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At 10:00am on February 8, 2010, Ilene Fischer said…
Hey Andrea
Thanks for the warm welcome. Unfortunately, I can't make the Ryles show this sunday because I'll be performing down the street at improv boston's valentine's day show: thorns.
At 9:13pm on February 3, 2010, Medusa said…
Andrea: Did you ever get this message. It looks like I posted it to myself on my wall and it was suppose to go to you. I'm still a bit technically challenged.

Greetings Andrea:
OOooooh. I missed your e-mail and spoke to Laura just before the show!!! That was suppose to be my last announcement for the show to inform our audiences that storytellers are taking it to the streets with a Blue Christmas/Holiday. Andrea, I tell's almost like a church revival. There are so many people who are moving with us in this attempt to tell our own stories. It's beautiful. Brother Blue is beautiful. I just did a Kwanzaa event at one of our catholic churches in Albuquerque. I shared some memories of Brother Blue and then told a story. It can be challenging at first to do this in a place where people are not familiar with Brother Blue and do not continue the tradition of oral sharing in this electronic age...However, it looks like it didn't matter. People were moved to tears. Some even came to me and afterward vowed to share stories with their children more often. Wow oh Wow oh's a loving blessing.
At 10:35am on February 2, 2010, Sheila Leavitt said…
Congratulations, Andrea! I am so sorry I missed Sunday's Slam (was at kid's piano recital . . .). You guys rock. See you next time!
At 1:30pm on February 1, 2010, andrea lovett said…
perhaps not your story but a deadringer (or doppelganger)of you told one. Was very,very good too.
At 10:42pm on January 27, 2010, Kafunda Banks said…
Thank you,Andrea! I'm glad to be here. Thank you for the gift certificate!
At 6:26pm on January 23, 2010, andrea lovett said…
Great photos they go out to all here! Thanks!
At 6:13pm on January 23, 2010, Sharon V. Wood said…
Thank you. I just found two photos of Brother Blue at STF some years past & wanted to upload them to his tribute site. But I started here and uploaded those photos and some of myself telling stories. Let me know where to send Blue's photos so they'll get wider viewing.
At 10:26pm on January 5, 2010, Mary Jo Maichack said…
Thanks for the welcome, Andrea. Where do I have to travel for slamming? Interested--Western Mass. can be so far away!
Best and Happy New Year!
At 5:27pm on January 1, 2010, Muriel said…
I just realized I never actually started using this site once I signed up. Guess your note about the boot camp, etc. got me motivated. Now I need to find some time to explore!
At 3:48pm on December 28, 2009, andrea lovett said…
Hi, The way the roster goes is random. You sign up to tell, we use a bingo machine (all sign ups get a number which is entered into a bingo machine) if your number comes up you tell. Also depends on how many sign up. however there are other ways too. Look on the main page of this site and see how. We have a big mouths choice where you can phone in the story prior to event , if bigmouths like it you are in. (also depends on how many choices phone in), people's choice, we sometimes have tllers that want to write a brief paragraph about their story and audience votes on a story they'd like to hear offered by a teller. You can do all three. Hope that is helpful.
At 2:46pm on December 28, 2009, Rick Schnur said…
thanks Andrea. I'll try to make it. Just curious- how is the roster of performers determined?
At 10:51am on December 18, 2009, lavendar otter said…
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At 12:15pm on December 3, 2009, Debbie Block said…
Thanks Andrea! I hope all is well with you and look forward to seeing you one of these days!
At 11:39am on November 30, 2009, Donna Leard said…
Thanks, Andrea. I was at the first story slam in October - we loved it!
At 4:55pm on November 28, 2009, Claire Nolan said…
Thank you Andrea! That is so kind of you. I often get to the Boston/Cambridge area and I am planning, very soon I hope, to attend an MassMouth event!
At 3:35pm on November 11, 2009, Carolyn Stearns said…
Thanks for the welcome, Ive been watching from day one and intending to sign in but been extremely busy. It was the Tuscany mention that made me take time to read more and the fact that Im home a couple days mending after a car accident Monday. I will come up at some point spend a day in the city there are sights I want to see and then come to the slam. I dont know when although I did think of a meal that would be fun to share. Will have to see if the truck can be fixed or what we will do about a car if it is indeed totaled and my son in law thinks it will be. What a great idea you have going there, so much fun!
At 1:23pm on November 2, 2009, Tim Van Egmond said…
Many thanks! If you can forward some items I'll forward to you, I'd be very grateful.

Any advice on how to change the "Timothy" in my listing to "Tim?" I misunderstood when the prompt asked for my full name.

Best Regards,
At 9:27am on October 27, 2009, Jennifer Lunden said…
I'm so excited about what you and Norah are doing with the new story slam! I love the Moth, and dream of something like that coming here. Lani wants me to spearhead it, but I don't think I have the time. We'll see! Congratulations.
At 9:04pm on October 25, 2009, David R. Hornfischer said…
Our slots are 5-7 minutes. We have room for 10-12 miquers along with a feature paid from a hat pass, but have a rapidly filling shows with returnees. We mix story, folk tunes, ,standup and eccentric .."new vaudeville" as someone said. see our facebook page
At 8:52pm on October 25, 2009, David R. Hornfischer said…
Hi. Thanks for invite, but I have a commitment on Monday the 26th. I am not a true storyteller and am working to develop a variety of comedic material. One approach I've taken is re-writing or simply talking words to folk songs almost as rhythmic poetry than singing or playing (neither of which I can do ). Would that work at a "slam?"
I probably do have an evolving funny story about a semi-retired college ( Berklee) treasurer's efforts to start a new open comedy show at Amazing Things in Framingham. Feel free to send your funny story tellers our way.( Our next shows are Nov 4 and Dec 2 .Libby Franck and Helena Leet- do our show. Cheers, Dave


Grand Prize for South Shore Grand Slam Story Slam generously donated by Nicolette Heavey and Stories In The Streets (A Maine Get Away)

Stories in the Streets in an outreach literacy program that focuses on families in at-risk areas and fosters community engagement in storytelling by: 1) Creating opportunities for public storytelling wherever families gather — a farmer’s market, laundromat, or food line; and, 2) Offering storytelling workshops that raise family engagement in literacy, cultural awareness and community understanding.  The program is currently active in Lawrence, Brockton and Randolph.


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