At first a bakery may seem an odd spot for music and spoken word performance, but this isn’t any old bakery, it’s the heart of Woods Hole.  Since 2001, Randy Gummow has MC-ed “Open Mic Night” at Pie in the Sky bakery in Woods Hole.  Gummow is a devotee of the format, as he said, “because it gives everyone an opportunity to shine.”

Gummow has an unusual claim to fame – in his ten-year tenure, he has never missed a performance at this quirky local bakery.   Open 364 days a year, “Pie” (as the locals call it) is always packed with fans of fair trade coffee and fresh baked goods, but especially so on Open Mic nights.

Open Mic Night at Pie in the Sky.

Gummow performs “Friend of the Devil” by the Grateful Dead.

Perhaps it is their unique combo of sandwiches (try the BLT!), fresh baked goodies (my favorite is the coconut encrusted wonder bars), and freshly ground coffee, that puts this hip little eatery on the map.

One thing that always draws a crowd in summer is Open Mic Night, where music ranges from the Grateful Dead, Bob Marley, Led Zeppelin, or an all original.  Fun for all ages, the program kicks off at 6 pm on Monday evenings in the summertime.

Open Mic Night, Woods Hole

Another heartfelt performance at Open Mic Night 2012.

Don’t miss out on this unique Woods Hole tradition.   Newcomers are welcome at the mic, but if you’re like me and happier in the audience, grab a wonderbar and enjoy the performances. Who knows, you might even see the ghost of Jerry Garcia – this is just his scene.

Pie in the Sky's interior.

Pie in the Sky’s cozy interior.

Pie in the Sky, Woods Hole

Pie in the Sky at the beginning of Open Mic Night.