Have you heard of Crossroads Coffeehouse? It’s an event that happens twice a month where local musicians perform at The Gathering Place in Port Coquitlam in support of a wonderful, local organization called Crossroads Hospice Society. But before I tell you of what went down during my first visit to Crossroads Coffeehouse, I’d like to give you a little background information so you can understand the driving force behind this event.
Crossroads Hospice Society and Linda KozinaCrossroads Hospice Society provides compassionate support to people and their families who are nearing their end of life. They believe that everyone deserves the love and dignity that is provided in their safe, caring environment. It is a service that many can benefit from and when the time comes, you may appreciate having this service in our community, thanks in part to Linda Kozina.
Linda is the face behind the success of this organization. She started out as a volunteer at the budding society, later became the first Executive Director of Crossroads in 1999, and through determination and a lot of heart, she gathered enough support from the community to build what was once just a dream, the Crossroads Inlet Centre Hospice, servicing Port Moody, Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, Belcarra, Anmore and New Westminster. The hospice is a place where people can spend their final days with comfort and support in a home-like setting, among family, friends and even pets.
Crossroads Coffeehouse Started in a BasementAlthough Linda has since retired from Crossroads, she is still growing one of the Society’s regular fundraising events that she started in the basement of her home. She and her husband Mark founded Crossroads Coffeehouse, an event from which all funds raised go directly back to Crossroads Hospice Society. This grassroots project has grown from their basement to the performance space at The Gathering Place located at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam. Linda, Mark and their friends Bill and Bruce can be found two Fridays each month running this event that I really recommend you check out.
Picking Guitars, Singing Johnny Cash and Munching on CookiesI went to Crossroads Coffeehouse for the first time the other day. For only five dollars, I enjoyed two hours of live acoustic sounds from five different performers. All performers volunteer their time. If you are interested in performing, you can email [email protected] to be added to the Open Stage roster that starts each night at 7:30pm before the Feature Performer takes the stage at 9:00pm.
It was a casual atmosphere with an eclectic array of musical talent. Everyone was encouraged to sing if you knew a song; some sang louder than the performer at times! I was touched by the words of “Christmas in the Trenches”, I hummed to some Johnny Cash tunes and I caught myself toe-tapping to an amazing, young duo that sang acoustical renditions of current hits.
Between the Open Stage performances and the Feature Performer, Linda made sure there were coffee, tea and cookies set out for everyone to enjoy during the intermission. This gave you a chance to visit with others or wander the room and enjoy The Gathering Place’s current art display that hung on the walls.
Nosebleeds, Toilet Paper and a Lot of HeartYou can tell that these people truly love music and are such good-hearted people to donate their time to such a worthy and selfless cause. As I sat in the back row enjoying the music, I suddenly got a nosebleed. I grabbed a tissue and sat there, not wanting to get up and make a scene, hoping nobody would notice. Within a matter of seconds, Linda was by my side with a wad of toilet paper, apologizing that that was all she could find for me. That showed me a small glimpse into the heart of this woman and the Crossroads Hospice Society and it makes me want to shout out to all of you to please check out the Crossroads Coffeehouse. Not only would you be helping this great cause, but you will also get a great evening of entertainment, coffee, tea and maybe even a cookie or two for only 5 dollars! You can’t find that anywhere else in the Tri-Cities!
- January 25, 2013 – Doug Fraser
- February 8, 2013 – New Fish
- February 22, 2013 – Chris Ronald
- March 8, 2013 – Paul Surridge & The Inner Room Band
- March 22, 2013 – Voice Studio
- April 12, 2013 – Echo Band
- April 26, 2013 – Pam Goessaert
- May 10, 2013 – Highrise Lonesome
- May 24, 2013 – Stringz Aloud
The Gathering Place,
1100 – 2253 Leigh Square, Port Coquitlam
www.crossroadshospice.bc.ca/calendar/coffeehouse.php | [email protected]