The international celebration of telling stories to Adults is the highlight of November across the USA and across the world. Make sure to catch one or more Michigan’s offerings listed below. If you know a Tellabration that is missing, please send info to Info@YvonneHealy.com.
Save March 7 & 8 for the long-running favorite, the Ark Storytelling Festival in Ann Arbor. Details to follow.
*Michigan Story Festival
Don’t miss the first ever appearance in Michigan of Gene Tagaban and Bil Lepp at Michigan Story Festival in Mount Pleasant, October 24-25 www.michiganstoryfestival.com
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October 1, Commerce Township, 7:00 p.m.
Talkin’ Tales, Tunes and Tappin’ – Karen Czarnik presents this fun collection of stories and songs that help audiences play a part in the program. Commerce Township Public Library, 2869 North Pontiac Trail, Commerce Twp., 248-669-8108
October 5, Detroit 2:00 pm
“Target Family Sundays” at the DIA presents “Art Spoken”: Yvonne Healy uses voice, gesture and story to share weird Irish legends, outrageous family lore, and kids’ tales. The humorous stories of this “wickedly talented” Midwest performing artist open windows to life, as real and tender as it gets. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org. (With sign-language interpretation)
October 5, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales: Eat an Apple 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
October 12, Detroit 2:00 pm
“Target Family Sundays” at the DIA presents “Art Spoken”: Yvonne Healy uses voice, gesture and story to share weird Irish legends, outrageous family lore, and kids’ tales. The humorous stories of this “wickedly talented” Midwest performing artist open windows to life, as real and tender as it gets. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org.
October 15, West Bloomfield 7:00 pm
“Language of the Heart Story Time”, this popular family story time includes stories, songs, rhymes and more in a different language each month. This month, hear stories in Hindi from guest storyteller Urjita Satam in the Main Library Youth Services Activity Center, 4600 Walnut Lake Road, West Bloomfield
MI 48323. Info: 248-682-2120
October 18, White Lake, 7:00 p.m.
“Spooky & Kooky” – Karen Czarnik presents this family program featuring tales and songs for Halloween. Gazelle’s House of Handmades, 6680 Grass Lake Road, White Lake, 248-496-1047
October 19, Detroit 2:00 pm
“Simply Mother Goose” Marjorie Schaefer engages her audience using a call-and-response format with rhymes and using figures from her collection of Mother Goose items. Her presentation will be appealing to an inter-generational audience. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info:www.DIA.org
October 24, Howell 7:30 pm
Ages 8 to adult are invited to 3rd Annual Scary Story Festival, Howell Opera House, 123 W. Grand River, Howell. Friday’s concert is presented by Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild and area high school students. Donation: $5. Info: Jeff Doyle (517) 404-8257, email@example.com or www.AnnArborStorytelling.org.
October 25, Howell 7:00 pm
All invited to Free Concert at 3rd Annual Scary Story Festival, Howell Opera House, 123 W. Grand River, Howell. Saturday’s concert is presented by Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. Info: Jeff Doyle (517) 404-8257, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.AnnArborStorytelling.org.
October 25, Howell 9:00 pm
Age 14 to Adult invited to Concert at 3rd Annual Scary Story Festival, Howell Opera House, 123 W. Grand River, Howell. Saturday’s concert is presented by Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. Donation $15 includes dessert & coffee. Info: Jeff Doyle (517) 404-8257, email@example.com or www.AnnArborStorytelling.org.
October 25, Mt Pleasant 10:00 am
La’Ron Williams performs at the Michigan Story Festival, Staples Family Concert Hall, Central Michigan University. Info: www.MichiganStoryFestival.com
October 25, Mt. Pleasant 11:00 am
Gene Tagaban performs at the Michigan Story Festival, Staples Family Concert Hall, Central Michigan University. Info: www.MichiganStoryFestival.com
October 25, Mt. Pleasant 1:00 pm
Steve Berglund performs at the Michigan Story Festival, Theater on the Side, Moore Hall, Central Michigan University. Info: www.MichiganStoryFestival.com
October 25, Mt. Pleasant 3:15 pm
Bil Lepp performs at the Michigan Story Festival, Townsend Kiva, Central Michigan University. Info: www.MichiganStoryFestival.com
October 25, Howell 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm
The popular Scary Story Festival returns again to the Haunted Opera House in Howell. Start the evening with more fun than frightening stories for kids and families at 7:00 pm. Then adults and teens can make reservations for the truly terrifying tales at 9:00 pm. Tellers and details will be posted on www.AnnArborStorytelling.org.
October 26, Beverly Hills, 6:30 pm
Halloween Hoot at Beverly Park featuring storytellers Judy Sima and Rob McCabe. Beverly Road, North of 13 Mile, west of Southfield. For more information call: Terry Stern 248-647-2933October 28, Dundee, 6:30 – 7:20 p.m.
Monroe County Library Systems offer Spooky & Kooky Storytelling and Song program presented by Karen Czarnik. This is a family program. Dundee Branch Library, 144 E. Main St., Dundee, 734.529.3310
November 1, Walled Lake 10:00 a.m.
2 Saturdays: Nov. 1 & 8 – CAST – Crafts, Arts & Storytelling Theatre – Karen Czarnik presents this 2 week storytelling & arts & crafts class for ages 6 – 12. Walled Lake Com. Ed Center, 615 N Pontiac Trail Pontiac Trail, Walled Lake. Fee = $28.00 plus $8.00 for supplies. Info: 248-956-5000 or http://walledlake.k12.mi.us/cec/
November 2, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales: Duck, Duck, Goose 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
November 7-8, Whitehall
Tale of 2 Cities Festival begins Friday night with a community-wide party next to the Howmet Playhouse, 304 S. Mears St. Saturday features a series of workshop/demonstrations by some of America’s best storytellers including Corinne Stavish and Barbara McBride-Smith. Saturday concerts include Family matinee at 1:00 pm and Concert for Adults & Teens at 7:30 pm. Concerts feature storytellers, puppeteers, musicians and drum circles. Info: 231.893.5323 or Come for the weekend & enjoy the many gorgeous bed & breakfast inns of the area
November 15, Detroit 6:00 pm
“Mama said there’d be days like this.” A storytelling concert presented by the Grown Folks Team of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History
315 E. Warren, Detroit. Tickets: $10.00. Info: Ivory Williams 313-822-6483
November, 15 Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild presents their 17th Evening of Storytelling for Grownups, Tellabration. Singer Kathleen Moore emcees storytelling Adults and Teens (age 14 & up) by Beverly Black, Lyn Davidge, Jeff Doyle, Jill Halpern, Rob McCabe at St. Clare’s Episcopal Church/Temple Beth Emeth, 2309 Packard (at Eastover), Ann Arbor, 48104. Tickets at door: $10. Info: 734-665-4312, or email, firstname.lastname@example.org. or www.AnnArborStorytelling.org.
November 16, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild and the Ann Arbor Library partner to present Family Tellabration. Stories for ages 4 and older by Jeff Doyle, Laura Lee Hayes, Judy Schmidt and Tricia Travis (MC). Families will be entertained with lively tales from folklore and personal experience in this nationwide Tellabration tradition. Free! Pittsfield Branch of the Ann Arbor District Library at 2359 Oak Valley Drive, Ann Arbor. Info: Laura Pershin Raynor 734-327-8301 or Beverly Black 734-665-4312 or email@example.com.
November 21, White Lake 7:30 pm
NOCS Tellabration presents the North Oakland County Storytellers with “A Time for Stories” at Bogie Lake Green House, 1525 Bogie Lake Road, White Lake 48383, Phone: (248) 887-5101. Tickets are $15 for all 3 programs or any 1. Info: Pam Dawson, 248-684-7426 or 248-245-1499 or Lois Sprengnether Keel, 248-625-5848.
November 21, Livonia 7:00 pm
Detroit Story League presents Tellabration, a worldwide celebration of storytelling for Adults, at the Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Road (East of Farmington Road). Maestros Marilyn Flam & Sharon Schmidt; Tellers are Judy Sima, Larry Johnson, Justina Fazzolari, and Mary Masson. Info: Doris Cooney, 313-534-7404, firstname.lastname@example.org, Alma Petrini, 313-534-4264, email@example.com or www.DetroitStorytelling.org.
November 22, Milford 10:00 am
NOCS Tellabration presents the North Oakland County Storytellers with “A Time for Stories” at Milford Library, 330 Family Dr., Milford 48381, Phone: (248) 684-0845. Children free with Tellabration ticket holders: $15 for all 3 programs or any 1. Info: Pam Dawson, 248-684-7426 or 248-245-1499 or Lois Sprengnether Keel, 248-625-5848.
November 26, Farmington Hills 10:00 a.m
CAST – Crafts, Arts & Storytelling Theatre – Karen Czarnik presents this one day storytelling & arts & crafts class for ages 5 – 10. Heritage Park, Farmington Road, Farmington Hills, MI. FEE – $25.00. Go to www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us or call (248) 473-1857
December 6, Ypsilanti, 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Around the World – Karen Czarnik presents this program for all ages celebrating Christmas’ songs & stories from around the world. Ypsilanti Township Community Center, 2025 E. Clark Road, Ypsilanti, 734-544-3800, http://twp.ypsilanti.mi.us/
December 7, Detroit 2:00 pm
Take time to renew your spirit and savor the holidays with Yvonne Healy’s performance of “Christmas Stories” at the Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave., Info: www.DIA.org
December 7, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales: Cradles and Candles 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
December 19, Rochester, 10:30 a.m.
Cuddle up on a Rug Stories & Songs – Karen Czarnik presents this interactive storytelling & song program for preschoolers and families. Rochester Hills Public Library, 500 Olde Towne Road, Rochester, 248-656-2900
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 30, Greenville 7 p.m.
Flat River Historical Society presents Lois Sprengnether Keel as Liberetta Lerich Green and then later as “the Hired Girl.” Info: James R. Wise, 616-754-5840 or Jwise@mcbh.org
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
- *Northlands http://www.northlands.net/membership/michigan.htm
Updated meeting list 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
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
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.org
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: email@example.com ; 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
Grand Rapids Story Spinners:
7:00 pm Third Tuesday of each month at Heron Woods apartment complex. (Common Room), 2110 Leonard NE, Grand Rapids across from Yankee Clipper Library. Info: www.Storyspinners.net email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and/or Shirley Bradley – email@example.com.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.atalefortwocities.org.
Mother Goose Guild Center:
Mother Goose Guild: Joanne Ladd, 7300 100th St., Flushing MI 48433, (810) 639-7556 or (810) 743-7773
Montcalm County Storyweavers, , the Montcalm County Storytelling Guild meets 1st Thursday monthly at 6:00 PM Info: Georgia Schad (989-291-5518) email: email@example.com or Janet Wulf-Marvin (989-831-4168) email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Mt. Clemens Raconteurs
Monthly Saturdays @ 2:30 pm Marge Kinzy, Mt Clemens Public Library, 150 Cass, Mt Clemens MI 48043, email@example.com or 586-469-6200
Sue Kobza, 231-766-3953 home, 231-727-2118 work, firstname.lastname@example.org
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 pm, 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 www.soulworks.org.
Warren – Chatterton Parent-Tellers:
Judy Sima contact person. You don’t have to be a parent to attend email@example.com
ONGOING PROGRAMS & CLASSES
Fall Semester, Wayne State University. R. Craig Roney, Ph.D. offers a graduate level course in story performance (techniques in reading aloud, mediated storytelling, & storytelling) every fall term. Course # RLL 7780, Storytelling (3 semester hours credit) offered in fall term only. Contact: R. Craig Roney, Ph.D., Associate Professor, 287 Education Bldg., Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48202, (313) 577-0928, rroney (at) wayne.edu
Summer Term, University of Michigan – Flint Campus., Dr. Mary Jo Finney, Associate Professor, Education Literacy, Children’s Literature offer Course ED 449 Folklore & Storytelling. Contact: Education Department, Univ. of Michigan-Flint, 430 David M. French Hall, Flint, MI 48502-2186, phone: (810) 762-3260, fax: (810) 762-3102, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org, website: www.flint.umich.edu/departments/edu
Graduate course #RDNG 592 in Storytelling at Eastern Michigan University, Department of Teacher Education, taught by storytellers Mike Mazur. Times, syllabus at:
East Tennessee State University
Masters Program in Storytelling offers numerous opportunities for Graduate Assistantships for fulltime in-residence graduate students. Position provides full tuition support and stipends of $3000 per semester in exchange for work. Dr. Joseph Sobol, Program Coordinator, at 423-439-7863, or at sobol (at) mail.etsu.edu.
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