FREE Workshop a hit; Gearing up for Dec’s PoP

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Thanks to everyone who came out on a chilly Sunday morning for our free storytelling workshop.

PoP coproducer Ivy Eisenberg helped both experienced and novice storytellers hone their many tales. We’re looking forward to hearing several of them at this Saturday’s show and many more to come.  Come on by on Saturday to hear them for yourselves!

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Venue:  Curious_logo1
                  145 Palisades St – Dobbs Ferry


FREE Storytelling Workshop – Dec 7

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To celebrate our first appearance at  Curious_blue100 , we’re offering a free storytelling workshop to help you craft your own tale.

Date: Dec. 7, 11am
Open to all ages (14 and over)

Join PoP’s own Ivy Eisenberg for a fun, interactive workshop. We will cover how to mine your life for stories, how to choose and uncover “the story” and how to deliver that story. No prior knowledge or performance experience is necessary. This is about real people telling real stories. Everyone who comes will walk away with a 5 minute story ready to tell at a PoP open mic!

And don’t miss our next show at Curious-on-Hudson on Dec. 13. Theme: “CLOSE CALL”.

New Season, New Venue! CLOSE CALL – Dec. 13 at Curious-on-Hudson

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With the chilly change in season, it’s also time for Prose of Pie to move on to bigger, better, warmer venues. Cast off the season’s chill a “Close Call”-themed show on Dec. 13 at  Curious_blue100 in nearby Dobbs Ferry, just minutes from our roots in Tarrytown.


When: Dec 13, 8pm
Venue:  Curious_logo1
                  145 Palisades St – Dobbs Ferry


About the theme: Hear tales about accidents that should have gone much worse, and neighbors narrowly making it through a difficult situation. And we want to hear your stories too: that time you should’ve failed but somehow managed to squeak by? a big mistake that went unnoticed? that thing you got into when you were almost caught….. They’re all fair game! As always, try to impress us by stretching the theme to fit your story!

This month, we’re back to our normal format – a line-up of prepared longer stories, lots of open mic slots, and opportunities for anonymous participation. Go ahead, give it a try and start this new PoP chapter with us! Your ears and tastebuds will thank you.

2nd Annual Halloween PoP a hit; Big news soon

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We’re still hearing raves for our wonderful Halloween show at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery, the region’s best Halloween venue.  We were delighted by tales from PoP veterans Jim Keyes and Jill Liflander, and a first time appearance from Moth winner Sandi Marx.

Halloween 2014 Sandi

Year two has been great for PoP!  Stay tuned for some exciting news about Prose of Pie’s evolution – bigger, better, tastier!

Westchester Magazine calls us a ‘phenomenon’!

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In an article on retro desserts, Westchester Magazine calls Pros(e) of Pie a ‘phenomenon':

And witness the phenomenon of the sellout Pros(e) of Pie series in Tarrytown, a monthly shindig where people bring home-baked pies, tell stories, and crown a Piemaster. (link)

We’re happy to be in such tasty local company.  Located just around the corner, our friends at The Twisted Oak got praised for their fancy “marshmallow-cream French toast based on the Fluffernutter”. Yum- we’ll take a pie entry from them any day!

Second Annual Halloween PoP in the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery!

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For our second annual Halloween PoP, we’re bringing Pros(e) of Pie back to the world renowned Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Our storytellers will be delighting you in the Washington Irving Memorial Chapel. There couldn’t be a better setting for an evening of true Halloween tales.  Expect a nice sampling of seasonal pies that you’ll taste and vote on.

Tickets are already selling for this special edition of Pros(e) of Pie, the Hudson Valley’s most popular storytelling series. Come find out what’s been drawing audiences to sold-out shows for over a year. Trust us, it’s not just the pie!

When: Oct. 22, 8pm


Location: THE SLEEPY HOLLOW CEMETERY (540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY)
And, let’s keep it clear folks : the show will be at the Sleepy Hollow Cemetery – not the Old Dutch Church. Use the entrance about half a mile north of the Old Dutch Church.

ALL tickets for this show will be sold online. Doors open at 8pm sharp.


The pies entered in our bake-off are baked by members of the audience. Tempted to enter your creation for a chance to win a gift card? You’ll need to (1) buy tickets early, (2) email us your info and the type of pie you’re bringing, and (3) try to drop your pie off by 7:30p for the best chance at votes!

If you’re interested in telling a storyemail co-producers Ivy Eisenberg  or Zak Shusterman for additional information and to schedule an audition.


Pros(e) of Pie Streaming Audio

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As we get ready to kick of a second year of Pros(e) of Pie, why not give storytelling a try yourself? Sign up for 5 minute open mic slots. Just remember to stick to our PoP rules: 1) you can only tell your own story; 2) it has to be a true(ish) story; 3) it has to related to the monthly theme; 4) no reading – this is story telling, not story reading!

Here are two open mic clips from our May 14 show. The theme was “Motherlode”, and this night happened to be an all open mic show.

September Theme: SUPERSTITION – Sept. 13

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What an incredible first year – from that first show in June 2013 through to our grand Anniversary Special at the Tarrytown Music Hall last month. Thanks again to everyone involved – volunteers, storytellers, and the audience that came back month after month! Now, join us as we kick off our 2nd year with a “Superstition”-themed show on Sept. 13.

When: Sept 13, 8pm

About the theme: Hear tales about the superstitions that have affected your lives. They’re all fair game – old wive’s tales, urban legends, & campfire rumors; knocking on wood and casting the evil eye. That time a superstition stopped you cold or led you on a great adventure? As always, try to impress us by stretching the theme to fit your story!

This month, we’ll back to our normal format – a line-up of prepared longer stories, lots of open mic slots, and opportunities for anonymous participation. Go ahead, give it a try!

Pros(e) of Pie First Anniversary Show – recap

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1899803_903467993002996_6906541288601540464_o Thanks to all who joined us for at a wonderful anniversary show celebrating the first year of Prose of Pie. We couldn’t have asked for a better venue than the Tarrytown Music Hall, a world-class historic theater just around the corner from our normal location. Together we supported the good work of both the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown and Yonkers Partners in Education (YPIE).

Congratulations to the storytellers in our ‘best of’ line up : Paul Williams, Kathleen McCarthy Udoff, Tanya Monier, Jill Liflander, & Jim Keyes. An extra special thank you to Jim Keyes for performing double duty as our musical entertainment.

Special thanks to the many volunteers who came out to support our effort on Sunday : First and foremost among them, the inimitable Dina Rose Friedman, our new close friend Heather Reid, community gem Rachelle Gebler from the Community Food Pantry, Stacy & Josh from YPIE, as well as the committed staff and volunteers of the Music Hall.

Please support the local businesses who contributed to our efforts: Coffee Labs for donating coffee for our event, Liflander Photography for capturing some wonderful moments, Kate Chanba for art and graphic design, and the Rivertowns for being a home like no other. Some photos from the evening (all photography courtesy Liflander Photography):

  • The PieMaster and 3 runners-up are announced.