Shore Slam Cape May

 Shore Slam Cape May by Center for Community Arts

On a chilly Thursday night last week , several dozen people gathered in the back room of Lucky Bones Backwater Grill to tell stories and read poetry, reminiscent of the 1960’s smoky coffee houses.

The Center for Community Arts program, “What’s Your Story? Shore Slam” is a theme based program where participants sign up and are given five minutes to tell their story. Each event has a different theme, last Thursday’s theme was “Busted.” 3-23March15 012

“Well, once upon a time ( in 2009 to be precise) the Center for Community Arts began The Shore Slam, an off season series of storytelling and poetry competitions modeled after similar “Slam” events around the country,” said Ray Crew the event’s MC. “Audiences at Shore Slams over the years confirmed something universal and rooted in childhood. Everyone loves to be swept away by a good story well told. With nothing more than a small stage, a spot light and a microphone, artists in this genre can create a mindscape for the audience that no big budget movie can match. They can conjure a range of thought and emotion that rivals a great novel.” Ray Crew further described the event.

Ray Crew, a local radio personality and Master of Ceremonies of the Shore Slam event told tales about playing with Play-dough as a kid and learning to make toy soldiers out of melted lead. He described the burning sensation of drops of molten lead hitting his skin.

Each evening is recorded and selected stories are broadcast on Ray Crew’s Theatre of the Mind which can be heard at on WCFA 101.5 FM and at as well as at

The event is held from 6:30 to 8:30 PM. Upcoming topics include “What on Earth” on April 22 and “I’ll Never do that Again!” on Maay 20th.

The cost is $5 for adults or $3 for seniors and students.


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