April 2, 2015

April 2015

* MI Story +

Storytelling Event Calendar

www.MichiganStorytelling.org
Free Since 2001

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

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


  April 2015

HIGHLIGHTS


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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March 1, 2015

March 2015

* MI Story +

Storytelling Event Calendar

www.MichiganStorytelling.org
Free Since 2001

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

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

March 1, 2015

HIGHLIGHTS



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 2015

HIGHLIGHTS



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

March is Reading Month! Contact your local school and encourage them to hire a storyteller to promote reading.

Mark your calendar – April 24-26, Northlands Storytelling Confabulation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.


FEBRUARY

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

February 3, Inkster 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Ms Gwen, The Storyteller presents: “Coretta Scott King Comes Alive” at the Inkster Public Library. 2005 Inkster Rd.  Information: 313-467-9294 or http://gwenstoryteller.com

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

February 4, Petoskey 12:30 p.m.
“Ice Thrones, Pottery, and Sculpted Heads: The story of well known Michigan Sculptor and Potter, Stanley Price Kellogg” portrayed in first person by storyteller Dick Strader.  Petoskey District Library Carnegie Building, 451 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI 49770.  Free.  269-274-1812.

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

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

February 7, Detroit Noon
 “Funtales”, Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams engages the Detroit community in a highly interactive, entertaining and fun presentation at the annual Family Day at the Museum. Detroit Historical Museum Auditorium, 5401 Woodward.Free for all ages. Contact: Ivory D. 313-822-6483

February 7, Detroit 2:30 p.m.
"Grown Folks Talkin'...HUSH!" Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams celebrates Black History Month with wit, wisdom and humor in a medley of uplifting tales. Clemente Recreation Ctr., 2631 Bagley, Free and open to the public. For info contact: Mike Hudson (City of Detroit) 313-224-0228

February 6-7, Kalamazoo 5:00 p.m.
Storytellers, poets, and musicians will have your rapt attention! Enjoy a vendor fair, arts and crafts, and books galore during this full-day festival: Words That Heal!  Friday: BenJammin Educational Music 6:00 pm, Karen Libman at 7:00 pm. Saturday: Gemini at 11:00 am, Kinetic Affect at noon, Speak It Forward at 1:00 pm, Robin Nott at 2:00 pm, Shawahah Jane Murray at 3:00 pm, Musical Folktales at 4:00pm. Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street, (269)373-7990, FREE

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

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

February 12, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 pm
Bring a story or lend an ear at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members.Info:  www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

February 14, Detroit 11:00 a.m.
Storyteller and author Mary J. Grant will share her personal children’s story: “My Daddy Taught Me To Read” at Farmington Hills Library 32737 West Twelve Mile Rd. Farmington Hill, Michigan www.famlib.org
www.theark.org. Tickets $20

February 15, Ann Abor 1:00 p.m.
The Ark Storytelling Festival “Storytelling for Kids” featuring Alton Chung, Robert Jones and members of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild, www.theark.org. Tickets $10.

February 17, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at  Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

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

February 17, Rochester 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Ms Gwen, The Storyteller presents: “Coretta Scott King Comes Alive” at the Rochester Hills Public Library.500 Olde Towne Rd.information: 313-467-9294 or http://gwenstoryteller.com. R.S.V.P. with library card or call  248-656-2900

February 20, Detroit 8:00 p.m., Doors open 7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "LOVE & WAR" a curated, live storytelling event at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Twisted Storytellers Tameka Citchen-Spruce, Ken Gray, Amelia Lehto, Beausuny Love and Marsha Music. Musical Guest Gwen Foxx, Dance Guests Tara Green & Steve Johnson. Artisans/Exhibitors and Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.secretstorytellers.org

February 21, Detroit 2:30 p.m.
Reading Rules!” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams uses the art of storytelling in a highly interactive, entertaining and fun presentation to promote the importance of reading. Elmwood Library, 550 Chene. Free for all ages. Contact: Karen Johnson 313-481-1730

February 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 Enjoy stories and workshop: Creating Personal Stories, 2:30 Business meeting. Livonia Civic Center Library: 32777 Five Mile Road. Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

February 21, Ann Arbor 7:30 p.m.
Annual Ark Storytelling Festival featuring Alton Chung from Vancouver Washington, Robert Jones from Detroit and Jennifer Otto from Ann Arbor with Emcee Barbara Schutzgruber also from Ann Arbor. 316 South Main Street. Tickets $20. www.theark.org

February 22, Ann Arbor 1:00 p.m.
Storytelling for Kids featuring Alton Chung, Robert Jones and Jennifer Otto with Emcee Barbara Schutzgruber. Ticket $10.  316 South Main Street. www.theark.org

February 22, Detroit 3:00 p.m.              
Ms Gwen, The Storyteller presents: Black History Month-Storytelling at the International Institute. E. Kirby at John R. information: 313-467-9294 or http://gwenstoryteller.com

February 23, Detroit 2:30 p.m.
Reading Rules!” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams uses the art of storytelling in a highly interactive, entertaining and fun presentation to promote the importance of reading. Lincoln Library,1221 E. 7 Mile Rd. Free for all ages.
Contact: Veronica Obianwu 313-481-1780

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

February 28, Detroit 2:30 p.m.
Reading Rules!” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams uses the art of storytelling in a highly interactive, entertaining and fun presentation to promote the importance of reading. Wilder Library, 7140 E. 7 Mile Rd. Free for all ages. Contact: Veronica Obianwu 313-481-1870

February 28, Southfield 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers presents an Interactive Underground Railroad Experience with stories, songs, and audience participation at Northland Mall. Meet at the Truth Bookstore where Conductors await to take you on your journey north. This 2-day interactive journey concludes at the destination on evening of March 7th, from 6 – 8 pm. Use the Target entrance off service drive to locate the bookstore. Information call: Chiquita at 313-268-9065, chiquitachiquita67@gmail.com. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com.

February 28, Dexter 7:30 p.m.
Please join storytellers Jeff Doyle, Jane Fink and Gertrude Warkentin for fund raising event at the Encore Theater and an evening of fantastic stories that will have you laughing ‘til your sides hurt. 3126 Broad Street. Call the box office for tickets (734) 268-2600. Tickets are $22. Proceeds benefit the Encore Theater.

MARCH

March 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

March 12, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Bring a story or lend an ear at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

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

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

March 17, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at  Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

March 28, Livonia 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Detroit Story League presents its 4th annual: "Once Upon a Time" storytelling concert for children ages 4-10 at the Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd. $3 per person. For more information call: Josie 248-476-8515 or email jflores-1234@sbcglobal.net


April

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

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

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

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

April  9, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 pm
Bring a story or lend an ear at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers
 
April 12, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Splash in Puddles with Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  2 p.m., Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue. Free.  734-769-3115

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

April 14, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at  Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

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

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

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

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

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


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