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The Newsletter of the Story Circle of the Capital District

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

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


April 2008 – May 2008 Visit our web site at http://timesunion.com/communities/storycircle


“I have always tried to hide my efforts and wished my works to have

a light joyousness of springtime which never lets anyone suspect

 the labors it has cost me.” Henri Matisse


Story Circle Business News

February 20 – GPL
Louise Koenig –Facilitator for the February 20 meeting writes: ‘The meeting began at 6:30 pm. … Due to this fact, the planned workshop was changed. Each person was given a ,,, name-tag as they arrived. The story they wished to tell was written on a rectangular sheet of paper to vary the order of Story Telling. Members in attendance: … Louise Koenig, Eric Randall, Frank and Dee Wind, Rennie Fountain and Adam Hoffman. First, we began a discussion--on how each person found their way to Story Circle.  Then, there was a discussion of the types of stories each preferred to tell. Information was shared regarding the Word Plays in the Gallery at Proctors and Story Sunday at The Glen Sanders Mansion.  We then discussed the Process for Critical Response.  Stories were told by: Dee Lee Wind, "Bye, Bye

Eric Randall, "The Princess's Hair"

Rennie Fountain, "Some Pig" 

Frank Wind, "Old Before Your Time”

and Adam Hoffman, "The Monkey and the Crocodile", a Folktale from India’.


March 18, 2008Colonie

Bess Arden – Facilitator for the March 18 meeting writes: “We were a group of 7: Bess Arden, Dale Blanchet, Adam Hoffman, Corey White, Kate Dudding, Frank Wind, and Dee Wind. …  story tellers for the evening were Kate Dudding:  "In the Face of Evil", improv/rehearsal; Corey White: "Life as a fire-eater"; Adam Hoffman: "Cats are Queer Articles, Irish Folktales; Dee Wind: "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carol and "Vespers" by A. A. Milne

We all had a serendipity evening of conversation and whimsy about poetry, storytelling, and about our reactions to human and political events that, at times, seem to take over our routine lives.”

Meetings run from 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.


APRIL Meeting at Guilderland Library – Note Date Change:  The meeting will be on Tuesday April 15 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  Topic and Facilitator TBA.

SALS, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, approached Carol Connolly and asked her, on behalf of Story Circle, to act as booking agent for storytelling performances for all their member libraries. In return, SALS would write a check to Story Circle. In January, Carol booked 28 shows for SALS with the Story Circle members who are on the Story Circle Roster. The programs began at the end of March and continue through July. And Story Circle is now $800 richer.

Ongoing Events

OPEN MICS in Saratoga

On the Second Wednesday of each month. 

April 9 – 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 14 at Caffé Lena 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs. 6:45 pm sign ups; 7:00 Storytelling. Phone: 583-0022.


OPEN MIC in Schenectady

April 2 and May 7 First Wednesdays - 6:45 sign ups, 7:00 pm begins storytelling at Proctors: Open Mic.   We will be telling at the small stage in Robb Alley, adjacent to the Muddy Cup Coffee House, just off the main entrance to Proctors.  It is a visible, fun space and provides great exposure for storytelling.  Consider signing up to tell – or to be a Featured Teller in the future!

April 3 Thursday 7-9 pm Youth Interfaith Story Circle Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary (Campus of College of St. Rose) 959 Madison Avenue. Theme: Youth Share Wisdom Tales. Facilitators: Children at the Well Interns. Please join us to hear our interns (Adah Hetko, Ben Russell, Ilyssa Simsek, Sarah Ali and Nimi Jayaraman) who have been coached in the past by Mary and Marni, tell wisdom tales.  The evening belongs to them.  This is their opportunity to run a story circle and ours to be delighted listeners.
In the past we have given them all the time they need to tell and exchange stories on their own, along with any other Children at the Well students who attend.  If they run out of tales, we will then join in. In the past, however, when we have held youth circles, they have never run out of stories!!  Parking is available at the La Salle School, 391 Western Avenue, that evening.  Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary is a quick walk from LaSalle.
Monthly Saturdays - Word Plays  appears monthly in The Gallery at Proctors in
Schenectady; all shows start at 7:30 pm, $15 per person.  The programs showcase regional and nationally known storytellers.  Inappropriate Behavior April 12 with Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Karen Pillsworth.
Naked Hearts
May 10 with Eshu Bumpus and Motoko http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/ 
Tickets are available online: http://www.proctors.org/events

The Adirondack Storytelling Guild  held its first two meetings at the Lake Placid LibraryWe meet to share a storytelling exercise each month and to swap stories and to listen to each other. Anyone interested in the Guild is invited to contact Fran Yardley franstory@gmail.com or Karen Glass at kglass28@kvvi.net for more information

Adult Programs

April 4 Friday, 10:30 a.m. People Who Made a Difference. Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library. Free. Come listen as Kate Dudding shares the stories of a diverse group of people, both old and young, who made a difference during the last hundred years. While you may know of some of these historical events (including World War II, the integration of major league baseball, and the bombing of the Federal Building in Oklahoma City), you probably don't know these stories of people who lived through those events. 475 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065 (518) 371-8622.

April 6 Sunday , 5:00-8:00 p.m. Storytelling Jubilee: A Potpourri of Stories with Betty Cassidy, Louise Koenig, Betty McCanty, Alan McClintock, Leslie Nase and Eric Randall.  Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY. Join six of the region’s storytellers as they share stories from around the world. Entreé Choices:  Sliced Sirloin with a Garlic Gorgonzola Demi Glace, Chicken Francaise with Lemon White Wine Sauce, or Penne Pasta with Grilled Summer Vegetables and Marinara Sauce. Reservations: (518) 384-1700 or sc@katedudding.com Price: $27.00, including dinner. Money Saving Opportunity for Newcomers: (Only one $5 discount per person): Save $5 if you’ve never come to Story Sundays; Save $5 if you bring someone who has never come to Story Sundays.

May 4 Sunday 5:00-8:00 p.m. Transformation Tales: Stories of Changes and Changers with Joseph Bruchac. Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY. As a professional teller of the traditional tales of the Adirondacks and the Native peoples of the Northeastern Woodlands, Joe Bruchac has performed widely in Europe and throughout the United States from Florida to Hawaii and has been featured at such events as the British Storytelling Festival and the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesboro, Tennessee. Entrée Choices:  Sliced London Broil with Hunters Sauce, Chicken Chambord with Balsamic Raspberry Sauce, or Vegetable Stir Fry. Reservations: (518) 384-1700 or sc@katedudding.com Price: $27.00, including dinner. Money Saving Opportunity for Newcomers: (Only one $5 discount per person): Save $5 if you’ve never come to Story Sundays; Save $5 if you bring someone who has never come to Story Sundays.

Family Programs


April 7 Monday 10:00 am Margaret French and Betty Cassidy will be presenting a program of children's stories at the Indian Lake Library Pelon Road, Indian Lake, NY 12842 (518) 648-5444. as part of the SALS program (and as a result of Carol Connelly's hard work!) Free.


April 16 Wednesday 2:00 pm Claire Nolan as Mother Jones at the Guilderland Public Library 2228 Western Avenue. This event is in conjunction with The Big Read.  This year’s book is Edith Wharton’s The Age of Innocence and the theme for the Library’s Big Read events is the Gilded Age.   What will you find when Mother Jones peels away that thin veneer of gilt?  This program is best for children age ten and up.

Free. 456-2400.   http://www.booksite.com/texis/scripts/bookletter/showlist.html?sid=6686&list=CNL19 (see Page 5 of the newsletter) 


April 16 Wednesday 10:30 am at the Greenwich Free Library, Greenwich, NY “Brave Hearts and Bold Adventures” will be presented by Lucinda Joy Robertson, a storyteller from the Story Circle of the Capital District. This program will include audience participation stories, fun songs, and lively storytelling.  148 Main Street  Greenwich  NY 12834  518-692-7157. 


April 18 Friday 11:00 a.m. Squeaks, Shrieks and Squeals: Interactive Stories for Families. Town of Chester Public Library. Free. Join storyteller Kate Dudding in the fun as she shares stories from around the world. There's something for you to do in each story, so please come -- it won't be the same without you. Town of Chester Library,
Chestertown, NY 12817
(518) 494-5384


April 19 Saturday 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.Tales ‘n Tunes will perform at Earth Day at the Mabee Farm, 1080 Main Street Route 5 S Rotterdam Junction, NY 12150. They will present a family program:  “Mother Earth Songs and Stories”.  518-887-5073 or 518-374-0263.

April 20 Sunday 1:30 p.m. Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Hello Earth! It’s Spring” at the Canajoharie Library & Arkell Museum, Canajoharie, NY. Call 518-673-2314 for information.


April 21 – April 27 Monday – Sunday at various times and locations The Riverway Story Telling Festival“Where stories Come Alive” http://www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org/

April  21 Monday 6:30 p.m. Tales ‘n Tunes will be featured tellers at the Lansingburgh Branch of the Troy Public Library,  Troy NY. The family program is part of the Riverway Storytelling Festival. See www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org for details.

April  22 Tuesday 7:00 p.m. Tales ‘n Tunes will be featured tellers at the East Greenbush Community Library., East Greenbush, NY The family program is at and is part of the Riverway Storytelling Festival. See www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org for details.

April 23 Wednesday 6:00 p.m. Tales ‘n Tunes  will be featured tellers at the Cohoes Public Library., Cohoes, NY The family program is part of the Riverway Storytelling Festival. See www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org for details.

April 26 Saturday 11:00  Dee Ellen Lee  was selected to be part of the Riverway Family Concert and she will be telling a story at the Albany Public Library Main Branch: www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org.

April 30 Wednesday 10:00 am Margaret French and Betty Cassidy will be presenting a program of children's stories at
The Easton Library 1074 NYS Route 40  Greenwich  NY 12834-9518  518-692-2253 as part of the SALS program (and as a result of Carol Connelly's hard work!)


May 1 Thursday 10:00 am Margaret French and Betty Cassidy will be presenting a program of children's stories at the Richards Library 6 Elm St, Warrensburg, NY

(518) 623-3011 as part of the SALS program (and as a result of Carol Connelly's hard work!)

Workshops and Classes for Storytellers

Wednesday April 2, 4 - 7 PM Storytalk “To Write with Style” 

A teacher workshop at Proctors with Marni Gillard – open to anyone interested in teaching. Call (518)382-3884 ext.139 or email raskew@proctors.org for more information.
July 18-20 Friday – Sunday.  Pyramid Lake. Come to Storytelling Camp! - It’s a blast!  Marni Gillard, Kevin Brooks, Laura Packer, and Nancy Payne will lead workshops, swaps, and offer a concert of tales around the fire.  Arrival Friday at 5:00. Ends Sunday after lunch. Pyramid Lake is off I 87 at Exit 28 in the Adirondack Mts. near Ticonderoga, NY. The workshop is for beginner & experienced tellers & “big kids” who like to tell and listen.  Just $120 covers your camp bed, homemade food, campfires, and camaraderie.  PRE-REGISTER after 4/08 by going to www.pyramidlife.org. Women may stay for the next week’s Annual Women’s Writing Retreat. See the website for more details. Questions? Ask Marni at 518-381-9474 or  marnigillard@earthlink.net



Opportunities for Storytellers


The Community Storytelling Grant Fund, which underwrites storytelling programs in the Capital Region using profits from Tellabration, has recently awarded seven grants to area libraries. Carol Connolly, the Grants Administrator and her committee, composed of Dee Wind and Audrey Seidman, have awarded grants to East Greenbush Library, Canajoharie Library and Arkell Museum, Stillwater Free Library, Town of Chester Library, Pember Library, and Indian Lake Library. The tellers for these programs will be chosen by the libraries from the Story Circle Roster. The programs will take place between April and December. We ask that the storytellers do not contract for more than one of these programs. Make sure that your listing on the Story Circle Roster is up to date!



Among Ourselves


April 14 Monday Frank-Lee Speaking will do a 90 minute workshop at HVCC for students who are planning to go into teaching.

April 24 Thursday Tales ‘n Tunes are featured tellers with performances for school groups at StoryWalk! at the New York State Museum as part of the Riverway Storytelling Festival.  Details at www.riverwaysrorytellingfestival.org

May 11
Sunday Dee Ellen Lee and Sandy Schuman are telling stories for the Mother’s Day Brunch given by the Temple Israel Brotherhood.

May 14 Wednesday 10:30 am, Frank-Lee Speaking will be performing for the Charlton Senior Group in Charlton, NY.


Fran Berger - will be presenting to 11 classroom groups from April 21 through April 23 

at the Bromley East Charter School in Brighton, Colorado.  Fran will be presenting for K-8 students and for two different Montessori groups within the school.  Program focus requests from the teachers include Native Americans, Colonial Times, Revolutionary War, Civil War, Westward Expansion and Colorado History. Needless to say, she is busily preparing!






Advice for Storytellers

Gathered by Story Circle Member Janet Glantz & the Talespinner Editor


 “The teller’s imagination is his most valuable asset.  The story to be told merely is the foundation, the launching pad for that imagination.  Telling mental pictures frees the imagination to soar with the story and to include the listeners as special passengers on the journey.” From “Tell a mind picture” by Robert E. Robinstein


 “Storytelling isn’t about words.  It’s about images, and emotions, and sharing those with your listeners.  The trick to telling a story isn’t knowing every word that is written on the page.  The trick is knowing how the characters feel and why they do what they do—then sharing that knowledge and understanding with your listeners.” From “The Moral of the story” by Bobby and Sherry Norfolk


The pause is an exceedingly important feature in any kind of story, and a frequently recurring feature, too. It is a dainty thing, and delicate, and also uncertain and treacherous; for it must be exactly the right length--no more and no less--or it fails of its purpose and makes trouble. If the pause is too short the impressive point is passed, and [and if too long] the audience have had time to divine that a surprise is intended--and then you can't surprise them, of course.” From “How to tell a story” by Mark Twain,


See You Next Time!


"Just living is not enough" said the butterfly, "one must have sunshine, freedom and a little flower." Hans Christian Andersen


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. (April 15)

APRIL Meeting at Guilderland Library – NOTE Date Change:  The meeting will be on Tuesday April 15 6:00 – 9:00 pm.  Developing Your Storytelling Career round table led by Carol Connolly.


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 20)
















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