Yvonne Healy, Managing Editor – Judy Sima, Distribution Editor
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Second Gathering on Michigan Storytellers.
*Saturday, April 12 10:00-3:00. Woldumar Nature Center; 5739 Old Lansing Road; Lansing, MI. Hosted by the Lansing Storytellers. Cost $5 for lunch and refreshments. Call or email: Jena Bolley 517-281-8036 or email email@example.com.
*Why? People who attended last year had a good time. We want to provide an opportunity for tellers from around the state to meet and network. There will be opportunities to share stories and talk about specific issues. Don’t miss it!
March 29, Detroit 6:00 pm
The Detroit Association of Black Storytellers presents “Grown Folks…The Good Old Days” – an hilarious family friendly storytelling concert for grown folks presented by the Grown Folks storytelling team. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren, Detroit. Tickets/info: Ivory D. Williams, 313-822-6483 firstname.lastname@example.org
April 6 Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales: Puddles and Muddles 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, Ann Arbor, Free, 734-769-3115
April 7-8, Bloomfield Hills 6:30 pm
4th Annual Storytelling Festival at the Doyle Center at 7275 Wing Lake Road Bloomfield Hills, co-sponsored by Bloomfield Hills Schools and the Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library. The stories will be performed by Bloomfield Hills School District Forensic Teams. Ages 6+, families and adults. To register, please call the Youth Services Department of the Bloomfield Township Library at 248-642-5800.
Friday, April 11- 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.
The Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild & Nicola’s Books Present: Nicola’s 2008 Spring Storytelling Festival. 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor (Westgate Shopping Center)Information: 734-971-5763 FransDotir@aol.com. Fever and Fling – Stories for Spring. Evening program for families children age 7 & up. Tellers: Jeff Doyle, Ruth Kumaus, Darryl Mickens
Saturday, April 12 – 11:00 a.m.
The Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild & Nicola’s Books Present: Nicola’s 2008 Spring Storytelling Festival. 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor (Westgate Shopping Center) Information: 734-971-5763 FransDotir@aol.com. Program for families – Stories for Sprouts, pre-schoolers welcome. . Free at: Nicola’s Books. Tellers: Sharon Roberts, Judy Schmidt
Saturday, April 12 – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
The Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild & Nicola’s Books Present: Nicola’s 2008 Spring Storytelling Festival. 2513 Jackson Road, Ann Arbor (Westgate Shopping Center)Information: 734-971-5763 FransDotir@aol.com.Posies and Potholes
Evening program for adults and teens .Tellers: Lyn Davidge, Rob McCabe, Sharon Noffsinger, Charlotte Young-Bowens,
April 13, Detroit 2:00 pm
One of Michigan’s last chances to enjoy the innovative storytelling of Yvonne Healy before she relocates to Nevada. “Word Play” at the Detroit Institute of Arts, included with admission, 5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Celebrate stories and poetry for children as well as adults. Come see the new DIA! www.dia.org
April 15, Quincy, 4:00 p.m.
“CAST – Crafts, Arts & Storytelling Theatre” presented by Storyteller, Karen Czarnik. Join us to create and craft a story stick to encourage the sharing of stories amongst friends & family. A song & storytelling performance is also included in this program for kids and families. Quincy Public Library, 11 N. Main Street, (517) 639-4001
April 22 – May 27, Brighton, MI Sessions run from 4:30 – 6:00, 7:30
“IMPROV STORY THEATRE” Storyteller, Karen Czarnik presents this 6 week Storytelling and ensemble, improvisational, performance class for ages 5 and up. 4740 Bauer Road, Brighton. $58.00 class fee. Go to http://scnc.bas.k12.mi.us/ or call 810-299-3818
April 24-27, Green Lake, WI
Northlands Storytelling Conference, the Midwest’s regional organization, invites all lovers of storytelling and tellers to the annual conference at beautiful Green Lake Conference Center, Green Lake, Wisconsin. Michigan tellers, Judy Sima and Yvonne Healy, are among the presenters. Info: http://www.northlands.net/
May 4 Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales: Fine Flowers for Mother Goose”" Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike. 2 p.m., Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, Free, 734-769-3115
May 2, Jackson, 7:30 pm
21st annual Jackson Storyfest. FREE! storytelling all day by regional and national tellers. Antonio Rocha, Elizabeth Ellis, Audrey and Bob Allison, Paige Conat, Karen Czarnik, Tonya Dallas, Brian “Fox” Ellis, Lois Sprengnether Keel, Arnot McCallum, .Cate Peterson, Yvonne Healy, Beth Philo, Kurt Snyder, Tricia Travis, LaRon Williams, Arlene Ford,
At 7:30 pm, adults and teens enjoy a FREE! solo performance by Antonio Rocha @ 7:30 pm at Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood Ave. Jackson MI 49201. Brazilian born, Antonio has shared his unique blend of mime and stories in eleven countries on five continents and is considered a renowned mime/storyteller extraordinaire! http://www.jacksonstoryfest.org/
May 3, Jackson 8:45am-1:30 pm
Rare chance for an affordable, full day learning to tell stories from extraordinary teachers, Elizabeth Ellis and Antonio Rocha. Jackson Storyfest presents workshops: 8:45-10:45 am Elizabeth Ellis “Talking with Your Foot in Your Mouth”. This interactive “feet on” workshop will focus on common boo-boos in storytelling, and what to do when you’ve made them. Bloopers will be shared and discussed. Box Lunch included with full paid registration. 11:30 – 1:30 p.m. “Transforming The Mundane Into Magic Through Sound Effects” with Antonio Rocha. $25 per session; register for both sessions to receive free box lunch. Jackson Library, 244 W. Michigan Ave. (enter on Pearl St.)http://www.jacksonstoryfest.org/
Join Antonio in this fun/interactive workshop to explore the use of animal growls, machine and element sounds, as well as eloquent noises to put laughter, intrigue, magic and pizzazz into your stories.May 3, Jackson 2:00 pm
Free Family matinee with music and stories with Audrey and Robert Allison of Grosse Pointe at Jackson Symphony Orchestra Hall, 215 W. Michigan Ave, http://www.jacksonstoryfest.org/
May 3, Jackson 7:30 pm
Not-to-be-missed chance to see America’s best storytelling as Jackson Storyfest features a FREE! solo performance by national treasure, Elizabeth Ellis from Texas. “Elizabeth Ellis’ voice sounds like chocolate tastes.”- Jay O’Callahan. You are promised a delightful evening! Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood Ave., Jackson MI 49201l. http://www.jacksonstoryfest.org/
May 15, Ann Arbor, 7:00 pm
Donald Davis leads an experiential workshop on creating personal and family-based stories. Downtown Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South Fifth Ave. Free. No registration necessary. Info: www.aadl.org, Laura Pershin Raynor at 734-327-4226
June 8 Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales: Spiders and Things 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, Ann Arbor, Free, 734-769-3115. *Please note, June’s performance will be on the 2nd Sunday.
June 9 – 13, Walled Lake
“CAST – Crafts, Arts & Storytelling Theatre” Storyteller, Karen Czarnik presents this Storytelling performance and art & crafts based camp for ages 6 to 12. Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Walled Lake Comm Ed Center, 615 N. Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake. $165.00 camp fee. Go to http://www.walledlake.k12.mi.us/cec/ or call 248-956-5000
June 16 – 20, Farmington Hills
“Fine Arts Camp,” Storyteller, Karen Czarnik presents the Storytelling performance section of this 4 section arts camp which offers Music, Photography, Mixed Media Art and Storytelling to students in the following age groups (5 to 7 and 8 to 12) Camp runs from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Heritage Park, Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI. $195.00 camp fee. Go to www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us or call (248) 473-1857
June 24, Mount Clemens, 11: 00 am
”Snug as a Bug on a Rug”– Karen Czarnik presents Storytelling & Song program for kids. Listen to stories and songs of Anansi the Spider and other creatures. Mount Clemens Public Library, 105 Cass Avenue, Mount Clemens, MI (586) 469-6200
June 24, Chesterfield, 2:00 pm
”Snug as a Bug on a Rug “–Karen Czarnik presents Storytelling & Song program for kids. Listen to stories and songs of Anansi the Spider and other creatures. Chesterfield Township Library, 50560 Patricia Avenue, Chesterfield, MI (586) 598-4900
June 24, Chesterfield, 6:00 p.m.“Improvise & Metamorphosize Theatre” – Karen Czarnik presents Storytelling & Improv Theatre interactive workshop for teens. Listen to stories and songs of Anansi the Spider and other creatures. Chesterfield Township Library, 50560 Patricia Avenue, Chesterfield, MI (586) 598-4900
June 30, Richmond, 1:00 p.m.
”Snug as a Bug on a Rug”– Karen Czarnik presents Storytelling & Song program for kids. Listen to stories and songs of Anansi the Spider and other creatures. Lois Wagner Memorial Library, 35200 Division Road, Richmond, MI (586) 727-2665
FIND-A-Storyteller: STORYTELLER DIRECTORIES
Find a storyteller: Directories of Michigan storytellers include:
*Michigan Arts & Humanities Touring Program www.michiganhumanities.org/touring/2006_2009
*National Storytelling Network http://www.storynet.org/Directory/searchstate.php
Established information online at http://www.michiganstorytelling.com/
STORYTELLING LINKS & MAGAZINES
ONGOING PROGRAMS & CLASSES
Established meetings listed at http://www.michiganstorytelling.com/
National Storytelling Network (NSN):
Benefits = subscription Storytelling Magazine; Special Interest Groups (SIGs) & Discussion groups (e.g., Healing Stories Alliance, Youth Storytelling, Event Organizers, Diversity Focus, Storytelling in Organizations, Intergenerational Telling,); Source Book Listing (option for professional/event listing in on-line directory), grant opportunities. NSN advocates nationally & regionally for storytelling. Michigan Liaison: LoiS-sez@LoiS-sez.com. NSN 1-800-525-4514 or www.storynet.org.
National Association of Black Storytellers (NABS):
Promotes and perpetuates the art of Black storytelling-an art form which embodies the history, heritage, and culture of African Americans. Black storytellers educate and entertain through the Oral Tradition, which depicts and documents the African American experience. A nationally organized body with individual, affiliate and organizational memberships, NABS preserves and passes on the folklore, legends, myths, fables and mores of Africans and their descendants and ancestors. http://nabsinc.org/home.asp
Northlands Storytelling Network:
Regional organization offering support & annual conference for tellers in or near North Central states. Michigan Representative: Dick Strader. For info: Northlands, P O Box 1055, McHenry, IL 60051-1055, email: info (at) northlands.net or www.northlands.net
Many guilds adjourn during summer. Call to check. Most guilds free to anyone wanting to hear or tell stories.
Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild:
4th Sunday of each month Sept.-June. Located at Nicola’s Books, Westgate Mall, 2513 Jackson Rd at Maple Road, Ann Arbor. Free. Bring a story to tell or listen to swapped stories. 2-4 pm. Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org. email Info@AnnArborStorytelling.org or phone Judy Schmidt (734) 971-5763.
Battle Creek Storytelling Guild
meets 7:00 pm Last Monday of month at Willard Library, Meeting Room, 7 West Van Buren near Clara’s Restaurant and across from W.K. Kellogg Auditorium. Info: Joyce Wilson (269) 963-9859 or Dick Strader (269) 963-6830 or Kid’s Desk, Willard Library (269) 968-8166 x517.
Birmingham Storytellers Guild of the Community House:
meets each first Thursday of the month from September through June at the Community House at 380 Bates St., Birmingham. Info: Audrey Hart email: NTRV72A (at) hotmail.com)or call 248-624-3395.
Detroit Assoc of Black Storytellers:
Detroit Assoc. of Black Storytellers, Inc. 313-442-3227/442-DABS for info contact Ivory D. Williams, President email@example.com
Detroit Story League
3rd Saturday of every month except July (12:00-3:00) various locations in Greater Detroit Area. Since 1912 the DSL meets to tell stories, share resources. DSL sponsors Tellabration & Annual Storytelling Festival with performances & workshops led by tellers of national renown. Info: www.DetroitStorytelling.com
Flint Area Story Tellers (F.A.S.T.):
1st Tuesdays of month at 7:00pm at Main Branch Flint Public Library, 1026 Kearsley, Flint. Storytelling, workshops, sharing, supports Michigan Storytelling Festival each July. Library Contact: Brenda Harris: Email: firstname.lastname@example.org ; Phone: 810-249-2170
Flint – Society of Afrikan American Storytellers-SAAS:
Meets and prepares community performances. Contact: Brenda Harris, PO Box 13296, Flint Mi 48501, 810-235-1844, Email: email@example.com
Grand Rapids Story Spinners:
7:00 p.m. Third Tuesday of each month at Heron Woods apartment complex. (Common Room), 2110 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids across from Yankee Clipper Library. Info: http://www.storyspinners.net/ firstname.lastname@example.org.
2nd Monday of each month 7-9pm at Plymouth Congregational Church at Fairview St. & Grand River in Lansing (I 96 to Lansing, exit I 27 north – Saginaw/Grand River exit. Follow Grand River west to 2nd light (Fairview St). Contact: Jean Bolley email@example.com and/or Shirley Bradley – firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenawee Storytellers Guild:
Jan Richardi, 526 Comstock; Adrian Mi 49221, 517-263-5197
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST):
Meets every 1st Wednesdays 7:00-8:30 pm, Grace A. Dow Memorial Libary, 1710 West Saint Andrews Rd, Midland MI 45860-2698. Info: Eileen DeLorenzo, lead coordinator P.O. Box 1304, Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858 1-866-835-5988/989-773-2429 emdelorenzo (at) msn.com.
Monroe Area Story Tellers:
Meets 7:00 pm every 3rd Thursday monthly at Dorsch Memorial Library, 18 East First St., Monroe. Info: Cindy Green cgreen (at) monroe.lib.mi.us or (734) 241-7878.
A Tale for Two Cities Guild for Montague/Whitehall area. Info: Helen Fink (231) 893-5323, email@example.com or www.atalefortwocities.org.
Mother Goose Guild Center:
Joanne Ladd, 106 Kettering; Burton MI 48509-2406, 810-743-7773
Mountcalm County Storyweavers
Storyweavers, the Montcalm County Storytelling Guild meets 2nd Tuesday monthly at 7:00 P.M. Info: Kathleen Rasmussen (989) 831-4551 or email kathyrasm(at)charter.net.
Mt. Clemens Raconteurs
Monthly Saturdays @ 2:30 pm Marge Kinzy, Mt Clemens Public Library, 150 Cass, Mt Clemens MI 48043, firstname.lastname@example.org or 586-469-6200
Sue Kobza, 231-766-3953 home, 231-727-2118 work, email@example.com
Richland Story Caravan:
Robin Nott, Gull Lake High School Story Caravan, 99550 E M-89, Richland, MI 49083. Phone: 269-629-5803 ext 216.
New Baltimore Biblical Storytellers:. Contact: Katie Dailey 586-716-9543 daileystory (at) yahoo.com for information.
Saginaw Sylvia Burden Story League:
Betty Briggs, 3122 Weiss, Apt H, Saginaw MI 48602
Traverse City Word of Mouth:
7:00 p.m., 4th Wednesdays, Steven Holl, 109 S. Union St. #201 Traverse City, MI 49684, 231-933-7010, Info: steven (at) soulworks.org or 932-9808. or http://www.soulworks.org/.
Warren – Chatterton Parent-Tellers:
Judy Sima contact person. You don’t have to be a parent to attend mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
White Lake Township
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) 2nd Tuesday of the month, 7:00-9:00 at the Fisk Farm schoolhouse. Highland Road (M-59) & Fisk Road. For more information contact: LoisSez (at) earthlink.net; njhinman (at) juno.com, gravesccr (at) aol.com