The Reading Room Café was filled to capacity May 21 as locals raised money for the Canadian Red Cross

Chipping in for Japanese relief

The Reading Room Café was filled to capacity May 21 as locals raised money for the Canadian Red Cross, and subsequently – Japanese earthquake/tsunami aid. The event had daytime and evening components, with the Pyjama Beatniks (pictured at right, Bernie Radelfinger and Elena Christians) supplying a crowd-pleasing set of songs at night. Much credit to the Beatniks for their winning choice of material and spot-on delivery. The easy-going duo did justice to, for example: Steve Miller’s Fly Like an Eagle, Nancy Sinatra’s These Boots are Made for Walkin’, The Beatles’ Come Together, and War’s Low Rider.

Very close to $1,000 was raised in the effort.