Last Sunday’s show at Swim Cafe was amazing. Julia, Heather, and Jill opened the cafe for us, and even with the bare walls and empty pantry the place lit up with energy. We’re so glad we could say a real goodbye to the place that we’ve called home since the beginning, our guest readers totally kicked ass, and the audience was lovely.
Although Karen couldn’t be there in person, we received a note from her via Jill. On the back, handwritten, was: “This is for tonight. Read it if you would like to, I’d be there if I didn’t hurt so much. XOXO K” We closed the show with it, and if you weren’t there in person to hear it, the text is below:
As you know, we sadly have had to close Swim Cafe, due to my illness. That’s All She Wrote has been our favorite event we’ve ever hosted, and having you here represents everything we’ve wanted to accomplish. We opened Swim not only as a business, but to create a place that was warm and welcoming, that supported local food and local artists, and having you here tonight is the most perfect way we can think of to say goodbye to Swim Cafe. Thank you so much for bringing your wonderful writing to Swim Cafe, and best of luck to you in the future.
Karen and Debra Gerod
I’m really not sure where we’d be without Swim Cafe; the comfortable space and the welcoming atmosphere were just what we needed to figure out how to do this, and for 16 shows we had the honor and privilege of telling and listening to stories there. We’re happy to announce that we’ve found a new venue – The Savoy, 1408 N. Milwaukee, and will be starting there next month. It’s going to be a brave new world, and it would be great to see familiar faces in the crowd, so please – follow us to Savoy, we’d love to have you.
Hope to see you there on February 9.
Thanks for all your support, XO
JH and Angela