The Newsletter of the Story Circle of the Capital District
Publisher: Claire Nolan 11 Norwood
Street Albany, NY 12203 (518) 209-6477
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October/November 2007 Issue
use of words should be made available to every single person!’--This seems to
me to be a good motto with a democratic sound. Not because everyone should be
an artist, but because no one should be a slave.” -- Gianni Rodari
Facilitator - Marni Gillard “Well here’s the report for the newsletter. It wasn’t
what I’d call a story slam, exactly, but it was fun swapping tale for tale and
we even told each other how we got interested in storytelling. It’s nice to see
young people jumping on board. Wish we could find more...”
Tellers: Marni Gillard & Adam Hoffman
Adam told “The Magic Pear Tree” from Chinese Fairytales and Fantasies,
Marni told “The Pine Tree and Its Needles” from The Road in
Storyland, ed. Watty Piper
Adam told “The Hare and the Hedgehog” from the Brothers Grimm
Marni told an original tale – “Wah Wah Tucci or Being Almost Ten the Summer of
Adam told “The Sobbing Ghost” from Legends of Long Beach Island
Marni closed with “The Fisherman and His Wife”, an original sea tale by Jane
Yolen, Tales of the Seafolk
September 18 Colonie;
Annual Dinner Meeting
Stories and Tellers: “A Summer Day with Ellie", personal, Joe
Sing Sing", Historical/original, Kate Dudding;
a Job", African Folk Tale, Nancy Payne
Abbott, Beatrice Hunt, Florence Thompson, Dee Wind, Frank Wind, Suman S. Lashi,
Don Darmer, Louise Koenig, Fran Berger.
Story Circle Business News
Meetings run from 7:00
to 9:00 p.m. at the William K. Sanford Public Library
and 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Guilderland Library. Every other
month, from 6:15 to 6:45 at Guilderland, we will have a topic for
17 - Joe Doolittle November 20-
December 19 – Nancy
October 17 Round table at Guilderland Library 6:15 pm a sharing: "Where we
find and how we harvest stories we tell". Are you interested in the story traditions of
another culture? Come and join the conversation! Some of the Cultures
scheduled for discussion: Punjab, Celtic, Native American, Middle Eastern and African.
you'd like to research a different culture and add to the discussion -
contact Joe Doolittle: email@example.com.
Don’t have time for a research project this month? Feel free to join in anyway!
AND – New Members Welcome – Bring a Friend! Regular meeting to follow at 7:00 pm.
Circle of the Capital District
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Library, 2228 Western Ave 6:15 pm
looking for New Members, Tellers and Listeners
* Advertising on our Web Site * Great Stories
Notification for all our Events * Performance Opportunities
Local Listserv * Workshops with Local and National Tellers
and did we
mention - Great Stories!
information - www.timesunion.com/communities/storycircle or call (518) 384-1700
December 19 Round Table and Holiday Meeting: Guilderland Library 6:15 pm
with Holiday Fare and meeting at 7:00.
At the Holiday Round Table we have fun with a traditional tale. Bring an
unusual version of the tale - or create your own version. This year’s
story is Little Red Riding Hood. (Hey there, little red ridin’
hood, you sure are lookin’ good, you’re everything a big bad wolf could want.)
Bring your favorite holiday treat to share.
1:00-4:00 p.m. “Squeaks, Shrieks and Squeals: Interactive Stories for Families",
with storyteller Kate Dudding, part of the 12th Annual Rockland Storytelling
Festival, Haverstraw King’s Daughters Public
Library, Garnerville, NY (off Route 202, behind
CVS). (845) 942-3335. Free.
October 27 --Claire Nolan will be telling (mostly)
Spooky Halloween stories around the campfire at Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center at 6:00
pm. 87 Nature Center Way; Voorheesville, NY, on Thompson’s Lake
near Thacher Park. Call (518) 872-0800 for directions.
1 -- Monday
Open Mic at the Moon and River Cafe, 115 South Ferry Street, (between Liberty and Union) in the historic Stockade, Schenectady. Sign ups 6:45 pm, program 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm . Featured teller: Open
anyone want some development time? 7:15 PM, roundtable at 7:45 pm.
8 -- Open
Mic at Woodlawn Commons, Saratoga Springs. Sign up at 6:45,
tell and listen 7:00
pm to 9:00 pm.
12 -- 10:30 a.m. Painters and Friends:
Stories of Claude Monet and John Singer Sargent. Learn the stories behind
the paintings with storyteller Kate Dudding. See images of their paintings
while hearing about their work and their lives. Clifton
Park-Halfmoon Public Library, 450 Moe Road, Clifton Park, NY (518) 371-8622. Free.
October 14 -- Four
Stories High will perform a program of "Leaves, Loves, and Lunacy" at
Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion, 1
Glen Avenue, Scotia. 5:00-8:00
p.m. Dinner and stories. $27.
Call 384-1700 for reservations.
25 and Nov 1 7-9 p.m. -- Consultation Center, Albany Marni Gillard will
offer Artfully Telling ‘The Tale You Need to Tell’. Some life tales, both
the sublime and difficult, remain untold and unresolved. Our big spiritual
experiences, tragic losses and shocking discoveries can, when told artfully,
become a gift to others. On two consecutive Thursday evenings, we’ll look
at how to step into and back out of the emotions that keep a tale untold, and
find our way to the artful sharing of a memory that wants telling.
The class is held at the Albany Pastoral Center, 40
N. Main Ave. (with a
well-lit parking lot beside and behind the building). Cost $25 (before 10/18)
or $30 after that for the series. Call 518-489-4431 to register.
2 – 4 -- The New York
Folklore Society is co-sponsoring the November 2007 Story Circle for the
Interfaith Council; Cunneen Hackett Arts Center, 9 Vassar Street, Poughkeepsie.
The theme for the NY Folklore Society conference is "Voices of Belief:
Folklore and the Sacred Arts." A full schedule can be found on our
website: www.nyfolklore.org. The
Story Circle will take place on Sunday, November 4th at 2:00 p.m., with the theme of
"Wisdom Tales." Story Circle location: Second Baptist Church, at the corner of Vassar and
Mills Streets, Poughkeepsie - Rev. Robert Bruce,
pastor. The church is located one bock north of the Cunneen-Hackett Art Center.
11 -- 2:00 p.m. “Remember When: Stories and
Songs of World War II” with Kate Dudding, in honor of Veteran's Day. Voorheesville
Public Library, Voorheesville, NY. (518) 765-2791. Free.
November 18 Sunday --Tellabration!
’07: Laughing Matters at the Whisperdome from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m., at the First Unitarian Society, Schenectady. Imagine -- our twelfth Tellabration!
Tellers who will make us laugh and smile that night are Fran Combs Berger,
Betty Cassidy, Margaret French, Kathleen Gill, Marni Gillard, Christie Keegan,
Claire Nolan, Nancy Marie Payne, and Karen Pillsworth. Joe Doolittle and
Kate Dudding will share the emcee duties. From the proceeds of the previous
underwritten over seventy storytelling events.
we say, it takes a whole circle to put on Tellabration. We need people to:
•Sell tickets before Tellabration. Sandy Schuman has looked at the data
over the years, comparing the number to ticket sellers and the number of
tickets sold. Guess what -- the more sellers, the more tickets sold, AND the
more money goes into our storytelling grants program! Tickets will be
available at the October Story Circle Meeting or by contacting Kate Dudding:
•Help with refreshments. Micki Groper has graciously accepted heading up
the refreshments committee. Now she needs helpers to bring, set up, serve, and
clean-up the refreshments. If you want to help, please contact Micki
Note: Volunteers get in FREE. If you see a job you'd like to do, please let
Kate or Micki know.
We’d love to see you and a friend laughing in the aisles at the
Thanks for all you do to make Tellabration such a success over the years.
Kate Dudding and Joe Doolittle
Looking forward to 2008 ...
1, 2 and 3
-- Jeannine Laverty's winter myth workshop will be at the Spiritual Life Center in Greenwich, NY. Mark your calendars now
and stay tuned for more details.
'n Tunes (Carol Connolly and Don Darmer) are pleased to announce
that their newest CD, Bunches of Beasts, has won a NAPPA Award
in the Storytelling/Spoken Word category.
Note: You can buy that CD as well as Carol and Don’s other fine work at their
website: http://www.talesntunes.net. Don’t miss Carol
and friends Mary Murphy, Jane Ainslie, and Barbara
Palumbo, at Story Sunday: Four
Stories High October 14)
- showcase on L.I. for the Nassau Library October 1 at the L.I. Children’s
November 12th, Frank-Lee Speaking - staff training workshop for the Sunshine
Program at Unity House in Troy.
Nolan as Mother
Jones will visit Voorheesville Middle School 8th Grade Social
Studies classes on December 14. For more information about how you can book
Mother Jones, Rachel Carson (Judy Lott) and other eminent personalities from
history – Contact Schenectady Theater for Children – Great Minds Series – 518
209- 6477. or www.stcny.org
Wednesday November 7 Storytellers Kent Busman Joe Doolittle, Kate Dudding,
John Farrell, Jeannine Laverty, Nancy Marie Payne, and Eileen Stelljes will
be featured at the New
York State Reading Association, 41st Annual Conference, Saratoga Springs,
NY in a program entitled “Celebration of Oral Literacy – Storytellers Extraordinaire!!”
On November 8,
during the same conference, there will be workshop on Storytelling in the
Classroom with Kate Dudding.
Call For Tellers
Three N. Albany/Menands Churches – Sacred Heart, St. Joan of Arc, The Black
Catholic Apostolate - are combining to hold their first fund-raiser
Bazaar/Festival Oct 12 (5-9) Oct 13 (11-0) Oct 14 (noon to 5) at the Farmers
Market space 381 Broadway in Menands, easily reached from I 787.
Marni Gillard has agreed to organize two olios, at 2 p.m.
Saturday Oct 13 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday Oct 14. She is looking for
tellers who'd volunteer for a family show.
You can display publicity flyers or recordings, and we’ll publicize Tellebration,
Story Circle, and Riverway.
If you would be willing to tell a story on one or both days, or if you have
publicity flyers to display, please contact Marni at 381-9474 or
firstname.lastname@example.org Marni will be in or traveling to and
from Jonesborough, TN between Oct 3-9. Please contact her before
the 3rd or immediately after the 9th.
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.
Guilderland Public Library is located at 2228 Western Avenue, Guilderland,
1/2 mile west of Rte. 155 on the south side of Western Avenue.
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.
October 17 Story Circle Meeting (GPL) – 6:15 – 9:00
Joe Doolittle Facilitator
Circle Meeting (Colonie) – 7:00 – 9:00 Louise Koenig Facilitator December
19 Round Table and Holiday Meeting (GPL) – 6:15 – 9:00 Nancy Payne
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