has its roots in Don’s Coffee House, formerly located in Hillsdale. When Don & Carolyn Beaulieu were unable
to continue with their coffee house for personal reasons, the regulars got together to brainstorm. Reluctant to lose
the camaraderie and the chance to entertain and/or be entertained, they voted to start up their own coffee house.
contest was held to come up with a name for the new venue. “Good Vibes”
was chosen as best representing the camaraderie of the group. The Mount St. Louis Parish Hall was chosen as its new home, and Thursday
from 7:00-10:00 pm as its night of operation.
Vibes operates on an open-stage basis. There is a sign-up board; the first ten
people to sign up are allotted 15 minutes on stage; the next ten spots allow for two songs/poems/readings.
is no telling on any given Thursday what kind of entertainment you can look forward to.
Acts have included people singing acappella, or accompanying themselves on guitar, piano, banjo, accordion, and even
occasionally the harp. Others have been instrumental only. Music styles range from folk to country to classical guitar. Comedians
and poets grace the stage on a regular basis. Some perform their own creations;
others do covers of well-known artists such as Gordon Lightfoot, Connie Calder, and Bach and Beethoven.
levels of expertise are represented, from the semi-professional to the first-timer who’s never set foot on stage. The welcoming and appreciative reception given to all is a signature of Good Vibes;
a warm welcome is extended to all.
participation is not only welcome at Good Vibes, it is encouraged. On the tables
can be found an assortment of shakers, maracas, tambourines, wooden spoons and even train whistles – all of which have
been used to great effect from time to time.
course, a coffee house couldn’t carry that name without coffee, and there’s plenty of that on hand – decaf
too. Coffee and tea are $1.00 with unlimited refills, and there are always delicious
home-made squares to tempt you for 50 cents each. Admission is nominally $5.00
but, not wanting to discourage anyone who may want to join the fun but is short on cash, the sign on the donation jar advises
that you can also pay “whatever you can afford”.
all – the whole purpose of Good Vibes is fun and entertainment, not making money.
If you’d like to join us, either as entertainment or as audience, why not pop in any Thursday night between 7:00
and 10:30 at the Mount St. Louis Parish Hall, corner
of Mount St. Louis Road and the 4th line
of Oro-Medonte. For more information, contact John Vella at 705-528-0611. See you there!