· Grant money is available to pay for storytelling programs through the Michigan Humanities Council. Monies support programs which hire storytellers whose business practices, content and artistic merit are approved for inclusion in the state artist roster, also known as the Touring Arts Directory. Info at www.MichiganHumanities.org
· A new website connects Michigan storytellers with opportunities to promote themselves, their groups, events, ideas, & questions is now available at networking site, http://MichiganStorytelling.ning.com. Established by National Storytelling Network State Liaison, Lois Sprengnether Keel, anyone can view the site, but only site members can post comments & events, have a page with information, photos, & videos. Membership is free.
November 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales: The Wise Old Owl and Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. ½ hour program for young and old alike. Free. Kerrytown Market & Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Ave., 734-769-3115
November 1, Dearborn, 2:00 p.m.
Islamic tales from the Middle East about Goha/the Hodja/the Mullah with Lois Sprengnether Keel. Arab-American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn. Info: 313-582-2266.
November 4, Rochester Hills, 7:00 PM
Tall Tales: Family Story and Song Night with Lois Sprengnether Keel. Rochester Hills Public Library
Share your music and stories with family, friends and neighbors of all ages, rediscovering how family tales and songs were shared in the past. Online registration begins October 28. http://evanced.info/rochesterhills/evanced/eventsignup.asp?ID=5832&ret=eventcalendar.asp
November 8, Dearborn, 2:00 p.m.
Family friendly classic tales from India with Lois Sprengnether Keel. Arab-American National Museum, 13624 Michigan Avenue, Dearborn. Info: 313-582-2266.
November 8, Birmingham 2:00 pm
Corinne Stavish tells stories “Our Land: America During the Great Depression” at Baldwin Public Library, Birmingham, MI, 248.554.4671
November 12, Alpena, 7:00 p.m.
An Evening with Liberetta Lerich Green. Lois Sprengnether Keel reenacts a woman who grew up on an Underground Railroad Station and was involved in the Michigan efforts in the Civil War. Alpena County George N. Fletcher Public Library, 211 N. 1st, Alpena. Info: 989-356-6188.
November 14, Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
Adult Tellebration! Ann Arbor’s 18th annual evening of storytelling for grownups features Yvonne Healy, Star Burton-West, Darryl Mickens, Beverly Black, Lyn Davidge and Jill Halpern. Located at St. Clare’s Episcopal Church/Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard (at Eastover) Ann Arbor, 48104. Tickets $10 each at the door. Info from the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild www.AnnArborStorytelling.org
November 13, White Lake Township 7:30 pm
White Lake Performing Arts Company presents Tellebration beginning with Terry Wooten at the Caboose Museum, Hanson St. Info 231-893-5323.
November 14, Whitehall, 2:00 pm
White Lake Tellebration continues with a family concert at the Howmet Playhouse in Whitehall featuring music by Gemini and storyteller Mark Lewis. Info: 231-893-5323
November 15, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
Family Tellebration Concert. Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild presents their 8th Family Tellabration at 2:00 pm. Kids aged 4 & up are invited with their grownup to this popular event hosted by The Ann Arbor District Library, Pittsfield Branch Library, 2359 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor, 48103. Telling are Jeff Doyle, Judy Schmidt, Ruth Kumaus, and Laura Hayes. Admission Free. Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org
November 20, Rochester 10:30 a.m.
Tunes & Tales Together – Join Storyteller & Musician Karen Czarnik for this fun, hands on, and participatory program for families. Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, 248-656-2900
November 20, Livonia 7:00 pm
Detroit Story League presents “Tellabration 2009″ featuring stories by Mary Masson, Carolyn Graves, Margaret Lockard and Barbara Shapiro with Doreen Lawton as Mastro. Located at the Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile at Farmington Rd. Tickets: $5 at door. Info: www.DetroitStorytelling.org or firstname.lastname@example.org
November 21, White Lake 7:30 pm
Tellabration! an international time of storytelling with North Oakland County Storytelling at Calvary Lutheran Church, 9101 Highland Rd. (M-59), White Lake. Donation $5. Information: 248-625-5848
November 22, Ann Arbor 1:00 pm
FREE kids and family show by storyteller/musician Bill Harley (RI) presented by the Ann Arbor District Library at the Ark, 361 Main St. Info: email@example.com
November 22, Detroit 11:30 am, 2:00 pm and 3:30 pm
Corinne Stavish presents a program of stories entitled “Thankful for Families” at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Avenue. “Thankful for Families.” 313.833.7900
November 22, Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
Concert for adults and teens with storyteller/musician Bill Harley (RI) at the Ark, 361 Main St. Ticket info: www.theArk.org
December 6, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales: Surprise! Surprise! Says Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. ½ hour program for young and old alike. Free. Kerrytown Market & Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Ave., 734-769-3115
December 12, Harrison Township 11:00 am
The Befana, Loretta P. Vitek, tells holiday stories at the Lake St. Clair Walleye Association Kids’ Christmas party. Located at Gino’s Suf, 37400 Jefferson, Harrison Township. Visitors welcome.
December 13, Detroit 2:00 pm
Cozy up with “Christmas Stories” performed by the dynamic Yvonne Healy. For adults and children alike. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., www.dia.org
December 21, Detroit, 2:00 pm
“Target Family Sundays” at the DIA presents storyteller, Judy Sima, as she lights up the holiday season with Hanukah stories of miracles, menorahs, and magic dreidels. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org
December 29, Hartland, 11:00 am
Karen Czarnik presents Clap It, Tap It, Sing It – a highly interactive and energetic storytelling & song circle for families. Cromaine Library, 3688 North Hartland Rd., Hartland, call 810.632.5200 ext. 3 for more info.
December 29, Farmington Hills, 2:00pm
Enjoy ”Warm Tales for a Chilly Afternoon” for the entire family with storyteller, Judy Sima at the Farmington Community Library, 32737 West 12 Mile Rd. Info: Laura Scott, 248-848-4315
January 12, Ypsilanti 4:30 pm
CAST – Crafts, Arts & Storytelling Theatre – Karen Czarnik begins this 12 week storytelling, improv theatre & crafts class for ages 6 – 11. Ypsilanti Township Comm Center, 2025 E. Clark Road, Ypsilanti. For fee & more info call 734-544-3800 or go to www.twp.ypsilanti.mi.us
January 12, Ypsilanti 6:15 pm
LOL – Laugh Out Loud Improv for Teens – Karen Czarnik presents this 12 week improv theatre & skits class for ages 12 – 18. Ypsilanti Township Comm Center, 2025 E. Clark Road, Ypsilanti. For fee & more info call 734-544-3800 or go to www.twp.ypsilanti.mi.us
February 17, Berkley, 6:30pm
Enjoy “Warm Tales for a Chilly Winter’s Eve” for the entire family with storyteller, Judy Sima at the Berkley Public Library. Info: Wendy Scott, 248-658-3440.
February 20, Ann Arbor 10:00 am
Adults and teens can learn from masterful liar, Bil Lepp, in a workshop at the Ann Arbor District Main Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. “Getting Folks to Lie Well” is free, open to the public, and part of a collaboration with The Ark, the Ann Arbor District Library and the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org
February 20, Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
Ark Storytelling Festival and the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild presents funnyman Bil Lepp (WV) and others to be announced. Concert is for Adults and Teens only. The Ark is located at 316 W. Main St. The Guild will offer school shows and workshops for teachers, storytellers and parents with Bil. Tickets $20 at door or Ticketmaster. Info www.AnnArborStorytelling.org.
February 21, Ann Arbor 1:00 pm
Family show with Bil Lepp (WV) and others TBA concludes the Ark Storytelling Festival in collaboration with the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. Tickets $10 at door or Ticketmaster. The Ark is located at 316 S. Main St. Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org
STORYTELLER DIRECTORIES links at http://www.Michiganstorytelling.com
Michigan guilds are also found at http://www.MichiganStorytelling.org
Yvonne Healy, storyteller