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Story Sundays -- Our 19th Season: 2017-2018       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 8,000 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 125th storytelling dinner on October 1, 2017.

$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: NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER (518) 588-2801    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 19th Season: 2017 - 2018
Oct. 1 Bump in the Night

Barbara Chepaitis and Mary Murphy

Stories of haunting and the haunted as told by master storytellers Barbara Chepaitis and Mary Murphy.

Barbara is author of 7 published novels, including the critically acclaimed Feeding Christine and These Dreams, as well as the sci-fi series featuring Jaguar Addams. She is also past director of the storytelling trio The Snickering Witches, and a Teaching Artist with the Lincoln Center Arts in Education program. Currently she is a member of the group String Stories, which brings original music, story, and poetry to classrooms and performance venues.

Mary Murphy is a writer/storyteller. She has performed at the National Storytelling Festival, the Hawaii Storytelling Festival, the Philadelphia Fringe Festival, the Clever Gretchen Storytelling Festival at Syracuse University and the University of Rochester Storytelling Festival. Her stories have been published in the anthologies: Give a Listen and A Solstice Evergreen.

Photo of Barbara Chepaitis Photo of Mary Murphy

Click here to watch Barbara tell And So the Days Begin.

Click here to watch Mary tell How St Patrick Drove the Last of the Serpents Out of Ireland .

Entrees:
Beef Tips Au Poivre with Buttered Noodles; Chicken Marsala; or Eggplant Parmesan.

Oct. 29 Stories for the Moon of Falling Leaves

Joseph and Jesse Bruchac

A program of traditional autumn tales and Native American music featuring drum, flute and vocals offered by Abenaki father and son storytellers Joseph and Jesse Bruchac.

Click here to watch Joseph and Jesse tell Gluskabe and the Wind Eagle.

Entrees:
Pork Chops, Sage and Apple Chutney; Saratoga Chip Encrusted Scrod; or Rigatoni with Butternut Squash, Soft Cinnamon Mascarpone, Sage-Butter Broth and Shaved Manchego.

Photo of Joseph and Jesse Bruchac
Jan. 28 Stories of Beams and "Thin" Spaces

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

Three of the regionís most whimsical, irrepressible and not-as-young-as-they-used-to-be storytellers will spin tales sure to take the edge off winterís chill and bring a warm feeling to the heart. Rev. Busman directs the Fowler†Camp and Conference Center, Reformed Church in America. Joe Doolittle is active in several community groups including SICM and Story Circle. Rev. Ratmeyer is the former Director and current member of Pastoral Care at Albany Medical Center. He is also†Pastor of the 1st† Reformed Church of†Bethlehem.

Photo of Three Spirits

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".

Click here to watch Harlan tell his personal story "The Christmas with Coal".

Entrees:
Garlic & Hot Pepper Steak Tips; Sole Florentine with Spinach & Bread Stuffing; or Pasta Primavera with Fresh Vegetables.

Feb. 25 Rooted in Story

Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Karen Pillsworth

We are grounded in the stories we heard in our childhood and the ones we tell about our beginnings. Where we come from affects who we are today. Join Karen and Lorraine for an evening of humor and wisdom as they share stories about early stages, false starts, coming of age, and hopes and dreams..

Photo of Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi Photo of Karen Pillsworth

Click here to watch Lorraine share her story The Trouble with Wishes.

Click here to watch Karen share her personal story The Extra Chair.

Entrees:
Sliced Bistro Sirloin with Madeira Sauce; Chicken Parmesan; or Mushroom Ravioli.

Apr. 8 The Kindness of Strangers

Kate Dudding and Margaret French

Storytellers Kate Dudding and Margaret French will tell stories that just may restore your faith in human goodness. Their stories, both personal and from the news, tell of the thousands who fearlessly helped in the aftermath of a disaster; of the kindness of an elderly farm couple to a Jewish boy from Brooklyn; and more.

Photo of Kate Dudding Photo of Margaret French

Click here to watch Kate tell Ilsa's Story.

Click here to watch Margaret share her story Determined to be a Liberal, Free-thinking Person.

Entrees:
Chicken Cutlet with Basil Tomatoes, Smoked Mozzarella, Capellini Twist and Parmesan Cream; Maple Mustard Grilled Salmon; or Eggplant Rollatini.


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.