Winters are cold here. And quiet.
But we hardy Yankees always manage to find an enjoyable way of passing the dark months. A couple of years ago, local musician Dave Gagne approached McSeagull’s owner Ralph Smith with an idea to help them both. His wildly popular reggae band, the Dani Tribesmen, are known for their sell-out cruises on Sunday nights during the summer. What about offering brunch on Sunday afternoons in the winter, complete with live music? Hence “Reggae Church” was born.
The Boys and Girl
that are Dani Tribesmen
It isn’t church at all, of course, though many locals have incorporated it into their post-church routine on Sundays. There’s a special brunch menu (in addition to the full McSeagull’s lunch and dinner offerings) that features Welch House granola, plus Mimosas and Bloody Marys. But our favorite part is the broad range of people it attracts: from retirees to families with little kids to groups of 20 somethings and everyone in-between.
When Susan’s parents come up from Portland for a visit, they’re often the first ones on the dance floor. You’ll spot them right next to bartender Gigi’s 4 year old daughter Charlie and her pink plastic guitar. This is small-town living at it’s best, and a special treat for visitors in the off-season.
Take a look at the Dani Tribesmen for contact information, some tasty music and more news.
Reggae Church starts this Sunday, February 12th and will continue until Ralph just can’t do it any more.