I celebrated this, my 60th birthday October 4th at my favorite hang-out: Windber’s Grand Midway Hotel. Owner Blair Murphy is still running himself ragged in preparation for the Halloween Season (and particularly this year’s Dracula-Con shindig on October 13), so I was running the coffeehouse for much of the evening. Syn previewed her costume for […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, 4 October 2018"
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"
This is an update on the financial challenges faced by the Windber Public Library. The good news is that, through cost savings, renewed and continuing fundraising, and ongoing grant applications, our library is not in danger of closing in the near future. It will be able to stay open into next summer at least. Thanks […]Read more "Saving Windber’s Public library"
With the Grand Midway’s owner Blair Murphy out of town, your truly opened and ran the weekly coffeehouse at Windber’s fabled haunted hotel. We had a nice turnout from 6 till 9, then things slowed considerably for the last 2 hours. The turnout was mostly, but not entirely of regular attendees. A full-sized coffin, recently […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, September 13, 2018"
The owner/operator of the Grand Midway, Blair Murphy, had business that kept him from being on hand for much of this Thursday’s coffeehouse. Accordingly, he asked yours truly to pinch-hit for him. I agreed, of course–I mean, why not? Being paid a bit to attend my favorite place, where I’d be spending the evening regardless! […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: September 6, 2018"
Yesterday was still humid, although air temps eased back to only slightly above ‘normal.’ I attended the latest meeting of Friends of the Windber Library at 5 PM, the most interesting part of which was all the rest of us trying to convince our dedicated Library Director that, visibly ill as she was, she really […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights, August 30, 2018"
First up: My somewhat ancient laptop has been pronounced beyond repair and I’ll have a new one in a few days. Accordingly, I expect to be personally, if temporarily broke real soon now (despite the fact that my computer guy is cutting me a nice deal–Thanks, Chris!). Meanwhile, continuing to fall back on my local […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: August 9, 2018"
Clint Eastwood and company were already planning their Escape from Alcatraz when I arrived at the Grand Midway Hotel’s weekly coffeehouse. Interesting caper movie, based on a true story. It had been a moderately hot day and I’d done a good deal of outdoor work, so I started off the evening with a cold drink (Orange Crush). […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: July 26, 2018"
This installment of the Grand Midway Hotel’s weekly coffeehouse featured mostly familiar faces, plus one actual newcomer, a couple quirky films on DVDs (both comedies, though otherwise quite unlike one another), one regular’s persistent smartphone frustrations, another visit by two psychic researchers, and yours truly conveying good writing news (polite way of saying bragging) even […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: July 12, 2018"
Last night’s coffeehouse at the Grand Midway Hotel featured another open mic night, with live music by The Birddogs (a local duo), a brief stand-up comedy routine from young Ed the Comic that fell a bit flat, topped off by a pleasant little jam session as Ed brought out his guitar to noodle around with […]Read more "Windber Coffeehouse Nights: July 5, 2018"