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Nighttime Storytelling Salon Brings Memories, Wine and Food to Red Hook

 The Shed, a storytelling salon, will host its monthly event in Red Hook on Friday with the theme, "mother."
The Shed, a storytelling salon, will host its monthly event in Red Hook on Friday with the theme, "mother."
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RED HOOK — A Red Hook salon is encouraging people to share — their food, wine and stories, that is.

The Shed, a storytelling salon, started almost two years ago in Red Hook as a series in which people could share their funny, sad or emotional true stories.

What makes the evening special is that even before the storytelling session begins, people begin to share over the food and drink they’re encouraged to bring, said Jason Fried, one of the founders of The Shed.

“Although the storytelling hasn’t started, people are already telling stories to each other,” he said.

The Shed will host this month’s event on May 9 at 7:30 p.m. in Red Hook. The theme is “mother,” and each person gets seven minutes to talk, said Fried, who started the salon with Katie Cooper, Chrysanthe Tenentes and Audrey Evans.

It began as a project between four friends and has since attracted a large following of those interested in listening and telling stories.

“They’re revealing this really intimate part of their life,” said Fried. “It’s an interesting place for wanting to hear great stories.”

While the group originated in a private Red Hook backyard with a shed in the middle, giving the series its name, events have also been hosted in studios and bookstores, Fried said.

Between 30 and 50 people have attended events in the past, but only seven names are randomly selected to tell their stories before the audience each evening.

The intimate setting and attentive audience gives the feeling of telling stories around a campfire rather than on a stage or at a bar, Fried explained.

“It’s pretty magical,” he said.

For more information and to RSVP for the storytelling session, visit this website.