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Open Mike, Saturday October 1st!

Hear ye! Hear ye!

Stories in the North will be holding an Open Mike evening on October 1st, 2011. (That’s a Saturday night.) We’ll be holding it, as usual, downstairs at the Legion in Thessalon.

This time we have an added attraction. We’ll be making the draw for the quilt – yes, this quilt – for which we have been madly selling tickets for months. Open Mike night will be the last opportunity to buy a chance on this lovely quilt.

Doors open at 6:30, and the festivities will start at 7 p.m. We have four categories, with a $50.00 prize offered for the winner of each category. The categories are:

Poetry: rhymed or not, traditional or experimental – your call!
Fiction: Wow us with your best story!
True stories: If it happened in real life, tell it here!
Words and music: We’ve changed this one a little. Previously we were looking only for original songs. Now we will also take parody.

There is a $5.00 entry fee for each spot. You are limited to five minutes, including whatever introductory remarks you make.

Who decides the winners? The audience does, by popular vote; feel free to pack the hall with your loyal supporters! Admission is $7.00. There will be snacks and a cash bar.

To register call 705-842-3817. Please leave your name and phone number, the category you want to enter, and a good time to call you. You can also email elizabeth.creith@bell.net.

At the moment we have two spots available in poetry, fiction and true stories, and three in words and music.

Was that cool, or what?

The Open Mike was a great success! We had a full slate of performers, some new and some returning. Also new to this Open Mike was Gerry Clark, who did a great job as the MC.

Winners at this Open Mike were:

Ann Lloyd in poetry
Ruthann Fecteau in true stories
Angie Gallop in fiction
and
Wayne Nott in songwriting

Wayne very generously played all night between sets to create a fun atmosphere. He’s an excellent singer and songwriter, and a newcomer to the Open Mike crowd.

Pictures will be going up as soon as I get them!

The next Open Mike will be held on October 1st, 2011. Book your space soon – we fill up quickly!

The envelope, please…

Okay, it’s not the Oscars, but last night was Stories in the North’s second Open Mike Night.

Our contestants were:

In fiction, Gail Joy, Douglas Ord, Tom Johnson
In non-fiction, Tatiana Johnson, Ruthanne Fecteau, Elizabeth Creith, Joyce Conway
In poetry, Elizabeth Creith, Ruthanne Fecteau
In songwriting, Al St. Pierre, Gail Joy

And the winners were:

In fiction, Gail Joy
In non-fiction, Joyce Conway
In poetry, Ruthanne Fecteau
In songwriting, Al St. Pierre

We had great snacks – cheese and cold cuts, chips and dips, homemade squares, devilled eggs, salsa. Who needs dinner? Heather behind the bar served the drinks. There were four door prizes, and a good time was had by all – or at least so we believe.

Spaces for the next Open Mike – and we haven’t even thought about a date yet! – are filling up. Six have been taken already. The categories for the next event are Fiction, True Stories, Poetry and Songwriting. For True Stories we are asking people to stick to the story and leave op-ed pieces and opinion essays at home.

We have a strict five-minute time limit for all entries. Entry fee is five dollars per category, one entry per category per person.

Watch this space for a date. Call 705-842-3817 to register.

Strut your stuff for fifty bucks! Open Mike on March 4th, 2011

Stories in the North is having its second Open Mike Night  on March 4th. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

What’s on? Well, that depends on who signs up to perform. This is the time for all you closet divas – and whatever the male of “diva” is – to come out and wow the crowd.

The last Open Mike brought sixteen area performers to the Legion in Thessalon to recite and read poetry, fiction and non-fiction, and to sing songs that they’d written.

This year we have the same four categories – fiction, non-fiction, poetry and songwriting. Each entrant gets up to five minutes to impress the audience with their original work.

At the end of the evening, the audience votes. The winner in each category walks away with bragging rights and fifty dollars. Did we say you couldn’t pack the hall with your friends? No, not us! Go for it!

We’ll provide coffee and snacks. (We’re not the home baking literary festival for nothing!) Tickets are $7.00 each.

Entry fee is $5.00. To register, call Elizabeth at 842-3817.