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Storytelling events... with songs, art & heart

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About Us

Montclair Story Salon is a bi-monthly storytelling event hosted and produced by actress and Montclair resident Liz Samuel.

Filled with stories, songs, and art, these events feature storytellers, singer/songwriters, and an artist (painting live!) -- all in aid of non-profit organizations.

We have a core group of artists and always introduce a few new talents at each event. 

Past Salons

"It's in the Book"

Thursday, May 2, 2024 

To Benefit Montclair Literary Festival's Succeed2gether


Storytllers :
  • Laurie Lico Albanese
  • Benilde Little
  • Martin Golan
  • Caytha Jentis
Scott E. Moore 
​Nicole Bozzuto

Merrie Koehlert

Liz Samuel


"Grow For Me"
Thursday, April 4, 2024

To benefit Montclair Community Farms

  • Charles Rosen
  • Nancy Burke
  • Claudine Ohayon
  • Jessica Schachter
Music :
  • Stacia Thiel w/Scott E. Moore
  • Jason Didner w/Leslie Masuzzo
  • Merrie Koehlert
  • Liz Samuel

"Take a Leap!"

Wednesday, February 28, 2024 


At Loopwell
benefitting Montclair Local, a non-profit digital news organization 

NEW Storytellers:

  • Dionne Ford

  • Warren Zanes

  • Ghana Imani

  • Bridget Placek


  • Lily Vakili with Joel Dorow

  • Miranda Ferris Jones


  • Merrie Koehlert


  • Liz Samuel

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"Welcome Home... A Holiday Story Salon"

Thursday, December 14, 2023 


At Watchung Booksellers' new space, The Kids Room
benefitting CASA of ESSEX County
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NEW Storytellers:

  • Amy Scott

  • Kate Zernike

  • Cyndie Spiegel

"A Great Escape"

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 


At The Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Montclair
benefitting Luna Stage

NEW Storytellers:

  • ​Ami Brabson

  • Jessica Wolf

  • Keri Setaro

Plus MSS Veterans:

  • Stacia Thiel

  • Carol Crittenden


  • Merrie Koehlert


  • Liz Samuel

"Books That Changed My Life"

Wednesday, September 27, 2023 


At Succeed2gether's Montclair Literary Festival

Stories & Performances by:

  • Dagmara Dominczyk

  • Eric Roston

  • Nicole Gray

  • Rachael Quinn Egan

  • Rachel Martens

  • Stacia Thiel

  • Carol Crittenden 


  • Merrie Koehlert 


  • Liz Samuel


Feel the Love

"With Montclair Story Salon, Liz has built a warm, creative community that looks forward to gathering, whether to share or to listen. I leave feeling richer for the experience every time I attend!"


-Andrea B. 

“They are inspiring and relatable. And you feel connected in a world where you can sometimes feel alone."

-Suzanne S

“Hearing relatable, inspiring stories and listening to meaningful music made me feel more connected to my community.”

-Alison K. 

"The Montclair Story Salon has always been one of my favorite events to look forward to. Being able to experience an evening of empowering women who share their amazing talents -- songs, stories, ideas -- is such an inspiration!"

-Diane H.

"I have been fortunate to attend all of the Story Salons Liz Samuel has organized, and I have watched the events grow as word about them has spread. Humor, heartbreak and ultimately enduring hope and love are the feelings I always leave with. If you enjoy being entertained by people performing live, you can't go wrong spending an evening at the Montclair Story Salon."

-Greg K. 

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