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BRATTLEBORO >> Strolling of the Heifers is presenting the "Walk for Amber StorySlam" hosted by Hillary Boone of the Vermont Comedy Divas. The StorySlam will be on Saturday, April 30 at 7 p.m. at the River Garden in Brattleboro.

Based on the enthusiastic response to the 2015 StorySlam, organizers are expecting a large turnout this year. A StorySlam is a competitive storytelling "open mic." With a panel of 6 judges and an engaging comedian host, it will be an interactive and entertaining storytelling event. Contestants are selected who volunteer from the audience to tell a 5-minute, true story related to the theme for the evening. This year the Walk for Amber StorySlam theme is "Things That Matter." Related to the theme, this year contestants will have the option of using one prop or "thing" to help illustrate their story. The judges will rate the stories and determine the winning story for a prize package from Mocha Joes café and coffee roasters.


Proceeds from the StorySlam support the Amber Marie Bernier Scholarship Fund, which is distributed yearly to qualifying students graduating from Brattleboro Union High School. Amber Bernier was a 17-year-old BUHS senior who died just prior to her graduation in 2004. She was a beloved student, remembered for her kindness, beauty and style. The Walk for Amber is a series of annual fundraising events including the StorySlam, the Walk for Amber Walkathon, a raffle and a dinner which will be held this year on June 5, 2016. This is the eleventh Walk for Amber fundraiser.

Hillary Boone is a Vermont comedian and storyteller who has appeared on the Moth storySLAM, and performed stand-up comedy across Vermont and New England. Hillary's style has been described as quirky, likable, smart and "simply delightful." She is a member of the Vermont Comedy Divas and Divas Do Good, the country's only all female touring stand up comedy troupe.

Seating for the StorySlam is limited but you can reserve a ticket online at Brown Bag Tickets at Or check out our Facebook page, "2nd Annual Walk for Amber Story Slam." Ticket price is $10 online or at the event. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. For more information, please contact Debbie or Dan Bernier-Sontag at 802-579-8043