Awkward Pause

July 9, 2017

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! Our June Story Slam was themed “Awkward Pause!” We had so much fun listening to stories about those awkward moments in people’s lives. It was fascinating to hear people’s takes on this theme and we’ve chosen three of our favorite stories from the night.

First up, Tony Crocamo won the Story Slam with his awkward love story.

If you love storytelling because you are a writer, check out HippoCamp 2017! HippoCamp is a three day conference for creative non-fiction writers, and this year features keynote speakers Tobias Wolff and Dinty W. Moore. The conference includes special breakout sessions on writing, publishing and even storytelling. It’s all happening right in downtown Lancaster this September eighth through tenth. 

Our next story is from first-time storyteller Marc Anthony. Marc cracked us up by telling this story of how his celebrity crush led to some very awkward moments.

Sometimes awkward moments can bubble up into rage. That’s what happened to Meg Martin in this Awkward Moments story. A word of warning - Meg’s story contains foul language so turn the dial down if kids are listening.  Meg’s story was a crowd favorite and her mannerisms on stage made the story even better. You can watch Meg’s story and all our stories on the Lancaster Story Slam YouTube page.

Our next Story Slam will be Tuesday, July 25th and the theme is “That One Time!” This is really an open theme - tell us that epic story you always share with family and friends! Our events are held at Tellus360 and we start telling stories at 8pm.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d love it if you you would leave a rating and review on iTunes, or let your friends know they can listen to Lancaster folks telling true tales each month.

Thanks for listening!

 

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Don’t Tell Mom

June 11, 2017

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! Our May Story Slam was themed Don’t Tell Mom!

Our winner on the night was first-time storyteller Brian Layng, who shared his story about how much his mother worries about him.

Our next storyteller was also a first-timer - Jim Pollak! Jim explained how his relationship with his mother has changed over the years.

Our final storyteller has told several stories about her relationship with her mother, so we were excited to hear what story she would tell us on this night! Here's Linda Silberman.

Our next Story Slam will be Tuesday, June 27th and the theme is ... Awkward Pause! We want to hear stories about those embarrassing moments where the room fell quiet, or where you expressed some other type of extreme awkwardness. You can read more about the theme at LancasterStorySlam.com. Our events are held at Tellus360 and we start telling stories at 8pm.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d love it if you would leave a rating and review on iTunes, or let your friends know they can listen to Lancaster folks telling true tales each month.

Thanks for listening!

 

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Money

May 12, 2017

The theme for our April Story Slam was Money! We had a fun night, hearing from several first time storytellers and a few seasoned performers also.

David Smith won our Money story Slam with his tale of a moment when his understanding of money changed. 

We’ve all tried to save money in ways which we later regret. Melissa Snavely tells her story of trying to get something for free. Was it worth it? We’ll let you decide.

Our final storyteller is Chris McDougall. In his early days, Chris was a foreign reporter for AP. At our “Money’ Story Slam, he told us about one of his dangerous “other duties” during this time.

Our next Story Slam is themed “Don’t Tell Mom,” and will be held on Tuesday May 23rd at Tellus360 in downtown Lancaster, PA. You can order your tickets and watch videos of stories at LancasterStorySlam.com.


Well, that’s our podcast for this month! If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

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Man vs. Beast

April 7, 2017

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! 

Our March Story Slam was themed “Man Vs. Beast” and it felt like everyone had a story! We heard tales about wild animals and challenging pets - and when it was over, Matt McDunnell won the night with his squirrelly tale. Matt took the prized pint glass and earned a spot in our November Grand Slam.

 

 

Our next Storyteller is Samantha Bare. Sam had won a story slam last season, and returned with her sad tale about her beloved hamster.

Next up is first-time storyteller Adam Shapiro

 

Our next Story Slam will be Tuesday, April 25th and the theme is Money! Tell us a story about how money - or lack of it - has shaped your life. Our events are held at Tellus360 and we start telling stories at 8pm. You can pick up your tickets at lancasterstoryslam.com and if you want to tell a story, simply sign up when you arrive.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d love it if you you would leave a rating and review on iTunes, or let your friends know they can listen to Lancaster folks telling true tales each month.

Thanks for listening!

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Love and Hate

March 12, 2017

The 2017 Lancaster Story Slam season is in full swing. Our theme for February was “Love and Hate,” and we heard all different takes on the subject. It was quite a turnout too as people celebrated Mardi Gras - a festive night for sure!

When it was over, Beth Horenkamp was declared the winning storyteller. Beth has taken to the stage several times over the past two years. 

Beth will be returning to the Grand Slam this November. She was also a grand slam competitor last season!

Do you have a story you want to tell on stage? Have you been secretly thinking you want to tell a story but would like a boost of confidence? We’re holding our Storytelling Workshop on Wednesday night, April 5th at Tellus 360. Our two-hour class will help you think through how to draft your story and provide tips on telling your story live on stage. Learn more on the website, Lancaster Story Slam on the Workshops page. Register to secure your spot.

Laura Heller told about how one slip changed her whole international experience. 

Here’s a totally different take on the theme of Love and Hate. Linda Silberman was a first-time storyteller, and we can say we are glad she is back her in Pennsylvania. 

Our final storyteller is my co-producer, Jim Breslin. He recalls a controversial celebrity that he worked with years ago.

Lancaster Story Slam is always held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Tellus360. Our events start at 8pm, but we recommend arriving early to grab a pint and food at the front bar. You can check out all the details, the rules, and the the themes for the year at our website - LancasterStorySlam.com.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d love it if you you would leave a rating and review on iTunes, or let your friends know they can listen to Lancaster folks telling true tales each month.

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Small World

February 7, 2017

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast!We kicked off our third season of storytelling with the theme of Small World! Eileen Joyce won the night with her story of stalking like-named people throughout the world. 

Our second storyteller is Tony Crocamo. If you’ve been listening to the podcast, you know Tony’s stories, always thoughtful and well told. Tony happened to be the first name drawn out of a hat at our January Story Slam, so it was a delight for us to open up the 2017 season with this story.

Do you dream of telling a story onstage, but feel like you’d like some assistance? We’re making plans to hold our annual storytelling workshop - a two-hour class that will help you shape your story and steel your nerves to take the plunge. Our tentative date is Wednesday, April 12th. Check the news section of our website for confirmation and to register.

Our final storyteller is Melissa Snavely. Melissa is one of our volunteers who helps us with ticketing and admissions at our live events. She told her inspiring story of attending the Women’s March in Washington DC and the memories it conjured up.

Lancaster Story Slam is always held on the fourth Tuesday of each month at Tellus360. Our events start at 8pm, but we recommend arriving early to grab a pint and food at the front bar. You can check out all the details, the rules, and the the themes for the year at our website - Lancasterstoryslam.com.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d love it if you you would leave a rating and review on iTunes, or let your friends know they can listen to Lancaster folks telling true tales each month.  Thanks for listening!

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2016 Grand Slam - Rise Above

December 6, 2016

This Lancaster Story Slam podcast is sponsored by Levante Brewing Company! Elevate your craft with a pint from Levante!

Our 2016 Story Slam season ended with a remarkable night of stories at our second annual Grand Slam. The winning storytellers competed for the title of Best Storyteller in Lancaster. The theme for the night was Rise Above. Thanks to all our storytellers, the judges, and the sold out audience who cheered on the storytellers throughout this magical night.

The Best Storyteller in Lancaster for 2016 is Audrey Lopez! Back in June, Audrey earned her Grand Slam spot with a story of how peanut butter and jelly played a role in her assimilation. In the Grand Slam, she told the story of how she came to find her voice. Here is Audrey.

Our second story comes from Tony Crocamo. Tony earned his Grand Slam slot with an instant classic - the chewing gum story - which he told back in May. At the Grand Slam, he told a story about marriage.

Our final story is from Aaron Spangler, who had won our April story slam with his story about Respect. At the Grand Slam, Aaron told how he learned about a family secret that shook him to the core.

Our 2017 Story Slam season begins on Tuesday, January 24th at Tellus360! Date and themes for the entire season will be announced soon so check out lancasterstoryslam.com and sign up for our newsletter. We hope to see you on stage in 2017.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d love it if you you would leave a rating and review on iTunes, or let your friends know they can listen to Lancaster folks telling true tales each month.

Thanks for listening!

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Trick or Treat

November 7, 2016

The Lancaster Story Slam podcast is sponsored by Levante Brewing Company! Elevate your craft with a pint from Levante!


You’re listening to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast. In October, our theme was Trick or Treat! We heard stories about tricks played and treats earned. It was a fun night that ended our second regular season of storytelling. 

Aaron Lewis won the trick or treat slam! He told us this tale of how he discovered his political leanings one Halloween night.


Our second story comes from first-time storyteller Sam Sweigart. We love first time storytellers and were thrilled to see Sam take the microphone with this touching story.

Our final story is from Tony Crocamo. Tony has made his mark this season with his tales of growing up and this was one of his best stories.

Tickets for the Lancaster Story Slam GRAND SLAM are now on sale! The date for the Grand Slam is Tuesday, November 22nd and the theme is Rise Above! Last year’s Grand Slam sold out so please don’t wait to pay at the door. We want you to have a seat! You can order your tickets from lancasterstoryslam.com.



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Chaos

October 5, 2016

The Lancaster Story Slam podcast is sponsored by Levante Brewing Company! Elevate your craft with a pint from Levante!

Thank you for listening to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast. In September, our themes was Chaos!

Our winner was David Smith. David has told stories at our slams before, and he is always hilarious with his vivid descriptions. David won a prized pint glass and will be returning for our Grand Slam in November.


Our second Chaos story comes from Michael Sirianni.

Our third story is from Jim Breslin, who told about a recent road trip with his college buddies.

Well….. It’s hard to believe our final regular season story slam is coming soon. Join us on Tuesday, October 25th for our “Trick or Treat” Story Slam! We want to hear stories about tricks you have played, or tricks that have been played on you, or tell us your story about treats you’ve enjoyed. We hope to see you on Tuesday, October 25th!

Also - remember, tickets for the Lancaster Story Slam GRAND SLAM will go on Sale on Wednesday, October 26th. Last year’s GRAND SLAM did sell out, and we expect a packed house this November also.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d love it if you you would leave a rating and review on iTunes, or let your friends know they can listen to Lancaster folks telling true tales each month.

Thanks again to our podcast sponsor - Levante Brewing Company!

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Panic Switch

August 31, 2016

The Lancaster Story Slam podcast is sponsored by Levante Brewing Company! Elevate your craft with a pint from Levante!

In August, we heard stories about panic! Our Story Slam was themed Panic Switch!


Rebecca Thatcher Murcia won the story slam with her tale of labor - you could say this was a labor of love. Rebecca is a writer and journalist. She is the author of the book Seeking Saul: An American Mother’s Journey to Colombia.

Our second Panic story is from David Smith. David has entertained us with stories from his days working in television, but this may be his best one yet.

Our next storyteller is Bryan R. Caine. Bryan has already won a story slam this season, but he returned to the stage with a Panic story.

A reminder - Our next Story Slam is MONDAY, September 26th at Tellus360 and the theme is “CHAOS!” Tell us your story about when things spun out of control. We can’t control everything in our life. We all have to deal with messes from time to time. David’s soccer story would have fit in Chaos.

Whether you have a CHAOS story or just want to listen to others, you are invited to come watch these stories told live on stage - there’s nothing quite like it! You can quickly order your tickets off of the lancasterstoryslam.com tickets page.

If you enjoyed the podcast, we’d love it if you you would leave a rating and review on iTunes, or let your friends know they can listen to Lancaster folks telling true tales each month.

Thanks again to our podcast sponsor - Levante Brewing Company!

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