Sunday May 31st – Open Mic Storytelling outside

May 21, 2009 by  
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Starting May 31st and through the summer we’ll be taking Open Mic storytelling outside.

So, relax and join us for a summer evening of storytelling, outside along the riverfront. Through the summer we’ll be gathering behind Pleasant Street Coffeehouse along the riverfront.

We’re thrilled to have Edie join us and look forward to her sharing her craft with us. She’s been hugely generous in helping us to get Stateline Storytelling off the ground.

Theme for the evening’s stories: Stories from the heart, by the heart, near the heart — stories of love, love lost, love again & again, love never again! — you get the general idea. 🙂


Featured Wine: Badger Blush from Botham vineyards in Barneveld WI.
American Semi-Dry Red Wine
Refreshing, flavorful, spirited and a little sassy, Badger Blush is serious fun in a bottle. Badger Blush is the White Zinfandel look-alike for the discriminating palate; lightly sweet, low in alcohol, easy to drink and entirely adaptable to the occasion. Think tailgate party, picnic in the park, ski chalet, rainy Sunday afternoon … Badger Blush is a serious wine for serious pleasure; festive and congenial, it mingles and plays well with others.

604 Pleasant Street, Beloit

Seating will be available but you’re welcome to bring your favorite lawn chair if you like. Likewise there is a fine selection of drinks and treats directly adjacent at Pleasant Street Coffeehouse including their featured wine for this evenings stories. No rain date, if the weather turns we’ll just take it inside Pleasant Street Coffeehouse.

By way of reminder…

  • There are a limited number of open mic slots.
  • Sign-up to tell begins at 6:00 pm
  • Storytelling begins at 6:30 pm
  • Story length limited to 8 min.
  • Names drawn at random
  • “Stories” not stand-up comedy

A $5 donation and Pleasant Street Coffeehouse patronage is appreciated.

More information: rick (at)

Hope to see you there!

Edie Baran – Featured Storyteller for May 31st.

May 21, 2009 by  
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We’re thrilled to have Edie with us for the 31st.  She’s been very helpful in helping Stateline Storytelling get off the ground. So come on out. You’re in for a treat!

Edie Baran has an extensive background in theatre as an instructor, actor, storyteller, director, and producer. She holds a degree in Theatre and Education from UW-Madison and has taught creative dramatics, acting, movement, scriptwriting, and storytelling to people of all ages and abilities in the Rock County and Madison area since 1990. Originally from Chicago, she moved to Janesville, where she founded SpotLight On Kids (SOK) in 1990. She was SOK’s Artistic and Education Director until Nov. 2006. Edie has directed and produced over 50 plays and musicals with casts ranging in age from 7 – 60+

She is on VSA Arts of Wisconsin roster of artists. Through VSA Arts, Edie has used the art of storytelling to reach seniors with Alzheimer’s and dementia, and adults with developmental disablities, as well as Head Start children.

While director of SOK, Edie created and directed the Rotary Gardens Halloween Walk from 1992 – 2005. The Halloween Walk was a unique storytelling event with adults and young people as the storytellers.

Edie uses stories as the basis for most of her creative work, with people of all ages. She was recently the Project Director for Working: Celebrate the American Worker, a multi-faceted storytelling and musical event based on stories by Studs Terkel and stories of local workers, for the Rock County Historical Society.

You may reach her through email: or by calling 608-931-5705.