Friends of the Library Press Release
Submitted by Jennifer Harrison
Photo courtesy of Elizabeth Wilkes
September 24, 2014 1:00 p.m.
The Friends of the Library want to thank everyone who contributed to making the First Annual Storytelling Slam last Friday a great success. The evening kicked off with a wonderful social get together with delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by Lulu’s Restaurant supplemented with Wines by Steve, platters from Harris Teeter and various home-made tasty bites from volunteers – a great start to a fun-filled evening.
The fascinating tales spun by the five story tellers, Kevin McCarthy, Ron Kurtz, Arlene Filkoff, Yvette Thomas and Able Rae, were deliciously different and when the voting took place it was a very close run vote as the variety of tales had differing appeals. Arlene Filkoff had the audience roaring with laughter throughout her tale, incorrectly attributing her success as she took First Place win to a ‘pity vote’ for her black eye!
Particular thanks go to David Fitzgerald, Lulu’s restaurant, Steve Razskin, Bob Lavine, Harris Teeter, St. Peter’s and the Amelia Island Museum of History for their contributions to the success of the evening, also the Florida Humanities Council and Caren Neile who was our excellent facilitator for the evening. Very special thanks go the many dedicated volunteers (too many to mention by name) who devoted countless hours to ensuring the evening’s success, and the fabulous standing-room-only audience of enthusiastic and generous library supporters. What a wonderful community effort to support our library!