January 27, 2014

February 2014

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Storytelling Event Calendar

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

Submission: Judy@JudySima.com  by the 15th of the month.
February 1, 2014

 


HIGHLIGHTS




While this is not a Michigan event, one can always dream….

Registration is now open for ‘Weaving Stories Together’- Sydney International Storytelling Conference, June 6-8 2014! Make a trip down under and enjoy friendly Australian hospitality, fascinating places of interest and culture; for registration and information go to: www.storytellersnsw.org.au. As a gesture of hospitality and welcome they are offering a special discount for international attendees - $400 (AUD) a of $150 off the full registration fee. Come and join us for an enriching experience with excellent workshops, performances and poster sessions from a variety of Australian and International storytellers.

Closer to home – enjoy Black History Month in story and the Annual Ark Storytelling Festival

Beginning in March – Advertise your monthly storytelling meetings in MI Story. Send date, time, location, contact information, brief description to Judy@JudySima.com

FEBRUARY
February 1, Kalamazoo 10:00-5:00 pm
Kalamazoo Valley Museum Storytelling Festival – One World, Many Stories. Featuring Yvonne Healy, Allison Downey, Adam Mellema, Carri Wilson, Rob Reider, Austin Brauker as well as vendors, crafts and preschool area. 230 North Rose Street. 800.772.3370 or 269.373.7990 www.kalamazoomuseum.org/storytelling.

February 1, Detroit 12:00-1:00 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, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  Groundhog Shadows and Mother Goose.”Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  Kerrytown Market and Shops in  Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

February 2, Ypsilanti 2:00-3:00 pm.
“Fun Tales” Ivory D. Williams presents a fun and educational storytelling presentation for adults (family friendly) ICW “Black History Month”. Ypsilanti Public Library 5577 Whittaker Rd, Free and open to the public. For info: Christy Havens, Adult Services Librarian 734-482-4110

February 6, Detroit  4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm stories begin
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. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is “Love Hurts.”

February 6, 2014, Hartland, 6:30-8:00 pm.
"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 7, Rochester 5:00-6:00 pm
“Taste of Africa” Stories are the ties that bind as Master Teller Ivory D. Williams spins tales on the campus of Oakland University, 2200 N. Squirrel Rd. Free and open to the public. For info: Ivory D. 313-822-6483

February 8, West Bloomfield 2:00 pm
"The Starry Road to Freedom" (The Life and Times of Frederick Douglass). West Bloomfield Main Library (4600 Walnut Lake Road). 248-682-2120. Recommended for ages 6 and up, free, and open to the public.

February 8-9, Royal Oak, MI, Noon-3pm.
Wild Winter Weekend.” Master Teller Ivory D. Williams and his amazing animal tales delight the patrons of the Detroit Zoo, 8450 W. Ten Mile Rd., Royal Oak, MI. Free with Zoo admission. Contact: Andrea Coronado 248-541-5717

February 11, Commerce Twp, 6:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories begin
Red Thread Storytelling Night - Story Slam event.  Bring your story to tell live on stage or sit back and enjoy the show.  Our February them is “Falling.”  Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait.  $5.00 Tickets at the door, $7.00 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 - Sterling Heights 2:00 pm
"In Search of the Family Gems" Every family has stories... even if we think we don't.  Join award winning storyteller, Barbars Schutzgruber as we start with anecdotal 'rough stones' and begin the polishing process - crafting them into 'gems of stories' in this 90 minute workshop for adults. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Michigan Reads selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Sterling Heights Public Library. For information:
586-446-2669  http://www.shpl.net

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 13, Auburn Hills  5pm-6pm.
Black History Month on Campus.”Storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents and demonstrates the importance of telling our stories to students, faculty and attendees on the campus of Baker College of Auburn Hills. 1500 University Dr. Free and open to the public.Contact: Victoria Wisniewski 248-340-0600

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 “After You Share a Story…Then What?”, 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” an interactive family storytelling workshop 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, 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, Oklahoma storyteller, Tim Tingle and Ann Arbor storyteller, Jane Fink, Emcee: Barbara Schutzgruber. 316 S. Main St. www.theArk.org

February 16, Detroit 2:00 pm
The DIA Family Sundays presents Award-winning storyteller Charlotte Blake Alston, from Philadelphia who breathes life into ancient and contemporary tales that draw on the rich source of stories, songs and rhythmic elements of the African and African American oral traditions.  Program is geared for listeners ages 4-8 and includes audience participation. Come ready to clap, sing and help tell stories! - Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. See more at: http://www.dia.org

February 16, Ann Arbor 1:00 pm
Children and families get their very own concert with main stage storytellers Donna Washington, Tim Tingle, Jane Fink at the Ark Storytelling Festival. 316 S. Main St. www.theark.org

February 18, 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. Tickets $6 at the door. This month’s theme is “Happy.”

February 20, Sterling Heights 7:00 pm
Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, as she evokes memories of the distant and not so distant past. Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Sterling Heights Public Library, 40255 Dodge Park Rd. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read 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, Detroit Doors 8:00-10:pm, Doors open 7:30 pm
The Award Winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "Love Stories", a curated, live storytelling event at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Twisted storytellers Coco, Robert Cooper, Linsey Porter, Fatou-Seydi Sarr & Dwight Stackhouse with Twisted Musical Guests Hadiya Knight and Spiritual Therapy! Hosted by Moth Mainstage Storyteller & Host, Satori Shakoor. To join mailing list please text "Stories" to 42828. For info, tickets and to watch videos of past performances, visit : www.secretstorytellers.com

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 Wright 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 23, Detroit 4:00 pm
Don’t miss Chicago storyteller, Oba Williams King at the Vernon Chapel AME Church, 18500 Norwood. Adults $10, Children Children Free. Contact Ami Jackson for more information 313-567-5949 daddy4991@aol.com or Ms Vinson 313-865-3929

February 23, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild: at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, (in the Westgate Shopping Center) Guests welcome. The first portion of the meeting, usually at least an hour, is devoted to stories. We'd love to hear your stories!

February 23, Detroit 2:00 pm
Family Sundays at the DIA presents: Storyteller and author Mary J. Grant who will share entertaining and engaging African American stories  for adults and children. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org or mjg1009@yahoo.com  or www.storiebymary.com


MARCH
March 2, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  March Up the Hill with Mother Goose.”Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  Kerrytown Market and Shops in  Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

March 3, Detroit  4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm stories begin
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. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Heroes”

March 11, Commerce Twp, 6:00 pm doors/7:30 pm stories begin
Red Thread Storytelling Night - Story Slam event.  Bring your story to tell live on stage or sit back and enjoy the show.  Our March theme is “Lucky Break”  Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait.  $5.00 Tickets at the door, $7.00 online.  Email karen@redthreadstories.org, call 248-766-4323 or go to www.redthreadstories.org  Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple, Commerce Township

March 11, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30pm
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.

March 15, Livonia 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 “Crash Course in Design/Promoting Yourself,” 2:30 Business meeting. Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Road (Between Farmington and Merriman).  For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

March 18, 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. Tickets $6 at the door. This month’s theme is “Escape”

March 20, 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. 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.

March 20, Grosse Pointe 4:00-5:00 pm
“Fun Tales” Ivory D. Williams presents a highly interactive, entertaining and educational storytelling presentation.
Grosse Pte Public Library 20680 Mack, Free and open to the public.For info: Pat McCrary, Librarian 313-343-2072

March 21, Detroit 8:00 pm 8:00-10:00 pm, Doors open 7:30 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.. Text "STORIES" to 42828 to JOIN the Mailing List. For info, tickets and to watch videos, visit:  www.secretstorytellers.com

March 22, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Wright 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.

March 23, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild: at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, (in the Westgate Shopping Center) Guests welcome. The first portion of the meeting, usually at least an hour, is devoted to stories. We'd love to hear your stories!

March 28-30 - Amherst, MA
Michigan storyteller Barbara Schutzgruber teams up with Dorothy Cleveland (MN) to present "Hero vs Heroine... What's the Difference?" at Sharing the Fire 2014 Conference sponsored by the League of the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES).  For information www.lanes.org

March 28-30 - Amherst, MA
Michigan storytellers present workshops at Sharing the Fire 2014 Conference sponsored by the League of the Advancement of New England Storytelling (LANES). Judy Sima: “Capturing the ‘Story’ Behind the Facts” and Barbara Schutzgruber: “Hero vs Heroine: What is the Difference?” For information www.lanes.org

March 29, Livonia
The Detroit Story League presents: "Once Upon a Time" storytelling concert for children ages 4-10 at the Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd. $3 per person. Every child receives a free gift.  For more information call: Josie 248-476-8515 or email jflores-1234@sbcglobal.net


APRIL
April 1-2, Bloomfield Township 6:30 pm both evenings
10th Annual Storytelling Festival at the Bloomfield Township Public Library, 1099 Lone Pine Road, Bloomfield Township, 48302.   Talented forensic student storytellers from the Bloomfield Hills School District will weave their magical tales for children ages 6+, families and adults.  There will be different student performers each night.  The program is open to everyone.  Audience registration begins March 1. Co-sponsored by the Friends of the Library and the Bloomfield Hills School District. For more information or to register, call Susan Barr at the Youth Services
Department at (248) 642-5800.

April 3, Detroit  4:30 pm doors open/7:00 pm stories begin
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. Tickets $5 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Kharma”

April 6, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm
“Kerry Tales:  April Showers and Mother Goose.”Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  Kerrytown Market and Shops in  Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

Apr. 8, Commerce Twp, 6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin
Red Thread Storytelling Night - Story Slampionship Event.  Join us for our final show of the season where winners from our first six story slams will tell their tales and compete for the title of Grand Storytelling Slampion.  Arrive early to grab your seats and enjoy appetizers, dinner and drinks while you wait.  Email karen@redthreadstories.org, call 248-766-4323 or go to www.redthreadstories.org for ticket info. Uptown Grille, 3100 E. West Maple, Commerce Township

April 8, 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.

April 9, Ferndale 7:00 pm
Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, as she evokes memories of the distant and not so distant past. Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Ferndale Public Library, 222 East 9 Mile Rd.This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Contact: Darlene Hellenberg 248-546-2504. www.ferndalepublicliblrary.org. Adults only.

April 15, 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. Tickets $6 at the door. This month’s theme is: “Song”

April 19, Plymouth 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 Annual Meeting, 2:30 Business meeting. Plymouth Public Library, 223 South Main Street (West of Haggerty, north of Ann Arbor Rd.)  For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

April 23, West Bloomfield 7:00 pm
Join award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, as she evokes memories of the distant and not so distant past. Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. West Bloomfield Public Library, 4600 Walnut Lake Road. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.” Contact: Mike Bruno, 248-232-2313. www.wblib.org

April 24, Grosse Pointe Shores 6:00 Dinner/7:45 Program
Women’s Connection of Grosse Pointe hosts storyteller, Judy Sima for her performance of “My Mother’s Voice.” Using stories about her mother and intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Edsel & Eleanor Ford House, 1100 Lakeshore Blvd. 313-884-4222. $30 for Dinner and program, $5 for program only. For more information and registration contact elliek23@yahoo.com

April 25-26, Lake Geneva, WI
Enrich your day job or family life by learning new skills at 31st Annual Northlands Conference features the Best in the Midwest at Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva Wisconsin. Michigan’s Yvonne Healy present workshop “Guideposts to Better Stoires. Emcee, Yvonne Healy, storytellers Jeff Doyle, Barbara Schutzgruber,Jennifer Otto perform in concerts. Beautiful surroundings and a welcoming atmosphere for story fans and tellers alike. www.Northlands.net

April 26, Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers invites you to attend their monthly meeting at the Charles Wright 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.

April 27, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 pm
Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild: at Nicola's Books, 2513 Jackson Avenue, (in the Westgate Shopping Center) Guests welcome. The first portion of the meeting, usually at least an hour, is devoted to stories. We'd love to hear your stories!

 
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