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: email@example.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
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:
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
August 20 at GPL
Dee and Frank Wind
“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
Circle Meeting Tuesday September 16 Story Circle’s 25th Anniversary
Nancy Payne-- "The Hero?" --
Joe Doolittle-- "Hellos and Goodbyes"--original
Adam Hoffman-- "The Legend of Knockfierna"--from <Irish
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org if
you would like to be on the 2009 committee.
MIC in Saratoga On the Second Wednesday of each month.
8 (6:45 sign-up) Stories from 7 –
9 at Woodlawn
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.
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.
MIC in Schenectady
Robb Alley First
Tuesdays at 7:00 pm Free October 7, November 4, December 2
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
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.
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.
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
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.
Friday, October 10 from 7:00-9:00 at Pine Lake Institute for Environmental and Sustainability Studies. Vaudevillian, Pine Lake
Environmental Campus in
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
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...
Course 50148: Put That Book Down! - The Art of Storytelling
Six Sessions Wed. Oct.15 Nov. 19, 6:30 8:30
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
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.
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 email@example.com for more information.
Stevens was chosen "Clown of the Year" by the
members of Electric City Clown Alley and
awarded a beautiful trophy at the June meeting.
at the Elmont Library in Elmont, Long
- Dee and Frank Wind of Frank-Lee Speaking will perform a
is doing a residency with two 9th grade teachers at Schenectady High
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
stories about versions of the truth at the Galway Seniors meeting on August 21.
Josepha Sherman The Struggle and Triumph
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.
You Next Time!
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.
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)
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
Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700
) Send my newsletters via US mail. ( ) Send my newsletters via E-mail.
renewals are due each January and are good for one year. Please make checks
payable to “Story
send to Carol Connolly, 1100
Niskayuna, NY 12309