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August 2009 – September 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


“By all these lovely tokens

September days are here,

 With summer's best of weather

And autumn's best of cheer.
Helen Hunt Jackson


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: August 19 at GPL and

September 15 at 5:30 pm SCCD Annual Anniversary Dinner Meeting. Nottingham Chop House 112 Wolf Road, Colonie. Pub fare menu: Soups, salads and sandwiches range in price from

$7 - $12.  The regular menu starts at about $18.00.  Tuesday features a $16.00 special. Vegetarian choices available.


Story Circle Meeting:  Wednesday June 17

Facilitator: Bess Arden.  Bess gave a presentation about storytelling for people with disabilities. She provided information about considerations for presenting to listeners with different types of disabilities; she also introduced resources for ideas, themes, methods and best practices.

Stories told:  Kate Dudding  "Lion on the Path" African  story




Story Circle Meeting:  Tuesday July 21, Colonie Library 

FacilitatorBetty Cassidy

Stories told:

   Nancy Payne:    "Ticonderoga", a Joe Bruchac story

               Claire Beetlestone:   "Mario"   personal story 

               Kate Dudding:      "Friendship"  personal story 

               Janet Glantz        "One Spared to the Sea"     by William T. Cutts 

               Adam Hoffman     "The  Princess Who Never SmiledRussian fairy tale 

               Betty Cassidy      "The Edge of the World"    British folk tale 

      Stories were followed by a discussion of upcoming events.  Meeting ended at 8:55 


Patsy Patrick announced at the March meeting 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: 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. They can consult with Carol Connolly or Kate Dudding if they wish to. If the facilitator decides to cancel a meeting, they must:1) Send out an email message via Story Circle listserv (or ask Carol Connolly or Kate Dudding to do it)

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: Is on vacation for the Summer -  Interfaith Youth Storytelling http://www.childrenatthewell.org/ .

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

Look for us again in September


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


Interfaith Story Circle – Is on vacation for the Summer!


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


July 29 Wednesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm Stories of the Adirondack Forest and Trails with
Karen Glass,
www.KarenGlassLive.com  See May 29 (above) for more information about Summer Storytelling Vespers at AfPA.  www.StoryCircleatProctors.org. Freewill donation and/or new Association Membership. www.protectadks.org (518) 377-1452 or email aldenjoe@att.net call (518) 784-1700
July 29 Wednesday 2:30 pm-- Tales ‘n Tunes will entertain with “Rock ‘n Read” at Beauchamp Branch Library,  Syracuse, NY.  Phone: (315) 435-3395.
July 30 Thursday 2:30 pm -- Tales ‘n Tunes will present “Rock ‘n Read” at Mundy Branch Library, Syracuse, NY  Phone: (315) 435-3797
August 3  Monday 7:00 pm --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Rock ‘n Read” at the LaGrange Association Library, Poughkeepsie, NY. Call
August 19 Wedensday noon --Tales ‘n Tunes will entertain at Collar City Live!--Riverfront Park in Troy, NY. Free.
August 27 Thursday  6:00 pm --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform at the Andes Public Library, Andes, NY. Free. (845) 676-3333.

September 5 Saturday 6:30 pm Claire Nolan Campfire Stories at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.  87 Nature Center Way.  Stories are Free; S’mores are $1.00! 872-0800.

September 6 Sunday 1:30 p.m --Tales 'n Tunes--“A Bit ‘o Blarney” at the Hooley on the Hudson, at the Rondout, Kingston, NY. Go to www.ulsteraoh.com

September 25 - 27 Friday – Sunday Three Apples Storytelling Festival.   Bedford, MA http://www.threeapples.org/

September 26 Saturday 4:00 pm - Charlotte Blake Alston - African Stories and music; Earlville Opera House Earlville NY.  Earlville is in Central NY just South of Utica.  It is worth the trip to see the town and the Opera House! http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/content.display/page/home.cfm Tickets for Charlotte’s FREE performance are not available online, please reserve your free tickets at 315-691-3550.                                                                                                                                                  October 2 – 4 Friday – Sunday National Storytelling Festival International Storytelling Center Jonesborough TN 37659. 800-952-8392. http://www.storytellingcenter.com

August and September Saturdays 11:00 – noon – Stories at the Hans Christian Andersen Statue 72nd St. and 5th Avenue New York, NY http://www.storytelling-nyc.org/calendar.html


Adult Programs

August 2 Sunday 6:00 pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Elizabeth Ellis: "Appalachia Always"
Tales and true from the top of the ridge and head of the holler from a once and future Appalachian.
Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street (518) 829-7516

August 9 Sunday 6:00 pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Jackson Gillman – Stand Up Chameleon. Song, comedy, mime and sign language are incorporated into colorful storytelling. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street (518) 829-7516

August16 Sunday 6:00 pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Jennifer Munro “A Family of Characters”.  Funny and touching original stories about growing up in a large family in a small English village.   Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street (518) 829-7516

August 23 Sunday 6:00 pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Carol Birch “Exchange – to Give or Receive” this is a night where an exchange both frames and offers satisfaction in the stories.  Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street (518) 829-7516

August 30 Sunday 6:00 pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling with FrankLee Speaking: “Summer’s Eve Story Sampler” Personal Tales from here and traditional folktales from there – a mix  of the amusing and the inspiring.  Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street (518) 829-7516

Ongoing The Moth StorySlams various locations, NY,NY http://www.themoth.org/storyslams



Workshops and Classes for Storytellers

August 2 Sunday 10:00 am Elizabeth Ellis will offer one hour coaching sessions starting at 10:00 a.m. in the home of Kate Dudding (about 25 minutes north of Albany). The cost is $100 per hour. Elizabeth is a wonderful teacher, sharing valuable information without imposing her own style on her students.  She is also a delightful, warm, funny, generous, determined person.  Please contact Kate as soon as possible.

September 3-7 Thursday – Monday. The Power of Words Conference, Goddard College, Plainfield, VT. Explore how we can use our words written, spoken or sung to make community, deepen healing, and foster empowerment and transformation in wide range of workshops, plus special tracks in Narrative Medicine, Right Livelihood and Social Change. Beautiful setting, reasonable conference fees, room and board available on campus, work-study positions and scholarships available, including the Roxanne-Florence Scholarship for people of color. coordinator@TLANetwork.org, www.TLANetwork.org

October 7, 14, 21, 28 Wednesdays from 7-9 pm Storytelling Your Spiritual Life At the Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main, Albany   Come for the series or sign up for whatever nights work. Non-denominational. All welcome. Although this class is not focused on performing, students  will find potential material for sharing with specific audiences.  Spirit energies are always flowing toward and through us. Some tellers combine song, poetry and story. We’re about exploration and feeding the spirit within. Hope you’ll join us. PLEASE pre-register. Call 489-4431.

October 23, Friday – Sunday Storytelling Retreat Weekend for Men & Women begins Friday, October 23, 2009  at 7:45 p.m. ends Sunday October 25 11:30 a.m.    Location: Dominican Retreat & Conference Center, Route 7, Niskayuna. Storytelling: Mining the Spiritual Gold Within
Our inner lives contain veins of gold, rich deep cavities of divine energy. We find and mine those veins by looking within and speaking the life experiences, favorite tales, poems, songs, and images we carry. We’ll do some journaling, partner-telling, poem-reading, and sitting in silence to find key memories or bits of word-wisdom. Storytelling is spiritual spelunking and it’s fun! Bring a story or poem you’ve always loved, a family photo you treasure, a keepsake or just your imagination. We’ll inspire each other as we share.
PRESENTER: Marni Gillard, freelance storyteller and former Niskayuna teacher, is the author of Storyteller, Storyteacher: Discovering the Power of Storytelling for Teaching and Living (Stenhouse). Marni offers classes in exploring both folktales and memories for their wisdom.
$185.00 (age 65 & over-$170.00) includes meals, accommodations in a private room, and program.
$50.00 deposit.  All deposits are non-refundable and applicable to total cost of program.  Deposits may be transferred one time within a year.
Reservations/Information: Call (518) 393-4169 Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30 PM or email dslcny@nycap.rr.com


Tellabration News

What’s New for 2009?  Check this out!!
Tellabration 2009: Laughter is the Best Medicine                                     Sunday, Nov. 15, 2:00p.m.   GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady      $12   (discounts for groups and new people)

1. Selection Process

Live audition: Story Circle members can audition live in September at:

(1) The Saratoga Open Mic at Woodlawn Commons on Wed. Sept. 9; or

(2) The Story Circle meeting on Tue. Sept 15.

People who have told at a previous Tellabration can submit a tape by Sept. 10 to:

Kate Dudding, 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700.

2. Marketing Ideas – it’s all of us making connections

A Tellabration flyer is available on-line: www.storycircleatproctors.org/Tell flyer7-22.pdfFlyers printed on yellow paper are also available from Kate Dudding – please contact her and let her know how many you want: 383-4620 or kate@katedudding.com

Immediately begin marketing to groups of adults, since groups need time to plan their events. The committee asks all Story Circle members to give a flyer to each adult group they belong to, such as:

Senior centers; Groups at places of worship; Red Hat groups; Book clubs;                     Friends of libraries; Service groups

Ideally, each member of Story Circle will contact five groups.  If you are emailing people, you can also refer them to our Tellabration web page: www.storycircleatproctors.org/tellabration.shtml      3. Things to be decided in August:
A. Decide about refreshments. Several people said they missed having refreshments last year. With Dee's help, Kate spoke with Margi at 8th Step. She told Kate their very nice refreshments do NOT make money, but are part of the 8th Step experience. If we want to enhance the Tellabration experience, two people need to volunteer to organize this.
B. Who will chair the following Tellabration activities:
Artists’ Table  
Copy Editors    
Discount Distributors   (give out $2 bills to newcomers as they enter the GE Theatre)
Door Prizes                                                                                                                         Photographer     
Refreshment Co-Chairs (if we decide to do this)
We already have the following volunteers:
Producers             Joe Doolittle and Kate Dudding                                                           Emcee                Karen Pillsworth
House Manager    Kate Dudding
Program Design    Kate Dudding
Publicity               Kate Dudding

There will be a discussion on the above items via email. If you don’t use email and you have opinions about the above items, please call Kate (518)383-4620 to share your opinions.                                                                                                                                                 4. It’s time to start selling program ads. Ads typically bring in $400 so the more we get, the more library programs can be underwritten. The form to buy an ad is available from Kate and is also on the web site www.storycircleatproctors.org/Ad-Form-7-22-2009.pdf                                               5. Commit to selling 10 tickets, either by buying 10 tickets at the group rate ticket and reselling them, or referring folks.  A full house is a major success for supporting storytelling regionally which is a main Story Circle goal.                                                                                                                 6. Next committee meeting: Wed. Oct. 21, 5:00 pm BYO dinner to          Guilderland Library (before the Story Circle meeting)

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. (August 19)

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.  (September 15 Anniversary Annual Dinner at Nottingham Chop House 5:30 pm.)








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Membership renewals are due each January and are good for one year.  Please make checks payable to “Story Circle” and send to Carol Connolly, 1100 Niskayuna Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309

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