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Upcoming Events

Alpaca Social Club

COME ONE, COME ALL!
When was the last time you've been to a concert, and danced on the grass?  
It's a go! The Alpaca Social Club: Amazing music and energy.  Because we all need a good dance!

DETAILS: 
MONDAY, 21st MARCH , 4PM till 7ish
MOUNTAIN SPIRIT &

The Community CoffeeHouse:

250 Hawea Back Road, Hawea 
 

TICKETS: $25/Pers. transfer in advance, ($30 at the door, cash) kids under 15 free
TO HOLD YOUR SPACE: 
BANK DEPOSIT PREFERRED: (ASAP)
Westpac. Richards, #0302960280231000

Please text Randall to let us know you've paid/RSVP so we know how many to expect:

Txt: 02041112668 

VFF Friendly / Family Friendly
Bring your own blanket, picnic, chairs, and umbrella - Weather forecast is good.
An evening you won't forget! Because after what we've been through, we want some fun!
See you here!

Please share this link with your open-minded and open-hearted friends!

Here's a snapshot of their music:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SIJYETkCSeA

QUESTIONS?: Get in touch 
Text: 02041112668, Randall
Text: 02041112669 Amanda
Email: randall@mtnspirit.org
Telegram: @mtnspirit / randall richards

DIRECTIONS to Mountain Spirit

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The Coffeehouse Concept

Randall had started a couple of volunteer concert music series over the years, one in Leavenworth, Washington and years later in Sunapee, New Hampshire. The concept turned out to be quite popular and are still going active, with the basic formula of:
 

A) Listening room (usually an indoors venue) for musicians to be heard, This attracts great musos. Conversations happen during between set breaks where the community can catch up. This "listening room" works more in an evening enclosed venue/hall, rather than our open-air stages during the day.

B) Pass the hat for the musos or cause, and a portion usually goes to the venue rental

C) Volunteers who help host, set-up and even provide and serve
D) Open mic  A portion of the event, or a dedicated event is for open-mic to foster new talent in a supportive and listening room environment. 

 

"I started The Community Coffeehouse, because I wanted a safe and supportive environment to perform new material. I had been a back-up, and background pianist, but wanted to expand to guitar and singing. A venue to build community without masks, mandates and passes, is also important, especially in these times."

Side Note

I recently happened to stumble upon this interesting definition of the term Coffeehouse, but never realised its origin when I created earlier coffeehouses in the states. Interesting how things turn out:
"GI Coffeehouses were a consequential part of the anti-war movement during the Vietnam War era, particularly the resistance to the war within the U.S. military. They were mainly organized by civilian anti-war activists as a method of supporting antiwar and anti-military sentiment...Read more here 

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We've had our Inaugural Community Coffeehouse and a second one as well, both at Camphill Coffee hosted by the wonderful Leanne Harling at 546 Camphill Road, Hawea Flat, 
 

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Our sound test for the Inaugural Community Coffeehouse, Randall singing a new creation "Voices" and VFF co-coordinator Olivia on Flute: Hear it here
Image/Video Credit: Garrick Cameron

Pop-up Coffeehouses

Takin to the streets:
 

The plan is to take the Community Coffeehouse on the road. Why not visit other VFF community groups on the South Island? To be clear this is not (yet) sanctioned by Voices for Freedom. Although Randall is a co-facilitator with a few others, helping our local facilitator Olivia here in Wanaka, he is doing this on his own, hopefully with the help of local volunteers. 

If you would like the Community Coffeehouse to come to your local VFF or similar group, get in touch, or I'll contact you soon. And have some musos ready to share their inspiration!
 

Music in Wanaka's VFF Group

Listen to the Music:

The silver lining of all this mess we've been experiencing in Wellington, with mandates etc.,  is the connections we're all making here in the Upper Clutha, Wanaka and Queenstown.