The Charlotte Grange Hall was hopping on Tuesday, Dec. 18, as 13 local performers entertained a crowd that filled the main room of the hall. Singing and playing tunes, both original creations and old favorites, all the performers were warmly received and applauded.

Kristen Rose sang her own compositions, accompanying herself on the guitar. Ben and Josie Fox, a brother/sister duo, also sang. Patcha Hennessey and Sam Messingschlager, local teens, played guitar and harmonica, while Eric Buttery performed original compositions. Matt Sargent, Dan Wyman, Patti Shannon, Joni Avrutick, Jason Baker and Tom McGrade rounded out the list of performers that evening.

Ted LeBlanc and Mike Walker, hosts for the open mic events, also performed, and several of the performers joined them for the closing number, “Good Night Irene,” which has become a signature closing number for the open mic nights at the Grange. A very appreciative audience rewarded the performers with loud applause while also rewarding the Grange Hall with very generous donations for the use of the space.

The next open mic night at the Grange Hall will be Tuesday, Jan. 15, with sign-up starting at 6:00 p.m. and performances starting at 6:30 p.m.. Contact Mike Walker to sign up or for further information.

On Sunday, Jan. 20, from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., there will be dancing at the Grange Hall with “A Winter Waltz.” All ages are welcome to come and dance or just to watch and enjoy! Light refreshments will be available. Suggested donation for “A Winter Waltz” is $5 per person or $10 per family to benefit the Charlotte Grange. Donations are used to keep the Grange Hall open for use and to start to renovate the Hall so future generations can have this historic building to use for years to come.

Watch this column for future Happenings at the Grange! Open mic events are planned for each month with special events planned for February and March.