The inaugural ‘Stories in the Park’ got off to a good start, with people trickling in from 5 o’clock onwards. There was a lot of activities with the games, and even more around the food tent. P’zazz’s contribution to the ambience was considerable, and some people even felt compelled to swing along to the groovy jazz. Jochen’s soulful touch on the keys combined with Sacha’s slightly raspy jazz voice, is the perfect combination for an occasion as this.

The weather was perfect, with a slight cover of light high-cloud for a time, to take the sting out of the sun. When the breeze dropped around 7.30 the conditions were perfect for the storytelling.

A huge thank you to all the storytellers, who came from near and far this week, to share their tales. The time and effort they put into preparing their stories reflected very well on them, as well as on the whole event. Thank you also to Stephen Aroha, who entertained us between some stories with his famous originals and equally famous covers.

Also a big thank you to the Motueka Rudolf Steiner School parents for the catering. You looked great in the food-tent, everything was beautifully presented and what I ate was delicious. Too bad the patatas were sold out before I had a chance to get some.

I’m humbled by the support I got from those who got wholeheartedly behind the idea and the concept of  ‘Stories in the Park’  and everything you so selflessly contributed!!

It really was a night to remember. There was an audience of around 300 people and thanks to the size of the park, it didn’t feel at all crowded.

If you haven’t been on our Facebook page yet, go and have a look at some of the photos. Also, it is really important for us to know how you experience the event, so feel free to leave a comment, either here or there.

I hope you enjoyed the evening as much as I did.

Once again, if you have a story to share, don’t hesitate to click on the link on this page.





A few more days to Stories in the Park

Things are coming together really well for our inaugural Stories in the Park, and the weather is looking great too, so come prepared for evening sun and a cooling down after dark.

We will have Jazz Duo Sacha Horton and Jochen Maurer as P’zazz on stage shortly after 5PM, while there is also an opportunity to play some games in the background.

Hot and cold food and drinks will be available for purchase, also from 5 onwards. So come and make the most of a beautiful summer evening, it may not last.

Before you turn your attention to something else, click on the facebook link to the right of the screen at tell us that you are coming.

After last nights coaching and rehearsal, I’m really exited to announce the story titles and story tellers:

‘In Cuba and in Trouble’ by Emily Dowding-Smith
‘A Short Story’ by Ian Laing
‘Woman in the Wild’ by Abby Laing
‘My Mother’s Reflection’ by Heather Lindsay
‘Lost, but clean, in Iran’ by Ben King
‘Bloody Miracle Boy’ by Tom Watkins
‘Adrift in Space’ by Helen Mayhew

If you have something you would like to contribute during the event, please get in touch as soon as possible, so we have a chance to juggle the program.

Looking forward to seeing you at Decks Reserve.

Ahh,just remembered, don’t forget your camping chair.

Stories in the Park

Preparations are well underway for our next event, taking place on 20 December 2013 at Decks Reserve in Motueka. We are needing good weather, so if you can put a word in upstairs, that would be appreciated. If that is to no avail, we will move to the Memorial Hall and start at the usual time of 7.30pm. But if is is a warm, dry day, we will start a 5pm with games, music and picnic in the park. Some food and drinks will be available for purchase.

There is no admission and we are hoping for a big turnout. Bring all of your friends along and tell all of your neighbors.

The theme of the night will be “Outside the Comfort Zone” and we have 6 confirmed Story Tellers. If you have a story to that theme, you could be our 7th Story Teller, so please get in touch.

More event dates and themes will be posted shortly, so watch this space!