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August – September  2010

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


"September twenty-second, Sir, the bough cracks with unpicked apples,
and at dawn the small-mouth bass breaks water, gorged with spawn."

-   Robert Lowell

Story Circle Business News


Meetings 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. are at the William K. Sanford Public Library (Colonie) 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 18 6:15 pm at Guilderland: Louise Koenig  Topic: Story Telling and Listening with the Emphasis on the latter!  (How listening intently helped me.) Story Telling is a way of Communicating and the part that listening plays in Story Telling. Upcoming Meeting - Tuesday September 21, Annual Anniversary Dinner at Blu Stone Bistro 5:30 The Blue Stone Bistro is located at 661 Albany Shaker Road, Albany NY 12111.  Call (458-1781) or e-mail Dee Wind at we_tell@verizon.net for more information and to make a reservation. Meeting at Colonie Library after dinner at 7:00 pm.

Meeting Notes: June 15, 2010 Story Circle Meeting: Facilitator Carol Connolly
Stories Told:
Joe Doolittle--Hector's Picture--S. African historical tale
Lousie Koenig --"How Nana Missed Her Own Seder"--personal story
Sandy Schuman-- "The Beginnings of Language"--teaching tale

Listener: David Ross, Carol Connolly and Don Darmer

Meeting Notes: July 20 2010 Circle Meeting: Facilitator: Kate Dudding

Adam Hoffman - Shoes Danced to Pieces - German Folk Tale (Grimms)
Joe Doolittle -
Both the Harvest and the Seed
Kate Dudding -  
A Path to World Peace -  Original
Dave Ross - 
My Mysterious Childhood Home - Original
Dan Ciufo -
Whimsy's Pet Clown - Original
Listeners: Nicole Diehn
and  Joshua Barella

Did you Know?

Dues are 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

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 (CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml.  Find them on Facebook!
OPEN MIC in Saratoga – Signups to tell stories at 6:45 p.m. Stories begin at 7:00 pm. 

September 13 with featured teller Betty McCanty Mark your calendars. Prepare for belly laughs and other wonderful side-effects of Betty’s storytelling.  Caffé  Lena.  47 Phila Street Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022. 6:45; telling from 7 until 9 pm

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

Interfaith Story Circle Listeners always welcome.  http://www.interfaithstory.org/events.shtml
Caffé Lena Weekly Open Mic – 7:00 pm. 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022. 
Held every Thursday and open to all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. The producers warmly welcome whatever you have to offer.
Performer registration from 7 to 7:25 PM. Performances start at 7:30. No telephone registration permitted. No special preference is given to kids, pros, or to those traveling long distances.
Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. There is no featured performer at Weekly Open Mic. 

Albany Open Mic - Dates and Location TBD - 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

August 1 Sunday 6:00 pm Eshu Bumpus “Stories for Family Fun” Traditional Folk Tales mostly from Africa.  At the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site 129 Schoharie Street Fort Hunter NY 12069. Bring Lawn Chairs.  Rain or Shine! (518) 843-5151. Free

August 4  Thursday 10:00 a.m. “Dive into Reading!” Takes ‘n Tunes sponsored by Dolgeville-Manheim Library, Town Hall Community Room. Free

August 6  Friday 2:00 p.m. Tales 'n Tunes - Dewitt Community Library, Dewitt, NY. Free

August 7 Saturday 7:00 pmThe Mountains are Calling” at Fowler Camp and Retreat Center.  Benefit Concert. Fenimore Hall, Pelcher Road, Camp Fowler.  An Adirondack evening of story and song featuring storyteller Kent Busman and singer/songwriter Scott Adams. 518-548-6524

August 8 Sunday 6:00 pm Niall de Burca “Ancestors’ Irish Tales”: Stories from the Irish Imagination.  At the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site 129 Schoharie Street Fort Hunter NY 12069. Bring Lawn Chairs.  Rain or Shine!  (518) 843-5151. Free

August 11 Wednesday 7:00 pm. Indian Lake Library.  "Family Storytelling: Telling Your Story" with Kent Busman. Pelon Road, Indian Lake, NY 12842 518-648-5444. Free
August 12
Thursday 7:00 pm “Dive into Reading!”
Tales 'n Tunes  at the Village of Cooperstown Library, Cooperstown, NY. 22 Main Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326-1170 (607) 547-8344

August 14 Saturday 10:00 am – 10:30 pm Mohegan Colony’s 10th Annual Storytelling / Music Festival Event Workshop: 10:00 am - Noon with The Storycrafters.  Performances from 12:30 pm. - 10:30 pm.  How can you go wrong with storytellers like Michael Parent, Carol Birch, The Storycrafters, Johnathan Kruk and more? Let's make this a fabulous 10th Anniversary for the festival. Location: 99 Baron de Hirsch Rd, Crompond, NY 10517. For more details go to http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/mohegan/ or email Judith Heineman at juhestories@aol.com Phone: 312-925-0439
August 14 Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 am Janet Carter at the Kingston Farmers Market 328 Wall Street Kingston, NY info@kingstonfarmersmarket.org. http://www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org/index.html Free

August 24 Tuesday 6:30 pm. Frank Lee Speaking at the Stephentown Memorial Library 472 NY State Route 43 in Stephentown, NY. The program is free and open to the public. Phone: 518.733.5750. Free
August 28 Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 am Kate Dudding at the Kingston Farmers Market 328 Wall Street Kingston, NY info@kingstonfarmersmarket.org http://www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org/index.html Free

August 29 Sunday 6:00 pm “It Happened Right Here!”: From Paul Bunyan passing through, to Tories getting out to adventurers settling in: Stories from New York State- fact, fiction and fancy.  With Nancy Payne  at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site 129 Schoharie Street Fort Hunter NY 12069. Bring Lawn Chairs.  Rain or Shine!  (518) 843-5151. $10.00

September 4 Saturday 6:30 pm Campfire Storytelling at Thacher Nature Center.  Join us around the campfire for ‘end of summer’ tales with our favorite storyteller, Claire Nolan. S’mores fixins will be provided. Suggested donation is $1 per person. 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville, NY 12186.  Please register by calling 872-0800.

September 5 HOOLEY ON THE HUDSON Irish Festival in Kingston NY.  On the SPOKEN WORD STAGE: storytellers Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi at 1:30 pm, The Storycrafters at 2:45 pm, Karen Pillsworth  at 4:00 pm and Claire Nolan at 5:15 pm.  For more information and a comprehensive schedule go to  http://www.ulsteraoh.com/

September 11  Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 am Mami Gillard and Maggie Whelan at the Kingston Farmers Market 328 Wall Street Kingston, NY info@kingstonfarmersmarket.org http://www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org/index.html Free


Adult Programs

 July 28 Wednesday 7:30 – 9:00 pm Summer Storytelling-Vespers SeriesStories of Portraits in a Family Album” with Claire Nolan and Dee Lee. The Boght Arts CenterWhere art & spirit converge” 583 Boght Road, Cohoes, NY 12047 518-785-ARTS http://www.boghtarts.org/ $10.00

August 4 Wednesday 7:30 – 9:00 pm Summer Storytelling-Vespers Series “Portraits of Women: Stories of people who made a difference” with Nancy Marie Payne and Mary Murphy: The Boght Arts CenterWhere art & spirit converge” 583 Boght Road, Cohoes, NY 12047 518-785-ARTS http://www.boghtarts.org/ $10.00

August 15 Sunday 6:00 pm Onawumi Jean Moss “Precious Memories: Stories of Love and life, Then and Now” at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, 129 Schoharie Street Fort Hunter NY 12069 (518) 843-5151. Free

August 22 Sunday 6:00 pm Judith Black “That Fading Scent: A seditious Comedy about Women and Aging”.  At the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site, 129 Schoharie Street Fort Hunter NY 12069. Bring Lawn Chairs.  Rain or Shine!  (518) 843-5151

September 12 Sunday 5:00 pm.  Elizabeth Ellis  in "Stories From the Heart of the Matter." Story Sunday at the Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia ($27 for newcomers to Story Sundays, $30 for those who have come before --includes a 3 course dinner with choice of entree, coffee/tea, tax and tip).  Reservations: (518) 384-1700  or e-mail sc@katedudding.com

September 26 Saturday 2:00 Word Plays.  Performers and program to be announced.  In the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors Theater 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305. $16.00. Tickets at the Proctor’s Box Office: http://www.proctors.org/ Phone: (518) 346-6204

Workshops for Storytellers

July 31 Saturday 10:30 am – 1:00 pm  (Lunch will be served) “My Story, My Journey, My Happiness”.  A workshop on the Four Faces of Woman.  The ‘Four Faces’ show us the stages of conscious understanding and identity women can go through in their lives. This workshop will help each woman focus on her own story and strengths.  You will  experience understanding and choice on your  personal journey towards greater empowerment.
 • The Eternal Face is our natural, free and expressive self.
• The Traditional Face is shaped by society and culture.
• The Modern Face is motivated to change for the better, but does not know how.
• The Shakti Face has pure transformational energy to move us forward with love.
 Presented by the Brahma Kumaris . 870 Maplewood Ave.  Schenectady, New York, 12303 Contact: Ann Singh | 518 859 1671

August 21 Saturday 1:30 - 4:30 THE TECHNIQUES OF TELLING  workshop with Judith Black - open to anyone in Story Circle.  During this workshop we will play with and stretch all of your potential expressive assets for making a story you love come alive.  From dramatic use of your voice, an expressive body, an imagination that creates images in thin air, to dancing fingers, participants will play with techniques. Ultimately, you will emerge with a broader palette of expressive tools to choose from in your storytelling. TO RESERVE A PLACE For The Techniques of Telling workshop, please send a check for $10 made out to Story Circle, by August 5 to Kate Dudding, 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700.
September 10 Friday - September 12 Sunday.   A weekend-long intensive workshop with Elizabeth Ellis  at Kate Dudding’s home in Clifton Park. Sign up today!  Six slots are taken, only 2 slots are left.  This workshop is for not-new storytellers and is limited to 8 participants.  Bring a story to work on that is important to you.  Elizabeth is a wonderful teacher who shares valuable information without imposing her own style on her students.  WORKSHOP COST:  $300, plus one meal for nine participants. There is a friendly payment plan available.  Just ask!  Since there are 8 of us to cater 6 meals, you will be responsible for
providing, preparing, and serving one meal:
(a) either Saturday or Sunday breakfast or lunch;  or
(b) half of Friday or Saturday dinner.
TO SIGN UP: send a deposit check of $100, made out to Elizabeth Ellis, to:
Kate Dudding,
8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700.

Elizabeth is a versatile and riveting teller of Appalachian and Texas tales and stories of heroic American women, though her personal stories are arguably her best.  In her 25 year career as a storyteller, Elizabeth's journey has taken her from her local library to as far away as New Zealand.

From Judith Black’s Website

        Judith Black will perform on Sunday August 22 at the Schoharie Crossings State Historic Site.  On Saturday she will give a workshop: The Techniques of Telling.  Judith is a performer, not to be missed: “Judith Black should be sought after by one and all for her wisdom, for her wit, for the risks she takes on stage and for her genuine warmth which she abundantly shares with one and all” (The Jewish Advocate). 

A quick look at her website www.storiesalive.com will show you a storyteller who, like most of us has many interests and strengths.  She has available several intriguing workshop topics, including Techniques for Tellers.  Because Judith is performing at an historic site in the Mohawk River Valley (although her program: “That Fading Scent” has absolutely nothing to do with The Schoharie Crossings State Historic Site) for this issue of the Talespinner I decided to highlight one of her History Series Programs.

Judith provides comprehensive workshops for historic and environmental interpretation.  Judith’s workshops will give interpreters (docents, teachers, historians) assistance in communicating to the public “the wealth of material they have been entrusted with”.   As we all know, it is the stories that draw us in and when we go to the museum or an historic site it is the stories we hear and create that bring history to life. 

In her workshops for interpreters Judith’s goal is to get the audience invested in the experience to increase the knowledge that they bring away with them after the experience.

The two Workshops are as follows: (text is taken directly from Judith’s website)

A Palette of Possibilities

The focal question is: How can you shape your tours so that your visitors have a personal relationship with the characters, episodes, artifacts, and environment that you are sharing?  Creating an Investment: Participants will learn to pose questions to visitors of various backgrounds and interests that will enable them to draw upon their own experiences in relating to the history and environment of the park site.

Guided Imagery: Drawing visitors into the world of your site via sensory and emotional identification, participants will experience the power and possibilities of guided imagery. This technique can waken peoples' hearts and imaginations to places and issues that only their intellects had previously contemplated. 

Enlivening Artifacts: There are two ways to approach an artifact or natural resident of an environment. You can tell the story of where it came from and how it got to be 'here.' These are often quite interesting, tracing the roots of people, movements, and our natural resources. There is another possibility. You can imagine telling an objects story from the object’s vantage point!

Creating Original Tales

Creating original stories based on authentic fact allows the interpreter to integrate their knowledge and objectives into an ancient art form that speaks to the hearts and minds of visitors. History books tell us the 'who' 'what' 'where' and 'when' of an event, place, or era. They often venture a political, economic, social, or philosophical answer to the question 'why.' What they almost never include are the details that make a piece of history into a story. That is the human 'why' and the idiosyncratic human details that elevate an episode from text into the imagination. In this workshop participants will learn how to use historic episodes, era information, characters, and natural environments to weave vital human stories.


Tellabration News

What’s New for 2010?  Check this out!!

Tellabration 2010: Laughing Fits: Stories of Smiles and Surprises

Sunday, Nov. 14, 2:00p.m.   GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady

$12   (discounts for groups and new people and students)

1. Selection Process

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

(a) The Saratoga Open Mic at Caffe Lena Sept. 13 (FYI featured teller that night is Betty McCanty); or

(b) The Story Circle meeting on Tue. Sept 21.

People who have told at a previous Tellabration can submit a tape by Sept. 13 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 flyer7-22-2010.pdf. (While this is in color, it prints fine on black and white printers too.) Flyers printed on colored 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 and residences; Groups at places of worship; Red Hat groups; book clubs; friends of libraries; service groups; etc.

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:
Who will chair the following Tellabration activities:
Artists’ Table  
Discount Distributors  (give out $2 bills to newcomers as they enter the GE Theatre)
Door Prizes                                                                                                                         

Refreshment Co-Chairs
We already have the following volunteers:
Producers             Joe Doolittle and Kate Dudding                                                          

Copy Editors         Carol Connolly and Don Darmer

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-7-22-2010.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

Among Ourselves

Kathleen Gill's book Story Walking the Appalachian Trail has been accepted at the Appalachian Trail museum in Gardners Pennsylvania for inclusion into their library.

Looking Ahead

October 2  Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 am Betty Cassidy at the Kingston Farmers Market 328 Wall Street Kingston, NY info@kingstonfarmersmarket.org http://www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org/index.html
October 16  Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 am Claire Nolan at the Kingston Farmers Market 328 Wall Street Kingston, NY
info@kingstonfarmersmarket.org http://www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org/index.html

                                  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 18).

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 21)








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