Holidaze – Episode 4

Summary

It’s that time of year! We bring you two holiday stories–one winter one summer–to get you in the spirit. We have stories from Amy Jane Larkin and Austin Sorrette about what happens when friends and family gather together, and Beth talks about what she misses most about getting together for the live shows.

As part of the season, please consider giving to those in need, whether it’s to feed the body or the spirit.

Support New Hampshire Non-Profits

3S Artspace: https://www.3sarts.org/support

Footprints Food Pantry: https://www.footprintsfoodpantry.org/

Cross Roads House: https://www.crossroadshouse.org/

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In this episode

Read the beginning of Austin Sorrette and Amy Jane Larkin’s stories or listen to the entire episode above.

Austin Sorrette

This essay is called “Welcome to the Family.” Smith and I had met in August in 2016 and throughout the month we went from being perfect strangers to absolutely inseparable. We talked about everything together: writing, music, art, love, travel, family. At the end of the month, I was leaving to vacation in Denver with my friends for a week.

The day I was supposed to leave, Sam drove me to the airport so I could catch my flight. And right before she, right before I left, she said, “Don’t forget about me.” “How could I forget you?” I said, “You still owe me for dinner last night.” At the time, I only allowed Samantha to see the polite, dad jokes side of my humor.

Usually my humor is as black and blue as a corpse in a cookie monster costume. She mentioned before I left that during Labor Day weekend, she would be up with her family at her Uncle Bob’s house in Drake’s Island, a small beach town on the coast of York, Maine. She said I was welcome to come up and meet her parents the night I fly back. And I said, yes, without a second thought.

Amy Jane Larkin

I have two quick anecdotes, that I think really quickly illustrate the big business of holidays in my family. When I was 18 months old, my grandmother spent a hundred dollars on a set of pajamas for me to wear for the first hour of her New Year’s party, just to greet guests.

And the second, when I was about five, I woke up on Easter morning uh, and found what I thought to be a monster floating in our bathtub and turned out to be just a really big ham that needed the space for soaking. Um, that ham was to feed maybe 10 people. Uh, my family is small on my mom’s side and that’s who we spent, uh, pretty much every holiday with, um, my mom and I lived with my grandparents most of the time, uh, my aunt and my cousin some of the time and eventually my mom’s second husband, uh, who became my dad. Uh, and that side of my family is huge. Uh, but that’s a story for another time. This story is mostly about what it was like to grow up with my mom’s parents. Uh, my Grammy and Grampy Eva and Sam.

Pink Pumpkin – Episode 3

Summary

One of the unique things about the Long Story Short live show is the Pink Pumpkin. During each show a volunteer from the audience is selected to come up on stage and tell a story based on that night’s theme to open the second half. Not even the host knows what’s going to happen! This episode features two stories told by Pink Pumpkin volunteers. One about a series of events launched from a wrong numbers and another about the memories we create as kids around the adults in our lives.

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Disaster – Episode 2

Summary

Some disasters are personal and some are more global. On the eve of the 2020 election, this episode explores two kinds of disasters through two styles of storytelling. Featuring Brian Gruhn and Cathy Wolff telling stories recorded live at the 3S Artspace theater in Portsmouth, NH.

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In this episode

Read part of the episode transcript or listen above to get the whole story.

Okay. I don’t know how you’ve been feeling for the past few months, but the best way I could describe my mood is essentially constant state of pending disaster. I’m recording this the weekend before the election. Yet, uh, I’m pretty doubtful that this feeling is going to lift miraculously on the morning of November 4th, no matter what happens there. It’s that creeping sensation of disaster around the next corner that is why I picked these two stories.

You’ve got the benign kind of disaster you feel when you’re a teenager and you lack the perspective to know just how little of any of this matters. And then the other story, which is the complete opposite is about as big of a disaster as you could get. I pulled these two together as a reminder that no matter what the disaster, somehow people manage to carry on.

The Way We Were – Episode 1

Summary

It’s been a long time coming. The long-running live storytelling series, Long Story Short, is now a podcast featuring true stories about love, disaster, and the most embarrassing moments of our lives. The first episode features Gail Knowles, who talks about falling off her motorcycle and falling in love, and Justin Kelcourse, who found himself in a dangerous situation in Paris with his girlfriend, a wheel of cheese, and a lot of regret he had not learned French in high school.

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In this episode

Read part of the podcast before you listen.

This whole thing got started in a bar. I was at the Press Room one Saturday night and it was super crowded. And I was making my way across the bar and ran into the director of this new arts venue that had just opened up in town. I told him that the space looked amazing and that, you know, the theater would be a really great spot for a storytelling series.

So he says, “Yeah, that sounds great. Why don’t you put something together?” It’s really kind of perfect in a way that this series was born in a crowded bar now that we’re not doing that kind of thing anymore, right? Long Story Short was meant to be the kind of series and featuring the kind of stories that you would hear in a bar.

They’re going to be told well, but not super polished and rehearsed. And they’re going to be from the kind of people you might find yourself sitting on a stool next to. I wanted to create this series as a place where people could tell those kinds of stories. So I’ve had these recordings for a while and when COVID happened, it just really forced my hand.

And so here it is! A podcast where people can share stories that we’d normally share at a party, or work, or like I said, at a bar. When I started putting together the first episode I knew I wanted to focus on stories that really capture the way we were. Stories about meeting new people, falling in love, flying on an airplane, sitting close together at the movies.

You know, all those things that we used to think nothing of but seem like kind of an enormous luxury right now. So that’s how we got to this episode’s theme, “The Way We Were.”

The Way We Were – Episode 1

Long Story Short
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It’s been a long time coming. The long-running live storytelling series, Long Story Short, is now a podcast featuring true stories about love, disaster, and the most embarrassing moments of our lives. The first episode features Gail Knowles, who talks about falling off her motorcycle and falling in love, and Justin Kelcourse, who found himself in a dangerous situation in Paris with his girlfriend, a wheel a cheese, and a lot of regret he had not learned French in high school.

This episode is sponsored by
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The Way We Were – Episode 1

Long Story Short
Long Story Short
The Way We Were - Episode 1







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It’s been a long time coming. The long-running live storytelling series, Long Story Short, is now a podcast featuring true stories about love, disaster, and the most embarrassing moments of our lives. The first episode features Gail Knowles, who talks about falling off her motorcycle and falling in love, and Justin Kelcourse, who found himself in a dangerous situation in Paris with his girlfriend, a wheel a cheese, and a lot of regret he had not learned French in high school.

This episode is sponsored by
· Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app