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 “addiction and obsession” “blue or blues” and “letters” ) 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. For example, the Simon and Garfunkle song “The Boxer” prompted one writer to recall a story of his father, who boxed, and another writer to recall the time her husband met—and shook hands with—Muhammad Ali.
Themes are announced one month prior to the event. Readers can sign up by emailing Maribeth at
email@example.com and are accepted on a first-come-first serve basis.
Next Night of Songs and Stories
Nov 13 (Second Tue of the month)
Fish On Five Points, Lewes
Cover charge at door: $5 members; $7 non-members
Theme: The Porch
Music By: Amy & Stuart
Make a Reservation
RSVPs a must. Email Maribeth at
firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your space(s). Please be sure to notify her if you need to cancel so those on the waitlist may attend.
Process for Reading
(You will have two weeks to let Maribeth know if you would like to read)
Theme: Fame and Fortune
By Deb Griffin
If you won the lottery, how would you spend it? I pose this question to people all the time. Most respond with, “Well, I’d pay off my bills, set up the grandkids for college, blah, blah, blah.” Well, of course you would. That’s a given. But where’s your imagination? Where’s the fun?!!
When my novels become movies, or I win the lottery, (whichever comes first), I want to buy the Guild a permanent home. There’d be a cool coffee shop up front with lots of comfy chairs, desks and cool lighting, where we’d all hang out and write our next best seller. Stuart and Amy’s greatest hits would be playing, and a rotating gallery of local artists would grace the walls. There’d be rooms for classes and an amazing office for Maribeth, with floor to ceiling books, lots of windows, and orange wingback chairs parked in front of a stacked stone fireplace. The gathering space for songs and stories would feature crescent shaped tables facing the stage, so none of us would have to turn our chairs around; and house a state-of-the-art sound system that would make Stuart weep. Our catering kitchen would be so sexy that chefs would be fighting over who got to cook for us that month. At the rear of the building there’d be a bar with a speak-easy type entrance. We’d call it the Library, so we could tell our “others” that’s where we were going, to do some necessary research. The martinis would be exquisite, and surprisingly affordable. Small cocktail tables would face a stage where open mike night guaranteed a packed house. Your bill would resemble library cards telling you what was due. Guild membership would become a hot commodity and you’d all be charter members.
If you’re going to dream, my lovelies, dream big.
November Event Sponsored by
The Guild's own chanteuse,
Lewes Bake Shop & Notting Hill Coffee Roastery
124 Second Street, Lewes.
The perfect place to get your homemade holiday pies!
A Night of Songs and Stories
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 580 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 email@example.com to sponsor a Night of Songs and Stories.