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June – July  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

 

“Get your facts first,

then you can distort them as you please.” 

- Mark Twain

                                                                                                                              

Story Circle Business News

Meetings: Meeting held on Wednesday April 20 - Kate Dudding facilitator
Stories told -
Kate Dudding – Good Luck & Gifts - an original historical story
Micki Groper - The Magic Awongalema Tree -- an African folk tales
Adam Hoffman - The Wooden Clog-Maker and the King's Daughter - a French folk tale
Joan Cousins - Hiding and Seeking - a personal story
Listener – Sandy Schuman
The roundtable was on handling awkward situations during a storytelling program. Here are some tips Sandy shared re: facilitating a meeting when something unexpected happens:
1. When you don't know what to do, say so. This is not a loss of control -- you never were in control.
2. You can ask, "Does anyone have a suggestion?" This acknowledges and shares the awkwardness.
3. If you get one complaint, ask if there are others. The seemingly lone complainer usually isn't.
4. Use gentle humor.
5. Always remember -- who do I have to take care of in this situation?
Meeting held on Tuesday May 17– see report in Aug/Sept Talespinner.

 

 

 

Did you Know?

Dues and are STILL a bargain at $10.00 per year. 

Please use the form on Page 7.

 

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.

June 2 Thursday 7-9:30 Eighth Step Open Mic at Proctors in Robb Alley - All welcome.

June 4 Saturday at 12:30 pm Freihofer's Community Walk. Support Children at the Well – two ways:  Walk on Saturday June 4 – For registration forms and pledge sheets call Paula Weiss (518) 785-7842. Or make a contribution: freihofersrun.com/cwportal.  Children at the Well (CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml. 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

June 8 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

June 9 Thursday 6:30 – 8:30 pm Interfaith Story Circle. Blessed Hope Worship Center. “Friendships: Expressing how our relationships with ‘sisterfriends’ and ‘brotherfriends’ keep us grounded and strengthened through our transitions in life.” Arrive at 6:00 for a tour of the Sanctuary before the Story circle begins. 7: 00 Story circle begins. 193 Central Ave. Albany, New York. The church was formerly the home of Our Lady of Angels (Catholic Parish). Located on the corner of Robin St. and Central Ave. directly across from Firestone Tire.

If you are coming from I-90, take the Henry Johnson Blvd Exit. Continue on Henry Johnson Blvd for about ½ mile, and then take a right onto Central Avenue. The Church sits on the corner at the third traffic light on the right. Free, on street parking should be readily available. 518 462-4101 (church).



Family Programs

June 17 Friday 10:30 am Tales 'n Tunes  “Sing along Stories from Around the World”  Ethelbert B. Crawford Library, Monticello, NY

June 18 and 19 Saturday and Sunday - 11:00 – 7:30 Saturday and 11:00 – 5:30 Sunday. Clearwater Festival – Great Hudson River Revival – “Story Grove” features musicians and storytellers from near and far: ESHU BUMPUS, KAREN PILLSWORTH, SLASH COLEMAN, LINDA HUMES, KAY OLAN, PENINNAH SCHRAM, and THE STORYCRAFTERS. For more information  and a complete schedule and ticket information check out http://www.clearwater.org/festival/schedules.html
June 21 Tuesday 2:00 pm Tales 'n Tunes “World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World” --Byron-Bergen Public Library, Bergen, NY.
June 22 Wednesday 7:00 pm Tales 'n Tunes “World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World” --Ulysses Philomathic Library, Trumansburg, NY.
June 24  Friday 6”30 pm Tales 'n Tunes “World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World”  --Marcellus Free Library, Marcellus, NY.
June 27  Monday 11:00 am Tales 'n Tunes ”World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World” --Utica Public Library, Utica, NY.

July 16 Saturday  7pm – “Heroes: Great Feats and Defeats” with Joe Doolittle, Jan Fiore, Margaret French and Claire Nolan,   At The Smithy in downtown Cooperstown NY.  55 Pioneer Cooperstown 13326 (607)547-8671. Free to everyone, but we are asking for a donation of $7 for an individual or $20 for a family of four. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

July 31 Sunday 6:00 pm "An Evening of Eamon Kelly Stories" with James Hawkins – “Not Just For Kids Storytelling Series” on Sundays in July and August at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street, P.O. Box 140 Fort Hunter, NY 12069 phone: (518) 829-7516. Free.

August 6 Saturday 7pm – “Traveler's Tales” with Claire Beetlestone, Marni Gillard, Janet Glantz, and Karen Pillsworth.  At The Smithy in downtown Cooperstown NY.  55 Pioneer Cooperstown 13326 (607)547-8671. Free to everyone, but we are asking for a donation of $7 for an individual or $20 for a family of four.

Adult Programs

June 2 Thursday 7 to 9 pm “Interfaith Pride Celebration, Sharing our Sacred Stories”

Sacred scripture is full of great stories. The sacred text that is written anew in every generation is the story of each of our lives. To celebrate the stories of Capital Region lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, and their allies, Advocates for Welcoming Congregations will help to launch Pride Week with its annual Interfaith Pride Celebration under the theme Journeys of Faith: Everyone’s Story is Sacred.  Local storytellers Joe Doolittle and Christie Keegan will share personal stories of faith and connection to the LGBT community. Participants will be invited (but certainly not required) to share in a small group a story from their lives. And musical guests, the Albany Gay Men’s Chorus will add to the joy of the occasion. A dessert reception will follow the program.

For further information, contact Rev. Tony Green, 928-7069 First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany, 405 Washington Avenue and all are welcomed. Free.

June 3 Friday 7-8 pm CD Release Party. Time for a party and a concert to celebrate Volume 2 of Bairbre McCarthy’s leprechaun stories Keeper of the Crock of Gold.  Join Bairbre and the musicians who collaborated with her on the CD at HAPPY HANDS BEAD STORE, on the main street in Ballston Spa. (across from Coffee Planet). 91 Milton Avenue, (Rt. 50). Fabulous fiddler, Maura McNamara will be there, as well as Bairbre’s own children, Mary and Patrick Willems. They will share some of the stories from the book. Refreshments and plenty of beads will be available for a fun evening. This event is part of Ballston Spa's first Fridays' Arts' Walk; an evening of local arts, culture, dining, shopping, and family fun entertainment throughout the village. 885-0930 www.happyhandsbeads.com

June 5 Sunday 7:30 pm Special Fundraiser for Children at the Well at Proctors GE Theater. Listen to Marni Gillard and musicians present the complete life of “Granuaille: A Notorious Woman” in story with music by Tom O'Hare. Tickets $16 at the Proctors Box office 346-6204 www.storycircleatproctors.org. Story Circle at Proctors will donate $5/ticket to Children at the Well. Local Céilidh after the show.

June 13 Monday 7:30 - 9:30pm  Front Parlor: Trojan Storytelling at the Ale House!

June's theme: Animals. Arrive early for a seat and chance to share your story! Front Parlor is a monthly, live storytelling event modeled after The Moth: http://www.themoth.org/
Samples here:
http://www.themoth.org/listen (Or, download the Moth Podcast.) Guidelines here: http://www.themoth.org/storyslams_participate ... but please note, Front Parlor will not include judging. Ale House 680 River Street. Free.

July 16 Saturday  7pm – “Heroes: Great Feats and Defeats” with Joe Doolittle, Jan Fiore, Margaret French and Claire Nolan,   At The Smithy in downtown Cooperstown NY.  55 Pioneer Cooperstown 13326 (607)547-8671. Free to everyone, but we are asking for a donation of $7 for an individual or $20 for a family of four. <?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

July 31 Sunday 6:00 pm "An Evening of Eamon Kelly Stories" with James Hawkins – “Not Just For Kids Storytelling Series” on Sundays in July and August at the Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street, P.O. Box 140 Fort Hunter, NY 12069 phone: (518) 829-7516. Free.

August 6 Saturday 7pm – “Traveler's Tales” with Claire Beetlestone, Marni Gillard, Janet Glantz, and Karen Pillsworth.  At The Smithy in downtown Cooperstown NY.  55 Pioneer Cooperstown 13326 (607)547-8671. Free to everyone, but we are asking for a donation of $7 for an individual or $20 for a family of four.

 

Opportunities for Tellers

Word Play - Season Five - Information about how to apply to perform in a Word Play program during our fifth season at Proctors will be posted on the Story Circle Productions at Proctors by June 15 http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/wp/ If you want Kate to mail you a hardcopy of this information, please call her at 383-4620. NOTE: your applications are due by July 20.

 

Workshops and Conferences

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. Come join leaders in the field to explore current uses of healing story. Professionals who use healing story in their work will present on the following tracks:

Mental Health/ Psychology/ Meditation: “Shifting Perspectives: Re-Storying our Lives” with Elisa Pearmain and Lani Peterson

Physical Health/Medicine: “Body Eloquence: In Search of the Inside Story” with Nancy Mellon.

Spiritual Health/Ministry: “Accessing the Sacred: Stories as a Means of Connection” with Joan Stockbridge

Healing through Grief: “Honoring Questions, Searching for Meaning; Exploring and Supporting Grief through Storytelling” with Gail Rosen

Community Healing: “Shot Through the Heart: Finding and Guiding Community Story Through Transition and Crisis” with Lorna Czarnota

Keynote Speeches: Healing Story in Action: “Journeys to Transformation” with Laura Simms and Fran Yardley

Join the discussion and help envision ways to expand, deepen and bring our knowledge forward into more arenas. This conference is geared towards medical and mental health personnel, spiritual caregivers, hospice workers, community leaders, storytellers and all others with an interest in the healing power of story. http://www.creativehealingconnections.org

July 22 – 24 Friday supper to Sunday lunch $130.00 (for everything!) Storytelling Weekend at the Pyramid Life Center A gathering for experienced and beginning storytellers. The weekend will include workshops, coaching, a campfire concert and story swaps. Teen tellers are welcome. Presenters: Kevin Brooks, Marni Gillard and Laura Packer . Bring linens or sleeping bag, soap/shampoo, flashlight, bug dope, sunscreen, bathing-suit. Lamp or fan optional.  http://www.pyramidlife.org/programs/.  Pyramid Life Center, Paradox NY, Exit 28 of I 87 Northway Questions? Marni 518-381-9474   marnigillard@earthlink.net. Women: stay for July 24-29 annual women’s writing retreat – a blast! See website for that registration and fee.  Teens welcome!

August 20 SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, 9 am – 1 pm Storyteller Kim Weitkamp (www.kimweitkamp.com) will be in town to tell at Schoharie Crossing on Sunday August 20 at 6:00 pm. Her stories are often humorous, yet heartfelt. She comes highly recommended by several people, including Elizabeth Ellis. You can see her in action here: http://www.youtube.com/user/kimweitkampdotcom

Kim Dudding is offering two workshops on Saturday in Clifton Park:  9-1 Master Class                           Cost: $50/person (BYO brown bag lunch).

Topics : Through various techniques we will learn where the story is broken, learn about editing, learn about memory mapping and the story box technique of building your story in a way that is intriguing to a listener. Tellers will also learn how to coach and critique other tellers. They will also learn how to critique without imposing their own 'style' on the person they are working with.

5-8 Workshop Cost: $10/member of Story Circle; $20 others

This will be a combination of a story growing and business growing workshop. In one part of the workshop, you will learn the 4 basic steps of turning your memories into captivating stories that will be requested over and over again. In the other part, you will learn basic business and marketing techniques for handling your storytelling career, including setting a realistic goal for your career.

Please let Kate Dudding (kate@katedudding.com  383-4620) know if you are interested in either the master class or the workshop. Both will be held in her home. To reserve your space, make out your check to “Story Circle” and send it to:

Kate Dudding, 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700

Looking Ahead

SAVE THE DATE - March 16, 17, 18, 2012. SHARING THE FIRE 2012,

The Northeast Storytelling Conference sponsored by LANES-League for the Advancement of North East Storytellers is coming to Albany, NY at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel. A weekend of storytelling workshops, performances and great opportunities to network and share with storytellers and story-lovers from all over New York, New England and beyond! Saturday's keynote speaker will be the nationally known storyteller, educator and coach Kevin Cordi, PhD. Many members of the Tri-City area will be called upon to help make this the most successful conference in its 31 year history. For more information about the Conference and about LANES, contact Yvonne Zinicola, Lanes executive director at LANESdirector@gmail.com or go to the website www.LANES.org

 

Between Ourselves

Sandy Schuman’s story, "It's Hard to Tell a Hug," was published in "A Mother's Day Anthology - A Mothers Love is always Abundant."

 

Question of the Month

I was intrigued by the recent discussion on the “Storytell” list serve.  The question asked was: Are artists liars? What do you think?  Let me know and I will print the answers in the Aug/Sept Talespinner. E-mail your answers to cbnolou@yahoo.com.

 

 

The Dreamer awakes
The shadow goes by
The tale I have told you,
That tale is a lie.
But listen to me,
Bright maiden, proud youth:
The tale is a lie;
What it tells is the truth.
--Traditional folktale ending

 

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 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. On June 15 the Wednesday meeting will be at the Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library. 

DIRECTIONS: (June 15). Note the place!  Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library.                   517 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203.

(July 19) 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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