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Community Meeting: Heart Stories

  • Finnriver Farm and Cidery 124 Center Road Chimacum, WA, 98325 United States (map)

The vision for Heart Stories 2020 is an evening arts festival throughout downtown on Saturday, February 15. To achieve my dream, it will take a large team dedicated to exploring the theme of radical inclusivity. At this structured meeting you will receive detailed information via handouts and a verbal presentation by me, Bonnie Obremski, Storyborne founder. Then, based on that information, I will ask you to gauge your interest, availability and willingness to participate. If you decide to participate, I will ask you to complete a form and then contact you with further details.

I am hoping Heart Stories 2020 will be an opportunity to discuss what inclusivity means to this community. Inclusivity, in my current opinion, is the act of creating an environment in which humans of all kinds feel comfortable being themselves. An inclusive environment is protected by boundaries or, in other words, ground rules. As an initial boundary, I will say behaviors that promote division are not welcome at this meeting. One way to ensure your words and actions are inclusive is to ask yourself, “Is what I am about to say or do rooted in curiosity?” I will do what I can to uphold the boundaries of an inclusive environment. I also encourage members of the community to support me in the development and protection of an inclusive environment. 

If, during this meeting, you feel safe but are experiencing emotional discomfort, I encourage you to get curious and ask yourself questions that help you explore that discomfort. I also encourage you to identify people who can support you in that exploration and ask them for help before and after the meeting. 

To honor everyone’s investment of time and energy this meeting will begin promptly at 5:30. I expect meeting business to conclude within one hour. Mingling to follow. I encourage people to support Finnriver by buying things to eat and drink. However, please arrive ready to remain focused for the hour-long meeting.

For those with requests regarding accessibility, please let me know how I can best support you by emailing me at

To increase everyone’s general comfort, please keep the meeting space free of natural and synthetic fragrances as much as possible. 

What to bring:

Something to write in and on, such as paper and a clipboard, or a notebook

Something to write with such as a pen or pencil

Very warm clothing, head-to-toe (hay barn will not be heated)

While I will answer a few questions at the meeting, in the interest of time, I will not host a prolonged Q & A session. Questions may be written down and handed to me on a piece of paper or emailed to me at I will answer the questions and send them out to everyone who is subscribed to the Storyborne e-newsletter list. If you haven’t already subscribed, you may do so at 

This first meeting is about you making a decision to participate. Future, smaller, interest-group meetings will follow. 

As a part of this exploration into radical inclusivity, I invite people who identify as someone from a marginalized demographic to visit and fill out an anonymous form asking for your opinion. 

Initial proposal, information subject to change:

Who will receive payment for their work during Heart Stories 2020:

Bonnie Obremski (Producer, Event Manager, Graphic Designer, Marketer, Photographer, Editor)

Bonnie’s assistant (TBD)

45  “Sea of Stories” storytellers (10-minute performances)

1-3 Mainstage performer(s)

Selected artist contributors to Storyborne Magazine 

People who rent me equipment

My “mainstage” venue

The Storyborne Magazine printer

The producer of Storyborne merchandise

Live band (FADE Quintet, featuring Alex Dugdale, 2019 Heart Stories performer). 

My insurance company

Estimated event budget: $22,580 

This event will be paid for by ticket buyers, event sponsors, magazine advertisers and Storyborne merchandise sales. 

Estimated audience size: 300 for “Sea of Stories,” 200 for Mainstage show. 

For someone interested in being advertised as a major sponsor: My estimated advertising reach will be in the thousands and happen primarily using paid Facebook ads. I will be targeting a region stretching to Bainbridge Island and Port Angeles. 

Estimated ticket prices: $25-50 for Sea of Stories only, $40-75 for Sea of Stories plus Mainstage & Dance. The greater the sponsorship I receive, the less I will have to charge for tickets. Tickets will include a copy of Storyborne Magazine and perhaps a Heart Stories T-Shirt. I’d also be open to the idea of tickets coming with coupons to visit a sponsoring business. 

More artist information will be available at the meeting. I am accepting proposals for work in just about any form of artistic expression. However, “Sea of Stories” artists must be present with their work and perform a spoken story in front of their audience alongside their work. There may be some wiggle room on this depending on the artist’s proposal. The work, or a major aspect of the work, should be new. I will expect artists to be well prepared for the event. Storytellers should be open to the idea of working with a mentor as part of their preparation, especially if they are new to the craft. Artists submitting work to Storyborne Magazine need not be present the day of the event. 

Volunteer positions:

15 Downtown venue owners (each will require the ability to seat 20 audience members at a time for 3 rotations between 5:15 and 6:15 p.m. on Saturday, February 15).




Event-day helpers (will need about 20)

Student leaders (based on a student’s leadership interests)

Event-day documenters

Possibly: food and/or drink vendor(s)

...and more!

These positions will be more fully described at the meeting. 

Event day outline:

3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Self Love Happy Hour: Downtown shopping and eating with a theme of celebrating self care. 

5:15 PM - 6:15 PM

A Sea of Stories: Hear up to 3 stories in this hour located in venues throughout downtown. 

6:15 PM - 7:00 PM

Intermission at mainstage venue

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Mainstage Performance: 1-3 storytelling performances TBD with full stage production

8:00 PM - 10:00 PM

Live Band Dance Party at mainstage location. 

More upcoming important dates:

Friday, November 8: Deadline for downtown venues to submit their interest in participation

Friday, January 10: Deadline for all artist submissions for performances and magazine

Wednesday, February 5: Full walk-through of event plus possible rehearsal(s)

Earlier Event: August 28
Later Event: February 15
Heart Stories: Radical Inclusivity