Phi Mu Alpha will host an afternoon of music Saturday in Penny’s.
Penny’s, located in the New Dorm, will host four hours of acoustic live sets from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This is the first of what junior and member of Phi Mu Alpha Asa Hoffman said he hopes will become a bimonthly occurrence.
“There’s so much musical talent on campus,” Hoffman said. “It’s a shame there aren’t as many opportunities to show their talent.”
Hoffman said he wanted to put on events like this after participating in the “Koon-certs” that began last year and have since become a campus fixture on the first Friday of the month.
“We’re trying to do Serenade Saturdays at least biweekly because it’s so easy to set up and bring more people to Penny’s,” Hoffman said.
Penny’s Manager Emily Barnum ‘18 said she became acquainted Hoffman from his regular orders of pour-over coffee.
“One day I served him his regular pour-over and he asked me about hosting something like that.”
To both Hoffman and to Barnum, the partnership is a win-win. Penny’s is able to draw more students into the café and provide a central meeting place for campus, one of their missions. Since opening for business this semester, it has worked to provide that sort of space so far this semester. It features student artwork on the walls and has hosted numerous campus events. Serenade Saturday is a way to further this goal.
“One of the primary reasons for opening Penny’s is to be a place where students can meet and focus on students’ art and talent,” Barnum said. “Music is a great talent and helps us realize that goal.”
Creative Manager of Penny’s Caroline Hennekes also said she saw Serenade Saturday as a way to further the vision of Penny’s as a campus meeting space.
“What I love about planning this event is that it has pulled musical talent from all across campus and off-campus, giving opportunities both for encouraging musical talents and also to foster community in Penny’s,” she said.