September 1, 2014

September 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.

September 2014

HIGHLIGHTS




Summer might have ended but storytelling events in Michigan are just beginning to heat up!
Many Storytelling Groups and Guilds are starting up again. Check locations near you for dates and times.


SEPTEMBER

September 2, White Lake, 7:00 p.m.
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the North Oakland County Storytellers at historic Fisk Farm in the one-room Thompson School, M59 at Fisk Road.  Info: Carolyn Graves, 248-363-6149 or

September 4, Detroit 4:30 p.m. doors open/:00:00 p.m. 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: “Crime and Punishment.”

September 6, Detroit 3:00 p.m.
Children Storytelling Event at The Charles H. Wright Museum, 315 E. Detroit Association of Black Storytellers will feature Adult and Children Storytellers. The cost is $5.00 for children (covers membership to Charles H Wright Museum) and $10.00 for adults.  The listener will be in for a special treat as Barbara Jones Clark, Judy Sima, Nya Russell, Jasmine Ross and more share their children stories. For more information view
www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com. marygrant1915@gmail.com 248-304-0030

September 6 & 7, White Lake 1:00-3:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers join with White Lake Historical Society for the annual Fisk Farm Festival.  At the historic Kelley-Fisk Farm in the one-room Thompson School, M59 at Fisk Road.  Admission $1 per person. Info: Ron Hinman, 248-698-9279.

September 9, Ann Arbor 7:00 p.m. doors open/8:00 p.m. stories begin
The Moth GrandSLAM Championship at The Ark, 316 S. Main. Tickets will be available two weeks before show date: www.theark.org

September 7, Ray Township 2:00 p.m.
Paul Bunyan Tales with Genot Picor, Wolcott Mill Metro Park. (586) 749-5997 $5.00 vehicle admission or pass accepted at gate.

September 11, Warren 9:30-11:30 am
Fitzgerald Parent Tellers first weekly meeting of the new school year. Learn to tell stories, practice and receive helpful feedback. New members welcome. Chatterton Middle School, 24333 Ryan Road. You don’t have to be a parent to attend. For information call: Judy Sima 248-644-3951, Judy@JudySima.com

September 11, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
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.

September 7, Ann Arbor 12:00 p.m.
Kerrytown Bookfest, 701 N. 4th Ave. Children’s Tent:  12:00 p.m. “Kerry Tales:  Make a Book with Mother Goose” Storyteller, Trudy Bulkley, entertains as Mother Goose with rhymes and stories. 1/2 hour program for young and old alike.  3:00-4:00 p.m. Storyteller Laura Pershin Raynor with a craft for kids.

September 13, Shelby Township Burgess 1:00 p.m.
Shadbush Nature Center Wilderness Skills Activities. $5.00 admission all weekend, 12 & under free (586) 323-2478

September 13, Lansing 7:30 p.m.
Join the Lansing Storytellers for An Evening of Storytelling for Grown-Ups and enjoy a Patchwork of Stories.  This year's event will be held at First United Methodist Church, 3827 Delta River Drive, Lansing (corner of Delta and North Waverly).  Tickets are $5.00 at the door and refreshments will be served.  For more information contact Jean Bolley at bolleyj@hotmail.com

September 13, Southfield 3:00 p.m.
Come out and celebrate with Storyteller Mary J. Grant as she shares her story “Floyd B’s Pond” and more stories. Truth Bookstore 21500 Northwestern Hwy, (Northland Mall across from Macy’s) For more information view www.storiesbymary.com or email marygrant1915@gmail.com

September 13 & 14, Detroit, 10:00 a.m.
Historic Fort Wayne, 6325 West Jefferson, Detroit, MI  48209 presents their annual Civil War Days.  Reenactments and other Civil War related offerings, including storytelling with Elise Parker as Sarah Edmonds, who served as a man; Genevieve and John Bellamy as Harriet Tubman and Frederick Douglass; Lois Sprengnether Keel as Liberetta Lerich Green, who grew up on an Underground Railroad Station in Shelby Twp. and her brothers were in the War; Carl and Trish Moss as Governor and Mrs. Austin Blair.  Admission is free, but secured, on-site parking is $5.00 per car.  Info: http://www.historicfortwaynecoalition.com/cwdays.html

September 16, Ann Arbor  6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at Circus Bar, 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: “Do-over.”

September 17, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids Please call Gloria for details  616-454-6234

September 19, Detroit, 8:00 p.m./doors open at 7:00 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "It's A Trip!" A curated, live storytelling event at Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E. Warren Ave. Detroit. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Twisted Storytellers, Reshounn Foster, Ted Olds, Monica Sholar, Kevin Williams and Angela Youngblood with Musical Guest, Inohs Sivad and Dance Guests. Hosted by Moth Mainstage Storyteller & Host, Satori Shakoor. For Tickets, Info & Video visit :www.secretstorytellers.org or call 313-744-6037.

September 20, Canton 1:00-3:00 p.m.
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) Tutor Time 951 N. Canton Center Rd Between Sheldon & Beck. S. of Ford Rd.: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

September 23, West Bloomfield 2:00 p.m.
Take a journey with Storyteller, Judy Sima as she shares “My Mother’s Voice,” the compelling story of her Mother’s encounter with the Gestapo on Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, her escape from Germany during World War II and adjustment to her new life in America. Using intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Hechtman Apartments, 6700 West Maple Road on the Jewish Community Center Campus. Contact: llavine@jslmi.org or Judy@JudySima.com
 

 

September 26, Lansing  7:00 p.m. doors open/8:00 p.m. stories begin.
Jeff Doyle and Jennifer Pahl Otto.  Stories and Drinks.  Sit back and relax as Jeff and Jennifer present an evening of hilarious tales.  Whether it’s Jeff’s story of unearthing Playboy magazines or Jennifer’s story of love, loss, redemption and cats, you will laugh until your sides hurt.  Tony M’s Italian Restaurant and Bar. 3420 South Creyts Rd, Lansing, MI 48917.  Tickets $6 at the door.  A portion of the proceeds will go to help support “Old News Boys”

Contact Jeff Doyle 517-404-8257. JJdoyle99@yahoo.com

September 27,  Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 p.m.
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.

September 27, Detroit 6:00-8:00 p.m.
"Dem Grown Folks Talkin' Again!"Master storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents a highly interactive, entertaining and fun storytelling concert for Grown Folks. Using his trademark wit, wisdom and to create "an elegant night out for Grown Folks to hear some good ole fashioned Storytelling." The Carr Center, 311 E. Grand River. Tickets: $10.00 (Call for group rate).Contact: Ivory D. 313-822-6483 email: effy1@aol.com

OCTOBER

October 1, White Lake, 6:30 p.m.
Relive events of the Beacon Tree Underground Railway Station with Lois Sprengnether Keel.  Using historical resources Lois brings to life Liberetta Lerich Green, daughter of the abolitionists running the station.  Admission is free, but please register.  http://www.whitelakelibrary.org/whitelake/adultprograms.asp or 248-698-4942.

October 2, Warren 9:30-11:30 am
Fitzgerald Parent Tellers weekly meetings during the school year. Learn to tell stories, practice and receive helpful feedback. New members welcome. Chatterton Middle School, 24333 Ryan Road. You don’t have to be a parent to attend. For information call: Judy Sima 248-644-3951, Judy@JudySima.com

October 2, Detroit 4:30 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. 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: “Taboos.”

October 3, Detroit  
French-Canadian Heritage Days Celebration, Stories, Songs and Dances of the Voyageurs with Genot Picor. Detroit Historical Museum, 5401 Woodward Ave. (313) 833-7935, admission $10.00.

October 5, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales: Play the Fiddle 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

October 3-5, Jonesborough, TN
Michigan’s own, Corinne Stavish will be returning as an emcee at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN. For information about the festival go to: http://www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/

October 7, West Bloomfield 1:00 p.m.
Take a journey with Storyteller, Judy Sima as she shares “My Mother’s Voice,” the compelling story of her Mother’s encounter with the Gestapo on Kristallnacht or the Night of Broken Glass, her escape from Germany during World War II and adjustment to her new life in America. Using intriguing “Conversation Starters,” Judy helps you bring treasured memories of your family back to life. Meer Senior Apartments, Jewish Community Center Campus, 9700 West Maple Road. For information contact: Judy@JudySima.com

October 7, White Lake, 7:00 p.m.
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the North Oakland County Storytellers at historic Fisk Farm in the one-room Thompson School, M59 at Fisk Road.  Info: Carolyn Graves, 248-363-6149 or

October 9, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
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.

October 12, Midland 1:00 p. m.
Creative 360, Vision Quest:  Folk, Outsider, Visionary Art Experience, with Genot Picor.(989) 837-1885, free admission.

October 17, Detroit 8:00 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 P.M.. Doors open @7:30 p.m.. Text "STORIES" to 42828 to JOIN the Mailing List. For info, tickets and to watch videos, visit:  www.secretstorytellers.com

October 18, Fraser 1:00-3:00 p.m.
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) Fraser Public Library, 16330 E. 14 Mile Road (1 block west of Utica): Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

October 18, White Lake 7:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers at the historic Kelley-Fisk Farm tell spooky stories in the old barn for their annual “Fright Night.”  Stories get scarier as the night goes on! Feature performers : Magee and Jack Ferguson (Cowboy Jack)  Admission is $2 per person or $5 per family. Contact: Ron Hinman 248-698-9279. http://www.northoaklandcountystorytellers.org/events

October 21, Ann Arbor  6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
Doors open at 6:00 for the monthly Moth Story Slam located at Circus Bar, 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: “Lost and Found.”

October 21, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids Please call Gloria for details.
616-454-6234

October 23, Ann Arbor 7:00 p.m.
Storytelling and Music for Adults. 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. Ann Arbor Downtown Library at. 343 South Fifth Avenue. Free. Contact Laura Raynor at raynorl@aadl.org or 734-327-4226

October 25,  Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 p.m.
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.

October 25, White Lake 6:30 p.m.    
“Ghost Busters” at Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Road (M-59) Ghostly movie, tea reading, mourners, storytellers, refreshments $5 Contact: Ron Hinman 248-698-9279.


NOVEMBER

Check out the November TELLEBRATION Events – Guilds and storytelling enthusiasts all around the globe will share their storytelling talents in concerts held in cities and towns to celebrate the art of storytelling. In Michigan, TELLABRATION!™ brings together our most celebrated storytellers, to delight, captivate, and mesmerize audiences
with their tales.

November 2, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales: Duck, Duck, Goose 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

November 4, White Lake 7:00 p.m.
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the North Oakland County Storytellers at historic Fisk Farm in the one-room Thompson School, M59 at Fisk Road.  Info: Carolyn Graves, 248-363-6149 or

November 7, Tecumseh 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Corinne Stavish will emcee and tell stories as part of the Tellabration! event at the Tecumseh Center for the Arts (www.thetca.org). Other tellers will participate with brief stories. Contact Shelley Lim, Cultural and Leisure Services Director,City of Tecumseh slim@tecumseh.mi.us. www.mytecumseh.org. 517-423-5602

November 7 & 8, Bowling Green, Kentucky
Michigan storyteller, Judy Sima will be featured at the Kentucky Storytelling Conference, presenting a six-hour workshop on Friday. “Developing Student Storytellers.” Judy will be featured in Friday and Saturday Night Concerts, and a beginning storytelling workshop on Saturday. Holiday Inn University Plaza & Sloan Convention Center. For more information: http://www.kystory.org/conference/intro.shtml

November 14, Ann Arbor 7:30 p.m.
“Tellabration!” Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild presents its annual Storytelling Concert for Adults
(ages 14 and older), at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1400 West Stadium Blvd, Ann Arbor. Tickets are $15 at the door.  Further information at www.annarborstorytelling.org, 734-662-3770, or lauragami@provide.net.

November 15, Berkley 1:00-3:00 p.m.
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) Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge (Between 11 and 12 Mile Roads): Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

November 16, Detroit 2:00 p.m.
Enjoy a program of traditional myths and dances presented by Reg Pettibone, a Native American Champion Dancer for the Ho-Chunk Nation, and members of his family as they provide a better understanding of true Native American culture through dance, song, narration and a display of artifacts with a strong environmental emphasis. Detroit Institute of Arts, 5200 Woodward Ave. Info: www.DIA.org

November 16, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
Tellebration!: Story fun For Families. Join us for jazzy stories performed by the awesome Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild at the Pittsfield Branch Library, 2359 Oak Valley Drive. Contact Laura at raynorl@aadl.org or lauragami@provide.net 734-662-3770 for more information.

November 18, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
All are welcome to the monthly meeting of the Story Spinners of Grand Rapids Please call Gloria for details
616-454-6234

November 21, Livonia 7:00  p.m.
Join the Detroit Story League as they celebrate 102 years of 'Service Through Storytelling' with Tellabration! a Night of Storytelling for Adults. 6:00 p.m. Silent Auction, 7:00 p.m. storytelling followed by refreshments; featuring Yvonne Healy, Carolyn Graves, Chrissy Begle and Tone Ross as Maestro.  Admission is $5 at the door.  Livonia Civic Center Public Library Auditorium, 32777 Five Mile Rd. Directions to Library 734-466-2491 or for more information call 248-476-8515 or email Judy@JudySima.com  www.detroitstorytelling.org

November 21, Detroit 8:00 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 P.M.. Doors open @7:30 p.m.. Text "STORIES" to 42828 to JOIN the Mailing List. For info, tickets and to watch videos, visit:  www.secretstorytellers.com

November 21, Grand Rapids 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Story Spinners of Grand Rapids presents, Tellabration! Please call Gloria for details. 616-454-6234

November 22,  Detroit 10:00 am-12:00 p.m.
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.

November 24, Walled Lake 6:00 p.m.
Lois Sprengnether Keel tells Anishinaabe Native Stories of Michigan for “A Taste of Story” at Walled Lake Library.  Make a Pilgrim hat and taste a baked pumpkin treat. Registration is required. Call the Walled Lake City Library located at 1499 E. West Maple, 248-624-3772. Family Event-Free Admission. admin@whitelakelibrary.org  Info: http://www.walledlakelibrary.org/


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