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: email@example.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
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
Randall, "The Princess's Hair"
Fountain, "Some Pig"
Wind, "Old Before Your Time”
Adam Hoffman, "The Monkey and the Crocodile", a Folktale from India’.
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
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
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.
MICS in Saratoga
the Second Wednesday of each month.
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.
Caffé Lena 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs. 6:45 pm sign ups; 7:00
MIC in Schenectady
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!
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
Adirondack Storytelling Guild held its first two meetings at the Lake Placid Library. We meet to share a
storytelling exercise each month and to swap stories and to listen to each
interested in the Guild is invited to contact Fran Yardley firstname.lastname@example.org
or Karen Glass at email@example.com
for more information
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
Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY 12065 (518) 371-8622.
, 5:00-8:00 p.m. Storytelling
Betty Cassidy, Louise Koenig, Betty McCanty, Alan McClintock, Leslie Nase and
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 email@example.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.
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.
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.
(see Page 5 of the newsletter)
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.
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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!)
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
623-3011 as part of the SALS program (and as a result of Carol Connelly's hard
Workshops and Classes for
Wednesday April 2, 4 - 7 PM Storytalk “To Write with Style”
teacher workshop at Proctors with Marni Gillard – open to anyone
interested in teaching. Call (518)382-3884 ext.139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
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 email@example.com
Opportunities for Storytellers
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
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
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.
will be presenting to 11 classroom groups from April 21 through April
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
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
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!
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.
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
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.
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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