The Newsletter of the Story Circle of the Capital District
Editor and Publisher: Claire Nolan 11 Norwood Street Albany, NY 12203
(518) 209-6477 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our web site at http://timesunion.com/communities/storycircle
February 2008 – March 2008
It takes a thousand voices to tell
a single story
Story Circle Business News
2007 – GPL February
Meeting – February 20, 2008 6:15 – 9:00
Nancy Payne *Facilitator* -- "Little Red"
Betty Cassidy -- "Little Red"
Margaret French -- "Little Red" -- Chinese folk tale revisited
Micki Groper -- "Little Red"
Adam Hoffman -- "The Wolf and Little Red"
-- "The Girl, the
Mouse and Baba Yaga"-- Russian fairy tale
Kate Dudding -- "The Grandmother's Tale"
Koenig – “Red”
Arden – “Little Red Ridin’ in the Hood”
Randall – “Little Red Riding Hood”
Sandy Schuman, Bert Schou, Joe Doolittle, and Claire Nolan
– Colonie March
Meeting March 19, 2008 7:00 - 9:00
15, 2008 Carol Connolly, Facilitator
Peggy Cimino-- "Clever Gretchen" --from Clever Gretchen and Other
Kate Dudding-- "Brotherly Love"-- original
Adam Hoffman--"The Grateful Crab"-- from Japanese Tales
Joe Doolittle-- "Come By Here" and "Ben's Piano"
Nancy Payne-- "The Laugh" --tall tale adapted
Micki Groper-- "The Blind Girl" --as heard in a sermon
Tales 'n Tunes-- "Lazy Jack" --Folktale from British Isles
Dale Blanchet, Louise Koenig, Bess Arden, Bob Racey
Meetings run from 7:00 to 9:00
p.m. at the William K. Sanford Public Library and 6:15 to 9:00 p.m. at the
Guilderland Library (GPL). At GPL, we will have a topic for panel/roundtable
March 16 2:00 Interfaith Story Circle - Children at the Well
Youth Storytelling: Hindu, Christian, Islamic and
Jewish Young People
share stories from their traditions. Place TBA. For more information:
MICS in Saratoga
the Second Wednesday of each month.
13 – Woodlawn
Commons 156 Lawrence St. 7:00 sign ups.
Directions: 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. Woodlawn is the big yellow building nearby.
Café Lena 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs.
sign ups; 7:00 Storytelling. Phone: 583-0022.
MIC in Schenectady
March 5 6:45 sign ups, 7:00 pm begins storytelling
at Proctors: Open
Mic, formerly at the Moon and River Café, is teaming up with Art Night
Performances the third Friday night of each month. We will be telling
at the small stage in Robb Alley, adjacent to the Muddy
Cup Coffee House, just off the main entrance to Proctors. It is a
visible, fun space and provides great exposure for storytelling. Consider
signing up to tell – or to be a Featured Teller in the future!
- Beginning January 26; all shows start at 7:30 pm, $15 per
Story Circle of the Capital District is pleased to announce the first
season of Word Plays, a series of storytelling
performances for adults. Word Plays appears monthly
in The Gallery at Proctors in Schenectady.
The programs showcase regional and nationally known storytellers.
Gusto January 26 with Kate Dudding and Nancy Marie Payne
Procrastination February 23 with Kent Busman, Jeannine Laverty
and Joe Peck
Fear March 15 with Marni Gillard and Mary Murphy
Inappropriate Behavior April 12 with Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Karen
Naked Hearts May 10 with Motoko and Eshu Bumpus
Tickets are available online: http://www.proctors.org/events
February 8, 2008,
7:30 pm First
Reformed Church of Schenectady; Northeast corner Union
Streets; Schenectady Stockade Historic District IF THE STOCKADE WALLS COULD
TALK - 318 YEARS LATER. Part of the Schenectady Colonial Festival
stories, poetry, music and readings about what took place 318 years
ago; featured teller Joe Doolittle. Program followed by
Refreshments and Exhibits.
Tom Weakley at Lena's - After years of talking
about it Tom Weakley says he's really going to retire. Some of us thought
it fun to use the excuse to draw him onto the stage one last time. (He may be
carrying a "going out of business sign!) The program will be a
benefit for FINCA International, the group which has fought poverty in the
third world for the past 20 years by granting small loans to women. That
may or may not inform Tom's stories that night, although we're prepared for him
to tell anything he likes. Hold the date! Details to follow!
from 12;00 – 2:00 Bairbre McCarthy, Storytelling and Book
Signing at Celtic Treasures, 456 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, NY 12866. Telephone
: 518 583 9452. This
event is organized as part of Saratoga Winterfest and Saratoga Reads. Bairbre will tell stories from
her latest book, The Keeper of the Crock of Gold, published in Ireland by Mercier Press. It is a
hard-covered book, and includes 10 original leprechaun stories, beautifully
illustrated by Czech artist, Oldrich Jelen.
February 9 at
1pm: Winter Tales at Thatcher Nature Center
up with hot chocolate and enjoy wintry tales with storyteller Claire Nolan.
Hear seasonal stories about sweethearts, the snow queen and the sun’s return.
Program appropriate for all ages, so bring the family! $1 per person or $3 per
family. Please call 872-0800 to register and for
5:00 – 6:00 A
storytelling performance with
featuring original stories from her new book, The Keeper of the Crock of
Gold, followed by a book signing at the NY Folklore Society, Gallery of
Folk Art, 133 Jay St., Schenectady, NY. Telephone : 346 7008. This event is sponsored by
the NY Folklore Society and is part of Downtown Schenectady's Arts Night.
(This is a rescheduling of a December event that was cancelled due to bad
– 1:00 Tales ‘n Tunes (Carol Connolly and Don Darmer) will
perform "Story Safari" from noon to one o’clock at the Dance
25 at 10 am. Pre-school story hour
with Frank-Lee Speaking (Frank Wind and Dee Lee) Cambridge
Library. For more information contact the library at 677-2443.
Workshops and Classes for
1, 2 and 3
-- Jeannine Laverty's Annual Winter Myth Workshop “Have You Missed Myths:
The Art of Storytelling” A Workshop for Not-Brand-New
Christ the King Spiritual Life Center Greenwich, N.Y.
Tuition: $100 Accommodations: $180 Note: Before the Workshop:
Choose a culture and read some of its Mythology. Choose a particular part of
the mythology you'd like to tell. Workshop sessions will begin after dinner
on Friday evening and continue through Sunday early afternoon.
The fee for accommodations covers six meals and two nights' lodging.
Directions and further guidelines will be sent upon receipt of registration,
which may be mailed to:
MYTH WORKSHOP * 115
Springs, N.Y. 12866
note: this workshop is very popular and sells out quickly.)
make checks payable to Jeannine Laverty. Call (518) 587-8932 or e-mail
Jeannine at email@example.com
for more information.
Thursday, February 7, 4 - 7 PM Teachers as Writing Mentors
Wednesday April 2, 4 - 7 PM Storytalk To Write with Style
teacher workshops at Proctors with Marni Gillard – open to anyone
interested in teaching. Call (518)382-3884 ext.139 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more
Feb. 10, 2008 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm presented by Story Circle of the Capital District www.timesunion.com/communities/storycircle.
How to Be a Storytelling Midwife: Eliciting and Telling Healing Stories;
A Workshop for Storytellers and Practitioners with Fran Yardley Assembly
Hall, First Reformed Church of Schenectady, NY 8 North Church Street. This workshop is for anyone who works with those
in transition from illness, grief or other life challenges. Storytellers, story
listeners, practitioners and caregivers are all welcome.
Description: How do we establish a feeling of safety and comfort which
encourages the deep, untold stories? How do we honor individuals exactly as
they are? In this workshop, Fran Yardley will share knowledge and
understanding gained from her work of many years with the Adirondack Arts
& Healing Retreat and the Saranac Lake Bereavement Group.
Participants will experience the power of telling and listening to stories,
traditional as well as personal. Together we will explore the techniques,
theories and exercises that can be adapted for use with any group in search of
healing through story. Cost: $10 for Story Circle and First Reformed Church members; $20 for
others. Reservations: (518)
383-4620 or email@example.com
evenings March 5, 12, 19 2008 7-9 p.m. Marni Gillard will
present a workshop for the Consultation Center. Classes are held at the Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main Ave. in Albany (parking available off
street) Cost $40 ($35 before 2/27) for the series. Call 518-489-4431 to register. The topic
is Stories That Lift the Spirit: We carry within us memories,
folktales, scriptural images, even poems that feed our spirits and give us the
courage and calm we need to keep walking the path. Marni will tell some tales
and we'll work in partners to find and share the tales within that can serve us
and the world. Bring a poem, passage or you especially love or just come
open to looking within.
8 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Marni returns to Still Point Retreat Center (near Saratoga Lake) for a workshop entitled Celtic
Guidance: From Irish Tales to Inner Landscapes. Marni will share tales from
ancient Ireland and help participants
explore how stories reverberate in us today. Drawing from a variety of tales,
we'll journey into the mystical hills of Ireland and our own fertile inner lives. You don't have
to be Irish to find yourself in Celtic tales. Bring a journal or notebook, a
favorite poem, photo, or object and your willingness to open to the Truth that
lies within. Cost $65 includes vegetarian lunch. For more information, contact Still Point Retreat Center at or call 518-587-4967.
Women’s Symposium at Fulton-Montgomery Community College. Marni, one of many presenters offering workshops on
women’s health, spirituality, and history, will share insights on the power of
telling life stories and give participants a chance to tell to a partner. For
more information contact Carol Cownie at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring 2008 TBA Marni will once
again host nationally known STORYTELLING TEACHER and LIFE COACH Doug Lipman
at a long weekend for 8 tellers, teachers, or artists in any field. Each
participant receives three opportunities to be coached on a story, writing,
song, project, or issue related to education or artistry. Participants in any
field interested in using storytelling more effectively are welcome. The
weekend is life-changing. Early registration is $427. The early bird deadline
is not set yet since we’re still settling on the exact date. There is an
additional food fee of $50 which covers dinners, breakfasts and snacks. Returnees
receive an additional discount of $30. Free housing for out-of-towners.
Contact Marni (518-381-9474 or email@example.com) for more details.
New Storytelling Guild
Holding Inaugural Meeting
at 7:00 pm The Adirondack
Storytelling Guild will be holding its first meeting on at the Lake Placid Library. Anyone interested
in developing stories and sharing them is invited to attend. No
experience is necessary. The goal of the Guild is to build a storytelling
community of people who appreciate stories and will help each other become
better tellers. For more information, contact Fran Yardley firstname.lastname@example.org
or Karen Glass at email@example.com.
Riverway Storytelling Festival is now accepting submissions for the annual
Riverway Showcase performance, which will be held on
at the Albany Public Library in Albany, New York.
Submissions should include a piece of paper with the storyteller's name,
address, phone, and email contact info, and a 7-10 minute story on CD with
accompanying paper indicating which track is the desired story, or an audio-cassette,
re-wound to the beginning of the story. (Submissions will not be returned.)
Only one story can be submitted per storyteller. Storytellers who performed
in the 2007 Riverway Showcase are not eligible for submission in 2008.
Submissions can be sent to: Barry Marshall, PO Box 353, Philmont, NY 12565. Submissions must be
received no later than March 1, 2008. A committee will judge all submissions, and the
top choices of the committee will be invited to perform the story in the
Showcase Performance. Chosen Showcase performers will be announced no later
Showcase performers will receive free admission to the festival, and are also
given consideration for future performance feature in the Riverway Festival.
The Riverway Storytelling Festival is held each spring in the Capital District
of New York State. Sponsored by the Upper Hudson Library Association, the
festival features performances and workshops by some of the finest storytellers
from across the state, region, and the US. The 2008 festival will be held from April 21-27,
Check out www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org/
Dues are Due!
are due in January. Dues are $10.00 per person.
By paying dues, you are listed on the Story Circle Membership List
and you are eligible to be included in our Roster of Tellers. You will
receive bi-monthly issues (by snail mail or email) of our newsletter, the
Talespinner, and you are eligible for a discount on SCCD sponsored
workshops with national tellers. So, mail your dues to Carol Connolly
Carol Connolly, 1100
Niskayuna, NY 12309. Use the form found on
the last page of the Talespinner.
‘n Tunes (Carol Connolly and Don Darmer) will perform at the
Mid-Hudson Library System Performer’s Showcase.
March 10 -Tales ‘n Tunes (Carol
Connolly and Don Darmer) will present two assemblies for K-2 and
3-5 at Brittonkill Elementary School, Brunswick NY as part of their
International Festival. The Assemblies will be followed by four workshops
for second graders.
HAPPY NEW YEAR OF THE
Chinese Lunar New Year
Celebration February 7 – February 21, 2008
February 7 2008 - January 25 2009 the Year of the Rat
The Chinese Lunar New Year or the Spring Festival
is the biggest holiday in China.
The Chinese lunar calendar history dates back to 2,600 BC! The start of the
lunar year is based on the cycles of the moon so that New Year Day can fall
anywhere between late January and the middle of February. Each lunar year is
associated with one of 12 zodiac animals.
The mouse, or Rat, is the first in the cycle of 12
animals representing years. The others are, chronologically, the Ox, the Tiger,
the Rabbit, the Dragon, the Snake, the Horse, the Sheep, the Monkey, the
Rooster, the Dog and the Pig. Why 12 animals, no more, no less? And why were
these specific animals chosen?
There are different explanations about their
origin. One popular legend tells us that a certain god ordered all the animals
to pay him a visit on New Year's Day: the first day of the first month. This
god said that he would give the first 12 animals to arrive the title "King
of the Animal World" and let each hold the title for one year. The 12
winners happened to be the Rat, the Ox, the Tiger the Rabbit, etc..
The wily Rat managed, through trickery, to become
the first of the 12. As the story goes, when the Ox heard of the god's decree,
he said to himself, "It's a long journey to visit that god. I move pretty
slowly so I’d better start early." The Ox set out on the eve of the Lunar
The Rat overheard the Ox and quickly jumped onto
the Ox’s back. Because the Rat was so small, the Ox never felt a thing. The Ox
arrived first, sweating from his exertion. He was so relieved that his long
journey was over and he was so glad to be the first to arrive at the god's
place. But just as he was about to express his New Year greetings that tricky
Rat flew over the Ox's head and became the first to kowtow to the god. So it
was Rat and not Ox who was appointed the first King of the Animals and
consequently, the Rat is the first of the 12 animals to designate the years.
Now you may be wondering why there is no Year of
the Cat, especially since cats have been popular as pets for thousands of years
in China as well as in many other
countries. Well, in the legend, the Cat failed to be chosen because he was a
day late getting to the god’s place. The Rat had played a trick on him. He lied
to the Cat, telling him the wrong date for the competition. Needless to say,
the Cat was not pleased and has hated the Rat ever since.
* Adapted from the website: http://www.xabusiness.com/china-resources/chinese-lunar-new-year.htm
Characteristcs of those born in the Year of
The Rat is the first sign in the Chinese zodiac. Rats are leaders, pioneers
and conquerors. They are charming, passionate, charismatic, practical and
hardworking. Rat people are endowed with great leadership skills and are the
most highly organized, meticulous, and systematic of the twelve signs.
Intelligent and cunning at the same time, rats are highly ambitious and
strong-willed people who are keen and unapologetic promoters of their own
agendas, which often include money and power. They are energetic and versatile
and can usually find their way around obstacles, and adapt to various
environments easily. A rat's natural charm and sharp demeanor make it an
appealing friend for almost anyone, but rats are usually highly exclusive and
selective when choosing friends and so often have only a few very close friends
whom they trust. Rats were born in 2008, 1996, 1984, 1972, 1960, 1948, 1936,
1924. If your Birthday is in January or February you may have been born in the
preivious “Animal Year” because Lunar New Year is AFTER January. To learn
more about Chinse astology and the Year of the Rat go to Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rat_%28zodiac%29
See You Next Time!
To be a person is to have
a story to tell. —Isak Dinesen
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
DIRECTIONS: The Guilderland Public Library
is located at 2228
Guilderland, 1/2 mile west of Rte. 155 on the south side of Western Avenue. (Feb.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. (Mar 19)
) I want to be a member of Story Circle, enclosed is a check for $10.00 for the newsletter and a
roster of members. Renewal January of each year.
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renewals are due each January and are good for one year. Please make checks
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send to Carol Connolly,
Niskayuna, NY 12309