April 26, 2010

MAY 2009

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Storytelling
Event Calendar
Yvonne Healy,
Editor – Judy Sima, Distribution
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located in
Michigan unless otherwise noted.
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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 pm
Judy Sima presents “Riddle-de-dee: Stories
to Solve and More” at the Baldwin Public
Library, 300 W. Merrill. Info: 248-647-1700.
April 12,
Ypsilanti 2:00 pm
You’re invited to tell or listen at the monthly series,
“2nd Sunday Story Swap”. Always located at Bombadill’s Coffee House,
217 W. Michigan Ave.. Always presented on the 2nd Sunday of each
month at 2:00 pm. Always hosted by the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. And always
Free! Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org or
Bombadill’s 734.544.5080
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
Apr. 18,
Detroit 1 p.m.
“Stories That Dance, Sing, &…” Lois Sprengnether
Keel tells stories with dance, music, art, puppetry, & sign language.
Redford Branch of Detroit Public Library, 21200 Grand River/W. McNichols.  Info:
Conja Wright, 313-578-8000.
Apr. 18,
Detroit 3 p.m.
“Stories That Dance, Sing, &…” Lois Sprengnether
Keel tells stories with dance, music, art, puppetry, & sign
language.  Hubbard Branch of Detroit Public Library, 12929 W. McNichols/J.
Couzens.  Info: Barbara Parker, 313-578-7585.
April 22,
Detroit9:30-11:30
“Do Tell….”
Annual Storytelling Festival, featuring Robert and Audrey Allison, Storytellers:
United Through Stories and Music. Detroit Public Library – Main Library, 5201
Woodward, Friends Auditorium. Schools and public are invited. Call: 313-833-1437
or 313-833-1492.
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
Apr. 25,
Detroit 11 a.m.
“Take a Gander at Mother Goose” Lois Sprengnether Keel
combines rhymes, stories, songs, & a dash of art to show how Mother Goose is
the foundation of literacy.  A Great Parents; Great Start program  Main
Library, 5201 Woodward.  Info: Janet Batchelder,
313-833-1492.
Apr. 25,
Detroit 3 p.m.
“Stories That Dance, Sing, &…” Lois Sprengnether
Keel tells stories with dance, music, art, puppetry, & sign
language.  Parkman Branch of Detroit Public Library, 1766 Oakman Blvd./Linwood.
Info: Paula Beaudoin, 313-305-6000.
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 including Michigan’s own Yvonne Healy, Karen Czarnik and Judy
Sima. Beautiful Green Lake Conference Center offers comfy rooms and yummy food
at a price to please your pocket.
www.Northlands.net
April 26, Ann
Arbor
1:00 pm & 2:30 pm
Celebrate Earth Day with storyteller Darryl Mickens at
Leslie Science Center at 1831 Traver Rd, Ann Arbor. Other entertainment includes
“Bubbleman” Ron Lloyd, musician Joe Reilly, Storyteller Darryl Mickens,
Afro-Brazilian band Ginga97, and folk musicians Seth Bernard & May Erlewine.
Info: www.lesliesnc.org/EarthDay2009.htm



April 29, Detroit9:30-11:30
“Do
Tell….” Annual Storytelling Festival, The Harold McKinney Creative Arts
Institute presents: Michele Jahra McKenney. Detroit Public Library – Main
Library, 5201 Woodward, Friends Auditorium. Schools and public are invited.
Call: 313-833-1437 or 313-833-1492.

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
“Breathing
Life into the Word”
– Society for
Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators (SCBWI) features storyteller and
author 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 10, Ypsilanti
2:00 pm
You’re invited to tell or listen at the monthly series,
“2nd Sunday Story Swap”. Always located at Bombadill’s Coffee House,
217 W. Michigan Ave.. Always presented on the 2nd Sunday of each
month at 2:00 pm. Always hosted by the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. And always
Free! Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org or
Bombadill’s 734.544.5080
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!
Celebrating 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!
Celebrating 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
JUNE
June 7, Ann Arbor 2:00
pm

“Kerry Tales:  Make June Jolly 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
June 11, Marlette 11:00
am

All ages are
invited to “ActUP with Stories”
Yvonne Healy’s dynamic performance chockfull of ways for kids to be Creative @
the Library. Summer Reading Program, Marlette District Library, 3116 Main St.,
Marlette. Info: 989-635-2838.
June 14, Ypsilanti
2:00 pm
You’re invited to tell or listen at the monthly series,
“2nd Sunday Story Swap”. Always located at Bombadill’s Coffee House,
217 W. Michigan Ave.. Always presented on the 2nd Sunday of each
month at 2:00 pm. Always hosted by the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. And always
Free! Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org or
Bombadill’s 734.544.5080
June 16, Marshall 10:30
am

All ages are
invited to “Play with Words”, a
dynamic performance by Yvonne Healy which is chockfull of ways for kids to be
Creative @ the Library. Summer Reading Program, Marshall District Library, 124
W. Green St., Marshall. Info:
269.781.7821.
June 16, Marshall 3:00
pm

Teens
ActUP!
with Yvonne
Healy at the Marshall District Library with boatload of creative theatre games,
improvisation, word play and general mayhem. Summer Reading Program. Free at the
Main Branch, 124 W. Green St., Marshall. To register contact
269.781.7821
June 18, Armada 6:30
pm

Teens and Young Adults are invited to “ActUp!: the Workshop” with storyteller,
Yvonne Healy. Kids enjoy this popular
workshop with theatre games and improvisation based on Yvonne’s decades in
professional New York theaters and comedy clubs. Summer Reading Program. Armada Free Public
Library, 73930 Church, Armada,
MI, 48005. 586-784-5921.
Info: bairdd@libcoop.net
June 22, Orion Township 3:00
pm

Ages 4-10 and
families are invited to “Playing with
Words”,
a dynamic interactive performance by Yvonne Healy which is chockfull
of ways for kids to be Creative @ the Library. Summer Reading Program, Orion
Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48362 Phone:
248-693-3000
June, Orion Township 6:00
pm

Teens
ActUP!
with Yvonne
Healy at the Marshall District Library with boatload of creative theatre games,
improvisation, word play and general mayhem. Summer Reading Program. Free at the
Orion Township Public Library, 825 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion, MI 48362 Phone:
248-693-3000
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
Storyteller-Author-Educator
248-644-3951
www.JudySima.com