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August September  2011

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

 

The Dreamer awakes
The shadow goes by
The tale I have told you,
That tale is a lie.
But listen to me,
Bright maiden, proud youth:
The tale is a lie;
What it tells is the truth.
--Traditional folktale ending

                                                                                                                              

Story Circle Business News

 

Meetings – Open to the Public -  are 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 August 17 Pine Hills at 6:15 pm and Tuesday September 20 Colonie at 7:00 pm. Please note that this is the annual dinner meeting. Contact Claire Nolan (518) 209- 6477 or e-mail cbnolou@yahoo.com for more information.

Meeting held on Tuesday July 19 Facilitator Joe Doolittle

Stories told:

Betty Cassidy  - Learning to Read, an original historical story

Kate Dudding   - The Power to Choose, an original historical story

Dan Ross  - The Face on the Floor  a poem

Adam Hoffman  - an original ghost story

Joe Doolittle  - A Fine Soft Day  a personal story

Listener: Sandy Schuman

Did you Know?

Dues and are STILL a bargain at $10.00 per year. 

Please use the form on Page 7.

 

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.

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

Children at the Well (CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml. Find them on Facebook! Save the Date!  CAW Fundraiser Sunday November 6 2:00 – 4:30 pm at Caffe Lena in Saratoga with Kent Busman, Nancy Payne, Peggy Lynne, Kate Dudding  and CAW Youth Storytellers  - Stories, songs, dance and desserts and much much more! Call Claire (518) 209-6477 or email cbnolou@yahoo.com for more information.

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

OPEN MIC in Saratoga – Returns Monday September 12. Signups to tell stories at 6:45 p.m. Stories begin at 7:00 pm at Caffe Lena. Signups to tell stories at 6:45 p.m. Stories begin at 7:00 pm at Caffé  Lena.  47 Phila Street Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022.

http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/index.shtml

Interfaith Story Circle September 14 Wednesday 7:00 pm  Marni Gillard will be the featured facilitator for this year’s first meeting of the Interfaith Story Circle  at the (newly-renovated) Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception 125 Eagle St. Albany 12202 (corner of Madison Ave and Eagle St.) You can park in the NYS Museum Parking Lot. Marni’s focus is Stories from our CULTURAL ROOTS. Marni will share her journey of “letting in” the Irish stories she long avoided because of difficult words, issues (war tales), and a sense “they aren’t MY stories.” She’ll encourage others to bring/tell tales from their cultural traditions, from their families, neighborhoods, schools, or any aspect of culture. While Marni will focus on tales from her Irish tradition, she fondly tells “cultural” tales from her days as a Brownie, her Catholic faith, her AFS foreign-exchange experience, from her town park, swimming pool, and “the back lot.” All kinds of cultural tales are welcome. Whether you’ve been an active member of the Interfaith Story Circle or never attended, we hope you’ll join us for this year’s opening story-sharing.



Family Programs

August 6 Saturday 7pm – “Traveler's Tales” with Claire Beetlestone, Janet Glantz, Marni Gillard, and Karen Pillswroth.  At The Smithy Pioneer Gallery in downtown Cooperstown NY.  55 Pioneer Cooperstown 13326 (607)547-8671. Free to everyone, but we are asking for a donation of $7 for an individual or $20 for a family of four.

August 7 Sunday 6:00 pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Diane Edgecomb: "The Salmon of Wisdom: True Tales of Mysterious Encounters along California’s Pacific Coast" at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street (518) 829-7516. Rain or Shine.  Free.  Free refreshments served.

August 14 Sunday 6:00 pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Jeannine Laverty: "Caution: This is a Working Farm" at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street (518) 829-7516. Rain or Shine.  Free.  Free refreshments served.

August 14 Sunday 1:00 – 3:00  Janet Glantz will be telling stories at the Swart-Wilcox House. "Once Upon a Time and a Little Bit More: Stories and Songs for Families." Wilcox Avenue, next to Riverside Elementary School in Oneonta, NY.  Directions: Take River St. to the Boys and Girls Club then turn at the light. Free. http://www.oneontahistory.org/Swart-Wilcox.htm

August 17 Wednesday 7:00 pm Tales 'n Tunes at the Clifton Park Performing Arts Center Clifton Park, NY. Free http://www.talesntunes.net/

August 18Thursday 2:00 pm Tales 'n Tunes at the Chatham Public Library, Chatham, NY. 2:00 p.m. Free. http://www.talesntunes.net/

August 21 Sunday 6:00 pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Kim Weitkamp: "Penny Candy Love: Humorous Stories about Life and the People you Meet Along the Way" at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street (518) 829-7516. Rain or Shine.  Free.  Free refreshments served.

August 23 Tuesday 7:00 pm Tales 'n Tunes at the Bethlehem Public Library, Delmar, NY on the Green. Free. http://www.talesntunes.net/

August 28 Sunday 6:00 pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Bil Lepp: "Warning Lights: Bright Ideas Gone Bad" at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street (518) 829-7516. Rain or Shine.  Free.  Free refreshments served.

September 3 Saturday 6:30 pm Claire Nolan “Campfire Stories - Summer Memories” at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.  87 Nature Center Way.  Stories are Free; S’mores are $2.00! 872-0800.

September 10 Saturday 7pm “Mischief Makers” with Maria Johnson, Dee Ellen Lee and Frank Wind, Nancy Marie Payne and Barbara Means. At The Smithy Pioneer Gallery in downtown Cooperstown NY.  55 Pioneer St. Cooperstown 13326 (607)547-8671. www.smithypioneer.org. Free to everyone, but we are asking for a donation of $7 for an individual or $20 for a family of four.

September 11 Sunday 6:00 pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Jo Radner: "Pioneers, Inventors and Ordinary Folks: Stories of Yankee Ingenuity" at Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street (518) 829-7516. Rain or Shine.  Free.  Free refreshments served.

 

Adult Programs

August 15 Monday  - If you’re in or near Portland, ME (or know friends who will be),
stop to see Marni Gillard tell “Fionn MacCumhail Tales” at Seanachie Nights at Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Seanachie Nights is (usually) every third Monday of the month. Admission: Free ($9 suggested donation). Email Lynne Cullen at thetwacorbies@yahoo.com or call 207-846-1321

September 18 Sunday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Story Sunday :Words: Naked and Clothed” with Dan Berggeren and Jeannine Laverty who together bring their usual luscious pairing of story and song. Whether they tell from lands far or near, their work celebrates the earth and our place on it.

At Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue Scotia NY 12302.  Menu: TBA $31/person ($28 for first timers) reservations 518-384-1700 sc@katedudding.com

September 19  Monday  - If you’re in or near Portland, ME (or know friends who will be),
stop to see Marni Gillard tell “Fionn MacCumhail Tales” at Seanachie Nights at Bull Feeney's Irish Pub/Restaurant, 375 Fore Street, Portland, Maine
Seanachie Nights is (usually) every third Monday of the month. Admission: Free ($9 suggested donation). Email Lynne Cullen at thetwacorbies@yahoo.com or call 207-846-1321

October 2 Sunday 7:00 pm, Sonny and Perley will present a Unique Blend of Jazz with International Cabaret and Great American Songbook Standards at the Home of Dee and Frank Wind, 1400 Sunset Rd, Castleton, NY. There is a $10 per person donation which will be given to the performers. We will provide beverages. If you would like to bring snacks or beverages that would be great. Telephone:  518-458-1781.

Tellabration 2011

“Shared Laughter”

November 13 Sunday, 2:00 p.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 on Monday September 12; or

(b) The Story Circle meeting on Tuesday September 20.

People who have told at a previous Tellabration can submit a tape/CD 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 flyer WIDE 8-3-2011.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  
Copy Editors        

Discount Distributors (give out $2 bills to newcomers as they enter the GE Theatre)
Door Prizes                                                                                                                         

Photographer     
Refreshment Co-Chairs


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-8-3-2011.pdf

Among Ourselves

Janet Glantz of Otego NY will be a featured teller at the Smithy Pioneer Gallery in Cooperstown.  She recently performed for the Harris Memorial Library in Otego, NY. On June 29th, her theme was "Critters and Creatures Large and Small." Then on July 27, she presented a program on Folktales and Fairytales from around the world.

Workshops and Conferences

August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 7:15 – 9:00 pm Wednesdays in August Marni  Gillard is offering “Collecting and Connecting our Memories”. Come at 7 for tea. $120 for the series. Call to reserve your spot. 381-9474. 833 Parkside Ave. Schenectady 12309

September 17 Saturday 8:30 am to 4 pm Marni Gillard leads "Reconnecting to the Wild Writer Within," a day of writing exercises and sharing our ongoing or newly created work.

Acomplimentary morning snack will be served but please bring your own lunch.

Cost $65 - Checks payable to Amy Musiker, 146 Glenmont Rd. Glenmont, NY 12077, the workshop site. Please send a $30 deposit to guarantee your space. This is the third of an ongoing series for writers who would like to work in an atmosphere of encouragement. Newcomers are welcome. Contact Amy at 937-5393 or a.musiker@yahoo.com to register and Marni with questions at 381-9474 or marni@marnigillard.com.

Looking Ahead

SAVE THE DATE - March 16, 17, 18, 2012. SHARING THE FIRE 2012,

The Northeast Storytelling Conference sponsored by LANES-League for the Advancement of North East Storytellers is coming to Albany, NY at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel. A weekend of storytelling workshops, performances and great opportunities to network and share with storytellers and story-lovers from all over New York, New England and beyond! Saturday's keynote speaker will be the nationally known storyteller, educator and coach Kevin Cordi, PhD. Many members of the Tri-City area will be called upon to help make this the most successful conference in its 31 year history. For more information about the Conference and about LANES, contact Yvonne Zinicola, Lanes executive director at LANESdirector@gmail.com or go to the website www.LANES.org

 

 

Question of the Month

Answers to the June/July question: Are artists liars?

From Marni Gillard: As the poem (see page one) says, TRUTH is our work. We fashion words (or dances or illustrations or sculptures or symphonies) out of an inner sense of truth. Will it always be factual? Heck, no. And while we do playfully call ourselves liars, or collect in "liars' clubs" (tall-tale-tellers), but we are truth-seekers sharing our take on life's mysteries.

 

From Kate Dudding: I don't think artists are liars. However, there is a well-known saying that storytellers do not let the truth stand in the way of a good story. I think artists reframe the truth to make their point. I think the best artists reframe the truth without impinging on its heart.

 

Question for August/September

How can we best advertise our storytelling events?

 

 

 

See You Next Time

 

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 from 6:15 – 9:00 pm at the Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library. 

Addresses and DIRECTIONS: (August 17). Note the place!  Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library 517 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 near Allen Street at “the Point”.

(September 20) 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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