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Originally published in Castine Patriot, March 27, 2014
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Penobscot coffeehouse celebrates 50th night

Carolyn Blodgett does double duty at the Penobscot Coffee House & Music Buffet

Coffeehouse hostess Carolyn Blodgett joins Geoff Warner on stage for a rendition of “It’s a sin to lie,” at the Coffee House & Music Buffet in Penobscot, Maine on March 21.

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by Anne Berleant

Nearly 100 musicians and music lovers filled the Penobscot Methodist Church on March 21 for a special edition of the Coffee House Music Buffet.

The occasion was the 50th night the event has been held, and organizers Lin Parker, Skip Bean and Mike Fay invited 10 favorite acts from Penobscot to Stonington.

“We started something that has life,” said Parker.

The event also raised $860 through free-will donations, which will be shared between the Tree of Life food pantry in Blue Hill and the church’s heating assistance fund. The Coffee House Music Buffet has raised more than $4,300 for the heating fund alone since it began four years ago.

With Carolyn Blodgett introducing each act, the crowd applauded, kept time with hands and feet, and sang along for over two hours. To end the night, all the musicians took to the stage for a rendition of “Goodnight, Irene,” joined by a swell of voices from the pews.

Skip Bean takes to the stage in Penobscot

Penobscot Coffee House & Music Buffet founder Skip Bean performs on March 21 at the Methodist Church in Penobscot, Maine.

Photo by Anne Berleant
Parker performs the dulcimer at the Penobscot Coffee House & Music Buffet

Anne Parker, left, plays the hammered dulcimer on March 21 at the Coffee House & Music Buffet in Penobscot, Maine.

Photo by Anne Berleant
Carolyn Blodgett does double duty at the Penobscot Coffee House & Music Buffet

Coffeehouse hostess Carolyn Blodgett joins Geoff Warner on stage for a rendition of “It’s a sin to lie,” at the Coffee House & Music Buffet in Penobscot, Maine on March 21.

Photo by Anne Berleant