About the North Elk Coffee House


The North Elk Coffee House is held on the third Saturdays of September through November and January through May. Guest performers present live music in a variety of styles, including: Celtic, Blues, Bluegrass, Jazz, and traditional American folk music. All members of the community are welcome to attend. The Coffee House seats 110 people at small, candlelit tables, in the friendly and intimate style of the coffee houses of the 1950’s and 1960’s. There are desserts, snacks, and coffee, tea, soda, and water available for a suggested donation. The audience is mostly comprised of adults, but there are also families in attendance. The coffee house is smoke-free and alcohol-free, and has no religious affiliation.


The North Elk Coffee House is located in North East, MD, a small community on the northern tip of the Chesapeake Bay. We are housed in the parish hall of St. Mary-Anne’s Episcopal Church.

From the north, take Route 95 south to Exit 100A. Follow the left lane on the exit ramp, Route 272 south, toward North East. From the exit, go about two miles, into the town of North East (crossing Route 40 and a small railroad bridge). After the bridge, we are about one half mile farther along, on the right side. It is a large white-sided building with a front porch. Look for the blue and white North Elk Coffee House sign out front. There is on street parking and a parking lot across the street, adjacent to North East United Methodist Church.

From the south, take Route 95 north to Exit 100A. Follow the right lane on the exit ramp, Route 272 south. Then follow the directions above.

Time Schedule

The doors open at 6:45 p.m. We sometimes have an opening act, or we play the music of one of our upcoming performers until 7:20. The audience is invited to visit the kitchen for snacks and drinks. At 7:30 the guest artist begins their performance. They play two sets of music with a short break in between. The evening ends by approximately 9:30 p.m.

Suggested Donation

Your donations are collected at the door on the night of the performance. Tickets are not distributed in advance. The suggested amounts are $8 for adults and $6 for children, under 18. All money that is collected, beyond the cost of running the coffee house, is donated to The Meeting Ground, an organization that supports the homeless individuals and families in Cecil County, Maryland. Read more about The Meeting Ground at: www.meetingground.org.


The North Elk Coffee House is completely managed and staffed by volunteers. Without their help, our monthly shows would not be possible. There are opportunities to assist with setting up and taking down the room on the day of the performance and baking for and working in the kitchen during the show. If you are interested in joining our other volunteers you can contact Rick Waterhouse through the St. Mary Anne’s Church office: 410 287 5522 or, via email: wate6585@zoominternet.net.

CD Sales

A lighted table is set up on which the artist’s CD recordings and other information are displayed. The audience may purchase the guest artist’s recordings before and after the show and at intermission. Guest artists normally greet the audience and sign CDs at intermission and at the end of the evening.

Nearby Services

Main Street has many shops selling antiques, craft items, artwork, and food, all within walking distance. There are also “fast food” restaurants, including McDonald’s, Wendy’s, and Burger King, just a two- minute drive from the coffee house.


You may look for announcements about the coffee house on this web page. We also announce the performances in the Wilmington News-Journal and the Cecil Whig. Information is sent for announcement on WVUD (FM 91.3), the radio station at the University of Delaware, Newark, DE. WVUD has a weekday morning folk program called “Roots”, on which they make concert announcements and sometimes have performers as guests. You may also look for our banner in front of the Parish Hall during the week before the performance.

For Potential Performers

The North Elk Coffee House is a non-profit venue operated as a community outreach of St. Mary Anne’s Episcopal Church. Artists receive $300 for the evening’s performance of (2) 45-minute sets of music. The Coffee House provides stage and sound equipment, although performers are strongly encouraged to bring their own microphones, effects boxes, etc., as desired. A committee meets in June to select artists for the coming season. Musicians interested in playing at the North Elk Coffee House should send a CD and promotional information about themselves to:

North Elk Coffee House
c/o St. Mary Anne’s Church
315 S. Main Street
North East, MD 21901