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April – May 2010

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

 

A word is dead when it is said, some say.

I say it just begins to live that day.

                                                         - Emily Dickenson

 

Story Circle Business News

           

Meetings 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. are at the William K. Sanford Public Library (Colonie) 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 21 at GPL CANCELLED due to Riverway Storytelling Festival!  Go to: http://www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org

May 18 at Colonie. Facilitator: TBD

Meeting Notes: February 17, 2010 Story Circle Meeting Facilitator and Presenter Marni Gillard Roundtable Discussion at 6:00 pm: "Manifesting - Exploring the Power of Our Imagining and our Belief as We Grow our Storytelling Work”

Stories Told:

Louise Koenig – “It’s a Small World After All” - Original

Claire Nolan – “Snake Bite” - Original

Adam Hoffman  – “Tazonne” – from The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Fold Tales

Marni Gillard – “The Blossoming Cherry Tree” – from One Hand Clapping

Nancy Payne – “Goha in the Garden”

Meeting Notes: March 16, 2010 Story Circle Meeting: Facilitator Nancy Payne

Stories Told:

Tales & Tunes with Carol Connolly and Don Darmer - The Mouse Trap -  author unknown
Louise Koenig -  
It's a Small World After All -  Personal
Nancy M Payne -  The
Giants' Causeway - Traditional Celtic tale

Kate Dudding -   I Am What I Am -  Original
Maggie Whelan - Horses Head - Personal
Adam Hoffman - The Ash Lad and the Troll - Norwegian
Folk Tale

Listeners: Eileen Egan Mack, Joseph Van Camp, Carol Van Camp and Ruth Bunch

 

Did you Know?

Dues are STILL a bargain at $10.00 per year. 

Please use the form on Page 8.

 

Cancellation Policy: 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. The facilitator may consult with Carol Connolly or Kate Dudding. If the facilitator decides to cancel a meeting: 1) Send out an e-mail message via the Story Circle listserv (or ask Carol Connolly or Kate Dudding to do it) and 2) Notify the library.
Story Circle members who are planning to attend a meeting may call or e-mail 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 (CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml.  Find them on Facebook!
OPEN MIC in Saratoga – Signups to tell stories at 6:45 p.m. Stories begin at 7:00 pm. 

April 12 Monday at Caffé  Lena.  47 Phila Street Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022. Jeannine Laverty: featured teller.  May 12 Wednesday Sign-ups at 6:45; telling from 7 until 9 pm. Weekly Open Mic at Woodlawn Commons. Free.   Directions to Woodlawn Commons: 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 and turn in.  Woodlawn is the big yellow building straight ahead. (156 Lawrence St.)
Adirondack Storytelling Guild – Contact Fran Yardley 
franstory@gmail.com.

Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area http://www.interfaithstory.org/events.shtml
Caffé Lena Weekly Open Mic – 7:00 pm. 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022. 
Held every Thursday and open to all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. The producers warmly welcome whatever you have to offer.
Performer registration from 7 to 7:25 PM. Performances start at 7:30. No telephone registration permitted. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. 

Albany Open Mic - Dates and Location TBD - 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 19 – 25 2010 Riverway Storytelling Festival.  Various venues and times.  Watch http://www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org/ for more information! Join the Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=228939478386&ref=ts

April 19 Monday 6:30 -  7:30 pm “Hold the Mayo!”Songs & Stories about the stuff we eat.” With Mary Murphy and Tales n’ Tunes at Grafton Elementary School 13 Babcock Rd, Cropseyville, NY, 12052. Call for directions (518) 279-0580. Free

April 19 Monday 6:30 - 7:30 pmFun and Foolishness” with Peggy Cimino and Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi at the Watervliet Public Library 1501 Broadway Watervliet, New York  12189-2895. Call for directions 274-4471. Free

April 20 Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 pmFun and Foolishness” with Peggy Cimino and Karen Pillsworth at the Valley Falls Community Center. Call for directions (518) 753-4230. Free

April 21 Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm “Story Stew” with Karen Pillsworth and Tales'n'Tunes at the

Rensselaer Public Library. Call for directions (518) 462-1193. Free.

April 22 Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 pm  “Our Favorite Stories” with Charlotte Blake Alston, Willy Claflin, Donald Davis, Cindy Rivka Marshall and Liz Weir at the East Greenbush Community Library. Call for directions (518) 477-7476. Free. 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.

April 23 Friday 7:00 – 8:00 pm ”Things That Go Bump in the Night” with Charlotte Blake Alston, Willy Claflin, Donald Davis, and Liz Weir at the Guilderland Public Library. Call for directions. (518) 456-2400. Free. 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 24 Saturday 12:45 – 1:30 pm ”Fresh Voices: Stories with Attitude”. Young storytellers who have studied with master tellers showcase their abilities. William K. Stanford Town Library, Colonie. Call for directions (518) 458-9274. Free

April 24 Saturday 1:45 – 2:45 pm “Passport to Adventure”. Out of many excellent entries, these tellers and their stories were chosen to bring the best of the Northeast storytelling world to your family right here in Colonie. William K. Stanford Town Library, Colonie. Call for directions (518) 458-9274. Free

April 24 Saturday 2:00 – 3:00 pm “Once Upon a Time and a Little Bit More: Stories for Families” with Charlotte Blake Alston and Cindy Rivka Marshall  at the Albany Public Library: John A. Howe Branch. Call for directions.  (518) 427-4310. Free

April 24 Saturday 3:00 – 4:00 pm “World Stories for Families” with Willy Claflin and Liz Weir at the William K. Stanford Town Library, Colonie. Call for directions (518) 458-9274. Free.

April 24 Saturday 7:00 – 8:00 pm “Stories that Make You Giggle and Grin” with Charlotte Blake Alston, Willy Claflin, Donald Davis, and Liz Weir at the Bush Memorial Center, Troy. Call for directions (518) 274-7071. Free. NOTE: While these are free performances at 7:00 and 8:30 pm, the seating is limited and tickets are required. Some tickets may be available that night. Please call the library, 274-7071, for more information.

April 25 Sunday 2:00 – 3:30 pm.  “Stories Alive!”  Riverway Storytelling Festival Finale
with Charlotte Blake Alston, Willy Claflin, Donald Davis, and Liz Weir at Bethlehem Public Library. Call for directions. (518) 439-9314.

Adult Programs

April 11 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sundays “Native American Stories” with Jesse and Joseph Bruchac.  Father and son Joseph and Jesse Bruchac will share stories and songs from their Abenaki heritage.  Jesse is musician whose specialty is the native flute, he is the founder of the Dawn Land At the Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue Scotia NY.  For reservations, call 518 384-1700 or contact kate@StoryCircleAtProctors.org. Menu: Roasted Turkey with sweet potatoes and seasonal vegetables; Baked Scrod with wild rice and seasonal vegetables; Vegetable Napoleon.

$30.00 includes entertainment, dinner, tax and tip.

April 19 Sunday 2:00 pm.”Bumps in the Road” with Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Karen Pillsworth.  Performance in the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors Theater. Lessons we've learned along the way. Some of life's most interesting lessons are discovered by accident. Come hear stories of mothers and daughters, sons and husbands, and a plethora of cousins who have helped shape their lives. You are in for an afternoon of humorous and heart-warming tales. Proctors Theater 432 State Street Schenectady NY Box Office (518) 346-6204. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/ $16.

April 19 – 25 2010 Riverway Storytelling Festival.  Various venues and times.  Watch http://www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org/ for more information! Join the Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=228939478386&ref=ts

April 20 Tuesday 11:00- Noon “It's a Wonderful Life” with Mary Murphy and Joe Peck  at the Troy Senior Center. Call for directions (518) 274-7071. Free

April 21 Wednesday 1:00 – 2:00 pm “It's a Wonderful Life” with Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Joe Peck at the Voorheesville Public Library. Call for directions (518) 765-2791. Free.

April 21 Wednesday 11 a.m. (lunch fixings provided after rehearsal)
April 27 Tuesday 11 (lunch)
April 29 Thursday 11 a.m. (lunch)
April 30 Friday afternoon 3 p.m. (snack
)

Marni Gillard invites you to open rehearsals at her home as she prepares for The Granuaile (Grania O’Malley) show.  The performance is on May 1 (see below). Email marnigillard@earthlink.net or call 518-381-9474 and leave a message to reserve a date you would be willing to COMMIT to coming to hear her rehearse the entire show. Marni lives in the UPPER Union St. area of Schenectady. She’ll provide address and directions when you make your reservation. The size of the group is limited. All you have to do is listen, but afterwards, she will direct the kind of feedback she is looking for – APPRECIATIONS where the story rings true and QUESTIONS (vs. suggestions) about where you’d like to know more or didn’t understand.

April 23 Friday 8:30 – 10:00 pm ”Tales to Take you to the Edge” with Charlotte Blake Alston, Willy Claflin, Donald Davis, and Liz Weir at the Guilderland Public Library. Call for directions. (518) 456-2400. Free

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 24 Saturday 8:30 – 10:00 pm “You Might As Well Laugh: Comical Tales for Grown-ups”
with Charlotte Blake Alston, Willy Claflin, Donald Davis, and Liz Weir at the Bush Memorial Center, Troy. Call for directions (518) 274-7071. Free. NOTE: While these are free performances at 7:00 and 8:30 pm, the seating is limited and tickets are required. Some tickets may be available that night. Please call the library, 274-7071, for more information.

May 1 Saturday  7:30 pm. Come see Marni Gillard in “Granuaile: A Notorious Woman: The True Story of Grace O’Malley, Ireland’s Pirate Queen” with original music by Tom O’Hare at the First Reformed Church in the Historic Stockade, Corner Union & Church.  Reservations: 384-1700

June 12 Saturday 1:00 – 4:00 pm -- "Stories from the Porch" Storytelling Festival at the historic John Burroughs Woodchuck Lodge, Roxbury, NY. For more info: 607.326.2978.

 

Workshops for Storytellers

 

April 11 – 13 Sunday - Tuesday “Building Peace Together” A groundbreaking moment in the global interfaith movement, 2010 Interfaith Understanding Conference combines the experience and wisdom of one generation with the vitality and hope of the next. At Nazareth College in Rochester. Highlights:  4/11 - "The Art of Dialogue: Interfaith Dialogue Across the Generations";

4/11 - "The Divine Feminine: The Foundation of the Abrahamic World";

4/12 - "Acts of Faith: Interfaith Leadership in a Time of Global Religious Crisis" and
"How Water is the New Salt: An Interfaith Language for our Time" & "Gandhi Interfaith Approach to Non-violence and Peace-making", (spiritual practices: meditation, yoga, dance, music).

and 4/12 "From Religious Extremism to Interfaith Dialogue”. To register on-line or for more information:  https://interfaith2010.naz.edu/schedule/. Nazareth College Center for Interfaith Studies & Dialogue; 4245 East Avenue; Rochester, New York 14618 E-mail: 2010iuc@naz.edu Telephone: 585.389.2955

April 19 – 25 2010 Riverway Storytelling Festival.  Various venues and times.  Watch http://www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org/ for more information! Join the Facebook Page:

http://www.facebook.com/#/group.php?gid=228939478386&ref=ts

April 23 Friday 1:30 – 3:30 pm  “Bringing Stories to Life in Your Storytime or Classroom with Puppetry” with Willy Claflin.  Register at the Riverway Storytelling Festival.  http://www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org. Workshop held at the Guilderland Public Library. Call for directions (518) 456-2400. $30.00

April 24 Saturday 9:30 am - noon “Exploring the Attic of Family Memory” Workshop for Adults with Donald Davis.  Register at the Riverway Storytelling Festival. http://www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org.  Workshop held at the William K. Stanford Town Library, Colonie. Call for directions (518) 456-2400. $30.00.

April 24 Saturday 9:30 – 11:00 am “Rhythm This and Melody That”. Workshop for Students and Adults with Charlotte Blake Alston. Register at the Riverway Storytelling Festival. http://www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org.  Workshop held at the William K. Stanford Town Library, Colonie. Call for directions (518) 456-2400. $20.00 adults/$10.00 Students.

May 28 – May 31 Friday - Monday T.I.D.E. Teenage Interfaith Diversity Education Wave of Change Conference. Cost is $250 per person including: dorm room accommodations; all meals (Friday dinner - Monday lunch); snacks; and conference materials. Linen service is available for an additional $20. Cost is $130 per person if you are not staying overnight.  Register and pay on-line, at  www.ifaction.org.  Adult track for those working with teens: training in IFA methodology, sharing best practices, and participat-ing in teen-run workshops. Time for religious observance and space for prayer will be available. Please let us know your dietary needs when you register on-line. Scholarships are available—contact Janet Penn, IFA Executive Director, directly, Janet@ifaction.org.  Questions? Please contact Jason Smith, IFA Youth Leadership Program Director, Jason@ifaction.org, or by phone at 781.784.0651.

 

 

 

. Opportunities for Tellers

April 24 Saturday 11:15 – 12:00 noon “Story Swaps”. Anyone can tell a story (but not read a story). Feel free to tell unpolished tales. Length of stories: under 7 minutes. At the

William K. Stanford Town Library, Colonie. Call for directions. (518) 458-9274. Free

 

Among Ourselves

Twice a month since January, Dee and Frank Wind of Frank –Lee Speaking have been conducting a storytelling workshop for seniors at Beechwood in Troy.  They will continue the workshop once a month until further notice.  They are also performing 30 minutes of storytelling at 10 am on March 24th on WRPI.
Frank and Dee performed for the Milton Terrace North Elementary School to help kick off their PARP program on Friday, March 5th.
And finally, they presented storytelling for a first grade class at Westmere Elementary School on Monday, March 22nd.
Looking forward, Dee and Frank will be telling stories at Geneseo College on Saturday April 3rd at 4:00 pm.

Marni Gillard is proud to announce that son Brian Schwartz of Somerville, MA who has attended storytelling swaps and conferences all his life, has now created a business with story-sharing as its core. He is currently accepting clients for both phone and in-person consultation at
Realizing Your Vision. Using the art of eliciting and offering stories, Brian provides coaching on networking through professional and personal online sites, healing personal relationships, and achieving your as-yet-unfulfilled dreams and visions. Brian has a Masters in Intercultural Relations. He has been a recovery support specialist with MA North Suffolk County, a national field organizer for the Obama campaign, an adjunct professor at Lesley University in Cambridge and the Community Life Coordinator for Williams College, MA. Check out his website at www.realizingyourvision.wordpress.com or contact Brian at 617-645-8530.

 

Looking Ahead

 

Jul 23 – 25 Friday – Sunday $130.00 (for everything!) Storytelling Weekend at the Pyramid Life Center.  A gathering to give experienced and beginning storytellers the opportunity to explore ancient tales and the stories within. The weekend will include workshops, coaching, a concert and story swaps. Teen tellers are welcome. Presenters: Kevin Brooks, Marni Gillard, Laura Packer and Nancy Payne http://www.pyramidlife.org/programs/.  Pyramid Life Center, Paradox NY, 12858 call 518.585.7545

 

                                  See You Next Time

 

All meetings are held from 7 to 9 p.m. on the 3rd Tuesday or 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. (NO Meeting on April 21).

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 18)

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