June 9: The Open Mic & Knitting News

Tonight: Open Mic with Harrison Matthews
Time: 8:00 / 8:30 pm

Happy days! It’s a touch breezy today, but no matter. The Vitamin D is shining down and summer in Minnesota seems real. Celebrate with a pint! I am.

Hey: before I get to other things, let me pass along a quick note from our good friend Bill Watkins who held a couple readings here over the past two weeks. His third book, The Once and Future Celt, has just been released to fantastic reviews from critics and regular readers (such as myself). Bill writes:

Thanks to all who made out two book launch parties go so well, it was a great fun time.

And, Bill: We appreciate you sharing the book in the pub! It was an honor to host these release readings. For those who missed the fun, keep an eye out for other readings from him going on in the area.


Well, well, well! How will we top last week’s appearance of Al Franken at our Open Mic? Perhaps with your own talent! That’s what the Open Mic is all about. You’ve got a poem, story, song, etc.: share it! Bring your guitar or mandolin. Bring your tap shoes. Whatever it is that you reach for to stay creative, share it with us, friends.

(By the way, Aaron Landry’s entry about Franken’s appearance in the pub is really quite good. Landry’s photography and writing have had our eye for a good spell, but we were really quite intrigued to find the Franken blog entry.)

Harrison Matthews hosts our weekly Open Mic. It’s a great way to keep the spirits soaring. Don’t let Monday get you down! Propel it. Grab a pint and grab the mic. Like they say on the radio, we’re listening.

The mic opens around 8:00 / 8:30 pm tonight.


It seems a curious sight, but it’s an absolute blast. Knitters from the Twin Cities gather here at Merlins every month or two to trade stories, further their skills, and, all in all, take down a few pints. We love ’em dearly. Really great fun.

For those interested in learning more or perhaps joining them, they’ll be here Friday, June 13, from about 4:00 – 7:00 pm. In the meantime, check out Ravelry.com. It’s a wonderful resource for knitting and well done website. Look for the Crafty in Minnesota participants.

Another site you might explore is Etsy.com, where you can find a good number of Minnesotans posting their handmade work for sale.

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