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Open Mic – Friday Nights

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Open Mic – Friday Nights

 

Click here to see Open Mic performer Scott Brodeur of Freeport, Maine.  guitar

Looking for some relaxing free fun? Why not check out our open mic – the last one scheduled for Friday October 28th from 9 to 11 pm. Don McHale, our head chef, has been organizing the evening, and has been able to attract some really good non-professional musicians, who come to play just for their love of music. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the old coffeehouse days, with folks of all ages supporting their friends and family who come to play.

The Gallery Cafe shares its space, a rambling old farmhouse with Gallery 529, an artists cooperative with more than 30 artists. One can view gorgeous paintings, photos, pottery and jewelry – it is a great spot to buy a gift for that someone special. Now, with the addition of music, we support all the arts! Culinary, literary, visual, and now, musical!

It is probably a good idea to make reservations, call 978-486-8529, or make reservations on line, available on the welcome page of this website.

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Making the Tables

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Table for 4 - modern day pop artists

Table for 4 – modern day pop artists

The Gallery Cafe will be a funky, artsy restaurant, with delicious food for all. Our concept is to incorporate art into all aspects of the restaurant. Some might think that means you will need a magnifying glass to find the food on your plate – no worries, that is not us, we like to eat just as much as the next person!

The Gallery Cafe will be located at 529 King Street in Littleton, right off the Common, and we will be sharing the space with Gallery 529.

One of the ideas for the Cafe, which has been not only really fun and creative, but also incredibly interesting, has been making the table tops.

The table tops are collages of famous American artists. Working with my 90 year old mother, we have just about completed the job. Not only does each seat have  artwork from the artist, but a brief bio is also included, with a link to where you can find out more about the artist. There are painters, photographers, sculptors, and ceramists. What is interesting is to see what motivated each artist. There were artists who did nothing but paint the same painting over and over, and survived off that.

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Granny gluing down the collages.

Three tables of two: Calder, O'keeffe, Lane...

Three tables of two: Calder, O’Keeffe, Lane, Bierstadt…in progress in the garage.

There were artists who set out to record history, like Winslow Homer and Ansel Adams.  There were artists who specialized in portraits, and others in landscapes. There were artists who at age 14 had their first masterpiece, and then there were artists like Grandma Moses, who was not discovered until she was in her 70’s. Putting together these collages has been a fascinating walk through art history.

 

We are still hoping to have a grand launching April 1 – No Fooling!
– please be sure to join us!

 

 

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Adventures

Adventures

Starting a restaurant is an adventure in itself. Creating the concept, following that concept through in the details of operation, the staff, the budget, the permitting… It is a roll of the dice, and each piece you cross your fingers and hope the outcome goes in your favor.

 

20160218_163018Yesterday, we got back a note from the police department saying we passed the CORI test. I know I have never been arrested, but still, there is that background fear that maybe there is something they are going to find out about you that will jeopardize the liquor license application. Like a Jekyll and Hyde, maybe they will find another life I had that even I did not know about. I am glad that my split personality has been behaving of late.

Yesterday, I also took a trip out to Cheshire, MA. 20160218_162950I don’t think I had ever heard of Cheshire before, but what a pretty little town. I took my trusted 4 legged partner with me, just in case. The purpose of the trip was to procure chairs I had seen on Craigslist. With all the crazy stories about craigslist, I am a little cautious about the circumstances I get myself into when tracking down furniture and fixtures. The fact of the matter is, though, that so far, all the folks I have met, couldn’t be nicer and really enthusiastic about the Gallery Cafe. I think many are hopeful that their furniture goes to a good home, like a kitten they have raised.

The trip home was a little nerve wracking. With 32 chairs piled high on the back of my truck, I was pretty sure I would get pulled over by the police. I passed two Staties and held my breath, but, I guess they were on their way home for the evening. Everything was very secure, thanks to20160218_190820 the help of “Guy” who helped me load and strap them down. As of today, I think we have all the chairs we need. Still in search of comfortable bar stools, which may end up being a totally eclectic mix.

One step closer to creating the comfy, warm, inviting, funky, relaxed setting that will be the Gallery Cafe.

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