Friday, January 28 commemorated my last time enjoying one of my favorite Potomac traditions, Coffeehouse. Coffeehouse is an annual, student-run talent show hosted in the Crossroads -- a common space in the Upper School.
Each year, students from every grade-level (as well as faculty members) sing, dance, recite, and act to their heart's content while their peers and teachers gather around and revel in the talent present on campus.
Many may believe that Coffeehouse is merely a talent show, much like the one we have each spring, but the only commonality between the two is the bold and impressive performances. In addition to amazing acts, Coffeehouse features a candlelit dinner, baked goods during intermission, and a fundraiser for a local organization. This year, the organizers even created a Snapchat geofilter for the event.
On any given Friday afternoon, students are typically boarding the buses or heading to their cars, but on this particular Friday, students begin to trickle into the Crossroads once after-school activities had ended. Largely dressed in athletic clothes, they grabbed pizza, gathered at tables with friends, and chatted about the performances to come. Around 6 pm, the lights dimmed, and the show began.
Despite the elegant setup, Coffeehouse is an informal event. Performers cracked jokes as they set up, and the crowd whooped and cheered through the many performances. This year, the evening featured several guitarists, a senior-freshman duet on the piano, a newly formed band comprised of seven seniors, a poetry enthusiast, a rapper, and countless other acts. In the past, we've also had an essayist, a dancer, and two students who acted out a skit.
The event ended with a final performance by the Coffeehouse coordinators, who this year performed a loud, exciting rendition of "Valerie" by Amy Winehouse -- an excellent way to close out yet another successful Coffeehouse.Coffeehouse has always been a warm reminder of the richness of our community. It's a chance for students to showcase their talents and for all of us to embrace and appreciate those around us.