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October 2009 – November 2009

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


Imagination is more important than knowledge.

-         Albert Einstein


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 discussion. 

Upcoming 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!

November 18 at Colonie

Heads 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

Facilitator:  Janet Glantz
Stories told:
Joe Doolitte-- Ties That Bind --Original
Claire Beetlestone -- Lamb Who Came to Dinner -- Steve Smallhan
Anthony Burcher -- The Junkyard -- Original (guest storyteller from Lanexa, VA)
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 Dinner Meeting!

Stories told:

Kate Dudding – Work Arounds - Original, Historic

Nancy Payne  - You are My Sunshine – A story once heard and embellished

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

2) 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.


Ongoing Events


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.

Children 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/

OPEN 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
Wed, Nov 11, Woodlawn Commons
Mon, Dec 14, Caffè Lena 47 Phila St. Saratoga Springs 12866 (518) 583-0022. $3.00
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.)
Adirondack Storytelling Guild – Contact Fran Yardley  franstory@gmail.com.

Interfaith Story Circle 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 SeidmanNancy 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)  

Dates 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 cbnolou@yahoo.com if you are interested.

Family Programs

October 3 Saturday from 3 - 4pm.  Fran Combs Berger will be performing at the Schodack 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.

October 23 Friday 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

October 24 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 - Diane Wolkstein “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 ed.theatre@nyu.edu.

November 13 Friday Tales 'n Tunes at the Catskill Elementary School--Literacy Night--”Blast Off to Reading”.

November 22 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 ed.theatre@nyu.edu.

Check out http://www.storytelling-nyc.org/calendar.html for more New York City Storytelling events.


Adult Programs

Ongoing The Moth StorySlams various locations, NY, NY http://www.themoth.org/storyslams

October 4 Sunday 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 sc@katedudding.com

October 8, November 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 Contact: 

(718) 832-9777 (for information about Belleville)

October 18 Sunday 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.

November 1 Sunday 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 sc@katedudding.com

November 4 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) 766-9628

November 4 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 debbierittner@yahoo.com

November 13 Friday 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.

November 15 Sunday 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) 346-6204 http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/tellabration.shtml

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 Storytellers


October 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/

November 7 on Saturday from 9:30 am - 10:00 pm  for the NEXT GATHERING of New York Storytellers at The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship * 67 South Randolph Street, Poughkeepsie, NY  12601. Continuing the tradition of getting together, sharing  stories, and sharing dreams and getting to know one another! 
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 your community 
2:15 – Mini-Workshop – Mary B. Summerlin -A Place to Share Our  Lives – Nurturing a Story Community 
Round Table Discussion/Story Swap
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 @

October 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.

October 23, Friday – 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 dslcny@nycap.rr.com

Storytelling Materials Swap

Clean 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 (love2tell2@aol.com). Please tell us teller(s), date, venue, and number of ears told to. Make sure you identify any photos you attach

Listen Up!!!

Tellabration News

What’s New for 2009?  Check this out!!
Tellabration 2009: Laughter is the Best Medicine                                     Sunday, Nov. 15, 2:00p.m.   GE Theatre at Proctors, 432 State Street, Schenectady      $12   ($2 discounts for groups of 8+ and new people)

1. Marketing Ideas – it’s all of us making connections – Please connect wherever you can!

A Tellabration flyer is available on-line: www.storycircleatproctors.org/Tell flyer7-22.pdf 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 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: www.storycircleatproctors.org/tellabration.shtml     

2. 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:
Artists’ Table  
Copy Editors    
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                                                           Emcee                  Karen Pillsworth
House Manager    Kate Dudding
Program Design    Kate Dudding
Publicity               Kate Dudding

Refreshments     Nancy Marie Payne

There 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.

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-7-22-2009.pdf

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. 

6. 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.

DIRECTIONS: 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 21)

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 17)








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