Lovely blue patterned candles burn all evening
In an atmospheric cafe called Baltica Cafe and Polish Pottery shop there is an Open mic the first Sunday in the month. Last Sunday it was a full house for musical acts, singing, spoken word/poetry
Hosted by the lovely Adrienne Thomas, who is also well known singer songwriter with warmth and humour. Basically the artistes turn up and just add their name to the list, country music, folk, modern, each person performs one number and maybe another in the second half.
There were singer songwriters, a guitarist and a guy on a keyboard. Orla and Myua (hope that is the right spelling) sang one of their own songs, and later ‘Windmills of your mind’, another artiste performed an Edith Piaf song, unaccompanied and in perfect French, wow it was so well done! Adrienne added to the proceedings with two lovely songs of her own and a talented musician accompanied himself singing ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’, I love that jazzed up version.
Musicians and/or singer songwriters were very much in evidence, all ages several different instruments and very talented. Far too many to list, but one noticable threesome with Jane Smol, had the singer’s mother playing her fiddle, great talent and much enthusiam.
There were several poets, one of whom performed a brilliant poem about the natural environment and the spiritual life of trees and another a very funny poem about posting a letter to himself and what it might say. I read two of my poems during the proceedings.
A group of friends and creative writers from Rottingdean contributed to the entertainment. Jane read a very clever poem about a funeral, partly in the West Country accent it required. Another member of this group, Sue, read an extremely funny story about being a Jewish Momma which was not only very well written but had everyone laughing throughout.
No pretentions or dramas, they call your name and up you get to perform your party piece to an enthusiastic audience consisting mainly of fellow performers, family and friends.
Lovely coffee or a bottle of beer are the main refreshments available, with scones of cake for those who were hungry.
Great entertainment at one end of the cafe and at the other (in semi darkness as not open for sales) there was a fine array of pottery the shapes so bold that one was tempted to go back for a closer look in daylight.
I checked their website later and discovered that they offer Polish cuisine such as Zurek, Barszcz,Pierogi and Bigos – served on the distinctive ‘eyespot’ stoneware from Boleslawiec. Homemade cakes, Colombian Fairtrade coffee, freshly squeezed lemonade, delicious cupcakes, hot chocolate, and a selection of teas are also available.
Baltica 145 High Street, Lewes BN7 1XT is the address for next time.
Note – there may be a minimal cost to attend this event in the future, currently under discussion – the cafe has generously donated the premises to the event up to now, but let’s face it staff and heating do cost money. Whatever the outcome for the future, currently a real fun night out.