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September - October  2012

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

 

“Besides the autumn poets sing,
A few prosaic days
A little this side of the snow
And that side of the haze.”

~
Emily Dickinson

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:  Tuesday September 18 the SCCD Annual Membership Dinner Meeting will be on Tuesday September 18 at 5:45 pm at the Blu Stone Bistro on Albany Shaker Rd. http://www.blustonebistro.com/dnn/ After dinner we will go to the Colonie Library for the regular Story Circle meeting. Please RSVP to Claire Nolan (phone 518 209 6477 or e-mail cbnolou@yahoo.com) no later than Friday September 14.

After dinner we will meet at the Colonie Library at 7:00 pm. See you there!  Wednesday October 17 at Pine Hills Library at 6:15 pm Facilitator: Eliud Nieves.

Recent Meeting Notes: June 20 Meeting Facilitator: Sandy Schuman
There were two roundtable topics.
1) Techniques for audience involvement and engagement.
Here is an outline of the suggestions offered.
- singing
- musical instruments
- dance/ movement
- audience members as props
- teaching an unusual or foreign word
- repeating words or sounds/ call and response
- at the beginning or end or during the story
- add a sentence to the story
- integrating a group exercise into the story
2) How to Tell a Lie: Tall Tales
Here are some of the comments and insights offerred.
- lying for fun (tall tales) vs. lying for profit (hoaxes)
- a tall-tale continuum:
- stories that are immediately identifiable as tall tales
- stories that seem true/ factual/ credible at first
- stories which turn incredible at the end
- stories in which one incredible thing happens after the next
Stories told:
Adam Hoffman - The Glass Coffin
Gil Payette - Snake is Dying
Dave Ross - Kelpies
Sandy Schuman - The Great American Hoax (abridged)
Listener: Bonnie Mion

Meeting July 17 Facilitator Bonnie Mion
Meeting Notes: August 15 Facilitator Sandy Schuman

Stories told:

Eliud Nieves: The Selfish King
Bonnie Mion: Dance for Health
Gil Payette: Fox and Bear
Dave Ross: Popcorn
Listeners:
Sandy Schuman (Facilitator) and Merideth Nieves


Did you Know?

2012 dues are still a bargain at $10.00 per year.

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 617-499-9662. (Thanks Janice! Ed.) A new three-minute story every week starting on Mondays.

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

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

Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area – http://www.interfaithstory.org/events.shtml Contact Anne Snyder for upcoming meetings. Anneveronica50@hotmail.com The Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area invites you to the September Interfaith Story Circle Thursday, September 13 from 7 to 9 PM hosted by the Turkish Cultural Center of Albany located at 291 Broadway (Rt. 32) in Menands, NY. Take exit 6 off Rt. 787, and make a right onto Broadway. The TCC is on the right side of Broadway (Rt. 32), heading north. The facilitator will lead off with a story about the importance of taking care of parents; helping and respecting seniors in family and society, values that are an essential part of the fabric of Turkish culture

The floor will then be opened to others wishing to add their own stories. Come with a story, or come just to listen. RSVP to Anne Snyder, anneveronica50@hotmail.com Or Suman Joshi, suman.joshi13@gmail.com. Feel free to come even if you haven’t responded! Storytellers AND non-storytellers always welcome! interfaithstory.org

Story by Story is our weekly TV show on Channel 16 in Schenectady County on Open Stage Media tune in on Mondays at 9:00 p.m. or Thursday at 9:00 a.m. In most other counties in the Capital District at 12:30 p.m. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/story-by-story.shtml Free

OPEN MIC in Saratoga Monday September 10 at Caffe Lena 47 Phila Street in Saratoga, NY and Wednesday October 10 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 Free.

 

Family Programs

September 29 – September 30 Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 7:30 pm each day. Saratoga Native American Festival.  Find them on Facebook! For more information, see “Festivals” below.

October 6 Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 9th Annual Fall Festival at Thacher Park with Fun and entertainment for the whole family! For more information, see “Festivals” below.

November 17 Saturday times TBA Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & Don Darmer) will be the featured performers at the Clark Art Institute Family Day on November 17. The performance of stories and songs about lions is in conjunction with their new exhibit "Lions and Tigers... Oh My!" Three half-hour shows. Times TBA. Check the Clark Art Institute website is clarkart.edu

 

Adult Programs

September 13 Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 pm. The Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area invites you to the September Interfaith Story Circle hosted by the Turkish Cultural Center of Albany located at 291 Broadway (Rt. 32) in Menands, NY. Take exit 6 off Rt. 787, and make a right onto Broadway. The TCC is on the right side of Broadway (Rt. 32), heading north. The facilitator will lead off with a story about the importance of taking care of parents; helping and respecting seniors in family and society, values that are an essential part of the fabric of Turkish culture. The floor will then be opened to others wishing to add their own stories. Come with a story, or come just to listen. RSVP to Anne Snyder, anneveronica50@hotmail.com Or Suman Joshi, suman.joshi13@gmail.com. Feel free to come even if you haven’t responded! Storytellers AND non-storytellers always welcome! interfaithstory.org

September 23 Sunday 2:00 pm The Other “F” Words: Claire Beetlestone, Fran Combs Berger, Betty Cassidy, Kate Dudding, Emily Hebert, Stephen W. Leslie, Nancy Marie Payne and Sandy Schuman. This is the sixth season of Word Play at Proctors. 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

September 30 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sunday with Elizabeth Ellis  telling “Love Stories, More or Less”. Once again, Elizabeth Ellis shares her special brand of literary magic with us. 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. Entrees: Chicken Picatta with Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and Haricot Verts; Sesame Seed Encrusted Salmon with Roasted Baby Red Potatoes and Haricot Verts;
Vegetable Napoleon.
At the Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $32 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.com

October 14 Sunday 2:00 pm Spine-Chilling: Stories from the Dark. Claire Beetlestone, Betty Cassidy, Peggy Cimino, Margaret French, Marni Gillard, Mary Murphy and Eliud Nieves. This is the sixth season of Word Play at Proctors. 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 21 Sunday 2:00 pm. “Tales from the Lighter Side” with Mary Murphy and Nancy Marie Payne at Muskrat Manor in Castleton, NY (the home of Dee and Frank Wind). Share a harvest of a delightful, delicious, delovely afternoon with Dee, Frank, Mary and Nancy. A donation of $10.00 per person is requested. Please bring a delectable finger food to share. Socializing begins at 2:00 pm; the program at 2:30. Contact Dee and Frank at we_tell@verizon.net or 458-1781 to make a reservation. Directions sent upon request.

October 28 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm 100th Story Sunday! “Homecoming -- with Ghosts” featuring Becky Holder and Jeannine Laverty. In October, 1999, Becky Holder and Jeannine Laverty told at the very first Story Sunday. Now they're back to tell at the 100th. Come and celebrate this occasion with them! Entrees: Mediterranean Chicken with Chutney of Plum Tomatoes, Olives, Capers and Fresh Lemon, Italian Oven Roasted Potatoes and Roasted Fresh Vegetables;
Sliced Bistro Sirloin, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Fresh Vegetables;
Rigatoni, Butternut Squash, Soft Cinnamon Mascarpone, Sage-Butter Broth, Shaved Manchego.

At the Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $32 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.com

Festivals

September 29 – September 30 Saturday and Sunday 9:00 am – 7:30 pm each day. Saratoga Native American Festival. All information subject to change:
SATURDAY, September 29th
10:00 AM: Traditional Opening Address by Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter
Respectful silence is appreciated and appropriate during opening.
10:30 to 12:00: FESTIVAL SHOWCASE: (30 Minutes per Performer, Mainstage)
- Activities in Children's Tent
- Demonstrators begin (Two at a time about 45 minutes each in front of their booths)
NOON: Grand Entry (all other activities, aside from vending, stop for Grand Entry)
12 PM to 2 PM: Drumming and Dancing (Dance Arena)
Host Drum: Iron River Singers
Second Drum: Rez Dogs
- Children's Tent Activities
- Demonstrators Continue (In front of their booths)
2 PM to 3 PM: Music and Storytelling
Main Tent (30 minutes each)
Children’s Tent (45 minutes)
3 PM to 5 PM: Drumming and Dancing (Dance Arena)
5 PM to 6 PM: Music and Storytelling
Main Tent (20 minutes each)
Children’s Tent (45 minutes)
6 PM: Closing Address: Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter
SUNDAY September 30th

10:00 AM: Traditional Opening Address by Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter
Respectful silence is appreciated and appropriate during opening.
10:30 to 12:00: FESTIVAL SHOWCASE: (20 Minutes per Performer, Mainstage)
- Activities in Children's Tent
- Demonstrators begin (Two at a time about 45 minutes each in front of their booths)
NOON: Grand Entry (all other activities, aside from vending, stop for Grand Entry)
12 PM to 2 PM: Drumming and Dancing (Dance Arena)
Host Drum: Iron River Singers
Second Drum: Rez Dogs
- Children's Tent Activities
- Demonstrators Continue (In front of their booths)
2 PM to 3 PM: Music and Storytelling
Main Stage
Educational Area
Native Games Demonstrations led by the Shenandoah Family
3 PM to 5 PM: Drumming and Dancing (Dance Arena)
5 PM to 6 PM: Music and Storytelling
Main Tent (30 minutes each)
Educational Area
Native Games Demonstrations led by the Shenandoah Family
6 PM: Closing Address: Tom Sakokwenionkwas Porter

Daily Admission Prices: $12 Adults, $10 Seniors, $5 Children 6-12.

Children under 5 are free. http://www.saratoganativefestival.com/site/

Admission fees are $12 for adults; $10 for seniors; $5 for children 5-12; children under 5 are free. For more information and a schedule, go to the Festival’s on-line site at <http://
www.saratoganativefestival.comOctober 6 Saturday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm 9th Annual Fall Festival at Thacher Park with Fun and entertainment for the whole family! History Hayrides on the Helderberg Express! Live birds of prey! Old fashioned games and activities! Pumpkin Chuckin’! Pony rides! Story telling with Nancy Payne, Mary Murphy and Claire Nolan! Live music! Skillet toss and Horseshoe Competitions! Sack races! Face Painting! Chainsaw carvings! Helderberg Hildie Scavenger Hunt! Crafts!  Fresh produce! Vendors selling handcrafted artwork and more! Hot cider, donuts, and baked goods! Delicious food and refreshments by Thompson’s Lake Reformed Church! Fee is $6 per car. Please call 872-1237 for additional information. In the case of extreme weather, the Fall Festival will be held on Sunday, October 7, 10 am – 4 p.m.

 

Opportunities for Tellers

Tellabration 2012  - “Wild, Wicked and Wonderful” The Capital District’s 17th Annual Tellabration Celebration!. Selection Process Live audition: Story Circle members can audition live in September at:
(a) The Saratoga Open Mic at Caffe Lena on Monday September 10; or
(b) The Story Circle meeting on Tuesday September 18 at the Colonie Town Library.
People who have told at a previous Tellabration can submit a tape/CD by Sept. 11 to:
Kate Dudding, 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700.

Word Plays Sundays 2:00 pm at the Fenimore Gallery at Proctor’s Theater in Schenectady, NY.  Contact Kate Dudding for more information kate@katedudding.com

 

Tellabration 2012

Tellabration 2012 “Wild, Wicked and Wonderful” Our 17th Tellabration!
Sunday, November 4, 2:00 p.m.

Tellabration 2012 will be held in the GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady.  Tickets are $12 (discounts for groups and new people and students).

1. Selection Process
Live audition: Story Circle members can audition live in September at:
(a) The Saratoga Open Mic at Caffe Lena on Monday September 10; or
(b) The Story Circle meeting on Tuesday September 18 at the Colonie Town Library.
People who have told at a previous Tellabration can submit a tape/CD by Sept. 11 to:
Kate Dudding, 8 Sandalwood Drive, Clifton Park, NY 12065-2700.
2. Marketing Ideas – it’s all of us making connections
A Tellabration flyer is available on-line:
www.storycircleatproctors.org/Tell flyer WIDE 8-17-2012.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 and residences; Groups at places of worship; Red Hat groups; book clubs; friends of libraries; service groups; etc.
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:
www.storycircleatproctors.org/tellabration.shtml
3. Things to be decided ASAP:
Who will chair the following Tellabration activities:
Artists’ Table
Copy Editors
Discount Distributors (give out $2 bills to newcomers as they enter the GE Theatre)
Door Prizes
Photographer
Refreshment Co-Chairs
We already have the following volunteers:
Producers Joe Doolittle and Kate Dudding
Emcee Karen Pillsworth
House Manager Kate Dudding
Program Design Kate Dudding
Publicity Kate Dudding
There will be a discussion on the above items via email. If you don’t use email and you have opinions about the above items, please call Kate (518)383-4620 to share your opinions.
4. It’s time to start selling program ads.

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 www.storycircleatproctors.org/Ad-Form-8-17-2012.pdf

As Carol Connolly says, "Let the Stories Begin!"

 

 

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: (September 18 meet at Blu Stone Bistro at at 5:45 pm). Meeting will be at 7:00 pm at The William K. Sanford Library 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.

(October 17 meet at 6:15 pm) Pine Hills Branch of the Albany Public Library 517 Western Avenue Albany, NY 12203 near Allen Street at “the Point”.

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