April 26, 2010

MARCH 2009

* MI Story *
Storytelling Event Calendar
Yvonne Healy, Editor    -    Judy Sima, Distribution Editor
All events are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.
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3/01/09
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  • · You are needed. Without you, Michigan loses out on federal funds due to the Governor’s proposed budget. State funding for arts and cultural activities and programs disappear. This tells the nation that Michigan does not value arts and culture and therefore no national funds will come to us. Many more jobs will be lost. Let your state legislators and Governor know how you feel. Please visit  http://www.artservemichigan.org/ and click on Send Governor Granholm a MESSAGE. Or visit http://capwiz.com/artsusa/mi/issues/alert/?alertid=12673381.
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MARCH
March 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  March Along with Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  2 p.m., Kerrytown Market and Shops in  Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. Free.  734-769-3115
March 5, Ann Arbor, 4:30 pm
In “Kids Tell It Write”, Sue Black (IL) teaches adults how to use storytelling to teach writing to children. Presented by the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild, The Ark, and the Ann Arbor Public Schools at Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S. Wagner Rd., Ann Arbor 48106. Fee waived for Ann Arbor Public Schools employees. Two Professional Development hours are awarded to AAPS teachers who attend and register online on KALPA. Registration required by March 2. Info: Judy Schmidt – 734-971-5763  FransDotir@aol.com
March 6, Brighton, 6:30 – 8:45 p.m.
CAST – Crafts, Arts & Storytelling Theatre with Storyteller Karen Czarnik is one of many classes available during the Brighton Community Education Dept’s Fantastic Friday event. Hornung Elementary, 4680 Bauer Rd, Brighton,  Fee & registration info at http://scnc.bas.k12.mi.us/~commed/, 810-299-4130
March 7, East Lansing, 1:00 pm
“Adventures with John James Audubon” is the keynote performance by storyteller Brian “Fox” Ellis (IL) at the Michigan Audubon Society Conference, Kellogg University Conference Center, S. Harrison St. He also presents an afternoon workshop on creative writing and storytelling, “Bird is the Word” at 2:00 pm.  Public welcome. Info: 517-886-9144 or mas@michiganaudubon.org, or www.michiganaudubon.org
March 7, Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
PG-13 storytelling for adults and teens. No children, please! Ark Storytelling Festival, in a new partnership with the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild, offers a fresh take on this classic event with urban, adult storytelling by Antonio Sacre (CA), and the hilarious tales of marriage and motherhood from Sue Black (IL). Local tellers Beverly Black and Jeff Doyle also offer stories. Tickets $20. Info: www.Ark.org.
March 8, Ann Arbor 1:00 pm
Storytelling for Kids is the second and final concert of the Ark Storytelling Festival. Tickets $10 pp. Info: www.Ark.org
March 8, Detroit 2:00 pm
“Target Family Sundays” at the DIA presents “True Beauty” – Gutsy girls and wise women twist your take on ‘fairest of them all’ in lively stories by award-winning storyteller Barbara Schutzgruber. Detroit
Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org
March 9, Novi3:00 pm
Opening day of “LOL – Laugh Out Loud Kids Improv” with Storyteller Karen Czarnik. Registration required for this 4 week performance based class for grades 5th-6th.  Novi Meadows School, 25549 Taft Road, Novi.  Fee & registration info at www.novi.k12.mi.us/district/communityeducation, (248) 449-1206
March  9, Novi6:00 p.m.
CAST – Crafts, Arts & Storytelling Theatre with Storyteller Karen Czarnik 4 week storytelling based class for grades K – 4th. Novi Meadows School, 25549 Taft Road, Novi.  Fee & registration info at www.novi.k12.mi.us/district/communityeducation, (248) 449-1206
March 10-11, Holland 7:00 pm
Storyteller and author, Carmen Agra Deedy, will be at the Herrick District Library in Holland each evening at 7:00 pm in the Hazel Hays Auditorium, Herrick District Library, 300 S. River Ave. Info: Marilyn Brown, Head of Youth Services at 616-355-3731 or mbrown@herrickdl.org.
March 12, Ann Arbor 7:00 p.m.
Girls with Grit”: Adult Concert. Josie Barnes Parker and Laura Pershin Raynor will share poignant stories based on personal experience. Talented musicians Betsy Beckerman and Sara Melton Keller offer songs filled with wisdom and wit in honor of Women’s History Month. Invite your favorite friends for a grown-up girl’s night out with a trip back in time and great sing-alongs at the Pittsfield Branch Library, 2359 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor. Info: Laura Pershin Raynor, 734-327-4226 or raynorl@aadl.org
March 15, Detroit, 2:00
“Target Family Sundays” at the DIA Award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, brings to life stories of  Jewish American families in fact, fiction and folklore to help celebrate the DIA’s Norman Rockwell American Chronicles Exhibit. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org
March 17, Waterford 7:00 pm
Special St. Patrick’s Day Event! Rare chance to see “Ballyhoo: Tales from my Irish and American Homes.” Yvonne Healy’s show received standing ovations at the Pittsburg Fringe NSN. Featuring the show-stopping story “Granny’s 1st Whiskey.” Free presentation at the Waterford Township Public Library, 5168 Civic Center Drive, Waterford 48329. Info & reservations: Jaema Berman 248-618-7690 or jberman@waterford.lib.mi.us. Irish tea and refreshments served.
March 22, Detroit, 2:00
“Target Family Sundays” at the DIA Award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, brings to life stories of Jewish American families in fact, fiction and folklore to help celebrate the DIA’s Norman Rockwell American Chronicles Exhibit. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org
March 27, Grand Rapids, 10:45 am
Yvonne Healy teaches adults “Word Play: storytelling and creative dramatics with young children.” Annual conference for Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children, Amway Grand Conference Center. Yvonne is a featured performer at the Wolf Trap Showcase at 8:00-10:00 pm. Registration required. Course credit available. Public welcome. https://www.miaeyc2.org/ConfReg09/2009info.htm Conference.
March 28, Bloomfield Hills, 10:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm.
5th Annual Storytelling Festival at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Hills.   Co-sponsored by Bloomfield Hills Schools and the Friends of the Bloomfield Township Public Library.  The stories will be performed by middle and high school student storytellers.  For children ages 6+, parents, and other interested adults.  To register, call the Youth Services Department at 248-642-5800 beginning March 1.  Free.
APRIL
April 5, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  April Showers 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, MI. Free.  734-769-3115
April 7, Birmingham, 2:00
Judy Sima presents “Riddle-de-dee: Stories to Solve and  More” at the Baldwin Public Library, 300 W. Merrill. For more information: 248-647-1700.
April 15, Caro, 6:30 pm
Teen Story Slam with Yvonne Healy celebrates Young People’s Poetry Week at Caro District Library, 840 W. Frank St. Registration required.  Info: Debbie@carolibrary.org
April 23, Battle Creek, 7:00pm
“Folk Tales for Families”  Storyteller Dick Strader.  Willard Public Library meeting room, 7 West Van Buren, Battle Creek, MI 49017. www.willard.lib.mi.us, 269-968-8166, free.
April 24-26, Green Lake, WI
Don’t miss the Midwest’s Event of the Year! Northlands Storytelling Conference gives you more bang for your buck with Story Circles, Story Slams, Workshops, Concerts, Fringes, Coaching and a State Gathering. All levels of storytellers and storylovers welcome. Ride & room shares available by contacting info@northlands.net.  Presenters are nationally known storytellers and educators. Grab this affordable way to renew your spirit and your storytelling. For listeners and tellers alike, the beautiful Green Lake Conference Center beside stunning Green Lake offers comfy rooms and yummy food at a price to please your pocket. Michigan presenters include Yvonne Healy, Karen Czarnik, and Judy Sima. www.Northlands.net
MAY
May 1, Jackson 7:30 pm
Free Adults & Teens Concert with Andy Offut Irwin (GA) making his first Michigan appearance at the Jackson StoryFest. With a manic Silly Putty voice, astonishing mouth noises, and hilarious stories, he is equal parts mischievous school boy and the Marx Brothers, peppered with a touch of the Southern balladeer. Jackson High School Auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave. FREE! Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org. Friday’s free concerts for schoolchildren feature Andy as well as Charlotte Blake Alston and Michigan tellers Tonya Dallas, Tim Bogar, Trudy Bulkley, Paige Conat, Karen Czarnik, Michael Deren, Judy Gail, Lois Sprengnether Keel, Robin Nott, Sharon Peacock, Larry Plamondon, Steveanna Roose, Cate Robarts-Snyder, Corinne Stavish and LaRon Williams. Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org
May 1-3, Mount Vernon, Ohio
Ohio Order for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling Annual Conference featuring storytellers from Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, California, New York, and Michigan’s own Judy Sima. Info: www.oopstorytelling.org
May 2, Grand Rapids
Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) features storyteller Yvonne Healy as keynote presenter at the annual spring conference on writing. Workshops and writing critique groups. Calvin College. Public is welcome. Ticket info: http://www.kidsbooklink.org/
May 2, Jackson, 8:45 am
Jackson StoryFest offers workshops with Andy Offut Irwin “Mr. Rogers on Steroids” at 8:45 am and Charlotte Blake Alston “Rap, Rhythm, Rhyme” at Jackson District Library, 244 W. Michigan Ave. (enter on Pearl St.). Each workshop is $25; a box lunch is included for those registering for both workshops.  Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org
May 2, Jackson 2:00
Families and children will enjoy a free concert at Jackson Symphony Orchestra Hall, 215 W. Michigan Avenue, with the lively antics of Tonya Dallas.  Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org
May 2, Jackson 7:30 pm
Free Adults & Teens Concert with Charlotte Blake Alston (PA) at the Jackson StoryFest. Charlotte breathes life into traditional and contemporary stories from the African and    African American oral and cultural traditions.  Her solo performances are often enhanced with traditional instruments. Jackson High School Auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave. FREE! Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org
May 3, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  May Baskets 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, MI. Free.  734-769-3115
May 12, Dowagiac 6:00 pm
Dogwood Fine Arts Festival presents a master class with Willy Claflin (CA) at 207 Commercial St., Dowagiac. Claflin touches people of all ages with his incredible wit, clever use of language, and musical talent. Not to mention the Moose. Tickets: $10 Info: 269.782.1115, 866-490-2847 or www.dogwoodfinearts.org
May, 13, Dowagiac 7:30 pm
Dogwood Fine Arts Festival presents a family performance by Willy Claflin (CA) Willy Claflin has mesmerized audiences from California to Ireland to Jakarta, Indonesia, and beyond accompanied by his faithful sidekick, Maynard the Moose. Dale A. Lyons Building Theatre, Southwestern Michigan College, 58900 Cherry Grove Rd. Tickets: $6. Info: 269.782.1115, 866-490-2847 or www.dogwoodfinearts.org
May 17, Detroit 2:00 pm
Can’t live with ‘em; can’t kill ‘em! In celebration of the Norman Rockwell exhibit, the Detroit Institute of Arts features “Family Matters”, Yvonne Healy’s performance about the perils and pleasures of family life.  5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit.  Info: www.DIA.org
May 24, Detroit 2:00 pm
Can’t live with ‘em; can’t kill ‘em! In celebration of the Norman Rockwell exhibit, the Detroit Institute of Arts features “Family Matters”, Yvonne Healy’s performance about the perils and pleasures of family life.  5200 Woodward Ave., Detroit.  Info: www.DIA.org
FIND-A-Storyteller:
STORYTELLER DIRECTORIES links at http://www.michiganstorytelling.com
STORYTELLING ORGANIZATIONS/MEETINGS
Michigan guilds are also found at  www.MichiganStorytelling.org
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
REGIONAL:
Northlands Storytelling Network:
Regional organization offering support & annual conference for tellers in or near North Central states. Michigan Representative: Jean Bolley. For info: Northlands, P O Box 1055, McHenry, IL 60051-1055, email: info (at) northlands.net or www.northlands.net
Yvonne Healy, storyteller
www.YHealy.com
Managing Editor, MI Story
810-225-2204
Judy Sima
www.JudySima.com
Judy@JudySima.com
248-644-3951
Storyteller – Author – Educator Co-author: “Raising Voices: Creating Youth Storytelling Groups and Troupes.”
2004 Storytelling World Honor Book
2004 VOYA Five Foot Bookshelf selection
2005 Anne Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award National Storytelling Network Board of Directors – North Central Representative
2005 NSN North Central Service and Leadership Award
2003 MAME Ruby Brown Award for Individual Excellence