A Women’s Storytelling Event on Deer Isle

Island Women Speak, the first women’s storytelling event at the Stonington Opera House, was received by a packed house and a rapt audience. Eight women, eight generations, eight true stories! Our storytellers, ages 21 to 91, each performed a personal story that she had written and rehearsed. The stories were about falling in love, leaving home, radically changing your career, becoming an alpha mother, understanding your own mother, the challenge of teaching in high school, why a path to public service, and more. There was warmth, there was wine, there was buzz, there was truth-telling. If you are interested in participating in the next Island Women Speak (or Island Women and Men), a Moth-like evening of storytelling, please contact producer Debbie Weil.

TEAM PHOTO at top. From left to right: Debbie Little Wyman (Team 70); Anne Burton (Team 80); Kathleen Billings (Team 50); Cherie Mason (Team 90); Morgan Witham (Team 30); Jennifer Eaton Larrabee (Team Almost 40); Asia Eaton (Team 20); Debbie Weil (producer and host); Katy Rinehart (Team 60).

Middle photo: Asia Eaton, 21, performing her story about leaving home to go to college.

Bottom photo: Cherie Mason, 91, talks about her mother who was a master of malapropisms.

Photography: Lily Felsenthal

Jan. 18, 2018 at the Stonington Opera House

Media coverage

The event was written up in the local paper, the Island Ad-Vantages, highlighting our speakers and why they chose to participate: Island Women Speak shares stories of eight local women.

Channel 5 TV

We were also featured in a two-minute feature story on Channel 5 WABI-TV: Eight Women Share Stories of Life on Stonington and Deer Isle.

The inspiration: Generation Women in NYC

With thanks to Georgia Clark and Generation Women in NYC, who inspired me to bring a storytelling event for women across generations to Maine. As Georgia explains, “Generation Women blends a lively literary salon with the tradition of handing down wisdom from community elders.”

Photos: I performed as Team 60 with Generation Women in October 2017. The first sentence of my story was “I’m 65 and I still have sex… ” and the mostly younger audience went wild. More photos of Generation Women events here.