The mission of Cafe MAC at the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center of Worthington is to provide a relaxing evening of art, coffee and music.

Missy Donovan, program director for the McConnell Arts Center, 777 Evening St., said Cafe Mac is a free Tuesday evening program that allows visitors to view the center's main galleries, drink free coffee and listen to music.

When it began about eight years ago, it served as a way for people to use the Wi-Fi at the MAC, Donovan said.

"It's kind of taken a different turn," she said.

Donovan said the program runs from 6:30 to 9 p.m. every Tuesday.

The music selection changes every week, with the Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club playing the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of each month.

Matt Ellis and Standard Time, a local jazz band, perform every second Tuesday, and the MAC Acoustics, an informal group of local musicians, play every fourth Tuesday.

Andy Herron, director of operations for the MAC, said the president of the Ohio Fingerstyle Guitar Club, Palmer Moore, brought the idea to the MAC about eight years ago.

Moore said he suggested the idea to Herron and retired MAC director Jon Cook after Scottie MacBean, a Worthington coffee shop where his club performed, closed.

"We had been in Scottie MacBean's coffee house every Tuesday night for nine years," he said.

Moore said at the time, the MAC was relatively new -- it opened in 2009 -- and the event was used as a way to draw visitors.

"It would draw people into the building," he said.

Moore said he was able to get Matt Ellis and Standard Time, who also used to play at Scottie MacBean, to join the event, as well.

"It's just an amazing little microcosm of life going on in that room on Tuesday night," he said.

Moore said the event features a variety of music, with his group and MAC Acoustics playing Americana style music and Matt Ellis and Standard Time playing jazz.

"It's refreshing," he said. "It would get stale if it was the same thing over and over again."

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