November 27, 2013

December 2013

Just discovered the November 2013 MI Story was never published here.  It was held for some promised updates that never arrived.  My apologies.  It should have been published and let any update go to the Bulletin Board page.  November is the month when many groups offer their annual Tellabration! programs.  To those groups and any audience looking to find programs in November, once again I do apologize and promise to publish the monthly MI Story as soon as received.  If it will affect end of the month programs that do not appear in the next month, I will make a special repeat of that part of the expiring previous month.  Promised updates will not hold up the publication of the new month.

 

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Storytelling Event Calendar

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Yvonne Healy, Editor • Judy Sima, Distribution Editor
All events are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.

Submission: Judy@JudySima.com  by the 15th of the month.


December 1, 2013

 
HIGHLIGHTS

Wishing you and yours a wonderful holiday season filled with beautiful stories and happy memories
Judy and Yvonne

DECEMBER

December 1, Detroit 2:00 pm
Join award winning storyteller, author, and teaching artist, Judy Sima, for her annual "Storytelling: Hanukkah the Festival of Lights" as she  lights up the holiday season with Hanukkah stories of miracles, menorahs, and magic dredyls. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org

December 5, Detroit 7:00 pm
Doors open at 4:00 pm for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Cliff Bell’s 2030 Park Avenue, Detroit thanks to WDET 101.9. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Note: adults only. Info:  www.theMoth.org Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. This month’s theme is REGRETS

December 7, Detroit 6:30 pm to 10:00pm
The Detroit Association of Black Storytellers joins the Noel Night fun with stories of the season at the Michigan State University Outreach Center, 3408 Woodward Ave. Storytellers include: Ami Jackson, Judy Sima, Nkenge Abi, Jatu Gray, Vicki Slaughter, James Graham, Chiquita McKenzie-Bennett, Barbara Clark. Times vary. (313) 578-9720. Free to the public. Information: rossanthony27@yahoo.com. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com 

December 7, Caro 1:30 pm
Lois Sprengnether Keel presents "The Hired Girl at Victorian Christmas" for the Caro Gingerbread Festival by Caro Area District Library, 840 W. Frank St., 989-673-4329.  Discover what was involved in being a "hired girl", Victorian Christmas, and how it shaped the celebration as we know it, as well as stories of the period.

December 7, Plymouth 8:00 pm
FlutterBy Hour features an evening of true stories, hot mulled wine and holiday cookies. Audience members sign up for a chance to share their favorite Holiday Memories at the open mic. Buy your $15 ticket at www.justgobarefoot.com or 734-560-1493. Presented at Barefoot Productions Theater 240 N. Main St., Plymouth.

December 7, Caro 1:30 pm
Lois Sprengnether Keel presents "The Hired Girl at Victorian Christmas" for the Caro Gingerbread Festival by Caro Area District Library, 840 W. Frank St., 989-673-4329.  Discover what was involved in being a "hired girl", Victorian Christmas, and how it shaped the celebration as we know it, as well as stories of the period.

December 7 and 8, Grosse Pointe Shores 4:00-7:00 pm
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House - Winter Wonderland Weekends. Bundle up the family for some outdoor fun because Ford House will be putting a little sparkle around your steps this holiday season! Enjoy Storytelling by Karen Czarnik, twinkling lights & holiday music while you stroll around the grounds.  For more info go to www.fordhouse.org/events/  1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores

December 8, St Clair Shores, 1:00 pm
Come listen to Loretta P Vitek as she tells holiday tales from countries around the world as the Befana, the Italian Christmas witch, who travels the world at this time of year, at the Lake St Clair Walleye Assoc. Kids’ X-mas party. Lakeland Manor 21801 E 9 Mile Road.

December 8, Detroit 2:00 pm
Join us as we hear folk tales exploring Kwanzaa themes and traditions from acclaimed storyteller LaRon Williams. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org

December 10, Commerce Twp, 5:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories begin
Red Thread Storytelling Night - Story Slam event.  Bring your story to tell live on stage fitting the theme “Scot Free.”  Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait.  $8.00 Tickets at the door, $6.00 online.  Email karen@redthreadstories.org, call 248-766-4323 or go to www.redthreadstories.org  Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple, Commerce Township

December 10, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:40pm
This is the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.  All are welcome!  7:00-8:00pm - Storytelling.  8:00-8:40pm - Story Education and Business.  The eduction topic for the month is "Religion and Stories." Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline NE.  Info: http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.


December 12, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 pm
Bring a story or lend an ear at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S. Main St. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild members including Award winner Yvonne Healy. No pressure, but consider bringing a 5 minute tale to tell. We're all ears. Info: www.AnnArborStorytelling.org. Info: Laura Hayes laurastory62@gmail.com.

December 14, Detroit 12:30-3:00 pm
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers presents 14th annual “Holiday Storytelling Fest” with rotating storytelling sessions, make and take stations, light refreshments, and photos with Santa. FREE for the whole family at the Coleman A. Young Recreational Center, 2751 Robert Bradby Drive (north of Lafayette off Chene) Reservations required, call: 313-628-0995.

December 14 and 15, Grosse Pointe Shores 4:00-7:00 pm
Enjoy the Winter Wonderland Weekend at the Eleanor and Edsel Ford House with stories by Judy Sima along with hot chocolate, caroling, and Santa’s Workshop. Tickets: $10. 1100 Lake Shore Road. 313-884-4222, www.fordhouse.org

December 19, Ann Arbor 6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. This month’s theme is HOME

December 20, Detroit 8:00 pm
The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, Real People. True Stories. Told Live, a curated, live storytelling event at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit, MI 48201, 8:00-10 PM. Doors open @7:30 pm. Text "STORIES" to 42828 to JOIN the Mailing List. For info, tickets and to watch videos, visit:  www.secretstorytellers.com

December  21 and 22 Grosse Pointe Shores 4:00-7:00 pm
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House - Winter Wonderland Weekends. Bundle up the family for some outdoor fun because Ford House will be putting a little sparkle around your steps this holiday season! Enjoy Storytelling by Karen Czarnik, twinkling lights & holiday music while you stroll around the grounds.  For more info go to www.fordhouse.org/events/  1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores,  www.fordhouse.org

December 21, Fraser 12:00-3:00 pm
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy impromptu stories of the season, 2:30 Business meeting. Fraser Public Library, 16333 E. 14 Mile Road, 1 block west of Utica Road) For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or
call: 248-644-3951.

December 28, Detroit 10:00 am -12:00 pm
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Write Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave. Join us for a story, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Pam Williams: 248-836-7499.

December 28 and 29, Grosse Pointe Shores 4:00-7:00 pm
Edsel & Eleanor Ford House - Winter Wonderland Weekends. Bundle up the family for some outdoor fun because Ford House will be putting a little sparkle around your steps this holiday season! Enjoy Storytelling by Karen Czarnik, twinkling lights & holiday music while you stroll around the grounds.  For more info go to www.fordhouse.org/events/  1100 Lake Shore Road, Grosse Pointe Shores

December 28 and 29, Detroit, 2:00 pm and 4:00 pm
Storyteller, Doug Berky presents, Gems: The Words’ Wisdom Stories. Using masks, puppets, mime, drama and comedy, Doug Berky casts tales inspired by collections of folklore and mythology from Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Native American peoples that will delight audiences while continuing to pass on treasures of wisdom. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org

JANUARY

January 9, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 pm
Stories for Grownups with members of the Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild at Crazy Wisdom Tea Room. Join in the fun as local storytellers share personal stories and folk tales for adults and ages 14+. As time allows audience will have a chance to share brief stories in the informal storytelling circle which follows the performance. Participation is encouraged. Donations accepted. 114 S Main St. (734) 665-2757 Info: Laura Hayes laurastory62@gmail.com.

January 12, Detroit 2:00 pm
Family Sundays at the DIA presents: Storyteller, Roan Judd who uses mime, puppetry and physically based acting techniques to tell multicultural stories from around the world. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org

January 14, Commerce Twp  5:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories begin
Red Thread Storytelling Night - Story Slam event.  Bring your story to tell live on stage fitting the theme “All in the Family.”  Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait.  $8.00 Tickets at the door, $6.00 online.  Email karen@redthreadstories.org, call 248-766-4323 or go to www.redthreadstories.org  Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple, Commerce Township

January 14, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:40 pm
This is the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.  All are welcome!  7:00-8:00pm - Storytelling.  8:00-8:40pm - Story Education and Business.  Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline NE.  Info: http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

January 16, Ann Arbor 6:00 door open/7:30 pm stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at the bar Circus at 210 S. First Avenue, thanks to Michigan Public Radio. Prepare a 5 minute story on the theme, toss your name in the hat, and if your name is pulled, step up and tell your true personal story live without notes.  Volunteers from the audience judge the stories. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children.

January 18, Redford Township, 1:00-3:00 pm
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and workshop, 2:30 Business meeting. Redford Township Library, 25320 W. Six Mile Road. (between Beech Daily & Telegraph)  For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

January 20, Farmington 11:00 am
Rosie Chapman will help celebrate Martin Luther King Day by telling stories at the Farmington Community Library, 32737 W 12 Mile Rd. 248-553-0300

January 20, Birmingham 3:30 pm
Rosie Chapman will re-enact the life of Sojourner Truth to help celebrate Martin Luther King Day at the Baldwin Public Library, 300 W Merrill St, (248) 647-1700

January 25, Detroit 10am-12:00pm
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Write Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave. Join us for a story, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Pam Williams: 248-836-7499. New members welcome.


FEBRUARY

February 1, Detroit Noon-1:00 pm
Grandma’s Biscuits” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams brings his wit, wisdom and humor to African American Family Day at the Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward. Free and open to all. For info: Ivory D.
313-822-6483 effy1@aol.com

February 2, 2014, Ypsilanti 2:00-3:00pm.
Grown Folks Talkin’…HUSH!” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents a highly interactive, entertaining and educational storytelling presentation for adults for Black History Month at the Ypsilanti Public Library.5577 Whittaker Rd. Free, designed for adults/family friendly. For info: Christy Havens, 734-482-4110

February 6, 2014, Hartland, 6:30-8p.m.
"An Abolitionist Comes to Life!" Cromaine District Library presents Lois Sprengnether Keel as Liberetta Lerich Green, daughter of abolitionist parents who operated the Beacon Tree station of the Underground Railroad in Shelby Township.  Village Community Room in library, 810-632-5200, http://www.cromaine.org

February 11, Commerce Twp  5:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories begin
Red Thread Storytelling Night - Story Slam event.  Bring your story to tell live on stage fitting the theme TBA. Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait.  $8.00 Tickets at the door, $6.00 online.  Email karen@redthreadstories.org, call 248-766-4323 or go to www.redthreadstories.org  Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple, Commerce Township

February 11, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:40pm
This is the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids.  All are welcome!  7:00-8:00pm - Storytelling.  8:00-8:40pm - Story Education and Business.  Frederik Meijer Gardens, 1000 East Beltline NE.  Info: http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

February 13, Ann Arbor 4:30-6:00 pm
Language and Literacy workshop with nationally recognized North Carolina storyteller, Donna Washington at the Washtenaw Intermediate School District, 1819 S Wagner Rd. Using activities from finger games to beginning stories, we will look at ways of using familiar tales to enhance vocabulary and reading ability. Cost $15. Contact Judy Schmidt to register. FransDotir@aol.com or 734-971-5763

February 15, Detroit 1:00-3:00 pm
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch - our hosts will provide coffee and dessert. 1:00 Enjoy stories and workshop, 2:30 Business meeting. Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward Ave. (Southeast corner of Woodward and Warren)  For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

February 15, Ann Arbor 10:00 am
Ann Arbor District Library presents “A Family Affair” with nationally recognized North Carolina storyteller, Donna Washington. This free concert is designed for parents and children ages 5 and up. 2503 Jackson Ave. (734) 327-4200, www.aad.org

February 15, Detroit  5:00 dinner/6:00 Concert begins
His Grace, Our Faith Community Services partner with Detroit Association of Black Storytellers present “A Gift for the Homeless” fundraiser dinner and storytelling Concert- "The Divas of Storytelling" at Rosedale Park Baptist Church, 14179 Evergreen. Donation items: Hats, Gloves, Scarves, Socks, Face towels, Bath towels -dinner is free. Information:  info@detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call 313-952-3045.

February 15, Ann Arbor 7:30 pm
27th annual Ark Storytelling Festival offers spoken word narrative and storytelling for adults featuring nationally recognized North Carolina storyteller, Donna Washington. www.theArk.org

February 16, Ann Arbor 1:00 pm
Children and families get their very own concert with mainstage storytellers at the Ark Storytelling Festival. www.theark.org

February 20, Sterling Heights 7:00 pm
Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, as she evokes memories of the distant and not so distant pass. Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Michigan Reads selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Contact: Sheridan@orionlibrary.org or 248-693-3000. Adults only.

February 20, Midland 7:30 pm
“The Life and Times of Martin Luther King Jr. Though the Eyes of Coretta Scott King” Join storyteller, Rosie Chapman, as she brings history to life with her reenactment of Coretta Scott King, as the wife of Martin Luther King, Jr. and a leader of the Civil Rights Movement. Her performance includes audience participation and has thrilled children and adults all over the US and around the world.Midland Center for the Arts, 1801 St Andrews St, (989) 631-8250. www.mcfta.org. Tickets $5

February 21, 2014, Detroit, 11:30 am
“Grown Folks Talkin’…HUSH!” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents stories that take us on a humorous trip to back in the day. Westminster Church of Detroit, 17567 Hubbell. Free and open to all. For info: Ivory D. 313-822-6483 effy1@aol.com

February 22, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Write Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave. Join us for a story, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Pam Williams: 248-836-7499. New members welcome.


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