Recap of RB34 – Mother Lode

23 May

Rabbit Box: Mother Lode
By Melissa Harwood

Rabbit Box’s Motherlode stories brought tears and laughter to all of us in the audience. The stories told were in honor of the honorable mothers and mother-figures in the lives of our storytellers and for everyone listening in. Mary Whitehead was our lovely and spirited Master of Ceremonies.

Our first storyteller of the evening was Robin Whetstone, who discussed one of the major challenges of motherhood: making mom friends.

It’s difficult to let go of those mementos that remind us of our loved ones. After her mother passes, Mariel Blake has to confront all the precious items left behind and searches for something she’s lost.

Paul Guillebeau discusses the three women in his life he loved the most: his wife, his mother, and Mary Daily, his childhood caretaker.

On a trip to Yosemite in 1968, Kathleen Cason is awakened by her fashion-forward mother for a frantic late-night drive. Thinking back to that night, Kat realizes that all the life lessons her mother taught her have made her the person she is today.

Ship engineer Mony Abrol learns a hard lesson on just how precarious disrespecting your mama can be.

Wanda White, our crackerjack storyteller of the night, talked about the loving bond between her parents and their everlasting conversation with one another.

After deciding to move in with her elderly mother, Jan Turner tries to overcome the history of her rough childhood in order to mend the ravaged bond between mother and daughter.

After giving birth to her first child in a military hospital in Texas, Jennifer Bray decides that natural births closer to home bring more joy and intimacy to her family.

Rebecca McCarthy’s answer to “What do you want to be when you grow up?” was always to be her fearless, beautiful, smart, and funny mother. This is the story of being strong even as life ebbs.

Debbie From teaches us that our children love us just the way we are, mustachioed or not.

Rabbit Box returns in June with Fatherland on Thursday, June 11th.

RB34 Audiocast – Mother Lode

22 May

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Followup – Mother Lode!!

17 May

Thank you everyone who joined us for last night’s “Mother Lode!” With our crackerjack surprise storyteller we had 10 stories in all in tribute to our beloved mothers and grandmothers spanning cradle to grave and every laugh and tear in between. We hope you join us for next month’s “Fatherland” back @Foundry – we still need storytellers!

Thank you to all of our storytellers last night, our volunteers, Foundry staff and listeners. Remember we now have stickers on sale for $2, glossy vinyl, the high quality kind you can show off to friends and family. It’s a great way to say “I am part of the Rabbit Box community!”

Until next time, keep on tellin’.

RB33 Audiocast – Sink or Swim

16 Apr

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Recap of RB33 – Sink or Swim

16 Apr

Rabbit Box: Sink or Swim
By Melissa Harward

In the cool breeze of Thursday night an eager audience spilled over the sand on the edge of Lake Chapman at Sandy Creek Park for Rabbit Box’s evening of stories around the theme of Sink or Swim. Alex White, our emcee of the evening, had asked the storytellers about their favorite body of water, an appropriate theme for the evening’s beautiful setting. As the sun dipped down, the Rabbit Box audience listened to stories of determination, independence, and survival.

In the first story of the night, life-long swimmer Craig Page explained that water is just like life: If you fight against it, it will most certainly fight back. After a long period in his life when he was just treading water, he found joy again in swimming.

Navigating the world’s most populous city alone at night with a language barrier and a dead phone can be daunting. Fortunately for Tara Stuart, life lessons usually reveal themselves only when you’re lost.

The night before her first triathlon, Sayge Medlin receives harrowing news about an old friend. This is a story of deep ties, regrets, and pushing forward.

A photograph Alan Black took in Abu Dhabi lands him in prison, where he is shackled, hooded, and at the mercy of strangers while people around the world worked for his release.

Our crackerjack storyteller of the evening was Blair White, who described her battle with depression. After an eye-opening incident with her neighbor, she learns we are never really alone with our struggles.

If you want to take a drive into the deep end, Ansley Hayes’ grandmother knows how to make it a party. Ansley regales us with a story of a trip to the beach with her family and her water-loving Nana.

Former mayoral candidate Tim Denson’s adventures in his hometown in south Florida usually involved jumping off things into water. Luckily he lived to tell the tale of a near-miss with an oncoming ship.

Aaron Joslin recalls a midnight swim in Costa Rica when he fought to save someone — and himself — as time slowed to a crawl.

Lizzie Payne echoes T.S. Elliot with her sentiment that April may be the cruelest month. When her battle with depression takes a turn for the worse, some ludicrous advice from a therapist opens up a new world of support.

Thank you to Mark Woods for the wonderful lighting set-up, to Kip Connor for the live sound and recording, and to the staff and volunteers at Sandy Creek Park for a perfect evening. Rabbit Box will continue into the summer with Mother Lode in May and Fatherland in June.

Recap of RB32 – Game Day!

19 Mar

Rabbit Box’s “Game Day!”

By Melissa Harward

Game. Set. Story.

Last week, Rabbit Box fielded a strong team of storytellers who entertained the crowd with musings on “Game Day”: competition, family ties, celebrations, and more. (Good old fashioned hate was a play on the UGA/GT rivalry)

Mary Whitehead was our lovely emcee of the evening.

Our first storyteller, Paige Howell, admitted that she never did learn to speak Spanish well despite years of studying the language. Paige brought us a tale of a typical Ecuadorian fútbol game full of team spirit, good hamburgers, rowdy crowds — and tear gas.

Rabbit Box veteran Ivan Sumner criticized the militaristic brutality of American football. In watching his sons play the game, however, his view softened.

Community Connection Executive Director Fenwick Broyard explained how the sports he played as a young man have shaped his decision-making, his relationship with his father and his management style today.

Hunt Brumby’s important and beautiful considerations about legacy and mortality rang out in his story about attending a baseball game with his father.

Our crackerjack storyteller of the night was Claire Coenen, who reminded us that miracles can happen even at our most embarrassing moments.

Librarian Tanya Hudson’s fortitude in battling UGA game-day traffic and parking nightmares is an inspiration to us all. She fights traffic and some precarious stairs to save the day for a friend in need.

Stevie King spoke of the magical relationship between baseball and his son, Seaver (better known as #2), giving us the story of great sportsmanship and an unexpected win.

As you might imagine, UGA Chief of Police Jimmy Williamson has seen quite his share of game-day drunks and disasters. This particular story of a football fan turns out to be surprisingly dirty.

Football and alcohol go hand-in-hand, except when indulgence outweighs common sense. In the aftermath of a great game, be careful about your celebrations. You might just end up sleeping on a stranger’s porch, and if you’re lucky, you’ll land on the doormat of the kind and exceptionally patient Rachel Bailey.

Rabbit Box returns April 9th to Sandy Creek Park for stories on “Sink or Swim.”

RB32 Audiocast – Game Day!

19 Mar

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RB31 Audiocast – Internet Connections

19 Feb

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*To listen on your mobile device, download the MixCloud application on your iPhone or Android device. Then search for “RabbitBox”!

Recap of RB31 – Internet Connections

19 Feb

Rabbit Box’s “Internet Connections: Hits and Misses in the World of Digital Dating”
By Melissa Harward

While the world of dating can be hard to navigate, when things go digital, you never quite know what you’re walking into.

Led by the ever-lovely Mary Whitehead, last week’s Rabbit Box’s “Internet Connections: Hits and Misses in the World of Digital Dating” featured stories of creeps, flops, and the realization that loving yourself should always come first.

The first rule of online dating? Meet in a public space. Second rule? Be careful who you give your number to. When one normal-seeming “Arnold” gets ahold of Gretchen Sneegas’ contact info, a slight rejection turns creepy.

Daniel “LadyKiller” Isaac Rodriguez-Granrose knows how to treat the ladies. When an allergy threatens to ruin a great first date, Daniel still manages to seal the deal. That is, until his sense of humor gets in the way.

In those slow, magical moments of getting to know someone new, you’re always looking for a spark. Unfortunately that spark dies out when librarian Tracy Sue Walker gets an unappreciated gift from a potential suitor.

On her first attempt at online dating, drama teacher Lorraine Thompson turns the tables on silly questionnaires, showing us all that the most important aspect of dating is knowing yourself.

Our crackerjack storyteller of the evening was Joe Willey, who learned that the bitterness of heartbreak can eventually be overcome. He knows how to butcher a chicken, drive a big rig, and can appreciate a good cup of coffee.

Rob White (also known as Antonio or Nick) tells a tale of young love, deceit, and moving on. When a cross-country trip to meet the online girl of his dreams falls to pieces, Rob learns to just be himself.

Ruta Abolins
finds a seemingly perfect fit online but during a phone conversation becomes aware that compatibility is in the details. Some things are immediate deal-breakers, and that’s probably for the best.

Mel Cochran showed us that people aren’t always who they appear to be. (story not available online)

After an unexpected break-up with her fiancé, former D.C. resident Rachelle Ellis moves to Athens, bringing along with her an important life lesson: Don’t settle.

Stay tuned for even more Rabbit Box greatness coming next month with March 12th’s “Game Day.”

Full Audio – May I Help You?

29 Jan

Here’s the full audio for the January 8th show – May I Help You?: Tales from the Service Industry.

Just in time to get you thinking about the coming February 12th show – Internet Connections: Hits and Misses in the World of Digital Dating!

RB30: May I Help You? - Full Show by Rabbit Box on Mixcloud

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