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April - May 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our web site at www.story-circle.org
“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.”
Happy Mothers’ Day
Story Circle Business News
Meetings: Meeting held on Wednesday February 16 Nancy Marie Payne - facilitator
Stories told -
Kate Dudding – Surprises - an original historical story
Louise Koenig - her version of Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs
Nancy Marie Payne - Ruslan & Ludmila - 1st installment (it's a long story) of a Russian Folk Tale
Listener – Eric Randall
Meeting held on Tuesday March 15 Eileen Egan Mack – facilitator
Adam Hoffman – Momotaro - Japanese Folk Tale
Dave Ross - The Matthew's House - story of the paranormal
Tales 'n Tunes - Lions at the Door - folk tale from Egypt
Eileen Egan Mack - Trees, a preface - Told the preface to Monday night's main story
Carol gave a great synopsis of the Riverway Storytelling Festival. Eileen recapped some of Monday's open mic event at Caffé Lena.
Did you Know?
Dues and are STILL a bargain at $10.00 per year.
Please use the form on Page 7.
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.
Adirondack Storytelling Guild – Contact Fran Yardley email@example.com.
Children at the Well (CATW): Interfaith Youth Storytelling Group. http://www.interfaithstory.org/children-at-the-well.shtml. The 2011 Season will culminate with a public performance on April 3. (See below). Find them on Facebook!
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 on Channel 18 through Time Warner Cable tune in on the first Monday of the month at 12:30 p.m. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/story-by-story.shtml
April 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. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/index.shtml
April 14 Thursday Interfaith Story Circle 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Led by the Interns of Children at the Well at the Hubbard Interfaith Sanctuary 959 Madison Avenue Albany NY. For further information and directions call Anne Snyder at 869-5247 or email her at Anneveronica50@hotmail.com
May 9 Monday OPEN MIC in Saratoga – 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. 6:45; telling from 7 until 9 pm. Featured teller: Margaret French. http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/hv/index.shtml
April 3 Sunday 2:00 pm Children at the Well - Listen to youth of the community tell stories from their faith traditions! All Welcome - Family, Friends, and Community! To be followed by an interfaith mixer and vegetarian pot-luck. Donations accepted to benefit our youth program. Proudly presented by the Interfaith Story Circle of the Tri-City Area; www.childrenatthewell.org at the Christ Church United Methodist 35 State Street (corner of State and 5th Ave) Troy, NY for more information: 518-785-7842 firstname.lastname@example.org
April 4 Monday 6:30 – 7:30 pm “Spring into Spring with Stories and Songs” with Claire Nolan & Bill Cliff at the Albany Public Library - Delaware Branch (518) 463-0254 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 4 Monday 6:30 – 7:30 pm “Stories of Courage” with Marni Gillard & Jeannine Laverty
Hilltown Senior Center (518) 872-1246 Sponsor: Berne Library. Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 5 Tuesday 6:30 – 7:30 “Storytelling Adventures” with Claire Nolan & Jack Maguire at the Albany Public Library – Pine Hills Branch (518) 482-7911 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 6 Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm “Surprise!” with Claire Nolan & Marni Gillard at the Rensselaer Public Library (518) 462-1193 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 6 Wednesday 6:30 – 7:30 pm “Spring into Spring with Stories and Songs” with Jack Maguire & Bill Cliff at the Albany Public Library - Bach Branch (518) 482-2154 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 7 Thursday 6:30 – 8:00 pm “Our Favorite Stories” with Joe & Jesse Bruchac; Lyn Ford and Bill Harley at the East Greenbush Community Library (518) 477-7476 ext. 6. Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free performance, space limited, call library for tickets.
April 8 Friday 7:00 – 8:00 pm Ghost Story Night: “Things That Go Bump in the Night” with Joe & Jesse Bruchac, Lyn Ford, and Bill Harley at the Guilderland Public Library (518) 456-2400 ext. 41. Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free performance, space limited, call library for tickets.
April 9 Saturday 11:00 am – noon “Fresh Voices: Stories with Attitude” a showcase of young storytellers who have studied with master tellers: listen to them at the William K. Stanford Town Library in Colonie (518) 458-9274 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 9 Saturday 1:00 – 2:00 pm “Passport to Adventure” with the best of the northeast storytelling world of storytellers at the William K. Stanford Town Library in Colonie (518) 458-9274 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 9 Saturday 2:00 – 3:00 pm “World Stories for Families” with Joe & Jesse Bruchac; Lyn Ford and Bill Harley at the William K. Stanford Town Library in Colonie (518) 458-9274 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 10 Sunday 2:00 – 3:30 Festival Finale “Stories Alive” with Joe & Jesse Bruchac; Lyn Ford and Bill Harley at the Bethlehem Public Library (518) 439-9314 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 4 Monday 2:00 – 3:00 pm “Stories From Here and There” with Frank-Lee Speaking & Jeannine Laverty at the Good Samaritan Lutheran Home (518) 439-9314 Sponsor: Bethlehem Public Library Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 5 Tuesday 1:00 – 2:00 pm “April Showers Bring Bright Stories” Bill Cliff & Jeannine Laverty
Stephentown Memorial Library (518) 733-5750 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 5 Tuesday 1:15 – 2:15 pm “It's Always SOMETHING!” with Frank-Lee Speaking & Marni Gillard at the Hoosick Falls Senior Service Center (518) 686-9401 Sponsor: Cheney Library Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 6 Wednesday 1:30 – 2:30 pm “A Spring Bouquet of Tales” with Frank-Lee Speaking & Jack Maguire at the Voorheesville Public Library(518) 765-2791 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
April 8 Friday 8:30 – 10:00 pm Ghost Story Night “Tales to Take You to the Edge” with Joe & Jesse Bruchac, Lyn Ford, and Bill Harley at the Guilderland Public Library (518) 456-2400 ext. 41. Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free performance, space limited, call library for tickets.
April 9 Saturday 8:30 – 10:00 pm Laughin’ Night “You Might as Well Laugh” Comical Tales for Grown Ups with Joe & Jesse Bruchac; Lyn Ford and Bill Harley at the William K. Stanford Town Library in Colonie (518) 458-9274 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free performance, space limited, call library for tickets.
April 10 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sunday “A Carpetbag of Stories: From Shtetl to Stoop” with Dee and Frank Wind and Fran Burger. Fran, Dee and Frank will share the wit and wisdom, pathos and passion embodied in the stories brought from the old country and found in the new one. Menu: Baked Scrod; Turkey or Butternut Squash Ravioli. At the Glen Sanders Mansion 1 Glen Avenue, Scotia, NY, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. $30 per person (includes entertainment, dinner, tax and tip) Bring someone new and you each save $3 (only one discount/person). Reservations: (518) 384-1700 email@example.com
April 17 Sunday 2:00 pm “Hanging On” with Betty Cassidy, Margaret French and Claire Nolan Sometimes in life you just need to hang on. Come and listen to stories which you'll want to hang on to and remember the next time life smacks you upside the head. In the Fenimore Gallery at Proctors Theater 432 State St. Schenectady NY 12305. $16.00 see http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/wp%20third%20season%201%20coupon.pdf for a Money Saving Coupon! Tickets at the Proctor’s Box Office: http://www.proctors.org/ Phone: (518) 346-6204. *** NEW BENEFIT FOR OUR AUDIENCE *** Come early for The Greenmarket at Proctors and use your Word Plays ticket for a 10% discount at Cascade Mountain Winery.
May 22 Sunday 7:00 PM - A Pub Preview of “Granuaille: A Notorious Woman” in story and music – some of the music and stories from the upcoming production at Proctors with Storyteller Marni Gillard and Hilary Schrauf of Lawson on fiddle at Carney’s Tavern 17 Main Street, (rte. 146A) Ballston Lake, NY Suggested contribution $7.50 Please arrive for dinner seating between 5:00 & 6:30 pm – Reservations 399-9926
5 Sunday 7:30 pm at Proctors GE
Theater Marni Gillard and musicians present the complete life of
in story with music
by Tom O'Hare.
Tickets $16 at the Proctors Box office 346-6204 www.storycircleatproctors.org $16 (or group discounts)
Local Céilidh after the show
June 17 Friday 10:30 am Tales 'n Tunes “Sing along Stories from Around the World” Ethelbert B. Crawford Library, Monticello, NY
June 21 Tuesday 2:00 pm Tales 'n Tunes “World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World” --Byron-Bergen Public Library, Bergen, NY.
June 22 Wednesday 7:00 pm Tales 'n Tunes “World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World” --Ulysses Philomathic Library, Trumansburg, NY.
June 24 Friday 6”30 pm Tales 'n Tunes “World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World” --Marcellus Free Library, Marcellus, NY.
June 27 Monday 11:00 am Tales 'n Tunes ”World Passport: A Musical Journey Around the World” --Utica Public Library, Utica, NY.
Opportunities for Tellers
April 9 Saturday 3:15 – 4:00 pm “Story Swaps” at the William K. Stanford Town Library in Colonie (518) 458-9274 Stories told (not read) under seven minutes. Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org free
May 7 Saturday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm “Granite State Story Swap” for storytellers, teachers, librarians and listeners. Presented by the NH Storytelling Alliance. Keynote speaker: Leeny Del Seamonds. Includes breakfast & lunch! Cost payable at door. Please contact Lauretta Phillips to register – for reservations - they need a count for meals. firstname.lastname@example.org Directions? www.stonewallfarm.org Info about our keynote speaker? www.leenydelseamonds.com $15.00
Workshops and Conferences
April 8 Friday 1:30 – 3:30 pm “Paper Says Put” workshop with Joe & Jesse Bruchac at the Guilderland Public Library 2228 Western Avenue Guilderland NY 12054 (518) 456-2400. Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org $30.00 adults
April 9 Saturday 9:30 am – noon “When Stories are Broken” workshop with Bill Harley at the William K. Stanford Town Library in Colonie (518) 458-9274 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org $30.00 adults
April 9 Saturday 9:30 – 11:00 am “Sweetening the Tale” workshop with Lyn Ford at the William K. Stanford Town Library in Colonie (518) 458-9274 Riverway Storytelling Festival www.riverwaystorytellingfestival.org $20.00 adults; $10.00 students.
June 24 – June 26 Friday – Sunday New England Healing Story Conference: Advancing the Dialogue, Exploring the Power at the Rolling Ridge Retreat and Conference Center 660 Great Pond Road North Andover, MA. 978-682-8815 www.rollingridge.org. Come join leaders in the field to explore current uses of healing story. Professionals who use healing story in their work will present on the following tracks:
Mental Health/ Psychology/ Meditation: “Shifting Perspectives: Re-Storying our Lives” with Elisa Pearmain and Lani Peterson
Physical Health/Medicine: “Body Eloquence: In Search of the Inside Story” with Nancy Mellon.
Spiritual Health/Ministry: “Accessing the Sacred: Stories as a Means of Connection” with Joan Stockbridge
Healing through Grief: “Honoring Questions, Searching for Meaning; Exploring and Supporting Grief through Storytelling” with Gail Rosen
Community Healing: “Shot Through the Heart: Finding and Guiding Community Story Through Transition and Crisis” with Lorna Czarnota
Keynote Speeches: Healing Story in Action: “Journeys to Transformation” with Laura Simms and Fran Yardley
Join the discussion and help envision ways to expand, deepen and bring our knowledge forward into more arenas. This conference is geared towards medical and mental health personnel, spiritual caregivers, hospice workers, community leaders, storytellers and all others with an interest in the healing power of story. http://www.creativehealingconnections.org
July 22 – 24 Friday supper to Sunday lunch $130.00 (for everything!) Storytelling Weekend at the Pyramid Life Center A gathering for experienced and beginning storytellers. The weekend will include workshops, coaching, a campfire concert and story swaps. Teen tellers are welcome. Presenters: Kevin Brooks, Marni Gillard and Laura Packer . Bring linens or sleeping bag, soap/shampoo, flashlight, bug dope, sunscreen, bathing-suit. Lamp or fan optional. http://www.pyramidlife.org/programs/. Pyramid Life Center, Paradox NY, Exit 28 of I 87 Northway. Questions? Marni 518-381-9474 email@example.com. Women: stay for July 24-29 annual women’s writing retreat – a blast! See website for that registration and fee. Teens welcome!
Question of the Month
E-mail your answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will print as many as I can fit in the June/July issue of the Talespinner. Question for April/May: What was your favorite experience as a storyteller or as a story listener? Why?
ANSWERS for February/March: As a storyteller, which do you prefer to tell, personal stories or “tales”. Why? As an audience member, which do you prefer to listen to? Why? Clearly, this question struck a chord with our readers and three members of our Circle took the time to reflect and answer: Lorraine Hartin, Adam Hoffman and Marni Gillard.
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By Lorraine Hartin – “I love stories in all their forms and could not choose personal vs. folktale.
Two thoughts...first, it is more about how well the tale is told than which genre. I am transported by the connection the teller has with the story, how deeply involved she/he is with the images, the language, the heart of the tale.
Second...folktale and personal tale are linked. My friend Julie Dellatorre only tells folktales and myths. As she says, ‘All my stories are personal.’ We choose to tell a particular folktale because it touches something in our heart, strikes a chord with something we have experienced and therefore it illuminates who we are for the listener and for our self. There you have it...my two cents - for what it is worth.”
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By Adam Hoffman: “When it comes to either telling or listening, I prefer ‘tales’. The old tales: Folk tales, fairy tales, old wives' tales, myths and legends. I have just always loved fantasy. I love how fantastical stories can ignite the imagination to see things that we can't see in our everyday, mundane life. All modern fantastical stories ranging from fantasy to supernatural horror to superhero comic books have their roots in those old tales. I also love how the old tales from different parts of the world can transport us to different settings. They take us to different places and times. I must admit that my approach to the whole thing might be a little backward to some, though. While others read folklore because they are storytellers, I tell stories because I read folklore. Even should I lose my voice, the old tales will still be there for me to enjoy.”
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By Marni Gillard: “The very day Claire asked for our preference between life stories or tales, I read the italicized words below in Laura Packer's wonderful blog entry ‘Telling Untold Stories’ http://truestorieshonestlies.blogspot.com/2011/02/telling-untold-stories.html
We each have stories in our lives that we've kept under cover. Stories of love lost, of joy or pain, of unexpected success, of some experience we've thought we should keep secret because it makes us different. When we are brave enough to tell our hidden personal stories we are given the opportunity to realize that we're not so unusual, not so alone and not so disconnected. Others with relatable experiences will respond to that story. They may not say, ‘That happened to me,’ but the teller will feel the shift in the air as the audience realizes that this could be their story, too.
Likewise, when we tell previously hidden global stories, we build bridges between cultures and experiences. When we tell the stories of the enslaved and the all-too human slavers, the stories of exodus and homecoming, the stories of genocide and rebuilding, we remind ourselves and our listeners that these experiences are cross-cultural. By shining light on the previously shameful we make those experiences easier to bear, because they become shared experiences.
Laura’s words ring true. Real life experiences as tales work on me. They continue to teach me over time. Don’t get me wrong, I love the old tales too and recently I’m finding powerful Irish tales my ancestors told, but still, because they inform me about my life and the world. From ‘High Dive,’ the first personal tale I dared to tell, through each life story I’ve shaped over the last 28 years, I’ve learned how to tell tales. Inquiring about the meaning of events is always the impetus for my telling a life tale. Because I inhabited a particular landscape – both physically and emotionally – I feel free to play as an artist. I must remain ‘true’ to the story I lived, yet I allow myself to experiment with exaggeration, recreation of dialogue, and shaping the event’s details to make a better story. I am, what Mary Catherine Bateson once termed, ‘composing’ my life, not changing it so much as seeing it with consciousness.
When I first heard Jay O’Callahan perform well-crafted life stories, I became more committed to working artfully with my own lived experience. During childhood, I often felt silenced, careful about what I spoke aloud. Then, when my father died unexpectedly a month after I turned 13, our entire household went silent on that topic. Our ‘stoic Irish’ family somehow agreed, ‘We’re not going to talk about it.’ That unconscious silencing is probably what drew me to storytelling and why I began investigating my life through tale-telling, both personal and mythical.
Clearly some life tales are easier told than others, and the best ones are artfully crafted through time and effort. I’ll admit that the life tales I want to hear are those that move me, that stay with me and teach me. Some do, some don’t, but that’s true of folktales and myths. In the end, regardless of the kind of tale, I’m a happy listener when a teller enters the emotional and physical world of his or her tale and pulls me in. The real test of a tale I tell or want to hear again is that it stays with me and continues to be my teacher.”
Marni received permission from Laura Packer to use her quotes. – Ed.
See You Next Time
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 from 6:30 – 8:00 pm. On April 20 the Wednesday meeting will be at the Main Branch of the Albany Public Library.
DIRECTIONS: (April 20). Note the place! The Main Branch of the Albany Public Library. 161 Washington Avenue, Albany, NY 12210.
(May 17) 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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