Christian Church of Connellsville to host monthly open mic night

| Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, 8:51 p.m.

Soft lights, freshly brewed coffee and desserts offer the perfect setting for local talent that performs at the monthly open mic night in Christian Church of Connellsville.

Making a return for its fourth year, the Coffee House and Open Mic nights welcome anyone from the area who enjoys music, entertainment and some great java.

“We had heard of other churches that were doing something similar, so we thought we would try a coffeehouse here,” said church member and event organizer Mike Prinkey.

Prinkey looked into opening a regular full-time coffee shop in the city, but when those plans did not come to fruition, he tried one instead in the church.

“We thought that this would be a nice outlet, a nice outreach,” Prinkey said.

The evenings feature fresh-brewed coffees and lattes and lots of desserts prepared by members of the church. While visitors are enjoying the fare, they get entertained by the those who step up to the microphone to sing, play music or even offer special readings.

The stage is set with sound equipment and microphones, completed in a professional manner, giving the performers a true sense of live entertainment.

The equipment is brought by Ken Metzger, a former band member.

Performers also can be accompanied by Scott Dix, who plays guitar, or Bill Krooper, who adds his keyboard talents if needed.

“Scott (Dix) will play for anyone that needs complement,” Metzger said. When a performer signs up, Dix will take them in a separate area to practice for a few minutes before they hit the stage.

“They are great at accompaniment. If Scott doesn't know a song that someone wants to do, then Bill will. We get the benefits of their different generations,” Metzger said.

Performers appear every month who sing or play several different genres of music from Christian to rock to doo-wop, Prinkey said.

“We see some pretty good talent come through here,” he said.

The evening is open to all ages and to everyone who enjoys fun entertainment and some stellar desserts.

“The ladies from our church prepare the desserts, and they are all good and sweet,” Prinkey said. “Some of them have their favorites or their specialties that they make, while others come up with different things. It makes for a nice variety.”

Hot beverages and desserts are offered at affordable prices.

“I challenge anyone to find a good latte or mocha for only $1.50,” Prinkey said.

Open mic nights will be held now through spring on a monthly basis.

“This is a nice evening, a nice time for fellowship. You can sit back, enjoy a latte or cappuccino and listen to some music. It's just like a coffeehouse, and everyone is welcome,” he said.

The Coffee Shop and Open Mic nights are being held at 7:30 p.m. on the second Friday of every month through May.

For more information, call Prinkey at 724-438-5165 or email

Marilyn Forbes is a contributing writer.

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