New tickets available!

Tickets for overflow seating in Zach Hall for 2017 WOW Stories! are now available. There is still time to get your seat. We hope to see you there.

Announcing the WOW! Stories 2017 Line Up

Be wow’d this March 10 & 11  at WOW! Stories 2017

We are honored to announce the women who will grace the WICA stage in a few short weeks for WOW! Stories 2017. The annual WOW! Stories is back March 10 & 11 to celebrate the incredible lives, talents and passion of women of Whidbey. By popular demand, WOW! Stories is offering a choice of Friday evening or Saturday afternoon—or both—with a different slate of speakers and performers weaving a web of intimacy and delight each day.

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Friday, March 11 @ 7:00 – 9:30 pm

Saturday, March 12 @ 2:00- 4:30 pm

Tickets $25  - available through the WICA box office at 221-8268 or WICA Online. Tickets are selling fast. So purchase yours right away!

Doors open 30 minutes prior to show. Tea, coffee and nibbles included. No-host wine reception following both shows. Proceeds benefit WICA.

Friday, March 10 Line Up

WOW Sisters
Christina Baldwin
Karin Bolstad
Rebecca Cleary
Elea Acheson
Joni Takanikos
Siobhan Wright
Michelle LaRue
Dana Kelly
Victoria Santos
Sara Saltee
Free-Range WOW singers

Saturday, March 11 Line Up

White Christmas cast
SWHS Drama Club-Kari Husted, Caroline Burns, Chloe Hood
Trudy Martin
Jess Dowdell
Cynthia Trenshaw
Patricia Friedman
Kristin Lasher
Cynthia Husted
Jenny Goff
Lisa Toomey

Click here to learn a little bit more about this women.

Book your tickets now. They will sell out!!!  We look forward to seeing you at WOW! Stories 2017.

Special thanks to WhidbeyTV who has generously donated its time and expertise to video tape the upcoming shows.  Visit our Video Archive page to watch video of past shows, videos produced by WhidbeyTV.

Your WOW! Stories Class of 2016

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Announcing the WOW! Stories 2016 Line up

Be wow’d this March 11 & 12  at WOW! Stories 2016

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2015 Video Now Available

Thanks to the generous support from Whidbey TV and many other local businesses and supporters who purchased ads in the event program last year, we are proud to bring you video of the 2015 talks and performances.

Please join us in thanking Whidbey TV for their support of WOW. And most importantly, thank you to all our past and future presenters for sharing your stories and for inspiring us all.

So sit back, relax and watch the amazing WOW Stories again and again.  Laugh, cry, be moved and share your passion.

WATCH NOW from  our Video Archive page

Mark Your Calendars!

WOW! Stories 2016 dates announced!

It’s a big year for us…. 2016 marks the 5th year of WOW! Stories.

Mark your calendars. You won’t want to miss it!

Friday, March 11 @ 7:00 – 9:30 pm
Saturday, March 12 @ 2:00 – 4:30 pm

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Your WOW! Stories Class of 2015

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Friday’s event features talks and performances by:

Sharon Betcher, Sharon Daloz Parks, Kathy Fox, Lucinda Herring, Annie Jesperson, Joanne Keefe, Deborah Koff-Chapin, Haley McConnaughey, Rainey, Shannon Stalpaert and Debora Valis.

Saturday’s event features:

Judith Adams, Sarah Boin, The Carolina Parrots, Julie Gersten, Marion Henny, Jill Johnson, Jenn Jurriaans, Hannah McConnaughey, Mary K. Sandford, Jean Shaw, Aleah Stacey and jazz musicians from South Whidbey High School.

 

Tickets available now from WICA  – 360-221-8268  / WICAonline.org

 

WOW! Stories 2015

We are honored and down right falling-out-of-our-seats excited to introduce the incredible line up for WOW!Stories 2015

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Back for its fourth year, the annual WOW! Stories has become one of Whidbey Island’s most popular and well-loved shows, featuring riveting talks and moving performances from Whidbey’s most interesting and inspiring women.  New this year, WOW! Stories is offering a choice of Friday evening or Saturday morning—or both—with a different slate of speakers and performers weaving a web of intimacy and delight each day.

Two Days, Two Different Shows at WICA

Friday, March 13 @ 7:00 – 10:00 pm
Saturday, March 14 @ 11:00 am- 2:00 pm

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A Woman Knows by Karin Blaine & Siri Bardarson

At WOW 2014, Karin Blaine and Siri Bardarson returned to the stage to open the event with an original song worthy of celebration.

These soulful sisters have kindly shared the lyrics with us.  Thank you, Karin and Siri for being part of WOW!

 

Here are the lyrics…

A WOMAN KNOWS

Here we are, gathered ‘round – to share the tale

Of the paths we take – the lives we build – how we prevail

The strength of our stories will hang in the air and shimmer like gold

 

We will be filled with the wonder – of what a woman knows

A woman knows – how to live

How to roll with the punches, pick her self up and start again

 

A woman knows – life ain’t a joke

You gotta push and pull and groan and bleed to work life out

A woman knows

A woman knows

The shirts and ties they give us a smile and condescend

You gotta slow down, girls, change takes time, better leave it to us

This battle is ours to lead – we know the score -

We won’t be stopped – oh no! – we’re gonna ask for more

A woman knows – the time is here

To raise her voice – speak the truth and change the world

A woman knows – love is the key

To find the tenderness and grace this poor world needs

A woman knows

A woman knows

CELLO SOLO over ½ of a verse

 

BACK IN TO CHORUS:

A woman knows – the time has here

To raise her voice – speak the truth and change the world

A woman knows – love is the key

To find the tenderness and grace this poor world needs

A woman knows

A woman knows

A woman knows

WOW! Stories Spread to New Ideas

After the annual event is over each year, we love to hear how WOW! lives on in the hearts and minds of our community. We also love hearing how the experience of WOW!  is helpful in catalyzing more WOW! doings in our speakers. So we were thrilled when Betsy McGregor used her WOW! talk to promote her new book, In Awe of Being Human, and when Elise Miller used hers as part of her grant application to the Robert Woods Foundation.

Watch their original talks here:

Betsy McGregor

 

Elise Miller

 

WOW! talks evolve too. Vicki Robbins gave an awesome TEDX talk in Seattle and Diana Lindsay’s 14-minute WOW! talk morphed into a 5-minute IGNITE talk presented at the Thriving Communities conference last week-end.

 

Vicki Robbins

 

 

Diana Lindsay

Diana Lindsay – Author, “Something MoreThan Hope” from Aimie Vallat on Vimeo.

 

Thanks to all for keeping the WOW! spirit going all year round.

Now, What have the women of WOW!Stories inspired YOU to do? Share you thoughts here!