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February - March 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 am stronger than you! Where I walk the Earth turns to stone!’ But even the old man no longer believed his own words.”

From “Spring Defeats Winter” a Native-American Folktale

                                                                                            

Story Circle Business News     

Meetings:

Meeting Notes: December 15,2010 Circle Meeting at the Guilderland Public Library, “One Story, Different Voices: Snow White”. Facilitator: Kate Dudding 

Stories told:
Kate Dudding              Micki Groper             Sandy Schuman
Adam Hoffman          Dave Ross
Listeners:
Carol Connolly and Don Darmer

Meeting Notes: January 18, 2011 Circle Meeting cancelled due to weather

February 16 Story Circle Meeting: please note the place!  The John Bach Branch of the Albany Public Library. 455 New Scotland Avenue Albany New York 12208 between Maplewood and Oakwood Streets.

March 15 7:00 – 9:00 pm at the William K. Sanford Library located at 629 Albany Shaker Road

Did you Know?

Dues were DUE the First of January 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. The 2011 Season has begun!  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

February 23 Wednesday Interfaith Story Circle 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Heroic Stories of Faith
from the Baha'i tradition.  Join us for our next circle led by JoAnn Arcos, mother of Lua Arcos, former Children at the Well student, to hear heroic stories from her faith.  JoAnn's stories from Baha'i history will be about heroic Baha'i women and men who sacrificed their lives in order that their faith could be spread to all humanity. After JoAnn's telling, all are welcome to share a story of heroism from their own faith tradition or personal experience. You are also welcome to come and listen to the story sharing (stories need listeners). Bring your own faith hero stories, along with your friends! Baha'i Reading Room 138 Jay Street Schenectady (518) 382-2424 . For further information and directions call Anne Snyder at 869-5247 or email her at Anneveronica50@hotmail.com

March 14 Monday OPEN MIC in Saratoga – 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. 6:45; telling from 7 until 9 pm.  Featured teller is Eileen Mack. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/index.shtml

April 13 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

Family Programs

February 19 Saturday 10:00 am. Dee and Frank Wind at the Dance Flurry Festival. http://www.danceflurry.org/festival/

February 20 Sunday 12:30 p.m. Tales 'n Tunes at the Dance Flurry Festival. http://www.danceflurry.org/festival/

February 22 Tuesday 6:30 pm. Tales 'n Tunes “From Snowflakes to Sunshine” Community Library, Cobleskill NY.  (518)234-7897

 

 

Adult Programs

February 13 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sunday: “Life, Love and Laughter” with Kate Dudding and Claire Nolan. Celebrate Valentine's Day with stories of many kinds of love: romantic love, love of family, love of vocation, love of food and love of life. Menu - Chicken Dijon; Eggplant Picatta or Sliced Bistro Sirloin. At the Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY. $30 per person (includes entertainment, dinner, tax and tip) Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person). Reservations: (518) 384-1700 sc@katedudding.com

February 26 Saturday 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Spoken Word/Storytelling at Conkling Hall: A SENSE OF PLACE will feature Nancy Marie Payne. There are no "snow dates," we’ll just hope for good weather. The performances are offered as a benefit for the library ($10. suggested donation), to support storytelling and other educational endeavors.   In the Coffee House Basement of Conkling Hall at 8 Methodist Hill Road,  Rensselaerville, NY 12147. There will be a $10.00 admission fee with refreshments served during intermission (518) 797-3459 http://www.rensselaerville.com/conkhall.php

March 13 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sunday: “A Musical Journey Through the Stories of Ireland”. Celebrate St. Patrick's Day early with Bairbre and Frank. “Bairbre McCarthy is master storyteller, who weaves a magic spell around her audience.” -The Irish Times.  Frank Orsini is one of the prominent acoustic musicians of Upstate New York, playing the violin, viola, mandolin and Celtic harp. Menu - Corned Beef and Cabbage; Chicken Marsala or Orchietta Pasta. At the Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY. $30 per person (includes entertainment, dinner, tax and tip) Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person). Reservations: (518) 384-1700 sc@katedudding.com

March 26, Saturday 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  Spoken Word/Storytelling at Conkling Hall: A SENSE OF PLACE will feature Bairbre McCarthy. There are no "snow dates," we’ll just hope for good weather. The performances are offered as a benefit for the library ($10. suggested donation), to support storytelling and other educational endeavors.   In the Coffee House Basement of Conkling Hall at 8 Methodist Hill Road,  Rensselaerville, NY 12147. There will be a $10.00 admission fee with refreshments served during intermission (518) 797-3459 http://www.rensselaerville.com/conkhall.php

March 27 Sunday 2:00 pm. Join Christie Keegan, Dee and Frank Wind for Word Plays in “Tales and Tails with a Twist” as they charm, surprise and amuse you with stories from here, there and everywhere. Expect the unexpected! In the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors Theater 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305. $16.00 see http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/wp%20third%20season%201%20coupon.pdf for Money Saving Coupon!  Tickets at the Proctor’s Box Office: http://www.proctors.org/ Phone: (518) 346-6204

April 10 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sunday “A Carpetbag of Stories: From Shtetl to Stoop” with Dee and Frank Wind and Fran Burger.  Fran, Dee and Frank will share the wit, wisdom, pathos and passion embodied in the stories brought from the old country and found in the new one. Menu - Baked Scrod; Turkey or Butternut Squash Ravioli. At the Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $30 per person (includes entertainment, dinner, tax and tip) Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person). Reservations: (518) 384-1700    sc@katedudding.comat

April 17 Sunday 2:00 pm “Hanging On” with Betty Cassidy, Margaret French and Claire Nolan Sometimes in life you just need to hang on. Come and listen to stories which you'll want to hang on to and remember the next time life smacks you upside the head.  In the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors Theater 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305. $16.00 see http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/wp%20third%20season%201%20coupon.pdf for a Money Saving Coupon!  Tickets at the Proctor’s Box Office: http://www.proctors.org/ Phone: (518) 346-6204

Workshops and Conferences

March 18, 19 and 20 Friday – Sunday  Sharing the Fire 2011  - The Northeast Storytelling Conference at the Crowne Plaza, Warwick, RI http://www.lanes.org/

June 24 – June 26 Friday – Sunday New England Healing Story Conference: Advancing the Dialogue, Exploring the Power at the Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center 660 Great Pond Road North Andover, MA.  978-682-8815 www.rollingridge.org. http://www.creativehealingconnections.org

Tellabration News

News from Story Circle at Proctors:   One of Story Circle’s aims is to promote and nurture the art of storytellers and storytelling.  Thanks to all who tell, support and promote it, Tellabration remains a most successful venue.

We would like to acknowledge the tellers who have donated their time and energy for one of our most challenging venues, our Pre-show Spoken Word Programs in Robb Alley.  This season to date, Fran Combs Berger, Betty Cassidy, and Margaret French have each performed twice. Its advantage AND challenge is that the Robb Alley stage is in the main lobby, and we need to attract listeners as folks move through to pick up tickets, and buy coffee at the Muddy Cup.  For the six shows, we’ve had a total of over 200 folks in the seats, and many more pausing to listen and pick up literature.  We also “work” the crowd and invite them to listen.   So while the income is not there, Spoken Word is a visible artistic promotion tied to our aim. Thank you Betty, Fran, Margaret, and Kate, who will finish the Spoken Word season on March 26, with Jewish Stories, before the performance From Golda’s Balcony.

Kate recently hosted a pot luck to review marketing and promotion efforts at Proctors. The notes were posted on the listserv. If you want a printed copy sent to you, please contact Kate (www.katedudding.com 383-4620.)  Thanks for all you do for storytelling.

Tellabration Report

Once again it was a perfectly wonderful Tellabration. Thanks to the tellers for their splendid stories, to the refreshment committee for their wonderful food, to the other volunteers for all their work, and to the audience members who came to partake of it all.

-          Kate Dudding and Joe Doolittle

Tellabration

 

2010

 

 

 

2009

 

 

 

2008

 

 

 

 

INCOME

 

 

 

Ads

$475.00

$375.00

$400.00

Freewill Refreshment Donations

$91.25

$50.00

$0.00

Tix Sales

$1,273.40

$1,287.50

$1,725.70

TOTAL INCOME

$1,839.65

$1,712.50

$2,125.70

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

EXPENSES

 

 

 

Postcards

$444.16

$406.17

$392.95

Flyers

$81.51

$109.43

$184.04

Programs

$133.21

$123.26

$101.65

 

 

 

 

Room Rental

$525.00

$525.00

$525.00

Sound

$175.00

$175.00

$175.00

House Manager

$140.00

$140.00

$140.00

Credit Card processing

$28.38

$35.30

$38.30

$2 rebates

$80.00

$126.00

$114.00

 

 

 

 

Misc. postage

$3.12

$3.80

$0.00

Refreshments apple juice and water

$30.00

$25.00

$0.00

TOTAL EXPENSES

$1,640.38

$1,668.96

$1,670.94

 

 

 

 

PROFITS

$199.27

$43.54

$454.76

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Attendance

160

172

171

Tickets sold at door

73

 

96

New entries in mailing list database

14

35

36

New email addresses

10

17

16

# of $2 rebates

40

63

57

Suggestions for 2011

  1. General seating (no assigned seats), like 8th Step does. That way, comp tickets for advertisers won’t leave a gaping hole in the audience.
  2. To encourage people to sign the door prize chits, display the prizes on the chit signing table.
  3. Could we collaborate with all the toastmasters clubs somehow? Ask Joe Peck and/or Eric Randall and/or Ricki Shapiro (a friend of Kate’s.)

Story Circle Financial Report

Submitted by Kate Dudding

 Story Circle: Membership, Story Sunday and Tellabration

Checking Acct Balance

$1,322

Breakdown of Checking Acct Balance

2008 Tell. Profits remaining - $200 used for CSPF grants

$255

2009 Tell. Profits

$44

2010Tell. Profits

$199

SALS storytelling balance - used for CSPF grants

$0

Balance of $500 grant from Merrill Lynch (SS & WP postcards)

$230

Leftover membership money

$445

Anticipated Deposits

2010 membership (60 @ $10 each)

$600

Major 2010 Expense

Aug. workshop with Judith Black

$200

Five CSPF grants

$1,000

Anticipated Expenses

SS & WP postcards Feb. - Apr.

$230

Newsletter mailings ($37 every 2 months)

$222

Tell. Rent Deposit (due in June)

$300

Aug. workshop with Kim Weitkamp

$200

Conclusions

SS paying for itself

Membership money pays for mailings and a workshop with money left over

Story Circle: Proctors, Story By Story public access TV show

Checking Acct Balance

$798

Anticipated Expenses

WP Rent Deposit (6 shows, due in June)

$600

TV show (taping now for free at Colonie Library)

$0

Deposit

Jan. 2011 WP: SAVOR desserts

$66

Conclusions

Free taping of TV shows greatly reduces expenses

WP still establishing a following -- running at a slight overall loss and tellers not getting paid enough

KEY

CSPF

Community Storytelling Program Fund

SALS

Southern Adirondack Library System

SS

Story Sunday

Tell.

Tellabration

WP

Word Plays

 

 

Question of the Month

As a storyteller, which do you prefer to tell, personal stories or “tales”. Why? As an audience member, which do you prefer to listen to? Why?  E-mail your answers to cbnolou@yahoo.com and I will print them in the April/May issue of the Talespinner.

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

Answer from Kate Dudding: Fall 1994. My son's 4th grade class made a trip to Camp Chingachgook, a YMCA camp on Lake George. I  was a chaperone, assigned to a girls cabin. At lunch, we were informed that each cabin could do something to entertain after dinner. I told the girls in my cabin, "I know an Iroquois story about why Bear has a stubby tail. It starts with Bear bragging to each animal he meets in the forest about how his tail is better than theirs. Each of you can choose which animal you want to be and just talk to me as Bear." No one had any other ideas, so we decided to tell the story together. It seemed simple enough -- they would tell me in a whisper which animal they were as I came up to them; I would greet them, insult their tail, and they would get huffy and leave. We didn't even have a rehearsal during the few minutes of spare time we had in our schedule.
At dinner I started to wonder what I had gotten myself into. I had only told stories on a few occasions, to small groups -- stories I had heard. I just mimicked, as best I could remember, what the storytellers had done. I had no training. What had I been thinking??? But it was too late to do anything but go forward.
When it was our turn, we went to the front of the room, with the girls sitting in a line. I started, just the same way as the storyteller I had heard: "Long, long ago (using a sweeping hand gesture to indicate long ago), when animals could still speak, Bear had a great big long fluffy tail. It was so long that it could go from me to you (pointing to a 4th grader about 20 feet away.)"
In that large room with almost 150 people, it was completely quiet, and my voice filled the space. It was magical.
When it was time for the girls' parts, the first girl chirpily told Bear that her little bird tail was just what she needed. Everything was going fine until one girl froze after she told me which animal she was. So Bear just asked her questions that she could answer with a "yes" or a "no."
At the end, we all got a nice round of applause. Many people came up to me exclaiming, "How did you do that between lunch and now? It was wonderful." I said, "The story's structure made it easy to do. The girls quickly figured out what they had to do."
That night, in my sleeping bag in my bunk bed, I went over the events of the evening and started shaking -- an adrenalin surge. It had been so wonderful. I knew then that I had to learn about storytelling. I had no idea what I would do with storytelling as a computer programmer. But I was absolutely certain that if I didn't pursue storytelling, that I would regret it the rest of my life.
At age 45, I had found my vocation.

  Among Ourselves

Dee and Frank Wind have been very busy lately. In early January they worked with residents at Glen Eddy.  They gathered the elders’ stories and created a book.   On January 6 they were very well received in a performance for the residents at Hawthorne Ridge in East Greenbush.  

From entertaining our elders they went on to visit younger audiences, first in Miss Cale’s second grade class at Westmere Elementary School on Jan. 14 and then they had two performances in the kindergarten classes at Voorheesville Elementary School on Thursday, January 20. Then it was back to the Eddy Senior Care in Schenectady for a program on Tuesday, January 25. In Stephentown and in Colonie, through a UHLS grant they entertained BOTH seniors and students and gathered their stories and put them into a book. 

                           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 (usually) at the Guilderland Public Library from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. On February 16 the meeting will be at the John Bach branch of the Albany Public Library. 

DIRECTIONS: (February 16). Note the place!  The John Bach Branch of the Albany Public Library. 455 New Scotland Avenue Albany New York 12208 on the north side of New Scotland Avenue between Maplewood and Oakwood Streets.

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.  (March 15) 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

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