Sarah Buckwald ’14 Staff Writer
Since the grand opening of Augie’s Pub in the Sakowich Campus Center last September, there have been a lot of discussions focused on this new bar hangout. Over the last year, the quaint pub has been used for many events and activities, and has only increased the sense of community on Merrimack’s campus.
During the first week of school, the dueling pianos made their return to Merrimack. For those who are not aware of this awesome entertainment act, two talented pianists sang a variety of songs that filled the room with great energy.
The dueling pianos act made their first appearance last year during senior week and were brought back by popular demand. Junior Brennan Twardowski was amazed by the performance, “It was really cool to watch the guys sing all types of songs while playing both pianos.”
Students were able to enjoy this show, as well as the Patriots game in Augie’s last week. Students have truly enjoyed Augie’s experience and are patiently waiting to revisit for more events this semester. Senior Carly Sullivan said, “I haven’t been to Augie’s since last year, but the last time I went during an all ages event sponsored by MPB. It was such a fun atmosphere!” Merrimack Programming Board is working hard to host exciting activities at Augie’s.
The pub has its own committee this year for students who have creative ideas to make Augie’s a better place. So far, the students involved requested to lengthen the hours on weekends keeping the pub open until one A.M.
The extended hours on the weekends will certainly attract more students. This year Merrimack Programming Board is featuring a new and upcoming coffee house series in Augie’s on Thursday nights. This new happening is perfect for anyone who wants to show off a hidden talent or perform for fun in front of a great crowd. The coffee house began on Sept. 20 with Lesley Pike. The folk artist recently released a new album titled “Tug of War”.
This Canadian singer has been touring for the past four years around the United Kingdom and America. She has already played over 400 shows and even opened for Darius Rucker. The performances are open to all ages, so stop by to see artists like Lesley and many more perform at Augie’s.
With all these upcoming, students wonder; will Augie’s become the new Claddaugh?