Dan Beehler tells a story during a Galley Tables event during the 2015-2016 season. Photo courtesy Brianna Gibbs

The fourth season of the story-telling series Galley Tables kicks off next week in a new space aimed at fitting in growing crowds.

“We went with the Harbor Convention Center as the venue for all performances, which is new and comes after a series of test runs at different locations around town last year,” said event co-founder Brianna Gibbs. “We’re excited to be there, and I think it will be a great venue.”

The change comes after the Gerald C. Wilson Auditorium drama pod proved too small for the crowds that wanted to watch local people tell seven-minute stories on a broad theme.

Galley Tables shopped around at the convention center, Baptist Mission and the main auditorium at the tail end of last season.

“In the end, it came down to size, how many people we could fit in a certain space and the amount of work to set up,” Gibbs said. “The convention center is large enough for a growing audience and allows us to be assisted by staff from the Best Western Kodiak Inn.”

Another change is in the dates. In previous years, Galley Tables has occurred on the first Friday of every month. But the dates won’t be consistently on the same day each month this season, due to scheduling with the new venue.

Each Galley Tables evening centers on a theme intended to allow a wide array of interpretation by the storytellers.

This year’s themes are Extra Tough, Sept. 30; Thick as Blood, Oct. 28; Planes, Trains, Automobiles, Nov. 11; Out of the Blue, Jan. 27; Hooked, Feb. 24; Back in the Day, March 17; and Roots, April 14.

Themes were suggested and voted on by community members, although Galley Tables organizers made the final selection, and Extra Tough proved to be a popular one among the community.

“We debated a little bit about whether to go with the classic boot spelling or spelling out the word ‘tough,’” Gibbs said. “Kodiak is home to lots of tough individuals, and whether or not they take place in extra tuff boots is up to the storyteller.”

Galley Tables is still seeking individuals to tell stories at the upcoming Sept. 30 event.

People can sign up online to tell their stories next weekend or at future events at

Doors open at 7 p.m. with stories beginning at 7:30 p.m. Live music will begin at 7 p.m. and beverages will be on sale. 

Contact staff reporter Julie Herrmann at

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