Duffy’s Coffee House, located at 312 S State St., Clarks Summit, drew a crowd Sunday, Dec. 15 for its inaugural Peace on Earth After Hours Party.
“Let There Be Peace on Earth” was just one of the songs adults and children sang in celebration of the holidays at this gathering, that was open to everyone in the community. The merriment included music by way of an open mic, food, coffee, art and mingling.
“The celebration stemmed from Mike Cowley (Clarks Summit) who I’ve gotten to know as a customer,” said Mari Walker, Duffy’s Coffee House owner. “We’ve become friends and a lot of the people here are regular customers who have also become friends. My family is also here, as well as some local musicians who like to come and jam with us. They’re all friends of Duffy’s.”
A collection was also taken for a local family in need, and, according to Walker, a portion of Duffy’s proceeds from the night, 20 percent, were also donated to the family, making the total $360.
Walker, Dorothy O’Connor, owner of Sole to Soul and Hilary Steinberg, Jaya Yoga Studio, also presented “Our Town” artist and fellow Downtown-Go-Around committee member, Shirley W. Eagen, with a plaque. The inscription on the plaque reads, “In recognition of her significant commitment and contributions to ‘Our Town’ for her support of the arts.”
“Her ‘Our Town’ cards are on display at Duffy’s now,” said Walker of Eagen’s work. Eagen created a set of 10 note cards featuring 10 different buildings that line South State Street in Clarks Summit this year. “She created the drawings for those cards, and businesses and people in town are buying them as gifts. They’re selling really well, so we’re raising some money so we can bring more live arts to the Downtown-Go-Around. She’s very supportive of local artists, and also wants to start a scholarship fund.”
Following the presentation, Eagen said , “I’m overwhelmed with appreciation with this award. Being an artist has been my life’s passion. This project was not done for the recognition, but the need of our community, and to honor our young and up-and-coming artists.”