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October November  2011

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

 

 If you've heard this story before, don't stop me,

because I'd like to hear it again.
                                                                    
Groucho Marx                                                                                                                               

Story Circle Business News

 

Meetings – Open to the Public - from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the William K. Sanford Public Library (Colonie) and from 6:15 to 9:00 p.m. at the Pine Hills Library- small meeting room. At Pine Hills, we will have a topic for panel/roundtable discussion. 

Upcoming Meetings:  Wednesday October 19 at the Pine Hills Library at 7:00 pm (NOTE THE TIME) and Tuesday November 15 Colonie at 7:00 pm.

Meeting held on Wednsday August 17 Facilitator: Kate Dudding

Stories told:
Micki Groper - The Magic Key                                                an original story
Adam Hoffman - How Six Men Got Far                                 from the Grimm Brothers
Kate Dudding - The Origins of the Opera "Porgy and Bess" an original historical story
Listener: Sandy Schuman

Meeting held on Tuesday September 20 Facilitator  Nancy Marie Payne

Stories told: Nancy Marie Payne  The Sorcerer’s Tale                   by Alexander Pushkin

                     Fran Berger             Horsing Around                           personal

                     Louise Koenig           Memories of my first Cruise:    Personal 

                                                     Sea Princess  

               Eileen Eagan Mack  Trees                                      Personal

Listeners: Kate Dudding, Claire Nolan, Dale Blanchet, Frank Wind, Adam Hoffman, Joe Doolittle, and Dave Ross

Did you Know?

Dues and are STILL a bargain at $10.00 per year. 

DUE January 2012

Please use the form on Page 8.

 

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

Every Week - The LANES Teller-Phone - Call 617-499-966. A new three-minute story every week starting on Mondays.

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

First Thursdays 7-9:30 Eighth Step Open Mic at Proctors in Robb Alley - All welcome.

Children at the Well (CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml. Find them on Facebook! November 6 Sunday 2:00 – 4:30 pm Children at the Well (CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml. CAW Fundraiser at Caffe Lena in Saratoga. The Interfaith Story Circle invites you to be charmed by Peggy Lynn, “The First Lady of Adirondack Music”, Cantor Glenn Groper and Micki Groper, guitarist Joe Hetko, Hindu dancer Amoha Ramanath, and Kent Busman, Nancy Payne, Peggy Lynne, Kate Dudding  and CAW Youth Storytellers. Silent auction, raffles, desserts, teas and coffee, and much more. Tickets: $20 for students, $30 everyone else. If you would like to become a sponsor of the event and/or take out an ad in the program or for more information: 518-785-7842, paulabweiss@gmail.com

Story by StorySharing the Human Experience” Joe Doolittle and Kate Dudding are hosting a TV series of storytelling that features stories and storytellers from the region as well as upcoming events.. Broadcast information: Channel 17, Town of Colonie Government Station Colonie, NY  -  Early in the month, once a day for a week. See Channel 17 Program Schedule for specific times.

Channel 16, Open Stage Media Schenectady County - Fridays at 6:00 pm

Channel 18, Time Warner Cable most other counties in the Capital District First Monday of the month at 12:30 pm

OPEN MIC in Saratoga Monday October 12 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. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/sc/Open%20Mics.shtml

OPEN MIC in Saratoga Monday November 14 at Caffe Lena.  Featured teller: Kay Olan - Ionataiewas.  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.

http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/sc/Open%20Mics.shtml 

Interfaith Story Circle Wednesday October 26 from 7:00 – 9:00 pm. Theme: “Gift Wrappings” at the Community Reformed Church of Colonie 701 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, NY Facilitator: Rev. Bruce Cornwell. Often, the actual gifts we are given are only a small part of the gift itself. The giver has wrapped the gift in a journey of creativity, mystery, planning, and love. This part of the gift is more precious than the gift itself. As receivers, these are the true gifts that we cherish and the stories that we share. Come to listen or to share a story about wonderful gifts, given or received in your life. All are welcome! The Community Reformed Church is on the corner of Watervliet Shaker Rd. and Sand Creek Rd. in Colonie, NY. The church phone number is 869-5589. For more information, call Anne Snyder at (518) 869-5247

 

Family Programs

October 8 Saturday 2:00 pm Fort Hill Farms Hosts the second annual A-MAZE-ING Story Slam this year’s theme is A Kernel of Truth. Bring your 5 minute story! Also, enjoy tethered Hot Air Balloon rides to benefit the CT Storytelling Center. Picnic area, giant corn maze, farm fresh ice cream, and gardens. Great prizes for participants.  There is something for everyone in the family. Conveniently located in the very Northeast corner of CT. For more information contact: Carolyn Stearns 860-690-4292 mothermoo2001@yahoo.com

October 22 Saturday 2:00 pm “Get your Halloween Spirits geared up for the Holiday with Spooky Tales for Families” a special presentation of Halloween and spooky stories suitable for families with storyteller Carolyn Stearns  at the Rockville Library, 52 Union Street, Vernon CT 06066
860-875-5892. For more information contact: Carolyn Stearns 860-690-4292
mothermoo2001@yahoo.com

October 28 Friday 6:00 p.m. “Spooktacular Songs and Stories” with Tales ‘n Tunes at the Pember Library, Granville, NY.

November 6 Sunday 2:00 – 4:30 pm Children at the Well (CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml. CAW Fundraiser at Caffe Lena in Saratoga. The Interfaith Story Circle invites you to be charmed by Peggy Lynn, “The First Lady of Adirondack Music”, Cantor Glenn Groper and Micki Groper, guitarist Joe Hetko, Hindu dancer Amoha Ramanath, and Kent Busman, Nancy Payne, Peggy Lynne, Kate Dudding  and CAW Youth Storytellers. Silent auction, raffles, desserts, teas and coffee, and much more. Tickets: $20 for students, $30 everyone else. If you would like to become a sponsor of the event and/or take out an ad in the program or for more information: 518-785-7842, paulabweiss@gmail.com

 

Adult Programs

October 8 Saturday 2:00 pm Fort Hill Farms Hosts the second annual A-MAZE-ING Story Slam this year’s theme is A Kernel of Truth. Bring your 5 minute story! Also, enjoy tethered Hot Air Balloon rides to benefit the CT Storytelling Center. Picnic area, giant corn maze, farm fresh ice cream, and gardens. Great prizes for participants.  There is something for everyone in the family. Conveniently located in the very Northeast corner of CT. For more information contact: Carolyn Stearns 860-690-4292 mothermoo2001@yahoo.com

October 8 Saturday 12:00 PM – October 10 Monday 6:00 PM Seacoast Fringe Festival with music, arts and storytelling by Carolyn Stearns - Sharing her new Nautical Epic.  Portsmouth, New Hampshire is ready to play host to the Second Annual Seacoast Fringe Festival. For more information, details and location check out www.seacoastfringefestival.com

October 16 Sunday 2:00 pm Word Plays “Excitement” with Fran Combs Berger and Betty Cassidy.
Excitement!  This is the fifth season of Word Play at Proctors. Fran Berger’s and Betty Cassidy’s tales will spark your excitement as they bring you stories of stirring events and fascinating people. In the Proctor’s Theater Fenimore Gallery; Schenectady; tickets are $16.00 (discounts available). Proctor’s Box Office (518) 346-6204.
http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/word-plays.shtml October 23 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sunday “What Was Her Name? Stories of Heroic Women” with Elizabeth Ellis.  Once again, Elizabeth Ellis shares her special brand of literary magic with us, this time telling the stories of: Peace Pilgrim, a silver haired woman who walked more than 25,000 miles, from 1953 to 1981, on a personal pilgrimage for peace and Mary Breckenridge, who founded the Frontier Nursing Service and Antoinette Brown, who was American's first ordained female minister and other heroic women. Elizabeth is a versatile and riveting teller of Appalachian and Texas tales and stories of heroic American women, though her personal stories are arguably her best. She was the first recipient of the John Henry Faulk Award from the Tejas Storytelling Association, and the Circle of Excellence Award from the National Storytelling Network.

Menu Choices: Sliced Bistro Sirloin, Chicken Alexander or  Butternut Squash Rigatoni,  At the Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $31 per person (includes entertainment, dinner, tax and tip) Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person). Reservations: (518) 384-1700 or sc@katedudding.comat

October 26 Wednesday  7:00 – 9:00 pm Interfaith Story Circle. Theme: Gift Wrappings At the Community Reformed Church of Colonie 701 Sand Creek Road, Colonie, NY Facilitator: Rev. Bruce Cornwell. Often, the actual gifts we are given are only a small part of the gift itself. The giver has wrapped the gift in a journey of creativity, mystery, planning, and love. This part of the gift is more precious than the gift itself. As receivers, these are the true gifts that we cherish and the stories that we share. Come to listen or to share a story about wonderful gifts, given or received in your life. All are welcome! The Community Reformed Church is on the corner of Watervliet Shaker Rd. and Sand Creek Rd. in Colonie, NY. The church phone number is 869-5589. For more information, call Anne Snyder at (518) 869-5247

October 26 Wednesday 7 pm - 8:45 pm Stories for Inquiring Minds presents “A Celtic Night” with Christine Cooper. Our featured teller explores ancient Welsh myth, using voice, fiddle and banjo. Christine has graced festivals around the world & we are very lucky to have her stop with us on her current tour of Canada and the US. Janet Carter will add her brush with Scottish forebears to the telling. At Inquiring Mind Bookstore, corner of Partition and Main Sts., Saugerties, NY 845 246 5775. Donations gratefully accepted.

November 5 Saturday 7:00 pm Pre-Show Spoken Word Program in Robb Alley:  “Muddling Through: Humorous Stories” with Margaret French before the Capitol Steps.  Acclaimed performers extend the theme of four Proctors shows with captivating tales. Stop in before the show and enjoy the stories! At the Proctor’s Theater on State Street in Schenectady, NY. Free.

November 13 Sunday, 2:00 p.m. Tellabration 2011 “Shared Laughter” at the GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady $12.00 (discounts for groups and new people and students). A Tellabration flyer is available on-line: www.storycircleatproctors.org/Tell flyer WIDE 8-3-2011.pdf.  To buy a program ad: www.storycircleatproctors.org/Ad-Form-8-3-2011.pdf. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/tellabration.shtml Proctor’s Box Office (518) 346-6204

November 19 Saturday 7:00 pm Pre-Show Spoken Word Program in Robb Alley:  “Broadway Stories” with Kate Dudding  before Michael Feinstein and Marvin Hamlisch: Great American Song Book.  Acclaimed performers extend the theme of four Proctors shows with captivating tales. Stop in before the show and enjoy the stories! At the Proctor’s Theater on State Street in Schenectady, NY. Free.

November 30 Wednesday 7 pm - 8:45 pm Stories for Inquiring Minds presents "Swinging High: Tales of Adventure" with Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi and Janet Carter.  A favorite returns to the series to share her wealth of folktales and the unexpected. At Inquiring Mind Bookstore, corner of Partition and Main Sts., Saugerties NY 845 246 5775. Donations gratefully accepted.

 

Workshops and Conferences

 

October 12, 19, and November 2 Wednesdays from 7-9 pm MARTHA and MARY are two sisters from a tale in the life of Jesus, but you don't need to be a Bible-reader to identify with these two. Their short tale represents the outer and inner aspects of our lives, whether we are women or men. Do you find yourself a little too BUSY? Yearn for more SILENCE and REFLECTION?
In this class we share our tales, turning to our own inner wisdom for a sense of balance. I promise you the laughter of learning. We'll explore how busyness and silence both pull us. Our consciousness can teach us new perspectives and help us make changes in our lives. It's not so much about action vs. contemplation; the secret is in honoring our need for both productivity and repose. Each week Marni offers an image or tale for reflection. Then in twosomes or with the group, we'll share memories or other kinds of tales that help us honor these archetypes in ourselves and in the world. Note, while Pattii is a PERFORMER, we’ll find our way to simple images and memories, (no performance experience required!) We'll see clearly how even our simplest sharings affect our listeners. LOCATION: Pastoral Center, 40 N. Main Avenue, Albany 12203 (Well-lit parking to the left and rear of building - enter from the rear lot). SERIES REGISTRATION: $45. For opening night only $10 – on site - Simply call so we have a sense of numbers (for chairs) 518-489-4431.
Cash or Checks: Consultation Center, 790 Lancaster St., Albany, NY 12203, QUESTIONS? Marni 381-9474

October 15, 22, and 29 Saturdays from 10-noon  the Schenectady Library is hosting St. Rose drama teacher Sandi Dollinger for a 3-part "create your own 10 minute drama" at the Downtown Central Branch of the Library. Sandi, also an instructor at Pyramid Lake Writer's Retreat is a marvelous story guide.  She provides guidance in using character, scenes, and images to make stories live. Sandi is playful and uses keep-your-story-moving ideas that she brings from theater. You'll love this. Free and registration required 388-4511. KEEP ON TELLING!

October 21 Friday evening through October 23 Sunday mid-afternoon Elizabeth Ellis will be offering a weekend intensive workshop at the home of Kate Dudding in Clifton Park, NY. This workshop is for not-new storytellers and is limited to 8 participants. Bring a story to work on.
The workshop price is $300 plus one meal for the 8 participants and Elizabeth. There is a friendly payment plan if needed! Eight participants will cater 6 meals, each participant will be responsible for providing, preparing, and serving: (a) either Saturday or Sunday breakfast or lunch; or (b) half of Friday or Saturday dinner. TO SIGN UP: send a deposit check of $100, made out to Elizabeth Ellis, to Kate Dudding, 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700. Please indicate which meal you would like to be responsible for and any dietary restrictions you have. Kate Dudding,
kate@katedudding.com

November 4 Friday 7:00 PM - November 6 Sunday 1:00 PM.  STORIES FROM THE INSIDE OUT: Join Connie Regan-Blake, foremost in igniting and shaping the storytelling revival and one of America’s most celebrated storytellers. Her approach is welcoming, powerful and fun; and her teachings can be useful in the corporate world, with family and friends or on stage. Connie will guide workshop participants in using our senses, our imagination and our intuition for a fresh perspective in re-visiting and re-imagining our triumphs, losses, regrets and joy. By telling and listening to our personal stories, we come to 'remember' the universal language that encompasses all of human experience. Workshop Registration Fee: $275 Early Bird Registration Fee: $235 (if paid in full by October 12, 2011) Early enrollment encouraged, space is limited (8 minimum) Admission to Connie’s Saturday evening performance FREE for workshop participants, $10 for guests. Register online http://www.storywindow.com/print_pages/workshop_desc_nov11.htm LODGING: Lodging options are available nearby. For details, contact Katie info@katiegreenstories.com ph: 978-464-5146.

 

Among Ourselves

 

We are DELIGHTED to hear that the Hudson Valley Writers Guild essay competition which had categories in personal essay, humor, and memoir gave some of its prizes and honorable mentions to STORYTELLERS who submitted!

Fran Yardley won first place in the personal essay division. She's currently writing a book about the Bartlett Carry Club outside Saranac Lake which began in the 19th century, property she and her first husband Jay Yardley inherited and developed in the 1960s and 70s. Fran submitted an excerpt from the book, and was surprised and delighted to hear she'd won. She'll share her essay aloud and all honorees will be feted at the Community Writers event at Albany Public Library's Main Branch on Saturday October 15 from 2-4:30. MANY of the winners and honorable mentions are women who attend the PYRAMID LAKE WRITERS RETREAT each summer immediately following the STORYTELLING RETREAT (many come to both). THIS YEAR those events will take place July 13-15 (storytelling) and 15-20 (writing). Mark your calendars. The support you receive for both storytelling and writing is excellent at both events. Another writer honored is our own Mary Murphy and local Jewish teller Fay Silton. Congrats to all.

 

Looking Ahead

 

SAVE THE DATE - March 16, 17, 18, 2012. SHARING THE FIRE 2012,

The Northeast Storytelling Conference sponsored by LANES-League for the Advancement of North East Storytellers is coming to Albany, NY at the Best Western Sovereign Hotel. A weekend of storytelling workshops, performances and great opportunities to network and share with storytellers and story-lovers from all over New York, New England and beyond! Saturday's keynote speaker will be the nationally known storyteller, educator and coach Kevin Cordi, PhD. Many members of the Tri-City area will be called upon to help make this the most successful conference in its 31 year history. For more information about the Conference and about LANES, contact Yvonne Zinicola, Lanes executive director at LANESdirector@gmail.com or go to the website www.LANES.org

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Sunday, November 6th, 2011

2 PM

 

at Caffe Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs

 

For a Fun Fundraiser for Children at the Well

 

Presented by

the Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area

 

song * dance* storytelling * desserts * silent auction

 

Featuring Peggy Lynn, the “First Lady of Adirondack Music”

 

and…Cantor Glenn Groper and Micki Groper

Dancer Amoha Ramanath

Storytellers Nancy Marie Payne, Kent Busman and Kate Dudding

and

Storytellers of Children at the Well

 

TICKETS AVAILABLE AT CAFFELENA.ORG

 

$30 ADULTS / $20 STUDENTS / $75 FAMILY

 

 

 

 

All meetings are held from 7:00 to 9:00 pm 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 Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library. 

Addresses and DIRECTIONS: (October 19 at 7:00 pm). Note the time and place!  Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library 517 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 near Allen Street at “the Point”.

(November 15) 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.  7:00 – 9:00 pm.

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