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.
Victor and Maribeth,
along with Josie and David Sheatsley, (Stuart's sister and brother-in-law)...
in honor of Stuart Vining's 70th Birthday
Next Night of Songs and Stories
Mar 10 (Second Tue of the month)
Shrimpy's Bar & Grill, Midway
Cover charge at door: $5 members; $7 non-members
Theme: Art, or The Arts
Music: Stuart and Amy
Attendees: RSVP via SignUpGenius. Please keep the confirmation email you receive so you can delete yourself if you are unable to attend.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 Tom Richardson
I’m sure she dreamed of Dom Perignon and diamonds, caviar and candlelight in a charming French restaurant on the East Side. What she got was a Jewish Deli for lunch on the West Side, snacking on a hot pastrami on rye. The ring, a star sapphire with tiny diamond baguettes on the side was the best I could buy for 300 bucks on 5th Avenue. Later it was declared fake. There was no one-or-two-knee plea. I’d already suggested with my sophisticated phone delivery – “Hey, let’s get married.” This allowed me to yank the ring from my pocket and say, “Here, hope you like it.” I was studying music at a graduate school in Manhattan instead of learning elegance and eloquence at the Butler Finishing School for Men.
Thirty years later, my son managed to trump me in idiocy. He took his girlfriend to Manhattan for Christmas where he would propose. For four days, he hauled her around showing her such sites as our first apartment, my graduate school, and our hole-in-the-wall favorite restaurant. He didn’t bother with the Statue of Liberty, the Empire State Building or any of the other major attractions. They just wandered through the Richardson-made-famous sites of NY while he searched for the perfect spot to ask that life-altering question. His soon-to-be fiancée became depressed by the fourth night. Returning to their hotel, projectile tears began as she closeted herself in the bathroom. This jolted him into action. He ripped open the bathroom door to find her sitting on the “throne,” knelt down on both knees and placed the $10k ring on her finger. This is now affectionately known as “The Crappy Proposal.”
Today, my favorite NY landmark is a little Jewish Deli on Manhattan’s West Side, and I look at toilettes in a very different light.
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 email@example.com to sponsor a Night of Songs and Stories.
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