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.
Guild Member Ann Evans
in memory of her brother Alan.
A most memorable person in that he offered the same respect to the maintenance man or the CEO.
Next Night of Songs and Stories
Dec 10 (Second Tue of the month)
Forgotten Mile Ale House, Rehoboth
(Back at Shrimpy's in Jan)
Cover charge at door: $5 members; $7 non-members
Theme: Memorable Characters
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 Joyce Bader
When I am 6, I wonder: where is everyone? My friends have aunts, uncles, cousins; I don’t.
When he was 16, my Dad left home for America, not yet speaking English. Thirty years later, when I am 6, he is just as articulate in English as in his native German, and a a great storyteller.
When I am 10, I ask my Dad, “Where is everyone? Where is your family?” My loving father, whose W’s are V’s and V’s are W’s, whose voice is wise and deep, changes the subject.
My childhood has a motto: never do anything upsetting. Fear follows even small mishaps. Spilling a glass of milk is a chilling experience. My usually calm Dad shakes with anger, stands and leaves the room.
Why does this upset him? When I ask, he tells me some life stories instead:
- about his dad fighting for Germany in WW I.
- about him, fighting against Germany in WW II, as a medic in the Phillipines. On midnight guard duty, he hears footsteps. He commands: “Halt! who goes there?” His voice is shaking. No answer. Then, through the dark, he sees a giant water buffalo.
- and once, he remembers running from taunting classmates; he is the only Jewish boy in his 2nd grade class.
Despite his life stories, he is still, to me, a mystery; a part of him always in the dark.
When I am 12, I read voraciously. I read everywhere, even in the backseat of the car while Dad drives and Mom runs every day errands.
But today is not every day. I am reading Leon Uris’, Exodus. Suddenly I come to fifteen of the most graphic pages ever written about the Holocaust and the camps. I stare and reread every single word.
I ask, in a tiny, quiet voice, “did this really happen?” My mother’s even quieter voice says, “yes, yes it did.”
I know there was a war; I don’t know this.
Whispering, I ask my father, “is this where everyone is?”
“Yes,” he says,” yes, it is.”
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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