DENVILLE, NJ-- Morris Knolls High School’s Spectrum Club hosted a night full of local musicians and fun snacks, called Spectrum Coffeehouse.
The Spectrum Club is responsible for creating the school’s literary magazine ever year and their Spectrum Coffeehouse is an annual event to raise funds for club. All six musicians were given 30 minutes on the stage to showcase their talents. Crowds danced to rock songs from some bands and then sang along to slower melodies from other musicians.
A small $5 admission fee granted everyone access to the show and a copy of the Spectrum literary magazine. Foods such as cupcakes and candy were available for purchase to snack on while listening to the different acts perform.
While the event was almost entirely student run, it’s clear that the members of the club dedicated a great deal of time to ensure the night ran smoothly. The club begins initial planning the year before but kicks it into high gear once the school year starts in September, according to the club’s vice president, Emily Pirrello.
It might seem strange that a literary magazine club would opt for a music-based show but club members are convinced it’s the best way to get people to their event and reading their magazine.
“We’ve tried to do a poetry show but it didn’t turn out as well,” Pirrello said. “Music shows are a lot more engaging and more people come out, which is our ultimate goal.”
The show took place in the freshman cafeteria, which was set up with two stages, allowing for a seamless transition from one act to the other. Rugs hanging from the walls gave the room the feeling of a small, hometown music show to go along with the coffeehouse-vibe.
The Spectrum literary magazine is filled from cover to cover with all different kinds of artwork from Morris Knolls students. All forms of art are considered for publication and this year’s magazine features poems, very short stories, original photos, and paintings.