This announcement about a “wake” planned for Friday to commemorate Crosstown Community Center (AKA Crosstown Coffeehouse) was submitted by one of Crosstown’s fans, Rick Dougherty. Friday will be the center’s last day of operation, unless it can find an affordable location to move to. The wake will be an opportunity for folks to pay their respects to a center that grew from a grassroots movement for a venue where open mike nights, socializing and relaxing were open to all ages. Come, hear the music play.
“On Friday, July 24th there will be a wake held for the closing of Crosstown Coffee on Alameda Island. All are invited for this final farewell.
The doors will be open all day as usual, so you can stop by any time. Please bring a flower, wreath, candle, or ribbon for the tribute. People planning to come after 6:00 pm are asked to bring a dessert for an impromptu potluck. The Circle R Boys will be performing with other musicians dropping in.
Crosstown Coffee served as a community center for the east end of Alameda Island, supporting musicians and artists and providing a place where mothers with young children, teens and business men could all meet and mingle. It became a focal point for many activities, including raising over $2000 for the local elementary school by providing free coffee for the PTA to sell before school.
Crosstown Coffee is located at 1303 High Street, Alameda, CA 94501 on the corner of High and Encinal. BUT… the High Street Bridge is closed until 6:00 pm each day for repairs. So use the Park Street, Fruitvale or Bay Farm Island bridges to get onto Alameda.”