May 1, 2014

May 2014

* MI Story + Storytelling Event Calendar www.MichiganStorytelling.org Free Since 2001 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.
May 2014
HIGHLIGHTS ** Registration is now open: National Storytelling Conference July 25-28 in Phoenix , AZ www.storynet.org. MI Story now lists monthly meetings of local storytelling groups and guilds. Visitors and new members welcome.

MAY
May 1, 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: “Blood, Sweat and Tears.”

May 1, Jackson 10:00 am Jackson Storyfest presents “Silver Tales” a free performance of stories for Seniors” by Judy Gail and Carrie Sue Ayvar. Located at the Assembly Church, 141 E Michigan Ave. (Old Furmans Building,) doors open at 9:30am for priority seating. www.jacksonstoryfest.org

May 2, Jackson 7:30 pm Jackson Storyfest offers a free evening concert with Antonio Rocha at Jackson High School Auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave. Doors open at 7pm. Antonio Rocha’s tenor voice, trained movements and meaningful repertoire come together to deliver an unforgettable performance you are sure to be talking about. It will sooth your soul, tickle you funny bone and leave you spell bound. Emcee, Corinne Stavish. www.JacksonStoryFest.org

May 2, Jackson Free storytelling performances for school children with Antonio Rocha, Carrie Sue Ayvar, Karen Czarnik, Ivory Williams, Trudy Bulkley, Allison Downey, Rosie Chapman, Judy Gail, Mike Deren, Gemini, Brenda Harris, Lois Sprengnether Keel, Larry Massey, Robin Nott, Laura Pershin Raynor, Cate Robarts-Snyder, Dick Strader, and La’Ron Williams. Performances take place at various religious and civic buildings throughout the morning.

May 3, Jackson 8:45 to 10:45 am Jackson Storyfest -register for in-depth workshop with award winning storyteller, Judy Sima “Unleash the Power – Let Kids Tell.” $25 www.JacksonStoryFest.org. Join Judy as she presents practical ideas for helping young people become confident storytellers. Learn how to encourage them through games, activities, chants, a structured story-learning process, and how to take them on the road. If you are a teacher, librarian, storyteller or parent w/a desire to work w/kids, you’ll come away w/an extensive handout, a story, and ideas you can use tomorrow. Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch Auditorium, 244 W. Michigan Ave.

May 3, Jackson 11:30 am – 1:30 pm Jackson Storyfest - Register for an in-depth storytelling workshop taught by national known storyteller and mime, Antonio Rocha. “Five Crazy Voices…One Million Characters.” $25 (or $50 for both workshops includes box lunch) at www.JacksonStoryFest.org. Join Antonio in this interactive workshop to discover the 5 different voice ranges (chest, neck, mouth, nose and head) to create fun characters. Great for all stories especially folk and fairy tales. The storyteller can have his/her own voice when narrating; however, it’s helpful and great fun to create voices for characters in a story.” Located at Jackson District Library, Carnegie Branch Auditorium, 244 W. Michigan Ave.

May 3, Jackson 2:00 pm Jackson Storyfest presents free concert featuring storytellers Judy Gail and Carrie Sue Ayvar. Tales R Us: Stories for all ages “The Alligator Conjure Man’s Welcome Wagon.” “This old-time medicine wagon’s elixirs don’t come in bottles.” They come in books, stories, songs, and humor. Alli Gator (Judy Gail Krasnow) and Swamp Cabbage Sue (Carrie Sue Ayvar) guarantee to “cure what ails you” with their lively, literary, loveable tales & tunes for every mood, age, quest, and interest. Be on the lookout~ they have a pet alligator who often accompanies them! Don’t worry though. He always behaves when performing. Winners of “Kids Tell” (Stories by and For Kids) will share their stories. This year’s Junior Storytellers will be selected by the public. All ages are welcome. Jackson High School Auditorium, 544 Wildwood Ave. Info: www.JacksonStoryFest.org.

May 3, Denver, Co Michigan’s Yvonne Healy is a featured presenter at the Rocky Mountain Storytelling Conference. Learn how to interview for oral histories and craft the material into an oral and a written story. Info: www.Rmstory.org

May 4, Detroit 3:00pm Fifteen metro Detroit moms share their stories in “Listen to Your Mother” as part of a national program aimed at giving voice to the joys, complexity and struggles of motherhood. 10% of proceeds go to support Alternatives for Girls. St. Andrew’s Hall, 431 E. Congress. Tickets $13 available online at www.concerts.livenation.com. For more information go to www.listentoyourmothershow.com

May 4, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm “Kerry Tales: May Flowers 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

May 5, Midland 7:00-8:30 pm Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West Saint Andrews Rd, Info: Joe Remenar, jremenar66@yahoo.com

May 6, White Lake 7:00-9:00 pm North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm. Contact: Pam Dawson padawsonusa@gmail.com 248-684-7426. www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

May 8, Montcalm 6:30-8:39 pm Montcalm County Storyweavers: Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. For information and location contact Georgia Schad 989-291-5518 gmschad@chartermi.net or Janet Wulf-Marvin 989-821-4168 wulfmarj@yahoo.com

May 10, Westland 2:00-3:30pm Join award winning 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. Westland Public Library, 6123 Central City Parkway. This program is presented in conjunction with 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read selection, “Annie's Ghosts.”

May 10, Hamtramck 6:00-7:00 pm Stories and songs with local storyteller Phil Leslie. Free event at Lo & Behold Books, 10022 Joseph Campau. Traditional and original tales topped off with songs and jokes. Join us for a fun, intimate and interactive family show featuring special gues singer Katarina Quain of Wayne State’s choir. For more information: www.facebook.com/storieswithphil.

May 12, Lansing 7:00-9: pm Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net.

May 13, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30 pm All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids. Business meeting 7:00. Storytelling 7:30-8:30pm. At the Story Café, 444 Leonard NW. Contact storyspinners@gmail.com http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html.

May 13, Dowagiac 7:00-9:00 pm Story Master Class with Kim Weitkamp. Explore your creative side with a workshop on story and character creation, acting, and presentation. Front Street Crossing, 227 Front Street. Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, $10 limited registration. https://dogwoodfinearts.org/events.html

May 14, Dowagiac 7:30 pm Storytelling concert with Kim Weitkamp, Dale Lyons Theater, Southwestern Michigan College, 58900 Cherry Grove Road. Dowagiac Dogwood Fine Arts Festival, admission $6. https://dogwoodfinearts.org/events.html

May 14, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 pm Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston). Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes. Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at carteredwin93@yahoo.com

May 15, Evanston, IL 7:00 pm Michigan’s own Corinne Stavish appearing at The Celtic Knot, 626 Church St. Information: 847- 864-1679 www.secretstorytellers.com

May 16, Detroit, 8 pm, Doors at 7:00 p.m. The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "Monumental Mothers", a curated, live storytelling event at The Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Twisted storytellers Ortheia Barnes, Sylvia Hubbard, Yolanda Jack, Jacquise Purifoy and Ping Spells with Twisted Musical Guests Theo Broughton. Hosted by Moth Mainstage Storyteller & Host, Satori Shakoor. For info, tickets & Video visit: http://www.secretstorytellers.com/events.html

May 17, Detroit 12:00-300 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 Installation of Officers, 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

May 20, Sturgis 6:00 pm Storyteller Lois Sprengnether Keel takes her audience back to 1914 as Liberetta Lerich Green and looks back even further to her Michigan pioneer parents who ran an Underground Railroad Station and her brothers fought in the Civil War. Sturgis District Library, 255 North Street. Contact: or 269-659-7224. 

May 20, 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: “Animals” 

May 22, 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. 

May 24, 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. 

May 26, 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! 

May 28, East Lansing 6:00 pm doors open/7:30 pm stories begin The Moth Main Stage presents:“Twist of Fate.” Favorite storytellers from past Moth shows share the stage with local voices. Wharton Center for the Performing Arts. 750 W Shaw Lane. www.themoth.org 

May 31, White Lake 7:00-9:30 pm North Oakland County Storytellers presents the 4th Annual Storytelling & Song Concert, with special guest musicians: Maggie Ferguson/Floyd King & The Bushwackers (The Old Front Porch Radio Show WXOU-FM). $8.00 per person or $15.00 per family. Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Rd. (M-59) 

JUNE 
June 1, Detroit 4:00-6:00 pm Detroit Association of Black Storytellers presents the DABS Men’s Concert “The Good Ol’ Days: Storytelling at it’s Finest” with Ivory Williams, James Graham, John Bellamy, Keir Jackson, Tone Ross and the Vision Choir. Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in the General Motors Theater, 315 East Warren Ave. Tickets: $10 at the door. 

June 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 pm “Kerry Tales: Jump for June 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 

June 1, Detroit 4:00-6:00 pm The men of the Detroit Association of Black Storytellers are poised to present a unique Storytelling Concert that will rattle the emotions. Powerful & dynamic, humorous & thoughtful, these masters of the oral tradition will take us all back to “The Good Ol’ Days” at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 East Warren Ave. (313) 442-DABS (3227) Tickets $10 info@Detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com (313) 442- 3227) 

June 2, Midland 7:00-8:30 pm Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Grace A. Dow Memorial Library, 1710 West Saint Andrews Rd, Info: Joe Remenar, jremenar66@yahoo.com Fridays, 

June 2 - 23, Clarkston, 1:30-2:30 pm Lois Sprengnether Keel leads storytelling activities focusing on use of imagination, creativity and humor rather than memory. This program provides fun interaction and communication opportunity for individuals with dementia and their caregivers. $15 for members and $20 for non-members. Call the Senior Center at 248/625-8231 to register and information. 

June 3, White Lake 7:00-9:00 pm North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm. Contact: Pam Dawson padawsonusa@gmail.com 248-684-7426. www.northlandcountystorytellers.org 

June 5, 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: “Celebration.” 

June 8, West Bloomfield Jewish Genealogical Society presents, Storyteller, Judy Sima 

June 9, Lansing 7:00-9: pm Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Plymouth Congregational Church, 2001 East Grand River, Contact: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com and/or Shirley Bradley – storylady12@comcast.net. 

June 10, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30 pm All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids. Business meeting 7:00. Storytelling 7:30-8:30pm. At the Story Café, 444 Leonard NW. Contact storyspinners@gmail.com http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html. 

June 11, Montcalm 6:30-8:39 pm Montcalm County Storyweavers: Welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. For information and location contact Georgia Schad 989-291-5518 gmschad@chartermi.net or Janet Wulf-Marvin 989-821-4168 

June 11, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 pm Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from October through May at the Hope Reformed Church, 1878 Evanston, (Corner of Quarterline and Evanston). Monthly meetings continue from June through September at members' homes. Contact Ned Carter, 231-755-2383 or email him at carteredwin93@yahoo.com 

June 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. 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. 

June 17, 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: “Fathers” 

June20, Detroit 8:00 pm Doors at 7:00 p.m. 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 

June 21, Columbus, OH What a deal! What a price! For only $25, story lovers and storytellers are invited to the most affordable storytelling enrichment opportunity ever! 

June 21 at Dominican University, 1216 Sunbury Road, conference center, Dominican University, Columbus, OH. Topics: k-12 ducation practicums & theory, finding authentic cultural stories, marketing, technology. Presenters include Lyn Ford, Kevin Cordi and Michigan's Yvonne Healy.Concerts, slams, swaps, and work.shops for best price ever! Info: http://www.OOPStorytelling.org 

June 21, Livonia, 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 stories and workshop “Cookin’ Up Stories,” 2:30 Business meeting) Sandburg Branch Library, 20100 Seven Mile Road (Between Farmington and Merriman) For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951 

June 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. 

June 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! 

JULY 
July 8, Grand Rapids 7:00-8:30pm All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids. Business meeting 7:00. Storytelling 7:30-8:30pm. At the Story Café, 444 Leonard NW. Contact storyspinners@gmail.com http://www.storyspinners.org/events.html. 

July 10, Waterford 2:00-4:00 pm "Terrifying Tales to Tell” for Tweens ‘n Teens.” Want to scare your friends? Award winning storyteller, Judy Sima, will help you create and tell spooky ghost stories guaranteed to keep your friends awake at night. Learn how to bring stories to life, create memorable characters, develop realistic settings and get your listeners to “jump!” Waterford Public Library, 5168 Civic Center Drive. For information and registration call: Lindsay Chittle at 248-618-7687. 

July 10, 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. 

July 18, Detroit 8:00 pm Doors at 7:00 p.m. 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 

** July 22-27, Phoenix, AZ Come to participate or to sit back and be entertained at the National Storytelling Conference. Register for 1 day or for the whole kit & kaboodle. Enjoy almost a full week of preconference intensives on applied storytelling, day long master classes, workshops, showcases, concerts, slams, swaps and the National Storytelling Fringe. Storytelling illuminates who we are as individuals and as a community. Stories light the fire of joy and laughter. Join us in the Valley of the Sun at the 2014 National Storytelling Conference for education and inspiration through the Fire & Light of story. Info: www.storynet.org Michigan Connection: Judy Sima “My Mother’s Voice” Fringe. 

July 23, Bay City 11:30-12:30 “Stories in the Park” – Young Peoples Summer Series, Highly interactive, entertaining, educational and fun storytelling concert for the youth & families with storyteller, Ivory Williams. Wenonah Park, Free and open to the public. Contact: Matthew Reid 989-860-0375 

July 29 - August 2, Jonesborough, TN Michigan’s own, Corinne Stavish returns for her fifth appearance as a Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center. http://www.storytellingcenter.net/events/storytelling-live/tir-schedule/corinne-stavish/ For additional information, call: 800.952.8392 

STORYTELLING ORGANIZATIONS/MEETINGS Michigan guilds listed at http://www.MichiganStorytelling.org 

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