January 31, 2017

February 2017



* 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.
 

February 1, 2017

HIGHLIGHTS
 

Take your valentine to a storytelling event this month.

FEBRUARY


February 1, Detroit 12:30 –2:00 p.m.
The Marygrove College Community Invites You to Attend Black History Month 2017 Opening Program, Alumni Hall, We with Keynote Speaker Judge Terrence G. Berg. Opening Program features Marygrove Students, Detroit Association of Black Storytellers Drumming Troupe, a Historical presentation, Song & Community Fellowship
 

February 2, 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. This month’s theme is: Love Hurts.

February 3 and 4 Kalamazoo  
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates their 5th Annual Storytelling Festival, “Searching for Peace!”  Storytellers from across the United States will come together to explore unity, equality, diversity, and inclusion for all.  This two-day festival starts with Art Hop Friday night, February 3.  Poet Terry Wooten opens the festival at 6 p.m. Visual artist and speed painter Martina Hahn joins Joe Reilly in concert at 7 p.m. A variety of Martina’s paintings will also be on display and for sale. Michigan author Patricia Polacco opens up the festival Saturday, February 4, at 10 a.m., followed by Adam Mellema, Mark Binder, Tim Cusack, Noa Baum, Sidney Ellis and son, and Judy Sima at the top of every hour till 4 p.m.  Authors, educators, and visual artists fill the vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wizards of Pop exhibit on our first floor features pop-up books from Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart.  African-American story quilts fill the third floor traveling exhibit space in And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations, showing the history of the civil rights movement in stitches. 230 North Rose Street. Museum admission, vendor fair, and Storytelling Festival are all FREE
http://kvm.kvcc.edu/plan/storytelling.html

February 7, Detroit 5:00 p.m.
"Stories Told With A Purpose- African American Tales Come Alive". Interactive storyteller, Gwendolyn Lewis, shares music, songs and stories to families and friends at the Elmwood Library, 550 Chene St.  You may contact the library at 313-877-8014 for additional information.

February 12, Brooklyn, NY 6:30 p.m.
Yvonne Healy joins NY tellers at Brady House Concerts
http://BADYHouseStorytellingConcert.com

February 7, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings.. 
or contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for meeting location.

February 7, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open,  7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam – new venue: Ann Arbor Distillery 220 Felch 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 “Bouncing Baks” Check website to confirm listing and purchase tickets.

February 8, Shelby Township 7:00 p.m. 

Lois Sprengnether Keel brings Liberetta Lerich Green to life with stories of growing up on her family's Underground Railroad Station, the Civil War, and beyond in the local area.  Shelby Township Library, 51680 Van Dyke.  Free admission, for info contact: 586-739-7414

February 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

February 9, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Night in Crazy Wisdom Tea Room.  Come, lend an ear to tales old and new, during an evening of stories for grownups., 114 South Main Street.  Enjoy delicious desserts, exotic teas, or a light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info: 
www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org. Free but donations are accepted. Contact Susanne Zoumbaris, 734-997-5388. Zoumbaris_Susann@comcast.net.

February 12, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
January 8 – Kerry Tales:  “Snow Blows 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, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

February 17, Ann Arbor 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Tellabration! Schoolfolk and the Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild have told stories at Tellabration, a national event celebrating the power of stories, for the past 25 years. Join them for this anniversary as they present lively and colorful stories for adults and teens (grades 6 and up) at the Ann Arbor Downtow Library, 343 S 5th Ave,
734) 327-4200. http://www.aadl.org 

February 17, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:00 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "Global Love Stories" 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, Detroit, MI 48201. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: 
www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

February 18, 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 stories and workshop (Crafting Personal Storie), 2:30 Business meeting) Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge Hwy.(Between 11 & 12 Mile Roads) Information:
Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

February 20, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email
bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com

February 20, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
Here:Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit
heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're interested in performing at an upcoming show.

February 21, Hartland 6:30 p.m.
Come listen to stories from members of your community on the theme 'Luck and Coincidence.' Participate by contributing your own tale. Stories must be true, first-person, and no more than 5 minutes long. The evening's festivities will be facilitated by Laura Hayes of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.  Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road.  Free admission, please register.  Contact 810-632-5200.

February 21, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information 
storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

February 21, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Info. Joe Remenar
jremenar66@yahoo.com

February 24, Flint 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Flint Public Library presents: “Father’s Daze,” a delightful view of the world through the eyes of three Dads who just happen to be highly accomplished humorists/storytellers/performers.  Bil Lepp, Bill Harley, and Don White join forces to take you on a wild journey of love and laughter through the Dad experience.  Storytelling at its best 1026  E Kearsley St. 
http://fpl.info/  Event is free.

February 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: Amy Jackson 313-567-5949.  New members welcome.

February 25, Detroit 12:00 p.m.
The annual and always fun “African American History Family Day” at the Detroit Historical Museum. Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams displays his trademark wit, wisdom and humor with an array of stories to the delight of youth and adults alike. Detroit Historical Museum auditorium, 5401 Woodward. Free admission, for info contact: 313-833-1801

February 25, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

“Sip by Q” wine tasting and storytelling event at the Northwest Activity Center 18500 Meyers-First Floor,Tickets: $19.00 - purchase from Chiquita or Tone Ross, WSPbyQ@gmail.com  or rossanthony27@yahoo.com
**MUST be 21 Years of Age to Purchase Ticket and Attend, ** Limited Seating


February 25, Ann Arbor 7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss this year’s annual Storytelling Festival at The Ark presents: “Fathers Daze” a delightful view of the world through the eyes of three Dads who just happen to be highly accomplished humorists/storytellers/performers.  Bil Lepp, Bill Harley, and Don White join forces to take you on a wild journey of love and laughter through the Dad experience. With emcee Barbara Schutzgruber. 316 South Main Street. Tickets $20.
www.theark.org

February 25 & 26, Detroit 2:00 p.m.
Detroit Institute of Arts presents storytelling with La’Ron Williams. Through music and audience participation, La’Ron Williams invites you to explore folk tales of the African and African-American traditions as well as stories from his own life experiences that teach important lessons about self-esteem, self-reliance and perseverance. DIA Revera Court.
www.dia.org

February 26, Ann Arbor 1:00 p.m.
Storytelling for Kids featuring Don White, Bil Lepp and Bill Harleywith Emcee Barbara Schutzgruber. Ticket $10. 316 South Main Street.
www.theark.org

February 26, Detroit, Doors open 11 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. story begins
Enjoy a winter afternoon of cultural storytelling by Author Educator, Storyteller Mary J. Grant and “Spoken Word” by Detroit’s Youth at Detroit Book City’s African-American Family Book Expo at the Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers. Meet local Black authors, buy ‘discount’ autographed books and enjoy a host of family, fun entertainment including kid zone.  Free Admission – Open to Public. 
www.detroitbookcity.com  For info contact: 248-667-6449

February 26,  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. Meetings are free.

MARCH

March 2, 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. This month’s theme is: “Wonders.”

March 3-5, Potosi, MO
Riverwind Storytellers present their annual storytelling event at Trout Lodge, featuring two three-hour workshops by Judy Sima: “Capturing the ‘Story’ Behind the Facts” and “Seven Slick Steps to Spruce Up Stories.” For information contact:
lynnebeetner@yahoo.com www.marilynkinsella.org/Riverwind. Registration $100.

March 5, 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. Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue.   Free.  734-769-3115

March 7, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m. p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for location and more information
http://www.NorthOaklandCountyStorytellers.org>

March 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

March 9, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Night in Crazy Wisdom Tea Room.  Come, lend an ear to tales old and new, during an evening of stories for grownups. 114 South Main Street.  Enjoy delicious desserts, exotic teas, or a light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Free but donations are accepted. Contact Susanne Zoumbaris, 734-997-5388.
Zoumbaris_Susann@comcast.net. Info:  www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org.

March 10-12, Denton, TX.
Yvonne Healy is a featured teller at the Texas Storytelling Festival
http://tejasstorytelling.com

March 16, Ann Arbor 7:00 p.m.
The Ann Arbor Storytelling Guild presents a CD release party with Yvonne Healy, Jane Fink, Beverly Black, Jennifer Otto, Lyn Davidge, Steve Daut, Leif Larsen, Lorelle Otis, Jill Halpern, Derryl Mickens, Laura Lee Hayes, Patti Smith, Gertrude Warkentin, Glen Modell,  from the newly released “Tellabration! Live”, Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave.,
http://aadl.org

March 16, Oak Park, 6:00 p.m.
"Plant A Seed... Read!! After Storytelling...Then What?" Gwendolyn Lewis, author and former librarian, will share techniques parents may use to motivate their children to read. Bring your child so you as a team may grow together.
The free make-and take-workshop will be held at Oak Park Public Library 14200 Oak Park Blvd. The contact number is
 248-691-7480 for reservations.

March 17, 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 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, Detroit, MI 48201. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: 
www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

March 18, Jackson 1:00  p.m.
Jackson Main Library & Jackson Symphony Orchestra present music with stories by Yvonne Healy
http://myjdl.org

March 18, 12:00-3:00 p.m. Location to be determined
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 stories and workshop: “Why Mentoring Other Storyellers Matter,” 2:30 Business meeting. Plymouth Public Library, 223 S. Main St., (Between Church St. & Penniman Ave.) For information and location contact
Judy@JudySima.com  or call: 248-644-3951.www.DetroitStorytelling.org

March 20, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email
bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com 

March 20, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
Here:Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit
heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're interested in performing at an upcoming show.

March 21, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University.  Info. Joe Remenar
jremenar66@yahoo.com

March 21, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information 
storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

March 22, Farmington Hills 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Take a journey with Judy Sima as she shares stories of her mother, Elsa Mosbach. The compelling story of her 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. Following the story participants are encouraged to tell stories about their own parents using a series of “Conversation Starters.” Farmington Community, 32737 W. 12 Mile Rd. Event is free - Contact: Judy Donlin 248-553-6871 to register.
http://www.farmlib.org/

March 24, Ann Arbor 1:00–4:00 p.m.
Award winning storyteller and puppeteer Willy Claflin will present “Puppets Tell Stories”, an interactive workshop, at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South Fifth Avenue. Free admission, for info contact Laura Pershin Raynor at raynorl@aadl.org or 734-327-4226.


March 25, Ann Arbor 11:00-11:45 a.m.
Stories with Willy Claflin and Maynard Moose, a family program, at the downtown Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South Fifth Avenue. Free admission, for info contact Laura Pershin Raynor at raynorl@aadl.org or 734-327-4226.
http://www.aadl.org/node/343964

March 25, Livonia 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Detroit Story League presents its 7th annual: "Once Upon a Time" storytelling concert for children ages 4-10 featuring our special guests,  Audrey and Bob Allison “The Storytellers,” with stories, music and audience participation. 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


March 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: Amy Jackson 313-567-5949.  New members welcome.

March 26, 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. Meetings are free.

APRIL

April 2, Detroit 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.
Fourth annual Storytellers Festival at the Detroit Historical Museum featuring representatives from several of Detroit’s ethnic communities sharing their heritage through storytelling and traditional song and dance, highlighting their customs and unique storytelling traditions. Storyteller, Judy Sima, will represent the Detroit Story League, telling “My Mother’s Voice,” the story of her mother’s escape from Germany during WWII. 5401 Woodward.
http://detroithistorical.org/detroit-historical-museum.  313-833-1805. Admission to the Museum is free.

April 2, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
 “Kerry Tales:  Splash in Puddles 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

April 4, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for location and more information
http://www.NorthOaklandCountyStorytellers.org>

April 6, 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. This month’s theme is: “Fresh”

April 11, Novi 7:00 p.m.
Join Karen Czarnik for an interactive and fun storytelling & music program to celebrate National Library Month. Novi Public Library, 45255 West Ten Mile Road. Contact is Kathleen Alberga - Phone 248-869-7226

April 12, 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 13, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“Story Night”: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.
Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper, all available for purchase, while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members.  Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S Main. Free but donations accepted. Contact Susanne Zoumbaris, 734-997-5388.
Zoumbaris_Susann@comcast.net. www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org.

April 15, 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 stories and Annual Meeting, 2:30 Business meeting. Timothy Lutheran Church, 8820 Wayne (Between  Joy Rd. and Ann Arbor Trail) Information:
Judy@JudySima.com  or call: 248-644-3951.www.DetroitStorytelling.org

April 17, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email
bolleyj@hotmail.com and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com 

April 17, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
Here:Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit
heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're interested in performing at an upcoming show.

April 18, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Info. Joe Remenar
jremenar66@yahoo.com

April 18, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information 
storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

April 21, 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 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 Info, Tickets & Video visit: 
www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

April 22, 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: Amy Jackson 313-567-5949.  New members welcome.

April 23, 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 Susanne Zoumbaris, 734-997-5388. Zoumbaris_Susann@comcast.net. Meetings are free.

April 27-30, Lake Geneva, WI

Northlands Storytelling Confabulation, presents storytelling concerts and workshops by the best in the Midwest and all Coasts, including Michigan tellers Yvonne Healy, Jean Bolly, Barbara Schutzgruber, Jeff Doyle, Judy Sima, Jennifer Otto and more http://northlands.net
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January 2017



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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.
 

January 2017

 HIGHLIGHTS



Happy New Year! May the coming year bring you many blessings, fabulous stories, happy times and success in all you endeavor.
         
JANUARY

January 2, Kalamazoo Noon-1:00 p.m.
Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents “Stories Galore” as part of Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s “Holiday Break,” a highly interactive and fun storytelling presentation on the campus of Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
6767 W O Avenue. Free admission, for info contact: 269-373-7955

January 2, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
May-Nov Fisk Farm North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. or contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for meeting location.

January 3, Hartland 6:30 pm
Come listen to stories from members of your community on the theme 'New Beginnings.' Participate by contributing your own tale. Stories must be true, first-person, and no more than 5 minutes long. The evening's festivities will be facilitated by Beverly Black of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.  Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road.  Free admission, please register.  Contact 810-632-5200.

January 3, Ann Arbor 6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
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 “Voyage.”

January 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. This month’s theme is: “Voyage.”

January 8, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
January 8 – “Kerry Tales:  ‘Happy New Year’ says 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, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

January 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

January 12,  Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“Story Night”: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room.
Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper, all available for purchase, while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S Main. Free but donations accepted. www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org.

January 14, Detroit 2:00 p.m.
Interactive storyteller, Gwendolyn Lewis, will share "The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Through the Eyes of Coretta Scott King" at the Conely Public Library. The location is 4600 Martin St. For additional information you may contact the library at 313-481-1590.

January 16, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com

January 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 $8 at the door. This month’s theme “” Check website to confirm listing.

January 17, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information  storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

January 20, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "Mothers" 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, Detroit, MI 48201. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

January 21, Livonia 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 stories and workshop (Judy Sima – “Crafting Personal Stories”), 2:30 Business meeting. Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Road (between Farmington and Merriman) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

January 22, 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. Meetings are free.

January 23, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Passport." Here: Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're interested in performing at an upcoming show.

January 24, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Mt. Pleasant, MI  Info. Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

January 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: Amy Jackson 313-567-5949.  New members welcome.

FEBRUARY

February 2, 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. This month’s theme is:

February 3 and 4 Kalamazoo  
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates their 5th Annual Storytelling Festival, “Searching for Peace!”  Storytellers from across the United States will come together to explore unity, equality, diversity, and inclusion for all.  This two-day festival starts with Art Hop Friday night, February 3.  Poet Terry Wooten opens the festival at 6 p.m. Visual artist and speed painter Martina Hahn joins Joe Reilly in concert at 7 p.m. A variety of Martina’s paintings will also be on display and for sale. Michigan author Patricia Polacco opens up the festival Saturday, February 4, at 10 a.m., followed by Adam Mellema, Mark Binder, Tim Cusack, Noa Baum, Sidney Ellis and son, and Judy Sima at the top of every hour till 4 p.m.  Authors, educators, and visual artists fill the vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wizards of Pop exhibit on our first floor features pop-up books from Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart.  African-American story quilts fill the third floor traveling exhibit space in And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations, showing the history of the civil rights movement in stitches. 230 North Rose Street. Museum admission, vendor fair, and Storytelling Festival are all FREE http://kvm.kvcc.edu/plan/storytelling.html

February 5, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
January 8 – “Kerry Tales:  “Snow Blows 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, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

February 7, Detroit 5:00 p.m.
"Stories Told With A Purpose- African American Tales Come Alive". Interactive storyteller, Gwendolyn Lewis, shares music, songs and stories to families and friends at the Elmwood Library, 550 Chene St.  You may contact the library at 313-877-8014 for additional information.

February 7, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
May-Nov Fisk Farm North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings..  or contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for meeting location.

February 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

February 9,  Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Night in Crazy Wisdom Tea Room.  Come, lend an ear to tales old and new, during an evening of stories for grownups., 114 South Main Street.  Enjoy delicious desserts, exotic teas, or a light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info:  www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org. Free but donations are accepted.

February 17, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "Mothers" 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, Detroit, MI 48201. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

February 18, 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 stories and workshop (Celebration of Life), 2:30 Business meeting) Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge Hwy.(Between 11 & 12 Mile Roads) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

February 20, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com

February 20, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Passport." Here:Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're interested in performing at an upcoming show.

February 21, Hartland 6:30 pm
Come listen to stories from members of your community on the theme 'Luck and Coincidence.' Participate by contributing your own tale. Stories must be true, first-person, and no more than 5 minutes long. The evening's festivities will be facilitated by Laura Hayes of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.  Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road.  Free admission, please register.  Contact 810-632-5200.

February 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 “”

February 21, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information  storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

February 21, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Mt. Pleasant, MI  Info. Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

February 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: Amy Jackson 313-567-5949.  New members welcome.

February 25, Detroit 12:00 p.m.
The annual and always fun “African American History Family Day” at the Detroit Historical Museum. Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams displays his trademark wit, wisdom and humor with an array of stories to the delight of youth and adults alike. Detroit Historical Museum auditorium, 5401 Woodward. Free admission, for info contact: 313-833-1801

February 25, Ann Arbor 7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss this year’s annual Storytelling Festival at The Ark featuring funny men: Bill Harley, Bil Lepp, and Don White in “Fathers Daze.” With emcee Barbara Schutzgruber. 316 South Main Street. Tickets $20. www.theark.org

February 26, Ann Arbor 1:00 p.m.
Storytelling for Kids featuring Don White, Bil Lepp and Bill Harleywith Emcee Barbara Schutzgruber. Ticket $10. 316 South Main Street. www.theark.org

26, Detroit, Doors open 11 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. story begins
Enjoy a winter afternoon of cultural storytelling by Author Educator, Storyteller Mary J. Grant and “Spoken Word” by Detroit’s Youth at Detroit Book City’s African-American Family Book Expo at the Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers. Meet local Black authors, buy ‘discount’ autographed books and enjoy a host of family, fun entertainment including kid zone.  Free Admission – Open to Public.  www.detroitbookcity.com  For info contact: 248-667-6449

February 26,  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. Meetings are free.

MARCH

March 2, 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. This month’s theme is: “Grudge.”

March 5, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
January 8 – “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. Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

March 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

March 9, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Night in Crazy Wisdom Tea Room.  Come, lend an ear to tales old and new, during an evening of stories for grownups. 114 South Main Street.  Enjoy delicious desserts, exotic teas, or a light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Free but donations are accepted.
Info:  www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org.

March 16, Oak Park, 6:00 p.m.
"Plant A Seed... Read!! After Storytelling...Then What?" Gwendolyn Lewis, author and former librarian, will share techniques parents may use to motivate their children to read. Bring your child so you as a team may grow together.
The free make-and take-workshop will be held at Oak Park Public Library 14200 Oak Park Blvd. The contact number is 248-691-7480 for reservations.

March 17, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "Mothers" 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, Detroit, MI 48201. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

March 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 stories and workshop: “Why Mentoring Other Storyellers Matter,” 2:30 Business meeting. Plymouth Public Library, 223 S. Main St., (Between Church St. & Penniman Ave.) Information: Judy@JudySima.com  or call: 248-644-3951.www.DetroitStorytelling.org

March 20, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com 

March 20, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Passport." Here:Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're interested in performing at an upcoming show.

March 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 “”

 March 21, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Mt. Pleasant, MI  Info. Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

March 21, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information  storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

March 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: Amy Jackson 313-567-5949.  New members welcome.

March 26, 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. Meetings are free.


STORYTELLING ORGANIZATIONS/MEETINGS
Michigan guilds listed at http://www.MichiganStorytelling.org

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December 1, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS




DECEMBER

December 1, 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. This month’s theme is: “Risk.”

December 2 & 3, Grosse Pointe Shores 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House - Winter Wonderland Weekends. Bundle up the family for some outdoor fun because Ford House will be putting a little sparkle around your steps this holiday season! Enjoy Storytelling by Karen Czarnik, twinkling lights & holiday music while you stroll around the grounds.  For more info go to www.fordhouse.org/events/  1100 Lake Shore Road.

December 4, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Lambs, Lions and 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, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

December 6, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
May-Nov Fisk Farm North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm.  or contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for more information

December 6, 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 “Food”

December 8, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Night in Crazy Wisdom Tea Room.  Come, lend an ear to tales old and new, during an evening of stories for grownups., 114 South Main Street.  Enjoy delicious desserts, exotic teas, or a light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info:  www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org. Free but donations are accepted.

December 9 & 10, Grosse Pointe Shores 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House - Winter Wonderland Weekends. Bundle up the family for some outdoor fun because Ford House will be putting a little sparkle around your steps this holiday season! Enjoy Storytelling by Karen Czarnik, twinkling lights & holiday music while you stroll around the grounds.  For more info go to www.fordhouse.org/events/  1100 Lake Shore Road.

December 14, 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

December 16, Grosse Pointe Shores 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House - Winter Wonderland Weekends. Bundle up the family for some outdoor fun because Ford House will be putting a little sparkle around your steps this holiday season! Enjoy Storytelling by Karen Czarnik, twinkling lights & holiday music while you stroll around the grounds.  For more info go to www.fordhouse.org/events/  1100 Lake Shore Road.

December 16, Detroit 7:30 p.m. Doors @6:30 p.m.
The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "The Wiz!" Storytime with Tony Award Winning Choreographer and Director, Dr. George Faison with Twisted Storytellers, Les Gold, (Pawn Stars) and Gina Ellis. Twisted Musical and Dance Guests, Vocalist, Maurissa Rose and  orchestra conducted by Edward Gooch with Legacy Dance Studios and LSO Dance Company. A curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. Detroit Institute of Arts Film Theatre 5200 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48202. For Info and Tickets visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events  or call 313-744-6037.

December 17, 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 stories and impromptu stories, 2:30 Business meeting. Redford Township Library, 25320 W. Six Mile Road (Between Beech Daly and Telegraph) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

December 17, Detroit 2:00 p.m.
 “Funtales with Kwanzaa” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams celebrates Kwanzaa with an interactive, entertaining and fun storytelling presentation for youth and adults. Detroit Institute of Arts. Free with museum admission. 5200 Woodward Ave, Detroit 48202. For info contact: 313-833-7900

December 17, Detroit 3:00 p.m.
The Detroit Association of Black Storytellers will present their annual Holiday Storytelling Festival “Selfies with Santa” at the Children’s Library (Detroit Public Library 5201 Woodward Avenue, Detroit, Michigan, 48202, (313) 418-1300). Come enjoy holiday stories, drumming, arts and crafts, light refreshments and selfies with Santa.

December 17, Grosse Pointe Shores 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House - Winter Wonderland Weekends. Bundle up the family for some outdoor fun because Ford House will be putting a little sparkle around your steps this holiday season! Enjoy Storytelling by Judy Sima, twinkling lights & holiday music while you stroll around the grounds. 1100 Lake Shore Road. For more info go to www.fordhouse.org/events/

December 18, Detroit, 2:00 p.m.
Join award winning storyteller, author, and teaching artist, Judy Sima, for "Storytelling: Hanukkah the Festival of Lights" as she lights up the holiday season with Hanukkah stories of miracles, menorahs, and magic dredyls. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Free with museum admission. Info: www.DIA.org For info contact: Emily Bowyer 734-968-7095

December 19, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com

December 19, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Passport." Here: Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're
interested in performing at an upcoming show.

December 20, 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 “Give and Take”

December 20, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Mt. Pleasant, MI  Info. Joe Remenar

December 20, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information storyspinnersgr@gmail.com  

JANUARY

January 2, Kalamazoo Noon-1:00 p.m.
Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents “Stories Galore” as part of Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s “Holiday Break,” a highly interactive and fun storytelling presentation on the campus of Kalamazoo Valley Community College. 6767 W O Avenue. Free admission, for info contact: 269-373-7955

January 2, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
May-Nov Fisk Farm North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm.  or contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for more information.

January 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. This month’s theme is:

January 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

January 12,  Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Night in Crazy Wisdom Tea Room.  Come, lend an ear to tales old and new, during an evening of stories for grownups., 114 South Main Street.  Enjoy delicious desserts, exotic teas, or a light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info:  www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org. Free but donations are accepted.

January 16, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com

January 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 $8 at the door. This month’s theme:

January 17, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information  storyspinnersgr@gmail.com
          
January 20, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "Mothers" 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, Detroit, MI 48201. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

January 21, Livonia 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 stories and workshop (Judy Sima – “Crafting Personal Stories”), 2:30 Business meeting. Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Road (between Farmington and Merriman) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

January 22, 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. Meetings are free.

January 23, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Passport." Here:Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're interested in performing at an upcoming show.

January 24, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Mt. Pleasant, MI  Info. Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

January 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: Amy Jackson 313-567-5949.  New members welcome.

FEBRUARY

February 2, 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. This month’s theme is:

February 3, Kalamazoo  6:00 p.m
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates their 5th Annual Storytelling Festival, “Searching for Peace!”  Storytellers from across the United States will come together to explore unity, equality, diversity, and inclusion for all. Poet Terry Wooton opens the festival at 6 p.m.  Visual artist and speed painter Martina Hahn joins Joe Reilly in concert at 7 p.m. Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street, (269)373-7990, FREE http://kvm.kvcc.edu/plan/storytelling.html

February 4, Kalamazoo  10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates their 5th Annual Storytelling Festival, “Searching for Peace!”
Michigan author Patricia Polacco opens up the festival at 10 a.m., followed by Adam Mellema, Mark Binder, Tim Cusack, Noa Baum, Sidney Ellis and son, and Judy Sima at the top of every hour till 5 p.m. Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street, (269)373-7990, FREE http://kvm.kvcc.edu/plan/storytelling.html

February 7, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
May-Nov Fisk Farm North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm.  or contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for more information.

February 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

February 9,  Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Night in Crazy Wisdom Tea Room.  Come, lend an ear to tales old and new, during an evening of stories for grownups., 114 South Main Street.  Enjoy delicious desserts, exotic teas, or a light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info:  www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org. Free but donations are accepted.

February 17, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "Mothers" 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, Detroit, MI 48201. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

February 18, 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 stories and workshop (Celebration of Life), 2:30 Business meeting) Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge Hwy.(Between 11 & 12 Mile Roads) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

February 20, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com

February 20, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Passport." Here:Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're interested in performing at an upcoming show.

February 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 them

February 21, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information  storyspinnersgr@gmail.com
          
February 21, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Mt. Pleasant, MI  Info. Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

February 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: Amy Jackson 313-567-5949.  New members welcome.

February 25, Detroit Noon-1pm
The annual and always fun “African American History Family Day” at the Detroit Historical Museum. Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams displays his trademark wit, wisdom and humor with an array of stories to the delight of youth and adults alike. Detroit Historical Museum auditorium, 5401 Woodward. Free admission, for info contact: 313-833-1801

February 25, Ann Arbor 7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss this year’s annual Storytelling Festival at The Ark featuring funny men: Bill Harley, Bil Lepp, and Don White in “Fathers Daze.” With emcee Barbara Schutzgruber. 316 South Main Street. Tickets $20. www.theark.org

February 25, Ann Arbor 1:00 p.m.
Storytelling for Kids featuring Don White, Bil Lepp and Bill Harleywith Emcee Barbara Schutzgruber. Ticket $10. 316 South Main Street. www.theark.org

February 26,  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. Meetings are free.


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