2016 Grand Slam - Rise Above

December 6, 2016

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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

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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

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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

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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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Career Opportunities

August 2, 2016

You’re listening to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast. In July, we heard stories about the working life. Our theme was “Career Opportunities!”

At the end of the night, we had a tie! Jamie Beth and Bryan R. Caine both won their own prized pint glass and earned slots in our November 22nd Grand Slam!

Jamie Beth told this story about an emotionally challenging time in her teaching career.


Our next storyteller is Bryan R. Caine, the co-winner of our Career Opportunities Story Slam. Bryan told this excellent tale of breaking through racial boundaries while working in New York City.

Our final story is from Matt McDunnell. Matt’s  tale of having a rough night driving a pedi-cab had us all laughing.

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

July 7, 2016
Thanks for listening to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast. In June, we asked for stories on the theme “Foreign Soil!” We heard some wild travel stories, and we also heard some excellent immigrant tales! It was a really fun night of diverse stories and we left Tellus with big smiles! 

Audrey Lopez won our “Foreign Soil” Story Slam with her touching story of moving from Peru to the USA as a little kid. Here’s Audrey! 

Our next storyteller is Mitch Jureckson. Mitch has told a few stories before, but this one was particularly personal and poignant. 

Our final story is from Mustafa Nuur. Mustafa came to the USA from Somalia, and as you’ll hear, America felt like foreign soil when he first arrived. 

Our next Story Slam is July 26th and the theme is “Career Opportunities!” We want to hear work stories, and work interview stories. We want to hear about opportunities taken and opportunities missed! What the best job you ever had? What’s the worst job you ever had? Tell us your work story at Tellus360 on July 26th! You can quickly order your tickets off of the Lancaster Story Slam 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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Brush With Fame

May 31, 2016
Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company! Elevate your craft with a pint from Levante! 

Our theme for the May Story Slam was “Brush with Fame,” and people showed up with some amazing stories. We had fourteen people put their name in the cup! 

While many of the stories were about awkward celebrity meetings, the winning story was quite different. Tony Crocamo won the prized pint glass - and earned a spot in our November Grand Slam - with this beautifully crafted tale. 
The next three stories are all about awkward celebrity encounters. We loved them all so we’re including all three. 

First up - writer Chris McDougall talks about spending some quality time with one of Hollywood’s biggest names. 
Next up is David Smith. David has recently caught the story slam bug. He has been spotted telling stories in West Chester, the Lehigh Valley, and now in Lancaster. This is one spectacular story.

Our final story is from Jes Plain. This is just one of those funny awkward moments that occasionally happens to the best of us. We’re glad Jess shared this story with us.

Thanks for listening!

This podcast is produced by Carla Wilson of Wilson Media Services. Theme and sponsor music composed and performed by David Wilson. You can learn more at WilsonMediaServices.com.
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Respect

May 3, 2016

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company! Elevate your craft with a pint from Levante!

Our theme for the April Story Slam was “Respect!” We heard so many great stories this night. We also  ended up in a three-way tie - and that didn’t include a high scoring story from a storyteller who already won this season. What does this mean? You are the  winner, because we’re sharing all four stories in this month’s podcast.

We had to pull the judges to the side of the stage and determine the night’s winner, and in a very close call, the win was awarded to Aaron Spangler. Aaron told this story of taking a trip to Ireland as a teen.


Our second story is from John Strogus. John told this beautiful story of the respect he has for a tutor that helped him in a difficult time.

Our third story is from a first time storyteller at our Story Slam. David Lasky told this tale from a sailing trip he once took.

We just had to let you hear one more story, this one from Beth Horenkamp. Beth has already earned her slot in our Grand Slam but she returned and told this stellar story about having respect for the enormity of her job. 

Thanks for listening! We'd appreciate a rating and review on iTunes.



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Caught!

March 30, 2016
Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! Today we have three stories from our March Story Slam, which was themed CAUGHT! We had a blast with these Caught stories, so today’s podcast features not three, but four stories from the night. 
Our first story is from Beth Horenkamp, who recalls a rather hectic day shortly after the birth of her third child.

Our next storyteller is Mitch Joreckson. Mitch has been a longtime attendee and even took our Storytelling class back in 2015, but this was his first time on stage. We loved so much about this story. 

Some of the stories we hear at Story Slam really tug at our hearts. Tony Crocamo was a first time storyteller at our Caught Story Slam, and his remembrance from his childhood had us all spellbound. 

Our final story is from Josh Witmer. We love this story because basically Josh snitched on himself to his wife, and then to our audience.

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Nothing pairs with good storytelling like great beer, so a big thanks to Levante Brewing Company for their sponsorship of the podcast! 
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Social Media

February 28, 2016
Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company! Elevate your craft with a pint from Levante! 

Hi I’m Carla Wilson and you’re listening to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast. Our theme for the February Story Slam was “Social Media!” We love using Facebook and Twitter to connect with friends and family, but sometimes these apps lead to some very awkward moments. 

Liz Yocom won our Story Slam with this one such awkward, but very funny story.  

Our second story from the Social Media Story Slam is from Caitlin Downs. Caitlin explains the incident that led her to get off of Facebook for good. 

Our final story if from Nick Mancini. Nick told his first story in January, and we knew he had a great sense of humor when he described himself as an Italian redneck. Here Nick talks about growing up with social media and how he obtained a very unusual Twitter handle.
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