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.
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
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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!
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 at the W@tercooler. 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 W@tercooler for being a home like no other. Some photos from the evening (all photography courtesy Liflander Photography):
Pres. Obama may have a pie addiction problem – that’s understandable! Even at the risk of seeing him lose control, we’ve extended a personal invitation for the entire first family to join us at the Prose of Pie anniversary show on July 20. Secret Service permitting, we’ll let you know about their RSVP.
If you want to join them at the show, reserve your tickets here.
When: June 14, 8pm
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About the theme: This month, we want to hear about your moments of suspense. That time you were wondering if she’d say yes. Would you get that job offer? Dreading a call back from the doctor…. Suspense when you’re looking forward to something or suspense when you’re dreading it. And sometimes, it’s the suspense itself that you get to enjoy! As always, try to impress us by stretching the theme to fit your story!
- STAY TUNED FOR DETAILS ON OUR SPECIAL ANNIVERSARY SHOW -
To keep your ears entertained until the next show, we’re going to continue realeasing tracks for shows from PoP’s first year. Here are two more featured stories from our Schemes & Betrayal story.
First off, we have PoP veteran Katie Kaprenstein – during a summer in the city, the biggest danger turned out to be lurking in her summer sublet.
Then, Tanya Monier recalls being a a globe trotting girl with her heart broken across the ocean, and her arm broken more locally, only to end up being comforted by the poet-laureate of Ireland
You’ve been asking for a Pros(e) of Pie podcast. We’re not there quite yet but we’re going to be making some of favorite PoP tales available for streaming. Now you can stay entertained with PoP in between our monthly shows.
To kick off our streaming segments, here’s a story from PoP veteran Jim Keyes told at our live event on March 15. The theme that evening, in honor of the Ides of March, was Schemes & Betrayal.
What a milestone. May was the 12th month we’ve put on Pros(e) of Pie! Okay, it was only the 11th show due of an unavoidable winter cancellation… but still! We made it a full year of putting on Moth-style entertainment in the Rivertowns. Over this last year, hundreds of you came out to be entertained, to share, and to enjoy more pie than you’ve ever had before. In that time, all but two of our shows were sold out.
Overdue thanks. There are so many people we can’t thank enough. Starting with our first volunteer – Kate Chanba – who created our poster featuring our shy mascot Poppy. Dina Friedman who was a guest who saw we needed helped and just assumed needed duties (and made us see how much better the job could be done). Jim Keyes, who brought the first story to our theoretical concept and showed us what it means to be a master entertain (along with volunteering as sound engineer). Randell Dodge of Red Barn Bakery for donating our first gluten-free pie
There were lots of you who took shifts serving at the pie table, manning the doors, and baking pie, including: Jenifer Ross, Lydia Fernandez, Nina Shusterman, Billy Buxton, Maya Groeger, Tammy Abraham. And so many more who embraced this idea, made it part of your world, and shared the joy (and your pies) with friends and neighbors.
Here’s to the next year of Pros(e), Pie, and homegrown entertainment.
With heartfelt thanks,
Ivy & Zak
So many stories…. Many thanks to all the brave souls that joined us on May 17 for our first all open-mic show. So many of you put your names in the hat to share your “Mother Lode” themed stories that we kept the show going past 10pm! We’ll be posting some of the open mic stories so stay tuned.
…and such tasty pies. We had a bountiful array of 7 pies on hand this month. Special congratulations to May’s Pie Master – Margaret – who knocked us off our feet with her ‘chocolate-on-chocolate maple candied nut’ masterPIEce! If we’re lucky, she’ll be sharing her recipe with all of us very soon.
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At a recent silent auction benefitting the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown, we bid on and won a copy of a coveted pie recipe book from our friends at the Four & Twenty Blackbirds pie shop in Brooklyn. Theres so much seasonal inspiration in its pages, it’ll be hard to pick just one recipe for tomorrow’s installment of Prose of Pie.
At the moment, strawberry balsamic and chamomile buttermilk custard are in the lead but how knows which of the tasty recipes will make an appearance tomorrow. The only way to find out:
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and show up early to get your tasty sampling!