As you may or may not know, Boxley’s in downtown North Bend is not only a nice local restaurant, it is an incredible jazz club that is getting local, regional and national attention – both for its good music and the tremendous work it is doing for local youth in music.
Our kids, right here in this little Valley, are going to the Essentially Ellington Program at Lincoln Center in NYC in May for the second year in the row. That happened in part because of what goes on at Boxley’s, where our kids play jazz and learn from professional musicians, many of whom have played with some of the jazz greats. There is even interest in replicating what is happening here in other communities across the country.
I am currently doing consulting work in the arena of arts education and the case for arts education. Its positive impact on students and academics is very compelling, which makes the treasure we have in Boxley’s even more amazing.
A family friendly jazz club is rare – so bring the kids regardless of age. I’ve seen toddlers moving and grooving to the music.
Here’s the deal. Boxleys is not a huge money-maker as a restaurant. It is run by the nonprofit Boxley’s Music Fund. It’s been a tough year or so for restaurants in general.
Next week. the City of North Bend will begin work on North Bend Way, which will be disruptive to local businesses – including Boxley’s. While the city work will have a nice end result, it is a hit that businesses don’t need right now, particularly Boxley’s.
I am asking that between now and month’s end you consider eating at Boxley’s at least once – or more if you can. On Monday nights Boxley’s has discounted martinis if that floats your boat. There is usually music every night. If you want to be able to talk, consider eating in the bar or near the windows. If you like the music, sit in the middle and upfront. It helps to make a reservation ahead of time via their website at www.boxleysplace.com.
Even better, consider becoming a member of the Boxley’s Music Fund. A premier membership currently costs $65 per month, which gets you a $50 credit towards meals with the remainder going to support the place and the work they do. It’s a really great deal where everybody wins. You can sign up membership via their website as well.
Boxleys is both a local restaurant with good food (try the Chicken Marsala, a melt in your mouth favorite) and a community treasure worth supporting.
Please come on down now, during the construction, and beyond… then everyone wins!
Jane Ellen and Winnie Seymour