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    10 Questions with Gina Cavalier

    April 19th, 2017 By Louise Chase Dettman

    Gina Cavalier recently made the jump from devoted Story District fan to hardworking Story District board member and community leader. Find out the leap and her hopes for Story District. READ MORE


    2017 Themes Are Live

    October 12th, 2016 By Ben Thomas

    Get plotting... Story District just released the story themes for 2017 2nd Tuesday shows READ MORE


    Story District Goes 3D

    June 29th, 2016 By Louise Chase Dettman

    Story District's Storytelling 101 students tell their true stories live onstage June 30 at Red Rocks, and you're going to want to be there. For the first time ever, a Story District 101 Student Showcase will feature both deaf and hearing students sharing the stage for an evening of three-dimensional storytelling like no other. READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Emily Tedesco

    June 16th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    Who is Story District? In an effort to learn a little about the kinds of people that make up Story District, we spoke to Emily Tedesco to learn a little about her experience with storytelling and Story District. Check out what she says READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Gina Chirillo

    June 7th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    Who is Story District? In an effort to learn a little about the kinds of people that make up Story District, we spoke to Gina Chirillo to learn a little about their experience with storytelling and Story District. Check out what they said READ MORE


    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Andrea Jones: Educator, “Perfect Liar”, and Storyteller

    May 28th, 2016 By Joani Peacock
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    In this interview with Story District Out/Spoken performer Andrea Jones, she talks about her love for the LGBTQ community, her unique storytelling experience, and how--like a true educator--her intro to Story District began with taking a storytelling 101 class! READ MORE


    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Ricky Harrison, Partner in Life, Law & Love

    May 26th, 2016 By Joani Peacock
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    This Out/Spoken interview features first time performer Ricky Harrison! Work and law school keeps him busy, but he took some time out of his hectic schedule to talk a little about his story, the Out/Spoken tour, and who he hopes to see in the crowd on June 4th! READ MORE


    Out/Spoken Performer Spotlight: Jud Lewis, Poet, Teacher, & Storyteller

    May 26th, 2016 By Joani Peacock
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    Some storytellers have years of experience, and some are brand new to the stage. In this interview, newcomer Jud Lewis talks about his hopes for the Out/Spoken show, his own art, and his appreciation for the Story District community! READ MORE


    Spotlight: Jeffrey Brady, Story District’s Artist & Animator for Out/Spoken

    May 24th, 2016 By Joani Peacock
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    Story District is a hub for inspiration. In this interview we focus on a past storyteller, Jeffrey Brady, who went from performing to creating art and animating for the 5th outing with the Pride Show, Out/Spoken 2016! READ MORE


    An Interview with Mike Boyd: Story District’s Co-Director of Out/Spoken

    May 24th, 2016 By Joani Peacock
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    In this interview, Story District regular Mike Boyd speaks passionately about his humble beginning at Story District and his path to pr co-directing Story District’s annual Pride Show and Southern tour! READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Molly Bernsten

    May 9th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    Everyone has their own experience when they come to Story District, and we want to hear them all! In this interview, Molly Bernsten tells us about Storytelling 101 and performing for the first time. READ MORE 


    Performer’s Spotlight - Evan Papp

    April 25th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    Whenever we get the chance, we like to talk to some of our storytelling students and find out about their experiences in Storytelling 101. Here's Evan Papp's story:


    Performer’s Spotlight - John Tong

    March 30th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    There are many different perspectives on the art of storytelling. We’ve told you a lot about our storytellers, but what about our teachers? Check out John Tong - one of our storytelling teachers - and learn a little about what our teachers really think READ MORE


    Story District Performer Ritija Gupta Prepares For Her Solo Debut

    March 18th, 2016 By Kate Paulo

    It’s not everyday that you get to share a real success story, but we're happy to share with you Ritija Gupta's triumphs in storytelling. READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Bobak Shafiei

    March 2nd, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    Before our upcoming show "Mind Over Matter", we wanted to get to know some of our performers. For a look at one of our storytellers, check out Bobak Shafiei as he answers some questions about his story and his experiences with mental illnesses. READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Dara Zycherman

    March 1st, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    As we draw near to another special event "Mind Over Matter", we took the time to ask performer Dara Zycherman some questions about her story and her experiences with mental illnesses. READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Katie Kelly

    March 1st, 2016 By Kate Paulo

    Katie Kelly, a storyteller performing in our upcoming show 'Mind Over Matter', has taken the time to answer some questions about her individual experience with mental illness  READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Joani Peacock

    March 1st, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    'Mind Over Matter,' our upcoming show on living with mental illness, has a lot to teach all of us. Joani Peacock, one of the veteran storytellers performing that evening, has taken the time to elaborate on her own experiences READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - James Ayers

    February 26th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    There are a lot of different stories to tell in our upcoming show 'God Loves Me'. James Ayers has taken the time to sit with us to talk about his particular relationship with faith and sexuality READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Elizabeth McCain

    February 23rd, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    As we count down to our next special event "God Loves You", we took the time to ask Elizabeth McCain some questions about her own experiences with religion and sexuality. READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Molly Kelly

    February 16th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    For those of us who have had a troubled relationship with our faith and sexuality, hearing about the struggles of people going through the same thing can be a wonderful experience. Molly Kelly is one of our storytellers, and she's been kind of enough to sit down and talk with us about her experience READ MORE

     

     


    Performer’s Spotlight - Mike Boyd

    February 12th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    The intersection between family, faith and sexuality is often messy at best. Mike Boyd, one of our storytellers familiar with this particular headache, talked to us about his experience READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Michael Baireuther

    February 9th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    Before the performers of Sucker for Love hit the stage, we decided to sit down with Mike Baireuther to talk about his experiences with Story District. Here are quick highlights and great shots from his time on stage: READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Morgan Givens

    February 5th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    Who doesn't love a good love story? 'Sucker For Love' is the show for those of us who can't help loving love, and Morgan Givens was nice enough to sit with us to tell us a little about his story as storyteller. READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Stephanie Garibaldi

    February 5th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    'Sucker For Love' is the perfect show for anyone - single or not - this Valentine's Day weekend. We sat down with Stephanie Garibaldi and asked her a little about herself to get to know her a little better before Saturday READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Laura Feivson

    February 5th, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    Valentine's Day is a good time to get to know one another. Before 'Sucker For Love', we talked with Laura Feivson so we can all get to know our storytellers a little better READ MORE


    Performer’s Spotlight - Michael Cotter

    February 3rd, 2016 By Kate Paulo
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    Before the performers of Sucker for Love hit the stage, we decided to sit down with Michael Cotter to talk about his experiences with Story District. Here are quick highlights and great shots from his time on stage: READ MORE


    Support Story District 2015

    December 4th, 2015 By Ben Thomas
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    2015 Has been a banner year for Story District. We literally got a new banner! We also launched our name and recommiited out dedication to creating, supporting and sustaining a creative community in the DMV. Read More 


    Announcing Nominees for Top Shelf 2016

    October 21st, 2015 By Amy Couchoud
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    Announcing the nominees for our 6th annual Top Shelf -- a showcase of the best stories of the year that will take place at the Lincoln Theater on Jan 9, 2016. Tickets on sale now (sold out two weeks before showtime last year, so don't dally. Also, buy in person at either the Lincoln theater or 9:30 Club box office and only pay $1 extra in processing fees). READ MORE


    2016 Themes

    October 20th, 2015 By Ben Thomas

    The themes for the 2016 2nd Tuesday Shows are live. Check them out and pitch today. 


    Story District in the news

    September 3rd, 2015 By Amy Saidman
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    See news about Story District in The Washington Post, and The DCist. Also, read an interview w/director Amy Saidman in The Washington Business Journal about how we help businesses tell their stories.


    Story District is here!

    August 6th, 2015 By Amy Saidman
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    Story District is here!!! We are so happy about how the kickoff party went and grateful to everyone who attended, volunteered, tabled, performed, danced, tweeted, and helped us get started with this new name on the right foot. SEE PICS (PhotographybyAlexander.com) and READ MORE


    Welcome to Story District!

    July 15th, 2015 By Amy Saidman
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    SpeakeasyDC is growing up and making changes. Help us usher in a new era with our new name!! READ MORE


    Inspiration behind the new logo!

    July 9th, 2015 By Ben Thomas

    Check out our new logo and hear the inspiration from our design team READ MORE


    Our first road trip: Biscuits, stories, and more

    June 18th, 2015 By Amy Saidman

    The biscuits…. for me it really came down to the best heavenly cheesy biscuits you can imagine. We are talking biscuits with apple butter, eggs biscuit and gravy, yogurt parfait, and oatmeal and more. These Atlanta folks really know how to make a good dang biscuit. READ MORE


    SpeakeasyDC Board Member JR Russ

    May 29th, 2015 By JR Russ

    My name is JR Russ. You may know me as a SpeakeasyDC board member. You may not know that I am also a native Washingtonian. I went to a small, all-boys, private school here in DC, with a graduating class of seventy-five. I was one of a handful of guys that stayed in the area. I have gone to several colleges in the area, making friends during my studies only to see many move away again. I am constantly reminded that for a multitude of individuals, Washington, DC is a very temporary place. So community is something that has always been challenging. Something you should also know is that I was a dance major in college. After graduating, I committed myself to pursuing a life in the arts, whatever that meant. But over time, I found the work I was participating in less and less fulfilling. In and of itself, it was wonderful, but by the time I finished grad school, I realized what I was missing was creating meaningful work for the communities I did find myself a part of, the communities that were not transitory. So I started doing that, I started collaborating and creating work inspired by the stories within the communities. READ MORE 


    ICYMI: Highlights from Speakeasy DC’s Fools Rush In

    April 3rd, 2015 By Evan Milberg

    In Case You Missed It: SpeakeasyDC's Evan Milberg, recaps Fool's Rush In: Stories about acting rashly, being naive, and attempting feats that the wise avoid presented April 1st, 2015 with partner the Human Rights Campaign. READ MORE


    Storytellers in focus: Chris Kingsley

    April 1st, 2015 By Will Sefton

    Chris Kingsley is the Chair of the SpeakeasyDC board and Associate Director of Local Policy & Advocacy at the Data Quality Campaign. A longtime show-goer, Chris decided to step up to the plate and lead our board of directors during our rebranding. Here he speaks with us about plans for the future and how he's trying to meet the bar set by former SpeakeasyDC Chair Mike Boyd. READ MORE


    We need a new NAME!

    December 2nd, 2014 By Amy Saidman

    SpeakeasyDC needs a new name and we want your input! Although the initial push to change our name is coming from a dispute over the trademark, we are seizing the moment and excited about using this as an opportunity to fully communicate how we have grown and changed since we first adopted that name in 1997. READ MORE

     


    Top Shelf 2015 selections have been made!

    November 19th, 2014 By Amy Saidman

    We are beyond excited to announce another batch of stand-out stories for SpeakeasyDC’s 5th annual Top Shelf, a showcase of the best stories of year. We will be at our largest venue ever -- the historic Lincoln Theater which seats 1200! We've already sold over 300 tickets, so don't wait. Last year, we did two back-to-back shows at the 9:30 Club and sold out 1300 seats well before showtime. READ MORE


    A behind the scenes look at SpeakeasyDC

    October 9th, 2014 By Ben Thomas

    A team of documentary film-makers created a short film that captures a behind-the-scenes look at SEDC's process and SEDC's most recent show Atonement. We thought it turned out beautifully and wanted to share. Thanks to Stone Soup Films!  READ MORE


    SpeakeasyShorts Call for Actors

    October 8th, 2014 By Ben Thomas

    SpeakeasyShorts is a new type of film competition – a collaboration between filmmakers and storytellers. Eight filmmaking teams have only 5 days to write, shoot, edit-and screen a film based on stories from eight local storytellers. The kicker: none of the teams know anything about the stories before they are presented. Interested in acting? READ MORE


    Help us pick our 2015 Themes

    September 26th, 2014 By Ben Thomas

    We are putting together the 2015 season of SpeakeasyDC’s 2nd Tuesday monthly. Find out how you can vote and help pick our 2015 show themes READ MORE


    Calling All Suckers

    September 15th, 2014 By Stephanie Garibaldi

    Now’s Your Chance to Become a Sucker! Valentines Day 2015 is a mere 150 days away, and that means we are looking for stories for our signature, powerhouse Valentine's Day specialty show Sucker for Love (SFL). SEDC Storycoach and Sucker for Love Director Stephanie Garibaldi shares a little background on how to succesfully pitch your story for one of the biggest shows of the year. READ MORE


    UK Dispatch #2

    August 24th, 2014 By Amy Saidman

    Well hello good people of the Americas! I’m back from the UK and it was an amazing trip! Given that Jeffrey and I were completely wankered the entire time, I don’t remember much. I’m kidding. I hardly drank because I was too busy shagging sexy British storytellers.  Well… that’s not true, either. My trip was actually rather wholesome. Oh well. READ MORE


    An ESL Teacher reflects on her SpeakeasyDC experience

    August 20th, 2014 By Allison Kirsch

    A group of English as a second language students from the Washington English Center joined SpeakeasyDC for our 2nd Tuesday Show at Town Danceboutique based on the theme of Crimes and Misdemeanors. ESL teacher Allison Kirsch reflects on the experience here.


    Pitch your story for Speakeasy Shorts

    August 7th, 2014 By Ben Thomas

    SpeakeasyDC and DC Shorts are excited to announce the return of Speakeasy Shorts. In its third year, SpeakeasyShorts is a unique competition invented by SpeakeasyDC and DC Shorts that brings together the two art forms of live storytelling and filmmaking. Get the details on telling your story, joining a film team and more. READ MORE

     


    Help us pick our themes!

    July 21st, 2014 By Ben Thomas

    We need your help! We are currently exploring themes for our upcoming season. If you have an idea, a topic, or theme to for a show-- we would love to hear it. Tweet us @SpeakeasyDC or use #SEDCthemes to share your suggestion. READ MORE


    Tour de Telling Week 4 Powering On

    May 5th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich
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    Week 4 still has Tattle Tales solidly in the lead, but the other teams are building on their surges from last week. Find out the latest in #2014TDT.


    Tour de Telling Week 3

    April 28th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich

    Week three brings more excitement as the Tattle Tales continue to DOMINATE the competition. Other teams are hot on their heel. Kratos and the Enforcer brought in nearly $500 with a single event. They have a bit more work to do but with moves like that in their back pocket it is still very much anyone’s race to win!


    Tour de Telling Events

    April 22nd, 2014 By Amy Saidman
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    In this year's Tour de Telling Spring fundraiser, there are five teams competing to raise the most money for SpeakeasyDC. Each team will employ a variety of strategies for raising the funds, including throwing a bunch of events and YOU are invited. Below is a list of upcoming events.  READ MORE


    Tour de Telling Week 2 Round the Bend

    April 21st, 2014 By Meredith Maslich

    We are starting the second week of Tour de Telling and the Tattle Tales are holding firm on the lead with $1960 raised so far! And that means that they are once again the recipients of this week's prize, provided by this week's Tour de Telling sponsor: Mad Hatter. The Tattle Tales will receive a $25 gift certificate to Mad Hatters, to add to their $25 gift certificate to Lillies that they won last week.


    Tour de Telling Week 1 Wrap Up

    April 17th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich

    The first week of Tour de Telling has been really exciting as the teams start to schedule their events and the trash talk heats up on Facebook. The best part has been the donations just flowing in, and we wanted to take a second and reward the week's highest donor with a prize! Anne Thomas, a member of the Tattle Tales is our highest donor in our opening week with a donation of $500!! That was not only a great kick start to her team's success, but to the whole race as well. Thank you for your donation Anne!!

     


    First week of Tour de Telling 2014

    April 14th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich
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    It's the end of the first week of Tour de Telling 2014 and what a great start to the race its been! All of the teams are on the board right out of the gate thanks to 100% participation in the bake sale at the April 8th 2nd Tuesday show. But Team Tattle Tale is out in front with a commanding lead, raising a total of $1599.40 as of 10am Monday April 14. And as a result of being in the lead, the Tattle Tales have won a $25 gift certificate to Lillies Restaurant and Bar in Woodly Park.  Read More


    Not your typical DC meeting: Spring 2014 Tour de Telling Launch

    March 25th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich
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    Former Board Member, Storyteller extraordinaire Jeffrey Brady reflects on his experience with Tour de Telling You are invited to meet Jeffery and learn all about Tour de Telling at the launch party April 2nd, 7pm at Acre 121 (1400 Irving Street NW near the Columbia Heights Metro). Please RSVP via Facebook here or non Facebook users click here. Here's what Jeffery had to say about his experience as part of TdT  READ MORE

     


    Are you ready for Tour de Telling?

    March 12th, 2014 By Meredith Maslich
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    We are excited to launch our second annual Tour de Telling (#TdT2014) spring fundraising campaign on April 8, 2014. So what’s the deal with Tour de Telling? The short answer is it's a friendly team competition for storytellers and friends to raise money to support SpeakeasyDC. Structured as a virtual bike race. Teams of up to six people compete to raise money pretty much anyway they want, including, but definitely not limited to, bakes sales, happy hours, five-course sit-down dinners, pledge drives, gold fish eating contests (Ok not so much that last one. There are some limits!). Read More...


    Welcome Ben!

    February 24th, 2014 By Amy Saidman
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    Bring out the cigars (or your hipster e-cigarettes), it's time to celebrate! Our new Program Coordinator, Ben Thomas, just started today, and he's already making fun of me. Good sign? Not sure, but I'm optimistic. We were incredibly lucky to have so many talented and smart people apply for this job. Ben was our first choice because he seems ready to help us take over the world (as is our secret master plan, obvi).  READ MORE


    SpeakeasyDC is hiring (applications are no longer being accepted)

    January 23rd, 2014 By Amy Saidman
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    We are SOOOO sad to see our beloved Sheri Macatangay leave, but she's off to start an exciting new life in San Francisco. Sheri was the first person to take the position of Program Coordinator at SEDC back in April 2012.  I am lucky that she was the first person to take this job, because it was also the first time I had ever had an "employee" to manage. She handled my trial-and-error method with grace and patience. She learned the job quickly and embraced the mission and the community with enthusiasm and sincerity. Read more


    SpeakeasyDC is hiring (applications are no longer being accepted)

    January 23rd, 2014 By Amy Saidman
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    We are SOOOO sad to see our beloved Sheri Macatangay leave, but she's off to start an exciting new life in San Francisco. Sheri was the first person to take the position of Program Coordinator at SEDC back in April 2012.  I am lucky that she was the first person to take this job, because it was also the first time I had ever had an "employee" to manage. She handled my trial-and-error method with grace and patience. She learned the job quickly and embraced the mission and the community with enthusiasm and sincerity. Read more


    Crank & Groove, Part II

    September 13th, 2013 By Amy Saidman
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    I heard my first go go beat in 1996… at a Jewish summer camp. I’m not kidding. I was a counselor at a Jewish summer camp (Habonim homies – holla!) and, at this camp, we have a ritual after almost every meal. As the dishes are collected, everyone starts to sing. But we don’t just sing, we shout and stand on the chairs, pound on the tables, and stomp our feet. It’s a kind of organized mayhem. In this particular year, there were threespeakeasy gogo4x6 guys – Benjie Porecki, Doug Silverman, and Matt Selig – who would start pounding out a go go beat on the tables. When I first heard it, I was like, what is that? I didn’t know it at the time, but I had fallen in love with go go. Read more


    Crank & Groove!

    September 11th, 2013 By Amy Saidman
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    For the past two weeks I’ve been having those “How did I get here?!” moments. I imagine it’s the gut reaction most builders of things have when speakeasy gogo4x6they reflect on a nearly finished work.

    We are a few days out from opening night of Crank & Groove: A Go-Go Love Story and instead of looking down from the perch of the director’s chair I find myself sitting in circles with the cast; rather an ensemble of brilliant Go-Go practitioners, griots and lovers of the music and culture. My teachers. From the very beginning, this production has been rooted in collaboration, improvisation and a little scrappiness. Read more


    Tour de Telling’s First Prize Unlocked!

    April 12th, 2013 By Meredith Maslich

    Our first ever Tour de Telling - our virtual bike race fundraiser - kicked off with much fan fare and fun at April’s Second Tuesday show at Town. In addition to a bake sale to support the teams, each team gave a 60 second pitch for support. There were costumes, there were props, there was even flying candy. The efforts of the teams paid off – in less than 48 hours the teams have raised a combined total of more than $1600! Read more