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First Fridays: Words in the Woods – Open Mic Poetry Night

July 5 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm


Join us on the first Fridays of June, July and August for a fun, free, family-friendly outdoor event. This month we are hosting an Open Mic Poetry Night.

Join Crossroads in celebrating nature through the words we say. You’re invited to share your written prose and poetry on our outdoor stage among the birds, trees, and other nature lovers. If you’d like to share your voice, please read the rules, and sign up for free below!

Following the presentation, Crossroads will be hosting a small campfire at our council ring where people can socialize, tell stories, and make s’mores to enjoy!

Schedule of Events

  • 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Open Mic Poetry Night & Nature Note
  • 6:30 – 7:00 p.m. Campfire and S’mores at the Council Ring
*Amphitheater bench seating is available. Bring a camp chair or blanket if you’d like. (Note: the Outdoor Amphitheater is a short 5 to 10-minute walk from the parking lot on our Meadow Trail.)

Rules for Entry in Open Mic Poetry Night

Keep the poems generally centered around nature or experiences in nature.

Each solo poem must be of the poet’s own creation.

Each group poem must feature the primary author of the poem. If more than one person is considered to be the primary author then they all need to be performing the poem.

Memorization is not required or necessary. The poet may choose to bring a sheet of paper or chapbook to the stage to read off of their phone(s).

Each poet gets 3-5 minutes to read one poem. Going over this time may result in us asking you to wrap it up and may not allow other participants time to go.

It’s just you and your poem on stage. Please don’t bring props or costumes. You are allowed to sing or beat box or make any other sounds with your body in your performance.

The poem may NOT include sexist, racist, homophobic, or transphobic comments. Basically, use your common sense and don’t be a jerk, and leave your hate at the gate.

Please also keep your poetry friendly to family audiences in subject and language. However anger, upset and frustration are legitimate emotions to express in your poem, just be creative in how you go about doing it.

2023 First Fridays at Crossroads:
  • Friday, June 7 – Family Musician, Randy Peterson
  • Friday, July 5 – Words in a the Woods – A Nature Poetry Slam
  • Friday, August 2 – Washington Island Scandinavian Folk Dancers

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July 5
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Crossroads at Big Creek
2041 Michigan Street
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235 United States
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I Want to Present Poetry

Present a 3-5 minute session of poetry or verse relating to the topic of nature. Please email a copy of your poem for review to by no later than July 1 2024.

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