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Winter Lights

 

       A Spiritual and Intergenerational Celebration

 

Stories, Song and Dance from

Many Religious Traditions

              

            * Great for families with school age children!!*

                

                   Sunday January 20, 2 pm

 

Temple Israel

600 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, NY 

Next to St. Peter’s Hospital

 

A Benefit for Children at the Well

Youth Storytellers for Peace & Understanding

a project of Interfaith Story Circle

 

                                                                    Refreshments served

                                       Suggested Donation: Individuals, $10    Families, $15

 

Please call (518) 209-6477 for further information or go to childrenatthewell.org

 

 

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January – February 2013

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 North wind doth blow and we shall have Snow and what will the Robin do then, poor thing?” *

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 Main Branch of the Albany Public Library - Conference Room #1. At the Albany Public Library, we will have a topic for panel/roundtable discussion.  PLEASE NOTE THE PLACE!!

Upcoming Meetings:  Tuesday January 15 at Colonie.

Wednesday February 20 at Main Branch of the Albany Public Library Library at 6:15 pm:

Recent Meetings: November 20 Meeting Facilitator: Carol Connolly

Stories Told:

Meredith Nieves - The Bullfrogs and the Big Race - original/adaptation

Gil Payette - One Who Yawns - Southwestern

Adam Hoffman - The Toad and the Snake - Korean folktale

Dave Ross - The Chistmas That Was - personal recollection

Nancy Payne - Little Sister's Gift - personal

Listeners: Eliud Nieves, Don Darmer, Kate Dudding, Eric Randall, Sandy Schuman

Meeting December 19 Holiday Party at Pine Hills with Facilitator: Joe Doolittle.  The evening began with a discussion of Santa Claus and Kris Cringle and other incarnations of St. Nicholas.  There were delicious refreshments provide by the tellers and the listeners.  Several members took home some interesting books.  Drop a note to Kate Dudding if you are interested in adding to your storytelling library.

Stories Told:

Gil Payette – Miracle in the Berkshires - Contemporary

Bonnie J. Mion – Winter solstice in Sweden – Family research

Kate Dudding – My Father’s Daughter - Personal

Joe Doolittle – Ruth – Biblical

Dave Ross – Rudolph the Nasally Empowered Reindeer – Politically Correct Holiday Stories

Adam Hoffman – Baker’s Dozen – Spooky New York (among others)

Claire Nolan – The Broken Ankle and Winters in Albany – Personal

Nancy Payne – Jack Lemon’s Christmas Memory - Biography

Listeners: Sandy Schuman and Eric Randall

 

Did you Know?

2013 dues are a bargain at $10.00 per year. Due NOW - January 2013.

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 617-499-9662. A new three-minute story every week starting on Mondays.

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

Eighth Step Open Mic on First Thursdays 7-9:30 p.m. at Proctors in Robb Alley - All welcome.

Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Areahttp://www.interfaithstory.org/tricity/meetings.shtml Contact Anne Snyder for upcoming meetings. Anneveronica50@hotmail.com The Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area invites you to the Winter Lights: A Spiritual and Intergenerational Celebration with Stories, Song and Dance from Many Religious Traditions.  This program is perfect for families with school age children!!Sunday, January 20, 2:00 p.m. At Temple Israel 600 New Scotland Avenue Albany, NY interfaithstory.org or (518) 209 6477 for more information. Donations requested. This is a benefit performance for Children at the Well.

Story by Story is our monthly TV show on Channel 16 in Schenectady County on Open Stage Media - tune in Fridays at 6 p.m. In most other counties in the Capital District, tune in the first Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m. on Public Access TV. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/story-by-story.shtml

OPEN MIC in Saratoga Monday January 14 at Caffe Lena 47 Phila Street in Saratoga, NY. Featured Teller: Sandy Schuman.  and Wednesday February 13 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 Free.

 

 

Family Programs

January 20 Sunday 2:00 pm The Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area invites you to the Winter Lights: A Spiritual and Intergenerational Celebration with Stories, Song and Dance from Many Religious Traditions.  This program is perfect for families with school age children!! At Temple Israel 600 New Scotland Avenue Albany, NY interfaithstory.org or (518) 209 6477 for more information. Donations requested. This is a benefit performance for Children at the Well.

February 18 Monday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm HOLIDAY MONDAY  FREE Winter-themed drop in art making activities for the whole family! Albany Institute of History and Art.  125 Washington Avenue Albany NY 12210.  Free.

 February 19 Tuesday - Thursday February 21 9:00 am to 12:00 pm  and 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm February Art Break 2013 In this three day drop off program, kids will have the opportunity to explore the Albany Institute’s galleries and create an array of art work inspired by their current exhibitions. Albany Institute of History and Art.  125 Washington Avenue Albany NY 12210.  Free.

February 21 Thursday at 10 am Make a Snow Globe at Thacher Nature Center

Celebrate February’s Snow Moon by creating a glistening little snowstorm in a jar! This is a wonderful craft for kids and adults alike. All you will need to bring is a small jar – pint size or smaller - with a lid.  If you have a small plastic toy or ornament that you would like to put in your snow globe, please bring that, too. All other materials will be supplied. Appropriate for ages 5 and up with parent. Materials fee is $3 per snow globe.  At the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.  Nature Center Way. Bern, NY. Call 872-0800 for more information. Free.

 

Adult Programs

January 2, Wednesday 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Kate Dudding: “Mind Boggling Stories” at the The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs (A.L.L.). The public is invited to the fifth annual Storytellers Series a popular and free, six-week brown bag lunch and learn series. This year, the storytellers will tell on the Academy’s 20th Anniversary theme: Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Mind.  A different A.L.L. professional storyteller will entertain the audience in the SUNY Empire State College room 126 (the Rotunda) at 2 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. Come bring your lunch and enjoy these well-known area storytellers, each exhibiting their own personal style. These programs will be cancelled if Saratoga Springs Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.
The Academy, is sponsored by SUNY Empire State College and affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute Network.  It offers non-credit academic study groups as well as social and leadership opportunities for mature learners. For further information, or to receive the A.L.L. Spring 2013 brochure, visit
www.esc.edu/ALL , or call 587-2100, ext. 2415.

January 6 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sunday “Moon of Long Nights” with Joe Bruchac and Jesse Bruchac A program of Northeastern Native Stories and Songs for the Winter Time, drawn from Abenaki and Haudenosaunee Traditions. A benefit for the Ndakinna Center which offers people of all ages unique hands-on learning experiences, creative presentations, and exhibit spaces focusing on regional Native American understandings, Adirondack culture, wilderness skills and awareness of the natural world. Entrees: Chicken Parmesan with Chef's Choice Vegetable and Ziti with Marinara Sauce; Baked Scrod with Wild Rice and Chef's Choice Vegetable; Grilled Vegetables with a Tomato Mushroom Cous Cous. At the Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $32 per person (includes entertainment, dinner, tax and tip) Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person). Reservations: (518) 384-1700 or sc@katedudding.com

January 6 Sunday 2:00 - 3:00 Lecture Series Making It American: “Making Impressionism American”.   In November of 2012, AIHA launched a new lecture that takes a broad look at what art and material can teach us about the development of American history, culture, the arts, politics, and our identity as a nation. Sponsored by New York Council for the Humanities. Albany Institute of History and Art.  125 Washington Avenue Albany NY 12210.  Free.

January 9 Wednesday 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm Carol Gregson: “What’s Cookin’?” at the The Academy for Lifelong Learning at Saratoga Springs (A.L.L.). The public is invited to the fifth annual Storytellers Series a popular and free, six-week brown bag lunch and learn series. This year, the storytellers will tell on the Academy’s 20th Anniversary theme: Nourish Your Body, Nourish Your Mind.  A different A.L.L. professional storyteller will entertain the audience in the SUNY Empire State College room 126 (the Rotunda) at 2 Union Avenue, Saratoga Springs. January 16Betty McCanty: “Just a Little Sugar, Just a Little Spice”; January 23Betty Cassidy: “Food for Thought”; January 30Joe Peck: “Even More Farm Stories”; and, February 8Margaret French: “Enchanted Turnips . . . Stories to Feed Your Imagination”. Come bring your lunch and enjoy these well-known area storytellers, each exhibiting their own personal style. These programs will be cancelled if Saratoga Springs Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.
The Academy, is sponsored by SUNY Empire State College and affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute Network.  It offers non-credit academic study groups as well as social and leadership opportunities for mature learners. For further information, or to receive the A.L.L. Spring 2013 brochure, visit
www.esc.edu/ALL , or call 587-2100, ext. 2415.

January 13 Sunday 2:00 pm Word Plays “Staying Alive: Stories of Survival”. These tellers are sharing truly amazing stories about people, in fact and fiction, fighting to stay alive.  With Aditya Agashe, Siri Allison, Kate Dudding, Stephen W. Leslie, Bonnie Mion, Eliud Nieves and Nancy Marie Payne.  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.  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. 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. At Proctors Theater * 432 State Street * Schenectady.

January 13 Sunday, at 2pm:  “An Introduction to the Iroquois” at Thacher Nature Center

Mohawk Educator Mike Tarbell opens the weekly winter lecture series with a presentation of early American history through Rotinonshsion:ni (Mohawk) Eyes. “From Voyageurs to Skywalkers, the stories my grandmother told me,” explains how the Mohawks came to be, how they came here, and the contributions that they made to early American history. At the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.  Nature Center Way. Bern, NY. Call 872-0800 for more information. Free.

January 27 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sunday “Stories of Coincidence, Wonder and Shared Joy” with Three Spirits: Kent Busman, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, and Harlan Ratmeyer. Once again, this trio shares stories worth remembering and savoring. Entrees: Chicken Alexander (rolled chicken breast with spinach, mozzarella and roasted red peppers with a sun-dried tomato demi glaze) with Garlic Smashed Potatoes and Chef's Choice Vegetable;Beef Tenderloin with Egg Noodles and Chef's Choice Vegetable; Butternut Squash Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter. At the Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $32 per person (includes entertainment, dinner, tax and tip) Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person). Reservations: (518) 384-1700 or sc@katedudding.com

McEneny "The City and the First Presbyterian Church"

January 27 Sunday 2:00 - 3:00. Former Assemblyman and Albany County Historian, Jack McEneny will tell the story of the intersection of the rich history of the church and its relationship to the city of Albany. Albany Institute of History and Art.  125 Washington Avenue Albany NY 12210.  Free.

February 3 Sunday 2:00 - 3:00. Making It American series presents “Creating a Mythic Past: Americans and the Colonial Revival” Sponsored by New York Council for the Humanities. Albany Institute of History and Art.  125 Washington Avenue Albany NY 12210.  Free.

February 3 Sunday 2:00 pm Word Plays “From Heartbreak to Rapture: Love Stories”.  From ancient Egyptian and Eskimo folk tales to a personal story about marrying the same man twice, these stories illuminate many kinds of love.  Stories by Janet Carter, Carol Connolly, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Margaret French, Marni Gillard, Bonnie Mion, Eliud Nieves and Nancy Marie Payne. 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.  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. 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. At Proctors Theater * 432 State Street * Schenectady.

February 10 Sunday, 2:00 - 3:00 Lecture and Book Signing: Firth Fabend “The People of New Amsterdam: Roughnecks, Multitaskers, Grandees, or All of the Above? “ Independent historian, Firth Fabend, is the author of the recently published book New Netherland In A Nutshell. At the Albany Institute of History and Art.  125 Washington Avenue Albany NY 12210.  Free.

February 16 Saturday at 2pm: “The Underground Railroad Revisited” at Thacher Nature Center

Dark of night, tunnels, secret hidey-holes and daring escapes populate our images of Underground Railroad history. While the Underground Railroad is a piece of American history that is thought to be well known, research into period documents tells a very different story than the one that is traditionally taught. Revisit this fascinating period in history as our presenters expose its public side, the role of African Americans and women, the myths vs. reality, and more. Speakers Paul and Mary Liz Stewart are co-founders of the Underground Railroad History Project of the Capital Region. At the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.  Nature Center Way. Bern, NY. Please call 872-1237 to register. Call 872-0800 for more information. Free.

 

On the Radio (via your Computer)

Living on Earth http://www.loe.org/shows/shows.html?programID=12-P13-00051#feature2

Listen to two tellers spin tales of why we have winter.  Judith Black, an award-winning story teller for more than twenty years, relates the ancient Greek myth of the goddess Demeter and her daughter Persephone (per-SEFF-uh-nee), and how their tale explains the persistence of winter. (10:45) And Dovie Thomason, a Lakota/Kiowa Apache storyteller, tells the story of the great dance contest between an ant and a bear. It's all about the competition between darkness and light that takes place at this time of year, and why light ultimately wins. (8:50)

Workshops and Classes for Storytellers

January 11-13 - Dream Weekend at The Dominican Retreat and Conference Center, Rt. 7 Niskayuna with Carol Davis, an exceptional facilitator. New and experienced dream-tellers share dreams and offer each other insights. Lower commuter fee if you don't want housing.

$195.00 (age 65 & over - $180.00) includes meals, accommodations in a private room, and program

A non-refundable advance deposit of $50.00 is required with reservation. All deposits are nonrefundable and applicable to total cost of program. Deposits may be transferred one time within a year. Retreat begins at 7:45 PM Friday. Program ends at 1:00 PM Sunday. Information: Call (518) 393-4169 Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30 PM or email dslcny@nycap.rr.com

January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 21, 28 and March 7, 14, 21 7:00 – 9:00 pm. During the Fall, storyteller, story teach and story coach, Marni Gillard worked with a small group of tellers, sometimes from prompts, sometimes on developing work. She would like to expand this group. During each session, the tellers will decide: What exactly do I want help with? How can I grow as an artist? 10 Thursday evenings at Marni’s home for $120. Package deal paid January 10, 2013, opening night. Drop-in-when-you-can fee = $15 per session. (Lower than the $20 previous class fee).  Class location: 833 Parkside Ave. Schenectady, NY 12309 7-9 p.m. Feel free to come 10 minuntes early to for tea and chat. Class starts promptly at 7:00. If you cannot attend every week, take the $12-per-class series rate by paying on or before January 10 for the classes you can make. Drop-in fee will take effect after January 10. Why the deal? To build community as working tellers. No matter what kind of tales YOU are working on. Read on.

How does a class differ from a swap/story circle? The participant arrives at each session with a goal or the participant accepts that evening’s prompt. Each class involves telling to a partner in an exploratory way. We listen deeply with a belief in the teller's progress and a willingness to take artistic risks. We go deep, loving the questions more than "fixing" the tales. We give and accept specific appreciations and ask: What IS working? What lives? What awakens our hearts, challenges our stuck places? We interview more than critique. Why this partinular tale? What surprises you in this tale? Where are you challenged? We notice and develop uniqueness. The relationships we build make all the difference in a weekly ONGOING class.

How does Marni teach? In an ongoing committed community we create the kind of listening that pulls unexplored tales and technique out of hiding - that unconscious place where we tuck away our vulnerability, the gold of our artistry. As a community, we both support and challenge in new ways. We will help each other fly, being brave - whether tentative or fierce. This level of community promotes confidence and flow, honoring experimentation. We may fall on our faces, but we laugh, feeling the support of the group. We trust re-telling, finding new ground because of the quality of listening. We allow both ripening and ripping apart in order to make discoveries. We grow stronger and clearer about how our stories work in our lives and in the world. We talk about the process. We tell stories for self-discovery and purpose. Our world needs brave stories, told well, and risk-taking artists confident that our tales can make a difference. Will you join me? Pencil in the "snow" dates: April 2 and 11. In teaching each other we teach ourselves.

 

*“He’ll sit in a barn and keep himself warm

and hide his head under his Wing, poor thing!”

 

And as Carol Connolly says, "Let the Stories Begin!"

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: (January 15) Meeting 7:00 pm at The William K. Sanford Library 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.

(February 20 meet at 6:15 pm) at the * Main Branch * of the Albany Public Library 161 Washington Avenue 12210.  Plenty of FREE parking in the back of the building on Elk Street. (Please Note the place!)

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