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June 2009 – July 2009

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

 

"Then followed that beautiful season... Summer....
Filled was the air with a dreamy and magical light; and the landscape
Lay as if new created in all the freshness of childhood.”

~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

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.  Upcoming Meetings: June 17 and July 21
May  17 Kate Dudding – Facilitator
Stories told:
Kate Dudding -- "How the Musical Show Boat Came to be"  -- historical
Adam Hoffman -- "The Four Winds" -- Iroquois tale
Adam Hoffman -- "Briar Rose" -- classic fairy tale
Claire Beetlestone -- " Ossian in Tir na Nog" -- Irish myth
Claire Beeltestone -- "Mother and Children Hanged on Altar" -- from New Mexico
Listeners:
Joan

 

Patsy Patrick announced at the March meeting that the Friends of Schenectady County Public Library will be sponsoring a series in January through March 2010 of music and storytelling. For more information, call Ronald Patrick at 864-5098

Cancellations: For future reference please 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. They can consult with Carol Connolly or Kate Dudding if they wish to. If the facilitator decides to cancel a meeting, they must:1) Send out an email message via Story Circle listserv (or ask Carol Connolly or Kate Dudding to do it)

2) Notify the library
Story Circle members who are planning to attend may call either the facilitator or the library to determine if a meeting is being held.

 

Ongoing Events

 

Story by Story is our weekly TV show; tune in on Sunday nights at 8:30 and Tuesday afternoons at 1:00 on Schenectady Public Access TV, Channel 16. It is also broadcast to many other areas in the Capital District on Time Warner Cable Public Access Channel 18 the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

 

Children at the Well: Interfaith Youth Storytelling http://www.childrenatthewell.org/

OPEN MIC in Saratoga on the Second Wednesday of each month. 

Look for us again in September

 

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

 

Interfaith Story Circle June 10  Wednesday, 7:00-9:00 p.m. GRSJohnson@aol.com
 Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary * 949 Madison Avenue * Albany, New York
 Theme: The Unspoken Story: Evoking the Divine through Music, Movement, and Mantra
Facilitators: Virginia Miller & Frank Lombardo
The Dances of Universal Peace inspire stories to honor the richness and diversity of our traditions, discovering that which we hold in common, connecting with each other in mind and heart.  The Dances of Universal Peace use voice, sound and movement to explore the universal messages found in the world's spiritual traditions. “Moving meditations” or body prayers, the Dances use chant, music, and dance as a vehicle for exploring sacred themes. The Dances, accompanied by live music, are taught and then experienced in the moment by all in attendance. Participation, not performance, is the focus; feeling, intent and spirit being more important to the experience than form, technique, and skill. Virginia Miller and Frank Lombardo are Certified Teachers of the Dances of Universal Peace, as granted by the International Network for the Dances of Universal Peace (
http://www.peaceworksdancesna.org/index.htm).  Come join the Dance!!

 

Dates and Location TBD - Albany Open Mic - We are looking for storytellers and listeners and a location for an Open Mic in Albany – call Claire at 209-6477 or e-mail cbnolou@yahoo.com if you are interested.

                                

 

 

 

Family Programs

 

May 28 Thursday 7:00 pm, Glenn Smith in "A Visit With St Paul," at the Shrine of the North American Martyrs in Auriesville. This will be the longer version- with an intermission, and will end at approx.  8:30 PM.    A free will offering will be taken up.    518 853-3033 www.martyrshrine.org
May 29 Friday 7:00 pm, Glenn Smith in "A Visit With St Paul," at St Paul the Apostle Church, Schenectady.  One hour, no intermission.  Address; 2733  Albany St. Schenectady. 

518 377-8886

May 29  Friday 7:00 – 8:15 pm  AfPA Open House – “Stories from Where the Mountains Stand Up Together” with Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Summer Storytelling Vespers in Niskayuna at The Amphitheater at The Center for the Forest PreserveThe Association for the Protection of the ondacks (AFPA) 897 St. David's Lane, Niskayuna, NY on Wednesdays, 7:00 - 8:15 pm. queries www.protectadks.org (518) 377-1452 or email aldenjoe@att.net call (518) 784-1700 www.StoryCircleatProctors.org  Freewill donation and/or new Association Membership              Refreshments will be served    
June 3 Tuesday 7:00 pm,  Glenn Smith in "A Visit With St Paul," at St Mary's Church,  Glens Falls  -  one hour, no intermission.   62 Warren St. Glens Falls NY 518 792-2376

June 13 Saturday 4:30-5:15  --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Story Safari” at the Saratoga Arts Fest, Saratoga Springs, NY. Lake Ave. Elementary auditorium. See www.saratogaartsfest.org
June 22 Monday -- Tales ‘n Tunes will present “Rock ‘n Read” for Grades K-2 and 3-5 at the Casey Park Elementary School, Auburn, NY.

June 23 Tuesday 10:30 am -- Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Rock ‘n Read” as the kick off for the Fairport Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.. Call for information at the library in Fairport, NY: (585) 223-9091.
June 23 Tuesday 3:00 pm -- Tales ‘n Tunes will kickoff the Summer Reading Program at the East Rochester Public Library  with the program, “Rock ‘n Read,” Call for info: (585) 586-8302. 

July 1 Wednesday 1:30 pm -- Tales ‘n Tunes will perform at the Easton Public Library.  “Rock ‘n Read,” Call for info: (518) 692-2253.
July 1 Wednesday 6:30 pm -- Tales ‘n Tunes will perform at the Cambridge Public Library“Rock ‘n Read,” Call for info: (518) 677-2443.

July 13 Monday (call for time)  Keene Valley Library Summer series "Stories from where the mountains stand up together" Joe Doolittle, and Dan Plumley  Keene Valley Library Box 86 Keene Valley, NY 12943. 518-576-4335

July 14 Tuesday  2:00 pm-- Tales ‘n Tunes will perform at the Palmyra Library, Palmyra, NY “Rock ‘n Read.” Call for info: (315) 597-5276.
July 14 Tuesday 6:00 pm - Tales ‘n Tunes will perform at the Red Jacket Community Library, Shortsville, NY. “Rock ‘n Read.”. Call for info: (585) 289-3559.
July 15 Wednesday 2:0 pm -- Tales ‘n Tunes will perform at the Little Falls Public Library, Little Falls, NY“Rock ‘n Read.” Call for info: (315) 823-1542.

July 15 Wednesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm. “Gun Powder and Battle Cry - War Path Between the Mountains” Stories drawn from history and myth of the of the mountains and valleys with Alden (Joe) Doolittle. See May 29 (above) for more information about Summer Storytelling Vespers at AfPA.  www.StoryCircleatProctors.org. Freewill donation and/or new Association Membership www.protectadks.org (518) 377-1452 or email aldenjoe@att.net call (518) 784-1700

July 18 Saturday 6:30 pm Claire Nolan Campfire Stories at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.  87 Nature Center Way.   872-0800.

July 18 Saturday 4:00 pm. Kevin Locke - a Lakota Sioux storyteller, musician and dancer from South Dakota.  Earlville Opera House; Earlville NY.  Earlville is located in Central NY just South of Utica.  It is worth the trip to see the town and the Opera House! http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/content.display/page/home.cfm Tickets for Kevin Locke’s FREE performance are not available online, please reserve your free tickets at 315-691-3550.

July 21 Tuesday 2:30 pm --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Rock ‘n Read” at White Branch Library,  Syracuse, NY.  Phone: (315) 435-3519.  
July 22 Wednesday 2:30 pm -- Tales ’n Tunes will perform “Rock ‘n Read” at Petit Branch Library, Syracuse, NY Phone: (315) 435-3636 

July  22 Wednesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm. “Adirondack Tails and Legends” legends and tall tales of the Adirondacks with Nancy Marie Payne. See May 29 (above) for more information about Summer Storytelling Vespers at AfPA.  www.StoryCircleatProctors.org. Freewill donation and/or new Association Membership. www.protectadks.org (518) 377-1452 or email aldenjoe@att.net call (518) 784-1700
July 25 Saturday 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM  Storytelling Festival, part of Adirondack Days on the Green in Jay, New York, Tellers: Reggie CarpenterJoe DoolittleJim Brucchac, Karen Glass Contact Karen  (518) 516-2058 for more information.

July 26 Sunday 6:00 pm Not Just for Kids Storytelling with Becky Holder.  Schoharie Crossing State Historic Site. 129 Schoharie Street (518) 829-7516
July 29 Wednesday 7:00 – 8:15 pm Stories of the Adirondack Forest and Trails with
Karen Glass,
www.KarenGlassLive.com  See May 29 (above) for more information about Summer Storytelling Vespers at AfPA.  www.StoryCircleatProctors.org. Freewill donation and/or new Association Membership. www.protectadks.org (518) 377-1452 or email aldenjoe@att.net call (518) 784-1700
July 29 Wednesday 2:30 pm-- Tales ‘n Tunes will entertain with “Rock ‘n Read” at Beauchamp Branch Library,  Syracuse, NY.  Phone: (315) 435-3395.
July 30 Thursday 2:30 pm -- Tales ‘n Tunes will present “Rock ‘n Read” at Mundy Branch Library, Syracuse, NY  Phone: (315) 435-3797

Adult Programs

June 12 Friday 4:00 p.m. People Who Made a Difference As part of Saratoga Arts Fest 2009, storyteller Kate Dudding  at the Dee Sarno Theatre, The Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY

June 15 Monday, 7:00 p.m. Laugh Yourself Silly: Tales to Tickle Your Funny Bone Children laugh 40 times more per day than adults -- that's just not right! Come improve your laughing average as Kate Dudding shares personal stories, folk tales and maybe even a tall tale or two. Free. Coburg Village, Rexford, NY

June 23 Tuesday  3:00 p.m. I Could Have Sung All Night Kate Dudding tells stories from Marni Nixon's biography. Marni's name and face may not be familiar, but many recognize her voice from these movies: The King and I (singing for Deborah Kerr), My Fair Lady (singing for Audrey Hepburn), and West Side Story (singing for Natalie Woods.) Free. Coburg Village, Rexford, NY

 

 

 

Looking Ahead

August 3  7:00 pm --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform “Rock ‘n Read” at the LaGrange Association Library, Poughkeepsie, NY. Call
August 19 noon --Tales ‘n Tunes will entertain at Collar City Live!--Riverfront Park in Troy, NY. Free.
August 27 6:00 pm --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform at the Andes Public Library, Andes, NY. Free. (845) 676-3333.

September 5 6:30 pm Claire Nolan Campfire Stories at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center.  87 Nature Center Way.   872-0800.

September 26 4:00 pm - Charlotte Blake Alston - African Stories and music Earlville Opera House Earlville NY  Earlville is in Central NY just South of Utica.  It is worth the trip to see the town and the Opera House! http://www.earlvilleoperahouse.com/index.cfm/fuseaction/content.display/page/home.cfm Tickets for Charlotte’s FREE performance are not available online, please reserve your free tickets at 315-691-3550.

Workshops and Classes for Storytellers

June 22 Monday  9:30 AM – June  25 Thursday  4:30 PM  Telling Stories to Children with Judith Black.  Every year, since 1988, people who love storytelling have gathered from all over this country and arrived in Marblehead MA to exploeof the art of telling.  Morning workshops, afternoon coaching, tellings to authentic children, good food and informal gatherings shape these days. Massachusetts PDPs offered. Fee: ($375) For more information contact Judith Black E-mail : jb@storiesalive.com phone: 781-631-4417 www.tellingstoriestochildren.com 

jb@storiesalive.com
July 14, 21, Aug 4, 11, 18, 21 from 6:30-8:30. Marni Gillard will be offering a 6-Tuesday evening workshop at East Line Books on Rt. 9 in Clifton Park.
$120 for six sessions. Storytelling Your Life – One Key to Higher Consciousness
In this six session class we’ll explore “sparks” - moments of our experience that shine a light on who we are and what matters deeply to us. We’ll practice unconditional listening, and offer appreciation to each other for what echoes in our consciousness when we hear a tale. Listeners see their own hopes and frail humanness in our tales helping them move forward toward their dreams. Speaking our tales helps us see the circle of life with new eyes too. Contact
Robyn Ringler East Line Books 1714 Route 9 Clifton Aprk NY 12065. 371-4151 book shop 935-7654 cell.
http://www.eastlinebooks.vpweb.com/

July 24 – July 26 Friday dinner through Sunday lunch - mark your calendars - Once again Pyramid Lake Storytelling Weekend. Fun workshops on various topics, a story swap, and a campfire concert by teachers Marni Gillard, Kevin Brooks and Laura Packer. Best of all is the beautiful lake, free kayaks and canoes. The food is plentiful and the friendships warm. Welcoming to men, women and young people who want to learn more about storytelling. Young teens have participated the last few years.  $130 for everything! Contact pyramidlife.org to register. Contact marnigillard@earthlink.net with questions.

 

 

 

Wine and Chocolate … oh and Stories of Course!

By Kate Dudding
A sumptuous time was had by all at the second benefit for both Story Circle and SACC TV-16 on Thursday April 2, 2009. Held in The Fenimore Gallery at Proctors where Word Plays is staged,  Wine & Chocolate: Stories of Decadence, Blarney and Mirth featured stories by Joe Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Jeannine Laverty and Joe Peck, a chocolate fountain and many selections of tasty fruit and desserts, and a gourmet selection of wine. About 50 people attended and reveled in the wine, chocolate and stories.
Many thanks to those who made this benefit possible:
•         Zeb Schmidt and Todd Wilson, SACC-TV
•         All the Board Members of SACC-TV
•         All the staff and volunteers at Proctors
•         Our Storytellers:  Joe Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Jeannine Laverty, Joe Peck
•         Our Refreshment Committee:  Gay and Joe Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Margaret French
Our Sponsors:
Freeman’s Bridge Wine & Liquor,  Cafe Italia and the family Mallozzi, Frontenac Point Vineyard & Winery, Moon & River Café, Predel’s Ranch, Proctors, SACC TV-16,  Story Circle at Proctors, Uncle Sam’s Candy, and  Woodhaven Designs
Our Honorary Committee:
Producers
   Joe and Gay Doolittle, Kate and Jerry Dudding, and Brian and Erin Schilling   
Directors
   James Commarto, Margaret French, Sharon Jordan, Laura Ludwig, Gioia Ottaviano, and The Stockade Association
$1700 was raised that night. After expenses, Story Circle's share of the profits was almost $690 -- pretty close to the cost of filming another year of the TV show "Story By Story" :-) This show is shown in Schenectady County on Public Access SACC TV-16 Sundays at 8:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m. It is also broadcast to many other areas in the Capital District on Time Warner Cable Public Access Channel 18 the first Thursday of the month at 1:30 p.m.

 

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 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.  (July 21)

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