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December Events!

11 Dec

Please be advised The TROY event is cancelled this month. We’ll see you back at the Ale House in January!

Albany

Monday, December 18 @ The Old English Pub — 7:30 – 9:30 pm

Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
OEP, 683 Broadway, Albany, New York 12207

Theme: “Getting Lucky”

Everybody gets lucky sometimes. We just don’t always get lucky when we need to get lucky. So consider those time when something good happened and things worked out. Did you know how lucky you were? Alternately, consider your bad luck – those times when it all just fell apart. Were you counting on that lucky break? Or did bad things just seem to materialize out of thin air?

Wildcard option: you could just talk about “getting lucky” 😉

Either way, it will be a great night to take a break from the holiday hubbub and enjoy some good food, drinks and stories…

 

Bennington

Tuesday, December 19 @ Two Brews Cafe – doors open 7pm
Hosted by Forest Byrd
230 North St. Bennington VT

Theme: “Signs”

Craft a story about signs in your life. When has there been something that is just impossible to ignore and you had to follow it just to see what it was saying. Signs are all around, and they are different for every single one of us. Interpret however you see fit.
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November Events!

12 Nov

Tuesday, November 14 @ The Ale House in Troy

Hosted by Abby Norton-Levering
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Theme: “Enough”
Do you lay awake at night wondering if you are enough? Well, how much is enough? Maybe you’re fed up, “now that’s enough!” Enough what? Money, sex, power, beauty, sleep, heartbreak, marshmallows?

Stories of enough: striking the balance of accumulating and shedding, holding on and letting go. How many stories will be enough? Are there ever enough stories? Come share yours!

Monday, November 20 @ the Olde English Pub in Albany

Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quackenbush Square
683 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207

Theme: “Telling Tales – Stories about Stories”
This could get a little meta, but we’ve all told stories as a means of dealing with an issue in life. To try to get a discount, to ease a breakup, to make ourselves look good – we often tell stories for a reason. So this month, consider those times when you’ve used a story to try to do something besides just entertain. Then tell it in a way that will entertain 😉

 

Tuesday, November 21 @ Two Brews, Bennington, VT

Hosted by Forest Byrd
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Story Night at Two Brews
230 North Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Doors open at 7, Stories start at 7:30 Come early for a place to sit.

Theme: “Making Peace”
These days, peace in the outside world seems further and further out of reach. Our own personal experiences might be more telling. Tell about the laying down of arms, the olive branch, the surrender to the greater good or the fierce battle for an even playing ground. Peace is possible in our own lives, it may not be obvious so interpret how you will. 

True, no notes, no props. Event is recorded. It’s like the Moth Radio Hour, only in Vermont. Come for great dinner and stories.

Flash Non-fiction brought to you by Tap House 
‘Tell of a time you felt at ease or the world around you was that way. What caused it? Did something disrupt that peace?’

October 2017 Events!

29 Sep

Tuesday October 10 – TROY

Theme: “Misunderstanding”
Host: Gabby Saulsbery
Location: The Ale House – 680 River Street
Time: 7:30
Perception is funny. Language is, too. In both, we can witness something–see it, hear it–and be totally off about what’s really meant or going on. Maybe it’s October and you were told to dress up for a party, and the host meant fancy clothes but you showed up in a ghoulish costume. Or maybe you were angry because you thought you saw your partner flirting with your friends but they were really just planning a surprise party for you. The “Oh! I thought you meant…”s can lead to pretty great stories.

Come share yours.

Monday October 16 – ALBANY

Theme: “It Is What It Is”
Host: Gregor Wynnyczuk
Location: The Olde English Pub, Quackenbush Square
Time: 7:30 pm
At a certain point you just have to accept some things for what they are. People, situations, the human condition. Whatever it is, you get that point where you know you can’t fight it anymore. Tell about the challenges, the obstacles, the humor that you encountered on the way to finally, at long last, accepting something for what it is.

Tuesday October 17 – BENNINGTON

Story Night Bennington
Theme: “Fire in the Hole”
Host: Forrest Byrd
Location: Two Brews 230 North St, Bennington VT
Time: 7:00pm
What’s it like at ground zero? In a crisis there may be only a few options. Did you come out swinging or did something else happen? Tell a story of how you got through or interpret how you will.
Front Parlor is a place to tell, and listen to other people tell, five minute stories around a designated theme. True stories, no notes. It’s kind of like The Moth radio hour, which has become pretty popular on public radio and in cities around the country. In our region, we have three local Front Parlor events each month with some pretty talented storytellers. First-time storytellers and veterans alike get lots of love from the audience. Or, just come and listen.

August 2017 Events

4 Aug

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Front Parlor is a place to tell, and listen to other people tell, five minute stories around a designated theme. True stories, no notes. It’s kind of like The Moth radio hour, which has become pretty popular on public radio and in cities around the country. In our region, we have three local Front Parlor events each month with some pretty talented storytellers. First-time storytellers and veterans alike get lots of love from the audience. Or, just come and listen.

Tuesday, August 8 @ The Ale House in Troy

Hosted by Zan Strumfeld
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Theme: “Irrational Fears”

When we were little, somebody told us there was a boogie man in the closet and monsters under the bed. As we grow older, scary things happen to those around us, and we fear the same things happening to us. Turn on the nightly news: talking heads trafficking in fear. But what about the fears we create in our minds? Can you catch mental illness? Will the pimple on your face explode all over the person you like? Will there actually be a zombie apocalypse? Let’s talk about fears — the irrational ones. From childhood, from this morning, it’s time to share what keeps you up at night.

Monday, August 21 @ the Olde English Pub in Albany

Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quackenbush Square
683 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207

Theme: “The Writing on the Wall”

The signs are generally there if we pay attention. So what keeps us from paying attention? And what is it that allows us to finally see? Looking back it will seem obvious, so take us back and let us know what you were thinking and what caused you to see the writing on the wall; or what clouded your vision so you couldn’t see it.

Bring a story to the Albany Front Parlor at the Olde English Pub. Monday August 21 at 7:30.

Tuesday, August 15 @ Two Brews, Bennington, VT

Hosted by Forest Byrd
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Story Night at Two Brews
230 North Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Doors open at 7, Stories start at 7:30 Come early for a place to sit.
Free ($5 donation to Bennington Mural Project appreciated)

Theme: “TBD”

Share widely.

If you’d like to throw your name in the can to tell a story, and you know you’ll be a little late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always… Listening is an act of love.

July 2017 Events

30 Jun

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Front Parlor is a place to tell, and listen to other people tell, five minute stories around a designated theme. True stories, no notes. It’s kind of like The Moth radio hour, which has become pretty popular on public radio and in cities around the country. In our region, we have three local Front Parlor events each month with some pretty talented storytellers. First-time storytellers and veterans alike get lots of love from the audience. Or, just come and listen.

Tuesday, July 11 @ The Ale House in Troy
Hosted by Ashok Ramasubramanian
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Theme: “Dirt”
It’s in the garden and it’s an asset, but it can also be an unwanted remnant in our lives. Filth, scum, ooze, and nasty rumors are all around us. Do you dig dirt? Do you spread it? Or do you simply wash your hands of it? Please come and share the many lurid details of living in a dirty world.

Monday, July 17 @ the Olde English Pub in Albany

Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quackenbush Square
683 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207

Theme: “TBD”

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Bring a story to the Albany Front Parlor at the Olde English Pub. Monday July 17 at 7:30.

Tuesday, July 18 @ Two Brews, Bennington, VT
Hosted by Forest Byrd
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Story Night at Two Brews
230 North Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Doors open at 7, Stories start at 7:30 Come early for a place to sit.
Free ($5 donation to Bennington Mural Project appreciated)

Theme: “Collateral Damage”

Life isn’t only about our immediate circle. We are affected by everything around us. Everything we do has an impact on us; but often, our actions affect those close to us, and those far away, in ways that we can’t predict. Tell a story about a time you had a bigger impact than you expected. Maybe you were the one affected by someone else’s action. Chances are, the consequences were unexpected. Who knows? It’s your story.

Share widely.

If you’d like to throw your name in the can to tell a story, and you know you’ll be a little late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always… Listening is an act of love.

June 2017 Events

4 Jun

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Front Parlor is a place to tell, and listen to other people tell, five minute stories around a designated theme. True stories, no notes. It’s kind of like The Moth radio hour, which has become pretty popular on public radio and in cities around the country. In our region, we have three local Front Parlor events each month with some pretty talented storytellers. First-time storytellers and veterans alike get lots of love from the audience. Or, just come and listen.

Tuesday, June 13 @ The Ale House in Troy
Hosted by Dan Lyles
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Theme: “Karma
Come and share your stories of cosmic justice or injustice. Did you do something and it came back to haunt you? Did an act of random kindness change your life? Or maybe you think Karma plays no role; that the world is a beautiful and terrible mess of randomness or that things just happen when they are supposed to happen regardless of what we do. Please come and share your stories !

Monday, June 19 @ the Olde English Pub in Albany

Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quackenbush Square
683 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207

Theme: “Great Expectations”

How many times have we told ourselves (or others) “I can’t wait! This is going to be awesome!”? We get so excited for the possibilities. And sometimes everything happens just like we thought. But other times, not so much…

Bring a story that starts with those great expectations to the Albany Front Parlor at the Olde English Pub. Monday June 19 at 7:30.

 

Tuesday, June 20 Two Brews, Bennington, VT
Hosted by Forest Byrd
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Story Night at Two Brews
230 North Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Doors open at 7, Stories start at 7:30 Come early for a place to sit.
Free ($5 donation to Bennington Mural Project appreciated)

Theme: “Sticky Situations”

How are you going to get out of this one? Whether it’s a deal gone wrong or someone going off the edge. Maybe it’s less glamorous; like, actually something quite sticky, like eating an ice cream cone in the summer sun. Tell a real story of how you dealt with your sticky situation and lived to tell about it.

Share widely.

If you’d like to throw your name in the can to tell a story, and you know you’ll be a little late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always… Listening is an act of love.

May 2017 Events

2 May

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IMPORTANT NOTICE: MAY 16 FRONT PARLOR IS POSTPONED!!!

TROY FRONT PARLOR WILL BE HELD ON TUESDAY, MAY 23rd at the Ale House. See details below.

Front Parlor is a place to tell, and listen to other people tell, five minute stories around a designated theme. True stories, no notes. It’s kind of like The Moth radio hour, which has become pretty popular on public radio and in cities around the country. In our region, we have three local Front Parlor events each month with some pretty talented storytellers. First-time storytellers and veterans alike get lots of love from the audience. Or, just come and listen.

 NOTE: Date change for Troy’s Front Parlor! Scheduling conflicts at the Ale House require that we hold Troy’s Front Parlor the third Tuesday of the month, so we’ll see you on Tuesday, May 16.

 Monday, May 15 @ the Olde English Pub in Albany
Hosted by Gregor Wynnyczuk
7:30 – 9:30 pm
Quackenbush Square
683 Broadway
Albany, New York 12207

Theme: “Can’t Get Enough”
This month is about excess and/or insufficiency. How do you know when enough is enough? Sometimes it takes getting to too much to realize maybe you should have stopped long ago. Or maybe you literally couldn’t get enough. That’s a tough spot too. Either way, bring those stories to the Olde English Pub

Tuesday, May 23 @ The Ale House in Troy
Hosted by Zan Strumfeld
7:30 – 9:30 pm
680 River Street
Troy, New York 12180

Theme: “Long distance”
Have distance and the inevitable laws of time and space kept you separated from a loved one? Did hearts grow fonder, or did passions subside? When work and home take us in different directions, does “calling it in” suffice? Come and share your tales of grappling with the desire to remain connected to the things that are important when circumstances find you far away.

Tuesday, May 16 Two Brews, Bennington, VT
Hosted by Forest Byrd
7:00 – 9:30 pm
Story Night at Two Brews
230 North Street
Bennington, Vermont 05201
Doors open at 7, Stories start at 7:30 Come early for a place to sit.
Free ($5 donation to Bennington Mural Project appreciated)

Theme: “Refuge”
It’s the shelter from the storm. It’s a place far from the bullies in our lives or too much noise. It’s when warmth under the covers is the only thing that is appealing. Maybe it’s the kind words of a friend or your mom. When have you sought a safe space? How have you found one? Or have you led others to one? Come tell a story about it.

Share widely.

If you’d like to throw your name in the can to tell a story, and you know you’ll be a little late, post a comment here.

See you ’round the mic. And as always… Listening is an act of love.