat Abel on bass. This is great and you can check him out at
And then it's all about Tim Harakal from 8-11. I've head Tim jam twice now and this is his second time at the cafe. Think Jason Mraz but maybe better because you really can't beat his amazing voice and guitar hero skills and fun lyrics. You can decide for yourself by checking him out at but don't miss out. Wear your favorite hat on Friday night!

Saturday Mar. 28
Kid's Time Yoga is back at the Bean for another go. A bunch of parents brought excited kids out for a yoga/dance/singalong activity time provided by Renee Sherkne. We are trying it again and will provide these classes for children ages 5-11 for 6$ per class which is quite a steal. So, feel invited to bring in your kids and enjoy a drink.
Saturday night is also all about the music. First off is Mike Matz who is a newcomer to our house and I'm not too familiar with his music so we will all be up for a surprise. He's on for a quick one hour set and I'm sure he will stick around for...
Rocket 88 is rocking the night away to a sure full house and hopefully some dancing will happen along with hand clapping and heel clicking. These young guys from Oaks will blow you away with their refined talent and fun style. They do old rock with originals that sound like their 40 years golden. I'm not sure if their myspace does them justice but you can check them out at Most of all don't miss these fella's or else you will feel so sorry.

Sunday Mar. 29
For those of you who don't know what a drum circle is...we are having a drum circle led by Dave Antonio here at the Bean. Enough said. Really though, Dave is bringing a bunch of hand drums and we will just start a beat and see where it goes. It's good solid fun and really get's deep into the soul to feel the rhythm (spelling?)
Front Porch Church is still hanging out inside and the conversation has been riveting and all over the place. We are a diverse, spiritual group that is seeking a deeper relationship with God and intimate friendships with each other and the community. Anyone is welcome and you are asked to bring an open heart and respect for all those willing to share their views and experiences.

Just a quick shout out that next week we are kicking off the Support Group which will be the last Tuesday of every month. These events are especially for friends with disabilities and illnesses and life long battles. The idea is to come together and share your joys and struggles with others who know what it means to struggle and to perserveer. We are committing to this group and hope you will consider coming out and sharing this opportunity with your friends and family who might benefit from it.

That's all we got. You are a blessing.
Live and love well
Mr. Bean

Monday, March 16, 2009

Irish persons drink Tea!

Most folks are seeing green this week and hopefully that means more than green felt hats and artifically colored beer and cupcakes. There is so much out there that is truely green- the grass is greening up and money is green- sort of- and green eyes are to be adored- Yes, Coldplay knows what's up. Enough musing, because we're not really doing too much to celebrate St. Patties day except for our Irish Buttercream coffee offerings. We do have an exciting, busy week on tap so here goes.

Tonight, March 16, Cancellation
Yoga is cancelled for this evening. Please stay tuned for next week! Sorry.

Tuesday, March 17, 7PM St. Pattie's Day!!!
Along with Chess which is using the green checkerbords Tuesday night, there is a Wellness Expo happening from 7-8PM here at the cafe bringing to conversation many aspects of daily health- both the problems and the solutions.

Wednesday, March 18
AM Yoga is still happening for those folks with freed up mornings to exercise and relax. This is still a small class so don't feel shy about giving Yoga a try.
Our veteran instructor, Sam, put folks to work last week as it was a unusually small class. He is great at engaging the present class and changing up the dynamics and intensity of the class so once again, feel invited to give Yoga a try and know that this is an amazing workout.

Thursday, March 19, 7PM
"Perspectives" Food for the Hungry
Our local electric meter reader, Dan Endy, is spending the night with folks discussing his involvement and passion for the Food for the Hungry organization,, that is doing magnficent advocacy and community development work globally. These events are meant to inform and invite "team" efforts to engage our local and global community so please, please, please consider attending and supporting one of your own who is investing time and energy with Food for the Hungry.

Friday, March 20
"Cafe Gallery"- March Art Show Reception
We are so excited to be having our own inhouse gallery featuring the work of 5 local artists presenting their photography, paintings and 3-d work. The back of the cafe is transformed for the weekend into a beautifully composed exhibit and from 6-8 we offer live music and the presenting artists to mingle and chat. All art is for sale and all culture is complimentary. You can make an artsy night of it by heading up town to Studio B to check out the Natural Talents exhibit opening there on Friday night as well- Studio B's Blog is linked on ours...

The Table Tops are doing there thing late night here at the cafe although they might start a little sooner. You can find these fellas online at me when I say these guys are very talented and humble and will surprise you with there fun Weezer covers and beautifully composed originals.

Saturday, March 21, 6-11PM
We are very excited about the music happenings this Saturday night. Mr. Tom Post is back in town with his rich acoustic tunes in tow. You can navigate to his website at to get a feel for what he has to offer and make sure you swing through early to partake of Cappi Hour with great music as well.
From 8-11 we have the Mongese with us. These guys are fabulous offering a full band playing old school jams by folks like the Almond Brothers and...much more. Included in the mix are some sweet originals and good jam time as well. You will not be dissappointed so come out to enjoy the music.

Sunday, March 22
We have music on Sunday afternoon. Miss Franki Alazar is playing and has invited many friends to enjoy their company but she would greatly appreciate your attendance as well. You can find her tunes at Enjoy!
Front Porch Church might make it outside as we don't have to deal with the projector. We are chatting about the Bible on Sunday night and how people interact with it. We have a lot to talk about it and are a very diverse group so I'm sure the convo will be fresh and feisty so feel free to join us.

Just a quick shout out for next week
"Political Perspectives" is meeting up again to discuss real topics with real neighbors for local change. Please consider attending
Rocket 88 is at the cafe from 8-11. enough said

Much Love
Mr. Bean

Monday, March 9, 2009

Our Doors are Open!

Neighbors from Boyertown, Bechtelsville, Barto, Bally, Gilbertsville, Oley(BBBBGO) and beyond

The love of coffee and culture knows know civic bounds so please feel included in the Building a Better Boyertown rhetoric! We are proud of B-town and excited to be smack-dab on main street doing our part to relax the weekday stresses and liven up those mellow wk-ends. Please come out and enjoy what we have to offer with events and atmosphere and Cappi Hour every Friday and Saturday from 5-7PM. Here's what's on board...

Today, March 9, 7-8:30PM
Jillian Prout is volunteering her time and energy to faciliate an intense yoga class on Monday nights. I've heard she gets the sweat flowing so come ready to get a work out and please remember we are accepting a 2$ donation for the class and a coffee coupon is included.

Tuesday, March 10, 7-9PM
Chess club is in house for the evening with Imra ready to spread light on the tactics of the game

Wednesday, March 11
The morning yoga class is continuing. If you have stayed away as of now please consider coming out to ensure that this class stays in session. This is a more personalized class that is great for mother's and ladies with flexible AM schedules.
Sam is the man and continues to lead an amazing evening class that fills up quick. Please come early to claim a spot on the freshly mopped floor and remember a 2$ donation is appreciated.

Thursday, March 12, 7-8:30PM
On Thursday nights we literally get literary. This month's poetry Open Mic led by our own Jodi Corbett is welcoming literature of the Celtic origin as we are getting close to St. Pattie's day. BUT, please be encouraged to share any sort of work and know that your words will be appreciated and taken to heart. Another related opportunity is the "Lit Table" that will be the "destination" to put your work- a single page or so- under class for folks to assess.

Friday, March 13, 7-10PM
Our Music Open-Mic is growing in popularity and musical excellence. We are extending the hours to faciliate more musician time but do come a bit early to get on the nightly schedule. And remember that we are always looking for new musicians to provide tunage every Friday and Saturday night so interested folks can email

Saturday, March 14, 7-9PM
Troy Rauenzahn is back after a short week's rest. This guy is a poet and plays the hand drums like a crazy man (in a good way) and plays a wide range of rock covers from the obscure to the well known Oasis hits and not to forget his own originals on his upcoming album- Chewing on Marbles. Yum!

Sunday, March 15, 7:30-9PM
Front Porch Church was almost out doors last night as the weather was almost there and the cafe was hopping with record Sunday evening attendance. This week we are showing the Rob Bell Film "Trees" which thoughtfully talks about life- timelines and meaning with the big picture in mind. We are a diverse group of friends who love sharing our heart and thoughts and welcome new comers to come as you are!

That is a wrap. A quick reminder that we have soo, soo much stuff happening here and are always open to new things. Our weekend Art Gallery is happening next week along with the Perspectives event- Food for the Hungry- and the Political Perspectives table-talks is in two weeks.

You are special and welcome here at the cafe
Be Blessed and love well
Mr. Bean

Monday, March 2, 2009

And So it Snows?

Its pretty ragged outside. No doubt the snow is beautiful but I think it's now a lopsided appreciation or disgust for this current event with the public school children not minding and the commuting adults grumbling all the way to work. I guess you gotta say, "It's all good, baby" and do your thing so if a cup of coffee can help to that regards- stop on in.

Monday, Mar. 2nd, 7-8PM
We are trying to pull off a yoga class this evening with Jillian Prout instructing this class. We are waiting on the weather and also some insurance issues so assume there is a class and if you want to make sure feel free to call ahead and get the final verdict- 610 367 1788- best to call this afternoon! 2$ Donation!

Tuesday, Mar. 3rd, 7-9PM
Imra had a few chess pupils last week and is excited so if you are game for some chess action feel invited to come on out for the evening.

Wednesday, Mar. 4th
9:30- 10:45AM
Donna is trucking along with her morning yoga class so as always you are welcome to attend. I'm not sure if she is still in the introductory period or a class by class situation so come out regardless to give it a try.
Sam is here on Wednesday night class featuring Vinyasa style yoga and it is a pleasure to attend. This is a 2$ donation class so come ready for that and remember to come a little early as the place fills up quick.

Thursday, Mar. 5th
Miss Balloon Heart is joining us this Thursday morning to entertain your kids with fun balloon creations. This is perfect for kids of all ages and for moms to enjoy some convo and coffee.

Scrabble will be happening on Thursday night around 7PM. enjoy!

Friday, Mar. 6th, 7-11PM
We got a full night of music happening this evening with two of our bands performing two hour sets. First off is Cliff Stackonis doing his country blues routine. Cliff plays here once a month and also helps with our growing Open-Mic event so enjoy his tunage.
Doing the night cap are the Table Tops who are a great duo-acoustic act featuring a wide range of cover material and some amazing original songs. Tyler and Carson have been MIA for a month so please welcome them back.

Saturday, Mar. 7th, 7PM
Troy Rauenzahn is back with us doing great acoustic covers of 90's rock and then some. We will be booking some music for the rest of the evening but enjoy Troy's tunes at the beginning of the night and Cappi Hour should get the ball rolling.

Sunday, Mar. 8th, 7:30PM
Front Porch Church is on for the night with a discussion about the Sabbath and how folks view the "day of rest" and observe/enjoy it. We meet weekly for coffee and convo and invite anyone to join us- we promise to appreciate and understand point of views and experiences and are excited to be a part of the Boyertown community.

A quick head's up about our first Support Group meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 28th at 7PM. This is a get-together for neighbors with disabilities and health concerns and their family and friends and the format will develop as the group grows with down time, discussion and guest speakers/focuses in the mix.

That's a wrap for this week so as always thanks for your continued support and friendship. We are open for suggestions and encouragement and as always please continue to tell friends about us as word of mouth makes the world go round.
Much Love
Mr. Bean

Monday, February 23, 2009

Collard Greens and Hot Potatoes

I was out of intriguing intro titles so I just went with the absurd- which is good for the kids!
Anyway, WOW! What a weekend we did have with an amazing Art gallery in house and fabulous music to boot. Friday and Saturday night were both hoppin' and I would like to personally thank the participating artists and musicians who shared the time and talent with the Boyertown community and fortunately got some recipocrative love through sales and tips. And to put this out on the table- we are housing these Art Galleries once a month highlighting the work of 5-7 local artists, so if interested please email and Music happens every weekend so interested performers please email Thank ya!!!
The week is upon us in full glory. We got a lot in the mix so focus and absorb.

Monday, Future, 7-8PM
We are generating a Monday evening yoga class facilitated by Jillian Sprout so keep that in mind and if you mind please leave a note on the blog stating your interest.

Tuesday, Feb. 24th, 7-8PM
It is Flag Day in Mexico and in honor Imra is back at the cafe hoping to catch eager CHESS players ready to game it up and learn. We have mulitple boards so come in droves.

Wednesday, Feb. 25th
It is Ash Wednesday and we have Yoga ALL DAY
Donna O'Rourke is continuing her class offering a more personalized yoga exercise geared towards moms free from pre-schoolers and elementary children and ladies who just want to get out of the house.
Sam C instructs a larger evening Vinyasa style Yoga that is both serious and fun and equally rewarding for Newbies and regulars. This is a "donation please" class and consider staying before or after for a drink or snack.

Thursday, Feb. 26th, 7PM
Local State Representative, David Kessler, is cafe bound to kick off our "Political Perspectives" events that hopefully with be a regular (monthly) interaction between the community and local and state political leaders. This will be more of a presentation type evening but hopefully it will also include open-forum discussion about how to best serve our community.

Friday, Feb. 27th, 7-11PM
Not only does Cappi Hour happen from 5-7PM, we have AMAZING music happening with 61South coming to little ol' Boyertown from upstate PA. This is a well known classic blues band that will not dissappoint you so please, please tell friends to show up at 7 to hear them rock the house. You can find their goodness at
From 9-11 Micky B is back with us doing his solo guitar and harmonica act and he'll be feeling the blues so it should be heart felt melodies.

Saturday, Feb. 28th, 6-10:30 PM
Another two fold night includes our own Mike Holliday playing from 6-8. Besides being a great local musician, Mike is a friend of the cafe facilitating our developing Open-Mic night and graciously making personal invites to new and talented musicians to play at the Bean.
Following Mike, is Haley Sheeler,, who has a country rock thing going on up in the Reading area. This is her first time so please welcome her to Boyertown.

Sunday, Mar. 1st, 2PM
YOGA Time for Kids is at the Bean with their second month of Free yoga classes for children aged 5-11. This is a great time for kids with yoga, music, dance, singing and all around fun given per gratis. This is an opportunity to be introduced to the ongoing Kids Yoga classes offered at serveral local facilities but enjoy this afternoon at the cafe as your kids enjoy themselves.
Front Porch Church is kicking off March featuring Rob Bellavision and the film "Rain" which looks at suffering and trial as a part of the story and journey of faith and love. We are a group of young and old folks, getting together for an informal evening of fellowship and learning over coffe and convo. Interested folks can ask questions to

That's what we got.
Thanks so much for your continued support and patronage. You are a blessing.
Much Love
Mr. Bean

Monday, February 16, 2009

Are we still in Love?

Dear Neighbor's-

So, Valentine's Day has come and gone and Trotter the Horse lost his shoe so the carriage rides did not happen. We hope that all of you had a romantic weekend and took advantage of your loved ones full attention. We also trust that your are not loved out into apathy so remind your lover and family and friends that today, Monday, February 16th, 2009, "I love you!"

There is a bunch of goodness happening this week that needs its due attention to details. Some of our music for this weekend is still in the works so please bear with us and if you have a good voice and like to entertain, consider signing up for a gig here at the cafe. Here goes it...

Wednesday, Feb. 18th, 9:30-10:45AM

Our AM Yoga class is meeting up again after last weeks introductory class. Donna O'Rourke is instructing this new class and is looking for folks with daytime freetime to jump in as a drop-in for 10$ or sign up for a full 6week session for 55$ Come out this week to try it out.


Evening Yoga class is still going strong with weekly participation well over 20 people. Sam is continually changing up the dynamics of the class integrating different aspects of Vinyasa style yoga so come to experiment and work on your practice. We are asking for a 2$ donation!

Thursday, Feb. 19th, 7-9PM
Cafe Perspectives is highlighting the campaigns of 2 organizations this night with brief presentations followed by "mingle, get to know you time" afterwards. The two groups are One Village Coffee ( and Pedal Power which is a part of the Urban Promise non-profit operating out of Camden, NJ( Both orgs are dynamicly working in inner-city and international environments to benefit children and communities suffering from poverty and inability to grow. Please consider joining us for this evening to learn and to support these excellent missions.

Friday, Feb. 20th, 6-8PM
ART, ART, ART! Cafe Gallery is in house again for February with the opening reception happening from 6-8PM. Although the art is displayed and available for sale all weekend, Friday night is a festive time to mingle with other lovers of art and meet the artists themselves. Featured artists include art Lesta Bertoia, John Walsh, Brian Artim and various Clay on Main artists as well as our "Host Artists"- Arline Christ and Denise Bennett. Please come and enjoy!

Like I said, we needed to round up some musicians and we found some. Julie and her boyfriend are part of a band called Slick Mickey that does Bluesy, Folksy stuff and they will be here on Friday night and soon with the entire band. You can check them out at

Saturday, Feb. 21st, 7-10PM
First off we are going to try to the Carriage Rides again for this Saturday night. Trotter did loose a shoe which nixxed the rides for Valentine's night. Joe managed to get to Foot Locker yesterday so Trotter the horse is in shape to get the carriage riding again this weekend. Please consider reserving seats at the cafe for 5$ a person down-payment and tickets overall are 10$ for adults and 5$ for kids for the 20 minute ride.

From 7-9 and then some a really dynamic musical duo is performing at the Bean for the first time. Christine and Chad are in house with amazing guitar and vocals strung together beautifully. These musicians met at another local coffee shop and are developing their own musical identity and we are excited to have them with us at the Bean.

Sunday, Feb. 22nd, 7PM
Front Porch Church is spending the evening with the Boyertown Community a Studio B as all of us dive into the realm of collective Story. The night is being facilitated by a Kutztown english student who is researching the marriage of story and community. Please consider joining us for the evening and bring a story to tell.

Please keep in mind our Town Hall meeting happening next Thursday with our local Representative, David Kessler joining us. Also, we are developing a support group for our family and friends with disabilities and sickness so we will shoot info as it comes.

That's what we got.
Much Love
Mr. Bean

Monday, February 9, 2009

Fifty Degree February

Dear Friends-
Mr. GroundHog animal is probably shivering in his hole-home after scurrying back rather quickly last week- he is missing out on this beautiful weather but he's probably right about the longevity of this winter. But we'll take what we get and enjoy these next couple of days.
A special thanks to all of you who came out on Friday and Saturday night to enjoy Cappi Hour and the amazing music. We had a record crowd on Saturday night for Leon & Scott and Rocket 88 and it was such a pleasure to be on staff serving the masses and enjoying the melodies. We have a hoppin' week coming so please sift through the following details and flavors.

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 9:30-10:45AM
We have our introductory morning Yoga class happening this Wednesday with certified instructor, Donna O'Rourke. The class will resume the following week and will be centered on six-week sessions costing 55$ or 10$ drop-in fee for each class. Check it out.

Sam is still trucking along as the instructor of our night class featuring a Vinyasa style Yoga exercise. Please come a little early to claim your spot as we usually have 25-30 students each week. We are asking for a 2$ donation which does include a 50cent coupon to be used before or after class.

Thursday, Feb. 12, 7-9PM
This is an exciting evening for us with our monthly Open-Mic Poetry event. This month's open-mic is a tribute to the Reading author, John Updike. In honor of John Updike’s recent passing, we encourage people to read a short (about five minutes) passage that highlights Updike’s extraordinary description of ordinary things. A native of Reading, Pennsylvania, John Updike’s American Realism is often rooted in Berks County settings. Partipants are encouraged from all of the literary genre's and work unrelated to Updike can be read. Please keep in touch with Jodi Corbett for upcoming themed poetry events and questions.

CAPPI HOUR!!! 5-7 PM Half price cappuccinos, lattes and mochas

Friday, Feb. 13, 7-10PM
We are in our third month of Open-Mic music here at the Bean. Mike Holliday has been a gracious host for the night and we hope to keep on bringing in new talent. Please come early to reserve a spot and we are generally allowing 3 or so songs per artist.

Saturday, Valentine's Day, 7-10PM
Mr. Joe Trotter is back with his buggy and horse and is offering 20 minute rides around historic Boyertown for you lover's out there. Tickets cost 10$ each and if you want to reserve a spot please come to the cafe and give a 5$down payment per person.

Saturday, Feb. 14, 6-11PM
And to melodize the horse-hoof harmony we have two sets of performers on Saturday evening. From 6-8, Mickey B is back with us featuring his home-girl Becky. From Mickey you can expect a solid and fun acoustic act with guitar and harmonica in tune. I don't know what Becky brings to the table but be surprised. Come ready to shout "Garbage!!!" when the time is right.
From 8-11 Mr. Dave Antonio is taking the stage with his varied instruments and language array. Dave is always willing to entertain and showcase his talent playing the guitar, flut, didgeridoo, sitar and maybe a few other selections.

Sunday, Feb. 15, 7:30-9PM
Front Porch Church is meeting up again and is featuring Rob Bell-avision. The subject is Love and in this NOOMA video, "Flame", love is understood and appreciated for all of it's multi-faceted power and spiritual nature. Convo is sure to follow. We have developed a monthly calendar for Church events and questions can be answered via email-

That's all we got.
Hope this suffices
Thanks so much for your time and support.
Mr. Bean

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Sing Song February

It is so good to be here in this community. We are delighted to see our cafe being filled with first-time and returning customers who love the coffee, enjoy the friendly service and expect to hear excellent music. We promise to keep up reinventing what we have to offer in terms of products and entertainment so please keep coming and remember that we definately make mistakes and need to know if something is not up to snuff- do it with a smile and we will bend over backwards to make it right. So, here's what's shaking this week...

Wednesday, Feb. 4th, 7-8:15PM
Yoga. This is a cafe standard these days with Sam taking the lead and a big class following suit. We start promptly so please come at least 5 min before hand. We are requesting a 2$ donation that includes a 50 cent coupon to be used before or after class please and thankyou. Additionally, Susie Arbonne will continue to be with us offering detox foot soaks which really enhance the exercise experience. Come out and give it a try

Also, a daytime Yoga class is starting next Wednesday starting at 9:30AM to 10:45 so keep that in mind. It will be based around a 6 week session which cost 55$ and 10$drop ins are welcome. Next week will be the FREE introductory lesson so come just to try it out.

Thursday, Feb. 5th, 7-9PM
Scrabble. It's a good time for those word enthusiasts out there so join in.

CAPPI Hour! 5-7PM Half Price Cappuccinos

Friday, Feb. 6th, 7-11PM
This is a full night of great music so you can't go wrong. Starting off from 7-9 is the Kyle Rawls band which is an acoustic duo performing classic country covers and gritty originals. One of the guys is in the Military and will be leaving the area to serve our country so this is a last horrah for the band. to check out what they do
CD and Friends is back with us to do what they do best- just jam with fun rock and blues medleys and improvisational renditions of "Biscuit" to humour the crowd. Their last show at the Bean found a rather lethargic crowd so get some espresso in you and be raucous.

Saturday, Feb. 7th, 6-11PM
And if Friday was not good enough, Saturday night will not disappoint. Starting crisply at 6PM, Leon and Scott are back with us performing easy listening rock and roll. This duo is great and is sure to energize the crowd who with anticipation will be waiting for...
Rocket 88! This junior high band from Oaks is back with us after their rocking January show. will give you an idea of what you will hear but it won't prepare you for the quality of music and the crowd response generating- clapping and sing along and dancing to the very best Beattles, Dead and Almond Brothers covers and originals that surely belong to the 60s and 70s. Make it out and support these guys.

Sunday, Feb. 8th, 2PM and 7:30PM
I'm really not sure how Kid's yoga went on this Sunday or if we are going to continue it so keep posted and let us know if you are interested in it-
Front Porch Church will be meeting up at 7:30PM. We will be looking at an excerpt from Donald Miller's Book- "Searching for God knows what" and will be sharing communion together over convo and relationship. Interested persons can contact Luke at

That's a wrap. Thanks for your attention and keep in touch with feedback and critique.
Much Love in the House
Mr. Bean