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December  2011 - January 2012

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 color of springtime is in the flowers, the color of winter is in the imagination.”  Terri Guillemets

 

Story Circle Business News

 

Meetings – Open to the Public - 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 December 21 at the Pine Hills Library 7:00 pm (Holiday Meeting) Story Theme Tales of the Kind and the Unkind Girls; Facilitator – Joe Doolittle.  Tuesday January 17 Colonie at 7:00 pm with facilitator Carol Connolly. February 15 Kate Dudding will facilitate and lead a roundtable on “Personal Stories”.

October 19 Meeting – No Report.

Meeting held on Tuesday November 15 Facilitator Carol Connolly,

Stories told:

Kate Dudding--"Knitting"--original
Adam Hoffman--"Jorinda and Joringel"--from Grimm
Dave Ross--"The Storytelling Stone"--Seneca legend

Tales 'n Tunes--"The Lion's at the Door"--Egyptian Folktale

Listener: Sandy Shuman

Did you Know?

2012 dues are DUE! And 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.

Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area

December 14, Wednesday at 7:00-9:00 p.m. Arrive at 6:30 for a tour of the Sanctuary with Rabbi David Eligberg before the Story Circle begins. Theme: Sacred Holidays at Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Avenue, Albany NY 12208 (just east of S. Allen Street., next to St. Peter’s Hospital)

Facilitator: Sandor (Sandy) Schuman. What makes a holiday sacred, or more or less so? Stories convey the historical basis for holidays, as well as their symbols, practices, and meaning. Sometimes, through the telling of a holiday story, we say something on a more personal level about ourselves, our families, and our communities. Sandy will open the circle with his story, Same and Different: The Never-Ending Story of Chanukah, and then invite others to share their stories of sacred holidays. Parking: Enter the building from the parking lot, which is located behind the building and can be accessed from either New Scotland Avenue or Hackett Boulevard. Directions: Detailed directions and a map are available at http://www.templeisraelalbany.org/?page_id=105 or call 518‑438‑7858.

“Winter Lights” on Sunday January 22 at 2:00 pm at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Americas 283 Central Avenue Albany. For more information, call Anne Snyder at (518) 869-5247. http://www.interfaithstory.org/events.shtml

Children at the Well (CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml. Find them on Facebook! For more information: 518-785-7842, paulabweiss@gmail.com Now looking for young teens who are interested in learning to tell stories, and who are interested in meeting kids from other traditions!

Children at the Well Youth Storytellers will start the 2012 session on January 8. We’ll meet on Sunday afternoons every week until April. Please contact Paula Weiss at 785-7842 or paulabweiss@gmail.com if you would like to find out more. childrenatthewell.org

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 Monday December 14 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/sc/Open%20Mics.shtml

OPEN MIC in Saratoga Monday January 9 (Tentative) at Caffé Lena.  There will be a Featured Teller. Signups to tell stories at 6:45 p.m. Stories begin at 7:00 pm.  47 Phila Street Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022.

http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/sc/Open%20Mics.shtml 

 

Family Programs

December 3 Saturday 10:30 am at the Woodstock Library -- "Groovin' in the Garden" CD Launch: One-hour Story Laurie family concert, featuring some of Laurie’s favorite tales, and a heap of songs from the CD, of course! Woodstock Library District 5 Library Lane Woodstock, NY 12489. Call:  845 .679 .2213  email: info@woodstock.org. Free.

December 4 Sunday, 2-6 pm, Hamden Inn, Main Street Hamden NY  -- Story Laurie & John Jacobson of The Tremperskill Boys (& perchance a few other members of the Tremperskill gang) will provide music and lead a jam & sing-along for the Farm Catskills Holiday Gathering & Annual Meeting. (Music starts ~3 pm) (607) 746-9345.

December 31 New Year's Eve - First Night Oneonta: Hour-long Story Laurie concert of stories & songs, just right for the family. Time & Location TBD.

January 22 Sunday 2:00 pm “Winter Lights” at the Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Americas 283 Central Avenue Albany. For more information, call Anne Snyder at (518) 869-5247. http://www.interfaithstory.org/events.shtml

 

Adult Programs

December 3 Saturday 6:30 pm, Bovina Community Hall -- Story Laurie joins Hilton & Stella Kelly in providing musical entertainment for Farming Bovina’s “Harvest Dinner” to benefit the Bovina Public Library. At the Bovina Town Hall. The dinner runs from 5-8 pm. Advance tickets can be purchased at the Bovina Library ($12 adults; $6 kids), or at the door ($15/$7).

December 6  7:00 pm The Story Space is the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00pm Open telling (8-minute time limit) followed by a Feature. Long-time tellers and those new to storytelling alike will find this the ideal place to sharpen skills and try out new material before an audience that truly listens. This week, the Tongue-in-Cheek Storytellers (Kevin Brooks, Laura Packer & Bruce Marcus) present: “Thanksgivings from Hell!” We can only hope that you've digested your holiday dinner by now.... At the out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge (near Central Sq.) See http://www.storyspace.org for full details. $5.00 requested donation.

December 13 Tuesday 7:00 pm The Story Space is the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00pm Open telling (8-minute time limit) followed by a Feature. Long-time tellers and those new to storytelling alike will find this  the ideal place to sharpen skills and try out new material before an audience that truly listens. This week, Michele Carlo, At the out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge (near Central Sq.) See http://www.storyspace.org for full details. $5.00 requested donation.
December 10 Saturday 6:00 – 9:00 pm, Cabaradio Live! at the Pine Hill Community Center (and airing on WIOX Radio 91.3 FM) -- As one of the evening's musical guests, Story Laurie will share some songs from the new CD. Pine Hill Community Center PO Box 647 287 Main Street Pine Hill, NY 12465. 845-254-5469.

December 14, Wednesday at 7:00-9:00 p.m. Arrive at 6:30 for a tour of the Sanctuary. Theme: Sacred Holidays at Temple Israel, 600 New Scotland Avenue, Albany NY 12208 (just east of S. Allen Street, next to St. Peter’s Hospital) What makes a holiday sacred, or more or less so? Stories convey the historical basis for holidays, as well as their symbols, practices, and meaning. Sometimes, through the telling of a holiday story, we say something on a more personal level about ourselves, our families, and our communities. Sandy Shuman will open the circle with his story, Same and Different: The Never-Ending Story of Chanukah, and then invite others to share their stories of sacred holidays. Parking: Enter the building from the parking lot, which is located behind the building and can be accessed from either New Scotland Avenue or Hackett Boulevard.

Directions: Detailed directions and a map are available at http://www.templeisraelalbany.org/?page_id=105 or call 518‑438‑7858.

December 20 Tuesday 7:00 pm Tuesday 7:00 pm The Story Space is the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00pm Open telling (8-minute time limit) followed by a Feature. Long-time tellers and those new to storytelling alike will find this the ideal place to sharpen skills and try out new material before an audience that truly listens. This week, Open telling  At the out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge (near Central Sq.) See http://www.storyspace.org for full details. $5.00 requested donation.

December 27 Tuesday 7:00 pm Tuesday 7:00 pm The Story Space is the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00pm Open telling (8-minute time limit) followed by a Feature. Long-time tellers and those new to storytelling alike will find this the ideal place to sharpen skills and try out new material before an audience that truly listens. This week, Yana Sherman. At the out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge (near Central Sq.) See http://www.storyspace.org for full details. $5.00 requested donation.

December 29 Thursday 7:00 - 8:45 pm Stories for Inquiring Minds presents "Growing up – Growing Wise" with Claire Nolan  and Janet Carter.  At Inquiring Mind Bookstore, corner of Partition and Main Street, Saugerties NY 845 246 5775. (call to confirm!)  Donations accepted.

January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8 Wednesdays Noon - 1 pm. The Academy for Lifelong Learning Fourth Annual Storytellers Series (cancelled if Saratoga Springs schools are closed).
Snow date February 15.  The academy for Lifelong Learning is located in Room 126 at 2 Union Ave.
SUNY Empire State College in Saratoga Springs.  Jan. 4 - Margaret French: Muddling Through.  Jan. 11 Carol Gregson: Latest News from the Howling Wilderness. Jan. 18Kate Dudding: My Most Requested Stories. Jan. 25 - Joe Peck: Farm Stories. Feb. 1 - Betty McCanty: From Sunshine and Shadow, A Lifetime of Stories. Feb. 8 - Betty Cassidy: Life Stories.  For more information and to register contact Marcia Greenson Secretary, Academy for Lifelong Learning 111 West Avenue Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, telephone 518-587-2100, ext. 2415 e-mail www.esc.edu/ALL

January 14 Saturday 7:00 The Gershwin Brothers with Kate Dudding  before Bebe Neuwirth  In the Pre-show Spoken Word Programs in Robb Alley Acclaimed performers extend the theme of Proctors shows with captivating tales. Stop in before the show and enjoy the stories!  Robb Alley in Proctors Theater  432 State St. Schenectady NY http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/pre-show.shtml Free.

January 15 Sunday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Story Sunday : Stories of Shining Moments  with
Three Spirits:
Kent Busman, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, and Harlan Ratmeyer

As Mr. Rogers wrote:“In the external scheme of things, shining moments are as brief as the twinkling of an eye, yet such twinkling’s are what eternity is made of moments when we human beings can say 'I love you,' 'I'm proud of you,' 'I forgive you,' 'I'm grateful for you.' That's what eternity is made of: invisible, imperishable good stuff." At Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue Scotia NY 12302.  Menu: Beef Tenderloin Tips; Baked Scrod; Eggplant Picatta

 $31/person ($28 for first timers) reservations 518-384-1700 sc@katedudding.com

January 29 Sunday 2:00 pm.  Word Plays with Four Stories High: Jane Ainslie, Carol Connolly,
Mary Murphy and Barbara Palumbo
: The highly-acclaimed storytelling quartet will be your guide to Taking Liberties -- stretching time, suspending belief, exploring the paranormal, unleashing one's spirit -- breaking barriers, becoming free! Word Plays: Storytelling at Proctors
Our Fifth Season in The Fenimore Gallery

If you're one of those people who lingers in your car long after reaching a destination just to hear the end of Garrison Keillor's "The News from Lake Wobegon" or Ira Glass on "This American Life," then Word Plays is for you.  At Word Plays, superb performers tell rarely heard contemporary and traditional stories about being human. Word Plays is an experience shared between the audience and the performer, combining the intensity of a solo performer with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation. Enjoy the art work in The Fenimore Gallery as the exhibitions and the stories change over the course of the year. Wine, beer and soda are available at the cash bar before the show starts and during intermission. After the show, you can meet the performers. The Gallery is on the second floor above the Box Office, accessible by stairs or elevator. $16 Free Parking Look for a $4 OFF COUPON at http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/word-plays.shtml  (redeemable at Proctor's Box Office) NEW GROUP RATE groups of 8 or more pay only $8 per ticket at the Box Office.

 

Opportunity for Youth Storytellers

December 2011- April 2012Children at the Well is actively seeking Youth Storytellers ages 11 – 16 for an Interfaith Storytelling experience.  This fee based program ($150.00 per student; $250.00 per family of two) runs from January 8 through early April.  The program will culminate in a student storytelling concert.  Children at the Well provides 36+ hours of individualized professional training in storytelling as well as year-round opportunities to be involved in storytelling-related events.  Students will have the opportunity to make new friends from many backgrounds. For more information contact Paula Weiss, telephone: 518-785-7842 or email:  paulabweiss@gmail.com

 

Tellabration News

               Thank you to everyone involved in this year's Tellabration -- the tellers who diligently prepared their stories and told them with such skill, the other volunteers who emceed and proofread and handed out discounts and planned and baked and "door prized" and stood at the Artists and food tables and served our listeners so well.
              It was a great afternoon of stories. One listener sent Kate an email at 5:39 that evening: "Just a note to say that I LOVED, LOVED Tellabration today, I just got home and had to write. Thank you to all your storytellers."
             Another told Kate: "I've never been to a storytelling performance before. It was just so wonderful -- all those different stories and the tellers were so relaxed when they shared them."
            140 people came this year. $600 was raised, so added to last year's $200, we have enough money to offer 4 $200 storytelling grants to area libraries and museums!
            Bravo!!!
Kate and Joe

Among Ourselves

 

At the end of April 2012, Kate Dudding will be presenting her 90-minute workshop “People Who Made a Difference: Stories that Nurture Our Spirits” at the 2012 Northlands Storytelling Conference in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

 

Story Laurie announces that her brand new CD: Story Laurie & Friends "Groovin' in the Garden" -- featuring Story Laurie's stunning vocals backed by a passel of spectacular musicians. Chock full of fun dance-around the kitchen tunes and tender songs that'll make you smile, "Groovin' in the Garden" is guaranteed to be a hit for folks of all ages. You will love Laurie's original tunes, as well as her take on some old classics that'll make you kick off your shoes & shake it! It's the perfect holiday gift! You can order signed, personalized copies now by contacting Laurie at storylaurie@gmail.com or (845) 676-4727; or via Paypal by visiting www.storylaurie.com

                    

Looking Ahead

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

MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR STF: a conference providing workshops, keynote speaker, Kevin Cordi and performances.  This is an opportunity to network with other storytellers from the Region and beyond. Kevin Cordi, Internationally known Story Teacher, Performer and Writer will present his "Unlocking the Puzzle of Learning with Story." This Conference provides an inviting and supporting atmosphere where both seasoned veterans and beginning storytellers and their audiences may share the warmth provided by a great tale being told. Whether the story is told at a swap, featured performance or over a cup of coffee in some obscure corner this is not your average Storytelling Conference. Old memories will be shared, and new memories will be made; come be a part of our story! For more information please go to: www.lanes.org

 

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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 at the Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library. 

Addresses and DIRECTIONS: (December 21 at 6:00 pm). Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library 517 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 near Allen Street at “the Point”.

(January 17) 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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