September 11 Slam: Love Thy Neighbor

Hello Dear Story Lovers,
This weekend will be our final Backyard Story Slam in Tivoli. It’s been so beautiful and magical to be able to do these outdoor summer slams, and we are so thankful to those of you who’ve made each and every slam so special. Next month – and every month going forward – we will be back in Catskill at The Avalon Lounge on the first Thursday of every month. We will send out more info in the next few weeks. But first, please join us in Tivoli this Saturday for stories over the theme, LOVE THY NEIGHBOR. Come drop your name in the hat to tell a five-minute true story or sit back and listen in. Bring a blanket or a chair, enjoy Caitlin’s cookies and a glass of wine, and lets finish our the backyard series in style. 5pm, 52 Montgomery St in Tivoli. See you there!


Pics from August 14 slam: Dog Days

Another beautiful backyard slam with stories that made us laugh and listen and wonder. We have one more Tivoli Backyard slam scheduled for September 11. The theme will be LOVE THY NEIGHBOR. A few of us have found that particularly challenging in the last few years, so we’re hoping for some great stories. In October, On The Fly will be back in Catskill at the wonderful Avalon Lounge on the first Thursday of every month. We have loved our Tivoli crowd and hope you will all join us in Catskill for more stories. Stay tuned for updates.


Motorcycle story slam August 21

Motor Mouth Story Slam: Biker Tales from the Road

Saturday, August 21

4 to 6 pm

Sign up at 3:30 pm

The Stewart House River Grill

2 North Water Street

Athens, NY 12015

The Athens Cultural Center’s wildly successful summer motorcycle exhibit Head Out on the Highway goes full throttle and roars to a finish with MOTOR MOUTH: BIKER TALES FROM THE ROAD, a story slam hosted by Christina Thyssen of On the Fly Story Slam, on Saturday, August 21, 4 to 6 pm, at The Stewart House outdoor River Grill. Sign up at 3:30.

Anyone with a great motorcycle tale is invited to participate. Stories should be 5-minute true-life personal stories told live without notes or props. We’re looking for motorcycle-themed stories of any kind. Funny, fantastical or ferocious. Sappy, slutty or spectacular. Special prize for best story. Come to share or come to listen! For more information, please contact Christina Thyssen at christina.thyssen@gmail.com .

Other events in the final weekend:

Saturday, August 21

1-7 pm. Head Out on the Highway exhibit special extended hours. A celebration of motorcycle history and culture with rare and collectible motorcyles along with paintings, photography and archival material. Featured artists include Danny Lyon, Tom of Finland, Anna Meijn, Hubert Dobler and Ian Hemingway. Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street, Athens, NY.

7:30 pm. Free public screening of “Cry-Baby,” written and directed by John Waters. Starring Johnny Depp as a 1950s teen rebel, along with Rikki Lake and Amy Locane, and appearances by Iggy Pop, Troy Donahue, Joey Heatherton and Patty Hearst, among others! (1990, rated PG-13) Athens Riverside Park, Athens, NY. Bring your outdoor chairs and beverages of choice. ACC raffle winners will be announced right before the movie. 

Sunday, August 22

1-7 pm. Head Out on the Highway exhibit special extended hours.

2-3 pm. Pick up for raffle winners. Athens Cultural Center, 24 Second Street.

Best Bike Selfie Contest prizes awarded. Lottery Ticket Packet Prizes for Best Athens Bike Selfie, Best Bike (Any Location) Selfie, and Best Athens Cultural Center Bike Selfie. Submit selfies to ACC Instagram or Facebook @athensculturalcenter, #headout2021, or by email info@athensculturalcenter.org .

For more information, please contact: info@athensculturalcenter.org or curators Annika Voigt at av@annikavoigt.co and Tim Watkins at tim@maywatkinsdesign.com .