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Storytellers On A Mission Event to benefit Vermont Parks Forever

Sat Nov 1st , 2014 7:30pm-9:30pm
Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
Venue: Flynn Center for the Performing Arts
153 Main St, Burlington, VT 05403 (Map) (Set as Local)
<i>Storytellers On A Mission</i> Event to benefit Vermont Parks Forever Burlington Vermont

Storytellers Benefit Vermont Parks Forever - the Foundation for Vermont State Parks; Features Nation's Top Storytellers

Nationally renowned storytellers are coming to Burlington to tell moving and hilarious stories to raise money for Vermont Parks Forever (VPF), the foundation for Vermont State Parks. Storytellers on a Mission will be held on Saturday, November 1, at 7:30 p.m. at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts in Burlington.

VPF was founded in 2013, to leverage private resources to expand access, increase educational opportunities and welcome the next generation to Vermont's State Parks. The VPF board is currently working on projects that include a partnership with ECHO to modernize the Parks' nature centers - starting with Groton State Park; establishing a new State Park in Springfield (an underserved community) in honor of recently deceased former legislator, journalist and community leader, Edgar May; and the Parks Prescription Program which seeks to partner with physicians to get more kids and families outdoors by giving out free park passes as part of well-child visits.

The evening's storytellers will be hosted by VPF board member Tom Bodett, a Vermont-based humorist and regular panelist on National Public Radio's (NPR) Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! Featured performers include Roy Blount, Jr., Peter Aguero, Ophira Eisenberg, Kevin Hand and Adam Wade. All are veterans of critically acclaimed stages that include The Moth, This American Life, Ken Burns documentaries along with comedy clubs nationwide.

"I know Burlington loves a good story," said Bodett. "I made my own Moth Mainstage debut at a packed house in The Flynn two years ago. Our storytellers pack houses across the country. Ophira, Peter and Adam are the Moth Holy Trinity. I'm not sure they've ever appeared in the same show before. Add my friend Roy Blount Jr. to the mix and we may melt something. Yes, he's that hot. They do this for essentially nothing because they're good people and want to help."

"This is Vermont Parks Forever's inaugural event," said VPF Board Chair, Beth Montuori Rowles. "Because this year is the 90th anniversary of the establishment of Mt. Philo State Park, which is the first State Park in Vermont, we have set a goal of raising $90,000 from this event. Vermonters love our state parks so I feel confident we will reach that goal."

"We're so pleased to be working with the new non-profit, Vermont Parks Forever," said Secretary of the Agency of Natural Resources, Deb Markowitz. "This event will help launch innovative projects that will complement State support to get more Vermonters into our parks to learn about nature and appreciate the natural beauty of our state."

Storyteller Lineup
Returning for his third Hatch event, Peter Aguero was born and raised in the wilds of South Jersey and now resides with his lovely wife in the wilds of Queens. He is a Moth GrandSLAM Champion, host of Moth StorySLAMs, and an instructor for the MothSHOP Community Education Program. He is also the lead singer of The BTK Band, New York City's hardest-drinking improvised storytelling rock band. His story at Spring 2014 Hatch event about his mother-in-law brought down the full house at the Latchis Theatre.

Roy Blount Jr. is the author of 23 books, covering subjects from the Pittsburgh Steelers to Robert E. Lee to what dogs are thinking. He is a regular panelist on NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me! and is a member of the American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel. Born in Indianapolis and raised in Decatur, Georgia, Blount now lives in western Massachusetts with his wife, the painter Joan Griswold.

Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, writer, and host of NPR's weekly trivia comedy show, Ask Me Another. She has appeared on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Today Show, Comedy Central and VH-1. Ophira's debut memoir Screw Everyone: Sleeping My Way to Monogamy was recently optioned by Zucker Productions for a feature film. She is also a regular host and teller with The Moth. This is Eisenberg's second Hatch event.

New to the Storytellers lineup is astrobiologist Kevin Hand. Hand, a native of Manchester, Vt., currently lives in California and works at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Hand is not a firsttimer to center stage, however. He served as a scientific advisor for the Hollywood film Europa Report, has presented at Comic-Con and is part of the cast of the PBS television series Science Investigators.

Returning for his third Hatch event, Adam Wade has been performing in New York City for more than 10 years. A graduate of Keene State College, he is an 18-time StorySLAM Champion at The Moth. Wade has been called "New York's hottest and hippest literary ticket" by The Wall Street Journal. Wade has been featured on both The Moth Radio Hour and The Moth Podcast, and with the Upright Citizens Brigade.

The evening's host is radio personality, author and Moth performer Tom Bodett, who has been a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! for nine years. He has been the brand spokesman for the Motel 6 lodging chain for over 25 years. The author of seven books and numerous audio publications, Bodett's work has appeared in a wide variety of national newspapers and periodicals.

Tickets to Storytellers on a Mission are $70.50 front orchestra, $55 rear orchestra, $28.75 balcony and can be purchased online at with all proceeds going to Vermont Parks Forever to further their mission in support of Vermont's State Parks. As the lineup of storytellers has been known to tell late-night stories with late-night content, this event is not suitable for children. The event begins at 7:30 pm.

Supporters of the event include Burton, the Millstone Foundation, VELCO and National Life, among others.

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