August 2009 – September 2009
The Newsletter of the Story Circle of the Capital
Editor and Publisher:
Claire Nolan 11 Norwood Street Albany, NY 12203
(518) 209-6477 E-mail: email@example.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.”
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.
Meetings: August 19 at GPL and
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
- $12. The regular menu starts at about $18.00. Tuesday features a
$16.00 special. Vegetarian choices available.
Story Circle Meeting: Wednesday June 17
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.
Dudding "Lion on the Path" African story
Story Circle Meeting: Tuesday July 21, Colonie
Facilitator: Betty Cassidy
"Ticonderoga", a Joe Bruchac story
Claire Beetlestone: "Mario"
Kate Dudding: "Friendship"
Janet Glantz "One Spared to the
Sea" by William T. Cutts
Hoffman "The Princess Who Never Smiled" Russian fairy
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)
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.
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.
at the Well: Is on vacation for the Summer - Interfaith Youth
Storytelling http://www.childrenatthewell.org/ .
MIC in Saratoga on
the Second Wednesday of each month.
for us again in September
– Contact Fran Yardley firstname.lastname@example.org.
– Is on vacation for the Summer!
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 email@example.com if you
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)
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.
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)
September 5 Saturday 6:30 pm
Stories at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center. 87 Nature Center
Way. Stories are Free; S’mores are $1.00! 872-0800.
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
25 - 27
Friday – Sunday Three Apples Storytelling Festival. Bedford, MA
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.
2 – 4 Friday – Sunday National Storytelling Festival
International Storytelling Center Jonesborough TN 37659. 800-952-8392.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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. kduddin1@NYCAP.RR.COM
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.
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.
– 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 email@example.com
What’s New for 2009?
Check this out!!
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)
Story Circle members can audition live in September at:
The Saratoga Open Mic at Woodlawn Commons on Wed. Sept. 9; or
The Story Circle meeting on Tue. Sept 15.
who have told at a previous Tellabration can submit a tape by Sept. 10
Dudding, 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700.
Marketing Ideas – it’s all of us making connections
Tellabration flyer is available on-line: www.storycircleatproctors.org/Tell
printed on yellow paper are also available from Kate Dudding – please contact
her and let her know how many you want: 383-4620 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
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:
Discount Distributors (give out $2 bills to newcomers as they
enter the GE Theatre)
Refreshment Co-Chairs (if we decide to do this)
We already have the following volunteers:
Producers Joe Doolittle and Kate Dudding
House Manager Kate Dudding
Program Design Kate Dudding
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
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
6. Next committee meeting: Wed. Oct. 21, 5:00 pm BYO dinner to Guilderland
Library (before the Story Circle meeting)
See You Next Time
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
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
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.)
) I want to be a member of Story Circle, enclosed is a check for $10.00 for the
newsletter and a roster of members. Renewal January of each year.
) List my name among performing storytellers for referral.
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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