Coffee House organizer Anton Kalmysh, a Residential Student from Russia (R) and Nettie Hoagland introduce the NAHS Coffee House.

Coffee House organizer Anton Kalmysh, a Residential Student from Russia (R) and Nettie Hoagland introduce the NAHS Coffee House. Photo by Essie Martin ’17.

By Nettie Hoagland

On Thursday November 12, Lincoln Academy’s National Art Honor Society (NAHS), a sponsor of creativity within the community, opened the Dining Common doors for an evening of art. A stage set up for performing artists and windows adorned with student art reflected the student talent Lincoln Academy has to offer. The comfortable array of chairs, candles, and rugs demonstrated NAHS’ commitment and connectedness to its Coffee House event. In planning the Coffee House, NAHS intended to spread artistic innovation throughout Lincoln County, and its ambition was a success.

The event drew in a platform of performers, ranging from members of the Lincolnaires singing, to students’ performing their own compositions, to jazz numbers. Talent swept from Lincoln’s hallways to its Thursday Jazz rehearsals, supplying the event with two hours of performances. Everything within the Coffee House displayed unity; from its open doors, to open mic, to the congregated community sipping coffee and eating homemade pastries.

Seniors Joshua Griffin (L) and Grace Sleeman (R) sing a duet.

Seniors Joshua Griffin (L) and Grace Sleeman (R) sing a duet. Photo by Essie Martin ’17.

Although NAHS began at Lincoln Academy last year, the Coffee House marked its first major event. Planning was no small task; NAHS met weekly throughout this fall in preparation for Thursday night. Logistics were split between members; from constructing the carpet stage, to dragging borrowed couches into the cafeteria, devotion manifested in every inch of the Coffee House. Nina Sylvia, the NAHS advisor and and art teacher at Lincoln Academy, was particularly impressed at the community’s generous donation and set up of furniture. For NAHS members, the comfortable and patterned seating arrangement generated their desired ambience. A soft reflection of lights, strung around each pillar, replaced the Dining Commons’ fluorescent bulbs with a cozy atmosphere.

Skillful bakers and cooks within the club produced over 200 treats and copious amounts of coffee for the audience. One free coffee and dessert was included in the entrance fee of $5; most Coffee House patrons enjoyed handfuls of pastries and made-to-order paninis. From gourmet cupcakes to traditional pies, the labor-intensive desserts raised over $400. NAHS announced in its meeting this week that 70 percent of the proceeds will go the HEART foundation; a relief program proven to save the world’s most vulnerable children through artistic expression. NAHS hopes to continue spreading community and innovation through art, both locally and globally.

A jazz trio of Joe Zhou on base, Alex Enders on saxophone, and Gabby Kimball on drums.

A jazz trio of Joe Zhou on base, Alex Enders on saxophone, and Gabby Kimball on drums. Photo by Essie Martin ’17.

Pleased with Thursday’s success, NAHS hopes to host another Coffee House event this Spring. “We will definitely do this again!” said NAHS co-founder Anton Kalmysh, a Lincoln Academy senior and residential student from Russia. “It was a lot of work, but it was worth it!” As NAHS and Lincoln Academy’s interest in art continue to grow, future Coffee Houses will too.

Nettie Hoagland ’16 is a Communications Intern at LA.