Ephrata, PA

Rte. 272, 240 N Reading Rd
Ephrata, PA 17522
717-721-8400
ephrata@tenthousandvillages.com

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  • OVER 400 NEW RUGS JUST ARRIVED
    Every rug is hand-knotted in the home of a skilled adult artisan. Many of these are women who are able to earn a fair and equal wage through Bunyaad. Come and Choose FAIR TRADE!

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Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata, PA, the largest store in the Ten Thousand Villages network, offers exquisite fairly traded home decor, gifts and personal accessories reflecting the traditions and cultures of artisans from the developing world.  Our spacious store includes the Bunyaad Rug Room and The Café @ Ten Thousand Villages.

About Us

About Ten Thousand Villages Store & Oriental Rug Gallery in Ephrata, PA

Ten Thousand Villages Store & Oriental Rug Gallery in Ephrata, PA, is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items from across the globe. Featuring products from more than 130 artisan groups in some 38 countries, we are part of a network of over 390 retail outlets throughout the United States selling Ten Thousand Villages products.

As one of the world’s oldest and largest fair trade organizations, Ten Thousand Villages has spent more than 60 years cultivating trading relationships in which artisans receive a fair price for their work and consumers have access to distinctive handcrafted items. We seek to establish long-term buying relationships in places where skilled artisans are under- or unemployed, and in which they lack other opportunities for income. A founding member of the World Fair Trade Organization (WFTO), Ten Thousand Villages sees fair trade as an alternative approach to conventional international trade.

To learn more about fair trade, Oriental rugs and the regional Pennsylvania Dutch culture, click on the links below.

Volunteer

As a non-profit organization, we are run primarily by a diverse and dynamic team of volunteers. Our volunteers serve a variety of functions and have a huge impact on every aspect of our organization. Simply put - we couldn't exist without our volunteers!

If you are interested in being a part of the fair trade movement, we hope you will consider joining our volunteer team. We welcome highly motivated people who have a passion for our people-driven mission and the products we sell. No previous experience or skills are required - just a friendly attitude and the desire to help. We ask that our volunteers work at least 2 shifts per month and we have a very flexible schedule to make it easy to fit your volunteer hours into your own schedule. Contact Louise Ranck or Liz VanArtsdalen via e-mail at louise.ranck@tenthousandvillages.com  and/or liz.vanartsdalen@tenthousandvillages.com

In the Store

Some folks volunteer weekly, others come once or twice each month. Regular volunteers are trained to wait on customers, use the cash registers, and unpack and check orders.

Currently we are in need of Volunteers in the areas below :

Barista and basic Cafe help

Visual Merchandisers

Sales Associates

Store marketing and community outreach


Special Events
Our store runs Warehouse Sales twice yearly, once in March, and once in July. We use a small army of volunteers to set up and run the sales, including many local folks and some who come from out-of-state to work the two intense (but fun!) sale weeks.

Our exciting International Children's Festival at the end of each school year requires nearly 100 volunteers to help serve food, and help with a myriad of activities and crafts.

Extra hands are always welcome during Holiday Special Events and December Saturdays, assisting cashiers with wrapping purchases, and guiding folks through the Living Gifts process.

Stop by the Ephrata store for a volunteer application if you are interested in being part of "the village" in this way.


In the Rug Room

We are so excited in the rug room to share the story of the artisans that create the wonderful hand-knotted carpets. We have many volunteer opportunities which include sharing the rug story (welcoming customers), helping to flip rugs (which is showing them to customers) and helping to check in new shipments. We also have a Story Time on the Carpet the second Thursday each month for children that is followed by a craft activity so story readers and craft helpers are much appreciated. If you are interested in volunteering please let us know!


Want to gain experience and help our store reach the "Next Level"?

You could be the next intern at Ten Thousand Villages in Ephrata! Now accepting applications for the following positions:

Visual Merchandisers

Marketing and Community Outreach

Event Planning

Please contact Liz at liz.vanartsdalen@tenthousandvillages.com for more information and applications.


Meet Our Volunteers

CARLA MARTIN
Carla Martin

CARLA MARTIN

Carla Martin is in her third year as a weekly volunteer for Ten Thousand Villages Ephrata. "I believe in the fair trade philosophy in that it helps so many families worldwide. Those who shop at the Villages stores can enjoy beautiful and unique merchandise." Among the "varied, fun things" she does as a volunteer, Carla lists checking in the weekly orders and preparing for the Warehouse Sales and the International Children's Festival. Her least favorite day is store inventory––most of the store staff would agree with you on that one, Carla! She enjoys the "wonderful staff and other volunteers" at the store, who help to make her day here one to look forward to.

Carla recently surprised us by revealing that she has a pilot's license. Someday you might see the Ephrata store staff zooming around overhead, waving from a Cessna, as Carla gives us a taste of being airborne. She also has started taking violin lessons.

Carla and her husband Clarence travelled last year to China. They share three children and five grandsons, and live in Lititz (Pa).


RUTH RUBY
Ruth Ruby

RUTH RUBY

Ruth Ruby, one of our veteran volunteers, has been a "Village Person" for nearly seven years. When she retired from her secretarial job at Luther Acres, a local retirement community, Ruth wanted to do something worthwhile with her time, and offered to volunteer here at the Ephrata store. "I never know quite what I might be doing each week––it might be helping to unpack a shipment, waiting on customers, dusting shelves, or helping to get ready for inventory or a Warehouse Sale. But whatever I do, I know it's for a good cause. I truly believe in the fair trade concept Ten Thousand Villages stands for. Everyone deserves a chance to make a decent wage and to provide for their family. Ten Thousand Villages enables many people throughout the world to do this."

Ruth loves to read, and likes to cook, especially when she is trying out new and different recipes. She enjoys all kinds of games, but is happiest of all playing Liverpool Rummy. In earlier days, she was a whiz at racquetball and badminton. Ruth and her husband Allen have travelled extensively, to many countries in Europe, to the Holy Land, and to Alaska on a cruise. They have three children and four grandchildren, and live in Akron(Pa).

Sales & Events

Upcoming Events

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Spring Gifts Sale - March 27, 2015 - April 5, 2015

25% OFF
select Easter gifts
AT PARTICIPATING STORES
FRI, MAR 27 — SUN, APR 5

spring gifts sale

From creative crosses to basket stuffers,
there’s something for everybunny!


Artisans have been paid in full. Offer valid on select merchandise at participating stores through 4/5/15 and online until 11:59 p.m. ET on 4/5/15. Check local store for participation. Not valid with other offers or discounts.

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Kevin Neidig in The Café - March 27, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Rarely do you get in one musician the virtuosity of singer, instrumentalist and songwriter. Kevin brings all three with eloquent effortlessness:

Playing

The unexpected complexity, combined with graceful agility, are what capture your ear, compelling you to listen into the wee hours.

Singing

From the first note, you notice honed, flexible vocals, which are at once at ease with old-as-hills bluegrass as with the latest pop number on the radio.

Songwriting

Kevin’s approach never fails to present a different perspective – lyrically and musically.

In addition to being an award winning musician, Kevin has had the privilege of sharing the stage with performers like Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Tom Paxton, Doc Watson, and Collin Raye. And, he performed at the 2002 Olympic Games.

Kevin’s fourth solo album “I’ve Been There,” allows you, the listener, to bear witness to profound subjects of possibilities, dreams and evolution, married to the purity of rich aural timbres. “I’ve Been There” puts all of Kevin’s monster skills to use and is assuredly a must listen!

www.kevinneidig.com

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Matt Miskie in the Cafe - April 3, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Matt Miskie is a songwriter, guitarist, vocalist and percussionist based in Cleona PA. Matt's immediately accessible songs naturally cross-over between contemporary and traditional styles. Lyrics reflect on life, relationships, adventure and coming of age.

Matt's release "A BEND IN THE RIVER" is a download album, available on Amazon.mp3 and iTunes worldwide.

Performance credits included support concerts for Tom Rush, Tom Chapin, Dave Mason and others. Matt has been a featured performer at most of Pennsylvania's major arts festivals and has performed college coffeehouse programs from North Carolina to Wisconsin.

Matt's live performances have a broad appeal. His audiences are treated to moving and entertaining renditions of traditional classics, covers of influential singer/songwriters of the 60's and 70's interspersed with his thoughtful original music.

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Easter Fun - April 4, 2015

Easter Fun

Today we celebrate the (very long-awaited) return of Spring with special Easter activities for our younger shoppers. Concerts with Miss Maggie and her friend Bertha Eartha at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Easter Egg Hunts in the store after the concerts, at 11:45 and at 1:45

Free photos with our very own Easter Bunny!

You’ll also find bright Easter gifts for people of all ages and delicious fairly traded chocolates for your Easter baskets.

The Café will feature kid-friendly cuisine for the day. Store, Café and Rug Room are open 10—5.

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Storytime on the Carpet - April 9, 2015

STORYTIME on the CARPET
Thursday, April 9 at 11 am

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Tell Me Again About The Night I Was Born

Tell me again about the night I was born.
Tell me again how you would adopt me and be my parents.
Tell me again about the first time you held me in your arms.

Jamie Lee Curtis and Laura Cornell, author and illustrator of the best-selling When I Was Little: A Four Year Old’s Memoir of Her Youth, have joined together again to create a fresh new picture book for every parent and every child. In asking her parents to tell her again about the night of her birth, a young girl shows that it is a cherished tale she knows by heart.

Tell Me Again About the Night I Was Born is a unique, exuberant story about adoption and about the importance of a loving family.



COME and JOIN US on the CARPET!

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Sterling Koch in the Cafe - April 10, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Sterling Koch (pronounced "Cook") is a nationally recognized lap steel guitarist who is a touring and recording artist. Sterling specializes in playing Chicago style blues in a contemporary style on the lap steel guitar.

He has recorded 4 solo albums of steel guitar music and will release his fifth, "Let It Slide" in March of 2013. The new album was recorded with his touring band, featuring Gene Babula (bass) and John Goba (drums), and contains the single "Mercury Blues." His previous release titled "Slide Ruler" featured bassist Tommy Shannon (Stevie Ray Vaughan) and Grammy nominated drummer Chet McCracken (Doobie Brothers).

He has had the support of the legendary steel guitarist Calvin Cooke (mentor to Robert Randolph) when first starting on steel guitar and now can claim "steelers" Darick Campbell (The Campbell Brothers), Aubrey Ghent and Freddie Roulette as friends and mentors.

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Craven Family Band in the Cafe - April 17, 2015

6:20-8:15

Tim Craven, founder of The Craven Family Band, became a leader in the folk music scene in the 1970s. Today, Tim plays original and traditional American music with his wife Kimberly. Tim was the original lead singer for the bluegrass band "Whetstone Run." A graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg, Tim has served as a pastor in the Lutheran church since 1987. Once he shared a bill with legendary bluegrass singer Bill Monroe, who told all the people waiting in line to talk to him to "make way . . . bring that singin' preacher up here. I like the way he sings."

Kimberly Bates Craven has been playing the acoustic bass with Tim for concerts from Maine to Kansas and from Illinois to North Carolina since 1979. Her steady hand and eagle eye keep the band in line. She has developed a sweet singing voice to match her smile.

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A Fair Wedding Occasion Fan-"fair" event - April 18, 2015

You are cordially invited to attend this event

On April 18th

10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Meet our wedding experts below!

Join us for A Fair Wedding Occasion Fan-“fair” event! Promenade with us as we assist you with registering to receive unique Fair Trade handicrafts for your special day. Meet our professional wedding experts and indulge in luscious selections from our Café. Start that next step in life with beautiful handcrafted items that will hold eternal memories from this day forward. 

Rebekah Viola Photography

Rebekah is adored in Lancaster County for capturing timeless beautiful pictures with a natural light method. She has captured photos around the world from Haiti, Kenya, and Guatemala. Not to mention, she has recently been featured in The Knot magazine! Rebekah’s photography will leave you breathless and in love with the natural beauty of your wedding day.

https://www.facebook.com/rebekahviolaphotography/info


Stefani Burket Master Stylist

Stefani believes in providing bona-fide hair perfection presented in a real and genuine way! She incorporates the most popular style shifts as well as vintage classics. Lancaster County native, Stefani has been featured in The Knot magazine and is known to work diligently with you to create your most beautiful look on the most memorable day.

https://www.facebook.com/BonafideGinger/info?tab=page_info


Shawn Fisher Productions

Shawn presents your special day on film in a way that is different from those dusty old wedding videos. Shawn specializes in wedding and creative mini movies featuring the sweetest and most memorable moments of your wedding day. Each video Shawn presents will fill you with emotion every time you re-watch, capturing your heart all over again!

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Shawn-Fisher-Productions/691543327548317?sk=timeline


Martha’s Cake Creations and Catering

Let them eat cake! Martha’s cake creations and catering will make your mouth water on your wedding day with a variety of her delicious cake creations options. Martha works with love birds to ensure that they have a masterpiece on their cake stand!


Blush Beautiful

Amanda Clark is an artist when it comes to the make-up brush bringing out the bride’s natural beauty. Amanda works to customize a unique look for your special day, using her skills as a certified cosmetologist. Blush Beautiful provides onsite consultations to make your wedding day less stressful.

https://www.facebook.com/blushbeautiful/timeline?ref=page_internal


Typothecary Letterpress

Megan of Typothecary Letterpress presents invitations for your wedding day in a unique way! Megan uses letterpress to create a wonderfully unique look that will leave your guests in awe. Each invitation letterpress will provide the look that gives a welcoming feel giving you a wonderful keepsake that is indeed one of a kind!

https://www.facebook.com/TypothecaryLetterpress.PA/timeline

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Art & David Miron in the Cafe - April 24, 2015

6:20-8:15

Art and David Miron, brothers raised in a musical family, have been playing music together for a long time. Although Art’s from Philly, he and David play together locally as often as they can, primarily at Lancaster’s Coffee Company café, where they have been Friday’s featured performers for the past ten years.

Art Miron played viola and piano as a kid. Channeling his mother’s undercover love of folky music, Art now specializes in performing ‘Americana’ music, playing guitar and singing. This is rootsy music, drawn from country, folk, and some pop traditions with focus on songs that tell stories. Art performs frequently at coffee houses and other venues in and around Philadelphia. He has released several YouTube videos for viewing, and his first major CD is about to be released.

David Miron began taking cello lessons when he was ten and has been playing ever since. David played with the Eastern Mennonite University orchestra during his year at Eastern Mennonite Seminary. He played with the Moravian orchestra in their Christmas Vigil services for ten years, for several Christmas services at Highland Presbyterian Church and with the Hershey Symphony for four years.

Influenced by his brother’s guitar music and the early music of Simon and Garfunkel, David began playing guitar in his early teens. Shortly thereafter, he discovered that he could sing, and sing harmony, in unaccompanied four –part congregational singing in the Mennonite church. David has played cello for weddings and in church services. He also occasionally leads congregational music with guitar at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Lancaster.

Art and David are pictured here, Art standing, David seated.

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Jessica Smucker in the Cafe - May 1, 2015

Jessica Smucker never meant to become a serious songwriter. For much of her life, she sang for fun and dabbled on the piano, but her real passions were poetry and nonfiction writing. She published numerous poems and essays in magazines and journals during her twenties, but as time went by she increasingly found herself turning to the piano for relaxation. Moving her fingers over the keys seemed to draw out words from a different place within her—a deeper, yet more effortless place.

Once she had written a body of songs, it took her a few years to find the will and the courage to put them out into the world. Now, seven years into her music career, she still thinks of herself as a writer first—and a reluctant performer. But audiences experience Jessica’s voice as a sincere and captivating embrace, the perfect sonic match to her emotionally eloquent lyrics.

Jessica has performed all over the Eastern U.S. and has won several national songwriting contests, including the Connecticut Folksong Festival Song Competition (2013) and SolarFest’s Singer/Songwriter Showcase Competition (2010). She has opened for notable acts like Cheryl Wheeler and The Kennedys, shared festival stages with Patty Larkin, Catie Curtis, Dar Williams, Antje Duvekot and others, and co-billed with up-and-comers like Heather Maloney and The Stray Birds. Jessica’s second full-length album, Tumbling After, is due out in early 2014.

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Liz Fulmer in the Cafe - May 8, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Liz Fulmer is a primarily self-taught singer/songwriter based in Lancaster, PA. She began writing and performing original music on piano at the age of 16.

Heeding the advice of teachers and mentors, Liz auditioned for Berklee College of Music and began studying there in 2009. She left Berklee in 2010 to pursue her own career in New York City, frequenting a variety of stages from the grungy National Underground in Soho to the renowned Metropolitan Room. Here, she learned how to play guitar and began writing more lyrical, folk music.

Craving experience and moved by the traveler’s itch, Liz spent the next few years traveling through New Zealand and the UK, spending the most time in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Liz contemplated a career change in 2014 but was given a boost of confidence from Lady Gaga after the Grammy winner heard Liz perform an original song. Since that chance encounter, Liz has been in the studio working on her first EP, Tall Tales, due for a Spring release.

Liz has chosen to be here this evening in support of the benefit shopping event for Global Baby Steps.

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Global Baby Steps: Community Shopping Event - May 8, 2015

4:00 to 8:00 p.m.

As we celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, the Ephrata store is proud to host Global Baby Steps for a benefit shopping event. Between 4:00 and 8:00 p.m., we will donate 15% of all sales in the store, Café, and rug room to this organization.

Founded in 2009 by Robyn Talley of Lititz, Global Baby Steps works to supply women in underserved areas with basic obstetrical care. GBS partners with two professional midwives in the Kisaware District of Tanzania to provide basic sterile supplies to aid midwives who deliver babies in rural areas. A bigger dream is to provide funds to build and maintain a birthing center where women can give birth safely.

Robyn traveled to Tanzania to visit her son, who was working for Circle of Health International, and learned of Faridahy Mgunda and Mamma Gorotto, who after retiring from their careers as midwives, have devoted themselves to training health care workers in rural areas.

Come support Global Baby Steps and learn more about their impassioned work on behalf of mothers-to-be in Tanzania. Read more about the program.

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Storytime on the Carpet - May 14, 2015

STORYTIME on the CARPET
Thursday, May 14 at 11 am

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Stuck

From the illustrator of the #1 smash The Day the Crayons Quit comes another bestseller—a giggle-inducing tale of everything tossed, thrown, and hurled in order to free a kite!

When Floyd’s kite gets stuck in a tree, he’s determined to get it out. But how? Well, by knocking it down with his shoe, of course. But strangely enough, it too gets stuck. And the only logical course of action…is to throw his other shoe. Only now it’s stuck! Surely there must be something he can use to get his kite unstuck. An orangutan? A boat? His front door? Yes, yes, and yes. And that’s only the beginning.

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Rick Sky in The Cafe - May 15, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Rick Sky's journey as an alternative singer-songwriter presents a fresh and inspirational approach to entertainment in Concert Venues.

With a broad range of music and lyrical topics, created to heighten our sensitivities to humanity and all life on our planet, Rick reveals a unique ability to touch our inner spirits with his warm, musical songscapes and tales.

Rick Sky's original compositions resonate with beautiful flowing melodies and thoughtful lyrics, washing over his audience, and transporting them to a place of inner peace and reflection.

Rick blends textures of sounds, layering them with solo live looping, using 6 and 7 String Acoustic Guitars, Harp Guitar, Native Flutes, World Percussion, and Vocals.

Rick's music truly is... A Place... ~ Come ~ Listen ~ and be Transported.

www.sonicbids.com/ricksky

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Voxology in The Cafe - May 22, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Kevin Neidig and Les Vonderlin make up the award-winning duo Voxology. They have been performing together for nearly twenty years.

Just four months after Voxology was born, Neidig and Vonderlin were honored to have been finalists in the 1998 Lilith Fair/Levi’s Talent search. Both are two-time first place winners at the North Bay Deer Creek Fiddler’s Convention in Westminster, Maryland, where Les won vocal competitions and Kevin won guitar and vocal competitions. Vonderlin’s songwriting has been recognized by the South Florida Folk Festival and the Susquehanna Music and Arts Festival.

Voxology celebrated its fourth anniversary while performing at the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Voxology has had the opportunity to open shows for the legendary Doc Watson, Darrell Scott, Peter Rowan and his Texas Trio, theGrammy award-winning Alison Brown Quartet, and the renowned folk artist Tom Paxton. They have been featured at music and arts festivals in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Maryland, Arkansas, Virginia, West Virginia, Florida and Utah.

Neidig has been a guitar instructor for many years, and currently teaches at the Perfect 5th Musical Arts Center in Mechanicsburng, PA (http://theperfect5th.com/staff/kevin-neidig.asp).  Vonderlin has been singing since she was a small child.  During her time at Wilson College, she performed with the exclusive a cappella group Ten Tones.  She is also a freelance Voice Over Producer (http://lesvonderlin.com/voice-over-demo.php).

Neidig and Vonderlin have produced four recordings together—their self-titled debut CD Voxology was followed by under the covers, Someday Soon, and Simply. . . Voxology.

Each recording project has received accolades from critics and other musicians alike. Windham Hill recording artist Doyle Dykes told them to “keep writing, playing and singing. . . You’ve been entrusted with a wonderful gift!”

Read more, and listen to music at www.voxology.com

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Daryl Snider in the Cafe - May 29, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Daryl Snider has enjoyed a diverse musical background: Mennonite four-part singing, choirs, men’s quartets, oboe in orchestras, saxophone in jazz and funk bands, and folk-pop groups. Living in Haiti and Brazil has further broadened Daryl’s musical perspective.

In recent years, Daryl has discovered the art of songwriting as a means to process and share life experiences. Daryl participated in the 2013 February Album Writers Month (FAWM), writing 14 songs in a 28 day flurry. While studying for a masters degree at the Center for Justice and Peacebuilding at Eastern Mennonite University, Daryl explored the ways music brings healing, connects people across social divides and plays a role in societal change.

Daryl is currently a member of the band Sopa Sol. Past local groups include Rupa Dupa, Wheatland Chorale, and Done With Therapy.

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Cafe closed this evening - June 5, 2015

No music on the Cafe stage this evening, as we prepare for tomorrow's International Children's Festival.

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22nd Annual International Children's Festival - June 6, 2015

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Stay tuned! Details to come.

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Storytime on the Carpet - June 11, 2015

STORYTIME on the CARPET
Thursday, June 11 at 11 am

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The Land Of Many Colors

Written by the Klamath County YMCA Family Preschool and Illustrated by Rita Pocock

A simple message of peace and respect for differences is the theme of this book written by children for children. When the purple people, the blue people, and the green people begin fighting and hurting each other, they are reminded that although they have different feelings and like different things, they can still be friends.

COME and JOIN US on the CARPET!


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Maggie Spike in the Cafe - June 12, 2015

6:30-8:30 p.m.

Maggie Spike is the husband and wife singer-songwriter duo Peggy & Eric Gernerd from rural eastern PA. Known for their “mixed bag” of musical genres, they are not an easy band to label. Their songwriting styles combine folk, jazz, the music of the British Isles, Americana, and world rhythm influences to create a sound space of insightful lyrics, melody, rhythm, and vocal harmony that is eclectic, easily accessible and highly entertaining.

They have recorded and produced four CDs including their latest “Sol Paradise” and are currently working on a CD of original and traditional music inspired by the British Isles.

“Performing music together is a date night with Eric,” Peggy says. “We have so much fun together on stage performing in front of a live audience. We go where the music takes us.”

Bring your friends and come join Maggie Spike for an enjoyable evening of music in the Café!

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Nicole Roberts and Colin Mekeel in The Café - June 19, 2015

6:30-8:15 p.m.

Nicole Roberts is currently a sophomore Music Business major at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA. There she is involved in The Birn (Berklee Internet Radio Network) as a dj, film club, and Point of Departure vocal jazz ensemble as lead soprano. She also is an active member of Berklee’s music law club through which she participates in the Recording Artist Project in conjunction with Harvard Law School.

As a voice principle, Nicole studies jazz with Patrice Williamson. Prior to her studies at Berklee, she took private lessons under the talents of Bryce Donley. Nicole has enjoyed a 6-year membership with the CPFJ Youth All-Star Band singing and playing saxophone. She graduated from Cedar Crest High School in May of 2012 where she participated in chorus, concert choir, show choir, jazz band, concert band, wind ensemble, orchestra, Tri-M Music Honor Society, and was a drum major for the marching band. She also had the opportunity to participate in many festivals including: county band and choir, district choir and vocal jazz ensemble, and state vocal jazz ensemble.

During her high school career, Nicole also enjoyed participating in the fall plays and was nominated for a Hershey Theatre Apollo Award for her portrayal of nurse Stephanie Dickinson in “Cactus Flower”. She was incredibly honored to be the recipient of the Lebanon PA Harmonia Club Chapter’s ‘Rodney S. Miller Memorial Scholarship’. Some of her musical inspirations include: Ella Fitzgerald, Mel Torme, Anita O’Day, Jane Monheit, Julie London, and Chet Baker.

Colin Mekeel of Lancaster, PA plays piano, saxophone and clarinet. A three-time District Jazz Band participant on piano, Colin is a graduate of Manheim Township High School's Class of 2013. Besides accompanying Nicole Roberts, Colin also regularly performs in the area jazz quartet Temple Avenue.

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Alex Brubaker in The Cafe - June 26, 2015

6:30—8:30 p.m.

Alex Brubaker is a guitarist who has placed himself at the forefront of musical experimentation. Delving into the percussive fingerstyle genre, Alex combines guitar body percussion, alternate tunings, two-handed tapping, lap tapping, live looping, multiple guitars, and everything else he can think of that can enable the guitar to be used in new and exciting ways. Alex has wow’d audiences time and time again, captivating the young and old, from the musically inept to the fellow musician.

Alex’s performances combine this innovative approach at guitar with related stories of adventure and light humor, depicting everything from snowboarding adventures to mishaps in Africa. With Alex’s music, the goal is always to have the audience experience music in a way they never before have. He mixes influences from the likes of Trace Bundy, Trevor Gordon Hall, Kaki King, and Matt Stevens in order to produce innovative and complex compositions in a style all his own.

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Hours

Store and Oriental Rug Gallery Hours

Monday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday: Closed

Cafe Hours

Full Café menu served from 10:00 to 3:00 each day, and Friday evening 5:00 to 8:30. Light fare is available between 3:00 and 5:00.

Monday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Tuesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Wednesday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Thursday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Friday: 10:00 AM - 9:00 PM Light fare between 3:00 and 5:00
Saturday: 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM Light fare after 3:00
Sunday: Closed