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Ongoing Events

 

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 7:00 pm Open Mic at  Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs. The Featured teller will be  Joe Doolittle. Sign up to tell at 6:45 pm. $3  (Refreshments $1)

New tellers always welcome.  Once a month from 7:00-9:00 p.m., storytellers have their own open mic, to try their voices for the first time, to hone their skills in front of a live responsive audience, to work on their presentation, or to try new ideas in a supportive atmosphere. For others, it's a cheap night of entertainment. No reservations are necessary or taken. The organizers and MCs for this storytelling open mic are storytellers Margaret French, Christie Keegan and Jeannine Laverty. Doors open for sign up at 6:45 p.m. There is a 10-minute limit on story length. The MC will weave the evening together and there will be no feedback. No reading of stories, just telling, please. To reimburse the Caffè for use of the space, admission is $3, and $1 each for the coffee and goodies. Hope to see AND hear you there! Questions? (518) 587-4536   

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 Open Mic atWoodlawn Commons (The Harkness building), in Saratoga Springs at 7:00 pm. Sign up to tell at 6:45 pm. Free. New tellers always welcome.

Directions: From Broadway, turn right on Clinton & left on Clement. Turn left at the Hospice sign. The Harkness building is the yellow building straight ahead.

Sunday January 19 2:00 – 4:00 Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area Winter Lights Festival 2014 at the Mosque at the Islamic Cultural Center in Schenectady located at 21 North Lansing Rd. Schenectady NY 12304. Performers include the Schenectady High School Choir, Kent Busman, Janet Carter and Bill Cliff and Children at the Well Tellers, Macaela Rourke, Shadeh Din and Anam Mehta. We will also have music from the An Nur School Choir. For more information call 518 209 6477 or e-mail cbnolou@yahoo.com.

Adirondack Storytelling Guild – Contact Fran Yardley at franstory@gmail.com.

Eighth Step Open Mic on First Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. at Proctors in Robb Alley - All welcome.

 

 

Family Programs

December 31 Tuesday 5:00 pm – Midnight Saratoga First Night http://www.saratoga-arts.org. 518 584-4132. Free

January 4 Saturday 2:00 pm Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center. Storyteller Claire Nolan can usually be found telling stories at The Nature Center camp fire in the summer.  Today, she will tell stories to warm your heart in winter. Come and hear "Stories for a New Year - Beginnings and (Mostly) Happy Endings." Stories are appropriate for all ages, so bring the family! Call 872-0800 for more information. Thacher Nature Center 87 Nature Center Way Voorheesville, NY  12186. Free.

January 10, 17, 24 at 7:00 pm and January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25, 26 at 3:00 pm and January 20 MLK Day at 10:00 am & 1:00 pm – Rumpelstiltskin Steamer No.10’s almost traditional tale of a Miller’s Daughter who gets caught up in a tale about spinning straw into gold. Steamer No.10 was dubbed “The Mad Scientists of children’s theatre for our production of Rumpelstiltskin.” We use three actors to portray all twelve characters with two of them playing Rumpelstiltskin at the same time – one brain, two bodies – the physical embodiment of a magical, maniacal, schizophrenic wood gnome. Steamer No.10 (518) 438-5503; info@steamer10theatre.org. 500 Western Ave; Albany, NY 12203. Advance Purchase tickets: $13; Online: $13 + $1/ticket handling fee; At the Door: $15. Lapsitters are free.

January 19 Sunday 2:00 – 4:00 Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area Winter Lights Festival 2014 at the Mosque at the Islamic Cultural Center in Schenectady located at 21 North Lansing Rd. Schenectady NY 12304. Performers include the Schenectady High School Choir, Kent Busman, Janet Carter and Bill Cliff and Children at the Well Tellers, Macaela Rourke, Shadeh Din and Anam Mehta. We will also have music from the An Nur School Choir. For more information call 518 209 6477 or e-mail cbnolou@yahoo.com.

 

 

Adult Programs

January 5 Sunday  2:00 pm Proctors Word Play: “Betrayal and Beyond”; Ralph Waldo Emerson defined success as, among other things, to have endured the betrayal of false friends. Come hear stories that Ralph would have appreciated told by: Siri Allison, Betty Cassidy, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Margaret French and Sandy Schuman.

January 9 Thursday 7:00 pm Pre-Show Spoken Word at Proctors; Ghost Stories with Kelvin Keraga before Ghost Whisperer (on the mainstage at 8:00 pm).  Acclaimed storyteller Kelvin with get us in the mood with some spooky stories in Robb Alley at Proctors Theater, State Street Schenectady, NY. Free.

January 26 Sunday 5:00 pm The Glen Sanders Mansion The 107th Story Sunday “Home, Hearth and All That Jazz” with Three Spirits Kent Busman, Alden (Joe) Doolittle and Harlan Rateyer. Three of the region's most whimsical and irrepressible storytellers will spin tales of the "bustle and magic" of home, the "Jazz" in life and the music of community. Special Guests: The Hamilton Hill Arts Center Jazz Ensemble! A Benefit for the Hamilton Hill Arts Center. Entrees: Chicken Cutlet, Roasted Primavera Vegetables, Mashed Sweet Potatoes; Pork Chop with Sage & Apple Chutney, Roasted Primavera Vegetables, Mashed Sweet Potatoes; Pasta Primavera with Fresh Vegetables       1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  "Best entertainment value in the Capital District." $33 per person (entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax AND tip) Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to "Story Circle". Sponsor Level: $50+ additional support welcomed and appreciated. Send sponsor support by check to: Hamilton Hill Arts Center, c/o       112 Maplewood Drive, Scotia, NY 12302. Reservations: (518) 384-1700 Kate@KateDudding.com

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Upcoming Events

 

March 9 Sunday 2:15 pm Tales 'n Tunes perform a "Carnival of the Animals" program for families in the conference room next to the Fenimore Gallery of Proctors Theater in conjunction with the Schenectady Symphony performance. Free program is at 2:15 p.m.

Story Sundays at Glens Sanders in Scotia March 16 with Mary Murphy  and Nancy Marie Payne: “Across the Sea to Ireland”

Stories and Music for Cheap Late-Winter Travels at Caffe Lena in Saratoga Springs Saturday, March 8, 8 pm with storyteller Jeannine Laverty and multi-instrumentalist Ed Lowman Click here for more information