When: Fri., May 20, 7 p.m. 2016
The oral storytelling tradition is alive and well in the Green Mountain State. Not only is the Vermont Moth GrandSLAM II storytelling competition coming to Burlington’s Flynn MainStage, but a second night of narratives plays out at Shelburne Town Hall. Friends With Words — and Music features comedic raconteurs Sue Schmidt (pictured), Kevin Gallagher and Bobby Stoddard telling tales — both hilarious and heartbreaking — inspired by true events. Listeners also lend their ears to the sounds of local songsters the Brevity Thing, in which Schmidt picks up the sticks and bangs the drums. This celebration of words benefits the local nonprofit literary arts organization Voices of Vermonters Publishing Group.