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April 2009 – May 2009

The Newsletter of the Story Circle of the Capital District

Editor and Publisher: Claire Nolan 11 Norwood Street Albany, NY 12203

(518) 209-6477 E-mail: cbnolou@yahoo.com

Visit our web site at www.story-circle.org

 

"Words are, of course, the most powerful drug used by mankind."

 Rudyard Kipling

Story Circle Business News

           

Meetings 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the William K. Sanford Public Library and 6:15 to 9:00 p.m. at the Guilderland Library (GPL). At GPL, we will have a topic for panel/roundtable discussion. 

Upcoming Meetings: April 8 at GPL and May 19 at Colonie
March 17 - We met at 6:00 to hear the Children at the Well. What an impressive group!
Carol Connolly – Facilitator
Stories told:
Nancy Payne-- "The Healys of Georgia"  --historical
Kate Dudding -- "Dealing with the Devil"  -- Folktale
Adam Hoffman-- "The Four Winds" --Iroquois tale
Peggy Cimino-- "Lola, the Gypsy Girl"  Gypsy tale
Micki Groper -- "the King's Equal"--literary (children's) story

Carol Connolly-- "A Tale of Irish Luck"--jocular tale
Listeners:
Don Darmer, Patsy Patrick, Sumne Joshi, Dale Blanchet, Jane Ainslie

Patsy Patrick announced that the Friends of Schenectady County Public Library will be sponsoring a series in January through March 2010 of music and storytelling. For more information, call Ronald Patrick at 864-5098

Cancellations: The February Meeting was canceled.  For future reference, please use the following guidelines to cancel a meeting or to check on a scheduled meeting:  It is up to the facilitator to decide to cancel a meeting. Carol Connolly or Kate Dudding may be consulted. A facilitator who decides to cancel a meeting must:

1) Send out an email message via Story Circle listserv

2) Notify the library
Story Circle members who are planning to attend may call either the facilitator or the library to determine if a meeting is being held.

 

Ongoing Events

 

Story by Story is our weekly TV show; tune in on Sunday nights at 8:30 and Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 on Schenectady Public Access TV, Channel 16.

 

Children at the Well: Interfaith Youth Storytelling March 29 Sunday 3:30 pm St. Francis de Sales Church, 1 Maria Drive, Loudonville. For more information, see www.childrenatthewell.org

 

OPEN MIC in Saratoga on the Second Wednesday of each month. 

April 8 (6:45 sign-up) Stories from 7 – 9 at Woodlawn Commons

 156 Lawrence St. 6:45 sign up. Directions:  From Broadway in Saratoga, turn West on Church St. Turn right on Seward St.  (If you get as far as the hospital, you've gone one block too far). Turn right again on Clement St. (at the 2nd stop sign). Look for Hospice.  Woodlawn is the big yellow building nearby.

May 13 and June 10 (6:45 sign-up) Stories from 7 – 9: at Café Lena 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs. 6:45 pm sign ups; 7:00 Storytelling. Phone: 583-0022.

http://www.caffelena.org/open-mic.htm#s

 

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

 

Interfaith Story Circle : April 2 Thursday 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Congregation Beth Emeth at 100 Academy Rd in Albany. - GRSJohnson@aol.com

 

Dates and Location TBD - Albany Open Mic - We are looking for storytellers and listeners and a location for an Open Mic in Albany – call Claire at 209-6477 or e-mail cbnolou@yahoo.com if you are interested.

 

Family Programs

April 14 Tuesday --Tales ‘n Tunes will present Hello Earth! It’s Spring!  at 6:30 p.m at the Soule Branch of the Onondaga County Library System, Syracuse, NY(315) 435-5320.

April 16 Thursday -- Tales ‘n Tunes will present Hello Earth! It’s Spring!  at 2:00 p.m at the Dunham Public Library, Whitesboro, NY.  Call (315) 736-9734.

April 16 Thursday -- Tales ‘n Tunes will present Hello Earth! It’s Spring!  at 6:00 p.m at the Clark Memorial Library, Oriskany Falls, NY.  Call (315) 821-7850.

April 18 Saturday -- Tales ‘n Tunes will present Hello Earth! It’s Spring!  --10:30 a.m. --at the Nancy Howe Auditorium, Wellesville, NY. Call 585-593-3410.


April 20
Monday 2:30 – 1:30  People and Places from the Past with Kate Dudding and Alan McClintock at the Edward C. Swartz Southern Tier Senior Center..  (518) 732-0879 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com Free


April 20 Monday 6:30 – 7:30 pm  Tales That Spring to Life Fran Combs Berger and Dee Wind

Little Red Schoolhouse, Coeymans Hollow

 (518) 756-2053www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com Free

 

April 21 Tuesday 6:30-7:30 pm Spring in the Air -- Stories Everywhere
Kent Busman and Nancy Marie Payne. Berne Town Park

(518) 658-2231 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com Free

 

April 21 Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm Tales That Spring to Life Fran Combs Berger and Dee Wind

Woo d Park Senior Center Sponsor (518) 686-9401www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com Free

 

April 22 Wednesday 6:30-7:30 pm Spring in the Air -- Stories Everywhere
Kent Busman and Nancy Marie Payne Westerlo Reformed Church Hall  (518) 797-3415
www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com Free

 

April 22 Wednesday 7:00-8:00 pm Stories from Near and Far Kate Dudding and Alan McClintock Stephentown Memorial Library (518) 733-5750 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com Free

 

April 23 Thursday 6:30-8:00 pm Family performance Our Favorite Stories with the featured Tellers of the Riverway Storytelling Festival East Greenbush Community Library (518) 477-7476
NOTE: While this is a free concert, the seating is limited and tickets are required. Some tickets may be available that night. Please call the library, (518) 477-7476 ext. 6, for more information. www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com

April 24 Friday 7:00-8:00 pm Things That Go Bump in the Night with the Featured Tellers of the Riverway Storytelling Festival  at Guilderland Public Library (518) 456-2400
NOTE: While this is a free concert, the seating is limited and tickets are required. Some tickets may be available that night. Please call the library, 456-2400 ext. 41, for more information. www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com

 

April 25 Saturday 11:15 – 12:15 Passport to Adventure: World Stories for Families.  Come hear some of the finest storytellers in our region! At the Albany Public Library Main Branch (518) 427-4319 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com Free.

April 25 Saturday 1:00 – 1:45 pm Fresh Voices: Stories with Attitude.  Young storytellers
from Cohoes showcase their abilities at the Albany Public Library Main Branch (518) 427-4319 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com Free.

 

April 25 Saturday 7:00 – 8:00 pm Stories that Make you Giggle and Grin with the Featured Tellers of the Riverway Storytelling Festival  at Bush Memorial Center Russell Sage College

NOTE: While this is a free concert, the seating is limited and tickets are required. Some tickets may be available that night. Please call (518) 274-7071 for more information. www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com

 

May 3 Sunday -- “Every Day is Earth Day,” Schenectady County Community College. Times TBA.

 

Adult Programs

 

March  28 Saturday --  Word Plays in The Gallery at Proctors
                    Just Deserts with Becky Holder, Jeannine Laverty and Susan Fantl Spivack
                            7:30-9:30 pm  432 State Street, Schenectady, NY
$16 per person. To purchase tickets, go to <
https://tickets.proctors.org/TheatreManager/online?btnSelectEvent&PB_SEQ=6098>Proctor's web site, or visit the Box Office at Proctors, or call them at (518) 346-6204.
go to <
http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/wp%20jan-may%202009%20%201%20coupon.pdf> for a $5 discount coupon, redeemable only Proctors Box Office
No story--or life--is without the grace and the weird luck of getting more--or the chagrin of getting less--than we think we deserve. Sometimes we shake our heads in relief, sometimes we smirk with sweet revenge, and sometimes we are just plain satisfied, Sue and Becky and Jeannine will tell stories that trace life's wondrous course.
Becky Holder ‘s repertoire encompasses world tales, literary stories and personal memoir. Becky is a member of SweetLand Storytellers, an ensemble which brings the art of storytelling to adult and high school audiences.
Jeannine Laverty’s school residencies and museum performances have been awarded funding from the NYS Council on the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, and the National Institute for the Humanities. In 1999 she received the Leadership Award for the Northeast Region from the National Storytelling Network.
Susan Fantl Spivack, tells traditional stories from many cultures, literary tales, oral histories and her own stories to audiences of all ages. With SweetLand Storytellers, she brings "Voices of the Vietnam War," a program of oral histories to adult and high school audiences. Free parking in the Metroplex Parking Garage, 220 Broadway, near the bakery Villa Italia.
Next Word Play: Saturday May 9  Satisfaction with Siri Allison and Kate Dudding


April 19 Sunday 5:00 -8:00 p.m.  --  Story Sunday at The Glen Sanders Mansion Birds, Bread and Blessings: Hasidic Tales of Wisdom and Joy  with nationally renowned storyteller Doug Lipman                       The Glen Sanders Mansion
With story and song, master storyteller Doug Lipman weaves the lives and lessons of rabbis from the Jewish mystical traditionThe Boston Globe called The Soul of Hope<
http://soulofhope.net/>, Lipman's two-act Jewish mystical adventure story "a spiritual epic packed with humor, joy, and pathos." Doug Lipman has twice been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee. He has also performed at Pete Seeger's Clearwater Hudson River Revival and at the Smithsonian Museum of American History. The Boston Globe wrote "to hear Doug Lipman...is to want to learn to tell stories yourself." Story Sundays,  a storytelling dinner series for adults, is in its tenth season at The Glen Sanders Mansion. Over 5,000 people (family and friends, club members, people celebrating birthdays or anniversaries, etc.) have enjoyed our special banquets which combine splendid stories with fabulous food. Four courses of story are interwoven with three courses of food.
Entree Choices:  Sesame Beef and Broccoli;  Teriyaki Boneless Chicken;  or Vegetable Stir Fry.
Admission is $30 per person, or $27 for Story Sundays newcomers, including meal, entertainment, tax and tip.
Reservations: (518) 384-1700. When reserving, please specify how many of each entrée are needed for your group.
Next Story Sunday: May 3 -- He-roes, She-roes, and Tricksters! with internationally renowned storyteller Michael Parent

 

April 24 Friday 8:30 – 10:00 pm Tales to Take You to the Edge with the Featured Tellers of the 2009 Riverway Storytelling Festival. Guilderland Public Library (518) 456-2400 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com
NOTE: While this is a free concert, the seating is limited and tickets are required. Some tickets may be available that night. Please call the library, 456-2400 ext. 41, for more information.

 

April 25 Saturday 8:30 – 10:00 pm You Might as well Laugh: Comical Tales for Grown-ups with the Featured Tellers of the Riverway Storytelling Festival  at Bush Memorial Center Russell Sage College

NOTE: While this is a free concert, the seating is limited and tickets are required. Some tickets may be available that night. Please call (518) 274-7071 for more information. www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com

 

Opportunities for Tellers

April 25 Saturday 2:00 – 2:45 pm Story Swaps – Where anyone can tell (but not read) a story.  This is a good opportunity to tell unpolished tales.  Length: under 7 minutes.  This is  at the Albany Public Library Main Branch (518) 427-4319 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com

 

Workshops and Classes for Storytellers

 

April 1 through May 13 Wednesdays 6:30-8:30 pm at Hudson Valley Community College  - Telling Traditional and Family StoriesLearn techniques necessary to be at ease and bring a story to life.  The instructors will demonstrate proper breathing techniques, facial expressions, blocking, and hand and body movement skills.
You will also discuss story sources; learn what makes a story good to tell and how to learn it.  Whether you aspire to perform or simply want to feed your creative juices for your own pleasure, this workshop is for you. No Class on April 8.  $95.00 Call HVCC at 629-7339 to register.


April 16, 2009 – April 19, 2009 Each year Marni Gillard  brings Storyteller/Coach Doug Lipman to her home in Schenectady for an intensive weekend workshop. Beginners and experienced tellers work together and learn both how to improve our work and how to find the kind of supportive helpers that keep us from feeling isolated in our artistry in the future.
Thursday evening (7 p.m.) - Sunday (2:30 p.m.)
Thursday there is an optional soup/salad dinner at 6.
Sunday April 19 Doug is performing at the Glen Sanders Story Sunday Dinner Series from 5-8 ($30).

COST FOR WORKSHOP: $497for 3 sessions of individual coaching, 7 sessions of watching others be coached, and several mini-lectures on topics from how artistic work equals political work to how to find support for your artistic growth year round. $50 deposit holds your spot. The weekend is limited to 8. If you can¹t come, it will be refunded once the weekend is full. Any returnee to one of Doug¹s long workshops, here or elsewhere, gets an additional $30 returnee discount ($367)

 

April 24, Friday 1:00 - 4:00 pm. Workshop: The Whole Story: Using Imagination to Animate the Tale with Carol Birch  at the Guilderland Public Library (518) 456-2400 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com $25.

 

April 25 Saturday 9:30 – 11:00 am. Workshop: Storytelling 101 with Mitch Capel at the Albany Public Library Main Branch (518) 427-4319 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com $20 adults/$10 students.

 

April 25 Saturday 9:30 – 11:00 am. Workshop: Taking Stories Beyond: Part 1 with Peninnah Schram at the Albany Public Library Main Branch (518) 427-4319 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com $20.

 

April 25 Saturday 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Workshop: Using Humor in Personal Stories with Andy Offutt Irwin at the Albany Public Library Main Branch (518) 427-4319 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com $20 adults/$10 students.

 

April 25 Saturday 3:00 – 4:30 pm. Workshop: Taking Stories Beyond: Part 2 with Peninnah Schram at the Albany Public Library Main Branch (518) 427-4319 www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.com $20.

 

July 24 – July 26 Friday dinner through Sunday lunch - mark your calendars – Don’t miss the Pyramid Lake Storytelling Weekend. Fun workshops on various topics, a story swap, and a campfire concert by teachers Marni Gillard, Kevin Brooks and Laura Packer. Best of all is the beautiful lake, free kayaks and canoes. The food is plentiful and the friendships warm. Welcoming to men, women and young people who want to learn more about storytelling. Young teens have participated the last few years.  $120 for everything! Contact pyramidlife.org to register. Contact marnigillard@earthlink.net with questions.

Fund Raiser

April 2 Thursday, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Wine & Chocolate: Stories of Decadence, Blarney and Mirth
A Benefit for SACC TV-16 and Story Circle at Proctors Wright Family Atrium at Proctors 432 State Street, Schenectady with Storytellers Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Jeannine Laverty and Joe Peck.
Enjoy sampling estate wines from Frontenac Point Vineyard and Winery (
frontenacpoint.com) of Trumansburg, NY as well as wines from Freeman’s Bridge Wine & Liquor. You can also indulge in brownies from Moon & River Café and assorted cheeses and chocolate covered fruit. Best of all, you'll be able to hear stories by Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Jeannine Laverty and Joe Peck from Story Circle at Proctors – one of the first resident storytelling companies in a US performing arts center. Tickets: $30/person, $50/couple
Pay on-line or send your check (to SACC TV-16) to SACC TV-16, 115 N. Broadway, Schenectady, NY 12305 (518) 346-3181
www.sacctv.org www.storycircleatproctors.org


 See You Next Time!

 

 

 

 

 

 

All meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday and 6:15 – 9:00 on the 3rd Wednesday of the month alternating between Tuesdays in odd numbered months at the William K. Sanford Library and Wednesdays in even numbered months at the Guilderland Public Library.

DIRECTIONS: The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, 1/2 mile west of Rte. 155 on the south side of Western Avenue. (April 8: This is NOT a type-o!!)

The William K. Sanford Library is located at 629 Albany Shaker Road, just off Northway Exit 4, and 1/4 mile east of the intersection of Wolf Road and Albany Shaker Road on the left side.  (May 19)

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