Premier open mic night a success at local coffee shop

Corner Coffee Shop

HAYESVILLE, N.C. – Several dozen attendees turned out for premier open mic night at the Corner Coffee and Wine Shop Friday, Jan. 18. The event featured nine storytellers, poets, and singer-songwriters. Participants from Hayesville, Andrews, and Brasstown entertained the crowd.

“We also had folks from Hiawassee and as far away as Lawrenceville, Georgia, telling stories and reading poetry,” Kanute Rarey, an event founder, informed, “We appreciate the presentations by Bob Grove, Loren Leith, John Howard, Denise Mount, Jim Davis, Ed Reid, and P.J. Savage.” Kanute and co-founder Gayle Cox delighted the audience with a few tall tales of their own.

“The coffee shop was a perfet venue for the event and it was very convenient that people attending could have a cupof coffee or hot chocolate or a glass of wine,” Cox explained, “The shop also allowed our folks to bring in dinner so they could eat and listen and watch all the show in a comfortable atmosphere.”

The next open mic night is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 22.

“We are looking for more singer-songwriters next time,” Cox said.

For additional details, dial 502-525-7272 or email


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