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June - July  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

 

“If you don’t know the trees you may be lost in the forest, but if you don’t know the stories you may be lost in life.”

—Siberian Elder

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 June 20 at the Pine Hills Library at 6:00 pm & Tuesday July 17 at Colonie at 7:00 pm.

Meeting Notes: April 17 Meeting  - Workshop with Michael Parent  
Meeting Notes: May 16 Facilitators Adam Hoffman and David Ross

 

Stories told:

 

Dave Ross                      Winnie Ave                              Collected Stories

Gil Payette                    Apache Tears                           Native American Folktale

Fran Combs Berger       Seeing the Buddha Seed           My Grandfather’s Blessing

Adam Hoffman             The Man in the Middle              American Folktales

Bonnie Mion                  Costumes                                   Personal

Eliud Nieves                 A Winter’s Dream                      Personal

 

Listener:  Meredith Nieves

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.

 

Remembering Bill Swain

Storyteller from Oneonta NY

By Janet Glantz

Retired Children’s Librarian and former member of Storytelling Center of Oneonta

Bill Swain was was the last Chairman of the Storytelling Center of Oneonta. He was dedicated to The Art of Storytelling and influenced the next generation of storytellers. Bill helped me coach many young troupes of storytellers, The Otego Tale Weavers, and another group in Unadilla for approximately 13 years. Every week he would tell stories, coach, and encourage these young student storytellers. He always said, “You’ve Got to Tell Them to Make Them Go Right.” Bill was so dedicated that he would even take the School Bus, which was like riding a buckboard, with our noisy bunch of creative students. We traveled to Albany, Delhi, and the Riverside School to perform and to see professional storytellers. Bill loved to see these young storytellers leave the nest and soar. He took great delight in their accomplishments. Many of Bill’s students went on to use the skills they learned from Bill in Drama and on the Debate Teams at the Unatego Jr. and Sr. High School . Some went on to be Museum Interpreters and storytellers at summer camps. I know that the students whose lives he touched will never forget Mr. Swain. Bill left a legacy of humor, sharp-wit, and generosity of spirit. The stories he told remain with us: Jack Tales and Grandfather Tales, told in his soft Southern accent, and stories he spun from his life experiences. I treasure my memories of working, and performing with Bill and I hope he is still,” Telling Them to Make Them Go Right.”

If you wish to send a card to Bill Swain’s family:
Molly Swain and Family
8 Arrowhead Dr.
Oneonta, NY 13825

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.

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

Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area – http://www.interfaithstory.org/events.shtml Contact Anne Snyder for upcoming meetings. Anneveronica50@hotmail.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 12:30 p.m. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/story-by-story.shtml Free

OPEN MIC in Saratoga Monday June 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

 

June 3 Sunday 10:00 am - 3:00 pm.  Sheep and Wool Gathering at Thacher Park.  Gather with fellow fiber enthusiasts at Pear Orchard in Thacher Park. Meet live sheep, goats, alpacas and leaping llamas. See demonstrations in wheel and spindle spinning, weaving, felting and more! Learn to knit and crochet at mini-workshops. Vendors will be selling hand crafted items, kits, yarn and fleece, needles and wool accessories. Enjoy stories by Claire Nolan 12:30 – 1:30 pm and music of Knox Traditional Strings and Erik Kuck. Refreshments and baked goods will also be available. Please call (518)-872-1237 or (518)-872-0800 for additional information.

June 5 Tuesday 10:00 am Regi Carpenter at the Cortland YMCA storytelling show "I See the Moon"

June 22 Friday 5:00 p.m Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & Don Darmer) “Pajama Party” --Catskill Public Library, Catskill, NY--. Free and open to the public.

June 28 Thursday 7:00 p.m. Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & Don Darmer) --“Pajama Party” --Penfield Public Library, Penfield, NY-Free and open to the public.

July 5-- Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & Don Darmer) “Pajama Party” --Horicon Free Public Library, Brant Lake, NY--7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

July 18--Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & Don Darmer) “Pajama Party”--Coburn Free Library, Owego, NY--10:00 a.m. Free and open to the public.

July 19--Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & Don Darmer) “Pajama Party”--Salina Free Library, Mattydale, NY--2:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

July 20--Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & Don Darmer) “Pajama Party”--Stephentown Memorial Library Stephentown, NY--7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

July 24-- Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & Don Darmer) "Sum-Sum-Summertime”-- Greater Glenville Family YMCA Day Camp. Morning.

July 25-- Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & Don Darmer) “Pajama Party” --C.W. Clark Memorial Library, Oriskany Falls, NY--10:00 a.m. Free and open to the public.

July 25-- Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & Don Darmer) “Pajama Party” --Moore Memorial Library, Greene, NY--7:00 p.m. Free and open to the public. Pending

July 26-- Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & Don Darmer) “Pajama Party” --Smyrna Public Library, Smyrna, NY--2:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.

 

 

 

Adult Programs

June 5 Tuesday 7:00 pm Master Storyteller Regina Carpenter presents "Where There's Smoke, There's Dinner: stories of a seared childhood". Family: recipe for disaster or comfort food? Don't miss these new tales of the Carpenter Clan!  The Story Space is the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00pm -- Open telling (8-minute time limit) followed by a Feature. Long-time tellers and those new to storytelling alike will find this ideal place to sharpen their skills and try out new material before an audience that truly listens. At the out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge (near Central Sq.) See http://www.storyspace.org for full details. $5.00 requested donation.

June 6 Wednesday 7:00 pm  Jay O’Callahan, Storyteller and author. Book signing and author presentation of Jay's new novel, Harry's Our Man at the Brookline Booksmith 279 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA For more information call 617-566-6660 or visit www.brooklinebooksmith.com.
Intended for an adult audience.
June 12 Tuesday 7:00 pm Elaine Fadden,
"What Happens In Ireland: Stories by a true Boston Irish Lass exploring her heritage with humor and insight." The Story Space is the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00pm -- Open telling (8-minute time limit) followed by a Feature. Long-time tellers and those new to storytelling alike will find this ideal place to sharpen their skills and try out new material before an audience that truly listens. At the Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge (near Central Sq.) See http://www.storyspace.org for full details. $5.00 requested donation.

June 19 Tuesday 7:00 pm Cheryl Hamilton, refugee advocate & relentless storyteller, weaves true-life stories of courage & compassion, with infectious energy and self-deprecating wit. The Story Space is the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! The Story Space is the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00pm -- Open telling (8-minute time limit) followed by a Feature. Long-time tellers and those new to storytelling alike will find this ideal place to sharpen their skills and try out new material before an audience that truly listens. At the Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge (near Central Sq.) See http://www.storyspace.org for full details. $5.00 requested donation.
June 26 Tuesday 7:00 pm Abhishek Shah at The Story Space, the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00pm -- Open telling (8-minute time limit) followed by a Feature. Long-time tellers and those new to storytelling alike will find this ideal place to sharpen their skills and try out new material before an audience that truly listens. At the Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge (near Central Sq.) See http://www.storyspace.org for full details. $5.00 requested donation.

June 27 Wednesday 7:00 pm Wendy Weinreich guest teller with "Folk Tales, a Sampler” at the Stories for Inquiring Minds series at the Inquiring Mind Bookstore, Main and Partition Sts. 845 246 5775. Saugerties, NY .  Come early to enjoy a fixed price ($20) pre-performance dinner at Fez, 71 Partition St. at 5:30 pm. Bob Reiser said, "The food is really good!"

July 3 Tuesday 7:00 pm at The Story Space, the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00pm -- Open telling (8-minute time limit). Long-time tellers and those new to storytelling alike will find this ideal place to sharpen their skills and try out new material before an audience that truly listens. At the Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge (near Central Sq.) See http://www.storyspace.org for full details. $5.00 requested donation.

July 8 Sunday 7:00 pm "Throughline," stories from the Depression and WWII, told by teens at the Salem, NY Courthouse. Siri Allison received a LARAC grant to interview local seniors and use their stories in this performance. Contact Siri for more information: siristory@earthlink.net. 518 854-3998
July 29 Sunday 6:00 pm 20th Annual Not Just for Kids Storytelling
The Storycrafters “Twice Upon a Time: Retakes and Twists on Classic Folklore and Balladry” at the Visitor Center Schoharie Crossing State Historic. Information: Janice Fontanella (518) 829-7516 129 Schoharie Street, Fort Hunter. Sitehttp://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/notjustforkids/index.shtml.

 

Workshops and Conferences

June 11 Monday 7:00 pm. Stories in Progress. Would you like some coaching for a story that you are developing? In a supportive group setting you can get feedback, inspiration to go in new directions, and learn some improvisational techniques that will help grow your storytelling. Gorse Mill Studios, 31 Thorpe Rd. Needham, MA. For more information: Cindy Rivka Marshall
617-721-7681
cindy@cindymarshall.com

July 13-15  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. See website for that registration and fee.  Teens welcome! A gathering where experienced and beginning storytellers explore ancient tales and the stories within. This weekend will include workshops, coaching, a concert and story swaps. Teen tellers are welcome. Presenters: Kevin Brooks, Laura Packer, Marni Gillard/Women: stay for July 15-20 Annual Women’s Writing Retreat – a blast! See website for registration and fee.  

July 15-20 Sunday – Friday Annual Women’s Writing Retreat – Open to Adults.  Spend your mornings attending workshops in journal writing, fiction, storytelling, poetry, travel writing and creative non-fiction. Spend your afternoons hiking, contemplating, writing, boating, swimming, reading and relating. Spend evenings listening to published writers read from their works or hearing workshop participants share their writings. For additional information, contact the PLC registrar. http://www.pyramidlife.org/programs/.  Pyramid Life Center, Paradox NY, Exit 28 of I 87 Northway 

 

 

Summer Book Suggestion

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories make us Human by Jonathan Gottschall.

And people are talking:  The New Yorker: [Gottschall’s] … thesis is that human beings are natural storytellers—that they can’t help telling stories, and that they turn things that aren’t really stories into stories because they like narratives so much. Everything—faith, science, love—needs a story for people to find it plausible. Read more http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/books/2012/05/can-science-explain-why-we-tell-stories.html#ixzz1wVaAtdwzhttp://www.nytimes.com/2005/11/06/magazine/06darwin.html?pagewanted=all

In Kirkus Review: [Gottschall’s] thesis is that humans’ capacity to tell stories isn’t just a curious aspect of our genetic makeup but an essential part of our being: We tell stories—in fiction, in daydreams, in nightmares—as ways to understand and work through conflicts, the better to be prepared when those conflicts arise in reality. https://www.kirkusreviews.com/book-reviews/jonathan-gottschall/storytelling-animal/#review

 

 

Drums Along the Mohawk Outdoor Drama

Saturday August 4, 2012 5:00 pm

 

And the

 

Commemoration of the Battle of Oriskany

International Reenactment

All Day Saturday & Sunday August 4 and 5

 

At the

Gelston Castle Estate

980 Robinson Road

Mohawk, NY 13407

 

For More Information Visit

www.datmod.com or www.oriskany235th.org

 

 

Contact Kyle Jenks (216) 509-7502 jaktar773@aol.com

Or Jeff Tew (518) 705-6343 jtew72@hotmail.com

 

 

 

 

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: (June 20 at 6:00 pm). Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library 517 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 near Allen Street at “the Point”.

(July 17) 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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