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Diane Yannick and Cynthia Angst win the 2018 Grand Slam!

 Cynthia Angst and Diane Yannick won the title of 2018’s Best Storytellers in West Chester.

Cynthia Angst and Diane Yannick won the title of 2018’s Best Storytellers in West Chester.

Congratulations to Diane Yannick and Cynthia Angst, co-winners of the 2018 West Chester Story Slam GRAND SLAM! These women won the title of Best Storytellers in West Chester and will have their names engraved on the Storyteller’s Cup!

Diane Yannick’s story about meeting her now-husband John as they both were recovering from challenging life issues and how they strived to create small happy moments perfectly captured the theme of “Happy Days.”

In the final storytelling slot of the night, Cynthia Angst told about a trip to Normandy with her brother and her history-loving son that fulfilled her son’s dream and also filling her with joy.

The other stories told at the Grand Slam were touching, funny and thought provoking. Thanks to all our storytellers, the judges, and everyone who came out for the sold-out show at the Chester County Historical Society.

Check out Diane and Cynthia’s winning stories below. To watch other stories told on the night (or throughout the years) click on over to the West Chester Story Slam YouTube Channel.

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The 2018 West Chester Story Slam GRAND SLAM theme is announced!

Tickets for the 2018 West Chester Story Slam GRAND SLAM are on sale now!

The theme for the GRAND SLAM is Happy Days! This GRAND SLAM will take place at the Chester County Historical Society on Tuesday, November 13th at 8pm.

The winning storytellers from throughout the 2018 season will compete for the title of Best Storyteller in West Chester on the big stage. This year’s storytellers scheduled to compete are: Diane Yannick, David Winston, Steve Clark, Paul Heck, Cynthia Angst, Patrick Carmody, Luanne Sims, Cathy Sikorski, Steve Kernaghan, and Ethan Tankel.

Pleaste note there is no food and drink at this venue, so grab your dinner in town and then walk over. We will once again have our after-party at Side Bar.

The GRAND SLAM has sold out in the past so please purchase your tickets soon by clicking HERE.

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Ethan Tankel wins our "Fright Night" Story Slam!

 Emcee Mikey Gleason with winning storyteller Ethan Frankel

Emcee Mikey Gleason with winning storyteller Ethan Frankel

Ethan Tankel edged out his brother and the other storytellers to win our “Fright Night” Story Slam! Ethan won a prized pint glass and earned the final slot in the 2018 West Chester Story Slam GRAND SLAM, which will take place on Tuesday, November 13th.

Ethan told a story of sneaking into an abandoned mental asylum and accidentally ending up behind the fence of a prison. We heard many takes on the theme “Fright Night,” from hosting carnies, to poking one’s finger into a real life brain. We heard about a visitor who practically moved into a dorm even through they weren’t registered in the school. We heard about the panic attack of finding a man in one’s bedroom, and the fear of sleeping in a cabin in the Jersey Pine Barrens. Chuck talked about the fright of telling his parents he’d failed out of high school, and Cindy explained the tense moments after being in a car accident while nine months pregnant. Thanks to all our storytellers, our judges and everyone who came out on this fine night.

Tickets for the 2018 West Chester Story Slam GRAND SLAM are on sale now. The theme for the GRAND SLAM is Happy Days! This event takes place at the Chester County Historical Society on Tuesday, November 13th at 8pm. There is no food and drink at this venue, so grab your dinner in town and then walk over. The GRAND SLAM has sold out in the past so please purchase your tickets soon by clicking HERE.

Check out Ethan’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 "Fright Night" Story Slam is October 9th!

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Come on out to our October 9th Story Slam and listen to stories on the theme of “Fright Night!” Grab your tickets HERE!

What stories fit the theme of Fright Night?

We want to hear stories where you’ve experienced fear, dismay, or felt spooked by the supernatural. Tell us about your college house that was haunted or the time you were caught in a riot, bar fight, or a crossfire. Perhaps you were caught in a natural disaster such as an earthquake, a hurricane, or a wildfire. Maybe you were the victim of a Halloween prank by your older siblings. Whether your worst fear turned out to be true or overblown, we want to hear your story.

Join us for the final regular Story Slam of the 2018 season. We start telling stories on Tuesday, October 9th at 8pm. Most people arrive early for the best seats and to order food and drink. Grab your tickets HERE.

Also - save the date for the 2018 West Chester Story Slam GRAND SLAM, which will be held on Tuesday, November 13th at the Chester County Historical Society. Tickets for the GRAND SLAM will go on sale on October 10th.

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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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