I was again ‘minding the store’ for the first couple hours of last night’s coffeehouse at Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel as owner Blair Murphy rushes about, preparing the place for the next few weeks’ activities. A whole crew of ghost-hunter/paranormal researchers and the like are expected to headquarter here this Saturday–and that’s just the first […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, 27 September 2018"
Things were hopping at last night’s coffeehouse at Windber, PA’s fabled haunted hotel! It was another open mic night. The funky local musical duo, The Birddogs, performed more of their eclectic covers and a young standup comic Edward Locker (spelling?) made his Grand Midway debut with a set that centered around growing up in the […]Read more "Coffeehouse Nights: June 7, 2018"
My cranky laptop somehow refused accept an offered Wi-Fi signal last night at the Grand Midway, so I’m forced into another day-after report. November 2 was, of course, the last day of the 3-day-long Day of the Dead observance down in southern Mexico (did you know it’s only the last few decades that the tradition […]Read more "Coffeehouse Recap, the Day After: November 2, 2017 at the Grand Midway Hotel"
The night’s 3rd DVD film was the 2nd Men in Black feature: Not quite up to the original, but still much fun. A couple folks debating favorite brands of rifles and cars. Later: some impassioned dialogue about people snooping on others on Facebook, etc. And as a final change of pace, the nights’ 4th movie […]Read more "17 November at the Grand Midway, Part 2"
The weekly coffeehouse at the midway opened with… An early discussion of “illegal” (because of not meeting US/California emission standards) foreign cars erupted. Meanwhile, Blair hunted up a selection (well, two) fake artificial legs for somebody’s possible use. Just typical Grand Midway weirdness… A barrage of “corny but funny” jokes developed as the night’s 2nd […]Read more "17 November, 2016 at the Grand Midway"
Tonight’s Shangri-La Coffee Lounge got underway with the Johnny Depp version of Sleepy Hollow. Lots of discussion of the merits (or demerits, as the case may be) of the original Dukes of Hazard vs the movie version; various country and metal music artists (special attention to RUSSIAN metal bands one attendee has recently discovered), Bob Dylan’s Nobel Lit Prize […]Read more "October 13 at the Grand Midway"
Maybe Blair decided he’d played WITCHES OF EASTWICK too often. After less than a half hour, he switched off to The Matrix Reloaded. Meanwhile, a couple chess matches were ongoing in the booth behind mine. Nearby, several people compared notes of favorite country music stars, especially ‘outlaw’ ones. Then there was a tarot card reading. Mark […]Read more "September 29 at the Grand Midway, Part 2"