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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: cbnolou@yahoo.com

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


“There are nights when the wolves are silent and only the moon howls.” 

                                                                                ~George Carlin


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! 

On September 21 we held the Annual Anniversary Dinner at Blu Stone Bistro. The regular meeting was at the Colonie Library after the dinner.

Meeting Notes: August 18 Circle Meeting: Facilitator: Louise Koenig

Joe Doolittle – The Hit - Original

Claire Nolan – Fish Stories - Personal

Louise Koenig - Surviving Elementary School, (or that explains a lot) - Personal

Adam Hoffman – Shoes Danced to Pieces - Grimm

Listeners: Judi Michela, Dane Ross and John Thomas

Meeting Notes: September 21 Circle Meeting: Facilitator Kate Dudding (filling in for Carol Connolly)

Adam Hoffman – The Monkey who Wanted Misery (Haitian folktale) and an Irish folktale

Frank Wind – A Son’s Love - Personal

Claire Nolan - Snakebite - Personal

Louise Koenig – How Nana Missed her Own Seder – Personal

Dane Ross – Uncle Remus, the Tar Baby - Traditional

Listeners: 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 Page 7.


Story 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.
Story Circle 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.

Ongoing Events

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

Children at the Well (CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml.  Find them on Facebook!

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.
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 Corners. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/index.shtml

See 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 welcome.

October 13 Wednesday 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.

November 8 Monday OPEN MIC in Saratoga – Signups to tell stories at 6:45 p.m. Stories begin at 7:00 pm at Caffé  Lena47 Phila Street Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022. 6:45; telling from 7 until 9 pm.  http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/index.shtml


Family Programs

October 2  Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 am Betty Cassidy at the Kingston Farmers Market 328 Wall Street Kingston, NY info@kingstonfarmersmarket.org http://www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org/index.html
October 16  Saturday 10:30 – 11:30 am Claire Nolan  at the Kingston Farmers Market 328 Wall Street Kingston, NY
info@kingstonfarmersmarket.org http://www.kingstonfarmersmarket.org/index.html

Adult Programs

October 3 Sunday 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm The Life and Times of Kate Stoneman, New York's First Woman Lawyer with Nancy Marie Payne  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 sc@katedudding.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 cimabuehw@gmail.com Or call 783-7769 PLEASE consider supporting the work of the Interfaith Story Circle in presenting these events by taking an ad in the program for Noa’s performance. Email Paula Weiss <paulabweiss@gmail.com> or Linda Russell <arussell@nycap.rr.com> http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/interfaithcd/index.shtml#noa

October 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.

October 15, Friday, 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 before The Capital 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
performance piece of 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 Boght Road, 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

October 31 Sunday 2:00 pm The Dark.  Word Plays with Marni Gillard and Nancy Marie Payne.  In the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors Theater 432 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.

November 14 Sunday 2:00 pm Tellabration 2010: Laughing Fits: Stories of Smiles and Surprises

GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, 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

November 17 Wednesday 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. 

December 12 Sunday 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 classes 7-9 pm.  Storytelling: Doorway Into Forgiveness 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) Register 489-4431

October 11 Monday 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

October 22-24 Friday 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 dslcny@nycap.com. $185 (seniors 65+ $170) includes meals, private accommodations and the program.  There is a $50 non-refundable deposit (transferable for one year).   

Tellabration News

1. 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 kate@katedudding.com
Immediately 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 page:
2. Refreshments: Nancy Payne has volunteered to chair the refreshments. Please contact
Nancy if you can help with the refreshments: 872-2209  nmpmountaintop@juno.com
3. We still need chairs for the following Tellabration activities:
Artists’ Table 
Discount Distributors  (give out $2 bills to newcomers as they enter the GE Theatre)
Door Prizes                                                                                                                        
We already have the following volunteers:
Producers             Joe Doolittle and Kate Dudding                                                         
Copy Editors         Carol Connolly and Don Darmer
Emcee                  Karen Pillsworth
House Manager    Kate Dudding
Program Design    Kate Dudding
Publicity               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
5. Commit 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

Among Ourselves

Eileen Egan Mack 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.


Send 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! 


New Feature:

Question of the Month

Where do you find the inspiration for your stories? E-mail your answers to cbnolou@yahoo.com 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.

DIRECTIONS: 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 – 8:00 pm!!!!

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 16) 7:00 – 9:00 pm.








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