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Friday night saw the fall season's first really chilly evening on the Woodstock Square, but a crowd of music lovers were cozy and warm with us at Mixin Mingle where A Place to Shine Music presented their first Songwriters' Showcase.
Half a dozen really talented songwriters from surrounding communities performed their songs and had the house clapping and foot tapping for a couple of hours, while the wind whipped outside. The audience sang along or just enjoyed the performers, and some new friendships were forged as the music heated up and people relaxed and mingled. The tantalizing smell and taste of Jaci's Cookies helped set the mood and really enhanced the complimentary coffee and tea served by Mixin Mingle.
Songwriters' showcase is hosted and presented by Cassandra Vohs-Demann, owner of A Place to Shine Music on Dean St. in Woodstock. A professional musician, vocalist, teacher, and songwriter, this woman of many talents believes artists should have a place to perform, and audiences should be able to enjoy live music affordably and locally. (Left, Steve Sebby of Crystal Lake)
If you missed last night's showcase, mark your calendar for the third Friday of each month and join us at 7:30 on November 15. We guarantee you'll have a great time, even if it's snowing. These performers enjoyed tuning up before the show. (from the left, Tim Merkel, Will Kruger, Sandie Gronert Kindschy)
Hey! If you aren't keeping up with our events calendar, you are missing terrific opportunities to get out and have a great time! (Last photo, Alison Joy and partner Daniel Bieri, of Elgin. They're known as Rune. Not pictured, Serena Isabelli)
Thanks to Tammy's Pizza in Spring Grove for sponsoring Songwriters' Spotlight.
The day was Sunday, May 12, 2013: family & friends gathered on the square to celebrate a Mother's Day Brunch Buffet catered by Now We're Cookin of Woodstock, IL. This was the first event of its kind at our space and we couldn't have been happier with the turnout. The menu and set-up was fabulous, and we were even serenaded by local musician Andrew Sedlak. A pop-up style food event coupled with entertainment is just one type of event we could have ever hoped to have imagined here. Here's to many more to come!
Cinco de Mayo is kinda sorta a special day for us because it marks our two year anniversary. We held our first class on the fifth of May in 2011. Anybody remember what we did? It was a Hatha Yoga class led by Tracy Walker. Where is Tracy today? She is the owner of Nurture Yoga & Massage in Richmond, IL. A lot has changed since first opening, and it has been a wild ride to say the least. Year one we spent a lot of time and money improving the original location at 231 Main St. We also made a ton of mistakes when it came to our business model, pricing and watching our expenses, but thankfully we were able to implement changes and have started to see some success. In October 2012, we had to move locations as the result of multiple floods. We were lucky enough that 124 Cass St was available because the new location seems to fill in the pieces that were lacking in our last place - visibility & ambiance. Cass street has a great view of the square and our store has ginormous south facing windows so you can just gaze out onto the park.
If you are familiar with Woodstock, you already know the square is a historic and vibrant place with a heartbeat all it's own. It's one of the reasons we fell in love with this city and wanted to plant our roots here - so we could spend more time in this community. One day, we hope to have multiple locations in as many beautiful, walkable cities as possible.
Thanks Woodstock for helping us find our path! :)
Mixin Mingle - Event, Meeting Space, Conference and Party Room Rental in Woodstock IL McHenry IL and McHenry County IL
Welcome to the Mixin Mingle Website & Blog! Mixin Mingle is a multi-use event space for the community where individuals and businesses can hold an event, mixer, meetup, meeting, workshop, seminar, class, party, shower, wedding reception, pop-up shop, craft show, art event, fundraiser, fair, performance and more at our location.
We have a location on the square in Woodstock IL and near the Riverwalk in McHenry IL and are near Crystal Lake IL, Harvard IL, Marengo IL, Huntley IL, Hebron IL, Richmond IL, McHenry IL, Bull Valley IL, McHenry County IL, Wonder Lake IL.
Call 1-815-308-5170 for additional information and to schedule your event. Tours are available by appointment.