May 4, 2015

May 2015

* MI Story +

Storytelling Event Calendar

www.MichiganStorytelling.org
Free Since 2001

Yvonne Healy, Editor • Judy Sima, Distribution Editor
All events are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.

Submission: Judy@JudySima.com  by the 15th of the month.

DATE HIGHLIGHTS




Swing into Summer! This month’s calendar lists storytelling events May through August.

Register now for the National Storytelling Conference. July 30-August 2. Kansas City, Missouri, www.storynet.org 

MAY
May 1, Jackson
Celebrating its 28th year, Jackson Storyfest presents storytelling performances for school children with Carol Birch, Ivory Williams, Trudy Bulkley, Jenifer Strauss, Judy Sima, Judy Gail Krasnow, Corinne Stavish, Jeff Doyle, Lanie Levin, Yvonne Healy, Gwendolyn Lewis, Adam Mellema, Sharon Peacock, Genot Picor, Gemini, Brenda Harris, Lois Sprengnether Keel, Larry Massey, Robin Nott, Laura Pershin Raynor, Cate Robarts-Snyder, Steveanna Roose, and La’Ron Williams. Performances take place in Jackson County schools. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 1, Jackson 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating its 28th year the Jackson Storyfest offers a free evening concert with National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Award winner, Connecticut storyteller Carol Birch who offers a wealth of stories full of memories worth having at Jackson High School Auditorium, with Emcee: Corinne Stavish. 544 Wildwood Ave. Doors open at 7 pm. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 2, Jackson 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
The Jackson Storyfest presents “Storytelling - Loosey Goosey & Jively Lively” workshop with La Ron Williams at the  Meijer Branch of the Jackson District Library, 2699 Airport Rd.Okay, let's face it....no matter how old you are now; there was a time in your life when you wanted to PLAY!  No matter how fixed you are in your current routine, there was a time when "thinking outside of the box" was as natural as eating and breathing.  Do you want to recover that excitement, energy and FUN???    Then come and tell stories with LaRon.  This workshop is about the serious business of regaining the ability to TRANSCEND serious business.  Wear comfy shoes so that you can dance, sing and play while telling your stories.  They will gladden your heart!

May 2, Jackson 11:30-1:30 p.m.
The Jackson Storyfest presents "Wanna Hand??  Helping One Another Through Life" workshop with Carol Birch at the Meijer Branch of the Jackson District Library, 2699 Airport Rd. In an inter-active workshop, Carol introduces fifty surprising and exciting picture book biographies, highlighting issues in adapting them for telling.  Implicitly, these stories support anti-bullying, multi-cultural, and character education; explicitly they are inspiring and savory tales to tell.  Reflecting on the lives of others is a potent model for shaping meaningful and ethical lives.  Books will be available for your examination.

May 2, Jackson 2:00 p.m.
Jackson Storyfest presents a free concert, “Tales R Us – Stories for All Ages” featuring Gemini and KIDS TELL! Featuring student storytellers, held at Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood Avenue, www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 2, Jackson 7:30 p.m.
The Jackson Storyfest presents a perennial Storyfest favorite, storyteller La’Ron Williams at Jackson High School Auditorium with emcee Judy Gail Krasnow. 544 Wildwood Ave. Doors open at 7 pm. The concert is free. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 1 & 2, Pontiac 8:00 p.m.
Lois Sprengnether Keel tells stories from India, coupled with performing in the one-act play, Aye Do, as Pontiac Theatre IV presents the original comedy about what happens behind the scenes with friends and relatives at the wedding between a Scottish Groom and Indian Bride...all located in the reception hall bathrooms.$10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.  Pontiac High School, 1051 Arlene Ave.

May 2, Golden, Colorado 
Michigan's Barbara Schutzgruber teams up with Minnesota's Dorothy Cleveland to present their workshop "Beyond the Sword Maiden: The Heroine's Journey as Story Structure" at the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference. This year's theme is "Wickedly Funny and Soul Deep: The Story Road" with featured presenter, Judith Black, exploring the humor in stories of all types. http://www.rmstory.org/

May 3, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
Kerry Tales:  “Smell the Flowers with Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  2 p.m., Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue. Free.  734-769-3115

May 4, Troy 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Take a journey with Storyteller, Judy Sima as she shares “My Mother’s Voice,” the compelling story of her Mother’s encounter with the Gestapo on Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, her escape from Germany during World War II and adjustment to her new life in America. Using intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Troy Public Library, 510 Big Beaver. Call 248-524-3534 to register.

May 5, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm. Contact: Pam Dawson padawsonusa@gmail.com  248-684-7426. www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

May 6, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com.

May 7, Detroit 4:30 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Note: adults only. Info:  www.theMoth.org Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Cravings.”

May 8, Richland, 8:00 p.m.
Master Storyteller Mary Hamilton will be spoken-word artist-in-residence for the Gull Lake Community Schools. Her family concert is open to the public in the Gull Lake HS studio theatre, 7753 N. 34th, Richland, MI. Donations accepted at the door will support fine arts in the schools. Questions, contact Robin Nott 269-488-5020 ext.1698 or rnott@gulllakecs.org.

May 9, Hillsdale 1:30 p.m. 
Genot Picor presents:“Stories, Songs and Dances of the Voyageur,” Osseo Mushroom Festival1:30 p.m., free admission. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Osseo-Heritage-Day-Great-Mushroom-Hunt/389448961084993

May 8 & 9, Pontiac 8:00 p.m.
Lois Sprengnether Keel tells stories from India, coupled with performing in the one-act play, Aye Do, as Pontiac Theatre IV presents the original comedy about what happens behind the scenes with friends and relatives at the wedding between a Scottish Groom and Indian Bride...all located in the reception hall bathrooms.$10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.  Pontiac High School, 1051 Arlene Ave.

May 11, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church,  2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone   517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net.

May 13, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston).  Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes. Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at carteredwin93@yahoo.com

May 14, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. At Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

May 15, Detroit 8p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Theme: "TIES THAT BIND" Featuring 5 Twisted Storytellers with Musical & Dance Guests! Local Artisans/Exhibitors and Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. Charles H. Wright Museum 315 E. Warren Avenue. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.secretstorytellers.org or call 313-744-6037

May 16, Berkley 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and Workshop. 2:30 Business meeting. Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge Hwy (Between 11 and 12 Mile Roads.) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

May 16 & 17, Orchard Lake 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Genot Picor tell stories for Apple Island Tours, $10.00 for children, $5.00 for Greater West Bloomfield Historical Society members. http://www.gwbhs.org/education/apple-island/

May 19, Ann Arbor  6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at Circus Bar, 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $8 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Snooping.”

May 18, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
Here: Say Storytelling: Can We Be Heroes? ".. if one does not have wild dreams of achievement, there is no spur even to get the dishes washed," says May Sarton. "One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being." InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. Free admission. More info at www.heresaystorytelling.com and www.facebook.com/heresaytc. Send pitches to heresaytc@gmail.com.

May 19, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

Memorial Day Weekend, Port Huron 1:30 & 4:10 p.m.
Genot Picor tells stories for Feast of St. Claire,  Pine Grove Parkadults, $6.00 for children and seniors. http://www.sunbursttours.com/feast/

May 23, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave. Join us for a story, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Pam Williams: 248-836-7499. New members welcome.

May 24, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – monthly meeting always start with stories, and then more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Nichola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Rd. members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

May 29, Detroit 6:00 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers presents “Good Times as the Coffee Shop” a tasty, relaxing, refreshing evening of entertainment and great stories told by Tone Ross, Chiquita McKenzie Bennett, James Graham, Pam Jones and Vicki Slaughter at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History. 315 E. Warren. Tickets $10. For more information www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call 313-442-3227

May 30, White Lake 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers welcome storytellers, storyteller-wanna-bees and listeners to Swappin' Stories at the Farm.  Free, but bring your own brown bag lunch, with drinks and cookies provided.  Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Rd. (M-59) information: www.northoaklandcountystorytellers.org

JUNE
June 2, White Lake 7:00-9:00 pm
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm. Contact: Pam Dawson padawsonusa@gmail.com  248-684-7426. www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

June 3, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

June 4, Detroit 4:30 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Note: adults only. Info:  www.theMoth.org Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Chemistry.”

June 8, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church,  2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone   517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net.

June 10, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston).  Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes. Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at carteredwin93@yahoo.com

June 11, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. At Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

June 13, Detroit 6:00-7:30 p.m.
“Grown Folks Talkin’…HUSH!” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams and Dem Grown Folks Storytellers are at it again. Pokin’ the memory banks and ticklin’ the funnybone in a hilarious & thoughtful storytelling concert. An elegant Evening out for grown folks to experience and enjoy some good ol’ fashion storytelling. Plymouth United Church of Christ (near the Charles Wright Museum).600 E. Warren. Tickets: $10 Contact: Ivory D. 313-822-6483 effy1@aol.com

June 13 & 14, Romeoville, Illinois 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.
Genot Picor tells stories for the Isle La Cache Rendezvous. Free admission http://www.sunbursttours.com/feast/

June 16, Union City 1:00-2:30 p.m.
Calling All Superheroes - Join Storyteller Karen Czarnik for this fun & interactive storytelling, craft & game program. Co-sponsored by Dearth Union Township Library & Community Unlimited - 430 St. Joseph Street. (517) 741-5061

June 16, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW. storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

June 19, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring 5 Twisted Storytellers with Musical and Dance Guests. Local Artisans/Exhibitors and Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. Charles H. Wright Museum 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48203. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.secretstorytellers.org or call 313-744-6037

June 19, Ann Arbor  6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at Circus Bar, 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $8 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Backfired.”

June 20, Redford 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and Workshop presented by Barbara Schutzgruber on using ballads in your storytelling program. 2:30 Business meeting. Redford Township Library, 25320 W. Six Mile Road (Between Beech Daily & Telegraph) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

June 20 & 21, Port Sanilac 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Sanilac Historical Society, presents Genot Picor with Rochelle Bannon, hammered dulcimer on Saturday.  $5.00 per person. http://www.sanilaccountymuseum.org/calendar.html

June 26-28, Boyne City
Woodsmoke Jim and Riverlark Mary Couling will be featured storytellers at Elvyn Lea Lodge during the “Gathering of Friends," The Coulings’ wide repertoire draws upon their Celtic roots, love of history and theater, and experiences leading their Twilight Walking Tours in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. They will perform on Saturday and be available during the weekend to provide guidance to those wanting to learn about ways to tell their own stories. Music on Saturday will be coordinated by Russell Drake of Waterway Music, showcasing the new talent of northern Michigan in a casual, “open mic” format.  Storytellers and musicians both seasoned and new are welcome to join in for this informal weekend of fun and fellowship. Come and share a story or a song, or simply enjoy listening and relaxing in the beautiful natural setting of the lodge and grounds.  Lodging is available on site. For details and reservations visit http://www.elvynlea.com or call 231/535-2475.

June 27, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave. Join us for a story, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Pam Williams: 248-836-7499. New members welcome.

June  28, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – monthly meeting always start with stories, and then more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Nichola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Rd. members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

June 30, Ann Arbor 7:30 p.m. doors open/8:00 p.m. stories begin
The Moth Main Stage at the Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty. Presented by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Theme “Voices Carry: The Moth in Michigan.”

JULY

July 2, Wayne 2:00 p.m.
Genot Picor presents Heroes Come in All Sizes! Wayne Public Library. Free admission. http://www.wayne.lib.mi.us/

July 4, Alpena
Alpena Maritime Festival, presents Genot Picor; “Stories, Songs and Dances of the Voyageur,” Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary, all day.  Free admission http://www.alpenacvb.com/events/6/4213/ 

July 7 - Belleville 11:00 a.m.
"Unexpected Heroes" Join award-winning storyteller Barbara Schutzgruber as she tells tales and sings ballads of gutsy girls, wise women, tricksters, and fools who use courage, wisdom, wit, and just dumb luck to win the day!  Part of Belleville Area District Library's Summer Reading Program, 167 Fourth St.  http://www.belleville.lib.mi.us or call 734- 699-3291 for more information.

July 7, Detroit 2:30 p.m.  
Genot Picor presents: Heroes Come in All Sizes!  Detroit Public Library, Elmwood Branch, free admission
http://www.detroitpubliclibrary.org/branch/elmwood-park

July 7, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm. Contact: Pam Dawson padawsonusa@gmail.com  248-684-7426. www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

July 8 - Watervliet 11:00 a.m.
"Unexpected Heroes" Join award-winning storyteller Barbara Schutzgruber as she tells tales and sings ballads of gutsy girls, wise women, tricksters, and fools who use courage, wisdom, wit, and just dumb luck to win the day!  Part of Watervliet District Library's Summer Reading Program, 333 N. Main St.  http://www.watervlietlibrary.net or call 269-463-6382 for more information.

July 8, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

July 14, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church,  2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone   517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net.

July 18-19, Oklahoma City
Michigan’s own Corinne Stavish will be appearing in Oklahoma City for a weekend sponsored by Judeo-Christian groups. July 18th: An Evening of Storytelling at Temple B'nai Israel; July 19th: Distinguished Pulpit Series, 10am, Mayflower Congregational UCC; July 19th: Midrash Workshop, Oklahoma Institute for Biblical Literacy-1:30-4pm. Contact: Rev. Lori Allen Walke Associate Minister, Mayflower Congregational UCC, 405.842.8897.

July 18, Flint 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
35th  Annual Michigan Storytellers Festival sponsored by Flint Public Library, Main Branch, 1026 E. Kearsley. Free fun for all inside the library. For complete schedule see www.fpl.info/msf

July 22, Shelby Township 1:30 p.m.
Genot Picor presents Heroes Come in All Sizes! Shelby Township Public Library, free admission http://www.shelbytwplib.org/

July 24, Detroit Noon-1:00 p.m.
“The Good Ole Days!”Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams joins The Detroit Historical Society in celebrating Detroit’s 314th Birthday with a rollicking storytelling trip down memory lane. Grown folks will be noddin’ dey heads and young’ns will be wide-eyed with wonder as they listen to amazing stories about growing up in Detroit. Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward. Free & Open to the public. Contact: Ivory D. 313-822-6483 effy1@aol.com

July 25 & 26, Soo Sault Ste. Marie 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
Genot Picor presents “Stories, Songs and Dances of the Voyageur, with La Compagnie Musical Dance Troupe, Rendezvous.  Saturday Evening VeillĂ©e and Concert.  Sunday afternoon for a "Meet and Greet," an informal acoustic session for visitors with stories and folk dances, $4.00 adults, $2.00, children. http://www.saultstemarie.com/rendezvous-in-the-sault-july-25--26,-2015-223/

July 27- August 1, Farmington Hills  Camp runs from 9:00 a.m-4:00 p.m.
Session 1 - “Art Adventure Camp,” Storyteller, Karen Czarnik presents the Storytelling performance section of this 4 section arts camp which offers Music, Photography, Mixed Media Art and Storytelling to students in the following age groups (5 to 7 and 8 to 12)  Heritage Park, Farmington Road.  (Camp fee) www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us or call (248) 473-1859

July 28, Greenville 7:00-8:30 p.pm.  
Michigan Youth Leadership Training Camp Cultural Night, with Genot Picor Ionia Intermediate School District, call Allison Peabody, Ionia County AmeriCorps VISTA at 616-527-4900, ext. 1223 for more details.
http://www.ioniaisd.org/

July 30-Aug 2 - Kansas City, MO
Michigan's Barbara Schutzgruber teams up with Minnesota's Dorothy Cleveland to present their workshop "Beyond the Sword Maiden: The Heroine's Journey as Story Structure" at the National Storytelling Conference.  For the full schedule of preconference and conference events go to http://www.storynet.org

AUGUST
August 1, Houghton Lake 2:00 p.m.
Houghton Lake Heritage Days, presents Genot Picor “Stories, Songs and Dances of Michigan’s Heritage,” $5.00 per person. http://www.houghtonlakehistory.com/

August 4, White Lake 7:00-9:00 pm
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm. Contact: Pam Dawson padawsonusa@gmail.com  248-684-7426. www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

August 6, Bloomfield Twp. 6:30 p.m.  
Genot Picor presents: Heroes Come in All Sizes, with Trois Bouffons at the Bloomfield Twp. Public Library, free admission.  http://www.btpl.org/

August 7, Au Gres 7:00 p.m.
 Au Gres Historical Society, presents Genot Picor: “Stories, Songs and Dances of the Voyageur, free admission at the Au Gres Historical Society Building, on US 23 and Michigan Ave. http://www.cityofau-gres-mi.org/museumhome.html

August 8, Gladwin 2:30 -4:00 p.m.
Relax in the shade and enjoy folktales, fairy tales, and fables for all ages told by the Mid-Michigan Area Story Tellers. The Mainstreet Misfits, a local musical group, will also entertain with music from days gone by. In case of rain, the program will be held in the barn. Please bring your friends and join us!  August 9th 2:00-3:30 pm Stone Cottage Gardens, 3740 Willford Rd. 48624  For info. contact Carol Garner at sdcagarner@yahoo.com  or 989-506-8829

August 10-14, Farmington Hills, Camp runs from 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Session 2 - “Art Adventure Camp,” Storyteller, Karen Czarnik presents the Storytelling performance section of this 4 section arts camp which offers Music, Photography, Mixed Media Art and Storytelling to students in the following age groups (5 to 7 and 8 to 12)  Heritage Park, Farmington Road. (Camp fee) www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us or call (248) 473-1859

August 10, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church,  2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone   517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net.

August 11, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and Workshop. 2:30 Business meeting. Detroit main Library, 5201 Woodward (North of Warren, Paring in Library Lot off Putnam) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

August 12, Warren 6:30 p.m.
Genot Picor presents:Heroes Come in All Sizes!  Warren Civic Library, free admission http://www.warrenlibrary.net/

August 18, Fraser 6:30 p.m.
Genot Picor presents:  Heroes Come in All Sizes! Fraser Public Library, with fiddler Michael Francis, 6:30 p.m., free admission http://www.micityoffraser.com/index.aspx?nid=156

August 29 & 30, Harrison Twp. 3:00 p.m. both days
Genot Picor presentsStories, Songs and Dances of the Metis’ Voyageur, Lake St. Clair Metro Park. Park Entrance fee only without a park permit sticker:  Daily sticker $7.00.
http://www.metroparks.com/August-Interpretive-Events-at-Lake-St.-Clair-Metropark

August 30, Harrison Twp 2:00 p.m.
Genot Picor with La Compagnie Musical Dance Troupe, “Stories, Songs and Folkdances of French Canada,” Lake St. Clair Metro Park, park entrance fee only without a park permit sticker:  Daily sticker $7.00.
http://www.metroparks.com/August-Interpretive-Events-at-Lake-St.-Clair-Metropark


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April 2015

* MI Story +

Storytelling Event Calendar

www.MichiganStorytelling.org
Free Since 2001

Yvonne Healy, Editor • Judy Sima, Distribution Editor
All events are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.

Submission: Judy@JudySima.com  by the 15th of the month.


  April 2015

HIGHLIGHTS


There’s still time to register. Northlands Storytelling Confabulation! April 24-26, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. www.Northlands.net

Mark your calendar: National Storytelling Conference. July 30-August 2. Kansas City, Missouri, www.storynet.org 

April
April 1, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com.

April 2, Detroit 4:30 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Note: adults only. Info:  www.theMoth.org Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Fools.”

April 7, Detroit 6:30 p.m.
Historic event! Detroit Association of Black Storytellers has been asked to partner with The United States Post Office to unveil the new Maya Angelo stamp at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, General Motors Stage. Tribute, stories and works of Maya Angelo performed by Amy Jackson, Mary Grant, Chiquita McKenzie-Bennett, Gwen Lewis. 315 E Warren Ave. 313-442-DABS(3227) www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com

April 8, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston).  Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes. Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at carteredwin93@yahoo.com

April  9, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 pm
Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. At Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

April 13, Lansing 7:00-9: pm
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church,  2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone   517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net.

April 14, Ann Arbor 6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
The Moth Michigan Grand Slam Championship at The Ark  Info: www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. 316 South Main Street.  Limited number of presale tickets available two weeks prior online at www.TheMoth.org.

April 17, Livonia (Lunch served 11:45) 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Storytelling presentation with audience participation “My Mother’s Voice: A Story to Tell” and discussion of the art of storytelling for “Conversation and Coffee” with Judy Sima. Schoolcraft College Lifelong Learning Center. 18600 Haggerty Road. $15/Seniors $12. Doors open at 11:15. Advanced registration required.  734-462-4448. https://wevadvisor.schoolcraft.edu

April 17, Detroit 8 p.m.Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "Breakups & Breakthroughs" a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Twisted Storytellers Nicole Pitts, Nicholaus Rainey, Hannah Wise and more. Musical Guest, Delores Harris with Dance Guests, Kevin Collins and Pamela Moore. Local Artisans/Exhibitors and Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. Charles H. Wright Museum 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48203. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.secretstorytellers.org or call 313-744-6037

April 18, Grand Rapids 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Storytelling Workshops: Session 1. Enriching the Telling Improving your Technique, Session 2. Crafting a Tellable Story  (event to draft to telling it) John Steven Crowley – presenter. Shawmut Hills School, 2550 Burritt St NW. $25.00. Contact Gloria Cangelosi. storyspinnersgr@gmail.com/616-821-4106

April 18, Canton 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and Annual Meeting, 2:30 Business meeting. Tutor Time, 951 N, Canton Center Road (Between Sheldon & Beck, South of Ford Road(  Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

April 19, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Splash in Puddles with Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  2 p.m., Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue. Free.  734-769-3115

April 20, Farmington Hills 7:00 p.m.
Storyteller, Corinne Stavish tells the remarkable story: “When Good People Do SomethingWith all the horror stories of the Holocaust, we forget sometimes that there were people who responded with humanity. In one instance, it was an entire country that saved 98% of its Jewish population. Adat Shalom Synagogue,29901 Middlebelt Road,  248-851-5100. No charge.

April 20, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
Here: Say Storytelling: The B-Sides. Where words fail, music speaks: We're combining the two and using our words to talk about music. InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street, Free admission. More info at www.heresaystorytelling.com and www.facebook.com/heresaytc. Send pitches to heresaytc@gmail.com.

April 21, Walled Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Walled Lake Library, 1499 E West Maple Rd contact Carolyn Graves: gravesccraol.com (248) 363-6149 for more information www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

April 21, Ann Arbor  6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at Circus Bar, 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $8 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Delusions.”

April 21, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

April 25,  Detroit 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave. Join us for a story, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Pam Williams: 248-836-7499. New members welcome.

April 24-26, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Join the friendliest group of storytellers on the planet at the Northlands Storytelling Confabulation; “It’s All About the Story.” Stories, Workshops, Swaps, Fringes, Story Slam. Special Master Class with Lyn Ford. Workshops by Judy Sima and Yvonne Healy. Geneva Ridge Resort. www.northland.net, 815-344-6435

April 26, Milford 1:00-5:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers tell Earth Day stories sharing the space with dancers at the annual Earth Day celebration at Carls Family Y.M.C.A., 300 Family Drive. information: nocstories@gmail.com

April 26, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – monthly meeting always start with stories, and then more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Nichola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Rd. members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

April 30, Jackson 10 a.m.  
Celebrating 28 years of storytelling Jackson Storyfest presents a free concert:  “Silver Tales – Stories for Seniors and the Young at Heart” featuring Laura Pershin Raynor at The Ella Sharp Museum Community Room, 3225 4th Street. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

April 29-30, Jackson
Celebrating its 28th year, Jackson Storyfest presents storytelling performances for school children with Carol Birch, Ivory Williams, Trudy Bulkley, Jenifer Strauss, Judy Sima, Judy Gail Krasnow, Corinne Stavish, Jeff Doyle, Lanie Levin, Yvonne Healy, Gwendolyn Lewis, Adam Mellema, Sharon Peacock, Genot Picor, Gemini, Brenda Harris, Lois Sprengnether Keel, Larry Massey, Robin Nott, Laura Pershin Raynor, Cate Robarts-Snyder, Steveanna Roose, and La’Ron Williams. Performances take place in Jackson County schools. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

MAY
May 1, Jackson 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating its 28th year the Jackson Storyfest offers a free evening concert with National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Award winner, Connecticut storyteller Carol Birch who offers a wealth of stories full of memories worth having at Jackson High School Auditorium, with Emcee: Corinne Stavish. 544 Wildwood Ave. Doors open at 7 pm. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 2, Jackson 8:45 a.m.-10:45 a.m.
The Jackson Storyfest presents “Storytelling - Loosey Goosey & Jively Lively” workshop with La Ron Williams at the  Meijer Branch of the Jackson District Library, 2699 Airport Rd.Okay, let's face it....no matter how old you are now; there was a time in your life when you wanted to PLAY!  No matter how fixed you are in your current routine, there was a time when "thinking outside of the box" was as natural as eating and breathing.  Do you want to recover that excitement, energy and FUN???    Then come and tell stories with LaRon.  This workshop is about the serious business of regaining the ability to TRANSCEND serious business.  Wear comfy shoes so that you can dance, sing and play while telling your stories.  They will gladden your heart!

May 2, Jackson 11:30-1:30 p.m.
The Jackson Storyfest presents "Wanna Hand??  Helping One Another Through Life" workshop with Carol Birch at the Meijer Branch of the Jackson District Library, 2699 Airport Rd. In an inter-active workshop, Carol introduces fifty surprising and exciting picture book biographies, highlighting issues in adapting them for telling.  Implicitly, these stories support anti-bullying, multi-cultural, and character education; explicitly they are inspiring and savory tales to tell.  Reflecting on the lives of others is a potent model for shaping meaningful and ethical lives.  Books will be available for your examination.

May 2, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Jackson Storyfest presents a free concert, “Tales R Us – Stories for All Ages” featuring Gemini and KIDS TELL! Featuring student storytellers, held at Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood Avenue, www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 2, Jackson 7:30 p.m.
The Jackson Storyfest presents a perennial Storyfest favorite, storyteller La’Ron Williams at Jackson High School Auditorium with emcee Judy Gail Krasnow. 544 Wildwood Ave. Doors open at 7 pm. The concert is free. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 1 and 2, Pontiac 8:00 p.m.
Lois Sprengnether Keel tells stories from India, coupled with performing in the one-act play, Aye Do, as Pontiac Theatre IV presents the original comedy about what happens behind the scenes with friends and relatives at the wedding between a Scottish Groom and Indian Bride...all located in the reception hall bathrooms.$10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.  Pontiac High School, 1051 Arlene Ave.

May 2, Golden, Colorado 
Michigan's Barbara Schutzgruber teams up with Minnesota's Dorothy Cleveland to present their workshop "Beyond the Sword Maiden: The Heroine's Journey as Story Structure" at the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference. This year's theme is "Wickedly Funny and Soul Deep: The Story Road" with featured presenter, Judith Black, exploring the humor in stories of all types. http://www.rmstory.org/

May 3, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
Kerry Tales:  “Smell the Flowers with Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  2 p.m., Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue. Free.  734-769-3115

May 4, Troy 6:30-8:20 p.m.
Take a journey with Storyteller, Judy Sima as she shares “My Mother’s Voice,” the compelling story of her Mother’s encounter with the Gestapo on Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, her escape from Germany during World War II and adjustment to her new life in America. Using intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Troy Public Library, 510 Big Beaver. Call 248-524-3534 to register.

May 5, White Lake 7:00-9:00 pm
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm. Contact: Pam Dawson padawsonusa@gmail.com  248-684-7426. www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

May 6, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com.

May 7, Detroit 4:30 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Note: adults only. Info:  www.theMoth.org Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Cravings.”

May 8 and 9, Pontiac 8:00 p.m.
Lois Sprengnether Keel tells stories from India, coupled with performing in the one-act play, Aye Do, as Pontiac Theatre IV presents the original comedy about what happens behind the scenes with friends and relatives at the wedding between a Scottish Groom and Indian Bride...all located in the reception hall bathrooms.$10 for adults, $7 for students and seniors.  Pontiac High School, 1051 Arlene Ave.

May 8, Richland, 7:00–10:00 p.m.
Festival of the Senses, a student showcase of the arts, plus a family storytelling concert by nationally renowned Kentucky storyteller, Mary Hamilton at 8:00 p.m. Gull Lake High School, 7753 North 34th Street. Suggested donation: $5.00.  Contact: Robin Nott, rnott@gulllakecs.org

May 11, Lansing 7:00-9: p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church,  2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone   517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net.

May 13, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston).  Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes. Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at carteredwin93@yahoo.com

May 14, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. At Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

May 15, Detroit 8p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring 5 Twisted Storytellers with Musical and Dance Guests. Local Artisans/Exhibitors and Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. Charles H. Wright Museum 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48203. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.secretstorytellers.org or call 313-744-6037

May 16, Berkley 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and Workshop. 2:30 Business meeting. Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge Hwy (Between 11 and 12 Mile Roads.) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

May 19, Ann Arbor  6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at Circus Bar, 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $8 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Snooping.”

May 18, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
Here: Say Storytelling: Can We Be Heroes? ".. if one does not have wild dreams of achievement, there is no spur even to get the dishes washed," says May Sarton. "One must think like a hero to behave like a merely decent human being." InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. Free admission. More info at www.heresaystorytelling.com and www.facebook.com/heresaytc. Send pitches to heresaytc@gmail.com.

May 19, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

May 23, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave. Join us for a story, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Pam Williams: 248-836-7499. New members welcome.

May 24, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – monthly meeting always start with stories, and then more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Nichola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Rd. members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

May 30, White Lake 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers welcome storytellers, storyteller-wanna-bees and listeners to Swappin' Stories at the Farm.  Free, but bring your own brown bag lunch, with drinks and cookies provided.  Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Rd. (M-59) information: nocstories@gmail.com


JUNE
June 2, White Lake 7:00-9:00 pm
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm. Contact: Pam Dawson padawsonusa@gmail.com  248-684-7426. www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

June 3, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

June 4, Detroit 4:30 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Note: adults only. Info:  www.theMoth.org Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Chemistry.”

June 8, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church,  2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone   517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net.

June 10, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston).  Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes. Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at carteredwin93@yahoo.com

June 11, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. At Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

June 16, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

June 19, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring 5 Twisted Storytellers with Musical and Dance Guests. Local Artisans/Exhibitors and Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. Charles H. Wright Museum 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48203. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.secretstorytellers.org or call 313-744-6037

June 19, Ann Arbor  6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at Circus Bar, 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $8 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Backfired.”

June 20, Redford 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and Workshop. 2:30 Business meeting. Redford Township Library, 25320 W. Six Mile Road (Between Beech Daily & Telegraph) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

June 26-28, Boyne City
Woodsmoke Jim and Riverlark Mary Couling will be featured storytellers at Elvyn Lea Lodge during the “Gathering of Friends," The Coulings’ wide repertoire draws upon their Celtic roots, love of history and theater, and experiences leading their Twilight Walking Tours in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. They will perform on Saturday and be available during the weekend to provide guidance to those wanting to learn about ways to tell their own stories. Music on Saturday will be coordinated by Russell Drake of Waterway Music, showcasing the new talent of northern Michigan in a casual, “open mic” format.  Storytellers and musicians both seasoned and new are welcome to join in for this informal weekend of fun and fellowship. Come and share a story or a song, or simply enjoy listening and relaxing in the beautiful natural setting of the lodge and grounds.  Lodging is available on site. For details and
reservations visit http://www.elvynlea.com or call 231/535-2475.

June 27, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave. Join us for a story, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Pam Williams: 248-836-7499. New members welcome.

June  28, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – monthly meeting always start with stories, and then more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Nichola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Rd. members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

June 30, Ann Arbor 7:30 p.m. doors open/8:00 p.m. stories begin
The Moth Main Stage at the Michigan Theater, 603 East Liberty. Presented by the Ann Arbor Summer Festival. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Theme “Voices Carry: The Moth in Michigan.”


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HIGHLIGHTS



Special opportunity for storytellers and story listeners:  MSU student run radio station is looking to emulate the Moth Radio hour. They have created a 5 to 10 minute segment at the end of their show “Exposure" called, "the Michigan Storytellers Segment." If you have a true, interesting/meaningful/funny story you are willing to share on the air, contact: Quin Hoffman, News Director, WDBM Impact 89FM, (989)295-6652. quinlanhoffman@gmail.com

MARCH
March 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  March Along with Mother Goose.”Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  2 p.m., Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue. Free.  734-769-3115

March 3, Highland 7:00-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. HVCA Headquarters (Highland Station), 205 W. Livingston Rd. contact Carolyn Graves: gravesccraol.com (258) 363-6149 for more information www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

March 4, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com.

March 5, Detroit 4:30 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Note: adults only. Info:  www.theMoth.org Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Save.”

March 7, Southfield 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers Interactive Underground Railroad Experience Part 2 concludes with more stories, songs, and audience participation at the Truth Bookstore in Northland Mall. Use the Target entrance off service drive to locate the bookstore. Information call: Chiquita at 313-268-9065, chiquitachiquita67@gmail.com. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com.

March 9, Lansing 7:00-9: pm
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church,  2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone   517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net.

March 11, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston).  Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes. Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at carteredwin93@yahoo.com

March 12, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. At Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

March 13-14, Charleston SC 
Michigan storyteller, Corinne Stavish joins Charlotte Blake-Alston, Michael Reno Harrell and Bil Lepp as a featured teller at Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival. http://www.ccpl.org/content.asp?id=133199&action=detail&catID=5367

March 17, Ann Arbor  6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at Circus Bar, 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $6 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Confusion.”

March 17, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Enjoy an evening with The Story Spinners of Grand Rapids. We welcome new members to our monthly meeting at Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

March 20, Detroit, 8PM, Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "PRIDE & PREJUDICE" a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Twisted Storytellers Nicole Pitts, Nicholaus Rainey, Hannah Wise and more. Musical Guest Amy Jackson with Dance Guests SambaSoul: Vanessa Almeida and Jamile Lulo. Local Artisans/Exhibitors and Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. Charles H. Wright Museum 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48203. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.secretstorytellers.org or call 313-744-6037

March 21, Detroit 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and workshop: “Developing Loveable Bad Guys”, 2:30 Business meeting. Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward (SE corner of Woodward on Warren). Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

March 22, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – monthly meeting always start with stories, and then more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Nichola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Rd. members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

March 24, Center Line 7:00 p.m.
Take a journey with Storyteller, Judy Sima as she shares “My Mother’s Voice,” the compelling story of her Mother’s encounter with the Gestapo on Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, her escape from Germany during World War II and adjustment to her new life in America. Using intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Center Line Public, 7345 Weingartz. Program is Free, call 586-758-8275 to register.

March 27, Detroit 11:00 a.m.
Ms Gwen, The Storyteller presents: America Reads Storytelling Program at the University of Michigan Detroit    3663 Woodward Ave. 48201. Information: 313-467-9294 or http://gwenstoryteller.com

March 28, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave. Join us for a story, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Pam Williams: 248-836-7499. New members welcome.

March 28, Livonia 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Detroit Story League presents its 4th annual: "Once Upon a Time" storytelling concert for children ages 4-10 featuring Trudy Bulkley as Mother Goose, Judy Sima, and special guest Ivory Williams at the Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd. $3 per person. Refreshments will be served and each child will receive a special Detroit Story League gift. For more information call: Josie 248-476-8515 or email jflores-1234@sbcglobal.net

April
April 1, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com.

April 2, Detroit 4:30 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Note: adults only. Info:  www.theMoth.org Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Fools.”

April 7, Highland 7:00-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. HVCA Headquarters (Highland Station), 205 W. Livingston Rd. contact Carolyn Graves: gravesccraol.com (258) 363-6149 for more information www.northlandcountystorytellers.org


April 8, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston).  Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes. Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at carteredwin93@yahoo.com

April  9, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 pm
Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. At Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

April 12, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Splash in Puddles with Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  2 p.m., Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue. Free.  734-769-3115

April 13, Lansing 7:00-9: pm
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church,  2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone   517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net.

April 14, Ann Arbor 6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
The Moth Michigan Grand Slam Championship at The Ark  Info: www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. 316 South Main Street.  Limited number of presale tickets available two weeks prior online at www.TheMoth.org.

April 16, Farmington Hills 10:00 a.m.-noon
Society of Active Retirees presents a special workshop with Corinne Stavish, “Leaving Lasting Legacies: How Your Story Is an Ethical Will.” Wayne State University, Oakland Center, 33737 West 12 Mile Road. Class is limited to 20; to register contact soarcontact@gmail.com

April 17, Livonia (Lunch served 11:45) 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Storytelling presentation with audience participation “My Mother’s Voice: A Story to Tell” and discussion of the art of storytelling for “Conversation and Coffee” with Judy Sima. Schoolcraft College Lifelong Learning Center. 18600 Haggerty Road. $15/Seniors $12. Doors open at 11:15. Advanced registration required.  734-462-4448. https://wevadvisor.schoolcraft.edu

April 18, Plymouth12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and Annual Meeting, 2:30 Business meeting. Plymouth Public Library, 223 South Main Street (W. of Haggerty, N. of Ann Arbor Road)  Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

April 20, Farmington Hills 7:00 p.m.
Storyteller, Corinne Stavish tells the remarkable story: “When Good People Do SomethingWith all the horror stories of the Holocaust, we forget sometimes that there were people who responded with humanity. In one instance, it was an entire country that saved 98% of its Jewish population. Adat Shalom Synagogue,29901 Middlebelt Road,  248-851-5100. No charge.

April 21, Ann Arbor  6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at Circus Bar, 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $6 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Delusions.”

April 21, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at  Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

April 25,  Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave. Join us for a story, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Pam Williams: 248-836-7499. New members welcome.

April 24-26, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Join the friendliest group of storytellers on the planet at the Northlands Storytelling Confabulation; “It’s All About the Story.” Stories, Workshops, Swaps, Fringes, Story Slam. Special Master Class with Lyn Ford. Workshops by Judy Sima and Yvonne Healy. Geneva Ridge Resort. www.northland.net, 815-344-6435

April 26, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – monthly meeting always start with stories, and then more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Nichola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Rd. members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

Thursday, April 30 10 a.m.  
Celebrating 28 years of storytelling Jackson Storyfest presents a free concert:  “Silver Tales – Stories for Seniors and the Young at Heart” featuring Laura Pershin Raynor at The Ella Sharp Museum Community Room, 3225 4th Street. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

April 29-30, Jackson
Celebrating its 28th year, Jackson Storyfest presents storytelling performances for school children with Carol Birch, Ivory Williams, Trudy Bulkley, Allison Downey, Judy Sima, Judy Gail Krasnow, Corinne Stavish, Jeff Doyle, Lanie Levin, Yvonne Healy, Gwendolyn Lewis, Adam Mellema, Sharon Peacock, Genot Picor, Gemini, Brenda Harris, Lois Sprengnether Keel, Larry Massey, Robin Nott, Laura Pershin Raynor, Cate Robarts-Snyder, Steveanna Roose, and La’Ron Williams. Performances take place in Jackson County schools. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

MAY
May 1, Jackson 7:30 p.m
Celebrating its 28th year the Jackson Storyfest offers a free evening concert with National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Award winner, Connecticut storyteller Carol Birch who offers a wealth of stories full of memories worth having at Jackson High School Auditorium, with Emcee: Corinne Stavish. 544 Wildwood Ave. Doors open at 7 pm. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 2, 2015, 2:00 p.m.
Jackson Storyfest presents a free concert, “Tales R Us – Stories for All Ages” featuring Gemini and KIDS TELL! featuring student storytellers, held at Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood Avenue, www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 2, Jackson 7:30 p.m.
The Jackson Storyfest presents a perennial Storyfest favorite, storyteller La’Ron Williams at Jackson High School Auditorium with emcee Judy Gail Krasnow. 544 Wildwood Ave. Doors open at 7 pm. The concert is free. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 3, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  “Smell the Flowers with Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  2 p.m., Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue. Free.  734-769-3115

May 4, Troy 6:30-8:20 p.m.
Take a journey with Storyteller, Judy Sima as she shares “My Mother’s Voice,” the compelling story of her Mother’s encounter with the Gestapo on Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, her escape from Germany during World War II and adjustment to her new life in America. Using intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Troy Public Library, 510 Big Beaver. Call 248-524-3534 to register.

May 5, Highland 7:00-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. HVCA Headquarters (Highland Station), 205 W. Livingston Rd. contact Carolyn Graves: gravesccraol.com (258) 363-6149 for more information www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

May 2, Golden, Colorado 
Michigan's Barbara Schutzgruber teams up with Minnesota's Dorothy Cleveland to present their workshop "Beyond the Sword Maiden: The Heroine's Journey as Story Structure" at the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference. This year's theme is "Wickedly Funny and Soul Deep: The Story Road" with featured presenter, Judith Black, exploring the humor in stories of all types. http://www.rmstory.org/

May 6, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com.

May 7, Detroit 4:30 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Note: adults only. Info:  www.theMoth.org Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Cravings.”

May 11, Lansing 7:00-9: pm
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church,  2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone   517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net.

May 13, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston).  Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes. Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at carteredwin93@yahoo.com

May 14, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 pm
Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. At Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

May 15, Madison Heights 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and Installation of Officers. 2:30 Business meeting. Madison Heights Public Library, 240 West 13 Mile Rd. Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

May 19, Ann Arbor  6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at Circus Bar, 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $6 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Snooping.”

May 19, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at  Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

May 23, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave. Join us for a story, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Pam Williams: 248-836-7499. New members welcome.

May 24, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild – monthly meeting always start with stories, and then more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Nichola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Rd. members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

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