Park Coffee House

The talented local and regional performers represent a rich variety of acoustic music, which has been the 
hallmark of Park Coffee House:

 On Saturday February 1,
Park Coffee House in Holland Patent will present
The Usual Suspects.
This sextet of Dan Evans, Michael Ferris, Pete Ruben, Mike Plehn, Bill Thistleton, and Maren Meyer-Wendt will be performing a wide range of jazz standards, swing, and music from the great Broadway song book. The mission of The Usual Suspects is to perpetuate the uniquely American musical art form for present and future generations.
    The doors open at 7:00 PM, and the show starts at 7:30 PM. Admission is $12.00, $5.00 for students, and no charge for children 12 and younger.
    Dan Evans has been a professional jazz pianist for most of his adult life. A job selling sheet music at Schirmer’s Music, a mecca for musicians and performers of all stripes put Dan at the crossroads of the music publishing business and the performing arts. He eventually met jazz pianist Al Haig, who had an influence on Dan’s unique improvisational style of swing. Dan succeeded Haig playing at the piano bar at the Drake Hotel.
    Pete Ruben, who plays saxophone and clarinet, has performed with Dan at various venues around the Mohawk Valley for over twenty years. He’s a graduate of the Naval School of Music in Washington, D.C. With the Navy Band, he spent two years in Orleans, France. Pete has played with numerous groups in the Utica-Rome area, among them: The Rome Civic Band, The Utica Civic Band, and the Sal Alberico Big Band.
    Self-taught drummer and percussionist Mike Plehn has accompanied Dan Evans for the last few years and has played with musicians and groups in a range of styles for twenty-five years. In his present incarnation as a jazz drummer, he’s using a softer pedal on the kick drum, experimenting with novel rhythms, and wielding the brushes with panache.
    Michael Scott Ferris, vocalist and master of ceremonies, has a BFA in Musical Theater from SUNY Fredonia. He has performed in national and international tours with “Evita” and “The Rocky Horror Picture Show” as well as tours with several cruise lines. He has put out his own CD Yesterday Dream. Michael teaches voice at Dodge Pratt Northam Art and Community Center in Boonville and facilitates summer art workshops in Italy.
    Bassist Bill Thistleton will be performing with The Usual Suspects for the second time. Bill is a professor of mathematics at SUNY Poly and a parishioner and choir member at Grace Episcopal Church in Utica. He performs regularly with area bands with his wife Tina Toglia at The Barn in Paris, New York.
    Maren Meyer-Wendt, from Hamilton, NY, has her roots in folk music, but has always been attracted to jazz standards and The Great American Songbook. She is happy to be joining The Usual Suspects.
    With two vocalists and four instrumentalists,  The Usual Suspects promises to deliver an unusually fine evening of great music.
    Homemade desserts plus coffee, tea, and other beverages will be served by Park Coffee House volunteers before the show and during the intermission. The refreshments are available for a donation. Proceeds benefit the food pantry operated by local non-denominational charity Foothills Rural Community Ministry, the parent organization of Park Coffee House.
    Park Coffee House is located at the historic Twin Churches in the village of Holland Patent, just off Main Street (NYS Route 365), across from the park.
    Off the Wall, with Larry Fox, Charlie Ingersoll, John Burton, and Dave Rubinski will perform at Park Coffee House on February 15. On March 7, Nook and Crannie, with Ann Carey and Matt Mielnick, returns to PCH.
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February 1 – The Usual Suspects
February 15 – Off the Wall
March 7 – Nook & Crannie
March 21 – Rattlin’ Bog
April 4 – Burns and Kristy (with Rich DePaolo)
May 2 - Jamcrackers
May 16 – Wildflower
June 13 – Local Favorites


Note Time:  All shows start at 7:30 PM.  Doors open at 7:00.

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Homemade desserts, coffee, tea, cocoa, and cider will be prepared and served by Park Coffee House volunteers and are available for a donation before the performance and during the intermissionProceeds from donations for the refreshments help to support the local food pantry and other Foothills Rural Community Ministry programs. FRCM is a non-denominational charity and the parent organization of Park Coffee House.  

Proceeds support Foothills Rural Community Ministry programs.

Fairly Traded Equal Exchange coffee and teas are served here.

We always need kitchen volunteers.  Call the FRCM office 315-865-5854 if you would be willing to help out.  You would be working with experienced volunteers.

We are located in the Twin Churches at the corner of Route 365 and the village green in Holland Patent.

Gift Certificates for Park Coffee House performances are available.

Call 315-865-5854 for information about concerts, to update your address, or to be removed from our mailing list.


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