Next Stage Cafe opens with Fables Storytelling

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PUTNEY — Next Stage Arts Project presents "Fables Storytelling" hosted by Peter "Fish" Case in the new Next Stage Caf on Wednesday, June 13 at 7 p.m. This evening of storytelling is the first in a series that continues on the second Wednesday of each month with host/curator Fish and a variety of guest storytellers. Admission is by donation.

The theme of this launch event is stories about Vermont, and features Steve West (former radio host and the Fearless Computer Guy), Sara Levine (part of the Emerge Vermont Leadership Group and Program Coordinator for Girls on the Run), Don Cuerdon (Pioneer of Mountain Biking writer for many cycling publications) and Rebecca Balint (Senate Majority Leader for the Vermont State Senate). Fish, who has been telling stories and entertaining Windham, Cheshire and Franklin Counties as a radio personality for more than two decades, will tell his own short stories, too.

Next Stage Cafe is a new venue in the first floor community room of Next Stage at 15 Kimball Hill in downtown Putney. Smaller than the main Next Stage theater, this intimate space offers cabaret style seating, a beer and wine cash bar, homemade pizza, popcorn and snacks. Next Stage Arts Project will present new and emerging artists, as well as literary, open stage and family events, in the cafe.

For more information about "Fables Storytelling," visit nextstagearts.org or email nextstagearts@gmail.com or peter@plusnine.net. If you are interested in telling your own story, please fill out the simple form on the Next Stage website. Each themed "Fables" session will feature no more than four storytellers, and the November, 2018 event will be held in the main theater as a story slam to celebrate "Fables" sixth month.

Next Stage Arts Project, winner of a National Endowment for the Arts and ArtPlace America grants, is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Putney's cultural and economic village center through the programming, development and operation of Next Stage. The newly renovated performance space at 15 Kimball Hill is now accessible, comfortable and air-conditioned, with a great dance floor.

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