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Truth Be Told Under the Stars Saturday, July 18

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Truth Be Told Under the Stars

  • Date: July 18, 2020
  • Time: 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Price: $20.00
  • Location: Gorton Community Center
    400 E. Illinois Road, Lake Forest, IL 60045 + Google Map

Live music 6:30/Stories 7:00

Join us July 18th for a fabulous night of storytelling in our Gorton parking lot, “Ravina Style!”  Many of you have enjoyed personal stories on NPR while sitting at your desk or driving home, but it simply does not compare to the live experience of face-to-face storytelling.

We are excited to bring this event to you safely and physically distanced in our parking lot.

“Lawn seats”  will be sectioned off toward the front of our parking lot facing the stage.  Bring your lawn chairs and blankets, pack a summer picnic and a bottle of wine and enjoy an evening of music and storytelling under the stars!  We will also be selling alcoholic and non-alcoholic concessions in pre-packaged, unopened containers. Seating for this event is limited in order to comply with Illinois guidelines.  We  will have designated circles for your party that can accommodate 2-4 people.

We will direct you to your assigned space when you arrive. Please bring your own chairs/blankets.  You may park in our upper lot, across the street at the train station, and along the north side of Illinois Road.

Lot opens at 6pm and you will be directed to your assigned seat when you arrive. We are excited to feature live music at 6:30. Storytelling begins at 7:00.
Cash bar/concessions will be available for sale before the show and during intermission.


WE’LL BE JUDGING “BEST PICNIC LAYOUT” AT THIS EVENT!  Cutest “lawn seat” wins a prize!  Bring your candles, flowers, tablecloths and more and let your seat shine!

This show is produced by Scott Whitehair

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Scott Whitehair is a storyteller, producer, and teacher from Chicago,IL.  He is host of This Much Is True, the city’s longest running monthly storytelling series, creator of Story Lab Chicago, recently mentioned in Forbes and Newsweek, which has put 600+ new and first time tellers on stage since 2011, and director of Do Not Submit, a citywide network of open mics with the goal of creating empathy among neighbors. He tells stories anywhere someone will listen, which has included Steppenwolf Theater, The National Storytelling Festival’s Exchange Place, and on NPR and The Risk Podcast. Scott teaches a perpetually sold out monthly class, and trains corporations, non-profits, and individuals to find their voices. In 2014, he was the featured instructor at Hong Kong Story Worthy Week, headlined by David Sedaris.


Enjoy pre-show musical entertainment!


Spencer Schmid is a singer/songwriter who was raised in Lake Bluff and is currently based out of Chicago. He’s recorded a solo album along with a split release with a hometown friend.  He’s been playing guitar since he was seven years old and writing and recording his own music since he was 14. His music can be found online at spoontunes.bandcamp.com and you may find him at the Lake Bluff Farmer’s Market in the summertime!

This program may contain mature content

Protocol during the COVID-19 Pandemic:
At this time, you must wear a facemask when entering the building. If you would like one, please let us know.

Seating areas in our parking lot will be clearly designated and safely spaced.

All employees/volunteers have been educated and trained on the need for personal sanitation and hygiene as well as the sanitation of our facility and all employees/volunteers will be wearing PPE at the event.

Concessions are available for purchase and are in unopened containers.

Our restrooms in the building will be open.  Use your mask when heading to the restroom. There will be plenty of hand soap and sanitizer on hand. 

Pets are not allowed at this event.

Please park in our upper lot, across the street at the train station, or along the north side of Illinois road.

Thank you to Anne Purky, and Scott Whitehair co-founders of Truth Be Told


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Film and Event Refund and Cancellation Policy: There is no refund given for unused film or event tickets.

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