The Heart of a Coffee Shop

A Saturday at Max Crema's Espresso and Coffee Bar

On September 18, 2004, as the remnants of Hurricane Ivan moved through Eastern Pennsylvania, Darby enjoyed her morning sipping a hot chocolate and collecting donations in Max Crema's Espresso and Coffee Bar on Pricetown Rd., Fleetwood, during Max Crema's Fall Open House event.  In spite of an earlier Ivan-induced power outage affecting the area, the coffee shop was an aromatic oasis of warmth and friendship in the blowing wind and rain of a chilly September morning,

Darby's older sister, Devan, sampled a blueberry muffin, which she declared was "quite scrumptious."

Michele Granitz, proprietor of Max Crema's, has supported Team Darby and the American Heart Association with an in-store heart sale throughout August and September.  The generous donations of Max Crema's patrons resulted in a red-heart papering of the coffee shop counters.

In a poetry reading dedicated to Darby and the work she is doing to support the American Heart Association, local poet and author Jayne Relaford Brown read My First Real Tree from her book of the same title, mentioning the poem was about a time when she herself was Darby's age.  Jayne very generously donated a portion of the proceeds from her book and poster sales that day to support Team Darby and the American Heart Association.

Before reading Finding Her Here, Jayne mentioned that although it was written for an older woman, the poem also applies to girls growing up and becoming women.  Jayne also read her visually stimulating and enjoyable Poem for a Pill Bug where we had fun getting to learn all the names for pill bugs including potato bug, roly-poly bug, and sow bug.

In her exploration of words and meanings of words, Jayne read her poem Cusp which focused on the title word's meaning of transitions and edges of things.  It was an apropos word for the day with one meaning of cusp referring to a "fold or flap of a heart valve."  Jayne's poetic "open the chamber - don't be afraid" effortlessly triggers one's own thoughts of Darby's successful heart surgery when she was only six-months old.

Throughout the morning Jayne also read other selections from My First Real Tree including For the Survivors, Anticipation 1998, A Wish, Savasana, and Deadheading at 50.

That afternoon, gifted singer/songwriter Dave Sala entertained those present with the acoustic rhythms of his guitar and the melody of his vocals.  A beginning guitarist herself, the energy of an eight-year-old was evident in Darby as she could be found be-bopping between her heart sale table and the coffee shop counter where she assisted Michele in serving a few customers java and pastries.

As the rain cleared and the light of sun struggled through the clouds, the day turned out to be a quite enjoyable as Darby and the rest of the Andre family mellowed-out in the coffee-shop experience of friends, neighbors, the friendly Max Crema's staff and "regulars", a thought-provoking poet, and an inspiring singer/songwriter.

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Our thanks and gratitude to the kind staff and generous patrons of ...

Max Crema’s Espresso and Coffee Bar
3130 Pricetown Road, Suite A
Fleetwood, PA 19522

Phone: 610-898-9001
Fax: 610-898-9002

... for supporting Team Darby and the American Heart Association in the fight against heart disease and stroke.


Darby and Devan fundraising
coffee-house style!

Darby with Michele
of Max Crema's

Darby in the "heart' of Max Crema's

Darby with poet Jayne Relaford Brown

Dave Sala entertains with his
"uplifting message and moving beat"

Darby gets comfortable during
the music of Dave Sala