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Story Sundays -- Our 18th Season: 2016-2017       1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

If you're one of those people who lingers in your car long after reaching a destination just to hear the end of Garrison Keillor's "The News from Lake Wobegon" or Ira Glass on "This American Life," then Story Sundays may be for you.

Story Sundays is a long running storytelling dinner series for adults. Over 7,800 people (family and friends, book clubs, Red hat ladies, people celebrating birthdays or anniversaries, etc.) have enjoyed our special banquets which combine splendid stories with fabulous food. The Glen Sanders Mansion is an historic home which is now one of the finest restaurants / hotels in the area.

Learn more about our storytellers here.       Read what our customers say about Story Sunday.

Click here to watch Kent Busman and Harlan Ratmeyer tell at our January 27, 2013 Story Sunday. (FYI This video takes several seconds to load.)

We are very proud to be presenting our 120th storytelling dinner on October 23, 2016.

$37 per person (includes entertainment, 3 course dinner, coffee/tea, tax AND tip)
Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person during non-benefit dinners).
Pay at the door using cash or checks made out to "Story Circle" .

Reservations Required: (518) 384-1700    Kate@KateDudding.com     Please indicate how many of each entree is desired.

Please note: The Glen Sanders Mansion is quite willing to accommodate your dietary restrictions. Please tell your server that night if you need a dairy free meal. For a gluten-free meal or other restrictions, please contact us by the Wednesday prior to the Story Sunday you'll be attending to verify that your needs can be met.

Our 18th Season: 2016 - 2017
Oct. 23 Stories and Songs From the Irish Tradition

One of the Special Events associated with the Capital Rep production of Outside Mullingar.

Jim Hawkins

Jim Hawkins tells and sings stories and songs from a rich Irish cultural tradition. He was raised in Castletown Geoghegan, Co Westmeath just "outside Mullingar" and heard his first stories and songs from his mother, his Uncle Jack and other local tellers. He was fascinated by the stories and the people telling them. As a teller, Jim carries the traditions of Irish story, myth, legend and song, particularly the stories of Eamon Kelly, arguably Ireland's greatest storyteller of the 20th century. Jim accompanies himself on the bodhran (bow-ron), the Irish drum.

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Chicken Parmesan; Saratoga Chip Encrusted Scrod; or Eggplant Parmesan.

Jan. 22 Stories of Being Assisted and Assisting Others

One of the Special Events associated with the Capital Rep production of Assisted Loving - Dating with My Dad .

Three Spirits: Kent Busman, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, and Harlan Ratmeyer

Frequently the offer to assist another, or to be assisted, gets complicated; priorities change. Join us while three delightful storytellers share stories of folks who pursue or avoid assistance - kicking, screaming and/or laughing all the way!

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Click here to watch Kent tell the Native American story from the Pacific Northwest "How Raven Freed the Daylight and How Loon Lost Her Voice."

Click here to watch Joe tell his personal story "Pop's Whisper."

Mediterranean Chicken;
Garlic and Hot Pepper Steak; or
Rigatoni, Butternut Squash, Soft Cinnamon Mascarpone, Sage-Butter Broth, Shaved Manchego.

Feb. 12 Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne Robert Foster, an Adirondack Legacy

Dan Berggren and Eileen Egan Mack

Singer/songwriter Dan Berggren and singer/storyteller Eileen Egan Mack will team up for a presentation of "Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne Robert Foster, an Adirondack Legacy." This program will feature stories and songs that weave a tapestry of life in the late 19th century's Great North Woods. The power of voice and words make this a special journey back in time.

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Click here to watch Dan sing Alice.

Click here to watch Eileen tell Goldilocks with a Twist .

Chicken Cutlet, Basil Tomatoes, Smoked Mozzarella, Capellini Twist, Parmesan Cream ;
Pork Chop with Sage and Apple Chutney; or
Pasta Primavera with Fresh Vegetables.

Mar. 12 Our Roots Are Showing: Tales and Songs from Our Anglo-Gaelic-Jewish Heritages

The Storycrafters: Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns, PhD

Internationally renowned, award-winning musical storytelling duo Barry Marshall and Jeri Burns PhD, will share a lively and thoughtful evening of material drawn from their heritages. Barry's roots lie in ALL of the British Isles (England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales), while Jeri's heritage extends from Eastern European Jewish culture (Poland, Russia). Join The Storycrafters as they explore stories, lore, and history from the lands upon which their ancestors stood.

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Click here to watch The Storycrafters tell their rap of Three Pigs.

Corned Beef and Cabbage; Potato Crusted Salmon with Caper Beurre Blanc; or Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.

Apr. 9 Stories and Traditions From the Iroquois Longhouse

Kay Olan and Tom Porter

Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter, National Treasure of the Mohawk Nation, Spiritual Leader of Kanatsiohareke, author and lover of stories always fills the hearts of his listeners with compassion, smiles and inspiration. Kay Ionataie:was Olan, Mohawk Storyteller, retired teacher and former director of Kanatsiohareke shares old and new stories from the oral tradition of the Rotinonshionni (Iroquois Confederacy.)

Photo of Kay Ionataie:was Olan Photo of Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter

Click here to watch Kay Ionataie:was Olan tell the traditional Mohawk story How Birds Got Their Song .

Chicken Marsala, Sole Florentine with Spinach and Bread Stuffing and Lemon Veloute, or Mushroom Ravioli

With appreciation to our 2015-2016 Sponsors

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What our customers are saying:

A great evening out.
Best entertainment value in the Capital District.
Enjoyable and unusual entertainment at a venue with good food -- and the price was more than reasonable!
A charming, intimate entertainment with a personal touch.
Outstanding and interesting with a friendly atmosphere.
A wonderful way to spend a Sunday night: entertaining, humorous, deep and moving.
A warm and wonderful evening of excellent entertainment and good food.

Click here for a published article about Story Sundays.

Click here for information about our past Story Sunday seasons.

Story Sundays is a charter member of the Hudson Valley Storytelling Alliance.