For those who missed the uproarious February Island Story Slam, the theme was "Dating: The good, the bad, and the ugly". The winners were 1) Kate Walton with a hilarious (& sad) story of living in Asia and finding her now-husband, 2) Tom Challinor sharing his date with a wealthy beauty who almost was hit by an oyster he heroically Heimlich'd from a diner, & 3) Alex Sanso telling her love fest of an evening coming out to a friend in San Fran. Thanks to you all for another great Story Slam! We couldn't do it without you!
Thank you Treehouse Cafe, Eagle Harbor Books & Chris Soldevilla who was the MC, and a big thanks to all storytellers for being brave, sharing a bit of yourselves and entertaining us all once again!
Back by popular demand, the second Field's End Story Slam January 2013 was another lively event!
Storytellers shared a personal, five-minute, true story related to the evening's theme, "Seemed like a good idea at the time...."
It was held on Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 7 PM at Treehouse Café, MC'd by Bhama Roget.
- 1st Place - Kate Walton
- 2nd Place - Jeff Brown
- 3rd Place - Tim Lowell
The winners received: First prize - gift certificate to TreeHouse; Second prize - gift certificate for Eagle Harbor Book Company; Third prize - a Field's End coffee mug, pen & journal.
This event raised $322 for the Jack Olsen Memorial Tuition Assistance Fund to honor the late Bainbridge Island author. The fund is designed to assist writers who need financial help with class tuition.
There is more information about this fund on our website.
For more information and photos, "Like" our Story Slam Facebook page at facebook.com/storyslam.
Poster by Christine Driggers | Graphic Design.
Audience member judges evaluated story performance, story structure, and exploration of the theme. No written notes or cheat sheets were allowed. Oral storytelling only! Storytellers were encouraged to rehearse and carefully time their piece to stay under five minutes or risk score point deductions. Audience and storytellers were 21 or over.
Treehouse Café is located at 4569 Lynwood Center Road on Bainbridge Island. Visit them online at www.treehousebainbridge.com.
$5 donations to Field's End were appreciated. The donations went to the Jack Olsen Memorial Tuition Assistance Fund for writers who need financial help toward Field's End class tuition. Thank you.
Field's End's First Island Story Slam!
More than one hundred people attended our first ever Island Story Slam on Tuesday, July 10th at Treehouse Café on Bainbridge Island. The crowd listened to eighteen storytellers share their wildly different experiences relating to the evening’s theme, "Away From Home.” Stories could last only five minutes and no written materials or props were allowed. Bhama Roget, a member of The Edge improv group, acted as the evening’s emcee and set a lighthearted, entertaining, and supportive tone.
The funny and sometimes poignant, true personal experiences ranged from a skydiving jump, an Air Force cadet’s first jet flight, and experiences as a Glacier National Park ranger, to a starving student’s free ice cream sundae, teenage boys on a bicycle camping trip, friendship with a migrant apple-picker family, and travels in Europe, Canada, China, Latin America, the Middle East, and Argentina.
The judges’ panel consisted of actor/director Dinah Manoff, author Lynn Brunelle, and videographer/director Steve Stolee. Judges scored the storytellers on story structure, performance, and relevance to the night’s theme.
The top three winners—Steve Brady, David Bray, and Bridget Young—received gift certificates to Treehouse Café and Eagle Harbor Books, and a Field’s End tote bag. The other brave and talented storytellers were Kenneth Enright, Donna Moore, Bob Leik, Hans Griesser, Arthur Mortell, Donna Anderson, Mary Ann Moorman, Chris Walker, Eric Kuhner, Beth Balas, Melissa Lunt, Patricia Lahtinen, Chris Brookes, Jeff Wenker, and Jonathan Hibbs.
The Field’s End volunteers would like to thank the participants, our emcee and judges, our sponsors Treehouse Café and Eagle Harbor Books, and all who worked to make this event a reality. Special thanks to Wendy Wallace for her superb job of organizing the Island Story Slam.
Proceeds from the evening's event go to the Jack Olsen Memorial Tuition Assistance Fund to provide scholarships for Field's End classes. Thanks to all who contributed--we raised over $300! For news about future Story Slam events, "like” our Facebook Story Slam page.
To read Wendy Wallace’s personal blog piece about the Island Story Slam, click here.
And keep in mind the Field’s End open mic coming up this winter at the December 18 Roundtable. See our 2012 Roundtable page for more information. We hope to see you there!
Above: Treehouse Cafe at twilight