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January 14 2017, Brunswick, Political Divide

January 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Questions for the Other Side

Our very first Make Shift Coffee House was at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, Maine

Photo Credit: Brunswick Times Record

About 70 people attended our first Make Shift Coffee house and many people seemed to really like it. Not having a specific focus and allowing any type of question, we touched on several topics: taxes, abortion, candidate integrity, the role of government, the Affordable Care Act, the role of money in politics, and several others.

The band was terrific and played both before and after the discussion. And there was lots of good food provided by volunteers.

Click here to read the story in the Brunswick Times Record.

Premise for “Questions for the Other Side”

Recent election results show that our country is deeply divided. Donald Trump won with the most electoral college votes. Hillary Clinton lost with the most popular votes. Feelings run deep on both sides. People are angry. And confused.

MAR_2932At this Make Shift Coffee House we had a chance to ask each other questions. Wondering why someone supports more gun ownership? Ask them. Wondering why someone supports more environmental regulation? Ask them. Wondering how someone could vote for Trump or for Clinton or for marijuana? Ask them. Why do people support free trade? Pro choice? Big government? Small government? Less carbon? More carbon? Let’s ask each other. We did.

Music was provided by


317 Main is a Community Music Center based at 317 Main Street in Yarmouth, Maine. Learn about them here.

These terrific musicians played for us:

Chris Moore – mandolins, vocals
Ted Demille – guitar, vocals
Ben Hunsberger – piano, vocals
Chris Dombrowski – bass

Thanks guys!


Before the start of the session people had a chance to write questions on paper. We then took up one question after another and Craig called on people who wanted to share answers.

6:30 pm      Live Music. Coffee, tea, snacks. Chit chat.

7:30 pm      Group Conversation

9:00 pm      Live music. Coffee, tea, snacks. Chit chat.

10:00 pm    End


January 14, 2017
6:30 pm - 10:00 pm


Curtis Memorial Library
Brunswick, ME United States + Google Map