What You'll Get
- $12.50 for one admission to a Show & Tale personal storytelling event with Martie McNabb
- Select the Manhattan or Brooklyn location upon purchasing.
- Upon purchase, you may schedule for one of the available dates for Madame X in Manhattan or Branded Saloon in Brooklyn
- You must reserve your date here in advance of the event
- All events run from 6:30–8:30 p.m.
Each event is capped at 40 purchasers.
What You’ll Do
Every object has a story. In the Thingtide Show & Tale series, those stories get a spotlight, as participants bring out a cherished item—baby booties, letters, trinkets, toys—and share its history, as well as their own. Some attendees gets a turn to speak for roughly 3–5 minutes, creating a warm, communal atmosphere that’s earned the attention of the Wall Street Journal. Sharing isn’t mandatory, but it’s absolutely encouraged.
Dolly Parton & Other Dollies (March 19)
Bring any dolly-related object, whether it’s a beloved childhood toy, a photo of a country-music icon, or a cloned sheep, and describe its significance.
Cards, Letters, & Thank-You Notes (April 16)
Everything from notes passed in class to wartime correspondence can turn up in this event, which welcomes Barbara Ann Michaels of Love Letter Lounge.
The Family Jewels (May 21)
Would we wear jewelry if it didn’t have a story attached? Gemologist Winona Richardson offers complimentary evaluations of all relatively clean pieces; things worn somewhat regularly are preferred.
The Family Jewels (March 25)
This is identical to the Brooklyn event, listed directly above.
Scars, Tats & Piercings (April 22)
This evening focuses on the possessions we never put down. Share a story of your treasured ink, a lingering mark of injury or illness, or the stud you chose as your own private rebellion.
All Things Hair (May 27)
Master Barber Khane Kutzwell and performer and minister Rev. Yolanda join the group for tales about coiffures and accessories.
Founder, Thingtide Show & Tale
Martie McNabb is a historian—but not in the sense you’d think. Rather than working in libraries and labs, she’s spent the last decade helping people to unlock their personal histories, guiding them through the process of exploring their lives visually and emotionally. A member of the Association of Personal Historians, McNabb now helps other historians host Show & Tale events the world over that put people in touch with their memories, one object at a time.
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