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2015 Grand Slam - No Regrets!

November 20th, 2015

This is the big one - we recently held our 6th Annual Grand Slam at the Chester County Historical Society and it was a sold out show. Our theme for the Grand Slam was “No Regrets” and we heard some fabulous stories. 

Congratulations goes out to Cynthia Angst! She won the title of Best Storyteller in West Chester with her story of mulling over one of life’s most important decisions. Our next Grand Slam storyteller is Luanne Sims. I loved the absurdity of this story. Our final story comes from Pat Wendel. Pat once decided to help her friend strike an item off her bucket list, and that turned into this memorable experience. 
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Blood and Guts!

October 31st, 2015

This is the West Chester Story Slam podcast. Our October Story Slam was themed “Blood and Guts!” We had a really fun time with some amazing stories. The sold out crowd went a bit nuts when they learned we had a reporter from the Philadelphia Inquirer in the audience. 

By the end of the night, we had a tie! Both Cindy Heffron and Luanne Sims won slots in our 2015 GRAND SLAM! Tickets for that event, which is November 10th, are moving fast so order yours soon if you want to attend.

Let’s start out our podcast with Cindy Heffron’s winning story. Remember - the theme was blood and guts!  Our next story is from Luanne Sims, who was the 2013 Grand Slam co-winner. Here’s Luanne’s story. Our final story is from Patrick Carmody. 
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Saved

September 24th, 2015

This is the West Chester Story Slam podcast. Today we have three stories from our Story Slam which was themed Saved. All these stories were recorded at Side Bar in downtown West Chester in September 2015. 

Marty Hoban told a story of how he finally gave in to his daughter’s wish for a dog. What happened next was quite unexpected. 

Next up - frequent story slammer Cathy Sikorski told this story of how safety first doesn’t always pay off. Let’s listen as she gets in behind the wheel…. 

Finally, we have Ben Levine. Ben had already earned a slot in the Grand Slam. He kicked off our Saved Story Slam about escaping a high school party. 
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Hunger

August 27th, 2015

We’ve been having a ton of fun this summer at our Story Slams. Our theme for the August Story Slam was Hunger, and we heard some fascinating stories - not just about hunger, but also stories about food contests and food that didn’t agree with people. 

First up - popular storyteller Steve Clark won the story slam with his tale of coaching a girl’s basketball team. Watching this story told live, I was really struck by the connection Steve and the audience had during the telling of the story - you could hear the giggles during the pauses = and I could literally see how those laughs stirred Steve to move on.  Our next storyteller is Cynthia Angst. Cynthia tells this story of trying an extreme diet and how it affected her. Our final story is from a first time storyteller. Kris LaFave decided to throw her name in the hat at the last minute and she captured the audience with this hilarious tale. 


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Freedom

July 28th, 2015

Here are three stories from our July 2015 Story Slam, which was themed Freedom. Benjamin Levine told this story of his first kiss. Cathy Sikorski tells about her attempt to feel free in a evening gown she purchased for a big night out. Our final storyteller is the writer Chris McDougall, author of the bestselling book "Born To Run," who told a story about his first gig as a foreign journalist. Word of warning.


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Storyteller Interview: Terry Heyman

July 20th, 2015

Terry Heyman discusses two of her stories told at West Chester Story Slam, as well as how she crafts stories. She also tells a of a few storytellers she admires. Terry is a wife, mother, former lawyer, former entrepreneur and former university instructor. Currently writer, frequent story slammer, occasional comedienne, and a lifetime member of Weight Watchers. And she’s phenomenal at making a mountain out of a molehill. She was featured in the 2013 Wilmington production “Listen To Your Mother” and recently performed at the 2014 Women in Comedy Festival in Boston. You can follow her blog at Greetings from Insanity.

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Illusion!

June 25th, 2015

Here's two stories on the theme Illusion, and one classic story from the archives! Cynthia Angst tells her story of wanting to try on a wedding dress. Cindy Heffron talks about the illusion of dying one's hair. We also go back in the archives to listen to Luke Stromberg's classic wheelchair story. Learn more about our live events at wcstoryslam.com. 

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Wake Up Call

May 29th, 2015

Have you ever had an event that turned into a Wake Up Call? Here's three stories from our May 2015 Story Slam. Gina Genarri discusses the death of her father. Pat Wendel talks about the moment her daughter decided on a college. Pat Jolly talks about how a project she undertook as a social worker led to some ink. Learn more at wcstoryslam.com. 

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The Sweet Life

April 23rd, 2015

Here are three stories from our April 2015 Story Slam, which was themed "The Sweet Life." Johnny Walker tells about being the prop master for the shoot of a music video. Cathy Sikorski recalls taking her mother to one very rowdy wedding. Kathleen Martin tells about hey obsession with the legendary singer-songwriter Sting. Learn more about our live events at wcstoryslam.com. 

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Innocence!

March 18th, 2015

Here's three stories from our Innocence Story Slam, which was held in March 2015. Maureen Egan talks about growing up as the youngest in a large Irish Catholic family. Stefan Kolata talks about losing his childhood innocence. Heidi Karpa discusses how becoming a mother is a process of losing one's innocence. Learn more at wcstoryslam.com. 

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