September 26, 2019

October 2019

* MI Story +

Storytelling Event Calendar

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 Judy Sima  Editor
All events are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.

Submission: Judy@JudySima.com  by the 15th of the month.
                                                                                                       
                                                                         October 1, 2019


                                                                         HIGHLIGHTS


It’s spooky how many great storytelling events are coming up! 
It's also spooky how the need for an Update came up!!!


October 1, 2019

Corrections and Updates
 

September 29, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m. 
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild monthly meeting: Ann Arbor District Library. 343 S. Fifth Ave., (3rd floor, free space room) Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories!  Listeners and tellers welcome.  More information:  Ann Arbor Storyteller’s Guild meets the 4th Sunday of the month – There is no meeting on Sunday, September 29


October 8, 15, and 22  Fraser 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Fraser Public Library presents: A Story Starters class with Loretta P Vitek,  a free Tuesday class for teens and adults.  We will find, develop  and learn stories.  Exploring what makes a good story and how to present it as well as presenting personal tales  to each other.   Please come and bring a friend to share your stories. 16330 14 Mile Road Fraser MI.

October 26, Kalamazoo 12:30 & 2 p.m.
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum will host storyteller Jenifer Strauss as she presents “Hey-Ho, It’s Halloween,” tingling tales and spooky songs for the whole family. Older children and adults will enjoy “Urban Legends.” Strauss will weave tales that will make you shiver, giggle, and grab your best friend. Both programs are free and tickets can be picked up at the front desk or reserved online. 
www.kalamazoomuseum.org.

 October 30, Fraser 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.  
Fraser Public Library presents:  Scary Sunset Stories by Loretta P Vitek,  free program for teens and adults at Fraser Public Library 
16330 14 Mile Road Fraser MI. Come hear tales of this frightening season - to get in touch with the Halloween 'spirits'.    Let's see if these tales can make you catch your breath!

SEPTEMBER

September 26, Suttons Bay 6:00 p.m.
"Artists After Hours." A collaboration of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology and Here:Say. Join us for informal storytelling circles and wine at a vineyard! Mawby Vineyards and Winery, 4519 Elm Valley Rd, Suttons Bay. karen@heresaystorytelling.comheresaystorytelling.com https://www.crosshatch.org/

September 26, Farmington Hills 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lost Voices is proud to present a benefit concert by singer-songwriter and humorist Don White, on stage with the Voice of Folk Music in Michigan, Matt Watroba, in the Smith Theater 27055 Orchard Lake Rd, on the campus of Oakland University This is a benefit concert for Lost Voices. Tickets $25 on line at: https://www.lostvoices.org/don-white-and-matt-watroba-thursday-september-26-2019/.

September 27, Sault Ste. Marie 8:00 p.m.
Sault Area Music Society presents their first house concert guest with Don White, singer song writer, humorist, storyteller from the east coast. Info available through this Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Sault-Area-Music-Society-2363273127282543/ PM me if you are interested in attending a concert at our home. All donations will be given to the artist for performing in SSM. http://www.donwhite.net/

September 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: Jatu Gray, 313-433-4249.  New members welcome.

September 29, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.  
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild monthly meeting: Ann Arbor District Library. 343 S. Fifth Ave., (3rd floor, free space room) Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories!  Listeners and tellers welcome.  More information:

OCTOBER

October 1, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets.

October 2, 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). Contact: Cliff Cook, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

October 3, Detroit 7:00 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
 The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St. 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

October 4-6; Jonesborough, TN
Corinne Stavish will be an emcee at the 47th Annual National Storytelling Festival. This year's lineup includes such favorites as Donald Davis, Josh Goforth, Bil Lepp, Barbara McBride-Smith, Andy Offutt Irvin, Minton Sparks, and Detroit's own Reverend Robert Jones. Brighton storyteller, Jeff Doyle will be featured at Exchange Place. https://www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/

October 5, Detroit 11:00 a.m.
Detroit Storytelling Festival-Workshop. The morning workshop is titled: “Storytelling…Not Just for Kids” is for anyone, novice or skilled of any age/profession with an interest in the art of storytelling. This highly interactive and fun presentation by Master Storyteller Mildred C. Matlock, PhD. will teach and demonstrate the key aspects of how to tell an engaging story. Detroit Public Library-Main Branch, 5201 Woodward. Free to the public.

October 5, Detroit 4:00 p.m.
Detroit Storytelling Festival. An afternoon storytelling concert: “Grown Folks Talkin’…HUSH!” Bring your funnybone and thinking caps as Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams unleashes an array of storytelling skills in an entertaining, educational and fun performance for the entire family. Detroit Public Library-Main Branch auditorium, 5201 Woodward, Detroit. Free to the public”

October 6, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m. 
“Kerry Tales:  Baa, Baa Black Sheep and Mother Goose”. Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2-hour program for young and old alike. Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue.   Free.  734-769-3115

October 7, Grand Rapids 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Kent County Library and StorySpinners of Grand Rapids invite you to “Fall Tales for an Adult Audience” – a mixture of personal tales, traditional tales, and music around the “campfire” Comstock Park Library 3943 W.River Dr. NE Free. For information, contact Gloria Cangelosi at storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

October 8, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

October 8, Novi 6:00 p.m. Doors Open, 7:00 p.m. stories begin
The fall season tempts us with cool nights, changing colors and comfort food. Come hear stories about the dishes that inspire us and the families that developed our palates. Michigan Beer Company, 42875 Grand River Ave. Tickets:$10 for general admission, $5 for students, and are available at https://tickets.hometownlife.com/e/hometown-life-storytellers-romance/.If you are interested in becoming a storyteller, go to storytellersproject.com/national/speak www.storytellersproject.com/national/speak/  select "Hometown Life" under the "Choose a city" tab and submit a story idea. 248.396.0706. ddean@hometownlife.com
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/267881900668026/ Tickets direct: https://tickets.hometownlife.com/e/hometown-life-storytellers-music/tickets For more information about the Hometown Life Storytellers Project visit the Hometown Life events Facebook page, call 248-396-0706 or email Content Strategist Dan Dean at ddean@hometownlife.com.

October 9 Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from September 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: Cliff Cook, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

October 10, 24, 31, Warren 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Do you want to become a storyteller? Do want to strengthen your storytelling skills? Do you want supportive coaching on the stories you tell? Now in its 31st year, join Judy Sima’s famed Parent-Tellers. Most Thursday mornings during the school year. We meet at Chatterton Middle School, 24333 Ryan Road (south of 10 Mile) Contact Judy if you wish to participate. 248-644-3951 Judy@JudySima.com . You don’t have to be a parent to attend.

October 10, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes visitors and new members to their meetings which gathers every 2nd Thursday of the month. We meet at Veteran's Memorial Library Founder’s Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com.


October 12, Ann Arbor 7:00 p.m.
StoryFest: The Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild presents StoryFest: for grown-ups.  Celebrate this ancient art form with us as we share stories to wow and woo you, amaze and amuse you, connect and convince you: for adults and teens 14 and older.  At Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd.  Tickets are $15.00 per person ($10.00 for students). www.annarborstorytelling.org or www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers


October 13, Ann Arbor 2:00-3:00 p.m.
StoryFest: Family Story Fun:  The Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild presents a Family Story Concert for kids 4 and older.  Bring the family for delightful stories to tickle your heart and make you smile.  Ann Arbor District Library, Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood Drive.  Event is free, Co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library www.annarborstorytelling.org or www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

October 14, Okemos 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler in Eastwood Town Center Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley, shirleyjane@comcast.net,

October 15, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets.

October 16-18, Jackson
Now in its 32nd year, Jackson Storyfest is set to begin Oct. 16 and culminate in the annual finale event at the Michigan Theatre 7:30 PM Oct. 18. This three-day event brings talented and famous storytellers to Jackson from the all over the Midwest and beyond. The following storytellers will be featured in schools all over Jackson County: Jean Bolley, Karen Bonnici, Trudy Bulkley (Mother Goose), Rosie Chapman, Eileen Delorenzo, Jeff Doyle, Gemini, Yvonne Healy, Lois Sprengneher Keel,  Gwendolyn Lewis, Tricia Kjohede, Adam Mellema, Robin Nott, Genot Picor, Laura Raynor, Barbara Schutzgruber ,Judy Sima, Corinne Stavish, The Storytellers, Dick Strader, Jenifer Strauss, Ivory Williams

October 16, Jackson 10 a.m.
The stories get started with preschool storytelling sessions. Families will gather to participate in preschool story sessions at the Carnegie Library. This event is open to the public, and all families are welcome to attend. Leading the children in a whimsical performance will be Karen Bonnici, a masterful storyteller and musician who combines her unique repertoire of tales and songs to teach, encourage, and tickle the funny bone.

October 17, Battle Creek 7:00 p.m.
Mosaic Storytelling Showcase: a community celebration of storytelling featuring local tellers telling personal stories based on “Detours” that have taken place in their lives. Tickets at door $5.00. Doors open at 6:30pm. Concessions available. First Congregational Church of Battle Creek, 145 Capital Avenue NE, Contact Dick Strader:dstrader40@yahoo.com or 269-274-1812.

October 17, Ferndale 7:30-9 p.m.
Go Comedy Improv Theater. Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. Storytelling beginners and veterans welcome. Adult content is permitted, and shows are sometimes not suitable for children. The theme for the following month is announced at the end of every show and posted  at https://www.facebook.com/LetsJustSayGoComedy/. Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. Lineups are set before the show; those who want to tell a story should email letsjustsay@gocomedy.net.  Previous shows can be viewed at our Youtube channel. Tickets are $10 at gocomedy.net or at the door.

October 17, Jackson 10:00 a.m.
Continuing the storytelling celebration will be “Gemini” – twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits – performing for the Jackson area’s older adults. Packaged especially for older adults, the “Silver Tales for the Young at Heart” is hosted at the Sharp Museum, 3225 Fourth St, and all are welcome.

October 17 and 18, Jackson
Thursday and Friday, school districts will welcome storytellers from all over Michigan into their classrooms to enlighten, inspire and bring to life tales from across time, history and cultures. Schools set to welcome storytellers include elementary, middle, and high schools from all over Jackson County.

October 18, Jackson 7:30 p.m.
As a final celebration of Storyfest, the Storytelling Finale is at the Michigan Theatre located at 124 N. Mechanic St. in Jackson. The show features humorist and premier storyteller Jeff Doyle, who will regale all participants with hilarious and sometimes spooky tales. Karen Bonnici will Emcee. This is a family event and all ages are welcome.
October 18, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:00 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, presents a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Five 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, For information, tickets, and video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

October 19, Detroit 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring your lunch, 12:30 stories begin followed by a workshop, 2:00 Business meeting. Detroit Redford Branch, 212 Grand River Ave. 313-481-1820. For more Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

October 21, Grand Rapids 6:30-8:30 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids welcome interested listeners to come listen and/or tell at the monthly meeting at Shawmut Hills School 2550 Burritt NW. For more information, contact Gloria Cangelosi at storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

October 21, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Point/Counterpoint."  Join Here:Say Storytelling as we have our first-ever evening of all tandem stories. Scheduled performers will take the stage to tell--in tandem--true, first-person tales about shared experiences that were experienced very differently. The Workshop Brewing Company.  Requested $7 donation at door.
221 Garland Street. karen@heresaystorytelling.com, facebook.com/heresaytcheresaystorytelling.com.

October 24, Grand Rapids 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Kent County Library and StorySpinners of Grand Rapids invite you to “Fall Tales for an Adult Audience” – a mixture of personal tales, traditional tales, and music around the “campfire” Grandville Library 4055 Maple St.. SW Free. For information, contact Gloria Cangelosi at storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

October 25, Grand Rapids, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Blandford Nature Center and StorySpinners of GR invite you to an evening of stories, spells, potions, animals, and more. “Wizards, Witches, and Owls” Blandford Nature Center 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW $5 members/$8 non Register at blandfordnaturecenter.org

October 26, 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: Jatu Gray, 313-433-4249.  New members welcome.

October 26, Beverly Hills 6:30 p.m.
24th Annual Halloween Hoot for kids of all ages at Beverly Park featuring Judy Sima and Mama Jarah Michelle McKinney. Wear a costume and enjoy a walk through the woods followed by delightfully frightful tales told under the park pavilion. Beverly Road, north of 13 Mile, west of Southfield Rd. For information: 248-644-7802.

October 26 Detroit, 7:00 p.m.
Join the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers as they celebrate their 30th anniversary with the DABS  Storytelling Festival, featuring storytellers: Mary Grant, Loretta Vitek, Vickie Slaughter, Cheryl Olden and Emcee Larry Castleberry, at the Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers Road. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com. 313-442-DABS.  Tickets $10 at the door (tickets are $15 for both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

October 26, White Lake 7 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers resurrect the almost annual Fright Night at Fisk Farm as a benefit for the White Lake Historical Society.  In the barn at Fisk Road just off Highland Road (M-59) the stories become scarier as the night goes on.  https://www.facebook.com/nocstories/   $2 per person or $5 per family.

October 27, Detroit 4:00 p. m.
Join the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers as they celebrate their 30th anniversary with the DABS Storytelling Festival, featuring storytellers: Jatu Gray, Vickie Slaughter, Chiquita Mckenzie, Pam Jones and Emcee Larry Castleberry, at the Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers Road. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com
313-442-DABS.  Tickets $10 at the door (tickets are $15 for both Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

October 27, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.       
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild monthly meeting: Ann Arbor District Library. 343 S. Fifth Ave., (3rd floor, free space room) Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories!  Listeners and tellers welcome.  More information: www.annarborstorytelling.org or www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers. Contact: Laura Lee Hayes, lauragami@provide.net. Meetings are free

NOVEMBER

November 2, Madison Heights 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Judy Sima presents her popular “Turning You Memories into Treasures.” Judy guides participants through a series of exercises to help bring cherished memories to life and capture family tales before they disappear. This free fun filled two- hour workshop is for adults who want to create stories to share with family, grandkids or a springboard for writing their memoirs. Madison Heights Public Library, 240 W, 13 Mile Rd. Contact Heather Hames to register. hhames@madison-hts.lib.mi.us; 248-588-7763.

November 2, Howell 8:25 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.
Karen Bonnici will present two different workshops; Storytelling Fun & Story Play and Clap It, Tap It, Sing It! as a part of the Community Sharing for Healthy Caring Conference sponsored by Child Connect for Family Success.  For more info call 517-548-9112, email cshcconference@aol.com, or visit www.childconnectmi.org The event takes place at Howell High School. The event takes place at Howell High School, 12003 W. Grand River.

November 3, Detroit 2:00 -3:00 p.m.
Storytelling and Story sharing featuring author, Mary Johnson Grant. Come and bring your family to enjoy engaging personal childhood stories about her memories of growing up. Detroit Main Library, CHILDREN’S LIBRARY, 5201 Woodward Ave. For information: (313)622 4315

November 4, Clinton Township 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
S.O.A.R. Society of Active Retirees Macomb presents Judy Sima as she presents “My Mother’s Voice” where she tells the story of her mother’s encounter with the Gestapo following Kristallnacht or the Night of the Broken Glass, her escape from Germany and adjustment to life in America. Following the stories participants are encouraged to share stories of their own parents. Macomb university Center on the Macomb Community College Center Campus, 44575 Garfield,  contact Nicolet Elert for information, registration and cost.586-286-2106, www.macomb.edu/soar     elertn15@macomb.edu,

November 6 Farmington Hills. 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
S.O.A.R. Society of Active Retirees Oakland presents “From Tots to Teens: Telling Stories to Children” with Judy Sima, as she takes you through Six Quick Steps to Storytelling Success. This hands-on-workshop will give you a template for creating, developing and remembering exciting tellable tales Judy will share storytelling secrets including how to use props, participation, song and other ways to get children actively involved in the story. Adat Shalom Synagogue, 29901 Middlebelt. 248-626-0296. Register on line at www.soarexplore.com. There is a fee for s.o.a.r. classes.
November 6, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales: “Mittens, Muffins and Mother Goose.” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2-hour program for young and old alike. Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue.   Free.  734-769-3115

November 5, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets.

November 7, 14, 21, Warren 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Do you want to become a storyteller? Do want to strengthen your storytelling skills? Do you want supportive coaching on the stories you tell? Now in its 31st year, join Judy Sima’s famed Parent-Tellers. Most Thursday mornings during the school year. We meet at Chatterton Middle School, 24333 Ryan Road (south of 10 Mile) Contact Judy if you wish to participate. 248-644-3951 Judy@JudySima.com . You don’t have to be a parent to attend.

November 7, Detroit 7:00 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
 The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St. 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

November 8, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Tellabration 2019: StorySpinners of Grand Rapids present a night of amazing stories: for adults and teens 14 and older. Blandford Nature Center 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW Tickets are $10 per person. www.storyspinners.org

November 13, Baldwin 6:00 p.m.
Retired Ranger Pete Griffin will be telling Forest Service stories from his career at the Lake County Historical Museum.  His career began on the Huron-Manistee NF in 1974.   915 N. Michigan Avenue..  Free.  More information: Jill Engleman (231) 898-6500, lakecountyhistory@hotmail.com

November 13 Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from September 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: Cliff Cook, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

November 14, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes visitors and new members to their meetings which gathers every 2nd Thursday of the month. We meet at Veteran's Memorial Library Founder’s Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com.

November 15, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:00 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Five 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, For information, tickets, and video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

November 16, Northville 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring your lunch, 12:30 stories begin followed by a workshop, 2:00 Business meeting. Northville Public Library, West Cady Street. 48-349-3020 For more Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

November 18, Okemos 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler in Eastwood Town Center Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley, shirleyjane@comcast.net

November 18, Grand Rapids 6:30-8:30 pm
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids: Monthly meeting featuring stories, education, and a treat. Come listen or share your favorite tale. Shawmut Hills School 2550 Burritt St. NW. www.storyspinners.org

November 18, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Hide and Seek."  Join Here:Say Storytelling as scheduled performers take the stage to tell true, first-person tales about times in their lives that they went in search of something that had disappearead. The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland Street. karen@heresaystorytelling.com, facebook.com/heresaytcheresaystorytelling.com. Requested $7 donation at door.

November 19, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets.

November 21, Ferndale 7:30-9 p.m.
Go Comedy Improv Theater. Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. Storytelling beginners and veterans welcome. Adult content is permitted, and shows are sometimes not suitable for children. The theme for the following month is announced at the end of every show and posted  at https://www.facebook.com/LetsJustSayGoComedy/. Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. Lineups are set before the show; those who want to tell a story should email letsjustsay@gocomedy.net.  Previous shows can be viewed at our Youtube channel. Tickets are $10 at gocomedy.net or at the door

November 23, Detroit 10 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: Jatu Gray, 313-433-4249.  New members welcome

November 24, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild Monthly meetings - Ann Arbor District Library – 343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 - 3rd floor freespace room. Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Meetings are free. More information: annarborstorytelling.org or facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

DECEMBER

December 1, Ann Arbor 2:009.m/
“Kerry Tales: “Be Nimble with Mother Goose.” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2-hour program for young and old alike. Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue.   Free.  734-769-3115

December 3, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets.

December 4, 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). Contact: Cliff Cook, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

December 5,12, Warren 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Do you want to become a storyteller? Do want to strengthen your storytelling skills? Do you want supportive coaching on the stories you tell? Now in its 31st year, join Judy Sima’s famed Parent-Tellers. Most Thursday mornings during the school year. We meet at Chatterton Middle School, 24333 Ryan Road (south of 10 Mile) Contact Judy if you wish to participate. 248-644-3951 Judy@JudySima.com . You don’t have to be a parent to attend.

December 5, Detroit 7:00 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
 The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St. 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

December 7, Romeo 9:00 a.m.
Karen Bonnici will share holiday songs and stories as a part of the Breakfast with Santa event sponsored by the Romeo, Washington, Bruce Parks and Recreation program. Romeo Masonic Lodge, 231 N Main St. For more information call: 586-752-6543 or visit rwbparksrec.org.

December 11, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from September 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: Cliff Cook, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

December 12, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Night: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room. Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members host a lively program of stories for grownups. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper, all available for purchase, while listening to the old tales and personal stories as well. Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S Main. Free but donations accepted. Info: annarborstorytelling.org or facebook.com/annarborstorytellers
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes visitors and new members to their meetings which gathers every 2nd Thursday of the month. We meet at Veteran's Memorial Library Founder’s Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com.

December 16, Grand Rapids 6:30-8:30 pm
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids: Monthly meeting featuring stories, education, and a treat. Come listen or share your favorite tale. Shawmut Hills School 2550 Burritt St. NW. www.storyspinners.org

December 16, Okemos 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler in Eastwood Town Center Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley, shirleyjane@comcast.net

December 17, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

December 19 Ferndale 7:30-9 p.m.
Go Comedy Improv Theater. Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. Storytelling beginners and veterans welcome. Adult content is permitted, and shows are sometimes not suitable for children. The theme for the following month is announced at the end of every show and posted  at https://www.facebook.com/LetsJustSayGoComedy/. Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. Lineups are set before the show; those who want to tell a story should email letsjustsay@gocomedy.net.  Previous shows can be viewed at our Youtube channel. Tickets are $10 at gocomedy.net or at the door


December 20, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:00 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Five 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, For information, tickets, and video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

December 21, Berkley 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring your lunch, 12:30 stories begin followed by holiday impromptu stories, 2:00 Business meeting. Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge Hwy, 248-658-3440. For more Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

December 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: Jatu Gray, 313-433-4249.  New members welcome


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September 2019


Fall back into storytelling! Your favorite storytelling groups and guilds have set their September meetings dates. Check out the locations near you. Enjoy!

August 29, Grand Rapids 7:00 p.m.
"Beer Me."  Here:Say is headed downstate! Join us as scheduled performers take the mic to tell true, first-person stories of moments in their lives that beer played a starring role. 7 Monks Grand Rapids, 740 Michigan St NEkaren@heresaystorytelling.comheresaystorytelling.com.

August 30, Royal Oak 4:30 p.m.
Arts Beats & Eats, a festival that celebrates the quality of life in Oakland County by offering a culturally unique presentation of artists, musicians and a highly interactive and fun storytelling presentation by Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams at the Kidz Stage. Free on Friday.

SEPTEMBER

September 1, Royal Oak 1:20 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Arts Beats & Eats, a festival that celebrates the quality of life in Oakland County by offering a culturally unique presentation of artists, musicians and a highly interactive and fun storytelling presentation by Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams at the Kidz Stage. $3.00 www.artsbeatseats.com

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

September 2, Royal Oak 1:20 p.m. and 3:00 p.m.
Arts Beats & Eats, a festival that celebrates the quality of life in Oakland County by offering a culturally unique presentation of artists, musicians and a highly interactive storytelling with storyteller, Judy Sima at the Kidz Stage. $3 admission before 5:00. artsbeatseats.com/

September 3, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open,  7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets.

September 5, Detroit 7:00 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
 The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St. 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

September 7, Howell 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Howell Opera House presents “The Final Frontier” storytelling with Jeff Doyle and Lou Ann Homan from Angola, Indiana. Please join us for an evening of adult storytelling as Jeff celebrates the release of his latest CD," The Cadillac Enterprise". The concert promises to be a mix of new stories and perennial audience favorites. Jeff filled the Opera House with laughter last year as he and storyteller Ingrid Nixon performed the "Lost Diaries of Eve and Adam". Audiences howled with delight, and this year's concert promises to be just as entertaining. Don't miss it! 123 W.
Grand River. www.howelloperahouse.com  Tickets $15.

September 7, Elk Rapids 9:00 -11:00 p.m.
Bring a story, poem or song to celebrate Stone Circle’ s 36th summer of gatherings around a fire in a unique outdoor setting. Hosted by poet bard, Terry Wooten. Sit under a canopy of stars perched on a boulder, or bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the ever-changing variety of entertainment that is woven throughout the evening. Regular admission is $5/adults, $3/kids. Stone Circle is located 10 miles north of Elk Rapids on Stone Circle Drive off U.S. 31. From the north - five miles south of Eastport. Info: stonecir@aol.com or 231-264-9467 or terry-wooten.com.

September 8, Detroit 12:00-4:00 p.m.
Detroit Historical Society hosts Grandparents’ Day, a multigenerational experience that highlights Detroit history/culture at the Detroit Historical  Museum. 5401 Woodward. Featuring storytellers, Janice Burnett, Mary Grant, Gwendolyn Lewis, Cheryl Olden, Sheryl Pryor and Judy Sima. For information contact Bree Boettner,
313-833-1419 breeb@detroithistorical.org, www.detroithistorical.org. The event is free and open to the public.

September 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: Cliff Cook, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com..

September 12, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes visitors and new members to their meetings which gathers every 2nd Thursday of the month. We meet at Veteran's Memorial Library Founder’s Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com.

September 12, 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members host a lively program of stories for grownups. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper, all available for purchase, while listening to folk tales fractured fairy tales and personal stories as well. Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S Main. Free but donations accepted. Story Night is now a quarterly event, so mark your calendars!

September 14-15, Muskegon, all day
Michigan Irish Music Festival, celebrating Irish music, dance and culture. Author and storyteller David McDonnell will some of his favorite stories at two sets, one Saturday and one Sunday. Check festival schedule for times. The festival is at Muskegon’s Heritage Landing Check at michiganirish.org/ for festival information. David may be reached at clandonnell@gmail.com or www.clandonnell.net/. Tickets required for festival, but no separate cost for storytelling

September 16, Okemos 7:00-9:00 p.m.  
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in the Meridian Mall, 1982 Grand River. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley, shirleyjane@comcast.net,

September 17, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website for theme and to order tickets.

September 19, Ferndale 7:30-9 p.m.
Go Comedy Improv Theater.  Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. September’s theme is “Lost and Found.” Storytelling beginners and veterans are welcome. Adult content is permitted, and shows are sometimes not suitable for children. The theme for the following month is announced at the end of every show and posted at https://www.facebook.com/LetsJustSayGoComedy/.Lineups are set before the show; those who want to tell a story should email letsjustsay@gocomedy.net.  Previous shows can be viewed at our Youtube channel. Tickets are $10 at gocomedy.net or at the door.  

September 20, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open,  7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

September 20, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:00 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Five 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, For information, tickets, and video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

September 21, Farmington Hills 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring your lunch, 12:30 stories begin followed by a workshop, 2:00 Business meeting. Farmington Community Library, 32737 W 12 Mile Road, 248-553030. For more Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

Sept. 23, Grand Rapids 6:30-8:30 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids: Monthly meeting featuring stories, education, and a treat. Come listen or share your favorite tale.Shawmut Hills School 2550 Burritt St. NW. www.storyspinners.org

September 26, Suttons Bay 6:00 p.m.
"Artists After Hours." A collaboration of Crosshatch Center for Art & Ecology and Here:Say. Join us for informal storytelling circles and wine at a vineyard! Mawby Vineyards and Winery, 4519 Elm Valley Rd, Suttons Bay. karen@heresaystorytelling.comheresaystorytelling.com https://www.crosshatch.org/

September 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: Jatu Gray, 313-433-4249.  New members welcome.

September 29, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.  
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild monthly meeting: Ann Arbor District Library. 343 S. Fifth Ave., (3rd floor, free space room) Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories!  Listeners and tellers welcome.  More information:

OCTOBER

October 1, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets.

October 2, 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). Contact: Cliff Cook, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

October 3, Detroit 7:00 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
 The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St. 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

October 4-6; Jonesborough, TN
Corinne Stavish will be an emcee at the 47th Annual National Storytelling Festival. This year's lineup includes such favorites as Donald Davis, Josh Goforth, Bil Lepp, Barbara McBride-Smith, Andy Offutt Irvin, Minton Sparks, and Detroit's own Reverend Robert Jones. Brighton storyteller, Jeff Doyle will be featured at Exchange Place. https://www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/

October 5, Detroit 11:00 a.m.
Detroit Storytelling Festival-Workshop. The morning workshop is titled: “Storytelling…Not Just for Kids” is for anyone, novice or skilled of any age/profession with an interest in the art of storytelling. This highly interactive and fun presentation by Master Storyteller Mildred C. Matlock, PhD. will teach and demonstrate the key aspects of how to tell an engaging story. Detroit Public Library-Main Branch, 5201 Woodward. Free to the public.

October 5, Detroit 4:00 p.m.
Detroit Storytelling Festival. An afternoon storytelling concert: “Grown Folks Talkin’…HUSH!” Bring your funnybone and thinking caps as Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams unleashes an array of storytelling skills in an entertaining, educational and fun performance for the entire family. Detroit Public Library-Main Branch auditorium, 5201 Woodward, Detroit. Free to the public”

October 6, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Baa, Baa Black Sheep and Mother Goose”. Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2-hour program for young and old alike. Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue.   Free.  734-769-3115

October 7, Grand Rapids 6:30-7:30 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids are featured at a Fall Night of Tales for Adults. Comstock Park Library 3943 W. River
Dr. Comstock Park. www.storyspinners.org   

October 8, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

October 8, Novi 6:00 p.m. Doors Open, 7:00 p.m. stories begin
The fall season tempts us with cool nights, changing colors and comfort food. Come hear stories about the dishes that inspire us and the families that developed our palates. Michigan Beer Company, 42875 Grand River Ave. Tickets:$10 for general admission, $5 for students, and are available at https://tickets.hometownlife.com/e/hometown-life-storytellers-romance/.If you are interested in becoming a storyteller, go to storytellersproject.com/national/speak www.storytellersproject.com/national/speak/  select "Hometown Life" under the "Choose a city" tab and submit a story idea. 248.396.0706. ddean@hometownlife.com
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/267881900668026/ Tickets direct: https://tickets.hometownlife.com/e/hometown-life-storytellers-music/tickets For more information about the Hometown Life Storytellers Project visit the Hometown Life events Facebook page, call 248-396-0706 or email Content Strategist Dan Dean at ddean@hometownlife.com.

October 9 Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from September 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: Cliff Cook, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

October 10, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes visitors and new members to their meetings which gathers every 2nd Thursday of the month. We meet at Veteran's Memorial Library Founder’s Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com.


October 12, Ann Arbor 7:00 p.m.
StoryFest: The Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild presents StoryFest: for grown-ups.  Celebrate this ancient art form with us as we share stories to wow and woo you, amaze and amuse you, connect and convince you: for adults and teens 14 and older.  At Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 W. Stadium Blvd.  Tickets are $15.00 per person ($10.00 for students). www.annarborstorytelling.org or www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

October 13, Ann Arbor 2:00-3:00 p.m.
StoryFest: Family Story Fun:  The Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild presents a Family Story Concert for kids 4 and older.  Bring the family for delightful stories to tickle your heart and make you smile.  Ann Arbor District Library, Traverwood Branch, 3333 Traverwood Drive.  Event is free, Co-sponsored by the Ann Arbor District Library www.annarborstorytelling.org or www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

October 14, Okemos 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler in Eastwood Town Center Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley, shirleyjane@comcast.net,

October 15, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets.

October 16-18, Jackson
Now in its 32nd year, Jackson Storyfest is set to begin Oct. 16 and culminate in the annual finale event at the Michigan Theatre 7:30 PM Oct. 18. This three-day event brings talented and famous storytellers to Jackson from the all over the Midwest and beyond. The following storytellers will be featured in schools all over Jackson County: Jean Bolley, Karen Bonnici, Trudy Bulkley (Mother Goose), Rosie Chapman, Eileen Delorenzo, Jeff Doyle, Gemini, Yvonne Healy, Tricia Kjohede, Adam Mellema, Robin Nott, Genot Picor, Laura Raynor, Barbara Schutzgruber ,Judy Sima, Corinne Stavish, The Storytellers, Dick Strader, Jenifer Strauss, Ivory Williams

October 16, Jackson 10 a.m.
The stories get started with preschool storytelling sessions. Families will gather to participate in preschool story sessions at the Carnegie Library. This event is open to the public, and all families are welcome to attend. Leading the children in a whimsical performance will be Karen Bonnici, a masterful storyteller and musician who combines her unique repertoire of tales and songs to teach, encourage, and tickle the funny bone.

October 17, Jackson 10:00 a.m.
Continuing the storytelling celebration will be “Gemini” – twin brothers San and Laz Slomovits – performing for the Jackson area’s older adults. Packaged especially for older adults, the “Silver Tales for the Young at Heart” is hosted at the Sharp Museum, 3225 Fourth St, and all are welcome.

October 17 and 18, Jackson
Thursday and Friday, school districts will welcome storytellers from all over Michigan into their classrooms to enlighten, inspire and bring to life tales from across time, history and cultures. Schools set to welcome storytellers include elementary, middle, and high schools from all over Jackson County.

October 17, Ferndale 7:30-9 p.m.
Go Comedy Improv Theater.  Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. October’s theme is “Ghost Stories.” Storytelling beginners and veterans welcome. Adult content is permitted, and shows are sometimes not suitable for children. The theme for the following month is announced at the end of every show and posted at https://www.facebook.com/LetsJustSayGoComedy/.Lineups are set before the show; those who want to tell a story should email letsjustsay@gocomedy.net.  Previous shows can be viewed at our Youtube channel. Tickets are $10 at gocomedy.net or at the door.

October 17, Battle Creek 7:00 p.m.
Mosaic Storytelling Showcase: a community celebration of storytelling featuring local tellers telling personal stories based on “Detours” that have taken place in their lives. Tickets at door $5.00. Doors open at 6:30pm. Concessions available. First Congregational Church of Battle Creek, 145 Capital Avenue NE, Contact Dick Strader:dstrader40@yahoo.com or 269-274-1812.

October 17, Ferndale 7:30-9 p.m.
Go Comedy Improv Theater’s monthly storytelling takes place every third Thursday of the month at 7:30 p.m. Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. Storytelling beginners and veterans welcome. Though this is normally a comedy venue, stories don’t have to be funny (though funny stories are, of course, incredibly welcome). Adult content is permitted, and shows are sometimes not suitable for children. The theme for the following month is announced at the end of every show and posted at https://www.facebook.com/LetsJustSayGoComedy/.Lineups are set before the show; those who want to tell a story should email letsjustsay@gocomedy.net.  Previous shows can be viewed at our Youtube channel. Tickets are $10 at gocomedy.net or at the door.

October 18, Jackson 7:30 p.m.
As a final celebration of Storyfest, the Storytelling Finale is at the Michigan Theatre located at 124 N. Mechanic St. in Jackson. The show features humorist and premier storyteller Jeff Doyle, who will regale all participants with hilarious and sometimes spooky tales. This is a family event and all ages are welcome.

October 18, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:00 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Five 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, For information, tickets, and video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

October 19, Detroit 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring your lunch, 12:30 stories begin followed by a workshop, 2:00 Business meeting. Detroit Redford Branch, 212 Grand River Ave. 313-481-1820. For more Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

October 21, Grand Rapids 6:30-8:30 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids: Monthly meeting featuring stories, education, and a treat. Come listen or share your favorite tale. Shawmut Hills School 2550 Burritt St. NW GR. www.storyspinners.org

October 21, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Point/Counterpoint."  Join Here:Say Storytelling as we have our first-ever evening of all tandem stories. Scheduled performers will take the stage to tell--in tandem--true, first-person tales about shared experiences that were experienced very differently. The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland Streetkaren@heresaystorytelling.comfacebook.com/heresaytcheresaystorytelling.com. Requested $7 donation at door.

October 24, Grand Rapids 6:30-7:30 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids are featured at a Fall Night of Tales for Adults. Grandville Library 4055 Maple St. SW Grandvillle 49418 www.storyspinners.org 

October 26, 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: Jatu Gray, 313-433-4249.  New members welcome.

October 26, Beverly Hills 6:30pm
24th Annual Halloween Hoot for kids of all ages at Beverly Park featuring Judy Sima and Mama Jarah Michelle McKinney Wear a costume and enjoy a walk through the woods followed by delightfully frightful tales told under the
park pavilion. Beverly Road, north of 13 mile, west of Southfield Rd. For information: 248-644-7802.

October 27, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.       
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild monthly meeting: Ann Arbor District Library. 343 S. Fifth Ave., (3rd floor, free space room) Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories!  Listeners and tellers welcome.  More information: www.annarborstorytelling.org or www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers. Contact: Laura Lee Hayes, lauragami@provide.net. Meetings are free

NOVEMBER

November 2, Madison Heights 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Judy Sima presents her popular “Turning You Memories into Treasures.” Judy guides participants through a series of exercises to help bring cherished memories to life and capture family tales before they disappear. This free fun filled two- hour workshop is for adults who want to create stories to share with family, grandkids or a springboard for writing their memoirs. Madison Heights Public Library, 240 W, 13 Mile Rd. Contact Heather Hames to register. hhames@madison-hts.lib.mi.us; 248-588-7763.

November 6, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales: “Mittens, Muffins and Mother Goose.” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2-hour program for young and old alike. Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue.   Free.  734-769-3115

November 5, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets.

November 7, Detroit 7:00 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
 The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St. 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.
November 8, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:30 p.m.
Tellabration 2019: StorySpinners of Grand Rapids present a night of amazing stories: for adults and teens 14 and older. Blandford Nature Center 1715 Hillburn Ave. NW Tickets are $10 per person. www.storyspinners.org

November 13 Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from September 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: Cliff Cook, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

November 14, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
 Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes visitors and new members to their meetings which gathers every 2nd Thursday of the month. We meet at Veteran's Memorial Library Founder’s Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com.

November 15, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:00 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Five 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, For information, tickets, and video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

November 16, Detroit 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring your lunch, 12:30 stories begin followed by a workshop, 2:00 Business meeting. Northville Public Library, West Cady Street. 48-349-3020 For more Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

November 18, Okemos 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler in Eastwood Town Center Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley, shirleyjane@comcast.net,

November 18, Grand Rapids 6:30-8:30 pm
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids: Monthly meeting featuring stories, education, and a treat. Come listen or share your favorite tale. Shawmut Hills School 2550 Burritt St. NW. www.storyspinners.org

November 18, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Hide and Seek."  Join Here:Say Storytelling as scheduled performers take the stage to tell true, first-person tales about times in their lives that they went in search of something that had disappearead. The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland Streetkaren@heresaystorytelling.comfacebook.com/heresaytcheresaystorytelling.com. Requested $7 donation at door.

November 19, Grand Rapids 6:30-8:30 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids welcomes new members to come tell and learn at the monthly meeting at Shawmut Hills, 2550 Burritt. For more information, contact Gloria Cangelosi at storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

November 19, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at Zingerman's Greyline, 100 N. Ashley St. 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets.

November 21, Ferndale 7:30-9 p.m.
Go Comedy Improv Theater.  Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. Storytelling beginners and veterans welcome. Adult content is permitted, and shows are sometimes not suitable for children. The theme for the following month is announced at the end of every show and posted at https://www.facebook.com/LetsJustSayGoComedy/.Lineups are set before the show; those who want to tell a story should email letsjustsay@gocomedy.net.  Previous shows can be viewed at our Youtube channel. Tickets are $10 at gocomedy.net or at the door.

November 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: Jatu Gray, 313-433-4249.  New members welcome

November 24, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild Monthly meetings - Ann Arbor District Library – 343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 - 3rd floor freespace room. Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Meetings are free. More information: annarborstorytelling.org or facebook.com/annarborstorytellers
 

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