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November - December 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Visit our web site at www.story-circle.org
“Maybe some of us are more hungry for stories than others, and maybe those with the greatest hunger
become the dealers in stories.” –Jo Carson
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 November 20 at Colonie.
Wednesday December 19 at Pine Hills Library at 6:15 pm: Annual Holiday Meeting: Same Story, Different Voices. Stay tuned for the STORY! Facilitator: Carol Connolly
Recent Meeting Notes: September 18 Meeting Facilitator: Eliud Nieves
Nancy Payne – The Giant’s Story – by Alexander Pushkin
Gil Payette – Story Sticks and Medicine Men – Original
Claire Nolan – Peter and the Never Bird – by JM Barrie
Bob Racey – The Truth? – Personal
Eliud Nieves – Honey Bunny – Literary
Margaret French – Dragon Castle – English Folktale
Fran Burger – Birth of Oisin – Irish Myth
Dave Ross, Joe Doolittle, Adam Hoffman, Kate Dudding, and Bonnie Mion
Meeting October 17 First Annual SCCD Hallowe’en Party! Facilitator: Sandy Schuman
Gil Payette – Mr. Hemple’s Apples
Sandy Schuman – Little Red Riding Hood
Bonnie J. Mion – Uranus Crosses Over
Kate Dudding – The Bloody Bat
Joe Doolittle – Beguiling Smile
Eric Randall – A Halloween Story
don darmer & Carol Connolly – a three minute Halloween story
Dave Ross – Confronting the Beast
Micki Groper – Still She Sat
Adam Hoffman – The Ghosts at the Blue Rock
All – The Story that hasn’t been told because it hasn’t been made up yet
The Witch in Attendance:
Did you Know?
2013 dues are a bargain at $10.00 per year. Due January 2013.
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
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.
Every Week - The LANES Teller-Phone - Call 617-499-9662. A new three-minute story every week starting on Mondays.
Adirondack Storytelling Guild – Contact Fran Yardley at email@example.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 Interfaith Story Circle Thursday November 15 from 7 to 9 pm. The November Circle will be Hosted by the Guru Nanak Darbar Sikh community located at 1944 Union Street in Schenectady NY. Facilitator, Dr. Paul Uppal will tell stories on the theme of Thanksgiving. The floor will then be open to anyone wishing to add their own story. Come with a personal story, or a wisdom tale. All stories are welcome! Or come and listen! Directions:
The temple is located conveniently on Route 7 where Union Street meets Route 7. It is at the corner of Route 7 and St. Davids Lane. If you are Westbound on Route 7, look for the sign for Union Street, please stay in LEFT lane and make a U-turn onto Route 7 EAST. After you make the U-turn, you will be Eastbound on Route 7. After only about one block, you will come to a traffic light,that is St. Davids Lane. Turn right and the temple is on the left side on the corner; the temple is on the corner of Route 7 and St. Davids Lane. If you have any questions, about directions the Temple’s number is 518-374-0313. Story and non story tellers are all welcome!
RSVP to Anne Snyder, firstname.lastname@example.org Or Suman Joshi, email@example.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 November 12 at Caffe Lena 47 Phila Street in Saratoga, NY. Featured Teller: Kate Dudding. and Wednesday December10 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.
November 17 Saturday at 1:00, 2: and 3:00 pm 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
November 17 Saturday from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm 12th Annual Nature's Thanksgiving Celebration at the Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center. Have fun exploring the many ways of honoring the Gifts of Nature. Join our annual celebration honoring the gifts of the natural world. Enter the wigwam and learn about Algonkian Indian culture and stories with Jennifer Lee, meet live wildlife in the care of rehabilitator Kelly Martin, participate in starting a fire using bow and drill, make Indian corn bracelets and beeswax candles, and add your leaf of thankfulness to our Thanksgiving tree. Refreshments of Three Sisters soup, hot cider, and donuts will be available. Fee is $6 for adults and children are free. Call 872-0800 for more information. 87 Nature Center Way. Voorheesville, NY 12186. Phone: (518) 872-0800.
December 6 Thursday at 6:00 pm Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & don darmer) will present "Holly Jolly Holidays" at the Pember Library, Granville. The family program begins at. with a craft and refreshments. Stories and songs will start at 6:30 p.m. Snow date: December 13. Free and open to the public.
December 8 Saturday at 12:00 pm Tales 'n Tunes (Carol Connolly & don darmer) will present "Holly Jolly Holidays" at the Canajoharie Library, Canjoharie, NY. This family program begins at 12:00 p.m. Free and open to the public.
November 4 Sunday 2:00 pm Tellabration: “Wild, Weird and Wonderful!” Seventeenth Annual Performance! Each year, in 200 locations around the world, people gather together to share stories at Tellabrations. This year, our tellers will be sharing a potpourri of dynamic and enthralling stories -- personal stories, folk tales from around the world and historical stories as well as two literary stories (one set in Britain and the other in Russia.) Come listen to your favorites and get to know some new tellers who will soon be among your favorites! Featuring, Betty Cassidy, Margaret French, Gil Payette, Eliud Nieves, Janet Carter, Nancy Marie Payne, Lale Davidson, Marni Gillard and Joe Peck. With MC Kingston, NY’s Very Own Poet Laureate, Karen Pillsworth! $12 adults, $10 newcomers and groups, $6 students. Group Rates Available. In the GE Theater at Proctors Theater * 432 State Street * Schenectady. Contact Proctors Box Office (518) 346-6204.
November 6 – 7:00 pm Tony Kahn at The Story Space. The Story Space is the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00pm -- Open telling (8-minute time limit) followed by a Feature. Long-time tellers and those new to storytelling alike will find this ideal place to sharpen their skills and try out new material before an audience that truly listens. At the Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge (near Central Sq.) See http://www.storyspace.org for full details. $5.00 requested donation.
November 7 Wednesday 7:30 pm The Things They Carried. Tim O'Brien's masterwork of contemporary literature about the Vietnam War is taken from book to stage by American Place Theatre, the award-winning New York City based company. The verbatim adaptation of this compassionate tale of the American soldier includes five of the short stories from the book including "The Rainy River" and "The Man I Killed." With original cello music as underscoring, the audience plays witness to the complex issues of war and the universal struggle of the soldier. Produced by the American Palace Theater. At the University at Albany Performing Arts Center 1400 Washington Ave, Albany, NY 12222Admission: $15 general public / $12 seniors & faculty-staff / $10 students. Phone:518-442-3997. Plan ahead! Parking is an “issue”.
November 13 - 7:00 pm Susan Seidman at The Story Space. The Story Space is the World's longest-running and only weekly Storytelling Venue! Every Tuesday Night at 7:00pm -- Open telling (8-minute time limit) followed by a Feature. Long-time tellers and those new to storytelling alike will find this ideal place to sharpen their skills and try out new material before an audience that truly listens. At the Out of the Blue Gallery, 106 Prospect St., Cambridge (near Central Sq.) See http://www.storyspace.org for full details. $5.00 requested donation.
November 18 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Story
Sunday “Take Me Out to the Ball Game and
Other Stories to be Thankful For” with Kate Dudding and Betty McCanty Entrees: Chicken Cutlet with Roasted Primavera Vegetables and Mashed Sweet Potatoes; Pork Chop with Sage & Apple Chutney, Roasted Primavera Vegetables and Mashed Sweet Potatoes; Pasta Primavera with Fresh Vegetables. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
November 18 Sunday at 4 pm Film: 5 Broken Cameras Sponsored by Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace and the Palestinian Rights Committee. An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Shot almost entirely by Palestinian farmer Emad Burnat, who bought his first camera in 2005 to record the birth of his youngest son, the footage was later given to Israeli co-director Guy Davidi to edit. Structured around the violent destruction of each one of Burnat’s cameras, their collaboration follows one family’s evolution over five years of village turmoil. Burnat watches from behind the lens as olive trees are bulldozed, protests intensify, and lives are lost. “I feel like the camera protects me,” he says, “but it’s an illusion.” Bethlehem Town Hall, 445 Delaware Avenue, Delmar Free and open to the public. Information: 466-1192
- Winner, World Cinema Directing Award: Documentary, Sundance
Film Festival, 2012
- Winner, Public Broadcaster Audience Award, International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), 2011
- Winner, Special Jury Award, IDFA, 2011
November 28 Wednesday 7:00 pm join storyteller and raconteur Alden (Joe) Doolittle at the Inquiring Minds Bookstore in Saugerties. Joe began storytelling when his children were young (a long time ago) and realized it was also good method to motivate and teach staff. Joe is presently a consultant in health care management. He listens for stories in all aspects of his life and collects those he believes will entertain and teach others. Joe has a particular interest in local historical stories. He uses storytelling with clients, students, and audiences regionally. He is also a producer of Word Plays, Story by Story, and Open Mic. At the Inquiring Minds Book Store at the Corner of Partition & Main Streets, Saugerties, New York. Cost: A pass the hat event – Thank you very much!
December 2 Sunday 2:00 pm “Stories of the Season” with Betty Cassidy, Alden (Joe) Doolittle, Kate Dudding, Margaret French, Christie Keegan and Joe Peck at Caffè Lena, 47 Phila St., Saratoga Springs. A benefit for Caffè Lena and Story Circle at Proctors. $15 www.caffelena.com
December 26 Wednesday 7:00 pm. Join Janet Carter and a Special Guest for an evening of fun and stories in an intimate setting. Janet Carter ’s acting past shows in her love of character and dialogue. (She has shared stages with Veronica Lake and Sopranos star Tom Aldrich, among others.) As a teller, she’s performed at retreat centers, domestic violence shelters, libraries, churches, prisoners’ benefits, senior centers and community gatherings. What is the difference between an actress and a storyteller? Well, for one thing, a teller has the delight of looking at her audience while she shares life’s wonders. At the Inquiring Minds Book Store at the Corner of Partition & Main Streets, Saugerties, New York. Cost: A pass the hat event – Thank you very much!
January 6 Sunday 5:00 – 8:00 pm Story Sunday “Moon of Long Nights” with Joe Bruchac and Jesse Bruchac A program of Northeastern Native Stories and Songs for the Winter Time, drawn from Abenaki and Haudenosaunee Traditions. A benefit for the Ndakinna Center which offers people of all ages unique hands-on learning experiences, creative presentations, and exhibit spaces focusing on regional Native American understandings, Adirondack culture, wilderness skills and awareness of the natural world. Entrees: Chicken Parmesan with Chef's Choice Vegetable and Ziti with Marinara Sauce; Baked Scrod with Wild Rice and Chef's Choice Vegetable; Grilled Vegetables with a Tomato Mushroom Cous Cous. 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 email@example.com
January 13 Sunday 2:00 pm Word Plays “Staying Alice: Stories of Survival”. These tellers are sharing truly amazing stories about people, in fact and fiction, fighting to stay alive. With Aditya Agashe, Siri Allison, Kate Dudding, Stephen W. Leslie, Bonnie Mion, Eliud Nieves and Nancy Marie Payne. Season in The Fenimore Gallery. Do you linger in your car just to hear the end of Garrison Keillor's "The News from Lake Wobegon" or Ira Glass on "This American Life," then Word Plays is for you. Word Plays is an experience shared between the audience and the performer, combining the intensity of a solo performer with the intimacy of a face-to-face conversation. Wine, beer and soda are available at the cash bar before the show starts and during intermission. After the show, you can meet the performers. The Gallery is on the second floor above the Box Office, accessible by stairs or elevator. $16 Free Parking Look for a $4 OFF COUPON at http://www.storycircleatproctors.org/word-plays.shtml. NEW! GROUP RATE groups of 8 or more pay only $8 per ticket at the Box Office. At Proctors Theater * 432 State Street * Schenectady.
Fundraiser – Auction
November 1 Thursday through November 15 Thursday. Online Auction to benefit the Member Grants Program, through which the National Storytelling Network’s individual, associate, and affiliate members may apply for funding up to $1,000 to develop new projects. Support is available for the development of individual work, for collaborative projects, for community-based storytelling programs, or for scholarly research. http://storynet.org/auction/
Carson, Jo. Spider Speculations: a Physics and Biophysics of Storytelling. New York: Theater Community Story Group. 2008. (On my Kindle.)
Carson, Jo. Stories I Ain’t Told Nobody Yet. New York: Orchard Books. 1989
O’Brien, Tim. The Things They Carried. Boston, MA: Houghton, Mifflin, Harcourt. 1990. (On my Kindle via the Albany Public Library!)
*Do you have a “good read” you would like to share? Send it on to firstname.lastname@example.org
And as Carol Connolly says, "Let the Stories Begin!"
We are now looking for young people (10 – 18) who are interested in learning
to tell stories, and who are interested
in meeting kids from other traditions!
Children at the Well
will start the 2013 session on January 6. We’ll meet on Sunday afternoons every week until April.
Please contact Paula Weiss at
785-7842 or email@example.com if you would like to find out more.
~ childrenatthewell.org ~
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: (November 20) Meeting 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.
(December 19 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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