The Newsletter of the Story Circle of the Capital District
Editor and Publisher: Claire Nolan 11 Norwood Street Albany, NY 12203 (518) 209-6477
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August/September 2007 Issue
all know that Art is not truth. Art is a lie that makes us realize the truth …
discussion: Crafting Historical Stories led by Kate Dudding
Hoffman The Hare and the
The Edge of the
The Monster Den: Look What Happened at My House -John Ciardi
Payne - Facilitator
Dr. Ida and
Drums in the Night
he has read
The Brownies of the Lake
Story Circle Business News
run from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the William K. Sanford Public Library and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.
at the Guilderland Library (GPL). Every other month, from 6:15 to 6:45 at
Guilderland, we will have a topic for panel/roundtable discussion.
August 15; 7:00 – 9:00 (No Round Table for Summer Meeting); William K.
Sanford: September 18, 5:00 pm, Annual Dinner Meeting, The Club Room at
Calloway Grill 661 Albany Shaker Rd. Albany, NY 12211 (518) 869-9893
1-–Frank-Lee Speaking at North Country Academy, Queensbury NY 10:30 a.m. For
more information please call (518) 458-1781.
2--Tales ‘n Tunes will tell at Cady Library,
Nichols, NY. A Summer Reading Program performance. 10:00 a.m.
Free. Call (607) 699-3835 for information.
2--Frank-Lee Speaking in Delmar NY 10:30 a.m. For more
information please call (518) 458-1781.
3--Tales ‘n Tunes will appear at Penn
Yan Public Library, Penn Yan, NY. A Summer Reading Program performance. 2:00 p.m.
Free. Call (315) 536-6114 for information.
8 Dee and Frank Wind Family Program
at Fort Ticonderoga, Ticonderoga, NY 10:15 a.m. For more information please call (518) 458-1781.
15--Tales ‘n Tunes at Collar City Live! at Riverfront Park, Troy, NY. Noon. Free. Open to
the public. For info, go to www.uncle-sams-home.com/collarcitylive.
16--Tales 'n Tunes--New Lebanon Public
Library, New Lebanon, NY. A Summer Reading Program performance -- “Super
Sleuth Solves It @ the Library” 11:00
a.m. Free. Call (518) 794-8844 for
16--Tales ‘n Tunes will perform at Chatham
Public Library, Chatham, NY. A Summer Reading Program performance. 2:00 p.m.
Free. Call (518) 392-1546 for information.
17--Tales ‘n Tunes will perform at
Pittsford Community Library, Pittsford, NY. A Summer Reading Program performance. 2:00 p.m.
Free. Call (585) 248-5493 for information.
25--Claire Nolan will be telling
stories around the campfire at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center at 7:30 pm. 87
Nature Center Way; Voorheesville,
near Thacher Park. Call (518) 872-0800 for directions.
29--Lorna Stengel and Kate McClelland
with “Around the Campfire” at Schoharie Crossing, Fort Hunter, NY. 6:00 p.m. Call (518)
829-7516 for information.
5--The Storycrafters with “Tell Tale
Stories for the Mysteries of Life” at Schoharie Crossing, Fort Hunter, NY. 6:00 p.m. Call
(518)829-7516 for information
12--Alan McClintock with “Tales from
Near and Far” at Schoharie Crossing, Fort
Hunter, NY. 6:00 p.m. Call (518)
829-7516 for information
19--Len Cabral with “Stories of Color
from Around the World” at Schoharie Crossing, Fort Hunter, NY. 6:00 p.m. Call (518)
829-7516 for information
21 6:30 Pot luck, storytelling show
by Verena Tay, Singapore storyteller, and swap (in that order). Held at the
home of Gail George outside Scotia. No charge, but we’ll have a free will donation
basket to help Verena on her travels. To RSVP and for directions:
Marni 381-9474 or firstname.lastname@example.org
26--Bob Reiser with “Tall Tales,
Shaggy Dogs and Fabulous Fools” at Schoharie Crossing, Fort Hunter, NY. 6:00 p.m. Call (518)
829-7516 for information
6 Interfaith Story Circle at
the College of St. Rose Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Avenue. Sharing Stories of Compassion and Collaboration Among the Jewish,
Christian and Islamic Faiths. Vegetarian pot-luck meal 6:00; storytelling: 7:15 to 8:45. For
additional information, contact Gert Johnson, 374-0637. FREE - Listeners and
Story Tellers Welcome. Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry, Nancy Marie Payne, and Audrey
9—-Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi with “Old
Wives Tales: Stories of Women and their Husbands” at Schoharie Crossing, Fort
Hunter, NY. 6:00 p.m. Call (518) 829-7516 for information.
September 29 "Frank-Lee Speaking" will be featured at Cindy's
Retreat in Silver Bay. The performance will be at 7 p.m. For more
information please call (518) 458-1781.
14--Four Stories High will perform a
program of "Leaves, Loves, and Lunacy" at Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders
Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia. 5:00-8:00 p.m. Dinner and stories. $27. Call
384-1700 for reservations.
Local author and Story Circle
member, Eric Randall has published a helpful companion to the popular Harry
Potter series of novels.
1,500 Words Harry Potter Readers Need to Know by Eric Randall
“Bác Eric D. Randall, Canada thường xuyên
đọc Harry Potter cho con gái, Julia, mỗi khi có tập mới..”
That’s what a Vietnamese website had to say about my book, The
Pottersaurus:1,500 Words Harry Potter Readers Need to Know.
The Pottersaurus is a dictionary of the challenging
vocabulary words that appear in the Harry Potter books, such as “elude” and
“omniscient.” Each entry includes at least one example of how the word is used
in Books I-VI of the series. No “magical” terms are defined -- just words from
the English language.
The reason "Canada" appears in the quote
above is that the Vietnamese translator apparently picked up the story from the
website of a newspaper in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Stories about my
(self-published) book have also appeared in newspapers in Beaumont, TX; Columbia,
SC; Columbus, OH; Lakeland, FL, Minneapolis, MN, and Wichita, KS, among others.
Most stories were pickups of a single story written by the Times-Union.
My daughter (who helped with the book) and I were
guests on WAMC’s Roundtable on July 18, and Channel 6 interviewed me and ran a
story on July 19.
I wish I could report that all this publicity has
generated huge sales, but I still am a bit shy of the 325 million copies that
J.K. Rowling has reportedly sold. I’ve had plenty of expenses (printing,
graphic design, cover photography, website design, postage, etc), so I don’t
think this book will end up paying for my daughter’s college tuition.
On the other hand, one major publishing house has
expressed interest in publishing a second edition of the book, which will
include words from the newest HP book. And there has been extraordinary
interest in the book in Korea, where I have received inquiries from four
publishing agencies including Random House Korea. One firm has made an
offer in writing for translation rights. If anyone knows anyone with expertise
on selling foreign publishing rights, please let me know!
- Eric Randall
You can learn more at www.pottersaurus.com. Pottersaurus
and is available through the website and at local
bookshops including the Book House & Market Block Books.
You can also buy the book directly from Eric when you
see him – he keeps a box in his car and he will be happy to autograph it for
(Curious readers will want to
know if and how Mr. Randall defines “git”.)
The 12th annual Tellabration,
is Sunday November 18th, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. at the Whisperdome (First
Unitarian Society of Schenectady, 1221 Wendell Avenue, Schenectady). Theme: Laughing
Matters at the Whisperdome
Audition Guidelines for Potential Tellers at Tellabration 2007
- Potential tellers must be Story Circle members; new members are
- Potential tellers
must have performance experience.
To audition you may choose
(a) Give a live audition of one story for the co-producers and members of the
program committee at one of the following venues:
Sept. (Date TBA) 7:00 pm Moon and River Café Open Mic (call 384-1700)
Sept. 9 7:00 pm Saratoga Open
Mic at Café Lena
Sept. 18 7:00 Story Circle Meeting at Colonie Library
(b) Submit a tape/CD with one
or two stories on it. Send tape/CD by September 1 to: Kate Dudding, 8
Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700.
• The theme is “Laughing Matters at the Whisperdome.”
Submission details for both live auditions and tapes/CDs:
1. On a piece of paper:
• Teller's name, address, telephone and email address
For each story include:
• Name of story
• Source of story
• Length of story
• Type of story (folk tale, literary, etc.)
2. Start each story on the tape or CD with its title.
Please consider auditioning and helping us to make this the best Tellabration
Joe Doolittle and Kate Dudding, Co-producers
Compiled by Carol Connolly
A Storyteller’s Conundrum:
Do I Do the Freebie Gig?
client calls and asks a storyteller to perform at their event. BUT, there is no
budget for remuneration. However, it’s at an event (at the Mayo Clinic) where
folks in the audience have affiliations with other groups. What to do?
Joe Miller, email@example.com, of
the Philadelphia area writes: “This is one of those "freebies" that
offer a lot of opportunities. I would do it for free or for what little they are paying just to put myself in
front of those "right" people. I've done "high
exposure" events just like this and have booked several residual gigs from
them. You never know who will be
listening in the audience or who is on the board of the fund raising arm of
Mayo or on the board of the charity that is raising money. In my opinion, the
key is to take this opportunity to use as much ‘shameless self promotion’ as
possible. Network, build off of it and use it as a reference in
promotional materials. Having a reference of the Mayo Clinic
Pediatric Research event looks and sounds very impressive. I say, go for
it. Have fun, make a difference and use the experience to book more
paying gigs.... This can be a WIN-WIN event for you AND them, not just a
Granny Sue Holstein, firstname.lastname@example.org,
from Sandyville, WV says: “Yes, I've done the same thing, David. I did a
presentation for a teachers’ conference in February…. that has to date brought
me about $1200. I did it because I have few gigs in February, it was a chance
to meet teachers from all over the state, and the organizer is a good friend.
And it gave me an opportunity to develop a new workshop that I'd been thinking
about. At the same time, I was able to promote storytelling, advance it in the
minds of the teachers (many of the evaluations said things like "I'd
never thought about using storytelling before--what a great teaching
tool!) as something alive and important to what they do. It was a fantastic
day. On the other hand, I did a gig for full fee and it also brought me
over$2000 in additional work. It's not just free performances that can be great
promotional vehicles. As I've read many times on this list, a person can die of
exposure. But with the right reasons, planning, and organization, a free
performance can promote storytelling and the storyteller, and help a good
cause—a real win-win.”
Hackworth, email@example.com, of North Carolina writes: “Here's
something I keep posted by my phone as a reminder. It's a paraphrase from
Holt-Mooney's The Storytellers Guide:
Factors to consider when taking a job:
1. Fun - How much will you have?
2. Exposure - How much will you get?
3. Altruism - How much do you care?
4. Money - How much?
of these factors should be present to take a gig. It can be fun and you feel
altruistic toward the group. Or it can pay the big bucks and have good
publicity. Or fun and money. Or exposure and....You get the idea.”
are the chances you will sell CD/products at the back of the room after the
event? If I do give a free event, the sale of my CD's and other products MUST
be included. Lately I've been making a good chunk of change from these
sales...soooo who knows. Or...can you use this as a place to bring out new
material and [or] test new stuff? That has value, too.”
Wendt, firstname.lastname@example.org says: “Make a contract and put the value of the
performance in there so that they can see what they are getting. Write in
something about it being gratis or reduced fee of $ for ..... donation,
charity, etc. (If I do a program for $xxx that is usually $yyy, I will write
$yyy and the reason why I am doing it for less.) Take brochures, business
cards, etc. to handout to everyone! Make fun looking "tickets" to
handout to all in the audience with your picture and contact info on it, but
maybe a joke, riddle, nature experiment to try, or a booklist. Maybe you have
an upcoming public event that you can put on there, too.”
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 (GPL) is located at 2228 Western Avenue,
Guilderland, 1/2 mile west of Rte. 155 on the south side of Western Avenue.
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.
15 Story Circle Meeting (GPL) – 7:00
– 9:00 (no Round Table) Marni Gillard Facilitator
Annual SCCD Member Dinner: RSVP Dee Wind email@example.com
or call 475-0118 (Calloway Grill 5:00 pm). Meeting (William K. Sanford Library
– 7:00 pm) Carol Connolly Facilitator.
16 Story Circle Meeting (GPL) – 6:00
– 9:00 Joe Doolittle Facilitator
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