Night of Songs and Stories
The second Tuesday of each month, the Rehoboth Beach Writers Guild sponsors a Night of Songs and Stories. The evening features original readings (300 words or fewer) by guild members and music by local musicians, Stuart Vining & Amy Felker.
Each month a theme is posted (previous examples include “escape,” “blue or blues,” and “play as in fun or theater” ) and both the writers and musicians write/perform pieces that in some way connect to this theme. A variation of this is when the featured musicians post the titles of five songs that they will perform, with readers signing up to write a short poem, essay, or story that somehow incorporates the song’s title or lyrics into their piece.
Next Night of Songs and Stories
(TWO Performances in August)
Aug 13 (Second Tue of the month)
Aug 20 (Third Tue of the month)
Fish On, Five Points, Lewes
Cover charge at door: $5 members; $7 non-members
"Etonnez-moi," Sergei Diaghilev, the founder of the Ballets Russes, used to say to his dancers. "Astonish me."
What astonishes you—or your characters?
Music: Stuart and Amy
Attendees: Please sign up for ONE night—and keep in mind there is not a waitlist. Once a date fills, the option is the other date. If you want to attend both, you can add yourself to the second reading closer to the reading date (if you see it is not yet full).
Attendees RSVP for Aug 13 via SignUpGenius1
Attendees RSVP for Aug 20 via SignUpGenius2
RSVP To Read for One Of
Theme: Doubles, Duo's, Pairs, Duets, Two
By Jennine Anderson
Cheating. He is cheating. He is cheating on me with my friend.
How do I know? There are signs. I hear him laughing in another part of the house, but he is not laughing with me. He retreats to the porch and sits alone for long stretches of time. He has never done that before. He stays up much later, multiple nights until 1AM. Lights go off only after I complain. He is listening to her. He wants to be with her. He is giving her his time and attention. I am jealous.
But I should back up. I should tell you that my friend does not know that he is cheating with her, that he is fixated on her words, that he yearns to be with them. I should tell you that several weeks ago my friend gave us a copy of her novel. He took the novel and that was the beginning of the cheating. And that is why I am jealous.
I wonder if there is always an intimacy between a reader and an author. Is that intimacy intensified if one has a personal relationship with that author? And can that intimacy make one jealous if the reader is one’s husband?
I am jealous. I am curious. Why does she get his attention? What does she say to him? I begin to snoop. I go to the book with the words that have mesmerized him. I read a few pages and then I am laughing. I cannot stop reading. I retreat to the porch away from him so I can read some more. I stay up later at night reading, reading. Each page is a pleasure for me.
What is happening? I am reacting the same way he does. I am responding to her words with laughter. I am stealing away to be with those words. And then the truth strikes me—he and she are not a couple. He, she and I have become a literary ménage a` trois? And I am jealous no more.
Sponsor a Night of Songs and Stories for $250. This covers most of the costs for the musicians and our sound guy, so it’s enormously helpful and we are very appreciative.
In return for the sponsorship we will put a blurb in our weekly email (sent to more than 600 people), on our website, on Facebook and on the program the day of the event naming the sponsors as well as what or who they are honoring with the sponsorship. Some have sponsored in honor and support of the Guild, as a way to celebrate a birthday or an anniversary, or promote a business. Others have sponsored as a way to promote a charity or organization that matters. Our only request is that religion and politics not be a part of these events.
At the reading, Maribeth will publicly thank the sponsor. Sponsors may place a brochure or flyer or single sheet of information at each place setting.
Sponsors do still pay the cover fee at the door for themselves and guests. While we do everything we can to accommodate the sponsor and make them not only feel special but know how grateful we are, we don’t change the reading or the actual show beyond giving the sponsors who are Guild members the opportunity to read at that event and the opportunity to go either first or last in the line-up. Sponsors still need to RSVP for guests and if the event is full, we’ll move those guests to the top of the wait list, but can’t promise a seat, so it is best to let Maribeth know about your plan to sponsor as far in advance as possible.
Contact Maribeth at firstname.lastname@example.org to sponsor a Night of Songs and Stories.
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