Posts Tagged ‘Arkham’

The network is growing…

October 22, 2013

surely not by leaps and bounds, but by steps and steps and steps.  But like the old holiday special says, “put one foot in front of the other.”  And repeat.  What can go wrong?  Sure you’ll hit some snags along the way, but after hitting almost nothing but snags for the past while, it is a relief that there is finally some momentum behind the movement that I am building.  My eyes are open to the truth and the love and the opportunities blossoming in some of the surrounding communities.  The rediscovery of haunts in my college town, the bustling burg of Keene, New Hampshire, has made me more friends, acquaintances, and a great number of more open-minded free thinking individuals, within a month, then I have found in Brattleboro within the last year.  I think that’s saying something.  Brattleboro has sort of become a closed system with the exception of prominent night spot, Arkham and a few others.  Yeah business is bad everywhere and all that, but no bars have closed in Keene due to lack of community interest, and sure it’s a college town, but people also know that it may not seem like there’s much to do, but being an adult is about making your own fun instead of waiting for people to hand it to you or invite you out places.  My network: Eyes Open, Project Skybreak, Phoenix, End of The World, or whatever I decide to call it any given day, is on the rise, and maybe that day where we can turn this into the pure mixture of business and pleasure and create something truly incredible in this world is closer than I think.  Some new people and some long lost near and dear friends that have resurfaced really inspire me to get back on this train and deliver the goods.  I still don’t know how to convert this artsy fartsy, revolutionary dream into a business model, but that will come soon enough I’m sure.  

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Arkham!

August 8, 2013

I’ve been wandering and wondering: what does it take for music and art to thrive in a nowherish town?  People know where we are on a map for poop’s sake!  Two of our very few night spots in town just said goodbye so very suddenly.  Do people just not hear about what’s going on, or not know the places are here to go to?  I mean I am guilty myself of falling in and out of drudgery, sometimes bewailing a non-existent social life, instead of going out and giving it a well needed boost.  Barnaby’s may have already come and gone, but fear not Brattleboroian pleasure seekers, for there is still hope.  For a nice relaxed meal and a possible movie later on, go to Flat Street Brew Pub.  The number of beers on tap there is staggering.  There’s also hometown favorite Mcneil’s Brewery, who serve nothing but their own beers.  And then there’s Metropolis, bands and music weekly, and Monday night open mic.  It’s always a good time even if the drinks are a touch pricey.  But I come at last to the new kid on the block as it were, situated snugly in the midst of my oldest Bratt haunt, The Harmony Parking Lot.  Welcome to Arkham. It’s not quite a  classy joint, but it’s not exactly a scummy dive either.  It’s well kept, lively and fun. Air hockey, pinball and old school arcade games, not to mention pickle shots.  Yeah it’s a bit weird but they’re popular, pickle juice and vodka. There are daily specials, a well-stocked bar and great people galore.    Within my first five minutes, I knew the bartenders by name, clinked glasses with my friend for his triumphant stateside return, and had conversation with several people I had only just met.  I don’t believe there was a single person there who didn’t want to talk about something.  And the prices?  Great.  I’ll be back this weekend I’m sure.  Maybe I’ll see you there?