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Steve Kernaghan wins our "Panic Switch" Story Slam!

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First-time storyteller Steve Kernaghan won our “Panic Switch” Story Slam with his tale of sharing an awkward situation with his students. Steve took home the prized pint glass and earned a slot in our 2018 Grand Slam, which will take place on Tuesday, November 13th.

We heard some fascinating stories of panicked people tonight. We learned how a doctor relays surgery news to loved ones after the patient has caught fire. We heard about dealing with panic attacks with a therapist. We listened to a tale of panic while on an African safari, and tales of panic in a movie theater and a bus among other places. Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges and everyone who came out tonight.

Our next Story Slam is themed Fright Night and will take place on Tuesday, October 9th. Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

Check out Steve’s winning story below. To watch other stories told on the night, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel.

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Our September Story Slam is "Panic Switch!"

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Don't panic, but we have only two more regular season Story Slams this year!

Our next Story Slam is scheduled for Tuesday, September 11th and the theme is "Panic Switch!" We start telling stories at 8pm, but most people arrive around 7 for drinks and dinner. Order your tickets now! 

We've all had moments of panic, sometimes unfounded and other times our panic is all too justified. Panicked moments occur while traveling, while driving, while planning a wedding, while watching kids play sports or perform at school plays. Some people seek treatment for panic attacks, others thrive on the adrenaline rush. Come out and tell your story on the theme "Panic Switch!"

If you want to tell a story, see Jim when you arrive and we'll put your name in the hat! Grab your tickets for the September 11th Story Slam by clicking HERE.

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Cathy Sikorski wins our "Sick" Story Slam!

 Emcee Mikey Gleason and winning storyteller Cathy Sikorski.

Emcee Mikey Gleason and winning storyteller Cathy Sikorski.

Cathy Sikorski told about a fall that left her sick and in need of a good caregiver to win our "Sick" Story Slam! She took home the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in the Grand Slam, which will take place November 13th.

We heard about all types of sicknesses throughout the night - from drinking too much alcohol to gall bladder surgery to believing one was having a heart attack. We heard about fainting on the boardwalk and getting herpes from playing rugby. Stories also included "Don't drink the water" while boating on the Amazon and getting your ear blown out while visiting a hospital in Yugoslavia. Thanks to all our storytellers, and the audience and judges tonight.

Our next Story Slam is themed "Panic Switch" and will take place on Tuesday, September 11th. Order your tickets by clicking HERE.

Check out Cathy's winning story below. To watch other stories told on the night, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel.

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Our August 14th Story Slam is "Sick!"

On August 14th, our Story Slam is themed "Sick!" Our Story Slam starts promptly at 8pm, and most people arrive around 7pm to secure good seats and enjoy dinner and drinks. Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

What do we mean by "Sick?"

Sick can be taken so many different ways. Kids today often exclaim "that's sick" when they discover something awesome, so that works for us! Perhaps you've overcome addiction or alcoholism, or maybe you have a story about your struggles with physical or mental illness.  Are you struggling with sleep apnea? Tell us about that time you got seasick on a boat or that occasion when you got food poisoning from eating bad sushi. Sometimes we get sick and can't find the source, other times we're sure of the cause. Maybe your hero became ill and you realized they weren't invincible. Perhaps you met someone who had strange fetishes that freaked you out. Tell us your sick story!

Our "Sick" Story Slam starts at 8pm on Tuesday, August 14th on the second floor of Side Bar and Restaurant. Order your tickets by clicking HERE.

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Luanne Sims Wins the "Family Feud" Story Slam!

Luanne Sims won our "family Feud" Story Slam with her tale of an ongoing prank battle with her brother over the years. Luanne took home the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in the 2018 Grand Slam, which will take place in November.

We heard stories about feuding siblings and irate dads, we listened to a tale of squirrel hunting and a story where dad really did turn the car around. We heard about an abusive stepfather and a mother who yells at her adult children. Thanks to all our storytellers for taking the mic and telling their family tales.

Our next Story Slam is Tuesday, August 14th and the theme is "Sick!" Let's hear stories about being physically ill, mentally distraught, or as the kids say when something is wickedly awesome, "that's sick!" Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

You can check out Luanne's winning story below. Videos of the other stories told on the night can be watched over at the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel.

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Our July 10th Story Slam is "Family Feud!"

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Come on down for the Family Feud!

That's the theme for our July 10th Story Slam. We start telling stories at 8pm, but most people arrive at Side Bar and Restaurant around 7 for drinks and grub. Pick up your tickets now by clicking HERE.

What kind of stories are we looking for with Family Feud?

We want to hear stories about sibling spats, paternal posturing and a mother's mayhem. We want to learn about your child's most infamous temper tantrum and your family squabble that erupted at the Olive Garden. Tell us about that political argument with your dad, the religious disagreement with your mom, or the flare up with your spouse. Perhaps your parents didn't react well when you came out, or got engaged, or moved away (or moved back in!) Has sibling rivalry destroyed your relationship with the family? Have you moved across the country to escape your family? Perhaps you married into a family without understanding what a hot mess they were.

Grab your seats while they last! We also have some SRO tickets for the bar area available, which will allow you to make a quick exit if you see your mother in law at the show. Ha! Grab your tickets by clicking HERE!

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Patrick Carmody Wins The "Road Trip" Story Slam!

What a long, strange road trip these people have taken!

Patrick Carmody won our June Story Slam with his tale of a road trip to the Shop Rite! Pat won the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in the 2018 Grand Slam, which will be held in November.

Mikey told us about a road trip to Atlantic City as a poor college student. Lorraine talked about reuniting with her father for a year and taking road trips with him before getting homesick. Dwight discussed the joys of changing travel plans at the last minute. Peter told us about a harrowing night on the road with his father. Paul detailed his summer trip as a chaperone that almost ended in disaster because of a Snickers bar. Jacque told us about how a road trip to West Virginia had her worried, but that it turned out to be good news. Shari told of how a pleasurable retreat turned into a nightmare.

Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges, and all who came out tonight for a fun night of Road Trip stories. Our next Story Slam is Tuesday, July 10th and the theme is "Family Feud." For tickets, click HERE.

Check out Patrick's winning story below. To check out other stories on the night, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube channel.

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Our June 12th Story Slam is "Road Trip!"

Summer is Road Trip Season!

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We're dedicating our June 12th Story Slam to the Road Trip! So if you are in West Chester, purchase your tickets and come on out to hear stories and perhaps tell your own. Tickets for our "Road Trip" Story Slam can be purchased by clicking HERE.

What constitutes a Road Trip story?

We want to hear travel stories. Whether you were driving cross country in an RV or making a weekend road trip to the Jersey Shore, we're sure you have a travel tale. Perhaps your road trip consisted of airplane travel or hitchhiking or train hopping. What was the reason for your road trip? Perhaps you traveled to see the Grateful Dead, or to re-kindle a romance? Maybe you spent your road trip talking to auto mechanics instead of being on the road. Did you travel through Europe or South America? Have you road tripped to breathtaking sights? Have you been stopped at the border? Some road trips change our lives and others sometimes ruin our lives. Life itself is a road trip! 

Our Story Slams are held on the second floor of Side Bar and Restaurant in downtown West Chester. We start telling stories at 8pm, but most people arrive around 7pm for food and drink and the best seats. Grab your tickets HERE!

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Cynthia Angst wins our "Good Vibrations" Story Slam!

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Cynthia Angst and emcee Mikey Gleason

Cynthia Angst edged out the competition to win our May Story Slam with the story of celebrating her 50th birthday with "the coven." The theme for the night was "Good Vibrations." Cynthia took home the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in our 2018 Grand Slam, which will take place in November.

We heard from five first-time storytellers tonight! We heard about overcoming fear after getting lost in the London Tube, and the joy of winning a softball season by mere chance. We heard about how dad communicates at a funeral, and how waking up to a bad vibe potentially saved a life. We heard about a bond between a daughter-in-law with her mother-in-law, that lasted well after divorce. We heard about how the Stanley Cup was nearly stolen, and how yoga class proved not to provide good vibrations.

Thanks to our storytellers, our judges, and all who came out to enjoy the night.

Our next Story Slam will be held on Tuesday, June 12th and the theme is Road Trip! For tickets click HERE.

You can watch Cynthia's winning story below or click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel to watch all the stories told on the night.

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Our May 8th Story Slam is Good Vibrations!

Join us on Tuesday, May 8th for our "Good Vibrations" Story Slam! We start telling stories at Side Bar & Restaurant at 8pm, but most people arrive around 7pm for dinner and drinks. Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

What stories fit the theme "Good Vibrations?"

We're looking for stories about tingling connections and transcendent moments. Tell us about an overwhelming joy or a thrilling moment that left you shaken. Perhaps there was a moment when you realized you'd met the love of your life or found your tribe of people. Were these people emitting Good Vibrations? Good Vibrations can come from love or lust, success in business or just pure unadulterated pleasure. Maybe you have overcome an addiction, learning that your "good vibrations" were truly leading you to disaster. Let's hear about the good, the bad, and the ugly scenarios of "Good Vibrations."

Grab your tickets for the May 8th Story Slam by clicking HERE.

 

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Paul Heck Wins our "It's My Job" Story Slam!

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Paul Heck Wins our "It's My Job" Story Slam!

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Everybody has work stories!

We heard from a record fourteen storytellers tonight, and when it was over, Paul Heck was deemed the winner of our "It's My Job" Story Slam for his tale of his short career as a deputy. Paul took home our prized pint glass and has earned a slot in our 2018 Grand Slam to defend his title! Paul won the 2017 Grand Slam!

We started out the night actually hearing about Jane's job studying the effects of Herpes, and that was an indication of just how fun the night would be. Stories included tales of stalking potential dates on social media, macing a stranger while delivering mail, teaching kids science through skateboarding, working on the boardwalk, sneaking candy while life-guarding, drinking Conan O'Brien's water, and meeting President Clinton.

We've never had so many storytellers sign up so quickly, and it's rare we even extend the night past 10-12 stories, but tonight was exceptional. Thanks to our storytellers for being concise and keeping their stories to the allotted time.

Our next Story Slam is themed "Good Vibrations" and will be held on Tuesday, May 8th. You can order your tickets by clicking HERE.

Watch Paul's winning story below. To check out other stories told on the night, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel!

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Our "It's My Job" Story Slam is Sold out!

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Thank you to all who purchased tickets for our April 10th Story Slam, which is themed "It's My Job." We have no more tickets available.

We're looking forward to hearing your work related stories! While we start telling stories at 8pm, please remember most people with seats start arriving around 7pm for drinks and dinner. If you want to tell a story, sign up with Jim once you arrive and we'll put your name in the bucket!

Tickets for our May 8th Story Slam, which is themed "Good Vibrations," will go on sale on Wednesday, April 11th.

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Steve Clark wins our "Chaos" Slam!

 Winning Storyteller Steve Clark and emcee Mikey Gleason

Winning Storyteller Steve Clark and emcee Mikey Gleason

Steve Clark edged out the competition to win our March Story Slam, which was themed "Chaos!" Steve told a story of what he learned from his days as a kid maximizing his return on investment with free refills as McDonalds. Steve won the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in the 2018 Grand Slam.

We heard several excellent "Chaos" stories on the night, including a tale of watching kids getting rabies shots, being injured jumping off a bridge, car troubles during vacation, a safari in Africa, an Easter egg hunt in the sand, visiting a college apartment twenty-five years later, and housing the famous Berigan Brothers during a trial. Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges, and the audience who came out and cheered on the stories.

Our next Story Slam will be April 10th at 8pm, and the theme is "It's My Job!" Grab your tickets by clicking HERE.

Check out Steve's winning story below. To watch all the stories told on the night, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel.

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Our March 13th Story Slam is "Chaos!"

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We're celebrating "Chaos" at our March 13th Story Slam! Pick up your tickets and come on out Side Bar and Restaurant to hear stories - and maybe even tell your own. Our Story Slams start at 8pm, but most people arrive around 7pm for dinner and drinks. A few seats remain and we also have Standing Room Only tickets for the bar area. To order, click HERE.

What is a Chaos story?

Chaos is described as "complete disorder and confusion." We want to hear about that time you were caught up in a riot, or that time a brawl broke out in a bar. Tell us about that office job where nobody knew what the hell they were doing and the project turned out to be a mess. Describe being a lunch mom for your child's kindergarten class. Tell us about the challenges of organizing your wedding or that disastrous vacation where your flight was canceled. We want to hear about Chaos! Seats for this event will sell out, so order yours soon! See you in March!

STORYTELLING WORKSHOP!

Our once a year Storytelling Workshop returns to West Chester on Wednesday night, March 21. This two hour workshop was developed for those who want to take the stage but are looking to learn the basics of storytelling. It's important to pre-register so we can send you videos to watch before the class. Learn more by clicking HERE.

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David Smith Wins the "Breathless" Story Slam!

 Winning Storyteller David Smith with emcee Luanne Sims

Winning Storyteller David Smith with emcee Luanne Sims

David Smith won our "Breathless" Story Slam with his tale of being a distraction in the classroom and the delivery room. David took home the prized pint glass and has earned a slot in the 2018 Grand Slam!

Tonight's audience was rowdy from the get-go! From the introduction by our emcee Luanne Sims through to the final story, the storytelling fans cheered, laughed and at some points, were even left breathless. Thanks so much to our storytellers tonight. We heard stories of love and loss, cats and cows, torches and television celebrities.

Our next Story Slam will be Tuesday, March 13th and the theme is "Chaos." Order your tickets by clicking HERE.

You can watch David's winning story below. To watch the other stories told at our Breathless Story Slam, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel!

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Our February Story Slam is Breathless!

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Luanne Sims is our emcee for February

Make your Valentine's Date a night early this year! Join us on Tuesday, February 13th for our Story Slam with the theme "Breathless!" Tickets can be ordered HERE.

"Breathless" can take many forms, including love at first sight! we're looking for stories about being breathless in all forms. Did the first sight of your love take your breath away? Of course, breathless could be about gasping for air, perhaps because of high altitude, or being choked, or being submerged underwater. Tell us your love story or tell us your adventure story. Have you saved someone from choking? Have you hiked at high altitudes or seen a sight that took your breath away? What's left you Breathless?

Our "Breathless" Story Slam starts at 8pm on February 13th at Side Bar and Restaurant. Most people arrive around 7pm to order drinks and dinner. Tickets can be ordered HERE.

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Diane Yannick wins our January Story Slam!

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Diane Yannick told about the embarrassing moments she's had recently and how it's led her to reflect on her life. Her touching story won the Embarrassing Moments Story Slam, earning her the chance to compete in the 2018 Grand Slam.

Our "Embarrassing Moments" theme brought out several red-faced moments from our storytellers. We heard about embarrassing parents in a few stories, and we learned about why to always proofread your best man's wedding speech. We heard about embarrassing moments following a date and being in a rough spot with a restaurant. Thanks to all our storytellers and the judges tonight!

Our next Story Slam will be Tuesday, February 13th and the theme is "Breathless!" Being the night before Valentine's Day, this theme could be about love at first sight, when one is left breathless - or it could be about gasping for air, perhaps because of high altitude, or being choked or being submerged underwater. Have you hiked at high altitudes or seen a sight that took your breath away? What's left you Breathless? Tickets can be ordered HERE.

You can watch Diane's winning story below! To watch other stories told at our Embarrassing Moments Story Slam, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel.

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Dates and Themes for 2018 Announced! Tickets for January On Sale Now!

What story will you tell? What story will your friends tell?

The 2018 West Chester Story Slam season (our 9th season!) will kick off on Tuesday, January 9th with the theme "Embarrassing Moments!" For tickets, click HERE.

Our Story Slams take place on the second Tuesday of the month at Side Bar & Restaurant in West Chester, PA. All events begin at 8pm. Most people arrive around 7pm to order food and drinks before the show. Story Slam tickets are $10 each and available now for the January 9th event. Tickets for each month's Slam go on sale the day after the previous month’s event.

Here are the dates and themes for the 2018 season.

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January 9th - Embarrassing Moments

February 13th - Breathless

March 13th - Chaos

April 10th - It's My Job!

May 8th - Good Vibrations

June 12th - Road Trip

July 10th - Family Feud

August 14th - Sick

September 11th - Panic Switch

October 9th - Fright Night

November 13th - Grand Slam - Theme: TBD

We hope to see you at a Story Slam in 2018!

 

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Paul Heck Wins the 2017 "Pressure" Grand Slam!

The theme for our 8th Annual West Chester Story Slam GRAND SLAM was "Pressure!" Paul Heck delivered a breathtaking story of dealing with a man who was on the brink of committing a workplace shooting. Paul's story drew tens across the board, making him the 2017 GRAND SLAM Champion. Congratulations Paul!

We had a wide variety of stories on the theme tonight. We heard about the pressure of giving a tour at college, and the panic that sets in when one realizes they are showering in the wrong boat cabin. We heard about shooting video of a tense police stop and trying to survive in Mexico when your luggage was shipped to Paris. Other stories included trying to pacify an infant in a men's restroom, and seeing the toll of a father after he watched his son's dog for an afternoon. We also heard about the pressure that builds in a neighborhood when one family turns out to be dealing drugs, and a tale of how being laid off at the holidays

Thanks and congratulations to all our storytellers, our judges for the night, and everyone who braved this rainy and cold night to support live storytelling! We will post the 2018 season dates and themes by December 1st. Thanks for another great season!

Check out Paul's winning story below. To watch all the stories from the night, click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel.

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The 2017 GRAND SLAM is Nov. 7th! Tickets Available Now!

 2016 Grand Slam winner Aaron Mills returns to the big stage in 2017!

2016 Grand Slam winner Aaron Mills returns to the big stage in 2017!

The 2017 West Chester Story Slam GRAND SLAM will be held on Tuesday, November 7th, 8pm,  and the theme is "Pressure!" Once again, we are thrilled that the event will be held at the Chester County Historical Society in downtown West Chester.

All the winners of West Chester Story Slam from the 2017 season have been invited to attend. Our expected lineup of storytellers for the GRAND SLAM are: Diane Yannick, Patrick Carmody, Robin Renn, Cindy Heffron, Aaron Mills, Cynthia Angst, Jack Kennedy, Peter Cunniffe, Paul Heck, Kennan Flanagan, and David Smith.

While there is no food or drink in the Historical Society, many people often grab dinner and drinks in town before the event. Everyone is also invited to stop in for drinks after the GRAND SLAM at Side Bar and Restaurant.

We do expect tickets for this event to sell out and we will NOT have tickets available at the door. Please order your tickets by clicking HERE.

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