Island Story Slampionship: Dark And Stormy


What: Moth-inspired Story Slam made up of storytellers from around MDI with the theme of ‘dark and stormy’
When: Saturday, October 22, 2016 at 7 PM
Where: The 1932 Criterion Theatre
Fun Extras: Dark and Stormy-inspired drink, event emceed by Nicole and Nina of the My Desert Island Podcast, wear plaid if you want to be festive

Tickets are $15, $10 for students and can be purchased here: Proceeds will be split between the Jesup Library, Criterion Theatre, and the My Desert Island Podcast

The evening will begin with the three winners from the Kid’s Story Slam (held at Jesup Library October 15) and end with the top finishers from each preliminary event. Here are the storytellers (we’ll update this page as we get their bios):

cheriecurryCherie Galyean works at the Maine Community Foundation where she oversees education initiatives, including the scholarship program. In her spare time, she forces her children into outdoor activity and writes about it on the Bangor Daily News blog The Scraped-Up Kid ( A Maine native with multiple hometowns, she lives in Town Hill with her husband, two kids, and the best shelter mutt in the world. Cherie’s story combines a snarky teenager and a ferry ride to remember.

hope_picnicHope Rowan resides in Southwest Harbor with her dog Tess. She divides her work life between marketing and graphic design work for the Seal Cove Auto Museum, and creating maps for environmental organizations. The rest of her time she primarily spends outdoors, on the trails and waters of Acadia or exploring the wilds and out-of-the-way places across the glorious state of Maine. She continues to travel to around the world but finds no place quite compares to New England, Maine, and Mount Desert Island.

gary-friedmann-bio-picBefore moving to Maine, Gary Friedmann prospected for gold in Alaska – and “struck it rich when I discovered Glenon.” In 1979 he and two friends spent two months involved in the last great gold rush of the 20th Century — at the head of the Amazon in the Madre de Dios region of Peru.

schlomitShlomit Auciello has lived in Maine since 1988 but will always be from away. After juggling a small business, raising a family, and a modest career in journalism, she enrolled at College of the Atlantic in 2014. Recognizing that objectivity is an illusion, Shlomit studies Human Ecology with a focus on Narrative storytelling.

14520570_341262142894401_8283816941013176867_nJudie Noonan moved to MDI with her husband Bob and daughter Heather in 1989. Although she got her college degree in education, Judie spent most of her career as an insurance agent. Life on MDI was pretty perfect except for one problem– you could not buy underwear in town, so Judie retired from a 38 year career in insurance to open BRA Harbor at 200 Main St. Besides being the Island bra lady, Judie also works as a substitute teacher, lady of the Parlor at Bar Harbor Manor and Hostess with the Mostest at Mama DiMatteos. In her spare time, Judie loves to walk and hike the trails of Acadia, listen to music and occasionally dance to the music.

image003Elissa Laplante is a Mainer in every sense of the word. Born and raised in Aroostook County as a member of the Maliseet Tribe, surrounded by potato fields. She currently live in Bar Harbor with my husband Peter, 7 year old daughter Maya, and 9 year old cat Baby Kitty. She has been employed with The Jackson Laboratory for over 13 years, where she has worked in several different capacities and most recently as a Product Management Specialist. She prefers spending my spare time with family and friends (sometimes with the occasional glass of wine), and watching her daughter grow into a wonderful little human being.

adam-walesAdam Wales grew up in Western Maine, running around the mountains with friends. At 18, when others went off to college, he talked a friend into heading out to Colorado to become a ski bum. During summers in the early ’90’s, he came to Bar Harbor to work as a sea kayak guide and live in a VW van down on West Street. A decade of skiing in the mountains and summers on the ocean blissfully passed, Adam married a great gal and settled down here on MDI to raise their kids. Best decision he ever made.

Ed Hawes is an Island native who grew up with a deep appreciation for wild spaces, which slingshot him all over the map to explore the natural world. After achieving degrees in Geography and Outdoor Education, he had the privilege of leading outdoor expeditions from Oregon to Maine. Ed has always had a passion for travel and adventure in life. Recently moving back to MDI has been extremely motivating as he finds himself surrounded by a community that shares the same passions. Ed now passes his time working, playing music, woodworking, drawing, and exploring all the wild places this island has to offer.

We’ll be adding storyteller bios as we get them here! Stay tuned!