The Inspired Mic Recap – September 13, 2018

Wow!

What a night! Our first foray into St. Augustine’s was a huge hit! We had around 60 people in attendance! For me, as an original founder of The Inspired Mic, I was humbled and honored that the restaurant owners from our past venues not only came to this Grand Opening event, they participated as presenters! Carol Fisher, who gave us our start in Flagler Beach in May of 2013 was there as was Alida Ferrena from the Europa in Palm Coast. Liz and I could not have felt more touched by this.

A wonderful photographer, Suzanne Caperton, shot quite a few pics of the event and shared them with me. I shall now share them with you as I recap the evening!

The Inspired Mic Stage at Borillo’s

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The lovely Liz Bouvia gets the evening started!

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Liz and I going over what The Inspired Mic is all about!

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A extremely accomplished musician, Borillo’s owner Gerry O’Hare kicks of our very first St. Augustine Inspired Mic with an excellent version of Sting’s “Fragile.” He would be the first of three restaurant hosts on the stage this night. The following is a snippet of his performance.

 

Carol Fisher, past owner of the Beachhouse Beanery on A1A in Flagler Beach gave The Inspired Mic its first home. This night, as the second presenter of the evening, she presented a “Spoonerism” titled, “The Pea Little Thrigs!” Always an ear-bending experience, Carol’s Spoonerisms have entertained us for years.

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I don’t have a picture of Alida Ferrena on the stage but she is at the first table in this picture watching Mystic Mel do his thing! Alida and her brother Ambroz supported The Inspired Mic so much, I was revitalized by the time we were able to spend there at their restaurant, the Europa. Truly people who support the arts, again, Liz and I are so touched that she came to this inaugural event!

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Steve Boone of Lovin’ Spoonful fame, first came to The Inspired Mic in 2014. He’s been an amazing supporter of our event. For someone whose been on huge stages and hung out with the Beatles and many other rock n rollers, as well as the Lovin’ Spoonful’s 9 top-twenty hits in three years, his support and compliments for The Inspired Mic makes us feel awesome! Steve did a masterful job of telling a story and leaving the stage with an amazing plug for his book, “Hotter Than a Matchhead.” We look forward to hearing more from Steve in the future!

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Laura Schwalm did an tremendous job of “reading” various audience members. As  a Master Psychic Healer, she’s known as a “Pure Energy Hearler.” Laura was dynamic, engaging, and she had us all mesmerized by her energy. She is also a featured presenter for September on this site. Please check the previous post for more information on who she is and what she does!

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Susan Slater first came to The Inspired Mic back in 2014. She has presented numerous times before, and I believe at each one of our hosting venues. Susan’s new book, “Under a Mulberry Moon” just recently came out. The book setting is St. Augustine therefore this venue was an appropriate place to let folks know about her new effort. Susan is always delightful and engaging as a presenter and it was so nice to see her again at The Inspired Mic.

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We switched the lineup and placed John Brady up next so Mystic Mel could assemble his magic show. John always brings his stories, this one about the perfect way to get revenge on his wife of 50 years even though he had never won a single argument in all that time. John loves to play his stories to an audience off-the-cuff which makes the presentation even more inviting.

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Yes, same pic. This is Mystic Mel on the stage telling a story from his excellent book, “Behind the Eight Ball – The Misadventures of Mystic Mel.” Mel loves to incorporate humor into his speaking and magic. He pulled the humor off with practiced expertise and had us all laughing! Mel is always a joy to hear and watch. If you get the chance, you should catch him when he’s out there performing! His book is AWESOME as well!

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Phil King came up next and read from his newest book, “Rising Love: A Spiritual Journey.” Phil is not only a writer but a professional photographer as well. This was his first time presenting on The Inspired Mic stage. We don’t have a picture of him on the stage but you can see him in the picture above on the far left just behind Judy Weber who is wearing the white visor.

I’m going to use the same picture above for Dana Gregory. She is sitting back under the umbrella on the right in the blue blouse. Dana brought many of us to tears with a heart-wrenching description of why she is involved so much with her creativity and the mission she is on.Her presentation grabbed our hearts. Dana exemplified one of the main reasons The Inspired Mic exists and thrives. When people take the vulnerable risk to tell the world their truth, good things happen.

Michelle Emberton took the stage next and reprised a song she sung at August’s Inspired Mic at the Europa in Palm Coast. This is an original song and Michelle is learning to conquer her fear of the stage. Again, Michelle, like Dana, exemplifies the intent and mission of The Inspired Mic. Michelle has a beautiful voice, and the lyrics to this song can bring you to tears. She continues to improve and her voice is beginning to outshine the butterflies. I’m excited to hear her again.

Jackie Dobrosky came up next and gave a wonderful speech about “Aging with Passion.” Jackie’s first book, “My Unexpected Journey” has her speaking and exhorting people to recognize that no matter what you’ve been through, if you’re still breathing, there is still something wonderful for your life to accomplish. Reading her book is a picture of incredible hardship, seemingly insurmountable, yet there she is, on The Inspired Mic’s stage, inspiring others to live in the moment.

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Robin Soprano let it out of the bag that I twisted her arm to be a presenter! LOL! Guilty as charged. Since she was coming anyway, I told her this would be a great time to read something from one of her books. She chose “Gypsy’s Gift” which is a touching story about a dog who helps his human friend pass over on his death bed. Robin did a wonderful job of presenting a section of the story without giving away the ending. Robin can be seen looking at the camera just over Phil King’s head.

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I am reticent to include this next photograph, only because it is of me and I cringe at the sight, but I want to give a shout out to Suzanne Caperton who took these wonderful pictures and shared them with me. This shot shows off how talented she is. She also has an incredible singing voice and is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. A very positive lady, The Inspired Mic is grateful for her contribution to our first ever St. Augustine Inspired Mic! This is a night we will never forget. Thanks to Suzanne, we have some wonderful pictorial prompts as well as the two videos she recorded to help us with our memories.

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Our next Inspired Mic at Borillo’s will be Thursday, September 27th at 6:00 pm. If you’re planning to attend, I HIGHLY recommend you consider staying after The Inspired Mic ends at 9:00 pm for the After the Mic Jams. We run this in a true “open mic” format. We had some amazing musicians perform up to 11:00 pm. Here’s one young lady named Brittany who did an incredible version of “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” that rocked my world!

 

 

 

 

Laura Schwalm at The Inspired Mic St. Augustine Thursday September 13th!

Laura Schwalm

Laura Schwalm is a World- Renowned Master Psychic Healer who motivates
people in Holistic and Spiritual practices world wide. Laura is a
psychic medium and certified Holistic Health coach, master healer,
Conscious wellness Coach and Metaphysical speaker and educator in the
art and alchemy of healing. She offers many different holistic and
spiritual services you can read about by going to her website
www.pureenergyhealer.com . Laura offers classes, workshops and special
events through her group
https://www.meetup.com/Holistic-And-Spiritual-Transitions-In-St-Augustine/

Laura will be one of the fourteen presenters at Borillo’s Pizzeria Thursday, September 13th! This event will be our inaugural Inspired Mic in St. Augustine! We’re boasting an amazing lineup of presenters and we look forward to what Laura has for us! Come on out! Enjoy an entertaining evening with us! Laura will have a table set up and will be available before The Inspired Mic begins, at intermission, and at the end of the evening! Tickets are available here: The Inspired Mic Tickets – St. Augustine

The Inspired Mic in September

It is with profound sadness that Abroz (owner of the Europa) has had to sell the restaurant due to illness. Abroz and Alida have been such a blessing and extremely supportive of The Inspired Mic for over two years. Ambroz’s public Facebook announcement is available here: Ambroz Announcement.

As far as The Inspired Mic goes, there will be some short-term impact. Our September 20th event date will be postponed until October. This will give Liz and I an opportunity to talk with the new owners as well as a location who already desires to host The Inspired Mic. As soon as everything settles and we are able to have the appropriate conversations, I will post the location and the date of the October Palm Coast Inspired Mic.

Fortunately, we do still have two Inspired Mic dates in September. Borillo’s in St. Augustine will be hosting our very first St. Augustine event on Thursday, September 13th at 6:00 pm. We also have a Thursday September 27th date at Borillo’s. We will continue to run 2nd and 4th Thursdays at Borillo’s with the exception of Thanksgiving Day.

We have nothing but best wishes for Ambroz as he continues is valiant journey. I am grateful for his support and encouragement which began over two years ago. I know this is the right thing for him to do and I am glad he has chosen this path for himself.

Please check back for updates as we move forward with securing a venue for The Inspired Mic in Palm Coast.

Inspired Mic News!

With the addition of St. Augustine twice a month, The Inspired Mic will now be accessible three times a month! We provide a stage for creative people to show off what they’ve been working on. Writers, magicians, comedians, musicians, dancers, poets, motivational speakers, artists.

In St. Augustine, we will be adding a few cool things. One will be tables for presenters to sell their books/CD’s/DVD’s etc of their work. The Inspired Mic attracts people who enjoy entertainment. One of the charms of the event is that the entertainment comes from local people.

With the addition of St. Augustine, we now have many presenter slots open and available. Simple email us at: TheInspiredMic@gmail.com. If you want to come check us out first to see what you’d be getting into, grab yourself a ticket and come on out! Our next event is Thursday, August 16th at the Europa in the European Village, Palm Coast. Here are a couple links for you

The Inspired Mic Tickets

The Inspired Mic Facebook Event Page

The Inspired Mic has Added Another Venue!

More Inspired Mic Every Month!

Yes, we’ve officially been welcomed by Borillo’s Pizzaria and Beer & Wine Garden in St. Augustine! Click the link above to get information about our wonderful new host! Yes, we are still at the New Europa in the European Village Palm Coast on the third Thursday of every month.

We will be at Borillo’s on the second AND fourth Thursdays of every month! Yes! Twice a month in St. Augustine! This is an exciting opportunity to bring the incredible talent who surround us into the spotlight on The Inspired Mic’s stage!

Not only will we be holding The Inspired Mic at Borillo’s, we also have plans for a number of exciting upgrades. As we piece together all the tasks necessary to make these upgrades happen, we will be posting them here on this site.

One of the immediate upgrades, and a tremendous upgrade it is, will be the addition of Liz Bouvia to The Inspired Mic team. The Inspired Mic can no longer be handled by one person. Liz brings a wonderfully positive attitude, an amazing work ethic and wonderful organizational skills. Liz will be handling much of the St. Augustine administrative side of things at this time.

Liz and I are extremely excited about our new host as well as our plans to enhance The Inspired Mic not only for our presenters but the audience as well. Our first official event at Borillo’s will be September 13th at 6:00 pm.

Tickets are on sale for both the Palm Coast and St. Augustine events! Remember, get your tickets early and save! Tickets will be $15 at the door as usual. We’ve added two “Tickets” pages to this site, one for Palm Coast and one for St. Augustine. If you need a little help getting there, the links to both events are down below!

We hope you’ll come and check out the new venue. The owners of Borillo’s are just as excited as Liz and I!

Tickets – Palm Coast – August 16th

Tickets – St. Augustine – September 13th

You Heard it Here First!

For those of you who missed the July 19th edition of The Inspired Mic, you missed one of the most amazing nights in our 5+ years of existence. What a night! Every presenter brought their A+ material. I was laughing so hard in a number of places I couldn’t speak.

Anyone who missed Angelica’s laugh missed out on a “9th Wonder of the World” style laugh. Poor girl! Everyone thought she was going to need to be resuscitated.

I would recap the entire night, as I’ve done in the past, but I fear I would not do our presenters justice. Suffice it to say, the night was amazing. Talk to any of the forty or so who attended. I guarantee they will tell you that you missed something special.

News? What news?

Oh. The headline.

The Inspired Mic will be expanding to St. Augustine in September. All we must do is finalize the dates and times. The venue is AWESOME! The Europa is our Palm Coast home. We will continue to run the third Thursday each month there.

My friend Liz broached the subject of holding a St. Augustine version of The Inspired Mic to a restaurant owner in downtown St. Augustine and they are thrilled. This is going to be a blast! As soon as we firm up the details, I will post them on Facebook as well as this page.

I love The Inspired Mic event each month. I’ve been asked before to hold the event in St. Augustine as well as Palm Coast in the past, but none of the venues could meet the “atmosphere” requirements. Especially with settings like The BeachHouse Beanery and the Europa. NOW, we have the venue, we have agreement, and soon The Inspired Mic will be running twice a month!

Check back for details!

An Evening to Remember!

The Inspired Mic Plays to a Full House!

Thursday April 19, 2018. The Inspired Mic officially sold out all seating. Unfortunately, we had to turn people away but what a night! 15 presenters put their work out into the world for public consumption. I cannot describe with complete accuracy how much of a challenge placing your creative work into strangers’ ears affects the artist. Intimidation. Fear. Anxiety.

Yet, there is “the rush.”

Yes, that surreal space in time where you hear your work tripping off your tongue and into reality. So many emotions flow through a person behind a microphone they become too numerous to mention. For each person the experience plays a bit different, yet all share a part of themselves on the stage.

Last night, we kicked off with Mystic Mel performing some mentalist shenanigans. Angelica Timothy followed with her poem, “Warrior.” This poem may be seen performed live at Salvo Art in this blogsite’s archives.

Carol Fisher, whose restaurant The Beachhouse Beanery gave birth to The Inspired Mic five years ago, graced the stage with a poem written for her soon-to-be-three-years-old twin granddaughters. This poem not only celebrates their birthday but also touches on their (the granddaughters) hand in helping Carol and her husband heal over the loss of their daughter. A very touching piece of writing and bravery on Carol’s part to take the stage and present her heart.

Jim Harter delivered some of his poetry. Jim has over 1500 poems to his credit and he continues to write more.. Kim Sunshine brought a standup comedy routine which delighted the audience. Standup is such a difficult endeavor. To perform a routine well, the comedian must develop material which is funny, learn and execute timing with the delivery of each joke, and be able to move past any which don’t work like nothing happened. Kim did an excellent job!

Alexandra King read a section of dark fiction from a book she’s currently writing. The imagery of a chaotic, rhythmic, tribal dance with danger and sensual aspects woven into the fabric of the story held the audience’s attention well. Kristin Brinker presented two strong pieces of work, “Skinny” and “My Bubble.” Kristin is just 16 but she delivers her work with a strong presence and rouses the audience each time she takes the stage. This young lady is someone to watch.

Sean Moylan always delights with is incredible ability to recite lengthy pieces of work from memory, with passion and voice inflections which keep you mesmerized. Last night he recited the quite lengthy T.S. Elliot poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” As always, Sean did not disappoint.

Michael Jones took the stage after intermission and delivered a powerful view of what its like to have a mental illness. Michael also demonstrated the challenges and the rewards of having bipolar disorder. His presentation was not only inspiring, the information may well help others view people who struggle with similar health issues in a different light.

Becky Pourchot settled in behind the microphone for two hot, steamy poems about lust and desire and passion told with such an eloquent flair that the energy of her work flowed smooth despite the raw passions her words described. Becky always delivers imagery that capture the listeners’ ears, hearts and imaginations. This evening was no exception.

Abby Truelsen, a member of the Volusia County Poet Laureate mentoring program, delivered two outstanding pieces of work. This was Abby’s first time on The Inspired Mic stage. At first she appeared nervous but she soon settled into her amazing work and delivered the poems in outstanding fashion.

Bianca Simone brought her “A” game last night with two powerful pieces of writing which moved the audience. Bianca brought power, passion, and a strong performance of he work which roused the crowd. Shari Falter, an ordained minister, brought us an amazing work of fiction from a larger work which will one day become a full fledged novel. In this particular reading, God is in hell and Lucifer is pissed. You had to be there – this writing is amazing!

Scott Olsen delighted us all with two poems, the second one having quite a humorous bent to it. His delivery was excellent and had each one of us laughing and nodding in agreement with “Things You Don’t Ever Want to Hear.” David Kozba wrapped the evening up with energy and humor and sadness and emotion. David’s poem about an abscessed tooth was hilarious, his poignant story about his grandmother’s slide into dementia was heart-wrenching and David delivered those and more with his energetic panache.

What a night! A sold-out venue, new presenters, great food, incredible atmosphere, eclectic entertainment you won’t find anywhere else in this area all add up to another amazing evening with The Inspired Mic. For future events, we strongly recommend you purchase tickets early. The Europa has a seating capacity of 50. Once all the seats are sold, that’s it!

The Inspired Mic returns next month on Thursday May 17th at 6:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now on this website. We look forward to seeing you there!

Inspired Mic Fun Thursday Evening!

The Inspired Mic celebrates the end of its fifth year Thursday, April 19th at 6:00 pm. Our lineup is a strong mix of new and seasoned, young and not as young, writers, poets, singers, orators, and more. The New Eurpoa in the European Village, Palm Coast has to be one of the most impressive, wonderful businesses in the area.  The owners’ support of the arts in Flagler County is nothing short of amazing.

With the growth of interest in a live, local event such as The Inspired Mic, we’re coming close to a standing-room-only audience! The prudent suggestion would be to purchase your tickets early because this fifth-year-finale my sell out!

Come out and join us as we sport at least 14 diverse presenters showing off their creative works! Great atmosphere, exceptional eclectic entertainment, delicious food, a $75 raffle to end the evening, and local people lending us a taste of their talents! What more could you ask?

Get your tickets now and join us for an amazing evening!

Inspired Mic Tickets

Inspired Mic Facebook Event Page

Last Night at The Inspired Mic – March 15, 2018

What A Night!

Nearly a standing-room-only audience was treated last night to performances as impressive as they were sincere. Anyone who has attended an Inspired Mic event knows how incredibly powerful these evenings can be. Last night was absolutely no exception.

Tovah Janovsky kicked off the evening of presenters with a bit of a spiritual journey piece detailing out her Jewish/Christian heritage. She also let the audience know she is putting together a book from her collection of blog posts on Tovah-Sez. Her book-to-be’s title is, “Sojourner.” You may find the full written presentation of her Inspired Mic performance at the blogsite listed above as well as last month’s hilarious take on long-term marriage.

Angelica Timothy presented two wonderful pieces of work, the first describing is disturbingly accurate language a narcissistic, dependent, sociopath. Her words perfectly detailed what it is like to attempt to befriend such a personality. The second work addressed the recent school shooting and was delivered with skill and power.

Jim Harter, a prolific poet, brought some wonderful life poetry from his latest book as well as an intelligently funny risque poem like only Jim can deliver. Jim announced his next book is soon to be in the works. He has published over 1500 of his poems over the years in a wonderfully chronological format of his life.

Carol Fisher then took the stage. Yes, the Carol Fisher who five years ago gave The Inspired Mic its very first venue for the first two years of its life. She recounted the nights by the ocean and how wonderful the event was in that setting. She announced her new work at the big fresh produce market just west of the Flagler Beach bridge. Then, in true Carol fashion, she brought the audience a wonderful piece of writing which placed life in a clearer, more wonderful perspective.

Bianca Simone brought some wonderful poetry, one also addressing the latest school shooting after which she placed an exclamation point on the presentation by informing the audience of a relative child who was directly affected by the shooting, not only by bloodied victims fleeing into her school but also the loss of three friends in the shooting. On a more joyous not, she announced her engagement! She also autographed a book as well as the lineup sheet for the evening for an audience member who loved her presentation!

Sixteen-year-old Kristin Brinker brought back her original presentation on her ADD issues as well as an incredibly powerful and poignant piece of writing titled, “My Bubble.” Kristin wrestles with the effects of ADD and is determined to have her voice heard on many important social topics. Wise beyond her years, as she hones her presentation skills, every performance rises stronger. “My Bubble” is a powerful piece of writing.

Sean Moylan never disappoints. He’s presented excerpts from Moby Dick, East of Eden, numerous poems by famous poets including Langston Hughes, and three of Edgar Allen Poe’s works, The Bells, The Raven, and The Conquering Worm. Last night he regaled us with not only the previously mentioned Conquering Worm by Poe, but a delightful rendition of an Ogden Nash poem which contained a ton of wonderful humor. Sean’s presentations are always by rote and always delivered with oratory perfection. A wonderful sample of his presentational prowess from November’s Inspired Mic is this link to a John F. Kennedy speech.

Mystic Mel is another great orator. He tells colorful stories of his life, many of them hilarious, many poignant, and as is life, some sad. Last night Mel brought us the story of his best friend Bruce. The two had very little in common, yet they forged a close bond through riding motorcycles. Mel was riding with Bruce the tragic day that Bruce died in a riding accident. Mel’s presentation touched us all.

Kevin Cox returned to his NY City police stories. Cops own some of the best stories out there. This particular story involved a domestic dispute call where two officers addressed a man gone bonkers. A woman ran out of the building screaming, “He’s going to kill me!”. The two officers then confronted the man who promptly armed himself with a set of num-chucks and then proceeded to kick his own ass with is own weapon! He required all kinds of stitches, suffered a concussion, and broke his own elbow while wielding his Bruce Lee weapon. Kevin has witnessed far too many hilarious incidents in his day…

The evening then went into “youth mode” with the next three presenters being under twenty years old. First, Ashely Flores gave us three Shakespearean monologues of strong women. The thespian in her came out as she performed each monologue with passion. Ashely has performed some cool Shakespearean monologues at The Inspired Mic in the past. Here is her first performance years ago when The Inspired Mic was hosted at the Cypress Knoll Country Club – Ashley Flores.

Alexandra King, after having been absent from The Inspired Mic stage for over a year, brought us a dark fiction piece of writing which captured a dangerous encounter with an alien cannibal. Alexandra sets her scenes with many visuals as well as emotionally edgy writing. She just completed her Associate’s degree in May of 2017 at the age of 17 and has stepped back into her writing with vigor.

David Kozba brought us an incredible work presented in Irish Brogue, then a musical/rap performance followed by an extremely humorous bit of modern poetry. David was in awesome form, personable as always and quite animated on the stage. His presentation was a delight for all.

Alida Ferrena, one of the owners of the Europa, brought us an excerpt from her book-in-progress, Jungle to Jungle, which chronicles going from the jungles of India to New York City, a jungle in itself. Her vignette this evening had to do with her at sixteen years old traveling to the big city to attempt to nab a job as a stewardess with British Airways. The story held many visuals and innocence about the realities of life. While her sixteen-year-old self may have been a bit naive, the story of her desire to “see the world” was poignant.

Michael Ray King dusted off some fiction from his fiction blogsite, Fiction’s Footsteps. He excerpted a serial blog story intended to become a novel titled “The Cold Bite of Autumn.” In this story, Autumn is a ruthless assassin who just murdered three fellow conspirators in a car wrecked planned to kill all four occupants. Autumn survived and was rescued by Daniel Thorgrave, a man who hoped he may have helped save the life of a “normal” woman. Apparently, he is about to discover Autumn to be as far from normal as he could ever imagine.

It’s a shame people miss out each month on some of the most creative, innovative live performances they could ever hope to attend. The 14 presenters each month pull out slices of talent and genius to entertain each audience. Each presenter gets 7 minutes and each month the presenters deliver. This event is not only five years old, The Inspired Mic gains strength and momentum each month. Soon, getting tickets to the event will become tough as word spreads about the entertainment, delicious food, and wonderful atmosphere.

Our next event will be Thursday, April 19th at 6:00 pm. I strongly suggest purchasing your tickets early for April. This event will likely sell out! To reserve your tickets, follow this link: Inspired Mic Tickets. Also, check out our Facebook page at The Inspired Mic

 

The Inspired Mic! Thursday, March 15th at 6:00 pm

Yes, The Inspired Mic is coming upon us quickly! Get your tickets and come out for a great evening of eclectic entertainment, delicious food, $50 raffle, and atmosphere out the wazoo!!! 🙂

Here are your critical links!

Inspired Mic Tickets

Inspired Mic Event Page

Come out and enjoy delicious food, eclectic entertainment and a wonderful atmosphere at The Europa in the European Village Palm Coast!