SEEING PRESQUE ISLE THOUGH AN ARTIST’S EYE–plus having a great cup of coffee

January 9, 2012 1:01 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

It’s a Friday afternoon in early January and it’s a cool 45 degrees outside today.  However, for this time of year that is really warm for Erie.   It is time for my regular dose of Presque Isle.  As I drive down the hill, a sudden tugging on my steering wheel is again turning me into The Presque Isle Coffeehouse and Gallery.   Today they are featuring a coffee named “Jamaica Me Crazy.”

After filling up my mug, I decide to look around a bit and see some of the art, jewelry and other locally centered gifts the gallery.   All the items are produced by local artists and craftspeople.   The paintings and photograph mainly center on Presque Isle and a short list of artists includes:

Dee Dee Foil               Al Kemnec                  Michele Franz

Diana Boone               Magee Magee             Amy Blicha

Jason Bulgar               Rebecca Blair             Brian Berchtold


Currently,  62 artists are showing their work at the gallery.    Looking over the various works, I can tell your some very talented people are represented here.  


In addition to the art, the coffeehouse and gallery features some interesting events and functions.  If you are on your way to the park on a Saturday around lunch time, it is really worth stopping and sitting in or just listening and watching the Saturday Drum Circle Jam at noon.  This weekly event is guaranteed to get your heart up and running.    A Candlelight Drum Circle is also held every Thursday from 6 – 8 PM.

If you are bored on Wednesday nights, you might consider stopping down between 6 and 9 PM to enjoy Open Mic night.   This is one of the events that you can bring your talent or just bring your friends.   Hold the time frame open on Sunday January 15 ,  open from 1 to 3 PM, to stop down and listen to recording artist Chris Castle hold an informal music session.   Chris is a uniquely talented artist and songwriter.


If you take the time to stop at the coffeehouse coming or going from Presque Isle, you will soon find that many of the walkers, runner, bikers and other park visitors meet there to talk about their time on Presque Isle and enjoy great coffee and wonderful home-made food.   Keep up on their events and hours of oeration at


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