February 28, 2011

March 2011

* MI Story *
Storytelling Event Calendar
since 2001
Yvonne Healy, Editor    -    Judy Sima, Distribution Editor
All events are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.
SUBMISSIONS: Stories@YHealy.com by 15th of month
2/28/2011

HIGHLIGHTS

·         Bloomfield Township Public Library presents the 7th Annual Storytelling Festival at 6:30 pm both March 29 & 30. 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. To register, call the Youth Services Department at 248-642-5800.  The program is free and co-sponsored by the Bloomfield Township Public Library,  Bloomfield Hills School District, and the Friends of the Library.
·         "Next Generation" Conference Scholarship. Northlands Storytelling Network is offering "Next Generation" Conference Scholarships to young adults interested in using storytelling in their respective fields. Recipients of the scholarships will be paired with others at the conference that will act as guides and resources during the conference. Click on http://northlands.net/conference/index.html for application form and requirements . Deadline: March 15, 2011.
·         Michigan’s Cathy Jo Janssen co-produces a new monthly story slam in Johnson City, TN.  Info: janssen.catherine@gmail.com
·         Congratulations to Michigan 2nd grader, Ana Stewart, for snagging the title of National Torchbearer for storytelling by lower elementary school age students held in Provo, Utah at the Timpanogos Mid-Winter Festival. Let’s hear it for her teacher, too! Anyone know who she is?
2011

MARCH 2011

March 3, Detroit 4:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories

Detroit Moth StorySLAM. Arrive early the first Thursday of every month to get a seat. Cliff Bell’s Bar, 2030 Park near Comerica Park to get a seat. Enjoy snacks or dinner and drinks while you wait.  $5 tickets at the door.  Info: http://www.themoth.org/storyslams_detroit This month’s theme is “Animals.”

March 4-6, Marquette
The Midwinter Storytelling Festival winds up with an interactive workshop led by featured storyteller, Linda
Gorham. Saturday night concludes with a performance by Linda Gorham.  Located at the Peter White Public Library, 217 N. Front St., Marquette. Info: 906-226-4323 cathys@pwpl.info
March 6, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  Lions and Lambs 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 11, Ann Arbor 7:00 pm
"Story Collider: where SCIENCE and HILARITY combine!"
Story Collider is an evening of entertaining, personal stories about science, from the hilarious to the poignant. Come be a part of the first Story Collider event outside of NYC as Particle Physicists Brian Wecht and Carter Edwards, as well as local presenters, tell their stories about how science impacted their lives in a relaxed, fun setting. Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room , 343 South Fifth Avenue.  Call Laura Pershin Raynor at the Ann Arbor District Library 734-327-4226 or raynorl@aadl.org for information.
March 11, Ann Arbor 7:00 pm
La'Ron Williams, ICPJ Steering Committee Member and Activist will be performing his stories for adults at the First Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Ann Arbor, 4001 Ann Arbor-Saline Road, 7:00-8:30 PM. on Friday, March 11. Suggested donation $10.  All adults welcome. Info: HeinoldCia@aol.com
March 14, Bay City, 4:00 pm
Kids and families: keep your eyes peeled for pots o’ gold when you come to the Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library. “Wee Folk Tales” told by Yvonne Healy holds surprises galore. Free.  500 Center Ave., Bay City, MI 48708. Info: (989)893-9566 ext. 2130 or k.pedersen@vlc.lib.mi.usm.


March 14, Bay City 6:30 pm
“Irish Ghost Stories” for adults and teen only. No gore, but gobs of ghouls are not for little ones. Performed by Yvonne Healy to celebrate the Irish holiday, this program is free and open to the public.  Presented by the Bay County Library System at Alice & Jack Wirt Public Library, 500 Center Ave., Bay City, MI 48708. Info: (989)893-9566 ext. 2130 or k.pedersen@vlc.lib.mi.usm.
March 16, Johnson City, TN
Michigan’s Cathy Jo Janssen co-produces a new monthly story slam in Tennessee at the Down Home, an eclectic music hall that has been a fixture of the local music scene for many generations.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and all adults are welcome.  The suggested donation is $5.00 and proceeds will benefit a different local organization each month. Info:  Catherine Janssen [janssen.catherine@gmail.com]
March 17, Clinton Township 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
"Skipping Through the Halls of '50s Memories" with Lois Sprengnether Keel.  Travel back in time with LoiS at the Lorenzo Cultural Center on Macomb Community College's center campus, 44575 Garfield Road, Clinton Township, MI 48038-1139. Info: 586-445-7348 and http://lorenzoculturalcenter.com/schedule/index.asp.
March 17, Port Huron 6:30 pm
Bread and Blarney,” offers adults and teens a taste of Ireland with homemade Irish soda bread and stories from Yvonne Healy to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. Free. St. Clair County Library, 210 McMorran Boulevard, Port Huron, MI 48060. Info:  987-7323, csaffert@sccl.lib.mi.us or  bking@sccl.lib.mi.us.
March 19, Coldwater, 11:00 am
"Folktales Connections" family storytelling program with storyteller Dick Strader. Tibbits Opera House, One Grand Street, Coldwater, MI 49036. Free. 517-279-6929 or 269-274-1812.
March 19, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
Enjoy stories from Ann Arbor's own La'Ron Williams, a nationally acclaimed storyteller with a music-spiced, highly participatory performance and a dynamic blend of original and traditional tales. 343 South Fifth Avenue.  Call Laura Pershin Raynor at the Ann Arbor District Library 734-327-4226 or raynorl@aadl.org for information.
March 25, East Lansing 6:45 pm
Michigan State University presents “Songs and Stories of the British and Celtic Lands.” This performance of dance, storytelling, fiddle, and song features Irish storytelling by Yvonne Healy interwoven with performances by the MSU Children and Youth Choral Program, MSU Community Music School Auditorium, 841 Timberlane Street, East Lansing, MI 48823.  Info: (517) 355-7661 ext. 14
March 29 & March 30, Bloomfield Township, 6:30 pm
Bloomfield Township Public Library presents the 7th Annual Storytelling Festival. 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. To  register, call the Youth Services Department at 248-642-5800.  The program is free. Co-sponsored by the Bloomfield Township Public Library,  Bloomfield Hills School District, and the Friends of the Library.
March 31, Troy
Schoolteacher Tea, an early-1900s schoolteacher, portrayed by storyteller Lois Sprengnether Keel, will talk about the development of schools in Michigan and what the typical school experience was like. She will also entertain us with stories about students! Troy Museum and Historical Village, 60 West Wattles Road (NW corner of Wattles & Livernois), Troy, Michigan 48098 in Museum's Old Troy Church. Register in advance as space is limited. Fee: $7 per person.   Guests are welcome to bring their own china cup and saucer if preferred.  Registration and information: 248-524-3570.
March 31, Ann Arbor 7:00 pm
"The Woman I Am: Storytelling and Music for Adults" On the last night of Women's History Month, storytellers Josie Barnes Parker and Laura Pershin Raynor will join musicians Betsy Beckerman and Sara Melton Keller for an evening of funny and touching tales and tunes. By sharing stories from personal experience, Josie and Laura explore universal themes, while Sara and Betsy mix it up with hammer dulcimer, guitar and banjo tunes. Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room , 343 South Fifth Avenue.  Call Laura Pershin Raynor at the Ann Arbor District Library 734-327-4226 or raynorl@aadl.org for information.

APRIL 2011
April 2, Detroit 6:00 pm
Ivory D. Williams continues the Grown Folks Storytelling series presenting "Stagger Lee" (The night was clear, and the moon was yellow...) Virgil Carr Arts & Cultural Ctr. 311 E. Grandriver, Detroit (downtown behind Music Hall). Tickets: $10. For info contact: Ivory D. 313-822-6483 or effy1@aol.com.

April 7, Detroit 4:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories

Detroit Moth StorySLAM. Arrive early the first Thursday of every month to get a seat. Cliff Bell’s Bar, 2030 Park near Comerica Park to get a seat. Enjoy snacks or dinner and drinks while you wait.  $5 tickets at the door.  Info: http://www.themoth.org/storyslams_detroit This month’s theme is “Danger.”

April 3, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  Songs and Showers 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 27-May 1, Lake Geneva, WI
The fun & esteemed Northlands Storytelling Conference offers performances, workshops, intensives, slams, open mics, and good times for storytellers and story fans. Michigan tellers presenting include Yvonne Healy, Judy Sima, and others TBA.  Info:  www.Northlands.net
April 30, Livonia 2:00pm.
The Detroit Story League presents: "Once Upon a Time" storytelling concert for children ages 3-10 at the Livonia Civic Center Library. 32777 Five Mile Rd. Featuring: Linda Day, Trudy Bulkley, Josie Flores and special guest, Ming Louie.  $2 per child, $5 per family. Every child receives a free gift. For more information call: Josie 248-476-8515.


MAY 2011
May 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  Flowers A Plenty 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 5, Detroit 4:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories

Detroit Moth StorySLAM. Arrive early the first Thursday of every month to get a seat. Cliff Bell’s Bar, 2030 Park near Comerica Park to get a seat. Enjoy snacks or dinner and drinks while you wait.  $5 tickets at the door.  Info: http://www.themoth.org/storyslams_detroit This month’s theme is “Confusion.”

May 6-7, Jackson
Jackson StoryFest again brings free storytelling to historic downtown. Featured tellers are Barbara McBridge-Smith, Corinne Stavish and Karen Czarnik. School shows with featured tellers and regional favorites are offered on Friday, free concerts for adults & teens both Friday & Saturday nights, a free family concert on Saturday, and workshops on how to tell stories for a small fee on Saturday morning.  www.JacksonStoryFest.com.
May 10-11, Dowagiac
Grammy Award winning storyteller & musician, Bill Harley, offers a Master Class workshop 7:00 pm May 10 followed by a Family Performance the next day 7:30. Presented by the Dogwood Fine Arts Festival. Info at www.DogwoodFineArts.org or 866-490-2847.
May 14, White Lake
North Oakland County Storytellers presents "Spring Storytelling & Song Festival" at the Fisk Farm, 9180 HIghland Road (M-59). For info call Tracy Selak 248-706-0665.
·         10:00-12:00 Beginners' Storytelling Workshop with Judy Sima, Puppet workshop with Mary Ann.
·         1:00-2:00 Family Concert with Jeff Doyle and Carolyn Graves.
·         2:45-5:00 Music and Song.
·         7:00-9:00 Adult Storytelling Concert with Pam Dawson, Tracey Selak, Lois Sprengnether-Keel, Loretta Vitek and special guest Rev. Robert Jones.



JUNE 2011

June 2, Detroit 4:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories

Detroit Moth StorySLAM. Arrive early the first Thursday of every month to get a seat. Cliff Bell’s Bar, 2030 Park near Comerica Park to get a seat. Enjoy snacks or dinner and drinks while you wait.  $5 tickets at the door.  Info: http://www.themoth.org/storyslams_detroit This month’s theme is “Fame.”

June 5, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  Ladybugs Dance 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 22, Holland 10:30 am
Main Branch of Herrick District Library presents interactive games and “Stories from the Heart of the World” with Yvonne Healy. Info: 616-738-4360
June 22, Holland 2:00 pm
North Branch off Herrick District Library presents interactive games and “Stories from the Heart of the World” with Yvonne Healy. Info: 616-738-4360
June 29, South Lansing 10:00am
Yvonne Healy presents “Wee Folk Tales” for families for families as part of the summer reading program. The South Lansing Branch of CADL at 3500 S. Cedar St., Lansing, MI.  Info: 517-272-9840
June 29, Webberville 2:00 pm
Yvonne Healy presents “Wee Folk Tales” for families for families as part of the summer reading program. Webberville Library, 115 S. Main, Webberville.  Info: 517-521-3643

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