Last night, we skipped our usual Family Movie Night and headed downtown for a little fun at the Arts Guild. I saw their posting about acoustic music in the courtyard earlier this week and made a note to head there if the weather cooperated.
What a great decision. First of all, the courtyard is a hidden gem. We talked with Guild president Kim Asper afterwards, and were happy to hear that more events in the future might take advantage of the homey little space out the back door. On a comfortable night like we had last night, the space felt perfect for the music of Amanda Wells and Durelle Leaman. Somehow, her cool acoustic guitar playing and his fiddling mixed perfectly with the occasional siren.
On the way home, I saw a cluster of people hanging outside of Reader’s Cafe, who had an Open Mic event. I hope the “Stories Through Music” event at St. Matthews had a good crowd as well. That’s three fun events for a Friday night.
We walked down to the Knights of Columbus, where we are members, for a drink after the music ended. We thought of heading to the Warehouse, but opted for our “home” club. I can only imagine what downtown could look like next summer when events like these can then filter folks to the Warehouse or Something Wicked or Miscreation. Or all three. Or Timeline or the Hub, if they have evening hours. The possibilities are pretty awesome.
The Arts Guild has a reception today from 2-4 for their New Members Show, which has some really fun pieces decorating the walls. Head on out today or make plans to see the work available sometime this month. Second Saturday Sales are taking place today and Hanover Valley Presbyterian Church on Carlisle Street has an Open Mic Café from 8-11 p.m. tonight with live music from local musicians. Take advantage of the opportunities.