March 30, 2014

April 2014

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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 1, 2014




April 1, 2014

HIGHLIGHTS


** Registration is now open:

Northlands Storytelling Conference April 25-28 in Lake Geneva, WI www.northlands.net
National Storytelling Conference July 25-28 in Phoenix , AZ www.storynet.org.

MI Story now lists monthly meetings of local storytelling groups and guilds.  Visitors and new members welcome.


APRIL
April 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

April 1-2, Bloomfield Township 6:30 pm both evenings
10th Annual Storytelling Festival at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township, 48302.   Talented forensic student storytellers from the Bloomfield Hills School District will weave their magical tales for children ages 6+, families and adults.  There will be different student performers each night.  The program is open to everyone.  Audience registration begins March 1. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Bloomfield Hills School District. For more information or to register, call Susan Barr at the Youth Services
Department at (248) 642-5800.

April 3, Commerce Twp, 6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin (please note change of date)
Red Thread Storytelling Night - “Who Knew?” Slampionship Event.  Join us for our final show of the season where winners from our first six story slams will tell their tales and compete for the title of Grand Storytelling Slampion.  Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait. Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple.  Email karen@redthreadstories.org, call 248-766-4323 or go to www.redthreadstories.org for ticket info.

April 3, Detroit  4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm 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: “Kharma”

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

April 7, Midland 7:00-8:30 pm
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West Saint Andrews Rd, Info: Joe Remenar, jremenar66@yahoo.com

April 8, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30 pm
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids. Business meeting 7:00.  Storytelling 7:30-8:30pm.  At the Story Café, 444 Leonard NW. Contact storyspinners@gmail.com http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

April 9, Ferndale 7:00 pm
Learn how memories of past and the not-so-distant past can connect families, generation to generation as storyteller Judy Sima presents "My Mother's Voice." Sima will tell several stories about her mother, including her escape from Germany during WWII. After a brief description of how Sima put the story together using research and family memories, participants will be encouraged to tell stories about their own mothers and fathers. Ferndale Public Library, 222 East 9 Mile Rd.This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Contact: Darlene Hellenberg 248-546-2504. www.ferndalepublicliblrary.org. Adults only.

April 9, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 pm
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 10, Montcalm  6:30-8:39 pm
Montcalm County Storyweavers: Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. For information and location contact Georgia Schad 989-291-5518 gmschad@chartermi.net or Janet Wulf-Marvin 989-821-4168 wulfmarj@yahoo.com

April 11, Howell 7:30 – 9:30 pm
Storyteller/Humorist, Jeff Doyle invites you to attend Storytelling for Adults with special Guest Jane Fink at the Howell Opera House, 123 W. Grand River. “Our stories will make you laugh and touch your heart.” Tickets $7 at the door. Beer and wine available for purchase. For information contact: Jeff@myblueape.com or 517-404-8257.

April 12, Hamtramck 6:00-7:00 pm
Stories and songs with local storyteller Phil Leslie. Free event at Lo & Behold Books, 10022 Joseph Campau. Traditional  and original tales topped off with songs and jokes. Join us for a fun, intimate and interactive family show featuring special gues singer Katarina Quain of Wayne State’s choir. For more information: www.facebook.com/storieswithphil.

April 14, 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 15, Ann Arbor  6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 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: “Song”

April 18, Detroit 8:00 pm
The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, Real People. True Stories. Told Live, a curated, live storytelling event at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201, 8:00-10 PM. Doors open @7:30 pm. Text "STORIES" to 42828 to JOIN the Mailing List. For info, tickets and to watch videos, visit:  www.secretstorytellers.com

April 19, Walled Lake 1:00 pm
Enjoy the library Open House and welcome spring as storyteller Lois Sprengnether Keel says "Ahneen!" with timely stories of the Anishinaabe, Michigan's own native people. Walled Lake City Library, 1499 E. West Maple.  To register call 248-624-3772,

April 19, Plymouth 12:00-3:00 pm
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 (West of Haggerty, north of Ann Arbor Rd.)  For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

April 23, West Bloomfield 7:00 pm
Learn how memories of past and the not-so-distant past can connect families, generation to generation as storyteller Judy Sima presents "My Mother's Voice." Sima will tell several stories about her mother, including her escape from Germany during WWII. After a brief description of how Sima put the story together using research and family memories, participants will be encouraged to tell stories about their own mothers and fathers. West Bloomfield Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Contact: Mike Bruno, 248-232-2313. www.wblib.org

April 24, Grosse Pointe Shores 6:00 Dinner/7:45 Program
Women’s Connection of Grosse Pointe hosts storyteller, Judy Sima for her performance of “My Mother’s Voice.” Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore Blvd. 313-884-4222. $30 for Dinner and program, $5 for program only. For more information and registration contact elliek23@yahoo.com

**April 25-26, Lake Geneva, WI
Enrich your day job or family life by learning new skills at 31st Annual Northlands Conference features the Best in the Midwest at Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Michigan’s Yvonne Healy present a dynamic, interactive workshop “Guideposts to Better Stories. This year’s conference includes concerts, intensives, fringes and workshops by the best storytellers in the Midwest and beyond. From Michigan: Emcee, Yvonne Healy and  storytellers Jeff Doyle, Barbara Schutzgruber,Jennifer Otto perform in concerts. Beautiful surroundings and a welcoming atmosphere for story fans and tellers alike. www.Northlands.net

April 25-26,  Tulsa OK
Tapestry Tales: Tulsa Storytelling Festival, with Michigan’s own, Corinne Stavish along with Charlotte Blake Alston, Donald Davis and Tim Tingle. For more information: info@tulsastorytellingfestival.com

April 26, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
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 27, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild: at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, (in the Westgate Shopping Center) Guests welcome. The first portion of the meeting, usually at least an hour, is devoted to stories. We'd love to hear your stories!

April 30, Jackson
Trudy Bulkley and Jackson District Librarian kick of the 27th annual Jackson Storyfest with pre-school performances at the library. 244 West Michigan Ave. 517-788-4087

MAY
May 1, Detroit 4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm 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: “Blood, Sweat and Tears.”

May 1, Jackson 10:00 am
Jackson Storyfest presents “Silver Tales” a free performance of stories for Seniors” by Judy Gail and Carrie Sue Ayvar. Located at the Assembly Church, 141 E Michigan Ave. (Old Furmans Building,) doors open at 9:30am for priority seating. www.jacksonstoryfest.org

May 2, Jackson 7:30 pm
Jackson Storyfest offers a free evening concert with Antonio Rocha at Jackson High School Auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave. Doors open at 7pm. Antonio Rocha’s tenor voice, trained movements and meaningful repertoire come together to deliver an unforgettable performance you are sure to be talking about. It will sooth your soul, tickle you funny bone and leave you spell bound. Emcee, Corinne Stavish.  www.JacksonStoryFest.org

May 2, Jackson
Free storytelling performances for school children with Antonio Rocha, Carrie Sue Ayvar, Karen Czarnik, Ivory Williams, Trudy Bulkley, Allison Downey, Rosie Chapman, Judy Gail, Mike Deren, Gemini, Brenda Harris, Lois Sprengnether Keel, Larry Massey, Robin Nott, Laura Pershin Raynor, Cate Robarts-Snyder, Dick Strader, and La’Ron Williams. Performances take place at various religious and civic buildings throughout the morning.

May 3, Jackson 8:45 to 10:45 am
Jackson Storyfest -register for in-depth workshop with award winning storyteller, Judy Sima “Unleash the Power – Let Kids Tell.” $25 www.JacksonStoryFest.org.  Join Judy as she presents practical ideas for helping young people become confident storytellers.  Learn how to encourage them through games, activities, chants, a structured story-learning process, and how to take them on the road.  If you are a teacher, librarian, storyteller or parent w/a desire to work w/kids, you’ll come away w/an extensive handout, a story, and ideas you can use tomorrow. Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch Auditorium, 244 W. Michigan Ave.

May 3, Jackson 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Jackson Storyfest - Register for an in-depth storytelling workshop taught by national known storyteller and mime, Antonio Rocha. “Five Crazy Voices…One Million Characters.” $25 (or $50 for both workshops includes box lunch) at www.JacksonStoryFest.org. Join Antonio in this interactive workshop to discover the 5 different voice ranges (chest, neck, mouth, nose and head) to create fun characters.  Great for all stories especially folk and fairy tales.  The storyteller can have his/her own voice when narrating; however, it’s helpful and great fun to create voices for characters in a story.”  Located at Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch Auditorium, 244 W. Michigan Ave.

May 3, Jackson 2:00 pm
Jackson Storyfest presents free concert featuring storytellers Judy Gail and Carrie Sue Ayvar. Tales R Us: Stories for all ages “The Alligator Conjure Man’s Welcome Wagon.” “This old-time medicine wagon’s elixirs don’t come in bottles.” They come in books, stories, songs, and humor.  Alli Gator (Judy Gail Krasnow) and Swamp Cabbage Sue (Carrie Sue Ayvar) guarantee to “cure what ails you” with their lively, literary, loveable tales & tunes for every mood, age, quest, and interest.  Be on the lookout~ they have a pet alligator who often accompanies them! Don’t worry though.  He always behaves when performing.  Winners of “Kids Tell” (Stories by and For Kids) will share their stories. This year’s Junior Storytellers will be selected by the public. All ages are welcome. Jackson High School Auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave. Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org.

May 3, Denver, Co
Michigan’s Yvonne Healy is a featured presenter at the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference. Learn how to interview for oral histories and craft the material into an oral and a written story.  Info: www.Rmstory.org

May 4, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  May Flowers and Mother Goose.” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  Kerrytown Market and Shops in  Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

May 5, Midland 7:00-8:30 pm
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West Saint Andrews Rd, Info: Joe Remenar, jremenar66@yahoo.com

May 6, 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 8, 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. No pressure, but consider bringing a 5 minute tale to tell. We're all ears. Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org. Info: Laura Hayes laurastory62@gmail.com.

May 8, Montcalm  6:30-8:39 pm
Montcalm County Storyweavers: Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. For information and location contact Georgia Schad 989-291-5518 gmschad@chartermi.net or Janet Wulf-Marvin 989-821-4168 wulfmarj@yahoo.com

May 10, Westland 2:00-3:30pm
Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, for her performance of “My Mother’s Voice.” Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Parkway. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.”

March 10, Hamtramck 6:00-7:00 pm
Stories and songs with local storyteller Phil Leslie. Free event at Lo & Behold Books, 10022 Joseph Campau. Traditional  and original tales topped off with songs and jokes. Join us for a fun, intimate and interactive family show featuring special gues singer Katarina Quain of Wayne State’s choir. For more information: www.facebook.com/storieswithphil.

May 12, 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, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30 pm
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids. Business meeting 7:00.  Storytelling 7:30-8:30pm.  At the Story Café, 444 Leonard NW. Contact storyspinners@gmail.com http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

May 14, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 pm
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 15, Evanston, IL 7:00PM
Michigan’s own Corinne Stavish appearing at The Celtic Knot, 626 Church St. Information: 847- 864-1679

May 15, Detroit 8:00 pm
The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, Real People. True Stories. Told Live, a curated, live storytelling event at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201, 8:00-10 PM. Doors open @7:30 pm. Text "STORIES" to 42828 to JOIN the Mailing List. For info, tickets and to watch videos, visit:  www.secretstorytellers.com

May 17, Detroit 12:00-300 pm
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) Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave. (Southeast corner of Woodward and Warren)   For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

May 20, Sturgis 6:00 pm
Storyteller Lois Sprengnether Keel takes her audience back to 1914 as Liberetta Lerich Green and looks back even further to her Michigan pioneer parents who ran an Underground Railroad Station and her brothers fought in the Civil War. Sturgis District Library, 255 North Street.  Contact: or 269-659-7224.

May 20, Ann Arbor  6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 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: “Animals”

May 24, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
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 26, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild: at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, (in the Westgate Shopping Center) Guests welcome. The first portion of the meeting, usually at least an hour, is devoted to stories. We'd love to hear your stories!

May 28, East Lansing 6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
The Moth Main Stage presents:“Twist of Fate.” Favorite storytellers from past Moth shows share the stage with local voices. Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. 750 W Shaw Lane. www.themoth.org

May 31, White Lake 7:00-9:30 pm
North Oakland County Storytellers presents the 4th Annual Storytelling & Song Concert, with special guest musicians:  Maggie Ferguson/Floyd King & The Bushwackers (The Old Front Porch Radio Show  WXOU-FM). $8.00 per person or $15.00 per family.  Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Rd. (M-59)


JUNE
June 1, Detroit 4:00-6:00 pm
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers presents the DABS Men’s Concert “The Good Ol’ Days: Storytelling at it’s Finest” with Ivory Williams, James Graham, John Bellamy, Keir Jackson, Tone Ross and the Vision Choir. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in the General Motors Theater, 315 East Warren Ave. Tickets: $10 at the door.

June 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  Jump for June 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

June 2, Midland 7:00-8:30 pm
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West Saint Andrews Rd, Info: Joe Remenar, jremenar66@yahoo.com

Fridays, June 2 - 23, Clarkston, 1:30-2:30 pm
Lois Sprengnether Keel leads storytelling activities focusing on use of imagination, creativity and humor rather than memory. This program provides fun interaction and communication opportunity for individuals with dementia and their caregivers.  $15 for members and $20 for non-members.  Call the Senior Center at 248/625-8231 to register and information.

June 3, 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, 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 5, Detroit 4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm 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: “Celebration.”

June 8, West Bloomfield
Jewish Genealogical Society presents, Storyteller, Judy Sima

June 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.

June 10, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30 pm
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids. Business meeting 7:00.  Storytelling 7:30-8:30pm.  At the Story Café, 444 Leonard NW. Contact storyspinners@gmail.com http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

June 11, Montcalm  6:30-8:39 pm
Montcalm County Storyweavers: Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. For information and location contact Georgia Schad 989-291-5518 gmschad@chartermi.net or Janet Wulf-Marvin 989-821-4168

June 11, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 pm
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 15, Ann Arbor  6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 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: “Fathers”

June 20, Detroit 8:00 pm
The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, Real People. True Stories. Told Live, a curated, live storytelling event at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201, 8:00-10 PM. Doors open @7:30 pm. Text "STORIES" to 42828 to JOIN the Mailing List. For info, tickets and to watch videos, visit:  www.secretstorytellers.com

June 21, Columbus, OH
What a deal! What a price! For only $25, story lovers and storytellers are invited to the most affordable storytelling enrichment opportunity ever! June 21 at Dominican University, 1216 Sunbury Road, conference center, Dominican University, Columbus, OH. Topics: k-12 ducation practicums & theory, finding authentic cultural stories, marketing, technology. Presenters include Lyn Ford, Kevin Cordi and Michigan's Yvonne Healy.Concerts, slams, swaps, and work.shops for best price ever! Info: http://www.OOPStorytelling.org

June 21, Livonia, 12:00-3:00 pm
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 “Cookin’ Up Stories,” 2:30 Business meeting) Sandburg Branch Library, 20100 Seven Mile Road (Between Farmington and Merriman)  For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

June 22, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
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 23, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild: at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, (in the Westgate Shopping Center) Guests welcome. The first portion of the meeting, usually at least an hour, is devoted to stories. We'd love to hear your stories!


JULY
** July 22-27, Phoenix, AZ
Come to participate or to sit back and be entertained at the National Storytelling Conference. Register for 1 day or for the whole kit & kaboodle. Enjoy almost a full week of preconference intensives on applied storytelling, day long master classes, workshops, showcases, concerts, slams, swaps and the National Storytelling Fringe. Storytelling illuminates who we are as individuals and as a community. Stories light the fire of joy and laughter.  Join us in the Valley of the Sun at the 2014 National Storytelling Conference for education and inspiration through the Fire & Light of story. Michigan connection: Fringe performance, Judy Sima, “My Mother’s Voice” Info: www.storynet.org


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March 2014

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Storytelling Event Calendar

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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.

March 1, 2014


DATE HIGHLIGHTS


Please note there has been an UPDATE changing an event, Red Thread Stories, from April 8 to April 3.

** Registration is now open:

Northlands Storytelling Conference April 25-28 in Lake Geneva, WI www.northlands.net
National Storytelling Conference July 25-28 in Phoenix , AZ www.storynet.org.

MARCH
March 2, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  March Up the Hill 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 4, Walled Lake  7:00-9:00 pm
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Walled Lake Public Library, 1499 East West Maple Road. Contact: Pam Dawson padawsonusa@gmail.com  248-684-7426. www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

March 5, Midland 7:00-8:30 pm
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West Saint Andrews Rd, Info: Joe Remenar, jremenar66@yahoo.com

March 6, Detroit  4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm 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: “Heroes”

March 8, Hamtramck 6:00-7:00 pm
Stories and songs with local storyteller Phil Leslie. Free event at Lo & Behold Books, 10022 Joseph Campau. Traditional  and original tales topped off with songs and jokes. Join us for a fun, intimate and interactive family show featuring special gues singer Katarina Quain of Wayne State’s choir. For more information: www.facebook.com/storieswithphil.

March 10, 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, Commerce Twp, 6:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories begin
Red Thread Storytelling Night - Story Slam event.  Bring your story to tell live on stage or sit back and enjoy the show.  Our March theme is “Lucky Break”  Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait.  $5.00 Tickets at the door, $7.00 online.  Email karen@redthreadstories.org, call 248-766-4323 or go to www.redthreadstories.org  Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple.

March 11, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30pm
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids. Business meeting 7:00.  Storytelling 7:30-8:30pm.  At the Story Café, 444 Leonard NW. Contact storyspinners@gmail.com http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

March 12, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 pm
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 13, Montcalm  6:30-8:39 pm
Montcalm County Storyweavers: Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. For information and location contact Georgia Schad 989-291-5518 gmschad@chartermi.net or Janet Wulf-Marvin 989-821-4168 wulfmarj@yahoo.com

March 15, Warren 2:00 pm
Free! Enjoy Irish storytelling by Yvonne Healy in a dynamic performance for families and adults at the Warren Civic Center Library, One City Square. Info: 586-751-0770

March 15, Livonia 1:00-3:00 pm
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 “Crash Course in Design/Promoting Yourself,” 2:30 Business meeting. Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Road (Between Farmington and Merriman).  For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

March 18, Ann Arbor  6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 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 “Escape”

March 20, 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. No pressure, but consider bringing a 5 minute tale to tell. We're all ears. Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org. Info: Laura Hayes laurastory62@gmail.com.

March 20, Grosse Pointe 4:00-5:00 pm
“Fun Tales” Ivory D. Williams presents a highly interactive, entertaining and educational storytelling presentation.
Grosse Pte Public Library 20680 Mack, Free and open to the public.For info: Pat McCrary, Librarian 313-343-2072

March 21, Detroit 8:00 pm 8:00-10:00 pm, Doors open 7:30 pm
The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, Real People. True Stories. Told Live, a curated, live storytelling event at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201, 8:00-10 PM.. Text "STORIES" to 42828 to JOIN the Mailing List. For info, tickets and to watch videos, visit:  www.secretstorytellers.com

March 22, Bloomfield Township, 11:00am
“The Art of Storytelling with Yvonne Healy,” one of Michigan’s favorite storytellers. Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township, MI. This free program is designed for student storytellers as well as families with children ages 6+.  No registration.  Contact Susan Barr or Connie Silver (248) 642-5800 for further information.  www.btpl.org

March 22, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
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 23, Detroit 2:00 pm
The DIA Family Sundays presents: Japanese Storyteller, Kuniko Yamamoto. Charming folktales are combined with traditional musical instruments, masks, origami and mime to create a storytelling experience that will portray the culture and moral perspective of Japan. - Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. See more at: http://www.dia.org

March 23, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild: at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, (in the Westgate Shopping Center) Guests welcome. The first portion of the meeting, usually at least an hour, is devoted to stories. We'd love to hear your stories!

March 28-30 - Amherst, MA
Michigan storytellers Judy Sima presents “Capturing the ‘Story’ Behind the Facts” and  Barbara Schutzgruber teams up with Dorothy Cleveland (MN) to present "Hero vs Heroine... What's the Difference?" at Sharing the Fire 2014 Conference sponsored by the League of the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES).  For information www.lanes.org

March 29, Livonia
The Detroit Story League presents: "Once Upon a Time" storytelling concert for children ages 4-10 featuring special guest storyteller, Jeff Doyle, along with Gwendolyn Lewis, Loretta Vitek, Maestro, Doreen Lawto. Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd. $3 per person. Every child receives a free gift.  For more information call: Josie 248-476-8515 or email jflores-1234@sbcglobal.net

APRIL
April 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

April 1-2, Bloomfield Township 6:30 pm both evenings
10th Annual Storytelling Festival at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township, 48302.   Talented forensic student storytellers from the Bloomfield Hills School District will weave their magical tales for children ages 6+, families and adults.  There will be different student performers each night.  The program is open to everyone.  Audience registration begins March 1. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Bloomfield Hills School District. For more information or to register, call Susan Barr at the Youth Services
Department at (248) 642-5800.

April 3, Detroit  4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm 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: “Kharma”


April 3, Commerce Twp, 6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin  UPDATE: This was originally listed as April 8, but should be April 3.
Red Thread Storytelling Night - “Who Knew?” Slampionship Event.  Join us for our final show of the season where winners from our first six story slams will tell their tales and compete for the title of Grand Storytelling Slampion.  Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait.  Email karen@redthreadstories.org, call 248-766-4323 or go to www.redthreadstories.org for ticket info. Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple.

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

April 7, Midland 7:00-8:30 pm
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West Saint Andrews Rd, Info: Joe Remenar, jremenar66@yahoo.com

April 8, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30 pm
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids. Business meeting 7:00.  Storytelling 7:30-8:30pm.  At the Story Café, 444 Leonard NW. Contact storyspinners@gmail.com http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

April 9, Ferndale 7:00 pm
Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, for her performance of “My Mother’s Voice.” Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Ferndale Public Library, 222 East 9 Mile Rd.This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Contact: Darlene Hellenberg 248-546-2504. www.ferndalepublicliblrary.org. Adults only.

April 9, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 pm
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 10, Montcalm  6:30-8:39 pm
Montcalm County Storyweavers: Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. For information and location contact Georgia Schad 989-291-5518 gmschad@chartermi.net or Janet Wulf-Marvin 989-821-4168 wulfmarj@yahoo.com

April 12, Hamtramck 6:00-7:00 pm
Stories and songs with local storyteller Phil Leslie. Free event at Lo & Behold Books, 10022 Joseph Campau. Traditional  and original tales topped off with songs and jokes. Join us for a fun, intimate and interactive family show featuring special gues singer Katarina Quain of Wayne State’s choir. For more information: www.facebook.com/storieswithphil.

April 14, 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 15, Ann Arbor  6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 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: “Song”

April 19, Plymouth 1:00-3:00 pm
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 (West of Haggerty, north of Ann Arbor Rd.)  For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

April 23, West Bloomfield 7:00 pm
Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, for her performance of “My Mother’s Voice.” Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. West Bloomfield Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Contact: Mike Bruno, 248-232-2313. www.wblib.org

April 24, Grosse Pointe Shores 6:00 Dinner/7:45 Program
Women’s Connection of Grosse Pointe hosts storyteller, Judy Sima for her performance of “My Mother’s Voice.” Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore Blvd. 313-884-4222. $30 for Dinner and program, $5 for program only. For more information and registration contact elliek23@yahoo.com

**April 25-26, Lake Geneva, WI
Enrich your day job or family life by learning new skills at 31st Annual Northlands Conference features the Best in the Midwest at Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Michigan’s Yvonne Healy present a dynamic, interactive workshop “Guideposts to Better Stories. This year’s conference includes concerts, intensives, fringes and workshops by the best storytellers in the Midwest and beyond. From Michigan: Emcee, Yvonne Healy and  storytellers Jeff Doyle, Barbara Schutzgruber,Jennifer Otto perform in concerts. Beautiful surroundings and a welcoming atmosphere for story fans and tellers alike. www.Northlands.net

April 25-26,  Tulsa OK
Tapestry Tales: Tulsa Storytelling Festival, with Michigan’s own, Corinne Stavish along with Charlotte Blake Alston, Donald Davis and Tim Tingle. For more information: info@tulsastorytellingfestival.com

April 26, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
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 27, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild: at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, (in the Westgate Shopping Center) Guests welcome. The first portion of the meeting, usually at least an hour, is devoted to stories. We'd love to hear your stories!

MAY
May 1, Detroit 4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm 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: “Blood, Sweat and Tears.”

May 2, Jackson 10:00 am
The 26th annual Jackson Story Fest kicks off with “Silver Tales” a free performance of stories for Seniors” by Judy Gail and Carrie Sue Ayvar. Located at the Assembly Church, 141 E Michigan Ave. (Old Furmans Building,) doors open at 9:30am for priority seating. www.jacksonstoryfest.org

May 2, Jackson 7:30 pm
Jackson Story Fest offers a free evening concert with Antonio Rocha at Jackson High School Auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave. Doors open at 7pm. Antonio Rocha’s tenor voice, trained movements and meaningful repertoire come together to deliver an unforgettable performance you are sure to be talking about. It will sooth your soul, tickle you funny bone and leave you spell bound. Free storytelling for school children earlier in the day with Antonio Rocha, Carrie Sue Ayvar, Karen Czarnik, Ivory Williams, Trudy Bulkley, Allison Downey, Rosie Chapman, Judy Gail, Mike Deren, Gemini, Brenda Harris, Lois Sprengnether Keel, Larry Massey, Robin Nott, Laura Pershin Raynor, Cate Robarts-Snyder, Dick Strader, and La’Ron Williams. www.JacksonStoryFest.org

May 3, Jackson 8:45 to 10:45 am
Jackson Story Fest Register for in-depth workshop with award winning storyteller, Judy Sima at www.JacksonStoryFest.org. “Unleash the Power – Let Kids Tell,” Join Judy as she presents practical ideas for helping young people become confident storytellers.  Learn how to encourage them through games, activities, chants, a structured story-learning process, and how to take them on the road.  If you are a teacher, librarian, storyteller or parent w/a desire to work w/kids, you’ll come away w/an extensive handout, a story, and ideas you can use tomorrow. Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch Auditorium, 244 W. Michigan Ave.

May 3, Jackson 11:30 am – 1:30 pm
Register at www.JacksonStoryFest.org for an in-depth storytelling workshop taught by national known storyteller and mime, Antonio Rocha. “Five Crazy Voices…One Million Characters.” Join Antonio in this interactive workshop to discover the 5 different voice ranges (chest, neck, mouth, nose and head) to create fun characters.  Great for all stories especially folk and fairy tales.  The storyteller can have his/her own voice when narrating; however, it’s helpful and great fun to create voices for characters in a story.”  Located at Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch Auditorium, 244 W. Michigan Ave.

May 3, Denver, Co
Michigan’s Yvonne Healy is a featured presenter at the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference. Learn how to interview for oral histories and craft the material into an oral and a written story.  Info: www.Rmstory.org

May 4, Jackson 2:00 pm
Tales R Us: Stories for all ages “The Alligator Conjure Man’s Welcome Wagon.” “This old-time medicine wagon’s elixirs don’t come in bottles.” They come in books, stories, songs, and humor.  Alli Gator (Judy Gail Krasnow) and Swamp Cabbage Sue (Carrie Sue Ayvar) guarantee to “cure what ails you” with their lively, literary, loveable tales & tunes for every mood, age, quest, and interest.  Beware, for they might even tickle your tongues with tantalizing tongue twisters. Double Trouble is on the way~ with their tandem–told stories too! And be on the lookout~ they have a pet alligator who often accompanies them! Don’t worry though.  He always behaves when performing  Free concert featuring storytellers Judy Gail and Carrie Sue Ayvar. Winners of “Kids Tell” will share their stories.  All ages are welcome. Jackson High School Auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave. Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org.

May 4, Jackson 7:30 pm
Jackson Story Fest offers a free evening concert with Dan Keding and Mary Hamilton at Jackson High School Auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave, Jackson. Doors open at 7pm. Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org.

May 4, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  May Flowers and Mother Goose.” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  Kerrytown Market and Shops in  Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

May 5, Midland 7:00-8:30 pm
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West Saint Andrews Rd, Info: Joe Remenar, jremenar66@yahoo.com

May 6, 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 8, 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. No pressure, but consider bringing a 5 minute tale to tell. We're all ears. Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org. Info: Laura Hayes laurastory62@gmail.com.

May 8, Montcalm  6:30-8:39 pm
Montcalm County Storyweavers: Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. For information and location contact Georgia Schad 989-291-5518 gmschad@chartermi.net or Janet Wulf-Marvin 989-821-4168 wulfmarj@yahoo.com

May 10, Westland 2:00-3:30pm
Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, for her performance of “My Mother’s Voice.” Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Parkway. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.”

March 10, Hamtramck 6:00-7:00 pm
Stories and songs with local storyteller Phil Leslie. Free event at Lo & Behold Books, 10022 Joseph Campau. Traditional  and original tales topped off with songs and jokes. Join us for a fun, intimate and interactive family show featuring special gues singer Katarina Quain of Wayne State’s choir. For more information: www.facebook.com/storieswithphil.

May 12, 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, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30 pm
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids. Business meeting 7:00.  Storytelling 7:30-8:30pm.  At the Story Café, 444 Leonard NW. Contact storyspinners@gmail.com http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

May 14, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 pm
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 15, Evanston, IL 7:00PM
Michigan’s own Corinne Stavish appearing at The Celtic Knot, 626 Church St. Information: 847- 864-1679

May 17, Detroit 12:00-3: pm
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) Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave. (Southeast corner of Woodward and Warren)   For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

May 20, Ann Arbor  6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 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: “Animals”

May 24, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
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 28, East Lansing 6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
The Moth Main Stage. Favorite storytellers from past Moth shows share the stage with local voices. Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. 750 W Shaw Lane. www.themoth.org


JULY
** July 22-27, Phoenix, AZ
Come to participate or to sit back and be entertained at the National Storytelling Conference. Register for 1 day or for the whole kit & kaboodle. Enjoy almost a full week of preconference intensives on applied storytelling, day long master classes, workshops, showcases, concerts, slams, swaps and the National Storytelling Fringe. Storytelling illuminates who we are as individuals and as a community.   Stories light the fire of joy and laughter.  Join us in the Valley of the Sun at the 2014 National Storytelling Conference for education and inspiration through the Fire & Light of story. Info: www.storynet.org


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HIGHLIGHTS




While this is not a Michigan event, one can always dream….

Registration is now open for ‘Weaving Stories Together’- Sydney International Storytelling Conference, June 6-8 2014! Make a trip down under and enjoy friendly Australian hospitality, fascinating places of interest and culture; for registration and information go to: www.storytellersnsw.org.au. As a gesture of hospitality and welcome they are offering a special discount for international attendees - $400 (AUD) a of $150 off the full registration fee. Come and join us for an enriching experience with excellent workshops, performances and poster sessions from a variety of Australian and International storytellers.

Closer to home – enjoy Black History Month in story and the Annual Ark Storytelling Festival

Beginning in March – Advertise your monthly storytelling meetings in MI Story. Send date, time, location, contact information, brief description to Judy@JudySima.com

FEBRUARY
February 1, Kalamazoo 10:00-5:00 pm
Kalamazoo Valley Museum Storytelling Festival – One World, Many Stories. Featuring Yvonne Healy, Allison Downey, Adam Mellema, Carri Wilson, Rob Reider, Austin Brauker as well as vendors, crafts and preschool area. 230 North Rose Street. 800.772.3370 or 269.373.7990 www.kalamazoomuseum.org/storytelling.

February 1, Detroit 12:00-1:00 pm
Grandma’s Biscuits” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams brings his wit, wisdom and humor to African American Family Day at the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward. Free and open to all. For info: Ivory D. 313-822-6483 effy1@aol.com

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

February 2, Ypsilanti 2:00-3:00 pm.
“Fun Tales” Ivory D. Williams presents a fun and educational storytelling presentation for adults (family friendly) ICW “Black History Month”. Ypsilanti Public Library 5577 Whittaker Rd, Free and open to the public. For info: Christy Havens, Adult Services Librarian 734-482-4110

February 6, Detroit  4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm 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 6, 2014, Hartland, 6:30-8:00 pm.
"An Abolitionist Comes to Life!" Cromaine District Library presents Lois Sprengnether Keel as Liberetta Lerich Green, daughter of abolitionist parents who operated the Beacon Tree station of the Underground Railroad in Shelby Township.  Village Community Room in library, 810-632-5200, http://www.cromaine.org

February 7, Rochester 5:00-6:00 pm
“Taste of Africa” Stories are the ties that bind as Master Teller Ivory D. Williams spins tales on the campus of Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Rd. Free and open to the public. For info: Ivory D. 313-822-6483

February 8, West Bloomfield 2:00 pm
"The Starry Road to Freedom" (The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass). West Bloomfield Main Library (4600 Walnut Lake Road). 248-682-2120. Recommended for ages 6 and up, free, and open to the public.

February 8-9, Royal Oak, MI, Noon-3pm.
Wild Winter Weekend.” Master Teller Ivory D. Williams and his amazing animal tales delight the patrons of the Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. Ten Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI. Free with Zoo admission. Contact: Andrea Coronado 248-541-5717

February 11, Commerce Twp, 6:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories begin
Red Thread Storytelling Night - Story Slam event.  Bring your story to tell live on stage or sit back and enjoy the show.  Our February them is “Falling.”  Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait.  $5.00 Tickets at the door, $7.00 online.  Email karen@redthreadstories.org, call 248-766-4323 or go to www.redthreadstories.org  Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple, Commerce Township

February 11, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:40pm
This is the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.  All are welcome!  7:00-8:00pm - Storytelling.  8:00-8:40pm - Story Education and Business. Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline NE.  Info: http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

February 13 - Sterling Heights 2:00 pm
"In Search of the Family Gems" Every family has stories... even if we think we don't.  Join award winning storyteller, Barbars Schutzgruber as we start with anecdotal 'rough stones' and begin the polishing process - crafting them into 'gems of stories' in this 90 minute workshop for adults. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Michigan Reads selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Sterling Heights Public Library. For information:
586-446-2669  http://www.shpl.net

February 13, Ann Arbor 4:30-6:00 pm
Language and Literacy workshop with nationally recognized North Carolina storyteller, Donna Washington at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S Wagner Rd. Using activities from finger games to beginning stories, we will look at ways of using familiar tales to enhance vocabulary and reading ability. Cost $15. Contact Judy Schmidt to register. FransDotir@aol.com or 734-971-5763

February 13, Auburn Hills  5pm-6pm.
Black History Month on Campus.”Storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents and demonstrates the importance of telling our stories to students, faculty and attendees on the campus of Baker College of Auburn Hills. 1500 University Dr. Free and open to the public.Contact: Victoria Wisniewski 248-340-0600

February 15, Detroit 1:00-3:00 pm
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 “After You Share a Story…Then What?”, 2:30 Business meeting. Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave. (Southeast corner of Woodward and Warren)  For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

February 15, Ann Arbor 10:00 am
Ann Arbor District Library presents “A Family Affair” an interactive family storytelling workshop with nationally recognized North Carolina storyteller, Donna Washington. This free concert is designed for parents and children ages 5 and up. 2503 Jackson Ave. (734) 327-4200, www.aad.org

February 15, Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
27th annual Ark Storytelling Festival offers spoken word narrative and storytelling for adults featuring nationally recognized North Carolina storyteller, Donna Washington, Oklahoma storyteller, Tim Tingle and Ann Arbor storyteller, Jane Fink, Emcee: Barbara Schutzgruber. 316 S. Main St. www.theArk.org

February 16, Detroit 2:00 pm
The DIA Family Sundays presents Award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, from Philadelphia who breathes life into ancient and contemporary tales that draw on the rich source of stories, songs and rhythmic elements of the African and African American oral traditions.  Program is geared for listeners ages 4-8 and includes audience participation. Come ready to clap, sing and help tell stories! - Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. See more at: http://www.dia.org

February 16, Ann Arbor 1:00 pm
Children and families get their very own concert with main stage storytellers Donna Washington, Tim Tingle, Jane Fink at the Ark Storytelling Festival. 316 S. Main St. www.theark.org

February 18, Ann Arbor  6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 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 “Happy.”

February 20, Sterling Heights 7:00 pm
Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, as she evokes memories of the distant and not so distant past. Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Rd. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Contact: Sheridan@orionlibrary.org or 248-693-3000. Adults only.

February 20, Midland 7:30 pm
“The Life and Times of Martin Luther King Jr. Though the Eyes of Coretta Scott King” Join storyteller, Rosie Chapman, as she brings history to life with her reenactment of Coretta Scott King, as the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. and a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Her performance includes audience participation and has thrilled children and adults all over the US and around the world.Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 St Andrews St, (989) 631-8250. www.mcfta.org. Tickets $5

February 21, Detroit Doors 8:00-10:pm, Doors open 7:30 pm
The Award Winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "Love Stories", a curated, live storytelling event at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Twisted storytellers Coco, Robert Cooper, Linsey Porter, Fatou-Seydi Sarr & Dwight Stackhouse with Twisted Musical Guests Hadiya Knight and Spiritual Therapy! Hosted by Moth Mainstage Storyteller & Host, Satori Shakoor. To join mailing list please text "Stories" to 42828. For info, tickets and to watch videos of past performances, visit : www.secretstorytellers.com

February 21, 2014, Detroit 11:30 am
“Grown Folks Talkin’…HUSH!” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents stories that take us on a humorous trip to back in the day. Westminster Church of Detroit, 17567 Hubbell. Free and open to all. For info: Ivory D. 313-822-6483 effy1@aol.com

February 22, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
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 23, Detroit 4:00 pm
Don’t miss Chicago storyteller, Oba Williams King at the Vernon Chapel AME Church, 18500 Norwood. Adults $10, Children Children Free. Contact Ami Jackson for more information 313-567-5949 daddy4991@aol.com or Ms Vinson 313-865-3929

February 23, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild: at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, (in the Westgate Shopping Center) Guests welcome. The first portion of the meeting, usually at least an hour, is devoted to stories. We'd love to hear your stories!

February 23, Detroit 2:00 pm
Family Sundays at the DIA presents: Storyteller and author Mary J. Grant who will share entertaining and engaging African American stories  for adults and children. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org or mjg1009@yahoo.com  or www.storiebymary.com


MARCH
March 2, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  March Up the Hill 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 3, Detroit  4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm 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: “Heroes”

March 11, Commerce Twp, 6:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories begin
Red Thread Storytelling Night - Story Slam event.  Bring your story to tell live on stage or sit back and enjoy the show.  Our March theme is “Lucky Break”  Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait.  $5.00 Tickets at the door, $7.00 online.  Email karen@redthreadstories.org, call 248-766-4323 or go to www.redthreadstories.org  Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple, Commerce Township

March 11, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30pm
This is the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.  All are welcome!  7:00-8:00pm - Storytelling.  8:00-8:40pm - Story Education and Business.  Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline NE.  Info: http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

March 15, Livonia 1:00-3:00 pm
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 “Crash Course in Design/Promoting Yourself,” 2:30 Business meeting. Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Road (Between Farmington and Merriman).  For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

March 18, Ann Arbor  6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 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 “Escape”

March 20, 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. No pressure, but consider bringing a 5 minute tale to tell. We're all ears. Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org. Info: Laura Hayes laurastory62@gmail.com.

March 20, Grosse Pointe 4:00-5:00 pm
“Fun Tales” Ivory D. Williams presents a highly interactive, entertaining and educational storytelling presentation.
Grosse Pte Public Library 20680 Mack, Free and open to the public.For info: Pat McCrary, Librarian 313-343-2072

March 21, Detroit 8:00 pm 8:00-10:00 pm, Doors open 7:30 pm
The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers, Real People. True Stories. Told Live, a curated, live storytelling event at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201, 8:00-10 PM.. Text "STORIES" to 42828 to JOIN the Mailing List. For info, tickets and to watch videos, visit:  www.secretstorytellers.com

March 22, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
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 23, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild: at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, (in the Westgate Shopping Center) Guests welcome. The first portion of the meeting, usually at least an hour, is devoted to stories. We'd love to hear your stories!

March 28-30 - Amherst, MA
Michigan storyteller Barbara Schutzgruber teams up with Dorothy Cleveland (MN) to present "Hero vs Heroine... What's the Difference?" at Sharing the Fire 2014 Conference sponsored by the League of the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES).  For information www.lanes.org

March 28-30 - Amherst, MA
Michigan storytellers present workshops at Sharing the Fire 2014 Conference sponsored by the League of the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES). Judy Sima: “Capturing the ‘Story’ Behind the Facts” and Barbara Schutzgruber: “Hero vs Heroine: What is the Difference?” For information www.lanes.org

March 29, Livonia
The Detroit Story League presents: "Once Upon a Time" storytelling concert for children ages 4-10 at the Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd. $3 per person. Every child receives a free gift.  For more information call: Josie 248-476-8515 or email jflores-1234@sbcglobal.net


APRIL
April 1-2, Bloomfield Township 6:30 pm both evenings
10th Annual Storytelling Festival at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township, 48302.   Talented forensic student storytellers from the Bloomfield Hills School District will weave their magical tales for children ages 6+, families and adults.  There will be different student performers each night.  The program is open to everyone.  Audience registration begins March 1. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Bloomfield Hills School District. For more information or to register, call Susan Barr at the Youth Services
Department at (248) 642-5800.

April 3, Detroit  4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm 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: “Kharma”

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

Apr. 8, Commerce Twp, 6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Red Thread Storytelling Night - Story Slampionship Event.  Join us for our final show of the season where winners from our first six story slams will tell their tales and compete for the title of Grand Storytelling Slampion.  Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait.  Email karen@redthreadstories.org, call 248-766-4323 or go to www.redthreadstories.org for ticket info. Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple, Commerce Township

April 8, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:40 pm
This is the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.  All are welcome!  7:00-8:00pm - Storytelling.  8:00-8:40pm - Story Education and Business.  Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline NE.  Info: http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

April 9, Ferndale 7:00 pm
Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, as she evokes memories of the distant and not so distant past. Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Ferndale Public Library, 222 East 9 Mile Rd.This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Contact: Darlene Hellenberg 248-546-2504. www.ferndalepublicliblrary.org. Adults only.

April 15, Ann Arbor  6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 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: “Song”

April 19, Plymouth 1:00-3:00 pm
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 (West of Haggerty, north of Ann Arbor Rd.)  For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

April 23, West Bloomfield 7:00 pm
Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, as she evokes memories of the distant and not so distant past. Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. West Bloomfield Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Contact: Mike Bruno, 248-232-2313. www.wblib.org

April 24, Grosse Pointe Shores 6:00 Dinner/7:45 Program
Women’s Connection of Grosse Pointe hosts storyteller, Judy Sima for her performance of “My Mother’s Voice.” Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore Blvd. 313-884-4222. $30 for Dinner and program, $5 for program only. For more information and registration contact elliek23@yahoo.com

April 25-26, Lake Geneva, WI
Enrich your day job or family life by learning new skills at 31st Annual Northlands Conference features the Best in the Midwest at Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Michigan’s Yvonne Healy present workshop “Guideposts to Better Stoires. Emcee, Yvonne Healy, storytellers Jeff Doyle, Barbara Schutzgruber,Jennifer Otto perform in concerts. Beautiful surroundings and a welcoming atmosphere for story fans and tellers alike. www.Northlands.net

April 26, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
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 27, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild: at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, (in the Westgate Shopping Center) Guests welcome. The first portion of the meeting, usually at least an hour, is devoted to stories. We'd love to hear your stories!

 
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