April 26, 2010

MARCH 2010

* 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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3/01/2010
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HIGLIGHTS
  • March 23 & 24, Bloomfield Township 6:30 pm
Each night is different at the 6th Annual Storytelling Festival, Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township. Talented forensic student storytellers from the Bloomfield Hills School district will weave their magical tales for children ages 6+, families and adults.  Different stories each night.  No registration required.  Free. Co-sponsored by the Bloomfield Hills Schools and the Friends of the Library. Info: 248-642-5800 or www.btpl.org.
  • Wa-hoo!!! Money for Storytellers is NOW available! Pay for nearly half of a storytelling program (40%) presented between April 1-Sept. 30, 2010 with newly funded grants. Move fast! This extra money will go quickly.
  • Scholarships for Young Adults: Northlands Storytelling Conference, April 23-25, is offering four Next Generation Scholarships to young adults ages 18-35 (no longer attending high school) interested in using storytelling in their respective fields. Application and information about the conference at
www.Northlands.net. Winners receive: Free admission to the conference, three nights shared lodging at Green Lake Conference Center, all meals Friday breakfast through Sunday breakfast, and entrance to all workshops, concerts, and fringes. Application deadline: March 15.
  • Save the Date! May 1st is set for the Gathering of Michigan Storytellers at Waldumar Nature Center, 5739 Old Lansing Road, Lansing 48917. Come for all or part of this relaxed day of meeting other storytellers from around the state and sharing stories. Organized by the Lansing Storytellers Guild. Info:
bolleyj@hotmail.com. Details to follow.
MARCH 2010
March 2, Ann Arbor 10:00 am
Merry Making with Mother Goose – Come enjoy the rhymes and engage in stories with Ann Arbor’s own Mother Goose, Trudy Bulkley. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. Free.
Info: Laura Pershin Raynor 734-327-4226, aadl.org
March 4, Detroit 7:30 pm
The Moth StorySLAMs are held first Thursday of each month at Cliff Bell’s, a bar/jazz club serving alcohol and food. 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226. Adults Only! $5 at door. Arrive by 6:00 pm to get in. Arrive much earlier to get a seat. Bring a 5-minute true, personal story on chosen theme and put your name in hat. If chosen, tell your 5 minute personal, true story. Volunteer with your friends to judge. Judges vote on winner. Info: www.themoth.org and www.CliffBells.com March theme: Busted
March 7, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales: March, March, March 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 12, Novi 7:00 p.m.
Tunes & Talking Tales Together – Join Storyteller & Musician Karen Czarnik for this fun, hands on, and highly interactive performance program for families. Public welcome. Presented by Novi Community Education, Novi Middle School49000 W. 11 Mile Rd, Novi. Info: 248-449-1206
March 12, Ann Arbor 7:00 pm
“School of Hard Knocks: Funny And Insightful Tales for Adults” with Laura Pershin Raynor and Josie Parker. In honor of Women’s History Month, Josie and Laura share funny and touching stories of a girl’s education, told from personal experience. They will be joined by talented musicians Betsy Beckerman and Sara Melton Keller. Downtown Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor. Info: RaynorL@aadl.org
March 16, Auburn Hills, 12:00 pm
“Women’s History Month Panel” Storyteller/re-enactors Rosie Chapman as Madame C.J. Walker, Pam Dawson as Mary Todd Lincoln, and Lois Sprengnether Keel as Liberetta Lerich Green travel to Oakland Community College, Auburn Hills Student Center.  Information: Jessica Newman, jlnewman@oaklandcc.edu
March 17, Canton 7:00 pm
Family-friendly St. Patrick’s Day celebrated at Canton Public Library with the Midwest’s favorite Irish storyteller, Yvonne Healy. “Lilt of Irish Laughter” is aimed at ages 6-9 and adults who can get a kid to bring them. Free. Info: 734-718-4600 or kostielneyk@cantonpl.org
March 20, Warren, 2 p.m.
“Spring into Warmth in Stories”, a joyous storytelling for school-age children with Lois Sprengnether Keel enjoying the promise of spring. Free. Information: Lynn Biesczka, Warren Civic Center Library, 1 City Square, Suite 100, Warren. 586-751-0770.
March 23 & 24, Bloomfield Township 6:30 pm
Each night is different at the 6th Annual Storytelling Festival, Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township. Talented forensic student storytellers from the Bloomfield Hills School district will weave their magical tales for children ages 6+, families and adults.  Different stories each night.  No registration required.  Free. Co-sponsored by the Bloomfield Hills Schools and the Friends of the Library. Info: 248-642-5800 or www.btpl.org.
APRIL 2010
April 1, Detroit 7:30 pm
The Moth StorySLAMs are held first Thursday of each month at Cliff Bell’s, a bar/jazz club serving alcohol and food. 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226. Adults Only! $5 at door. Arrive by 6:00 pm to get in. Arrive earlier to get a seat. Bring a 5-minute true, personal story on chosen theme and put your name in hat. If chosen, tell your 5 minute personal, true story. Volunteer with your friends to judge. Judges vote on winner. Info: www.themoth.org and www.CliffBells.com April theme: On the Road
April 6, Livonia, 11:00 – 11:45 am
Talkin’, Tales, Tunes & Tappin’ – Join Storyteller & Musician Karen Czarnik for this fun, hands on, and interactive performance program for early elementary and pre-K families. Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd., Livonia, 734- 466-2491
April 17 Oak Park 7:00 pm
Celebrate National Library Week as storyteller, Judy Sima, presents “Books Come Alive” for the entire family at the Oak Park Public Library, 14200 Oak Park Blvd. For more information call: Catherine Ricard. 248-691-7480

April 18, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales: Splash in Puddles with Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike. 2 p.m., Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-769-3115
April 22-25, Green Lake, WI
The annual conference for the Northlands Storytelling Network offers intensives, showcases, workshops, concerts, fringes and a story slam. Info: www.Northlands.net
April 27, Ann Arbor 7:00 pm
Listeners of all ages are invited to a storytelling paper magic show entitled “Stories Increasing” with Empress Storyteller and Origami Swami, Megan Hicks (VA). Free. Lower Level of the Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. Info: Laura Pershin Raynor 734-327-4226, aadl.org
April 30-May 1, St. Louis, MO
Michigan’s Yvonne Healy performs under the Arch at the 31st St. Louis Storytelling Festival. Schedule of locations and tellers at http://stlstorytellingfestival.org/
May 2010
May 1st is set for the Gathering of Michigan Storytellers at Waldumar Nature Center, 5739 Old Lansing Road, Lansing 48917. Organized by the Lansing Storytellers Guild. Info: bolleyj@hotmail.com. Details to follow.
May 2, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales: Smell the Flowers with Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike. 2 p.m., Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-769-3115
May 6, Detroit 7:30 pm
The Moth StorySLAMs are held first Thursday of each month at Cliff Bell’s, a bar/jazz club serving alcohol and food. 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226. Adults Only! $5 at door. Arrive by 6:00 pm to get in. Arrive earlier to get a seat. Bring a 5-minute true, personal story on chosen theme and put your name in hat. If chosen, tell your 5 minute personal, true story. Volunteer with your friends to judge. Judges vote on winner. Info: www.themoth.org and www.CliffBells.com May theme: Money.
May 7-8, Jackson
Jackson StoryFest returns with 2 full days of storytelling for all ages. During the day children are treated to concerts by regional tellers TBA and visiting tellers, Dovie Thomason, Native American storyteller, and Willy Claflin with Maynard the Moose, followed by evening concerts and weekend workshops for adults and teens. Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org
May 7, 7:30 pm
Willy Claflin entertains adults and teens with his humorous and thoughtful stories. Jackson High School, 544 Wildwood Ave. Free.
May 8, 8:45 am
Dovie Thomas offers a workshop in storytelling for adults and teens. “Don’t ask me how. Let’s talk about Why.” Jackson District Library – 244 W. Michigan Ave. (enter on Pearl St.) Registration requested. www.JacksonStoryFest.org
May 8, 11:30 am
Willy Claflin offers a workshop on “Fracturing Folk and Fairy Tales” for adults and teens. Registration suggested. Jackson District Library – 244 W. Michigan Ave. (enter on Pearl St.) www.JacksonStoryFest.org
May 8, 2:00
The irrepressible and delightful Judy Gail entertains at the Free Family Matinee. Adults welcome, too!. The Assembly Church ,141 E. Michigan Ave. www.JacksonStoryFest.org
May 8, 7:30 pm
Native American teller, Dovie Thomason, entertains adults and teens at the Jackson High School, 7:30 pm, 544 Wildwood Ave. Free. Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org
May 11, Dowagiac, 7:00 pm
Storytelling Master Class with naturalist teller, Doug Elliot, at the Dowagiac Fine Arts Festival. Dogwood Festival Headquarters, 207 Commercial Street. Tickets: $10. Info www. DowagiacFineArts.org
May 12, Dowagiac 7:30 pm
Storyteller Doug Elliot performs at the Dowagiac Fine Arts Festival, Dale A. Lyons Building Theatre, Southwestern Michigan College, 58900 Cherry Grove Road. Tickets $ TBA. Info Info www. DowagiacFineArts.org
May 15 Tecumseh 1:30 pm.
Kick off Summer Reading with storyteller, Judy Sima, as she up tales, real and imagined that flow from our steams, lakes, and seas with stories “Wet and Wild.” Tecumseh District Library, 215
N Ottawa. Information: Mary Beth Reasoner 517-423-2238
March 23 & 24, Bloomfield Township, 6:30 pm.
Enjoy both nights of the 6th Annual Storytelling Festival at Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township. Free. Talented forensic student storytellers from the Bloomfield Hills School district will weave their magical tales for children ages 6+, families and adults.  Different stories each night.  No registration required.  Free. Co-sponsored by the Bloomfield Hills Schools and the Friends of the Library. Info: 248-642-5800 or www.btpl.org.
May 29-31, Oak Forest, IL
Michigan’s Irish storyteller, Yvonne Healy, is the featured teller all three days at the annual Irish Fest at Gaelic Park outside of Chicago. Rock bands, trad music, dancing, food, vendors. 147 W. Oak St., Oak Forest, IL. Info: www.ChicagoGaelicPark.org
Find-A-Storyteller:
STORYTELLER DIRECTORIES links at http://www.Michiganstorytelling.com
STORYTELLING ORGANIZATIONS/MEETINGS
Michigan guilds listed at http://www.MichiganStorytelling.org
Yvonne Healy, storyteller
www.MichiganStoryteller.com
Managing Editor
810-813-3000
Judy Sima
Storyteller-Author-Educator
248-644-3951
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