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After the Show: Hanging out with Marie Nofsinger

 

Marie Nofsinger has been one of the area’s leading singer-songwriters for decades.

Fortunately for audiences, she shows no sign of slowing down.

“I’m working with James Kalamasz, who owns Spectrum Studios in Fort Lauderdale,” she said. “We released a CD called ‘The Wildlife Rides Again.’ We have a children’s project that we’re working on now. We’re doing some videotaping and writing for that. Then I do some small gigs.”

But it’s not all recordings and children’s projects.

“I helped with a fundraiser for the Delray Beach Property Owners Association to help build a new pavilion at the beach,” she said.

She stays busy with the music, but that’s not her day job — she does medical coding from home.

 “I’ve been playing music and writing for 30 years and it’s nice that people still remember me,” she said. “I’ve been in my house for 21 years. It’s still a work in progress. And I still go to all the vintage shops to find cute things for the house. One day, I’d love to open a little shop of my own.”

When she ventures from her home near downtown Delray Beach, she doesn’t need to go far.

“One of my favorite hangouts is Kevro’s Arts Bar (166 NE Second Ave, Delray Beach; 278-9675). That’s a great place to have a drink inside or outside. The stage is always filled with a band or we’re allowed to get up and jam as local musicians. It’s a favorite to have a drink or just play some music,” she said.

But Kevro’s doesn’t offer food.

“At 3rd and 3rd (301 NE Third Ave., Delray Beach; 303-1939), they have excellent food. They have small plates and large plates, and they have a great wine selection,” she said. “They have a living room area where musicians like to play and you can sit on the couch and have a glass of wine and listen to great musicians.”

Around the corner, there’s sushi.

“I like to go to Yama’s (200 NE Second Ave., Delray Beach; 266-9929). They have a sushi house on Northeast Second Avenue. He’s my favorite sushi,” Nofsinger said.

“And if you’re up in the morning, I always know I can get a great breakfast at Ellie’s Diner on Federal Highway (Ellie’s 50’s Diner, 2410 N. Federal Highway, Delray Beach; 276-7716). I’ve been going there for years,” she said.  “The food is good quality. I know that his kitchen, well, you could eat off the floor — not that I would.”

— Scott Simmons

 

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