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February - March 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

 

Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!’”  

                                   Robin Williams

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 February 15 at the Pine Hills Library at 6:00 pm & Tuesday March 20 at Colonie at 7:00 pm.

December 21 Meeting (Holiday Meeting) Story Theme Tales of the Kind and the Unkind Girls; Facilitator – Kate Dudding  

Stories Told:

Nancy Payne – Kind Girl and Unkind Girl & Lunch With God

Kate Dudding – Juanita, Marianetta, the Cat and the Bear

Adam Hoffman – The Holle

Louise Koenig – The Story of Two Girls

Carol Connolly – the Best Wish

Bonnie Mion – My Grandfather, the Bedouins and the Sugar

Sandy Schuman – A New Story, One Word at a Time

Claire Nolan – Gino Bartoli, Professional Bicycle Racer

Fran Combs Berger – Woot’s Gift

Listeners:

Marshall Tucker, Bertha Berman, Claire Beetlestone, Don Darmer and Dave Ross

Great stories and delicious food and as Joe Doolittle says, “Much good cheer!”

 

January 17 MeetingFacilitator: Carol Connolly
Stories told:
Bonnie Mion--Another Great Grandfather Story--original research
Kate Dudding--The Statue--original
Carol Connolly--Snake in the Grass--personal
Listeners:
Sandy Schuman and Don Darmer
A great meeting—with lots of wonderful feedback

Did you Know?

2012 dues are DUE! And still a bargain at $10.00 per year.

Please use the form on Page 8.

 

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

February 7, Tuesday at 6:00-8:45 p.m. Under the Tent of Abraham Theme: Strong Women at the

Islamic Center of the Capital District, 21 Lansing Road N., Schenectady (Going West, turn right at Ethan Allen Furniture Gallery, just before Mohawk Commons).  Vegetarian Potluck 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 7:15 - 8:45 - Stories All storytellers and listeners are welcome! Stories should be under 10 minutes and may be personal in nature. This circle will be facilitated by Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry, Nancy Marie Payne and Audrey Seidman.

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

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 February 8 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 March 12 at Caffé Lena.  With Featured Teller Ken Busman. 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

February 9 Thursday Tales 'n Tunes  “Sing Along Stories from Around the World” at the Schuylerville Elementary School, Grades K & 1.

February 17 Friday 10:30 am Black History Month: Stories Celebrating African Americans Listen to storyteller Kate Dudding share the true stories of African Americans who strove to improve their lives, and often also improved the lives of many others. The Gee's Bend Quilters, Jackie Robinson, Wendell Smith, the Clinton 12, and Theresa Burroughs will be featured as well as others.
Friday Free for All,
Clifton Park-Halfmoon Public Library,  Clifton Park, NY. FREE.

February 20 Monday Black History Month: Stories Celebrating African Americans Listen to storyteller Kate Dudding share the true stories of African Americans who strove to improve their lives, and often also improved the lives of many others. The Gee's Bend Quilters, Jackie Robinson, Wendell Smith, the Clinton 12, and Theresa Burroughs will be featured as well as others.
Woodlawn Commons, Wesley Community, Saratoga Springs, NY.

February 22 Wednesday 11:00 – 3:00 pm Snow Day at Thacher Nature Center. Join us for a day of winter fun! Take a snowshoe walk, help build a snow shelter, look for animal tracks, and make a snow painting. Warm up indoors with food, crafts and stories. Make your own smoothies, trail mix, and more with Honest Weight Food Co-op’s healthy snacks program! Storyteller Claire Nolan will be here to share entertaining winter-themed stories. Program is appropriate for all ages. Materials fee of $10 per family. And think cold wintery, snowy, thoughts!  Thacher Nature Center, 87 Nature Center Way, Voorheesville, NY 12186. Please call 872-0800 to register, reserve snowshoes, and for the activity schedule. 

 

 

Adult Programs

February 3 Friday 7:00 pm Black History Stories - Claire Beetlestone in a Pre-show Spoken Word Program offered before Branford Marsalis & Joey Calderazzo Duo and the Branford Marsalis Quartet.  Claire will perform in Robb Alley.  Enjoy acclaimed performers who extend the theme of Proctors shows with captivating tales. Stop in before the show and enjoy the stories!  Find Claire in Robb Alley in Proctors Theater  432 State St. Schenectady NY http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/pre-show.shtml Free.

February 5 Sunday 2:00 pm. Spread the word! Peace Concert- An Afternoon of Stories Sponsored by Dutchess County Interfaith Council at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 67 South Randolph Ave.  Poughkeepsie.  Stories are geared for an adult audience but older children are welcome.  Suggested donation of $10 will benefit Grace Smith House, an open door for Victims of Domestic Violence. Storytellers Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, Gwen Higgins, Muriel Horowitz, Jack Maguire, Karen Pillsworth, and Mary Platt will perform at the 9th annual Peace Story Concert event. Light refreshments will be served. Tickets are available at the door. For more information, contact the Dutchess County Interfaith Council at 845 471-7333 or on the website at www.dutchesscountyinterfaith.org <http://www.dutchesscountyinterfaith.org> .Contact: Muriel Horowitz murielh@optonline.net <mailto:murielh@optonline.net>  845 464-8728 (Publicity chair DCIC) or Ed Koziol, exec. director DCIC 471-7333.

February 7, Tuesday at 6:00-8:45 p.m. Under the Tent of Abraham Theme: Strong Women at the

Islamic Center of the Capital District, 21 Lansing Road N., Schenectady (Going West, turn right at Ethan Allen Furniture Gallery, just before Mohawk Commons).  Vegetarian Potluck 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. 7:15 - 8:45 - Stories All storytellers and listeners are welcome! Stories should be under 10 minutes and may be personal in nature. This circle will be facilitated by Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry, Nancy Marie Payne and Audrey Seidman.

February 7 Tuesday 7:00 pm The Story Space  20th Anniversary Celebration. It was twenty years ago today, that Brother Blue and Ruth taught the band to play (not really). But, it really has been 20 years of weekly Tuesday Night Storytelling. So we're celebrating with Brother Blue's very first Featured Performer ever, Jay O'Callahan, and some other special guests! It all starts promptly at 7pm at the Harvard-Epworth United Methodist Church, 1555 Mass Ave (just above Harvard Sq. & the Cambridge Common). Tickets: $15 in Advance, $20 at the Door. Story Space is the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00 pm

http://www.templeisraelalbany.org/?page_id=105 or call 518‑438‑7858.

February 12 Sunday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Story Sunday : Socks Without Partners and Other Love Stories with Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Karen Pillsworth.  The tellers will use their storytelling palette to paint a picture of love in all its many splendors. You'll be surprised where love can be found. At Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue Scotia NY 12302.  Menu: Chicken Parmigiana; Pork Medallions; Eggplant Parmigiana. $31/person ($28 for first timers) reservations 518-384-1700 sc@katedudding.com

February 29 Wednesday 7:00 pm "Stories for Inquiring Minds", Saugerties NY
Produced by Janet Carter, featuring Kingston's Story Teller Laureate Karen Pillsworth
at The Inquiring Mind Bookstore, Main and Partition Sts. 845 246 577. Free.
Shared fixed price dinner, for more information 845 246 1212

March 4 Sunday 2:00 pm.  Word Plays with Claire Nolan and Janet Carter. Feisty: Tales of characters who have risked all to defy the ordinary!  Word Plays: Storytelling at Proctors
Our Fifth Season in The Fenimore Gallery. 
 Do you linger in your car 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.  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. NEW! GROUP RATE groups of 8 or more pay only $8 per ticket at the Box Office.

March 10 Saturday 7:30 pm “Hug Me, Stories of Wit, Warmth and Wisdom”. Dee and Frank Wind will host a house concert featuring the world renowned storyteller, Gerry Fierst. Dee and Frank, who perform as Frank-Lee Speaking will round out the program. Please come about 7:00 and bring your own food for pot-luck socializing (appetizer or dessert type finger food, please) before the concert. The storytelling will begin at 7:30. A $10 donation is suggested. We hope you can join us for this wonderful evening. RSVP to we_tell@verizon.net or call 458-1781.

March 11 Sunday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Story Sunday Fiddling Around Irish Stories with Marni Gillard and  Lawson: Hilary Schrauf (fiddle) and Eric Everson (Irish bouzouki). Marni will delight with Irish tales old and new. Hilary Schrauf and Erick Everson, the duo Lawson, will get us tapping our toes as we travel in time via tune and tale. At Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue Scotia NY 12302.  Menu: Corned Beef and Cabbage; Herb Crusted Salmon; Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage Rolls. $31/person ($28 for first timers) reservations 518-384-1700 sc@katedudding.com

March 15 9:15-3 Daylong Celtic Retreat; includes scrumptious lunch at the Dominican Retreat and Conference Center; Troy-Sch'dy Rd., Niskayuna. Storytelling: the “Sainted” Irish: Patrick, Brigid, and Some Not-So-Saintly Heroes

You don’t have to be Irish to find inspiration, devotion, and revelation in tales of the Emerald Isle’s saints and not-so saintly.  Come hear tales of holy men and women and of those whose virtues were less-than-stellar. We’ll trade tales of the living saints who taught and taunted us, who brought out the best in us and made it brighter. Marni looks to Celtic tales for evidence of her past. Her tales will get you searching for stories. Marni offers story coaching to individuals and groups at The Story Studio in Schenectady and helps anyone explore life themes through memories of mentors, turning points, dreams and vision. Find her at http://www.marnigillard.com      

RETREAT INFORMATION:

· $25 per person

· Registration at 9:15 AM

· Program begins at 9:45 AM and concludes at 3:00 PM and includes lunch

· Register early: seats are limited

Reservations/Information: Call (518) 393-4169 Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30 PM or email dslcny@nycap.rr.com website: www.dominican-spiritual-life-center.com

March 25 Sunday 2:00 pm.  Word Plays with Marni Gillard and Margarest French: Crazy Glue : Stories that repeat and stories that stick like, well, crazy glue! 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.

Workshops and Conferences

 

February 24 Friday 6:00 PM - February 26 Sunday 3:00 PM Awakening Our Voices – Vibration, song and story in the universe of Georgian folk tales and folk songs.  A residential workshop with Frank Kane and Laura Simms,  In the Republic of Georgia, as in many cultures, folk songs and tales are consciously used as tools to maintain inner harmony and social cohesion, to heal, to make peace, to restore balance. At this workshop you will learn and sing Georgian songs and you will be invited to listen and reflect on a Georgian fairytale to re-imagine and retell your own stories. In deepening exercises with sound, vibration, speaking, story and movement, we discover how to harness sound and words as we meet each other more intensely in group singing and listening to stories. As we imagine the fantastic and symbolic quests of the fairytale, very real discoveries take place within us and between us. Every song we sing, every story we tell, every toast we make, is an opportunity to reincorporate what is most essential in our lives and to invite others to join us on this quest.

Laura Simms has been sharing with us the transformative power of stories and storytelling throughout her long and distinguished career. For this occasion she will focus on the Georgian/Caucasian tales that she finds especially rich. Frank Kane has been learning, singing and teaching Georgian folk songs for almost 30 years. He draws on the implicit technique of Georgian singers and uses exercises with sound and vibration to allow us to express and enhance our speaking and singing voices. Plan to arrive between 4 PM and 6 PM on Friday for a light dinner followed by an evening work session. Meals will be prepared by our hostess at the Roundhouse, Rebekka Tippens. Participants are requested to lend a hand with tasks such as serving and clearing tables. Workshop price including meals and accommodations (in shared rooms and alcove spaces): $375 A non-refundable deposit of $200 is requested to reserve your space for this workshop.

You can make payment by credit card or PayPal through the web site of Laura Simms (www.laurasimms.com or E-mail: laurasoffice@yahoo.com) or by sending a check for this amount to Laura Simms, 814 Broadway, New York, NY 10003. The balance can be paid in cash upon arrival. For questions about the workshop content, you can contact Frank Kane at kane.frank@gmail.com.

Travel directions to the Roundhouse are available at: http://www.roundhouseculture.com or call (413) 624-5140. Bekki will send out a welcome letter to registered participants to inquire about their dietary needs and rooming requests.

March 16, 17, 18, 2012. SHARING THE FIRE 2012, Highlights: 38 workshops for Professional, Intermediate & Beginner Storytellers 4 Preconference Seminars – may qualify for CEUs & PDPs Networking, camaraderie and support FREE Story Slam – Saturday night  Public storytelling concerts (Friday, Saturday & Sunday) and FREE Story Swaps.  Keynote speaker, Kevin Cordi, Internationally known Story Teacher, Performer and Writer will present his "Unlocking the Puzzle of Learning with Story." There will be performances by Kent Busman, Regina Carpenter, Robin Body, Joe Peck and more … workshops led by Marni Gillard and Paula Weiss, Leeny Del Seamonds, Rob Reiser, Jackson Gillman, Carol Birch and many, many, many, more! Too many to list here!  There will be a STORY SLAM – Theme – “E-erie Nights!”  Sharing the Fire is an opportunity to network with other storytellers from the Region and beyond. Sharing the Fire 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 Sharing the Fire is not your average Storytelling Conference. Old memories will be shared, and new memories will be made; come be a part of our story! 2012 the Conference will be at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel in Albany, NY.  For more information please go to: www.lanes.org

 

Save the Dates

April 16 April 21 Riverway Storytelling Festival - We're coming up on ten years of stories here in the capital Region through Riverway Storytelling Festival! Our 10th annual Riverway. Look for more information at www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org

April 18 Wednesday 6:30 – 9:30 pm.  Michael Parent will be giving a master class for Story Circle members at Kate’s home: 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park  (approx.. 2 miles from Exit 9 off the Northway)Cost: $10 / SCCD members; Limit: 15 attendees.  Storytelling Troubleshoot This is a workshop for people who are already telling stories. Bring specific storytelling problems or challenges you are facing and Michael will assist you, often with the aid of the assembled group. The more concretely and specifically participants can state the challenges they're facing, the more likely they are to get some truly useful feedback.  For example, to state that "I'm having trouble with audience participation” is not as useful as "When I get children to participate by making animal sounds, I sometimes can't stop them." This workshop is in lieu of our April meeting. It is underwritten by Story Circle membership funds (Michael will be paid $200 from SCCD membership money plus $10 per participant.) Michael is in town as one of the featured tellers at the Riverway Storytelling Festival:  www.RiverwayStorytellingFestival.org. To reserve your space, send a $10 check, made out to “Story Circle” to: Kate Dudding, 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700.


Meetings

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: (February 15 at 6:00 pm). Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library 517 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 near Allen Street at “the Point”.

(March 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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