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April – May  2012

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

 

Everything becomes a little different

as soon as it is spoken out loud.

                                                                              ~ Hermann Hesse

Story Circle Business News

 

Meetings – Open to the Public - from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the William K. Sanford Public Library (Colonie) and from 6:15 to 9:00 p.m. at the Pine Hills Library- small meeting room. At Pine Hills, we will have a topic for panel/roundtable discussion. 

Upcoming Meetings:  Wednesday April 18 at the Pine Hills Library at 6:00 pm & Tuesday May 15 at Colonie at 7:00 pm.

Meeting Notes: February 15 Meeting facilitator Kate Dudding  
Stories told:
Bonnie Mion--Palmer's Decision--original research
Adam Hoffman--The Walls of Asgard--Norse myth
Dave Ross--Tom Quick--from "Tall Tales of the Catskills"
Joe Doolittle--Wynkoop--historical
Nancy Payne--Wangari Maathri--historical
Listeners:
Eric Randall and Sandy Schuman
The roundtable focused on creating personal stories. Here are some books on this subject:

Donald Davis has a small book on family stories: Telling Your Own Stories, August House Publishers, Inc., 1993, (800) 284-8784, ISBN 0-87483-235-7. $10.00.
David Holt and Bill Mooney's storytelling guide book has some chapters on personal stories: The Storyteller's Guide, August House Publishers, Inc., 1993, (800) 284-8784, ISBN 0-87483-482-1, $23.95.
Jack Maguire’s book is full of exercises, from finding stories through telling stories: The Power of Personal Storytelling, Penguin Putnam, Inc., 1998,
http://www.penguinputnam.com, ISBN 0-87477-930-8, $16.95. Stories Told:

Meeting Notes: March 20
Joe Doolittle reports that the meeting was a rich mix of stories, and a productive “pre-meeting on ’12 Tellabration.” Stay tuned. One point of conversation was on what is OK to “make up”.



Did you Know?

2012 dues are DUE! And still a bargain at $10.00 per year.

Please use the form on Page 8.

 

Story Circle Meeting 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

Every Week - The LANES Teller-Phone - Call 617-499-966. A new three-minute story every week starting on Mondays.

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

Eighth Step Open Mic First Thursdays 7-9:30 at Proctors in Robb Alley - All welcome.

Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area – http://www.interfaithstory.org/events.shtml Contact Anne Snyder for upcoming meetings. Anneveronica50@hotmail.com

Children at the Well (CATW): April 22 Sunday 2:00 pm at Steamer No. 10 Theater.  500 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203. (518) 438-5503, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim students will tell stories from their faith traditions.  http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml. Find them on Facebook! For more information: 518-785-7842, paulabweiss@gmail.com

Story by Story is our weekly TV show on Channel 16 in Schenectady County on Open Stage Media tune in on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. or Thursday at 9:00 a.m. In most other counties in the Capital District on Channel 18 through Time Warner Cable tune in on the first Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/story-by-story.shtml Free

OPEN MIC in Saratoga Monday April 11 at Woodlawn Commons 156 Lawrence St. 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. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/sc/Open%20Mics.shtml Free

OPEN MIC in Saratoga Monday May 14 at Caffé Lena.  With Featured Teller Ken Busman. Signups to tell stories at 6:45 p.m. Stories begin at 7:00 pm.  47 Phila Street Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022.  http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/sc/Open%20Mics.shtml  Free

 

Family Programs

April 13 Friday 6:30 pm “Rhythms for RISSE: A World Music Concert and Silent Auction”. RISSE, the Refugee and Immigrant Support Services of Emmaus, is a local nonprofit organization to refugees and immigrants make the transition into life in the US. RISSE offers an after-school program for refugee children, English classes for adults, an English-intensive summer program, and other occasional services. “Rhythms for RISSE” will kick off at 6:30 PM with a silent auction At 7 PM a world music concert will begin, featuring music from Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Performers will include Saint Rose music students, local community musicians, and student storytellers from “Children at the Well”. The night will conclude with a dessert reception in the lobby.“Rhythms for RISSE” will the take place at Saint Rose in the Massry Center for the Arts, 1002 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY 12203. Tickets are $5 for students, $10 general admission (suggested donation), and may be purchased in advance or at the door. For more information on the event, to reserve tickets, or to learn how to volunteer at RISSE, please contact Carolyn at vista@strose.edu or by phone: 518-458-5318.

April 16 April 21 Riverway Storytelling Festival - We're coming up on ten years of stories here in the Capital Region through Riverway Storytelling Festival! Our 10th annual Riverway. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org Free

April 16 Monday 6:30 – 7:30 pm “Fools, Fairies and Folktaleswith Kent Busman and Muriel Horowitz at the Everett Wagar Senior Center, Grafton.  Sponsored by the Grafton Community Library. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org Free (518) 279-0580

April 18 Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm “Tales by the River” Maple Hill Storytellers at the Castleton Public Library. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org Free (518) 732-0879

April 19 Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 pm. “Best Loved Stories” with the Riverway Storytelling Festival Featured Tellers:  David Novak, Michael Parent, and Valerie Tutson at the Bethlehem Public Library. Sponsored by the Friends of Bethlehem Public Library. (518) 439-9314 Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org Free

April 20 Friday 7:00 – 8:00 pm “Things That Go Bump in the Night” with David Novak, Michael Parent and Valerie Tutson at the Guilderland Public Library.  NOTE: While this is a free performance, 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. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org Free

April 21 Saturday 11:00 am – Noon “Once Upon a Time and a Little Bit More: Stories for Families”
with David Novak and Valerie Tutson  at the East Greenbush Community Library. Sponsored by the Friends of East Greenbush Community Library. NOTE: While this is a free performance, the seating is limited and tickets are required. Some tickets may be available that day. Please call the library, 477-7476 ext. 6, for more information. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org Free

April 21 Saturday 7:00 – 8:00 pm Riverway Storytelling Festival’s 10th Birthday Celebration!

Laughin' Night - Family performance “Stories that Make You Giggle and Grin” with David Novak, Michael Parent and Valerie Tutson at the William K. Sanford Town Library, Colonie NOTE: While this is a free performance, the seating is limited and tickets are required. Some tickets may be available that night. Please call the library, 458-9274, for more information. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org Free

April 22 Sunday 2:00 pm Children at the Well Student Storytellers’ Concert. At Steamer No. 10 Theater.  500 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203. (518) 438-5503, Hindu, Jewish and Muslim students will tell stories from their faith traditions.  http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml. For more information: 518-785-7842, paulabweiss@gmail.com

 

Adult Programs

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April 15 Sunday 5:00 pm Story Sundays at the Glens Sanders Mansion.  Certainties: Other than Death and Taxes with Kate Dudding and Margaret French. Do your taxes early and then come enjoy Kate and Margaret telling stories of the gutsy, klutzy, amazing, hell-raising, resilient human spirit. At Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue Scotia NY 12302.  Menu: Brisket of Beef; Chicken Francaise or Pasta Primavera. $31/person ($28 for first timers) reservations 518-384-1700 sc@katedudding.com

April 16 Monday 1:00 – 2:00 pm “Detours and Speed Bumps: Stories About the Journey of Life” with Fran Combs Berger and Margaret French (518) 861-7239 St. Lucy's Parish Center, Altamont, NY  Sponsored by the Altamont Free Library. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org

April 19 Thursday 12:30 – 1:30 pm “Lives Unfolding Stories About the Human Experience” with Alan McClintock and Nancy Marie Payne. (518) 686-9401 at the Hoosick Falls Senior Service Center Sponsored by Cheney Library (Hoosick Falls). Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org

April 20 Friday 1:00 – 2:00 pm.  “People Who Made a Difference” with Alden (Joe) Doolittle and Kate Dudding (518) 765-2791 at the Voorheesville Public Library. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org

April 20 Friday 8:30 – 10:00 pm “Tales to Take You to the Edge” David Novak, Michael Parent, and Valerie Tutson at the Guilderland Public Library NOTE: While this is a free performance, 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. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org Free

April 21 Saturday 8:30 – 10:00 pm Riverway Storytelling Festival’s 10th Birthday Celebration!

Laughin' Night – “You Might As Well Laugh: Comical Tales for Grown-ups” with David Novak, Michael Parent and Valerie Tutson at the William K. Sanford Town Library, Colonie (518) 458-9274 NOTE: While this is a free performance, the seating is limited and tickets are required. Some tickets may be available that night. Please call the library, 458-9274, for more information. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org Free

May 6 Sunday 2:00 “Inspirations”: Word Plays with Kate Dudding and Gert Johnson Come hear Gert and Kate share moving, touching and uplifting stories from around the world and through time. Our Fifth Season in The Fenimore Gallery.   Do you linger in your car just to hear the end of Garrison Keillor's "The News from Lake Wobegon" or Ira Glass on "This American Life," then Word Plays is for you.  Superb performers tell rarely heard contemporary and traditional stories about being human. Word Plays is an experience shared between the audience and the performer, combining the intensity of a solo performer with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation. Enjoy the art work in The Fenimore Gallery as the exhibitions and the stories change over the course of the year. Wine, beer and soda are available at the cash bar before the show starts and during intermission. After the show, you can meet the performers. The Gallery is on the second floor above the Box Office, accessible by stairs or elevator. $16 Free Parking Look for a $4 OFF COUPON at http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/word-plays.shtml. NEW! GROUP RATE groups of 8 or more pay only $8 per ticket at the Box Office.

 

Workshops and Conferences

 

April 14 Saturday For anyone who likes to journal or needs gentle, specific encouragement for memoir-writing or life storytelling, Maggie Whelan is offering a great one-day workshop. According to Marni Gillard, Maggie has had several of her life-story pieces published. And she's a great teacher. The workshop will be held at the Dominican Retreat & Conference Center 1945 Union ST. (Rt 7), Niskayuna. Call 393-4169 or email dslcny@nycap.rr.com $30 for the one day program. Want a weekend getaway? Connect Maggie's workshop to Awakening Creativity, Sunday April 15 with Claudia Gregiore.

April 18 Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 pm.  Michael Parent will be giving a master class for Story Circle members at Kate Dudding’s home: 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park  (approx. 2 miles from Exit 9 off the Northway)Cost: $10 / SCCD members; Limit: 15 attendees.  Storytelling Troubleshoot This is a workshop for people who are already telling stories. Bring specific storytelling problems or challenges you are facing and Michael will assist you, often with the aid of the assembled group. The more concretely and specifically participants can state the challenges they're facing, the more likely they are to get some truly useful feedback.  For example, to state that "I'm having trouble with audience participation” is not as useful as "When I get children to participate by making animal sounds, I sometimes can't stop them." This workshop is in lieu of our April meeting. It is underwritten by Story Circle membership funds (Michael will be paid $200 from SCCD membership money plus $10 per participant.) Michael is in town as one of the featured tellers at the Riverway Storytelling Festival:  www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org. To reserve your space, send a $10 check, made out to “Story Circle” to: Kate Dudding, 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700.

April 21 Saturday 3;00 – 4:30 pm “I'm Talking, They're Listening, Oh-Oh: Creative Ways to Reduce Anxiety and Enhance Communication” with Michael Parent. Does the idea of standing in front of an audience, all eyes on you, make you start to sweat? Whether you make presentations or tell stories, you can learn to manage your performance anxiety and become a more effective presenter or storyteller.  Using demonstrations and exercises, Michael Parent will help participants learn to overcome difficult performance hurdles through.  For presenters and storytellers of all levels. (518) 458-9274 William K. Sanford Town Library, Colonie. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org $20.00 for Adults and $10.00 for students.

 

 

Tellabration Grants

By Nancy Marie Payne

This year 4 story telling grants have been won by the following libraries: Stephentown, Fonda, Fulton and East Greenbush.

These grants are available through money raised at our Tellebration Event.

If you are on the Story Circle roster of tellers, you may be contacted by one or more of these libraries to conduct a program.

You may only accept this invitation from one of the above libraries.

Each grant is for $200. You may accept this as your fee or contract with the library for a higher fee and/or travel money.

If you have any questions about these grants please direct them to Nancy Marie Payne, nmpmountaintop@juno.com

 Story Circle Financial Report

By Kate Dudding

This is the financial information presented at the January Story Circle meeting.
Good news
We have enough money to offer 5 CSPF grants this year.
Membership money pays for mailings and a workshop with a bit of money left over.
Story Sundays is paying for itself.
Money raised from Patrons donations paying for 85% of our production costs at Proctors so the tellers are getting more money for their hard work and great stories.
The not so good news re: Tellabration
There is dropping attendance (172 in 2009, 160 in 2010, 135 in 2011) which might be because Tellabration is the same each year - humorous stories.
Joe and  Kate think Tellabration needs new ways to make it different so people will think, "Wow-- I really have to come in 2012."

 Checking Acct Balance

$1,814

2008 Tell. Profits remaining

$255

2009 Tell. Profits

$44

2010 Tell. Profits

$199

2011 Tell, Profits

$586.90

total for CSPF grants

$1,084.90

Membership

Income

$573

Expense: Talespinner

206

Expense: Kim Weitkamp

$200

Story Sundays

Income: Publicity grant from Merrill Lynch

$500

Expense: postcards for each SS

457

Checking Acct Balance

$1,886

Income: Patrons

$1,700

KEY:

CSPF

Community Storytelling Program Fund

SS

Story Sunday

Tell.

Tellabration

WP

Word Plays

 

 Tellabration

2011

2010

2009

2008

INCOME

Ads

$450.00

$475.00

$375.00

$400.00

Freewill Refreshment Donations

$53.51

$91.25

$50.00

$0.00

Tix Sales

$906.85

$1,273.40

$1,287.50

$1,725.70

Money from Patrons' donations

$714.00

TOTAL INCOME

$2,124.36

$1,839.65

$1,712.50

$2,125.70

EXPENSES

Postcards

$440.67

$444.16

$406.17

$392.95

Flyers

$0.00

$81.51

$109.43

$184.04

Programs

$149.80

$133.21

$123.26

$101.65

Room Rental

$525.00

$525.00

$525.00

$525.00

Sound

$175.00

$175.00

$175.00

$175.00

House Manager

$140.00

$140.00

$140.00

$140.00

Credit Card processing

$27.15

$28.38

$35.30

$38.30

$2 rebates

$74.00

$80.00

$126.00

$114.00

Misc. postage

$5.84

$3.12

$3.80

$0.00

Refreshments apple juice and water

$0.00

$30.00

$25.00

$0.00

TOTAL EXPENSES

$1,537.46

$1,640.38

$1,668.96

$1,670.94

PROFITS

$586.90

$199.27

$43.54

$454.76

Attendance

135

160

172

171

Tickets sold at door

73

96

New entries in mailing list database

14

14

35

36

New email addresses

17

10

17

16

# of $2 rebates

37

40

63

57

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All meetings are held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm 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 Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library. 

Addresses and DIRECTIONS: (April 18 at 6:00 pm). Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library 517 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 near Allen Street at “the Point”.

(May 15) 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.  7:00 – 9:00 pm.

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