October - November 2010
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our web site at www.story-circle.org
“There are nights when the wolves
are silent and only the moon howls.”
Story Circle Business News
Meetings: On October 20 please note
the meeting from
6:15 to 8:00 pm. will be at the Pine
Hills Library located at 517 Western Avenue Albany,
NY 12203 We will have a topic for
panel/roundtable discussion. On November 16 we will meet from 7:00 to 9:00 pm at the William K. Sanford
Public Library (Colonie). All are welcome!
we held the Annual Anniversary Dinner at Blu Stone Bistro. The regular meeting was at the Colonie
Library after the dinner.
Notes: August 18 Circle Meeting: Facilitator: Louise Koenig
Doolittle – The
Hit - Original
Nolan – Fish
Stories - Personal
Koenig - Surviving
Elementary School, (or that explains a lot) - Personal
Hoffman – Shoes
Danced to Pieces - Grimm
Judi Michela, Dane Ross and John Thomas
21 Circle Meeting: Facilitator Kate
Dudding (filling in for Carol Connolly)
Hoffman – The
Monkey who Wanted Misery (Haitian folktale) and an Irish folktale
Wind – A
Son’s Love - Personal
Snakebite - Personal
Koenig – How
Nana Missed her Own Seder – Personal
Uncle Remus, the Tar Baby - Traditional
Claire Beetlestone, Sandy Schuman, Collette Odell, Nancy Marie Payne, Fran
Berger, Kate Dudding and Dee Wind
Did you Know?
Dues are STILL a
bargain at $10.00 per year.
Please use the form on
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.
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.
Adirondack Storytelling Guild – Contact Fran Yardley
at the Well
(CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml.
Find them on Facebook!
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.
October 5 Tuesday Interfaith
Story Circle Stories of the Spirit Entering-In. Faith
is often expressed as a thing unseen yet felt. The Holy Spirit touches us in
all our frailty, connects us in our separateness, and fills us with love that
can be shared. Share stories and listen to commentary from several faith
traditions; a roundtable for story-sharing will be included. Interfaith
Story Circle of the Tri-City Area is a
storytelling group for people of all faiths. Persons who minister to others
within their faith tradition, shape character and instill values, counsel or
simply wish to have their spirit uplifted by story are welcome. Come to tell
and/or listen, share resources and methods and make contact with others who are
drawn to the spiritual and moral power of storytelling. Facilitated by Joe
Doolittle. At the Boght Arts Center “where art and spirit
converge” 583 Boght Rd, Boght
Adult Programs below for Interfaith Story Circle events on October 10
and October 11. http://www.interfaithstory.org/events.shtml
October 7 and November 4 Open Mic
returns to Robb Alley! Held every first Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm and open to all styles of
music and spoken word performance, including poetry, comedy, and storytelling.
Proctors OPEN MIC Performer registration
from 7 to 7:25 PM. Performances start at 7:30. Participants play two
songs or speak for 10 minutes. There is no featured performer at the Weekly
Open Mic. Bring
your friends, your instruments, your voices! Singers, tellers, poets, all
OPEN MIC in Saratoga – Signups to tell stories at 6:45 p.m. Stories begin
at 7:00 pm 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.
OPEN MIC in Saratoga – Signups to tell stories
at 6:45 p.m. Stories begin at 7:00 pm at Caffé Lena. 47 Phila Street Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022. 6:45; telling from 7 until 9 pm. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/index.shtml
Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 am Betty Cassidy at the Kingston Farmers Market
328 Wall Street Kingston, NY email@example.com
October 16 Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 am Claire Nolan at the
Kingston Farmers Market 328 Wall Street Kingston, NY firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org/index.html
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm The Life and Times of Kate Stoneman, New
York's First Woman Lawyer with Nancy
Story Sundays at Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue Scotia NY 12302. Menu: Chicken Francaise, Baked Scrod, Vegetable
Napoleon $30/person ($27 for first timers) reservations 518-384-1700 email@example.com
October 10 Sunday 12 noon PEACE conference at which Noa Baum will present
A Land Twice Promised A Day of Clarification, Inspiration, and
Education on United
States Policy on Israel & the Palestinian Territories Sponsored
by the Interfaith
Alliance of New York State St. Joseph’s Hall, 985
Madison Ave. College of St. Rose. Noa Baum’s STORY at 4:30. Donation for the
day: $10 pre-registration, $12 at the door High School and College Students
FREE with ID For a copy of the brochure and registration form email. See www.tianys.org or contact Harriet
Warnock-Graham firstname.lastname@example.org Or call 783-7769 PLEASE consider supporting
the work of the Interfaith
in presenting these events by taking an ad in the program for Noa’s performance.
Email Paula Weiss <email@example.com> or Linda Russell <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/interfaithcd/index.shtml#noa
14 Thursday 7:30 pm “Listening
to the Rivers – Stories of Saratoga" with Joe Doolittle at the Town
of Saratoga Historical Association; Schuylerville Public Library, 52 Ferry St. Schuylerville,
NY 12871-1151 (518) 695-6641. Free.
5:30 pm -7:30 pm If the Portraits Could
talk-The Stories they’d Tell? An Evening of Fellowship, Food and Stories
with Joe Doolittle at the First Reformed Church 8 North Church Street, Schenectady, NY. The stories are told in
conjunction with a two day seminar of the Portraits of the Faces of Schenectady, 1715-1750, sponsored by the
Schenectady County Historical Society , Joe Doolittle will be joined by
the musical father-daughter team of Ed and Nancy Munger.
Join us for supper, stories and music. For more information on the
two day seminar, call the Historical Society 374-0263 or check their web-site www.shist.org Cost $10/person.
October 16 Saturday
7:00 pm Leaders: Comical
and Other Wise with Fran Combs Berger. Pre-Show Spoken Word Program
Steps in Robb Alley at Proctors Theater 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305. Free
October 16 Saturday 7:30 pm. The Boght Arts Center will present Gathering
the Waters, an
stories and songs by storyteller and singer/songwriter Teresa Whitaker,
accompanied with original music by Frank Schwartz. Whitaker, a native of Kentucky explores the precious
resources of water, family and health. After the performance there will be a
talkback about the piece and issues pertaining to water and cancer within the
local community. Refreshments will be offered before the talkback. The Boght Arts Center, “where art and spirit
converge”, is located at 583
Cohoes, NY. The performance is
an hour and fifteen
minutes. There will be no intermission. Tickets may be purchased at the door or
online at www.boghtarts.org or by calling the center
at: 518-785-ARTS. Early reservations are
suggested. A suggested donation of $12 will benefit the Boght Arts Center and the American Cancer Society.
October 29 Friday 7:00 pm Traditional
Tales of India with Margaret French Pre-Show Spoken Word Program
before the Merchants of Bollywood in Robb Alley at Proctors Theater 432
State St. Schenectady NY 12305
31 Sunday 2:00 pm The Dark. Word Plays with Marni
Gillard and Nancy Marie Payne. In the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors
State St. Schenectady NY 12305. $16.00. Look for a Money Saving
Coupon: http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/wp%20fourth%20season%201%20coupon.pdfTickets at the Proctor’s
Box Office: http://www.proctors.org/. Free Parking.
November 3 Wednesday 7:00 pm Food for
Thought: Stories of Food and Music with Betty Cassidy. Pre-Show
Spoken Word Program before the Vienna
Vegetable Orchestra in Robb Alley at Proctors Theater 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305. Free
November 5 Friday 7:00 pm Folk Tales from
Great Britain with Margaret French Pre-Show Spoken Word Program
before the BBC
Concert Orchestra with Keith Lockhart in Robb Alley at Proctors Theater 432
State St. Schenectady NY 12305. Free
November 10 Wednesday, 6:00 pm to 8:45 pm. Storytellers
of many religious faiths are invited to share “Stories of Jerusalem
and Other Sacred Places” at the Islamic Center of the Capital District, 21 Lansing Road N.,
Schenectady. Sponsored by the Interfaith Story
Circle of the Tri-City Area, the program will begin with a vegetarian
pot-luck meal. Storytelling from 7:15 to 8:45. All storytellers and listeners are welcome. Dr.
Mussarat Chaudhry, Nancy
Marie Payne and Audrey Seidman will start the telling with
stories of Jerusalem from their respective
faith traditions, and others will be invited to add their own stories of Jerusalem or other sacred places.
The annual “Tent of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar” program was initiated in 2006 as
a way to celebrate the confluence of holy days and continues as a way to build
interfaith bridges. For additional information, contact Gert Johnson, 374-0637.
Admission is free.
2:00 pm Tellabration 2010:
Laughing Fits: Stories of Smiles and Surprises
Theatre at Proctors, 432
Schenectady $12 for adults, $10 for
newcomers and groups, $6 students (discounts for groups and new people and
students). Free Parking http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/tellabration.shtml
5:00 pm "Stories of Leaving
the Nest” with Joe Doolittle. New York State Retired Teachers
Association at the Gideon Putnam Hotel, Saratoga Springs, NY
November 30 Tuesday 6:00 pm Christmas
Stories for All with Betty Cassidy Pre-Show Spoken Word Program
before A Christmas Carol in Robb Alley at Proctors Theater 432
State St. Schenectady NY 12305. Free.
7:00 pm "Three Spirits tell
Stories of the Season" – with Kent Busman, Alden (Joe) Doolittle
and Harlan Ratmeyer, three of the regions most whimsical and
engaging storytellers share stories of the Joy, Wonder and Awe that
come with the Holiday Season. At the Caffé Lena, 47 Phila Street, Saratoga Springs, NY. $15 A Holiday benefit
for Caffe Lena!
Workshops for Storytellers
October 6, 13, 20, 27 four Wednesday evening
pm. Storytelling: Doorway Into
with Marni Gillard at the Pastoral Center 40 N. Main Ave. Albany (between
Washington and Western - well-lit parking to left of building). We all carry
stories that can lead us to forgiveness - of others and of ourselves. Storytelling helps us
release blocks and open to the light. Come the nights you can. Sponsored by the Consultation Center. $40 (after 9/29 $45)
at 11:00 am (breakfast served at 10:30 am) Noa Baum's
workshop, “Risking Peace” for storytellers and ANYONE interested in using
story to promote peace at Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary, 959 Madison Ave. on the College of St. Rose campus. It's
breath-taking. Don't miss it. Mark your calendar today. Special thanks
to Paula Weiss, leading the Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri City Area and
the mother of Children at the Well's Adah Hetko, for snagging
this wonderful teller and workshop leader. Cost $5 for students with ID,
and $25 for others. For more information: http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/interfaithcd/index.shtml#noa
7 p.m. - Sunday 11:30 a.m. STORYTELLING WEEKEND
RETREAT Story Your Way In with Marni Gillard. Sharing tales from life
and literature, we see divine energies at work. We'll explore memories,
scripture (all faith traditions welcome), myths and poems, learning from the
past, envisioning the future. Bring a journal, a favorite story, poem or
keepsake. Silence too will inspire us. The retreat is at the Dominican Retreat
Center 1945 Union St. Schenectady.
Register 518-393-4169 Mon-Fri 8:30-4:30 OR email@example.com. $185 (seniors 65+ $170) includes
meals, private accommodations and the program. There is a $50 non-refundable
deposit (transferable for one year).
Marketing Ideas – it’s all of us making connections – Please
connect wherever you can!
A Tellabration flyer is available on-line: http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/Tell%20flyer7-22-2010.pdf Flyers printed on colored
paper are also available from Kate Dudding – please contact her and let her
know how many you want: 383-4620 or firstname.lastname@example.org
begin marketing to groups of adults, since groups need time to plan
their events. The committee asks all Story Circle members to give a flyer to
each adult group they belong to, such as: Senior centers; Groups at places
of worship; Red Hat groups; Book clubs; Friends of libraries and Service groups
Ideally, each member of Story Circle will contact five groups. If
you are emailing people, you can also refer them to our Tellabration web
2. Refreshments: Nancy Payne has volunteered to chair the
refreshments. Please contact Nancy
if you can help with the refreshments: 872-2209 email@example.com
3. We still need chairs for the following Tellabration activities:
Discount Distributors (give out $2 bills to newcomers as they enter the
We already have the following volunteers:
Joe Doolittle and Kate
Copy Editors Carol Connolly and
House Manager Kate Dudding
Program Design Kate Dudding
Refreshments Nancy Marie Payne
4. It’s time to start selling program ads. Ask store owners who
know you. A $50 ad gets them 2 free tickets (a $24 value.) Ads typically bring
in $400 so the more we get, the more library programs can be underwritten. The
form to buy an ad is available from Kate and is also on the web site http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/Ad-Form-7-22-2010.pdf
to selling 10 tickets, either by buying 10 tickets at the group rate
ticket price($10) and reselling them, or referring folks. A full house is
a major success for supporting storytelling regionally which is a main Story Circle goal.
We're excited -- we hope you are too!
Joe Doolittle and Kate Dudding, Producers, Tellabration
had the opportunity to share the story and stories of Jeanne Robert Foster
at Trinity College Dublin this fall as part of the John Butler Yeats
Seminar. The audience was able to see the connection between Yeats and Jeanne
Robert Foster and realize the influence his mentoring had on her writing. And
Eileen tells us that of course they loved meeting Jeanne's neighbors of
yesterday. Her show is called Voice of the Mountains: Jeanne Robert Foster,
An Adirondack Legacy. Perhaps we can persuade
her to bring it to the Capital District soon.
your good vibrations to Carol Connolly and Don Darmer. Don
recently had surgery and one week later, on September 21, he and Carol were in
a car accident. They are both ok but I am sure they would appreciate a note or
phone call. Stay safe out there!
Question of the Month
do you find the inspiration for your stories? E-mail your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will print them in
the December/January issue of the Talespinner.
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
(usually) at the Guilderland Public Library. On October 20 the meeting
will be at the Pine Hills Library in Albany.
Pine Hills Library is located at 517 Western Avenue, Albany, between North Allen Street and West Lawrence St. across the street from
the Police Station on the north side of Western Avenue. (October 20). Note the
time! 6:30 –
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 16) 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
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renewals are due each January and are good for one year. Please make checks
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send to Carol Connolly, 1100 Niskayuna Road, Niskayuna, NY 12309