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
Feb 11 (Second Tue of the month)
Shrimpy's Bar & Grill, Midway
Cover charge at door: $5 members; $7 non-members
Theme: Restaurants and Cafes
Music: Stuart and Amy
Attendees: RSVP via SignUpGenius
Readers please do not include yourself in the "Attendee" count, only include your guests
SignUp Genius How To
Click the link above.
Readers: RSVP to Maribeth: email@example.com.
We want to keep NSS as a respite from our 24/7 news, so we ask kindly that you refrain from political reference.
Readers sign up your guest attendees using the link to the left for the night you are reading. (Please do not include yourself in the SignUp Genius as readers are already counted in the limited seating numbers.)
By Lisa Graff
Years ago my husband and I traveled to Vancouver, British Columbia with our daughter Lena. We ventured out to Stanley Park which abuts the Pacific Ocean. As I looked over an embankment, I spotted a starfish. Not just any starfish. This one was bright purple and larger than my hand.
“I’ll get it for you, Mom,” she beamed. As she scaled the rocks below, I yelled, “It’s too dangerous. Be careful,” Triumphant, she emerged with the starfish in hand.
At the hotel, I gently wrapped it in a plastic bag and layered it between clothes in my suitcase. But we were not planning to go home for several days.
The starfish began to smell. By day five, it was noticeably stronger in the hotel. Soon my clothes smelled fishy. Maybe this wasn’t such a great idea, but I was determined, and it survived the journey back to the east coast.
I set the purple starfish high upon the dining room hutch and left it to dry. Until my husband thought it best to put it on a sunny table on the screened-in porch.
There was a loud crunch. In horror I ran to see our dog Rudy with my starfish in her mouth. I shrieked. She dropped it. My husband came running.
“Look!” I cried. I have a four-pointed starfish! How could you do this to me? Why did you move it?”
When I arrived at work that day, I slammed the car door shut just as young new teacher emerged from her car and asked what was wrong.
“My dog ate my starfish,” I explained through tears. She blinked twice.
“It was my husband’s fault.” She blinked three times.
How could I explain this to her unsympathetic face? It was a perfect purple starfish gifted to me by my one and only daughter. And then. Then it was a sea biscuit. That night I let my dog Rudi eat the other four points.
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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