Lancaster Story Slam podcast
Not What I Intended

Not What I Intended

June 14, 2020

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! Our May Story Slam theme was “Not What I Intended.” We were thrilled to have eight amazing storytellers join us for our third virtual story slam! 

Our winner by audience vote for May’s Lancaster Story Slam was Tom Bottiger who shared his story of working for a television station and through a series of unfortunate events ended up accidentally violating broadcast standards. 

Tom’s story won him the prized pint glass and earned him a spot in the Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam which will take place in November. Congratulations, Tom!

Next up is Randy Shultz with his touching tribute to his friend, Ron.

Our final storyteller is Swapna Deshpande. Swapna shared her story of visiting her parents in India.

Our June Story Slam is themed “Identity Crisis” and will be held at 7pm on June 23rd. Watch the Lancaster Story Slam Facebook page for event registration.

Our thanks to LancLiving Realty, whose generous support is making this season possible.  Thanks for listening!

Ink - April 2020

Ink - April 2020

May 14, 2020

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast!  Our April Story Slam theme was “Ink.” We were thrilled to have eight amazing storytellers join us for our second virtual story slam! 

Our winner by audience vote for April’s Lancaster Story Slam was Beth Horenkamp with her story about writing letters to her grandfather.

Beth’s story won her the prized pint glass and earned her a spot in the Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam which will take place in November. Congratulations, Beth!

Next up is Gina Melasecca with her story about her special connection to New Orleans.

Now a word from LancLiving Realty, our 2020 sponsor. LancLiving Realty is a local real estate and property management firm based in downtown Lancaster, serving communities throughout Lancaster County, and focused on providing clients with ethical and knowledgeable service. Whether you are buying or selling, LancLiving agents focus on getting the best deal for you, the client.  LancLiving is proud to support great storytelling through the Lancaster Story Slam for the second year in a row. LancLiving ... It's where you belong.

Our final storyteller is JJ Sheffer. JJ shared her story about getting a special tattoo commemorating her friendship with an ex-boyfriend.

And that’s it for our April “Ink”  podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, you will probably also enjoy our live virtual events! Our May Story Slam is themed “Not What I Intended” and will be held at 7pm on May 26th. Watch our Facebook page for event registration.

Thanks for listening!

Luck - March 2020

Luck - March 2020

April 18, 2020

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! 

In March, our Story Slam theme was “Luck.” We were thrilled to have so many new audience members able to join us for the first time because we hosted Lancaster Story Slam as a virtual event! 

Our winner by audience vote for March’s Lancaster Story Slam was Tony Crocamo with his story about preparing for his first communion. 

Tony’s story won him the prized pint glass and earned him a spot in the Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam which will take place in November. Congratulations, Tony!

Next up is Melissa Snavely with her story about her trip to the hospital to give birth to her son.

Our final storyteller is Steve Kernaghan. Steve shared his story about being a first-year teacher and breaking up a girl fight.

Thank you to LancLiving Realty, our 2020 sponsor. LancLiving Realty is a local real estate and property management firm based in downtown Lancaster, serving communities throughout Lancaster County, and focused on providing clients with ethical and knowledgeable service. Whether you are buying or selling, LancLiving agents focus on getting the best deal for you, the client.

And that’s it for our March “Luck” podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, you will probably also enjoy our monthly events! Our April Story Slam is themed “Ink” and will be held at 7pm on April 28th. Registration is free. Please visit LancasterStorySlam.com for more details.

Thanks for listening. 

#Adulting

#Adulting

March 11, 2020

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! In February, our  Story Slam theme was “#adulting.” We had many talented storytellers and some wonderful first-time storytellers come out for the evening to share their stories with us. 

Our winner for February’s Lancaster Story Slam was Steve McLean with a story about the time he decided to let loose and live a little rather than being the responsible adult.

Steve’s story won him the prized pint glass and earned him a spot in the Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam which will take place in November. Congratulations, Steve!

Next up is Sam Yolen with his story of becoming a rabbi and the first funeral he was asked to preside over.

Now a word from LancLiving Realty, our 2020 sponsor. LancLiving Realty is a local real estate and property management firm based in downtown Lancaster, serving communities throughout Lancaster County, and focused on providing clients with ethical and knowledgeable service. Whether you are buying or selling, LancLiving agents focus on getting the best deal for you, the client.  LancLiving is proud to support great storytelling through the Lancaster Story Slam for the second year in a row!  LancLiving ... It's where you belong.

Our final storyteller is Alison Kibler. Allison shared her story of learning to drive at age 16 on the I-495 beltway. 

If you enjoy our podcast, you will probably also enjoy our live events! Our March Story Slam is themed “Luck” and will be held at 7pm on March 24th. Come out and join us at Zoetropolis. We sold out of seated tickets in February so it’s always a good idea to purchase tickets online in advance. 

Thanks for listening!

Blank Canvas

Blank Canvas

February 8, 2020

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! We kicked off our 6th season of Lancaster Story Slam with the theme “Blank Canvas.” With the turning over of the new year and resolutions made, “Blank Canvas” seemed like a truly fitting theme for January. Our talented storytellers and some amazing first-time storytellers came out for the evening to share their stories with us.

Our winner for January’s Story Slam was Swapna Deshpande with her story about the year she became a doctor and a mother at the same time. Her canvas quickly became filled with sleepless nights and feelings of guilt, but in the end, she discovered the truth - you can be a good mom and a doctor, too.

 

Next up is Sitawa Wafula with her story of going from a well-respected mental health advocate in Kenya to a student in Lancaster, PA.

Now a word from LancLiving Realty, our 2020 sponsor. LancLiving Realty is a local real estate and property management firm based in downtown Lancaster, serving communities throughout Lancaster County, and focused on providing clients with ethical and knowledgeable service. Whether you are buying or selling, LancLiving agents focus on getting the best deal for you, the client.  LancLiving is proud to support great storytelling through the Lancaster Story Slam for the second year in a row.  LancLiving ... It's where you belong.

Our final storyteller is Steve McLean. Steve shared his story of how we may find ourselves with a new blank canvas, but continue to be sentimental about the canvas other’s have helped us to paint.

 

And that’s it for our January “Blank Canvas” podcast. If you enjoy our podcast, you will probably also enjoy our live events! Our February Story Slam is themed “#adulting” and will be held at 7pm on February 25th. Come out and join us at Zoetropolis. We sold out of tickets in January so it’s always a good idea to purchase tickets online in advance. 

Don't forget to follow us on Twitter and Facebook and watch videos of all our stories on YouTube.

We hope to see you on stage soon! Thanks for listening.

Changes - Grand Slam 2019

Changes - Grand Slam 2019

December 7, 2019

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! 

Our Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam theme for 2019 was “Changes.” Our talented storytellers shared some comical and profound tales about changes they’ve seen in their own lives or in the lives of others.

Our winner for this year’s Grand Slam was Rita Clarke with a story of a profound and satisfying change she was able to make in another person.  Rita’s story won her the title of Best Storyteller in Lancaster along with several gift certificates to local establishments. Rita’s name will be etched on our Championship Trophy along with all past Grand Slam winners. Congratulations, Rita!

Next up is Jeff Howe with his story about a friend named Sally and her bowling ball. 

Our next storyteller is Swapna Deshpande. Swapna shared a story about an act of kindness by a complete stranger that changed her perspective and made her start to feel like she belongs here in the United States. 

Our gratitude to LancLiving Realty who sponsored our 2019 season!  LancLiving Realty is a local real estate and property management firm based in downtown Lancaster, serving communities throughout Lancaster County, and focused on providing clients with ethical and knowledgeable service. Whether you are buying or selling, LancLiving agents focus on getting the best deal for you, the client. LancLiving is proud to support great story telling through the Lancaster Story Slam.  LancLiving ... It's where you belong.

Our final story for this year’s Grand Slam podcast is from Pat Carmody. Listen as Pat revels in his freedom to change, or not. 

And that’s it for our podcast for November’s Grand Slam. If you enjoy our podcast, you will probably also enjoy our live events, so stay tuned for our 2020 Story Slam dates and themes announcement. The 2020 season will be held at Zoetropolis again.

Hope to see you there! Thanks for listening!

Scars

Scars

November 3, 2019

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast!

Our Lancaster Story Slam theme for October was ScarsThe stories were a mix of good laughs and vulnerable moments. We heard stories about both physical and emotional childhood traumas and stories of bizarre and sometimes comical injuries.

Our winner this month was Jeff Howe who shared a story of his childhood friend nicknamed “Fat Frankie” and how some scars have the possibility of being healed.

Congratulations Jeff!  Jeff won our prized pint glass and a spot in our Grand Slam.  We’ll have more details about Grand Slam later in the podcast.

Next up is Randy Bucksner who told us a story about shares about the scars having  an abusive alcoholic father can leave.

Now a word from LancLiving Realty, our 2019 sponsor. LancLiving Realty is a local real estate and property management firm based in downtown Lancaster, serving communities throughout Lancaster County, and focused on providing clients with ethical and knowledgeable service. Whether you are buying or selling, LancLiving agents focus on getting the best deal for you, the client. LancLiving is proud to support great story telling through the Lancaster Story Slam.  LancLiving ... It's where you belong.

Our final story for this month’s podcast is from David Smith. David shares the story of how his love of pretzels earned him a five inch scar on his right foot. 

David Smith will be emcee for our Grand Slam, which will be held on Tuesday, November 26th at 7pm at The Ware Center.  The theme for our Grand Slam will be Changes and our monthly winners from January through October will return to compete for the title of ‘Best Storyteller in Lancaster 2019.’ Tickets are on sale now but are going fast.  Check out the Lancaster Story Slam website and click on Tickets for more details. 

Please follow us on Facebook, Twitter , Instagram and YouTube for more details leading up to Grand Slam. 

Thanks for listening!

Teach Your Children

Teach Your Children

October 5, 2019

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast!

Our Lancaster Story Slam theme for September was "Teach Your Children.” Our talented storytellers shared some amazing lessons that they’d been taught and some lessons that they’d managed to impart to others. 

Our winner this month was Rita Clarke with a story about the time her mother stood up for her when a teacher accused her of cheating.

Rita’s story won her the prized pint glass and a spot in the Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam which will take place on November 26th at The Ware Center. Congratulations, Rita!

Next up is Caitlin Downs with her story about teaching a group of young men about primary research and cat calling.

Since we had so many wonderful first time storytellers this month, we decided to include four in this month’s podcast. Our next story is from George Hahalis. Listen as George shares his story about a special trip he and his daughter took to New York City together.

Now a word from LancLiving Realty, our 2019 sponsor. LancLiving Realty is a local real estate and property management firm based in downtown Lancaster, serving communities throughout Lancaster County, and focused on providing clients with ethical and knowledgeable service. Whether you are buying or selling, LancLiving agents focus on getting the best deal for you, the client.  LancLiving is proud to support great story telling through the Lancaster Story Slam.  LancLiving ... It's where you belong. 

Our final story for this month’s podcast is from Valerie Smith. Listen in as Valerie explains why she should be doing hard time in the slammer. 

And that’s it for our podcast for September’s Story Slam. If you enjoy our podcast, you will probably also enjoy our live events! Our October Story Slam is themed “Scars” and will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, October 22nd. Come out and join us at Zoetropolis. The house has been packed this season, so it’s a good idea to purchase tickets online in advance. Tickets are available at our website.

Hope to see you onstage soon!  Thanks for listening!

Warning Signs

Warning Signs

September 11, 2019

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! 

Our Lancaster Story Slam theme for August was “Warning Signs.” Our talented storytellers made us pause and reflect on warning signs we’ve experienced.

Our winner this month was Meghan Turk with her experience of seeing and ignoring the warning signs of an unhealthy relationship and what it finally took for her to seek help. 

Meghan’s story won her the prized pint glass and a spot in the Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam which will take place in November. Congratulations, Megan!

Next up is Marcus Grimm with his tale of potential criminal activity and a large Koi named “The Meg.” 

Now a word from LancLiving Realty, our 2019 sponsor. LancLiving Realty is a local real estate and property management firm based in downtown Lancaster, serving communities throughout Lancaster County, and focused on providing clients with ethical and knowledgeable service. Whether you are buying or selling, LancLiving agents focus on getting the best deal for you, the client. LancLiving is proud to support great story telling through the Lancaster Story Slam. LancLiving ... It's where you belong.

Our final story for this month’s podcast is from Jeff Stoltzfus. Listen in as Jeff shares his story of one seriously sticky warning sign.

And that’s it for our podcast for August’s Story Slam. If you enjoy our podcast, you will probably also enjoy our live events! Our September Story Slam is themed “Teach Your Children” and will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, September 24th. Come out and join us at Zoetropolis. The house has been packed this season, so it’s a good idea to purchase tickets online in advance. Don’t forget, if you want to come early for dinner or drinks, the restaurant will be open. Hope to see you there! 

Thanks for listening. 

Curiosity

Curiosity

August 3, 2019

Welcome to the Lancaster Story Slam podcast! Our Lancaster Story Slam theme for July was “Curiosity.” Our talented storytellers made us laugh and related to the situations and places their curiosity had gotten them into. 

Our winner this month was Terri Shadle with her story of "loon-acy" - where on a quiet and peaceful lake in the adirondacks, Terri discovered it’s a bad idea to piss a loon off. 

Terri’s story won her the prized pint glass and a spot in the Lancaster Story Slam Grand Slam which will take place in November. Congratulations, Terri!

Next up is Mandy Mastros with her thought provoking story of her curiosity and obsession with nature versus nurture. Listen as she questions what shapes us into who we eventually become. 

Now a word from LancLiving Realty, our 2019 sponsor. LancLiving Realty is a local real estate and property management firm based in downtown Lancaster, serving communities throughout Lancaster County, and focused on providing clients with ethical and knowledgeable service. Whether you are buying or selling, LancLiving agents focus on getting the best deal for you, the client.  LancLiving is proud to support great story telling through the Lancaster Story Slam.  LancLiving ... It's where you belong.

Our final story for this month’s podcast is from Eric Athey. Listen in as Eric shares a tale of the Martic Forge Hotel and the odd site he came across at 3 AM.

And that’s it for our podcast for July’s Story Slam. If you enjoy our podcast, you will probably also enjoy our live events! Our August Story Slam is themed “Warning Signs” and will be held at 7pm on Tuesday, August 27th. Come out and join us at Zoetropolis. The house has been packed this season, so it’s a good idea to purchase tickets online in advance. Tickets are available at our website. Don’t forget, if you want to come early for dinner or drinks, the restaurant will be open.

We hope to see you on stage soon! Thanks for listening!