Suzan Erens Into The Hearts
Story hour "Café-city Mosjøen" is part of the music festival "Music in Mosjøen behind the scene is the Vefsn-Ensemble.
The evening was a collaboration with Helgeland Museum and "Hans Pedersen has really read up on the syllabus in front of this history lesson," said pianist Franziska Wika when she welcomed him.
The history lesson began with an Overture. Many of the approximately 80 in the audience heard beloved songs from the old days as Vefsn-Ensemble swung through one local song after another.
Cooked on the beach
Hans Pedersen stated that he felt a little performance anxiety when he would take over after such a swinging start to the history lesson.
- I'm supposed to present the dry, academic material which does not fluctuate as much.
Pedersen did well. He gave anecdotes as he presented color laser slides of the city's cafe history from the mid-1800 through today.
The idea 'café culture' is imported and comes from Turkey, Persia and Yemen, while the coffee comes from Ethiopia. Muslim prophets tried to make the coffee into a religious drink. "They felt closer to God namely when they drank their coffee," said Pedersen.
The coffee came to Europe in the 1600s, but the breakthrough did not come until it was cheaper in the mid-1800s.
- Henry Notaker writes in part that no one drank as much coffee as vefsningene in the 1850s. Mosjøen history is reflection on the growth of cities in Norway. It was said that when there were 1,000 inhabitants in the city, 20 families lived solely from selling boiled coffee. At first it was coffee huts with tables and wooden benches. Some boiled coffee on a bonfire on the beach; they had no stove in the shed say.
Pedersen said that urban development and flowering of cafe helped develop the modern females.
- A lot of women were now presented as self-employed and independent individuals. This was something new.
Through its historic journey in the local coffee taverns were Pedersen features many legendary cafes Bondeheimen and Cafe Fønix. And betting.
- Tipperary has been involved in all phases cafe up through time. The official story goes back to 1907, but the origin is a kaffebu in Sjøgata.
Throughout history there have been big discussions about what one should have the right at cafes. Also locally, it has been discussed.
- It was discovered that they served beer in the basement of Tipperary. The matter came up in the municipal council and a representative said it will not be served beer and other narcotic agents in underground caves in Mosjøen.
Pedersen finished his story with an ever so small, personalized heart sigh.
- I've been sitting in the council and voted down grant licenses. In retrospect, I must admit that I regret a little. We could still have a large locally owned restaurant if we had not been so strict.
Into the hearts
History lesson was well seasoned with musical performances. The former Hollander Soprano Suzan Erens has settled in Mosjøen and Sunday she had her "debut" at her new home. Together with Vefsn-Ensemble Suzan performed her brilliant versions of "It's a long way to Tipperary" and "The White Cliffs of Dover". With these songs she sang them explicitly into the hearts of audiences at the culture workshop.
The young rockers in the band DSSS also performed during the history lesson.
article & foto: (c) SNORRE SJØVOLL