Home is so much more than a warm bed and a comfy couch. It's a feeling of acceptance, security and connection that can be hard to describe. But we're going to try.
The Daily Advertiser is pleased to announce its latest venture into the events world — the Lafayette Storytellers Project.
The project started with the idea that oral storytelling and journalism are dedicated to the same goals: Serving and reflecting our community and helping each other feel more connected. The more people feel connected to each other — through meaningful and entertaining personal stories — the more they will feel connected to their city and be inspired to try to make it a better place.
For each event, our journalists will look for five to seven community members with stories to tell. They'll work with them to develop their stories and perfect them for a diverse audience. Then they'll take to the stage, each delivering 8- to 10-minute personal retellings of their life experiences.
Each storytelling event has a particular theme that shapes the stories. From the "Most Embarrassing Moment" to "Best Decision I Ever Made," each theme can be tackled literally, metaphorically, comically, tragically, but most important, and without exception — truthfully. These nights are made possible with the help of our sponsor, Cox Communications.
Our inaugural event is scheduled for Sept. 26 at Acadiana Center for the Arts and it will feature stories around the theme "Coming Home." Doors open at 6 p.m. Storytelling begins at 7. Tickets are $10, and can be purchased at tickets.theadvertiser.com/e/storytellers-coming-home.
We're still looking for tellers! In addition to "Coming Home," we have nights scheduled on the following themes:
January 16: New beginnings. As New Year's approaches, this is a good time to talk about starting anew, taking a risk, making big plans, changing your life and leaving the past behind you.
April 17: The Sound of my Life. Stories will be about how a passion for music can shape a life.
July 10: Family vacations. Whether they are poignant, exotic or go horribly wrong, family vacations are the stuff of lasting memories.
If you're interested in becoming a storyteller, please email Kristin Askelson at firstname.lastname@example.org.