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Rebellion

April 23rd, 2017

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast! Our April Story Slam was themed “Rebellion,” and we heard stories about rebellious teens and rebellious parents! It was fascinating to hear the stories of rebellion.

Our winner on the night was Aaron Mills. Aaron told this story of teenage hijinks in the small town where he grew up, and how word travels fast in a tight knit community.

Our next storyteller is a first-timer at our microphone. Annmarie Kelly told the fascinating story of how her traditional views turned into a rebellious view of marriage.

Our final storyteller tonight is Nick Kupsey. Nick tells about his attempts at uncovering details about his parent’s romantic early years.

If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

 

 

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Working Hard

March 26th, 2017

Due to the snowstorm, our March West Chester Story Slam had to be postponed for two days, but it was worth the wait. Thanks to everyone who came out for the Thursday night event. Our theme was Working Hard and we ended the night with a tie.

First up, co-winner Cindy Heffron tells about how her work has been difficult at times, but also rewarding. 

Next up is our co-winner Robin Renn. Robin had told her first story last month, and then returned in March for “Working Hard.” 

Our final story is from frequent storyteller Arianna Scavetti.

Our April Story Slam is themed Rebellion. If you are interested in attending one of our Story Slams live, here are some tips. West Chester Story Slam is held on the second Tuesday of the month. Seats do sell out so you want to plan ahead. All the info you need can be found at wcstoryslam.com. And don’t forget to check out our Storytelling Workshop at the end of April.  

Well, that’s our podcast for this month! If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

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Love Hurts!

February 26th, 2017

Our February Story Slam happened to fall on Valentine’s Day. Our theme was appropriately titled “Love Hurts!”

Our winning story wasn’t about a romance, it was about a “bromance.” Patrick Carmody won with this story of his bond with a dear friend.

Our next story is from a first time storyteller named Robin Renn. We loved this story about how she fell for a man in college.

Our final storyteller is Ann Louise Ramirez! She tells a story about a romantic night out that took a wrong turn.

Do you know of a local company that would like be our podcast sponsor? We would love to have a local company help us meet our podcast expenses. If you want to learn more, email me at wcstoryslam@aol.com and I can forward info.

Well, that’s our podcast for this month! If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

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Good Times, Bad Times

January 22nd, 2017

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam Podcast. Our theme to start off 2017 was Good Times/Bad Times. It was a nod to Led Zeppelin, but this theme provided our storytellers a blank pallette to tell their tales. We’re switching up the order of the stories today.

Let’s start with Cathy Sikorski. Cathy has been on our stage before, telling several humorous stories over the years, and this is one of my favorites. I have to admit, I wasn’t sure where this was story was going when she first started.

Craig Smith was a first-time storyteller, and he scored big time with this story. Here is his tale about chasing his career dream in the deep south. A word of warning, this story has some cursing so you may want to turn the volume down if kids are in the room.

This next story edged out the previous two to win the January Story Slam. Obviously, we all know our country has been experiencing political turmoil in recent months. Diane Yannick tells her story of working through her own feelings on this issue.

If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes.

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Promises - 2016 Grand Slam

November 20th, 2016

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company, West Chester’s best Brewpub!

Our 2016 Story Slam season is in the books. We had quite a fun year and it culminated in our Grand Slam, which was held on November 1 at the Chester County Historical Society. Thanks to the audience that night - 270 people attended to watch our winning storytellers compete for the title of Best Storyteller in West Chester.

All the stories were amazing. At the end of the night, Aaron Mills walked away with the Storyteller’s Cup - and several gift certificates for Side Bar, Levante Brewing Company, and the Classic Diner. The theme for the night was Promises! Let’s listen to Aaron’s winning story.

Our next story was an audience favorite, and it is from frequent storyteller Diane Yannick.

Our final story is from David Smith. David told this tale of meeting the love of his life.

Our 2017 West Chester Story Slam Season begins on January 10, 2017, at Side Bar and Restaurant. We will post the dates and themes for the whole season, along with a link to buy tickets for January’s Slam on  December 1.

If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes - or next time you stop in at Levante Brewing Company, let them know! Elevate your craft with Levante Brewing!

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What the F!

October 19th, 2016

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company, West Chester’s best Brewpub!


Our October Story Slam was themed WTF! The WTF stories were pretty darn funny and the audience was amazing. We had a fun night - thanks to Side Bar too!


Our October Story Slam ended in a tie between David Smith and Nick Kupsey. Both of these guys are headed to the Grand Slam! Today’s podcast also includes a hilarious story from first-timer Anne Louise Ramirez. Just a note of caution - since the theme was WTF - all three of these stories include cursing that may be unsuitable for young ears.


Let’s start with Nick Kupsey’s story.

Our next story is from first-time storyteller Anne Louise Ramirez. Ann’s story was an audience favorite on the night.


Our final story is from the other winner of the night, David Smith.

Our 2016 Grand Slam is going to be Tuesday, November 1st. Tickets were moving fast when we recorded this podcast, but check out wcstoryslam.com to see if any seats remain. We will not have tickets at the door.


Well, that’s our podcast for this month! If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes - or next time you stop in at Levante Brewing Company, let them know! Elevate your craft with Levante Brewing!

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Risk!

September 21st, 2016

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company, West Chester’s best Brewpub!


Our September Story Slam was themed RISK! We heard stories about risky behavior and had a stellar night. In the end, Tom Bottiger was our winner.


Tom has earned a slot in our Grand Slam, which will be held on Tuesday, November 1st at the Chester County Historical Society. Let’s listen to Tom’s winning story.


Our next story is from Terry Heyman. Terry recalled her brother’s risky behavior - and how it didn’t end well.

Our last story comes from Shawn Proctor. What boys do to impress girls - something never change.

Our last Story Slam of the regular season  is going to be October 11th and the theme is WTF! Seats are sold out but we may have some Standing Room tickets available. Check our website. Since you’re marking dates in your calendar, let me remind you that our Grand Slam this year is early - November 1st. Tickets for the Grand Slam will go on sale on October 12th.


Well, that’s our podcast for this month! If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes - or next time you stop in at Levante Brewing Company, let them know! Elevate your craft with Levante Brewing!

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Lost!

August 18th, 2016

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company, West Chester’s best Brewpub!


Our August Story Slam was themed Lost! We did hear some tales about being geographically lost, but we also heard some interesting stories with a different twist on the theme. 
In the end, we had two winning stories on the night. 
Our first story today was told by Diane Yannick. Diane is no stranger at our Story Slams, and she continues to tell very personal - and powerful - stories. A word of warning - this story contains very direct description of a sexual act and may be disturbing. You don’t want to listen with little ones around. 
Our next story is from Jane Butler, and her story is about being lost while being at home.

We’re going to end on a lighter note. Cathy Sikorski has been to the mic several times in West Chester. Here is her story about a trip to the beach that didn’t go well. 

If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes - or next time you stop in at Levante Brewing Company, let them know! Elevate your craft with Levante Brewing! 
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July 2016 - Joy!

July 24th, 2016

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company, West Chester’s best Brewpub!

Our July Story Slam was themed Joy! We heard tales of rebounding from difficult situations and finding joy in our lives. I really appreciate those who stood at the mic and shared their personal tales.

Dara Zuckernick won the Joy Story Slam. She took home the prized pint glass and earned a slot in our November 1st Grand Slam.


Our next story is from Nancy Spanier. Remember, our theme this night was Joy.


I really appreciate Nancy sharing her story.


Let’s hear one more story, a humorous story that was definitely an audience favorite, this one from first-time storyteller Tom Bottiger.


If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes - or next time you stop in at Levante Brewing Company, let them know! Elevate your craft with Levante Brewing!


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Betrayal

June 22nd, 2016

Welcome to the West Chester Story Slam podcast, sponsored by Levante Brewing Company, West Chester’s best Brewpub!


Our June Story Slam was themed Betrayal! We have all been betrayed at one time or another, and we have surely let others down in some way. Today we have  stories from our June Story Slam, and you’ll see how the word Betrayal takes many forms.

Peter Cunniffe won the June Story Slam, winning the prized pint glass and earning a slot in our November 1st Grand Slam.

Let’s hear another story from our emcee Mikey Gleason. Mike opened up the night with this humorous tale of family betrayal.


We have another family story next. Dara Zuckernick shared this touching story about her tenuous relationship with her father after he remarried.


We have a bonus story in today’s podcast. Veronica Redd has occasionally told stories at our events and she co-produced last year’s Center Stage event. Veronica has had a long career as an actor on stage and screen. Here she tells the story of how her first television appearance, in the classic 1970s television sitcom The Jeffersons, resonated deeply with one viewer and led to an awkward relationship.


If you are a fan of the West Chester Story Slam podcast - please let your friends know, or write a review on iTunes - or next time you stop in at Levante Brewing Company, let them know! Elevate your craft with Levante Brewing!

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