Apr 13, 2010
Save Smiley’s space
by Tiffany Edwards
“We made the same amount of money tonight as we do on a Friday that’s not too hot,” Smiley, the owner of the Drowsy Poet, said with a grin.
It was 10:45 on a Thursday night, just after a “Save the Drowsy Poet” music event organized by loyal Drowsy patrons and Roy Ellis, known as Smiley to his customers.
“The Drowsy Poet is the only place that I feel welcome whenever I play music. If the Drowsy closes up, I will never forgive myself for letting it happen,” Liberty sophomore Joe Mielnicki said. “It’s the only place I know at the edge of campus, where all my best friends go to, and the Miltons are amazing. Smiley, please don’t close the place.”
The group has members from students at many area colleges, not just Liberty.
“That place was part of the reason I survived high school,” Virginia Tech sophomore Hailey Garbee said. “It was one of the places where my parents and my friend’s parents knew we would be safe and well taken care of. It’s how my best friend and I connected. Friday nights it was hard to find a seat. We need this place.”
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