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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


October 2008 – November 2008

 Visit our web site at www.story-circle.org


"No Spring nor Summer Beauty hath such grace

As I have seen in one Autumnal face."

 -   John Donne


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
October  15 -- Center for the Forest Preserve/Association for the Preservation of the Adirondacks (AfPA), 897 St David's Lane, Niskayuna—Fran Berger and Kate Dudding  — “Testing, testing 1, 2, 3 Fundamentals of the Microphone”
At this meeting please announce your version of Cinderella. If you can't make it to the October meeting, please post to the Story Circle List the version of Cinderella you will tell: the country/culture of origin
November  18 --Colonie

Story Circle Meeting Wednesday August 20 at GPL

Facilitators Dee and Frank Wind

Stories told:

Nancy Payne - “Negotiations” - an original story
Adam Hoffman – “The North Wind’s Gift” - an Italian folktale from a collection by Calvino
Frank Wind - “Pity The Seal” - an original story
Dee Wind - “Come Back ‘Rental’” - an original story

Story Circle Meeting Tuesday September 16 Story Circle’s 25th Anniversary in Colonie

Carol Connolly – Facilitator

Stories told:
Nancy Payne-- "The Hero?" -- historical
Joe Doolittle-- "Hellos and Goodbyes"--original
Adam Hoffman-- "The Legend of Knockfierna"--from <Irish Folktales>
Kate Dudding-- "Her Mother's Love" personal
Louise Koenig-- "If You Like Nightmares, Travel today" –original

Don Darmer, Betty Cassidy, Mary Seeman Sokal, Joe Deolohb, Bess Arden,
Fran Berger, Frank Wind, Sue Breslin

Business Report:

For the December Meeting--One Story, Different Voices.  It was decided to do variants of Cinderella and/or original versions based on Cinderella. 

Also discussed was the Community Storytelling Program Fund Committee. This Committee, using Tellabration profits, offers and awards grants to libraries and other Capital Region venues. Carol Connolly has administered the grant program for 12 years and would like to relinquish this position to another. It was suggested that a committee of three be formed and that the administrator duties could alternate each year, if needed. This is not a big job. It's all accomplished, these days, via email between January and the end of March. Carol has all the letters and forms involved and would email them and the contact info to the new administrator. All that is necessary is to change the dates and do a spreadsheet detailing the applicants when applications are submitted. A single meeting is required. Please email Carol at talesntunes@earthlink.net if you would like to be on the 2009 committee.

Ongoing Events

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

October 8 (6:45 sign-up) Stories from 7 – 9 at 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.

November 12 (6:45 sign-up) Stories from 7 – 9: at Caffè Lena 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs. 6:45 pm sign ups; 7:00 Storytelling. Phone: 583-0022.



OPEN MIC in Schenectady  Robb Alley  First Tuesdays at 7:00 pm  Free October 7, November 4, December 2  6:45 sign ups, 7:00 pm begins storytelling at Proctors: Located at the small stage in Robb Alley, adjacent to the Muddy Cup Coffee House, just off the main entrance to Proctors.


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


Monday November 10 from 6:00 – 8:45 - Interfaith Story Circe of the Tri City Area. Under the tent of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar – “Stories of Pilgrimage – Our sacred or spiritual journeys” at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary on the College of St. Rose Campus 959 Madison Avenue Albany.  6:00- 7:00 Welcome and Potluck Vegetarian Supper.  7:25 – 8:45 Stories of our Sacred or Spiritual Journeys.  All Storytellers and Listeners are welcome.  Facilitators: Nancy Marie Payne, Audrey Seidman and Dr. Mussarat Chaudhry. For more information please call Gert Johnson at 374-0637.

Adult Programs


Saturday October 24 at 7:30 pm Word Plays in the Gallery. Dive! Marni Gillard and Lee-Ellen Marvin offer us moments of diving into life wholeheartedly, if not head first. To purchase tickets, go to Proctor's web site http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/word-plays.shtml, or visit the Box Office at Proctors, or call them at (518) 346-6204.


Sunday November 16 from 2:00 ­- 4:00 p.m. Tellabration 2008 Smiling Out Loud: Stories of Joy and Laughter at the GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady $12 (discounts for groups and new people). http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/tellabration.shtml. Proctors Box Office, 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY, (518) 346-6204.


November 22, 2008 at 7:00 pm “The Sisterhood of the Traveling Stories – A Night of storytelling for Grown-Ups!” Kingston’s Storyteller Laureate, Karen Pillsworth, hosts a local TELLABRATION! on Saturday, at Kingston City Hall, 420 Broadway, Kingston, NY. The event combines the talents of storytellers Cora Ciampi, Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, Lauretta Phillips and Karen Pillsworth as part of a worldwide storytelling event. Tickets are $8.00 per person. For more info contact Lorraine at 845-266-4656 or email LHartin@aol.com.


Family Programs

Friday, October 10 from 7:00-9:00 at Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Vaudevillian, Pine Lake Environmental Campus in Oneonta: “Indigenous Knowledge through Stories and Music,” a concert with Paul Ghost Horse and Vicki Ghost Horse Conference: "Native Balance - indigenous ways in a modern world". http://www.hartwick.edu/x24605.xml


Saturday October 11 from  12:00 – 5:00 at Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies in Oneonta, featuring storytellers Joe Bruchac and Jesse Bruchac.  Conference: "Native Balance - indigenous ways in a modern world". More information at http://www.hartwick.edu/x24605.xml

October 11 at 11:30 a.m. --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform at the Gazebo in the Fairport Town Park as part  of the Scarecrow Festival in Fairport, NY. The program is free and sponsored by the Fairport Public Library, Fairport, NY. Rain site: the Library. Call (585) 223-9101 for info.

October 25 at 9:30 a.m --Tales ‘n Tunes will perform stories and songs from their CDs at the Pittsboro Toy Store, Pittsboro, NC during the Downtown Street Fair. Call 919-542-4855 for info.

October 27-Tales ‘n Tunes will entertain at
Perry Harrison School, Pittsboro, NC.


Workshops and Classes for Storytellers


Friday, September 26th 9:30-11:30 am.  Two workshops at the Office of Community and Professional Education Hudson Valley Community College, Troy, NY. Center for Creative Retirement Course 50151:  The Art of Storytelling ­$5.00 Taught by Dee and Frank Wind
Come and get an introduction to the art and technique of storytelling...which can be followed by...

Communication Course 50148: Put That Book Down! - The Art of Storytelling
Six Sessions ­ Wed. Oct.15 ­ Nov. 19,
6:30 ­ 8:30 pm  $120
Techniques necessary to select and learn a story and bring it to life. Whether you aspire to perform or simply want to feed your creative juices for your own pleasure, this workshop is for you.
For both Course 50151 and Course 50148, please call HVCC at 629-7339 to register and 458-1781 for more information. Taught by Dee and Frank Wind.

The Art of Storytelling:  a five session workshop (Friday, October 17, 24, 31 and November 14 & 21 from 1:00 ­ 3:00 pm) at the Shenendehowa Senior Center in Clifton Park $80 and $75 early bird special! Techniques necessary to select and learn a story and bring it to life. Whether you aspire to perform or simply want to feed your creative juices for your own pleasure, this workshop is for you. Please call the Senior Center at 383-1343 to register and, 458-1781 for more information. Taught by Dee and Frank Wind


Mondays Oct 6, 20, and 27 (no class Columbus Day).  Marni Gillard will offer “Telling Our Difficult and Delightful Memories” at the Consultation Center. Cost is $35 for all three or $12 per class. You can come to one class or all three. $40 after 2/29. We do exercises to find tales, tell mostly in partners, then pick one or two tales to share with the entire group.  Beginner and experienced tellers welcome. Call 489-4431 to register.


Among Ourselves

Sunday September 28 from 2 – 4 Fran Berger and Frank and Dee Wind are putting together a benefit for Fran Yardley and Peggy Lynn’s
Adirondack Art and Healing Retreats at Great Camp Sagamore.  The Benefit will be at the Lark Tavern in Albany.   All donations are accepted. 458-1781, or e-mail we_tell@verizon.net for more information.


Theresa Stevens was chosen "Clown of the Year" by the members of Electric City Clown Alley and
awarded a beautiful trophy at the June meeting.


Saturday October 25 at the Elmont Library in Elmont, Long Island - Dee and Frank Wind of Frank-Lee Speaking will perform a family program.


Marni Gillard is doing a residency with two 9th grade teachers at Schenectady High School, teaching students how to find and shape personal memory tales.
Marni just returned from
Ireland where she traveled to one of Grace O’Malley’s castles and saw the abbey on Clare Island where she attended feast day services. It’s possible she’s buried there. She’ll gladly offer tips to anyone wanting to drive the narrow lanes of the Ireland and thanks Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi for her great map.


Helen King told stories about versions of the truth at the Galway Seniors meeting on August 21



Josepha Sherman The Struggle and Triumph of Jewishness

By Theresa Stevens


On Thursday July 24 I was at the at the Sidney Albert Albany Jewish Community Center  for Josepha Sherman's appearance. 

Josepha's speech "The Struggle and Triumph of Jewishness" was very informative and laced with humor.  Talking to her afterward was also a memorable experience. Her book, "Jewish American Folklore" (1993) was available for purchase and can be found at local bookstores.

 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. (October)

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.  (November)







(  ) I want to be a member of Story Circle, enclosed is a check for $10.00 for the newsletter and a roster of members. Renewal January of each year.


(  ) List my name among performing storytellers for referral. Below is 150 words describing me as well as the titles of my programs.

If you have a digital photo of yourself, please email it to Kate Dudding. If you don't have a digital photo, US mail a photo to Kate; she will scan it into her computer, crop any extraneous people out of the photo, then return the photo to you:
Kate Dudding,
8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700


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Membership renewals are due each January and are good for one year.  Please make checks payable to “Story Circle” and send to Carol Connolly, 1100 Niskayuna Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309


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