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Talespinner

Talespinner

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

 

June 2008 – July 2008

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“Summer afternoon - summer afternoon; to me those have always been the two most beautiful words in the English language.”  Henry James

 

Story Circle Business News

                                                                                                      

Meetings 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 discussion.  Facilitators for upcoming meetings:
Upcoming Facilitators/Meetings
June 25 at GPL--Fran Berger —“Body Work for Storytellers”
July 15--Colonie--Eric Randall
August 20-- GPL--Dee and Frank Wind —“Visual Aspects of Storytelling”
September 16--Colonie--Carol Connolly --  Dinner Meeting
October 15--Guilderland--facilitator needed—“Use of Space in Storytelling”

 

Story Circle Meeting Wednesday April 15 at GPL
Carol Connolly, Facilitator
Stories told:
Adam Hoffman--"Aunt Misery"-- from "Latin American Folk Tales"
Dee Wind-- "Wilfred Gordon MacDonald Partridge" -- by
Mem Fox
Frank Wind-- "The Haggis"--inspired by a placemat in a restaurant in
Scotland
Corey White-- "The Stonecutter"--Japanese tale (by Kent Bushman)
Nancy Payne--"Hans Learns Sense"--a "Lazy Jack" tale with Nancy's original ending
Listeners: Don Damer, Bess Arden
Story Circle Meeting Tuesday May 20 in Colonie
Facilitator, Carol Connolly
Stories told:
Micki Groper-- "The Treasure"--a Russian version of "Peddler of Swaffam"
Nancy Payne-- An Arthurian Fable-- "Sir Gawain and the Loathly Lady"
Adam Hoffman-- "Jack and the Beanstalk”

Kate Dudding-- "Working Hard" -- an original tale about Irving Berlin
Corey White-- "In These Parts"-- adapted from the song by the Hot Buttered Rum String Band (by permission)
Fran Berger-- "Three Legged Rabbit Lights the Sun" -- a Ute tale with drumming
Dee Wind-- "Travel Story"-- original -- the trials and tribulations of a traveler
Listeners: Eric Randall, Don Darmer, Frank Wind

 

Ongoing Events

OPEN MICS in Saratoga On the Second Wednesday of each month. 

June 11 – Woodlawn Commons 156 Lawrence St. 6:45 sign up. 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.

No July Date at Café Lena. Open Mic at Café Lena will return in September.

 

Adirondack Storytelling Guild – Contact Fran Yardley franstory@gmail.com. Upcoming schedule:

June and July---no meetings

August 9 1:00 The ADK Storytelling Guild will meet at the Storytelling Festival in Jay, New York.  Featured tellers will be Onowumi Jean Moss, Marge Bruchac, and Dan Berggren. There will also be an open mic session. For more info about this festival, contact Karen Glass, kglass28@kvvi.net.


 
Adult Programs

 

Sunday July 27 at 6:00 pm Barbara Aliprantis “A Daughter of the Aegean – Her Storytelling Odyssey”.  Stories and folktales of a Greek-American childhood in Brooklyn. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center * 129 Schoharie * Fort Hunter NY 12069 * 518- 829-7516 Street Bring Lawn Chairs.  Rain or Shine.

July and August Fran Yardley will be featured in the psycho thriller, Night Must Fall, by Emlyn Williams at Pendragon Theatre in Saranac Lake in repertory in July and August. Contact Pendragon Theatre, 518 891-1854 for info.

Sunday August 3 at 6:00 pm Heather Forest “Tales of Womenfolk”. Old tales with a touch of modern femininity featuring courageous and resourceful women. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center * 129 Schoharie * Fort Hunter NY 12069 * 518- 829-7516 Street Bring Lawn Chairs.  Rain or Shine.

Sunday August 10 at 6:00 pm Michael Parent “Stories and Songs from Maine”.  Poignant and humorous stories about characters who live in the out of the way state (of mind) called Maine. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center * 129 Schoharie * Fort Hunter NY 12069 * 518- 829-7516 Street Bring Lawn Chairs.  Rain or Shine.

See More August and September Events in “Looking Ahead”

 

 

Family Programs

Sunday June 1 from 1-4 pm. Bairbre McCarthy at the Saratoga/ Wilton Elks Lodge, Rt. 9, Saratoga Springs, NY - Irish Culture Day - Empire State College, Academy for Lifelong Learning celebrates diversity with an afternoon of Irish music, dancing, storytelling and other cultural events.  Call 587 2100, ext. 2780, for more information.

Saturday June 7 at 7 pm.  "At home in Easton," Burton Hall, 1071 State Rt. 40, Easton, NY. Bairbre McCarthy. Local stories that connect the past, present, and future of the community of Easton. An oral history project.  Call Easton library at 692 2253 for more information. 

Tuesday June 10 6:30 p.m.  --Tales ‘n Tunes will present “Buggy About Books”
at the Ft. Edward Library, Ft. Edward,
NY .  Call (518) 747-6743 for information.

Saturday and Sunday June 21 and 22 at the Clearwater Festival, Great Hudson River Revival, Croton Point Park, Croton, NY, Bairbre McCarthy will tell stories all weekend in the Story Grove at this historic festival. Call 1-800-67-SLOOP, or (845) 454 7673. www.clearwaterfestival.org

Wednesday June 25 "Gun Powder and Battle Cry: War Path between the Mountains" by Alden (Joe) Doolittle.  Catskill Bluestone Amphitheatre; AfPA; 897 St. David's Lane in Niskayuna. More about "Joe" www.storycircleatproctors.org. For reservations: Joe Doolittle at 384-1700

Friday June 27 at 11:00 a.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will present “Buggy About Books!”
a.m. at the Crandall Public Library,
Glens Falls, NY. Call (518) 792-6508 for information.
Tuesday
July 1 at 7:00 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Buggy About Books!”
at the Marcellus Free Library,
Marcellus, NY. Call (315) 673-3221 for in formation.
Wednesday
July 2 at 1:30 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Buggy About Books” at
the Plattsburgh Public Library,
Plattsburgh, NY. Call (518) 563 0921 for info.

Sunday July 6 at 4:00 pm Foundation for Baroque Music, 165 Wilton Rd., Greenfield Center, NY. Storytelling and music concert featuring storyteller Bairbre McCarthy and musicians Frank Orsini, John Cromie, Mary and Patrick Willems. Irish stories and music from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. A picnic to follow. 518 893-7527 www.baroquefestival.org

Wednesday July 9 at 3:00 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will present “Buggy About Books” at
the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library,
Clifton Park, NY. Call 371- 8622 for details.
Thursday
July 10 at 11:00 a.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will present “Buggy About Books”
at the Little Falls Public Library,
Little Falls, NY. Call for information: (315) 823-1542.
Wednesday
July 16 at 2:00 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “ Buggy About Books!”
at the Mary Wilcox Library, Whitney Point, NY. Call
(607) 692-3159 for information.
Wednesday
July 16 at 7:00 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will present “Buggy about Books!”

at the Moore Memorial Library, Greene, NY. Call (607) 656 9349 for information.

Friday July 18 at 7:00 pmClaire Nolan: “Tales of Motion” at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center 87 Nature Center Way; Voorheesville, NY 12186; phone: 872-0800.
Monday
July 21 at 7:00 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Buggy About Books!”
at the Broome County Public Library,
Binghamton, NY.  (607) 778-6456 for info.

Tuesday July 22 at 7:00 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Buggy About Books!”
at the George F. Johnson Memorial Library,
Endicott, NY.  Call (607) 757-5350 for information.
Wednesday
July 23 at 1:30 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Buggy About Books!”
at the Sherburne Public Library,
Sherburne, NY. Call (607) 674-4242 for information.
Wednesday
July 23 at 6:30 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Buggy About Books!”
at the Oxford Memorial Library,
Oxford, NY. Call (607) 843-6146 for information.

Wednesday July 23 "Stories of the Adirondack Forest and Trail" by Karen Glass,
Librarian-Keene Valley. Catskill Bluestone Amphitheatre; AfPA 897
St. David's Lane in Niskayuna.  More about Karen: www.karenglasslive.com. For reservations: Joe Doolittle at 384-1700

Saturday July 26 at 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Betty Cassidy; Freedom Park, Scotia. With the Puppet People. http://www.freedomparkscotia.org/schedule.html

Monday July 28 at 6:30 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Buggy About Books!”
at the LaGrange Association Library,
Poughkeepsie, NY. Call (845) 452-3141 for information.
Tuesday
July 29 at 7:00 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Buggy About Books!”
at the Whitehall Library,
Whitehall, NY. Call (518)499-1366 for information.
Wednesday
July 30 at 3:00 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Buggy About Books!”
at the Waterford Public Library,
Waterford, NY. Call (518)237-0891 for information
Wednesday
July 30 at 6:30 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Buggy About Books!”
at the Mechanicville Public Library,
Mechanicville, NY. Call (518)664-4646 for information
Thursday
July 31 at 1:00 p.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will present “Buggy About Books!”
at the South Steuben County Library,
Corning, NY. Call (607) 936-3713
for information

See August and September Events in “Looking Ahead”

 

Workshops and Classes for Storytellers


Monday, July 14-Friday July 18, 1:30 pm-3:00 pm each day. Bairbre McCarthy: Irish Mythology and Language,  Catskills Irish Arts Week, East Durham, NY, (one hour south of Albany)The three cycles of Irish mythology and early Irish history will be explored: the legendary Queen Maeve of Connacht,  the Ulster hero Cúchulainn, the Fenian cycle, the arrival of St. Patrick, up to the time of Brian Boru.

Cost: $275 for afternoon class.  Each session will begin with short conversational lessons in Irish (Gaelic) language, suitable for all levels, but no experience required. Bairbre has produced an instructional CD of easy Irish lessons for beginners. For more information about the class, contact Bairbre at 587 3084, or irishstories@bairbremccarthy.com. For more information about Catskills Irish Arts Week, see web site www.east-durham.org . To register contact Michael J. Quill Cultural Centre, East Durham, NY 12423, irishartsweek@gmail.com, or call 1 800 434 3378.

 Friday – Sunday July 18-20 Pyramid Lake Storytelling Camp! Marni Gillard, Kevin Brooks, Laura Packer, and Nancy Payne will lead workshops, swaps, and offer a concert of tales around the fire.  Arrival is Friday at 5:00. “Camp” ends Sunday after lunch. The workshop is for beginner & experienced tellers & “big kids” who like to tell and listen.  $120 covers EVERYTHING.  http://www.pyramidlife.org/ Or Marni at 518-381-9474 or marnigillard@earthlink.net

 

Wednesdays June – September 5:30 pm (See dates below) Join four regional and local storytellers in a new summer storytelling series at the Catskill Bluestone Amphitheatre; AfPA, 897 St. David's Lane in Niskayuna.  The performances are free and open to the community. Before each performance there will be a Special Story-Supper Seminar open only to Niskayuna School District Continuing Education Registrants.  The registrants will have an individualized learning session with the storyteller before the performance. It is not necessary to be a resident of Niskayuna to register.
The class takes place during a (bring your own) PICNIC SUPPER with the artist.  See Calendar Listings for more information on the performances.
Wednesday
June 25 "Gun Powder and Battle Cry: War Path between the Mountains" by Alden (Joe) Doolittle. 
Wednesday
July 23 "Stories of the Adirondack Forest and Trail" by Karen Glass,
Wednesday
August 20 "Gloskap Tales and Abenaki Legends" by Jim Bruchac

Wednesday September 24 “Hitch up Matilda & other Mountain Tales” - Rev.  Kent
Bushman.

Location:  AfPA; 897 St. David's Lane; Niskayuna, NY     

Supper Class at 5:30 PM - Performance at 7:00 PM.

Fee for class and performance: Individuals - $20 each night or $70 for all four performances.  Family rate (up to 4 family members) - $60 each night or $200 for all four performances). To register call 377-4666 ext. 231.  Performance Only is free and open to the public. 

 

Among Ourselves

Thursday, June 5 Fran Yardley will be telling stories at Great Camp Sagamore on and Contact Great Camp Sagamore, 315 354-5311 or for info e-mail sagamore@telenet.net.

Thursday, Sept 18 Fran Yardley will be telling stories at Great Camp Sagamore on and Contact Great Camp Sagamore, 315 354-5311 or for info e-mail sagamore@telenet.net

 

Opportunities for Storytellers

Stay tuned for information regarding Tellabration 2008 in November.

 

Looking Ahead

 

Sunday August 17 at 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM Margaret French Freedom Park, Scotia; with the Zucchini Brothers.

Sunday August 17 at 6:00 pm Ken Corsbie “Caribbean Voices”. The joys and adventures of growing up in the Caribbean. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center * 129 Schoharie * Fort Hunter NY 12069 * 518- 829-7516 Street Bring Lawn Chairs.  Rain or Shine.

Wednesday August 20 at 7:00 pm "Gloskap Tales and Abenaki Legends" by Jim Bruchac. Catskill Bluestone Amphitheatre; AfPA 897 St. David's Lane in Niskayuna. 

 More about Jim and "Dawnland"  www.ndakinna.com. For reservations: Joe Doolittle at 384-1700

Saturday August 23 at 6:30 pm Claire Nolan at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center 87 Nature Center Way; Voorheesville, NY 12186; phone: 872-0800.

Sunday August 24 at 6:00 pm Four Stories High “Sum-Sum Summertime Stories Under the Maple Tree”.  Jane, Carol, Mary and Barbara tell original world folktales. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center * 129 Schoharie * Fort Hunter NY 12069 * 518- 829-7516 Street Bring Lawn Chairs.  Rain or Shine

Sunday September 7 at 6:00 pm Joseph Peck “Memories of a Country Boy”. Sixty years’ worth of great farm stories in Upstate new York. Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site Visitor Center * 129 Schoharie * Fort Hunter NY 12069 * 518- 829-7516 Street Bring Lawn Chairs.  Rain or Shine

Wednesday September 24 at 7:00 pm "Hitch'em up Matilda & other Mountain Tales” - Rev.  Kent Bushman. Catskill Bluestone Amphitheatre; AfPA 897 St. David's Lane in Niskayuna.  More about Rev. Bushman:  www.storycircleatproctors.org For reservations: Joe Doolittle at 384-1700

 

Ode to Story Circle

by Louise Koenig

 

Story circle is the bait

That hooked this little fish.

Creating a story

Is like baking a great dish.

 

You might get a suggestion,

Or an idea may come,

That spins around in your head,

Just like a tune you'll hum.

 

William Sanford Library

Was where it all began.

A story telling class,

With a woman and a man.

 

The Princess Aurora story,

My granddaughter said to do--

Presented first in a classroom,

Then, Riverway Festival, too.

 

In Riverway, I took a class,

"Meeting Your Demon" in a tale.

So, I came home, wrote, "Lost Again",

"Once upon a time....," don't fail.

 

I visited this instructor,

By the ocean, she does live.

So, I told my tale for her,

Accolades, I'd hope, she'd give.

 

Critique is never easy,

To swallow your hard work,

Put "Lost Again" on the side,

But, never did I shirk.

 

Wrote of an experience,

With travel as a theme.

Relating to this "Nightmare"

People laughed, with a scream!

 

Rewriting a fairy tale,

Is interesting and nice.

The field is wide open,

And you can add the spice.

 

Facilitating a meeting,

'Tis another dimension.

Newer faces in the crowd,

Lessons a great tension.

 

The "old-time" story tellers,

I don't mean that's their age,

Have stories on their fingertips,

Because they are our sage.

 

Whether you want to listen,

Or to participate,

Story Telling is really,

An Art Form that is great.


 See You Next Time!

 

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 Library.

DIRECTIONS: The Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland, 1/2 mile west of Rte. 155 on the south side of Western Avenue. (June)

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.  (July)

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