By Samantha Gougher
Whether a student views the posters on the walls or the images on the school televisions, it’s nearly impossible to miss the many advertisements for Council Rock North’s unique Coffee House Club. The club, which started only four years ago, has been an open venue for performers and friends since its inception. Matt Stockburger, one of the club’s founders, comments that “it’s really nice that we can carry on the tradition of… music and the friendships we create,” even after his senior year is complete.
The environment of Coffee House Club is completely unlike that of a standard classroom: the lights are dim, music (either live or streamed) is constantly playing, and coffee, tea, hot chocolate, and donuts are available to students. The club offers a membership that entitles regulars to free food and drink and grants those benefits to the afternoon’s performers, as well. However, anyone is allowed to purchase the treats and should absolutely stay for the music.
The performance aspect of the club is also its heart; as club leader Maddy McCullough says, “Coffee House is the only place where for an hour or so [a student] can truly be [him or her] self.”
The club encourages students to share their instrumental, vocal, or collective talents, while enforcing a policy of respect and professionalism in both the performers and the audience. Club leader Jess Traub believes that these elements are extremely beneficial to club members, stating that “[Coffee House Club] allows musicians to grow into performers.”
If you have an interest in making music, enjoying music, or obtaining caffeine, please check out this unique club.
Coffee House Club is hosted on the first and third Thursday of each month in Mr. Sipler’s room.