MudZoom– Change: Coming September 10th!

2020 has inundated us with a torrent of change. A world-wide pandemic has changed millions of lives; a new awareness of systemic racism has inspired calls for change and reform; and an upcoming national election, no matter what the outcome, will bring about even more change. It is for these reasons that AVA Gallery’s quarterly storytelling series, The Mudroom, is looking for storytellers who can tell a good story related to the theme “Change.” Whether it is a change of heart or a change of hairstyle—or anything in between—we want your stories. The event will be held the evening of Thursday, September 10, 2020.*

We would like to hear from storytellers from around the Upper Valley and beyond. Storytellers will be awarded a one-year AVA membership. Stories are limited to no more than 10 minutes, must be true and autobiographical, and must be told live (not read).

To submit your story, in fewer than 300 words, give us a summary of your true, personal story. Please don’t send essays, poems, folktales, speeches, or stand-up routines. Just tell us what your story is about and what happens in the end. Please also include a brief biography of fewer than 100 words.

Check out our webpage  or Facebook page to get a flavor of the event. CATV has on-demand video of recent Mudrooms as well. Their website is Go to the On Demand tab and search for Mudroom. The April and June MudZoom events may be viewed on or the AVA Gallery YouTube channel

Story submissions and any questions may be directed to The deadline for story submissions is August 21. By August 24, we will select five or six stories from the submission pool and will contact storytellers. Selected storytellers will be expected to attend a rehearsal held on the afternoon of Sunday, August 30, via Zoom (or in person if circumstances allow).

Please spread the word! 

The Mudroom Team

*The Mudroom will be held in a way that provides the best and safest experience for our community. Details will be released as we get closer to the performance date. This event is free, but a donation to our Here to There Fund is encouraged to support AVA’s continued programming during this challenging time.

The Mudroom team:

Sally Bacon

Casey Carpenter

Judith Hertog

Mike Lovell

Lianne Moccia

Sheryl Trainor

A Zoom link will be posted here a day before the next event

Please spread the word!  Many thanks!

The Mudroom Team


Mudroom has gone virtual. Below are details for Pre-COVID-19 Mudroom events at AVA Gallery and Art Center 

Food at 6:30 pm | Storytelling at 7 pm
This live-storytelling event offers an opportunity to meet new people, enjoy a fun evening with music, food and beverage, and hear entertaining stories. Delicious Asian food by Pon and beverages will be available for purchase before the performance. Live music will be provided by Dave Clark and Juke Joynt. 

Ticket Price: $7.50 for Members (discount will be reflected at check-out), $10 general public, $20 at-the-door (limited availability)

  • Limit 2 tickets per person; Contributing Members and higher may purchase up to 4 tickets
  • AVA Members can purchase a limited number of tickets Online Only two months before the event.
  • Tickets for the general public will go on one month before the event.
  • Membership Discounts will be applied at checkout, after registration information is completed.

To become a member please click here.