‘Winchester Open Mic Café’ new name for North Dundas Arts Council coffeehouse, now held Sundays

Brian McAuley performs at Winchester Open Mic Night's Dairyfest talent show, earlier this summer. Zandbergen photo, Nation Valley News

WINCHESTER — A local coffeehouse is undergoing a much welcomed metamorphosis as it launches into its eighth year of existence.  Starting this Sunday, Sept. 8, and under its new name, Winchester Open Mic Café will honour its loyal patrons’ requests for a switch from Thursday nights to Sunday afternoons.

Organizers are excited about the change. “This is something that has been in the works for two years,” says Ann Brady, co-chair of North Dundas Arts Council. “People who commute to work just haven’t felt like coming out again on a weeknight, especially during the dark, winter months. And it’s a much better time for younger performers who are busy with homework, weeknights.”

Brady, who also serves as a director on the Community Living Dundas County board and champions the rights and self-determination of people with intellectual and physical disabilities, believes the Sunday matinee hours will mean greater accessibility for people who require personal accompaniment.  “We are proud of being an accessible, inclusive coffeehouse open to everyone. We want people to know they and their mobility aids and service dogs are always welcome here.”

Winchester Open Mic Café runs September 8, 22 and 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and most Sundays straight through December, at Winchester’s Old Town Hall.  It will be closed during Dundas County Players’ matinee performances.  “We want to thank DCP, Aaron Dellah, and North Dundas Township for agreeing to the switch. This is a win-win for everyone,” adds Brady.

Admission is free.  Visit Winchester Open Mic Café on Facebook for its latest news, updates and photos.

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