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Greene's Beans of Centenary College Hosts Open Mic Night

04/25/2014, 09:50 AM

Hackettstown, N.J.– Greene’s Beans of Centenary College in Hackettstown is welcoming talented musicians, singers and poets to its second annual Open Mic Night at 5 p.m. May 2 at the Taylor Memorial Library patio. The event will conclude at 8 p.m. During the event Greene’s Beans will be offering its patio service for the extended hours.

Greene’s Beans is encouraging any members of the local community with a talent or desire to perform to sign up prior to the event, as spots are limited.

“I am looking forward to the event and glad to see it returning to the College,” says Kelsey Walter, Manager of Greene’s Beans Café at Centenary College.  “Years ago when I was in the undergraduate program, Centenary hosted shows in what we remember as Tilly’s Cafe.  I loved the atmosphere and knew other students enjoyed it, too. Now, I am pleased to manage a similar type of event that can be opened up to the community.”

During the evening Greene’s Beans will be announcing the winner of its Create Your Own Drink Contest. Throughout the month of April, students have been submitting suggestions for creating new specialty drinks at Greene’s Beans. These suggestions are being evaluated, and a winner will be chosen by Walter and her staff. The contest winner will be served a free sample of their creation, which will also be the special of the week following. The winning drink also will be permanently added to Greene’s Beans’ specialty selection; other contest drinks will periodically be posted on the Greene’s Beans Instagram account and will be available for limited times.

Open Mic Night was introduced last year as a collaborative effort of Greene’s Beans and Professor Joseph Pizzo’s Writing for Public Relations class. This semester Professor Pizzo’s class is continuing the Open Mic Night event, as well as other public relations projects, to expand Greene’s Beans presence on campus. The goal of his class is to engage his students in “real world experiences” that provide the opportunity for “authentic learning to take place.”  He adds that the partnership with Greene’s Beans has been “very productive,” and he hopes to continue this relationship in the future.

“I am excited to see how this event turns out,” says senior, and former student of Professor Pizzo, Juan Arias.  “Last year’s Open Mic Night brought out about 50 people in attendance, more than the class was expecting.”

Working with Professor Pizzo’s class has helped Greene’s Beans reach a larger audience because the students know more people and encourage them to attend the Open Mic Nights.

For further information, contact Kelsey Walter at Kelsey@greenesbeans.com. If you are interested in performing at the event please contact Alyssa Guarino at guarinoa@centenarycollege.edu.

Founded in 1867 by the Newark Conference of the United Methodist Church, Centenary College’s academic program integrates a solid liberal arts foundation with a strong career orientation. This mix is designed to provide an educational experience that prepares students to succeed in the increasingly global and interdependent world.

Centenary College’s main campus is located in Hackettstown, N.J., with its equestrian facility in Washington Township (Morris County).  The Centenary College School of Professional Studies offers degree programs in two locations: Parsippany and Edison, and at corporate sites throughout New Jersey.  The School of International Programs recruits international students for study at Centenary and Centenary students for study abroad.
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