The 27th Annual MYP Coffeehouse was held on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at St. Mel’s Church, Flushing, NY. The theme was, “April Fool’s Day,” & the event provided food, raffles, prizes, Bingo & entertainment. The committee tries to come up with ways to make the evening different & special—and they did not disappoint! Diana Roach & Laurie Hallick started the evening with some fun Bingo games = laughs & prizes included! The evening was hosted by me & Laurie, and I started the night with the song, “I Played the Fool” (some would say appropriate from me). New Team member Jean Bena & her daughter, Shannon, sang “Why Do Fools Fall in Love.” Gary McComiskey followed them with “Heartache Tonight,” with the explanation that we tend to act like fools when we’re in love. Shauna D’Arcy read an original short story from her personal collection. The set closed with Marty Weinbaum & Christopher Weinbaum performing an acoustic version of, “We Won’t Get Fooled Again,” followed by “The Joker” with assistance from Alysoun Roach & Vanessa Yanelli.
Jennifer McComiskey presented fabulous prizes for raffle so we awarded the first twelve to our winners. More Bingo & prizes followed, as well as a video from Gary promoting our upcoming Teen Retreat. The second set opened with Alysoun Roach singing “I Hope” with accompaniment from her godson, Christopher, as well as Marty & Vanessa. Gary came back to perform, “The Pretender,” followed by his sister, Megan McComiskey, singing “Bridge Over Troubled Water” (a number one song on April 1, 1967). An acoustic version of, “Fooled Around & Fell in Love,” by Mary, Christopher, Alysoun & Vanessa followed, and the set ended with Mary Leavens singing an acapella version of, “Set Fire to the Rain.” After we awarded the last prizes, all MYP teens, team 7 alumni were invited to the stage to end the night with, “You’ve Got a Friend.”
The MYP thanks everyone that came out to support us, as well as our Community for their support & prayers. Special thanks to the McComiskey Family for providing all of the sound & visual equipment; Ben Fabrizi for the lighting; John Fodera for the baked goods ; & Cathy Weinbaum for the beautiful decorations. This show cannot happen with our wonderful Team doing so much. Thanks to everyone for not fooling around!