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December  2010 January 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

 

I prefer winter and fall, when you feel the bone structure of the landscape. Something waits beneath it; the whole story doesn't show.
                                                                                               
Andrew Wyeth

 

Story Circle Business News

           

Meetings:

Meeting Notes: October 20 Circle Meeting: Facilitator: Carol Connolly
Stories told:
Joe Doolittle           Two Lawrences                            historical
Dave Ross                Brother's Incident                     family
Claire Beetlestone   Stoning                                       ancient Moroccan tale
Listeners:
Don Darmer, Kate Dudding, Sandy Schuman, Adam Hoffman, Fran Berger and Claire Nolan
The meeting began with a roundtable discussion of Language and Voice. We will continue the roundtable in February with a discussion of Voice and Physical Instrument and Performance Skills.

Meeting Notes: November 16 Circle Meeting: Facilitator Marni Gillard
We started with images of Thanksgiving - from cutting up onions the night before and playing with visiting cousins or driving to grandma's and sitting at the kids' tables to the excruciating WAIT for the turkey and getting caught sticking fingers in the leftovers.
Tellers and tales:
Dave Ross               Dad's War Tale                      family tale
Bob Racey               Americana                              original life tale
Nancy Payne           Magic Shoes                           original fairytale
Kate Dudding          My Father's Daughter            original life tale
Sandy Schumann    If Not Higher                          I. L. Peretz
Marni Gillard         The Shoemaker and the Elves  The Road in Storyland
Listener:                 Dale Blanchet

Story for the Annual Holiday Circle Meeting on Wednesday, December 15 at Guilderland Public Library is “One Story, Different Voices: Snow White” Bring a Dish to Share! 

2011 First Story Circle Meeting at Colonie Library Tuesday,  January 18.

 

 

Did you Know?

Dues are DUE the First of Januaru 2011 and are STILL a bargain at $10.00 per year. 

Please use the form on Page 7.

 

For snowy and inclement weather, 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

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

Children at the Well (CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml. First Meeting is on Sunday January 9. 2011. The Season runs for 10 weeks with a performance on April 3.  Find them on Facebook!

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
December 16
, Wednesday 7:00-9:00 p.m. Interfaith Story Circle Trust, Leaps of Faith and Courage Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary at the College of St. Rose, 959 Madison Avenue, Albany, NY

Facilitator: Pam Mertz http://www.interfaithstory.org/events.shtml

January 16 Sunday 2:00 pm Interfaith Story Circle A Winter Lights Telling at St. Helen’s Church 1801 Union Street Niskayuna, NY 12309-6396 http://www.interfaithstory.org/events.shtml
December 2 and January 6 Open Mic at Robb Alley in Proctor’s Theater held every first Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm and open to all styles of music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling. Proctors OPEN MIC Performer registration from 7 to 7:25 PM. Performances start at 7:30. Participants play two songs or speak for 10 minutes. There is no featured performer at the Weekly Open Mic.  Bring your friends, your instruments, your voices! Singers, tellers, poets, all welcome.

December 8 Wednesday OPEN MIC in Saratoga – Signups to tell stories at 6:45 p.m. Stories begin at 7:00 pm at Woodlawn Commons, 156 Lawrence St. Directions to Woodlawn Commons: From Broadway in Saratoga, turn West on Church St. Turn right on Seward St.  (if you get as far as the hospital, you've gone one block too far). Turn right again on Clement St. (at the 2nd stop sign) Look for Hospice and turn in.  Woodlawn is the big yellow building straight ahead. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/index.shtml

January 10 Monday OPEN MIC in Saratoga – Signups to tell stories at 6:45 p.m. Stories begin at 7:00 pm at Caffé  Lena47 Phila Street Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022. 6:45; telling from 7 until 9 pm.  Featured teller is Lale Davidson. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/index.shtml

 

Family Programs

December 4 Saturday 11:00 AMDecember 5 Sunday 5:00 PM Cindy Rivka Marshall – “Animal Tales Story Swap” at the Gorse Mill Studios Open House Artists studios will be open Saturday, December 4, 11am-5pm and Sunday, December 5, noon-5pm. At 2:00 pm both Saturday and Sunday Cindy Rivka Marshall will be telling a historical story of a mill worker. On Sunday 3-5pm Cindy will be telling stories from her new CD "Bear's Tail and other Animal Tales" and inviting all ages to take part in a story swap (5 minutes maximum.). Come hear folktales from around the world. Come share your story about animals - amusing pet adventures... an encounter with a wild animal...a favorite legend... squirrels in the attic...everyone has an Animal Tale! There will lots of wonderful arts and crafts on display and for sale during the open studios, including painting, photography, pottery, glassblowing demonstrations, and more. Come visit! Gorse Mill Studios, 31 Thorpe Rd. Needham, MA For more information contact Cindy Rivka Marshall
Phone: 781-444-1986 Email: 
cindy@cindymarshall.com

December 3 Friday 7:30 pm “Fairy Tales by Candlelight”  with Diane Wolkstein and  Michael Braudy
Master storyteller
Diane Wolkstein will tell Russian fairy tales, accompanied by Michael Braudy on violin, in an intimate setting in New York’s Greenwich Village. Admission: $18.00. Please e–mail mbraudy@mindspring.com if you wish to attend.

December 5 Sunday 1:30 – 4:30 p.m. “The Minstrel and the Storyteller” with Gerard Edery and Peninnah Schram  during the Family Hanukkah Celebration at the Museum of Jewish Heritage A Living Memorial to the Holocaust.  Edmond J. Safra Plaza 36 Battery Place, New York City.
Craft Activities (Free with concert ticket)
2:30 p.m. Celebrate Hanukkah with whimsical tales and songs starring kings, queens, sages, and tricksters that will capture the imagination of the entire family. For ages 3 and up. Admission: $10.00 ($7.00 for children 10 and under) Museum members: $7.00 ($5.00 for children 10 and under). Contact: 1.646.437.4200

December 10 Friday 6:30 p.m. Tales 'n Tunes “Holly Jolly Holiday” a family program at the New Lebanon Library. http://www.talesntunes.net/
December 11 Saturday
11:00 to Noon and 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Tales 'n Tunes “Holly Jolly Holiday”  Two family programs as part of the Athens NY Victorian Stroll at the D.R. Evarts Library. http://www.talesntunes.net/

December 11 Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Storytelling with Hans Christian Andersen Storyteller Kaye Lindauer  “The Legend of the Christmas Rose” at the Scandinavia House
58 Park Avenue, New York City(four blocks south of Grand Central Station) Admission: Free (Suitable for children ages 5 and up) Some of New York’s most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North. Artistic Director: Diane Wolkstein Contact: 1.212.879.9779 or hca@amscan.org
January 8 Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon Storytelling with Hans Christian Andersen Storyteller Regina RessStories from Sweden” at the Scandinavia House 58 Park Avenue, New York City(four blocks south of Grand Central Station) Admission: Free (Suitable for children ages 5 and up) Artistic Director: Diane Wolkstein Contact: 1.212.879.9779 or hca@amscan.org
Some of New York’s most famous storytellers bring to life exciting tales of mythical creatures and fantastic adventures from Scandinavia and the far North.

January 19 & 20 Wednesday and Thursday  All Day. Tales 'n Tunes "Story Safari"  at the Shenendehowa Preschools. Sponsored by the Shenendehowa Preschool PTA. http://www.talesntunes.net/

 

Adult Programs

Dececmber 2 Thursday 9:00 pm “A Tribute to Brother Blue” at the Squawk Coffeehouse, the venerable (since 1988) weekly Cambridge hootenanny, pays tribute to storytelling giant Brother Blue, just over a year since his passing. Come prepared to share something to honor Blue during the open mic. $3 cover. Harvard Epworth Church, 1555 Mass. Ave. (just north of Harvard Sq.), Cambridge, MA For more information: http://www.angelfire.com/music/squawk/index.html

December 3 Friday 12:30 p.m. Stories for Adults with Kate Dudding and Carol Gregson. Kate will be sharing one of her Julia Child stories as well as her brand new story about William Kamkwamba, the boy who harnessed the wind. Barnes and Noble, Wilton Square, Route 50, Saratoga Springs, NY. FREE.

December 8 Wednesday 6:00 PM “Stories of the Season” with Alden (Joe) Doolittle at the  Schenectady Inner City Ministry (SICM) Scotia Reformed Church, Ballston Ave, Scotia, NY Pot luck, free.

December 12 Sunday 3:00 pm "Three Spirits tell Stories of the Season" – with Kent Busman, Alden (Joe) Doolittle and  Harlan Ratmeyer, three of the region’s most whimsical and engaging storytellers share stories of the Joy,  Wonder  and Awe that come with the Holiday Season. At the Caffé Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY.  $20 A Holiday benefit for Caffé Lena! Includes dessert and coffee. Tickets  at 800-838-3066 and CaffeLena.org.

December 14 Tuesday 6:00 pm. Storytelling at the Cornelia Street Café with host/curator Barbara Aliprantis at 29 Cornelia Street, Greenwich Village, New York City. Year End Festival Celebrating 14 Years of Storytelling: No theme, no judging, no contest — just great fun, and stories with heart! Featured Teller: Thomas Pryor …and Cameo slots (5 to 7 minute limit) for as many tellers time will allow! Thomas Pryor's work has appeared in The New York Times (where his blog is listed on their Blog Roll), Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, American Public Media's A Prairie Home Companion, New York Press, Underground Voices Magazine, Opium Magazine Online, Our Town and Ducts. His story, "Madame Butterfly Goes Down" is part of Thomas Beller's anthology, Lost and Found: Stories from New York. He's written his first book, Yorkville: Stoops to Nuts. He has a weekly radio show on the Centanni Broadcasting Network, and recently appeared on the WNET/Thirteen television program Baseball: A New York Love Story. Admission: $7.00 cover (includes one drink).  Reservations: 1.212.989.9319

December 18 Saturday 6:30 PM Marlborough Tavern Presents Storyteller Carolyn Stearns on Dec 18th at 8 p.m. Come early for dinner (reservations encouraged). Then at 8 p.m. settle in for a delightful performance of "Christmas Spirits" Carolyn Stearns's Original epic holiday tale. Tickets for the storytelling are $10.00 (dinner is separate and the full menu will be available) Treat someone to a night of Holiday tradition at Marlborough Tavern at the junction of Rte 66 & S.Main St. Marlborough,Ct. Location: Marlborough Tavern in Marlborough Ct. Bottom of Form

Phone: 860-295-8229

January 5 Wednesday noon – 1:00 pm The Academy For Lifelong Learning presents the 3rd Annual STORYTELLERS SERIES with Kate Dudding telling “Julia Child: Cook and Nifty Wench” in         Room 126, 2 Union Avenue, Empire State College, Saratoga Springs Snow date: Feb. 9 or 16.  For additional information, call: 587-2100, ext. 2415

January 9, Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Story Sunday at the Glen Sanders Mansion, 1 Glen Street, Scotia, NY , “Three Spirits Tell Stories to Warm a Winter’s Night”  Kent Busman, Joe Doolittle and Harlan Ratmeyer. Benefit for the Center for the Spirit and Healing at Albany Medical Center & Capital District/Tapologo Hospice/First Reformed South African Partnership, $30 with Dinner, Menu choices: Chicken Alexander, Beef Tenderloin Tips and Egg Noodles or Pasta Primavera, Reservations 518.384-1700

 January 12 Wednesday noon – 1:00 pm The Academy For Lifelong Learning presents the 3rd Annual STORYTELLERS SERIES with Joe Peck telling “Johnny Appleseed and other Farm Stories” in Room 126, 2 Union Avenue, Empire State College, Saratoga Springs Snow date: Feb. 9 or 16.  For additional information, call: 587-2100, ext. 2415 
January 19 Wednesday noon – 1:00 pm The Academy For Lifelong Learning presents the 3rd Annual STORYTELLERS SERIES with Betty Cassidy telling “Portraits: Old and New” in Room 126, 2 Union Avenue, Empire State College, Saratoga Springs Snow date: Feb. 9 or 16.  For additional information, call: 587-2100, ext. 2415   
 
January 22 Saturday 7:00 pm Laughing Matters: Humorous Stories before the Flying Karamazov Brothers with Fran Combs Berger. Pre-Show Spoken Word Program in Robb Alley at Proctors Theater 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305. Free 

January 23 Sunday 2:00 pm. “Savor” Word Plays with Kate Dudding and Jeannine Laverty.  Savoring food, friendship, the challenges of life -- stories have been showing us how to do this for centuries. Come listen with relish! In the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors Theater 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305. $16.00. Look for a Money Saving Coupon: http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/wp%20fourth%20season%201%20coupon.pdfTickets at the Proctor’s Box Office: http://www.proctors.org/.  Free Parking.

January 26 Wednesday noon – 1:00 pm The Academy For Lifelong Learning presents the 3rd Annual STORYTELLERS SERIES with Carol Gregson telling “The Latest News from the Adirondacks” in Room 126, 2 Union Avenue, Empire State College, Saratoga Springs Snow date: Feb. 9 or 16.  For additional information, call: 587-2100, ext. 2415   
February 2 Wednesday noon – 1:00 pm The Academy For Lifelong Learning presents the 3rd Annual STORYTELLERS SERIES with Margaret French telling “Family Matters” in Room 126, 2 Union Avenue, Empire State College, Saratoga Springs Snow date: Feb. 9 or 16.  For additional information, call: 587-2100, ext. 2415 


Tellabration News

By Kate Dudding and Alden (Joe) Doolittle

We want to thank everyone who helped with Tellabration this year and provided a wonderful story-filled and food-filled afternoon for about 160 people.
Thanks to all the tellers with their delightful stories: Joe Peck's surprising tale of the historical incidents involving the humble dairy cow; Adam's [Hoffman] two humorous folk tales brought to life with his monkey voice and actions, and the triumphal cry of the Irishman outwitting the landowner; Margaret's [French] true story, told in her own understated humorous way, of her one attempt at teaching English literature and poetry to men in a maximum security prison; Janet's [Carter] literary tale of a school performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream with evocative gestures and telling looks to the audience; Betty's [McCanty] charming story of walking across Niagara Falls, to her mother's dismay and to her teacher's scorn (if she'd known about it); Kent [Busman], a Reformed Church minister, with his Adirondack tall tale filled with the ironic refrain "But that's a lie!" ; Claire's latest exciting episode of Nolan family lore, once again involving her brother Ed but this time with a poisonous snake; and Fran's [Berger] animated telling of Sody Saluratus, complete with mouth-pops and a chirpy squirrel. [And Kate’ Duddings wonderful story about a Jew a Muslim and a Hindu … ] (Ed.)
All the refreshments arrived and were served promptly under Nancy's [Payne] excellent guidance -- yum!
We heartily thank you all, for Tellabration and for all you do for storytelling throughout the year.
If you have any suggestions for improvements to Tellabration, please send them to us:
aldenjoe@nycap.rr.com  kduddin1@nycap.rr.com  We do know that the complimentary seats for sponsors should NOT be in the middle of the audience for sponsors who are not coming.
Thanks again and we hope that your Thanksgiving celebrations exceed your expectations.

Question of the Month

For December/January: When and how did you realize you were a storyteller?

E-mail your answers to cbnolou@yahoo.com and I will print them in the February/March issue of the Talespinner.

Question for October/November: Where do you find the inspiration for your stories?

Answer from Marni Gillard:

Right from the beginning, I somehow just started opening to the idea that stories would show up. I did SOME reading, but I can remember at least two stories that kind of invisibly called to me. One was from the cover illustration of a book – The Man Who Could Call Down Owls by Eve Bunting – Charles Mikolaycak did the illustration. I still love that story. The other was inside a Cricket Magazine. I opened it to a story called “The Storyteller”. That was cool! Then I found a fairytale book I’d loved as a child and was amazed that some of the stories still gave me the chills. Several were keepers for telling. I found Grace O’Malley by listening to a Cathie Ryan’s song. Then one day looking for Irish historical novels, there was a woman on a pirate ship. Ah, the STORY behind the song. I was smitten. Each of my life stories comes from a single image that has stayed with me. I’ve simply built the story around that one image. It happens again and again, some image turns up in my consciousness and whispers, “tell me” - which really means investigate why I am still important to you. Thanks for asking!



                                  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 (usually) at the Guilderland Public Library. On October 20 the meeting will be at the Pine Hills Library in Albany.

DIRECTIONS: Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue,(Route 20) Guilderland, West of Route 155, on the South side of Route 20 (December 15). Note the time!  6:30 – 8:00 pm!!!! “One Story Different Voices: Snow White”

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.  (January 18) 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

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