Best Day Ever!

May 5, 2018

Our theme for April was Best. Day. Ever.

With a theme like that, you might be surprised to hear the beginning of the winning story. Bret Daniels left us all breathless with his personal story of finding forgiveness.  (A warning that the subject matter is sensitive, so this story may not be appropriate for little ears).

 

We want to thank Bret for sharing his story of courage. Everyone in the audience was really moved by his story. Thanks again Bret.  

Now for something completely different. Beth Horenkamp has been telling stories in Lancaster for the past two years. Here she tells us about how a small family moment resonates on a larger scale. A reminder - the theme was Best. Day Ever.

 

Our final story is from Randy Schulz, and this is his third time telling a story on our stage. Here’s Randy.

 

Our May Story Slam is themed DO OVER and will be held on May 22nd. You can learn about all our dates and themes, as well as watch videos and order your tickets at our website.

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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Forgiven

April 13, 2018

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! 

Our theme for March was Forgiven, and for some  reason, many of our stories centered around our love of dogs. We’ll hear a dog story later, but first…..Tony Crocamo won our "Forgiven" Story Slam with his tale of throwing snowballs at cars as a kid. Tony won the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in the 2018 Grand Slam, which takes place in November

Marcus Grimm has already earned a slot in our Grand Slam, but here he is telling a story about his family’s relationships with dogs over the years. 

Our final storyteller is Matthew Kabik. Matt told us the story of a day about his day of atonement.  Matt is the editor in chief of Third Point Press, an online journal featuring prose, poetry and images that’s published right here in Lancaster, PA. 

Our April Story Slam is themed Best Day Ever and will be held on April 24th. We also have a workshop in April.

Our 2018 dates and themes are all posted on our website. Check out all the details at our website.

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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First Crush!

March 14, 2018

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast!

Even though our February Story Slam was two weeks after Valentine’s Day, we decided to try the theme of “First Crush” and wow! Did we get crushed! We heard some hilarious and some heartbreaking stories about first loves - all the stories were excellent - the judging was really close - and we ended up with a tie!

Christian Carrion and Marcus Grimm both walked away with prized pint glasses and both were invited back to our November Grand Slam!

Christian Carrion was a first time storyteller. It’s so exciting when a first-timer gets up on stage and crushes it! Congratulations Chris!

If you think you want to tell a story on stage, but want some guidance, check out our Storytelling Workshop! In this one night session we’ll cover basic story structure, creative language, and more. It’s a great way to build your confidence before taking to the mic. We only do this workshop once a year, and this year the date is April 18th. 

Our co-winner for the First Crush Story Slam was Marcus Grimm. Marcus discussed his first television crush and how she kept resurfacing in his life.

 

Our final storyteller is our dear friend Kevin Beerman. Friends of Kevin know this remarkable and heartwarming story, so it was great to hear him tell this onstage. Here’s Kevin.

 

We loved this story. Although Kevin is a first-time storyteller, his wife Donna Talarico has told stories often at Lancaster Story Slam. Together, they organize Hippocamp - a Creative Nonfiction Writers Conference, which has brought in some of today’s greatest authors. Hippocamp 2018 will take place the weekend of August 24th. Google hippocamp 2018 to learn more!

If you have been a podcast listener, but haven’t made it to one of our live events, you should make plans to come out to Tellus360 in 2018! Our 2018 dates and themes are all posted on our website

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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New Beginnings

January 31, 2018

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! 

We kicked off our fourth season of Lancaster Story Slam with the theme of New Beginnings! Our schedule of 2018 Story Slams is available on the website - you can check out upcoming live events, workshops, and watch videos of past stories at our website.

First-time storyteller Michael Evans won the January “New Beginnings” Story Slam with this heartfelt story.

You just heard Michael’s story, but he wasn’t the only one to get personal. Brian Gish took the theme of New Beginnings and talked about an intense time of his life.

We’re going to lighten it up a little with our final story. Tony Crocamo was the winner of our 2017 Grand Slam and he returned in January with this funny story about the trials and tribulations of moving to Lancaster.

 

If you have been a podcast listener, but haven’t made it to one of our live events, you should make plans to come out to Tellus360 in 2018! Our 2018 dates and themes are all posted on our website. Check out all the details at 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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Promises - Grand Slam 2017

December 11, 2017

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! 

We wrapped up our third season of Lancaster Story Slam on November 28th with our 2017 Grand Slam! Thanks to everyone who came out - it was a packed house! Our theme for the night was “Promises!”

For those who don’t know, the Grand Slam features the winning storytellers from throughout the season, and our winner was Tony Crocamo!

Tony won the title “Best Storyteller in Lancaster” and took home the trophy with his remembrance of going to a school dance.

Next up, Linda Silberman. In the past year, Linda has told a few stories about her relationship with her mother, and this story really encapsulates that bond.

Our final story is about a memorable travel day. Beth Horenkamp recalls attending an amazing event while traveling through Europe.

If you have been a podcast listener, but haven’t made it to one of our live events, you should make plans to come out to Tellus360 in 2018! Our 2018 dates and themes should be posted by mid-December. Check out all the details at 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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Nightmares

October 30, 2017

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! 

Our October Story Slam was themed “Nightmares,” and we heard tales about having nightmares, living through nightmares, and giving nightmares!

Cynthia Angst won the night and earned a slot in the 2017 GRAND SLAM with her nightmare come to life.  

This next story was an audience favorite. Randy Schulz talks about a memorable experience with his son that could have turned into a nightmare.

We have one more story for you. This was truly a living nightmare, but Jill Milton can laugh about it now. Let’s hear her story.

 If you have been a podcast listener, but haven’t made it to one of our live events, the 2017 GRAND SLAM is the event for you! The GRAND SLAM will take place on November 28th at 8pm at Tellus 360 in downtown Lancaster. Tickets for the GRAND SLAM have sold out in years past, and they are on sale now - until they are sold out. We hope to see you there.

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.  Please remember to follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, and subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can watch videos of all the storytellers. 

Thanks for listening.

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Old School

October 9, 2017

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! 

Our September Story Slam was themed “Old School,” and we heard tales about being in school, as well as stories about doing things “old school!”

Let’s hear the winning story by Brian William Gish

Our next story was an audience favorite! Mike Lombardo tells about trying to score points with his wife - and how it was an upward battle.

Our next storyteller is also a first timer, Kirk Hummel. Kirk wowed us with his imagery in this story - it’s funny and a little disturbing!  

Here are few dates to jot down in your calendar.

Our next Story Slam is our last regular story slam of the season! Come on out on October 24th and the theme is Nightmares! Tell us your favorite story about having nightmares while sleeping or living a nightmare in your life - maybe it was a terrible job or a rough relationship. Our events are held at Tellus360 and we start telling stories at 8pm.

Also - you don’t want to miss the 2017 GRAND SLAM, which will take place on November 28th. Tickets for the GRAND SLAM have sold out in years past, so make a note to order your tickets on Wednesday, October 25th so you get your seat!

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.  You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and watch videos of all our storytellers on YouTube!

Thanks for listening!

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Hot Mess

August 27, 2017

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! Our August Story Slam was themed “Hot Mess” and the night ended in a tie! Two stories about being caught in dangerous heat won the night. 

Let’s start with the co-winning story from Jim Pollak

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 8-10, 2017.

The co-winner of the night was no stranger to our stage. Aaron Lewis won a Lancaster Story Slam last year and has emceed both here and in York. 

 

Both Aaron and Jim Pollak will be competing in our 2017 Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam this November.

Our final story has a different type of Hot Mess. Jim Hamrick told this story of a very awkward moment shopping with his family.

Our next Story Slam will be Tuesday, September 26th and the theme is Old School. Tell us your favorite story of being a student in school, teaching at school, or how you tackled an issue “old school.” 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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That One Time

August 5, 2017

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast. 

Our July Story Slam was themed, “That One Time,” and we had so many people sign up to tell stories! 

Our July winner was Linda Silberman. Linda won with her story of “coming to” and finding herself in a very precarious situation. Here is Linda!

Linda had an excellent July. In addition to winning Lancaster Story Slam, she also won Harrisburg Story Slam, which debuted earlier in the month. Congratulations Linda!

Our next story was the first story told at our “That One Time” Story Slam, and it kind of set the tone for the night. Mitch Jureckson had us all cracking up with his story of a college prank that got a bit out of hand. Here’s Mitch!

 

Our final storyteller is Liz Yocom. Liz has told a few stories about her dating life, and this is one of her funniest. Here’s Liz.

Our next Story Slam is themed “Hot Mess,” and will be held on Tuesday, August 22nd at Tellus360 in downtown Lancaster, PA. You can order your tickets and watch videos of stories at our website.

And don’t forget to check out other local Story Slams - York Story Slam, West Chester Story Slam, and Harrisburg Story Slam!

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

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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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