October 2009 – November 2009
The Newsletter of the Story Circle of the Capital
Editor and Publisher:
Claire Nolan 11 Norwood Street Albany, NY 12203
(518) 209-6477 E-mail: email@example.com
Visit our web site at www.story-circle.org
Imagination is more important than knowledge.
Story Circle Business News
Meetings 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. are at
the William K. Sanford Public Library (Colonie) and 6:15 to 9:00 p.m. at the
Guilderland Library (GPL). At GPL, we will have a topic for panel/roundtable
Meetings: October 21 at
GPL Claire Nolan facilitator: Come early and bring your dinner to
join in the Tellabration planning committee meeting at 5:00 pm. At 6:00
pm we will begin the always popular Storytelling Materials Swap!
18 at Colonie
up! The December
Meeting on Wednesday December 16 will be at GPL. This is our Annual Holiday
Meeting with pot luck refreshments and our traditional story feature: “Same
Story: Different Voices”. The story for 2009 is “Rumplestiltskin”.
Story Circle Meeting: Wednesday August 19
Joe Doolitte-- Ties That Bind --Original
Claire Beetlestone -- Lamb Who Came to Dinner -- Steve Smallhan
Anthony Burcher -- The Junkyard -- Original (guest storyteller from
Janet Glantz -- The Looking Glass -- Eamonn Kelly
Discussion: Teaching Children to Tell
Story Circle Meeting and Annual Dinner/Business Meeting: Tuesday,
September 15. Facilitator Carol Connolly. A delicious dinner was
enjoyed at the Nottingham Chop House on Wolf Rd. Everyone was pleased with their
menu choices: Kate Dudding had an open faced steak sandwich with fries; Carol
Connolly and Theresa Stevens enjoyed the shepherd’s pie; there were
no complaints from Nancy Payne who pronounced the baby spinach salad
“very good”. Joe Doolittle, Claire Beetlestone and Dee Wind all
ordered the broiled seafood platter and many others at the table wished they
had ordered it as well! Micki Groper declared that the Portabella
mushroom was one of the best she had ever eaten and Frank Wind was very
happy with his Caesar Salad. Claire Nolan and Jane Ainslie both
had the chicken quesadilla and agreed that the jalapeno pepper made it very
special. Claire and Joe were thrilled to discover that the Chop House serves
Smithwick’s ale; it is not seen at very many local restaurants. Nancy enjoyed
the Pumpkin Ale – a seasonal offering at the Nottingham Chop House. I know I
will go back to the Chop House! Thanks to Dee Wind for arranging the
Kate Dudding – Work Arounds - Original, Historic
Nancy Payne - You are My Sunshine – A story once heard and
Frank Wind – The Haggis – Original
Dee Wind – My Story + Me and My Aunts - Original and Contemporary
Claire Nolan – My Brothers – Original
Claire Beetlestone – Squash It! - From the picture book
by Eric Kimmel
Micki Groper – Socks for Supper – From a children’s book
Listeners: Eric Randall, Don Darmer, Jane Ainslie, Joe
Doolittle, DeAnn Springer and Theresa Stevens
Dues are Due
in January - $10.00 per year. Please use the form on Page 8.
Cancellations: Please 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 can consult with Carol
Connolly or Kate Dudding if they wish. If the facilitator decides to
cancel a meeting: 1) Send out an email message via Story Circle listserv (or
ask Carol Connolly or Kate Dudding to do it) and
Notify the library
Story Circle members who are planning to attend may call either the facilitator
or the library to determine if a meeting is being held.
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.
at the Well: Interfaith
Youth Storytelling Sunday,
December 13th 2:00 p.m. Place to be determined. Fifth Annual Interfaith Telling with
youth from the Hindu, Jewish, Christian, Muslim, Unitarian and B'hai traditions.
Stories will be followed by light refreshments and an interfaith mixer activity;
no pot-luck this year, http://www.childrenatthewell.org/
MIC in Saratoga - Mon, Oct 5, Caffè Lena: with special
guest teller, Mary Ann Fitzgerald, Saratoga City historian, telling a
West Side Saratoga tale collected during her oral history project. There will
be time for other tellers after Mary Ann, but even if you don't tell on that
October night, you won't want to miss Mary Ann's story, and you will probably want to bring
at least ONE guest with you that night!! 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022. $3.00
Lena 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs 12866 (518)
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. (156 Lawrence St.)
– Contact Fran Yardley firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, October 18th 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at. St.
Paul's Episcopal Church 21 Hackett Blvd. Albany, NY 12208 518-463-2257
With Brahma Kumaris in meditation and stories for world peace.
World Meditation Hour is observed at all Brahma Kumaris centers around the
world on the third Sunday of every month. People from all over the world
and from all religious background are invited to radiate Peace, Love and Care
for our world. Bring your favorite peace story or let the meditations prompt
personal tales to tell.
Thursday. November 5th 6:00-8:45
Stories of Siblings; Under the Tent of Abraham, Sarah and Hagar
Audrey Seidman, Nancy Payne and Mussarat Chaudhry
will lead off with a story told in tandem.
Lots of wonderful intercultural food at the potluck prior to the story sharing
by all (at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary: watch for flier)
and Location TBD - Albany Open Mic - We are
looking for storytellers and listeners and a location for an Open Mic in Albany
– call Claire at 209-6477 or e-mail email@example.com if you
Saturday from 3 - 4pm. Fran Combs Berger will be performing at
Island State Park Fall Festival. The Park is located just south of the
Village of Castleton, off Rte 9J. Schodack Island is one of the
former Council Fire sites for the Mohegan (Mohican) people. http://nysparks.state.ny.us/events/event.aspx?e=180.0
(518) 237-7000 ext 219
October 12 Monday 11:00 a.m. Tales 'n Tunes at the Southwest
Community Center Library, Syracuse, NY. (315) 474-6823.
at 6:30 pm --Tales 'n Tunes at the Frothingham Free Library “Spooktacular
Stories and Songs”. 28 W Main St Fonda, NY 12068-4859 (518) 853-3016
Saturday 3-7p.m. “Smores & Stories”, Gavin Park, Jones Road, Wilton,
NY, A family event with storytelling by Bairbre McCarthy, food and other
entertainment. Benefit for the Rotary Club 518 584 9455.
November 8 Sunday 3:00
– 4:00 pm -
“Tales for Our Time” The Magic Orange Tree and Other Haitian Folk Tales at
New York University. Admission:
$5 for adults (free for children and New York University folk) Contact: (212)998.5867 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tales 'n Tunes at the Catskill Elementary School--Literacy Night--”Blast
Off to Reading”.
Sunday, New York State Museum, Empire State Plaza, Albany NY, 1:30 p.m, www.nysed.gov. "Irish myths
and legends that blend with the early history of Ireland." With Bairbre
McCarthy. Sponsored by the Irish American Heritage Museum, 518 432 6598
December 13 Sunday
3:00 – 4:00 pm “Gifts
of the Season”: Holiday Stories from Storyteller Robin Bady,
accompanied by alterna–pop violinist Deni Bonet. Admission: $5 for adults
(free for children and New York University folk) Contact: (212)998-5867 or email@example.com.
Check out http://www.storytelling-nyc.org/calendar.html for more
New York City Storytelling events.
Ongoing The Moth StorySlams
various locations, NY, NY http://www.themoth.org/storyslams
5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders with Motoko “Tales of
Now and Zen” Menu: Sesame Beef and Broccoli; Tryaki Chicken or Vegetable Stir
Fry. 4 courses of stories interwoven with 3 courses of food (banquet menu,
salad and your choice of one of three entrees). $30.00 includes entertainment,
dinner, tax and tip! Reservations: (518) 384-1700 firstname.lastname@example.org
12 and December 10 Thursdays from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Come swap
stories with us! Part of Spoken Word Thursdays at the Belleville Bistro
on 5th Avenue at 5th Street. There is a $7.00 drink/food minimum charge. Belleville
Spoken Word Thursdays
Belleville Lounge 332 5th Street at 5th Avenue, Park Slope (Brooklyn), New York
832-9777 (for information about Belleville)
2:00 pm (New Day and Time) Word Plays in the Gallery at Proctors featuring
Betty Cassidy and Margaret French in “Not in Kansas” 432 State
Street, Schenectady; tickets are $16.00 (discounts
available). Proctor’s Box Office (518) 346-6204.
5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sundays at Glen Sanders with Elizabeth Ellis “Stories
from the Heart of the Matter” Menu: Sliced Bistro Tenderloin; Chicken Milanese or
Rigatoni with Butternut Squash. 4 courses of stories interwoven with 3 courses
of food (banquet menu, salad and your choice of one of three entrees). $30.00
includes entertainment, dinner, tax and tip! Reservations: (518) 384-1700 email@example.com
Wednesday 12:00 pm:
"If the old-Post Road Could Talk" with Joe Doolittle - Grace
Methodist Church, Pot Luck, 42 Church St. Nassau, NY 12123 (518)
Wednesday at 7:30 pm Amazing Open Comedy Mique with Judith Black at
the Amazing Things Arts Center in Framingham, MA 10 Hollis St. 01702. Debbie
Ritner (508) 651-0960 firstname.lastname@example.org
Caffe Lena, Phila St. Saratoga Springs, NY. 8:00 p.m. (America's oldest
continuously operating folk coffeehouse.) Stories told by Bairbre McCarthy
and music provided by Matt and Shannon Heaton, wonderful Boston
based Irish musicians. www.mattandshannonheaton.com 518 583 0022. www.caffelena.org.
at 2:00 pm Tellabration 2009 “Laughter is the Best Medicine” at the GE
Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady tickets
are $12 (discounts for groups and new people). Proctor’s Box Office (518)
November 21 Sunday 7:30 pm The Central NH Storytelling Guild (http://www.cnhsg.net) will perform their tenth annual Tellabration and
introduce two new tellers from the New Hampshire Technical Institute. Celebrate the
art of storytelling with local storytellers who will delight you with
captivating tales. Enjoy refreshments and a chance to meet the tellers. (http://www.nhti.edu). Contact: Patricia Darcy (603)224-0709
Check out http://www.storytelling-nyc.org/calendar.html for more New
York City Storytelling events!
Workshops and Classes for
29, November 5, November 12 and November 19 Thursdays 6:30 - 8:30. Once again,
Dee and Frank Wind are offering a storytelling course through
HVCC: “Passing on Memories and Favorite Stories”. Cost: $65 for
Four Sessions The course is listed at HVCC under Communications. The Course Number is 50061. http://www2.hvcc.edu/
Saturday from 9:30
am - 10:00 pm for the NEXT GATHERING of New York Storytellers at
* 67 South
Randolph Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601. Continuing the tradition of getting
together, sharing stories, and sharing dreams and getting to know one
9:30 – Coffee & Registration
10:00 – Welcome
10:30 – Workshop with Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi & Muriel Horowitz: Midrash-
a way of looking inside the story. Examine Midrash as a classical Jewish
form of interpretive literature as well as a creative process for drawing
out meaning from a central text or experience storytelling.
Noon – Lunch
1:30 – Mini-Workshop – Karen Pillsworth – There’s No Place Like Home – Finding story venues in
2:15 – Mini-Workshop – Mary B. Summerlin -A Place to Share Our Lives – Nurturing
a Story Community
5:00 Dinner – At a local restaurant
7:00 – Open Mic followed by Story Concert w/Featured Tellers Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi,
Muriel Horowitz, Karen Pillsworth & Mary B. Summerlin
For more information and to RSVP contact Loraine Hartin-Gelardi @ _LHartin@aol.com_
7, 14, 21, 28
Wednesdays from 7-9 pm Storytelling Your Spiritual Life At the Pastoral
Center, 40 N. Main, Albany Come for the series or sign up for whatever
nights work. Non-denominational. All welcome. Although this class is not focused
on performing, students will find potential material for sharing with specific
audiences. Spirit energies are always flowing toward and through us. Some
tellers combine song, poetry and story. We’re about exploration and feeding the
spirit within. Hope you’ll join us. PLEASE pre-register. Call 489-4431.
– Sunday Storytelling Retreat Weekend for Men & Women begins Friday,
October 23, 2009 at 7:45 p.m. ends Sunday October 25 11:30 a.m. Location: Dominican Retreat &
Conference Center, Route 7, Niskayuna. Storytelling: Mining the
Spiritual Gold Within
Our inner lives contain veins of gold, rich deep cavities of divine energy.
We find and mine those veins by looking within and speaking the life
experiences, favorite tales, poems, songs, and images we carry. We’ll do some
journaling, partner-telling, poem-reading, and sitting in silence to find key
memories or bits of word-wisdom. Storytelling is spiritual spelunking and it’s
fun! Bring a story or poem you’ve always loved, a family photo you treasure, a
keepsake or just your imagination. We’ll inspire each other as we share.
PRESENTER: Marni Gillard, freelance storyteller and former
Niskayuna teacher, is the author of Storyteller, Storyteacher: Discovering
the Power of Storytelling for Teaching and Living (Stenhouse). Marni offers
classes in exploring both folktales and memories for their wisdom.
$185.00 (age 65 & over-$170.00) includes meals, accommodations in a private
room, and program.
$50.00 deposit. All deposits are non-refundable and applicable to total
cost of program. Deposits may be transferred one time within a year.
Reservations/Information: Call (518) 393-4169 Monday through Friday, 8:30-4:30
PM or email email@example.com
Storytelling Materials Swap
out your bookshelves! Look under your bed! Check the CD player! I am sure
you have some well-loved but no longer needed storytelling materials that other
storytellers can use. Bring your favorite materials: books, CDs or DVDs that
you no longer need and swap with your fellow storytellers! It will be like
Christmas in October!
News from LANES
The League for the
Advancement of New England Storytelling
One Million Ears - a
project of the League for the Advancement of New England Storytelling. (LANES)
members tell their stories all around the world. How many ears hear them?
Join LANES in attempting to tell to one million ears between Sept. 1 and Dec.
31, 2009. Starting on Sept. 1, 2009, all LANES members are invited to
submit information about their performances - who, where, when, and the number
of ears in the audience. (For a group performance, please only submit once. Stories
told in in a workshop also count.) Let
your audience know that they're being counted for the One Million Ears project,
and that they're welcome to track our progress on the LANES website (www.lanes.org).
Photograph an ear or two, and they'll post those as well! Special mention will
be given to folks who can identify their ears. Information should be sent to
Andrea Lovett (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please tell us teller(s),
date, venue, and number of ears told to. Make sure you identify any photos you
What’s New for 2009?
Check this out!!
is the Best
Nov. 15, 2:00p.m. GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street,
Schenectady $12 ($2 discounts for
groups of 8+ and new people)
Marketing Ideas – it’s all of us making connections – Please
connect wherever you can!
Tellabration flyer is available on-line: www.storycircleatproctors.org/Tell
Flyers printed on yellow paper are also available from Kate Dudding – please
contact her and let her know how many you want: 383-4620 or email@example.com
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:
centers; Groups at places of worship; Red Hat groups; Book clubs; Friends of
libraries and Service groups
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
Refreshments: Nancy Payne has volunteered to chair the
refreshments – look forward to information from her.
3. Tellabration needs
help to chair the following Tellabration activities:
Discount Distributors (give out $2 bills to newcomers as they
enter the GE Theatre)
We already have the following volunteers:
Joe Doolittle and Kate
House Manager Kate Dudding
Program Design Kate Dudding
Nancy Marie Payne
will be a discussion on the above items via email. If you don’t use email and
you have opinions or feedback about the above items, or want to help please
call Kate (518)383-4620.
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-7-22-2009.pdf
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.
Next committee meeting: Wed. Oct. 21, 5:00 pm BYO dinner to Guilderland
Library (before the Story Circle meeting)
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
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 17)
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newsletter and a roster of members. Renewal January of each year.
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renewals are due each January and are good for one year. Please make checks
payable to “Story Circle” and send to Carol Connolly, 1100 Niskayuna Road,
Niskayuna, NY 12309