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The Otter Story Hour

A live story sharing experience

 

The Otter Story Hour

is a live storytelling event held in the basement of a pub, Griffins of Kinsale, from 7 to 9 pm usually on the first Monday of the month.   Shows are currently scheduled for Feb. 4, 2019, March 4, 2019 and April 1, 2019

Why is the show called “The Otter Story Hour?”Several nudges and coincidences moved for the selection of this name.  This line from Bruce Springsteen’s autobiography, Born to Run helps explain the most important reason.  Bruce writes: 

“You have to pull up the things that mean something to you in order for them to mean anything to your audience.”

Otters pull their food, their sustenance, their life up from the bottom.  When they get to the surface they float on their back, crack open the shell and get the life they need.  This looks to us like such fun.  If you have had the joy of watching otters you know you can hardly look away because it seems so fascinating and delightful.  For the otter getting what they have pulled up and cracked open off their chest is a most vital activity. 

Our Otter storytellers pull up meaningful experiences from the depths of their lives, crack them open on their heart to expose what is tender and get them off their chest.  When they do this we are all nourished, strengthened, enlivened.  They re-mind us what we love about life.  We can’t help watching. 

That is the heart reason we call it The Otter Story Hour.

 
Serendipitous, that’s the word....I’ve experienced a lot of loss recently, friends who left too soon...so I badly needed a break. And I found it in this unlikely place...a speakeasy-esque basement of an Irish bar. I was there to support my dear treasured friend...but I got more in the bargain...so uplifted was I by the wise funny surprising stories so well told from these perceptive raconteurs. And it was a lineup of all women!! Serendipity, indeed. Thank you Otter Story Hour for resurrecting and reviving the art of a story well told. Brava Otter, brava storytellers!!
— Elizabeth Wong
Line up at Otter Story Hour in October 2018 (clockwise from upper left) - Erica Gerard, Nicole Scipione, Julieta Gilbert, Heidi Montague, Meredith McDaniel and Robin Reiser. Not Pictured - Eno Inwek

Line up at Otter Story Hour in October 2018 (clockwise from upper left) - Erica Gerard, Nicole Scipione, Julieta Gilbert, Heidi Montague, Meredith McDaniel and Robin Reiser. Not Pictured - Eno Inwek

Otter Story Hour Tellers - September 2018 (clockwise) Rich Tackenberg, Bryan Kett, Ruby Cooper, Stuart Jacobson, Brian McDaniel and Rex McDaniel

Otter Story Hour Tellers - September 2018 (clockwise) Rich Tackenberg, Bryan Kett, Ruby Cooper, Stuart Jacobson, Brian McDaniel and Rex McDaniel

Robin Reiser 7/3/17

Robin Reiser 7/3/17


The stories each month relate to a theme.  Here are the upcoming dates/themes:

April 1, 2019 - “Won’t Get Fooled Again”

May 6, 2019 - “May Day!!!!”

June 3, 2019 - “Brides and Dads”

July 1, 2019 - “Fire Works”

 

Have you ever been.....detained, defeated or denied......lost, lonely or looney.....promoted, provoked or propelled?  These experiences (and hundreds of others) are the kernels of great stories.  Stories that would enrich and encourage you to prepare and share and would nourish and delight the rest of us to hear and digest.     The Otter Story Hour exists to give us chance, a reason to experience this encouragement and nourishment. Send a pitch to Rex McDaniel at theotterstoryhour@gmail.com.    Do you have some doubts about your story and/or your ability to tell it?  Check out Otter Story Coaching.  Exciting collaboration is just a click away.

The basement, food and drink at Griffin’s are all delightful.  Think about phoning in your dinner order before you leave home and great food for body and soul will be served together just right.  
 

The Lineup at The Otter Story Hour in March 2019- Cara Lopez Lee, Cat Crow, Sean David Christensen, Ruby Cooper, Rex McDaniel, Jade Wiland, Scott Schultz and Kevin McGeehan.

The Lineup at The Otter Story Hour in March 2019- Cara Lopez Lee, Cat Crow, Sean David Christensen, Ruby Cooper, Rex McDaniel, Jade Wiland, Scott Schultz and Kevin McGeehan.

 
It is always a unique experience for me to share what I do for a living and what I happen to be passionate about. But even more than that, I loved being able to listen to other story tellers. It was inspiring and I am amazed by the talents people have and the lives they have lived. Being able to both share my story and listen to others created a unique community for the evening where connections were made with people I would never have otherwise known.
— Kelsey Unger
Line up for Otter Story Hour in February 2019 - Ron Hart, Stuart Jacobson, Alex Stein, Leandra Soop, Ty Fance, Dylan Brody and Rex McDaniel

Line up for Otter Story Hour in February 2019 - Ron Hart, Stuart Jacobson, Alex Stein, Leandra Soop, Ty Fance, Dylan Brody and Rex McDaniel

 
OSH lineup in August 2018 Rex McDaniel, Alex Stein, Kelly Spillman, Erica Blumfield, Jennifer Kent and Scott Schultz

OSH lineup in August 2018 Rex McDaniel, Alex Stein, Kelly Spillman, Erica Blumfield, Jennifer Kent and Scott Schultz