Healthy choices and musical Tuesdays

By on October 15, 2014

For those of you who struggle with finding a place to go out to eat due to food allergy, gluten intolerance or vegan or vegetarian diet, the Record Express found a place for you. Imagine a restaurant where nuts are banned and that offers most menu items with a gluten free option, catering to those who want a healthy, clean meal. Top that with a calendar of talented live music every Tuesday and this may be your new favorite hang out!

The Dragonfly Café – 245 Bloomfield Drive (just south of Lititz)

The dragonfly symbolizes prosperity, harmony and good luck; living in the moment; the emergence of true colors. This is drawn on the wall of the Dragonfly Café in Lititz, a new location that symbolizes to locals the emergence of organic, gluten free and vegetarian dining options.

“For a lot of people, gluten free is a choice. For some people, it’s a necessity,” said Barb Adam, one of the partners in the ownership of Dragonfly Café, which opened in December of 2013. Aiming to set themselves apart from other cafes and dining options in Lititz, Adam and her partner, Katelynn Zink provide customers with free range, organic, gluten free and vegetarian options. The café does serve meat too, so there are choices for everyone.

Katelynn Zink whips up a latte with a stylish dragonfly signature. (Photo by Lenay Ruhl)

Katelynn Zink whips up a latte with a stylish dragonfly signature. (Photo by Lenay Ruhl)

Looking over the menu patrons will find a lengthy list of tea, Italian soda and coffee shot flavors. The café serves breakfast until 11 a.m. every day except Saturday, when they serve it until 2 p.m. The menu items are marked with whether or not they are gluten free or vegetarian and most items have the option to be made gluten free. The café’s newest addition is an in-house bakery that offers vegan and gluten-free deserts.

On the back of the menu is a schedule for their Tune Tuesdays, a collection of live music that occurs every Tuesday from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. They try to include a good mixture of musical genres, but the gigs are best suited for guitar/vocalists.

“We don’t do anything really hard,” said Adam. Although they allow BYOB at the café, they strive to keep the environment family appropriate at all times.

This month, Samantha Rodgers was on the menu at the Dragonfly Café. A pharmacy technician by day and a derby player at night, the Lititz musician has a hard time fitting music into her busy schedule, but on Tuesday, Oct. 14, she brought a collection of songs to the Dragonfly Café.

Young and intense, Rodgers brings a mixture of originals and covers to her gigs. Playing music for about 15 years, Rodgers said she puts a ridiculous amount of time into preparing for a gig. She uses a time calculator on the Internet to time out her songs. This way she knows how many songs she can fit while still leaving room for talking and applause. She tries to include an even amount of originals and covers and considers things like, what keys the songs are in &tstr; will it flow? She also said she tries not to have too many depressing songs.

When asked who she thinks she compares to musically she said, “I feel like any girl with a guitar gets compared to Jewel.”

She admitted that her music style is more folky than she thinks, but she is influenced by musician such as Blondie, Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac, Jack White, No Doubt and Gwen Stefani.

“I used to have a pink car,” said Rodgers.

She believes her music style comes out differently performing alone than it would if she had a full band with her.

Considering herself a singer/songwriter before a musician, Rodgers has a sense of pride from the lyrics she creates.

“I definitely put a lot of thought into it,” said Rodgers. Although some songs take a long time to get right she acknowledged that, “My favorite songs I’ve written the quickest.”

Although she enjoys writing her own music, she likes performing other people’s music as well.

“It’s just as fun as some of my own songs,” she said.

With less than a year of voice lessons, she has a powerful voice that cuts over the sound of her guitar, an instrument she has been playing since she was eight years old. With a degree in music and a concentration in classical guitar from Millersville University, Rodgers strums confidently.

Her Youtube channel is a collection of videos displaying songs she has written and covers she enjoys playing. Most videos come with a small introduction with Rodgers saying something about the song, revealing not only her talent in singing and playing guitar, but her quirky and expressive personality.

One of her songs, “Quest,” is available on iTunes. She had her songs up on Myspace, and back in 2007 someone from Quickstar Productions contacted her. She gave them $50 and they put her song on a CD featuring a collection of unsigned artists. They gave her 150 copies of the CD and also made her music available on iTunes.

Her favorite song that she wrote is Rivers of Suburbia.

“It’s the one that has the most emotions and meaning for me,” she said. “There’s some anger in it so it feels good to get that out. Really, that’s what song writing is &tstr; an outlet.”

If you missed Rodgers at Dragonfly Café, catch her on Saturday, Oct. 18, at the Wild Goose Gallery in Bird in Hand. On Oct. 21, enjoy a healthy meal at the Dragonfly Café and listen to the Jayplayers, a local singer/songwriter duo inspired by musicians such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and June Carter.

Check out the schedule of musicians playing the rest of the month at Dragonfly Café and stop in for their fall menu options such as pumpkin cheese cake, fall lattes, and crepes.

Dragonfly Café is located at 245 Bloomfield Drive. They can be reached at 581-8899. Check out their website iheartdragonfly.com.

Hours: Sunday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday Saturday 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Entertainment Schedule: Oct. 21 – Jayplayers; Oct. 28 – Less is More.

Lenay Ruhl is a correspondent for the Lititz Record Express. She welcomes your comments and questions at lenay.ruhl@gmail.com.

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