18: Genavieve Scott — On the Rails to Seattle

railsGenavieve Scott was going nowhere, not even home, in Minneapolis. She ran into a group that for a short time became friends. They suggested Seattle, but getting there would be an adventure. Spoiler alert: She didn’t make it to Seattle then, but given her telling this story in Bremerton and coming back to Story Night the next month, she made it eventually.

We can’t wait to hear that story.

Genavieve told this story at our July 7, 2016 Story Night event when the theme was “Great Escapes.”

Go to our “Events” page to find out when our next Story Night will be.

Thank you for listening. We look forward to hearing your story.

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17: Denise LaFountaine — A Vacation Ride

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On the other side of the world Denise LaFountaine found herself on a ride that ended abruptly and put her in a place wondering if and when there would be any path home.

LaFountaine’s story was part of the July 7, 2016 Story Night when the theme was Great Escapes. LaFountaine tied with Genevieve Scott for the night’s top storyteller honor, the first ever tie for Story Night.

A word of warning: the audio quality isn’t the best on this one. We’re working on it. Thanks for your patience.

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16: Margaret Loveless — Might as Well Jump

courageSometimes an event we’d rather not experience encourages us to do something that can be an inspiring touchstone the rest of our lives.

Margaret Loveless had one of those experiences and told us about it on April 7, 2016. She was judged the top storyteller that night, when the theme was “Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time.”

Margaret turned that theme around, but we should let her explain how.

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15: Story Night of Champions 2015

SNtrophy2015Every Story Night is a night to remember, but this one was extra special. We took our winners and a couple of others who had done well in the past year and put on a “Story Night of Champions.”

At the end we not only crowned the monthly winner, Josh Farley, we handed out a trophy to our “Storyteller of the Year,” Alison Loris. The night’s stories played a hand in creating the overall award winner, but Alison went into the night with a pretty big lead, based on her three wins and her participation at 11 different Story Night events.

The Kitsap Regional Library Friends of the Sylvan Way branch provided gift cards to our seven storytellers. Library staff also recorded the night’s evening. As soon as that becomes available we’ll post it here.

Thank you all for taking part in the Story Night events and for listening here. Thank you to my friends at the library, particularly Sarah Jaffa and Megan May, for all the work you’ve done to help us succeed. When we started we were drawing between 20 and 30 people a night. Now we’re getting 50 or more most nights, and I owe the library crew for most of that. Thanks again to Josh Farley for giving me the push to get this started and for getting the momentum going at first. Thanks to Diana Gardner, my wife, for the photographs from the events, for helping get friends and family to the event and for not resenting my wish to do this in the first place. Thanks to the Cloverleaf for providing a great venue even during football season. Thanks to the Manette Saloon for giving us our first home. Thanks to Mike Bishop for being our most frequent math wiz. Thank you to Alison Loris, for believing in Story Night enough to speak every month. She told me she feels a little obliged to speak, because she wants to make sure Story Night continues. I’d love for her to not feel obligated, but I appreciate that commitment.

This has been a blast. And it continues next month. On Jan. 7, 2016 we are back. The theme will be “Fear of …” We look forward to hearing your story.

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14: Adam Lennon — When Life was ‘Over’

SNhallwayThis is a story about waking up, but believing your life is over.

Adam Lennon attempted suicide less than a year ago and soon found himself in a psychiatric facility. There he heard stories, including some he didn’t believe.

By the end of his stay he changed his mind about a lot of things, some because he had to, but others because he began to see things in a new way. A big part of that was trusting that once he left he would be able to find purpose in post psychiatric hospital life.

He did. You can see the evidence at SeaTreadStudios.com.

Adam told this story at the Nov. 5, 2015 Story Night. The theme was “Breaking Bread.”

The Story Night Podcast can also be found on iTunes and SoundCloud.

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13: Shannon Repine and Sara Gowans — Taking Care in a Wonderful World

diFerryEven as our final days on earth render us less able to conquer all that we challenged ourselves to overcome, we find beauty and peace in those who are with us, the last good things to happen to us.

In this episode we hear two stories of caregiving, stories told by Shannon Repine and Sara Gowans at our Oct. 1, 2015 Story Night event when the themes came from those found in The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, by Jonathan Evison.

The stories are followed by a song offered by a remarkably talented woman whose talent was only discovered on a grand scale after she left us. Eva Cassidy performs “What a Wonderful World,” a fitting accompaniment to our stories and a perfect message as we approach Thanksgiving and the rest of the holidays.

To learn more about Cassidy watch the story Nightline gave us a few years after she died.

 

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12: Mike Etgen — Fishing for Legal Advice

fishingMike Etgen gives us some diversity in our Bremerton audience by providing a Southern voice. Mike got into fishing in his 30s. One trip down a beautiful river not only resulted in a great haul, it netted him some valuable advice.

This story was told at our Story Night event on August 6, 2015. The theme that night was “The Great Outdoors.”

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11: Steven Gardner — Swimming to a Different Conclusion

water-103817_1920In 2009 I jumped into a pool after my 2-year-old had fallen in. Between the time I jumped and the time I got to him, I had time to wonder if he would need CPR, if I knew CPR and time to have a quick memory of a family I knew growing up.

This story was part of our Oct. 1, 2015 Story Night. The night’s themes were those that could be found in Jonathan Evison’s book, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving. The book was the featured title in Kitsap Regional Library’s “One Book, One Community” program for 2015.

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10: Megan May — Confronting an American demon

piano-640334_1280How tragic is it to go to one of your favorite places on earth and there learn that some of life’s ugliness can make an appearance. Just because we don’t see it doesn’t mean it isn’t there. Megan May saw racism for the first time and learned that while she hadn’t noticed it before, it had been present.

Megan is a Kitsap Regional Library employee and frequent storyteller at Story Night. This story comes from the Sept. 2, 2015 Story Night event. The theme was “offended.”

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9: Lorinda Esposito gives a hand

SNimpossibleDespite being born missing one hand, there didn’t seem to be much of anything Lorinda Esposito could not do. That included executing justice on fellow second-graders who doubted her abilities and taunted her.

The real hero of this story was Lorinda’s mother.

The schoolyard is home to many of our outdoor memories. On August 6, 2015, Esposito won the Story Night event themed, “The Great Outdoors.” At 11 minutes, she showed that a longer story doesn’t have to feel longer.

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