January 29, 2015

February 2015

* 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.

February 2015

HIGHLIGHTS



Special opportunity for storytellers and story listeners:  MSU student run radio station is looking to emulate the Moth Radio hour. They have created a 5 to 10 minute segment at the end of their show “Exposure" called, "the Michigan Storytellers Segment." If you have a true, interesting/meaningful/funny story you are willing to share on the air, contact: Quin Hoffman, News Director, WDBM Impact 89FM, (989)295-6652. quinlanhoffman@gmail.com

March is Reading Month! Contact your local school and encourage them to hire a storyteller to promote reading.

Mark your calendar – April 24-26, Northlands Storytelling Confabulation, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.


FEBRUARY

February 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Buckle Your Shoe 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. Free.  734-769-3115

February 3, Inkster 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Ms Gwen, The Storyteller presents: “Coretta Scott King Comes Alive” at the Inkster Public Library. 2005 Inkster Rd.  Information: 313-467-9294 or http://gwenstoryteller.com

February 3, Highland 7:00-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. HVCA Headquarters (Highland Station), 205 W. Livingston Rd. contact Carolyn Graves: gravesccraol.com (258) 363-6149 for more information www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

February 4, Petoskey 12:30 p.m.
“Ice Thrones, Pottery, and Sculpted Heads: The story of well known Michigan Sculptor and Potter, Stanley Price Kellogg” portrayed in first person by storyteller Dick Strader.  Petoskey District Library Carnegie Building, 451 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI 49770.  Free.  269-274-1812.

February 4, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com.

February 5, 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: “Love Hurts.”

February 7, Detroit Noon
 “Funtales”, Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams engages the Detroit community in a highly interactive, entertaining and fun presentation at the annual Family Day at the Museum. Detroit Historical Museum Auditorium, 5401 Woodward.Free for all ages. Contact: Ivory D. 313-822-6483

February 7, Detroit 2:30 p.m.
"Grown Folks Talkin'...HUSH!" Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams celebrates Black History Month with wit, wisdom and humor in a medley of uplifting tales. Clemente Recreation Ctr., 2631 Bagley, Free and open to the public. For info contact: Mike Hudson (City of Detroit) 313-224-0228

February 6-7, Kalamazoo 5:00 p.m.
Storytellers, poets, and musicians will have your rapt attention! Enjoy a vendor fair, arts and crafts, and books galore during this full-day festival: Words That Heal!  Friday: BenJammin Educational Music 6:00 pm, Karen Libman at 7:00 pm. Saturday: Gemini at 11:00 am, Kinetic Affect at noon, Speak It Forward at 1:00 pm, Robin Nott at 2:00 pm, Shawahah Jane Murray at 3:00 pm, Musical Folktales at 4:00pm. Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street, (269)373-7990, FREE

February 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.

February 10, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
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

February 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.Info:  www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

February 14, Detroit 11:00 a.m.
Storyteller and author Mary J. Grant will share her personal children’s story: “My Daddy Taught Me To Read” at Farmington Hills Library 32737 West Twelve Mile Rd. Farmington Hill, Michigan www.famlib.org
www.theark.org. Tickets $20

February 15, Ann Abor 1:00 p.m.
The Ark Storytelling Festival “Storytelling for Kids” featuring Alton Chung, Robert Jones and members of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild, www.theark.org. Tickets $10.

February 17, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at  Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

February 17, 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: “Adventure.”

February 17, Rochester 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Ms Gwen, The Storyteller presents: “Coretta Scott King Comes Alive” at the Rochester Hills Public Library.500 Olde Towne Rd.information: 313-467-9294 or http://gwenstoryteller.com. R.S.V.P. with library card or call  248-656-2900

February 20, Detroit 8:00 p.m., Doors open 7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "LOVE & WAR" 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 Tameka Citchen-Spruce, Ken Gray, Amelia Lehto, Beausuny Love and Marsha Music. Musical Guest Gwen Foxx, Dance Guests Tara Green & Steve Johnson. Artisans/Exhibitors and Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.secretstorytellers.org

February 21, Detroit 2:30 p.m.
Reading Rules!” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams uses the art of storytelling in a highly interactive, entertaining and fun presentation to promote the importance of reading. Elmwood Library, 550 Chene. Free for all ages. Contact: Karen Johnson 313-481-1730

February 21, Livonia 12:00-3:00 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: Creating Personal Stories, 2:30 Business meeting. Livonia Civic Center Library: 32777 Five Mile Road. Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

February 21, Ann Arbor 7:30 p.m.
Annual Ark Storytelling Festival featuring Alton Chung from Vancouver Washington, Robert Jones from Detroit and Jennifer Otto from Ann Arbor with Emcee Barbara Schutzgruber also from Ann Arbor. 316 South Main Street. Tickets $20. www.theark.org

February 22, Ann Arbor 1:00 p.m.
Storytelling for Kids featuring Alton Chung, Robert Jones and Jennifer Otto with Emcee Barbara Schutzgruber. Ticket $10.  316 South Main Street. www.theark.org

February 22, Detroit 3:00 p.m.              
Ms Gwen, The Storyteller presents: Black History Month-Storytelling at the International Institute. E. Kirby at John R. information: 313-467-9294 or http://gwenstoryteller.com

February 23, Detroit 2:30 p.m.
Reading Rules!” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams uses the art of storytelling in a highly interactive, entertaining and fun presentation to promote the importance of reading. Lincoln Library,1221 E. 7 Mile Rd. Free for all ages.
Contact: Veronica Obianwu 313-481-1780

February 28,  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.

February 28, Detroit 2:30 p.m.
Reading Rules!” Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams uses the art of storytelling in a highly interactive, entertaining and fun presentation to promote the importance of reading. Wilder Library, 7140 E. 7 Mile Rd. Free for all ages. Contact: Veronica Obianwu 313-481-1870

February 28, Southfield 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers presents an Interactive Underground Railroad Experience with stories, songs, and audience participation at Northland Mall. Meet at the Truth Bookstore where Conductors await to take you on your journey north. This 2-day interactive journey concludes at the destination on evening of March 7th, from 6 – 8 pm. Use the Target entrance off service drive to locate the bookstore. Information call: Chiquita at 313-268-9065, chiquitachiquita67@gmail.com. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com.

February 28, Dexter 7:30 p.m.
Please join storytellers Jeff Doyle, Jane Fink and Gertrude Warkentin for fund raising event at the Encore Theater and an evening of fantastic stories that will have you laughing ‘til your sides hurt. 3126 Broad Street. Call the box office for tickets (734) 268-2600. Tickets are $22. Proceeds benefit the Encore Theater.

MARCH

March 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.

“Kerry Tales:  March Along 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. Free.  734-769-3115

March 3, Highland 7:00-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. HVCA Headquarters (Highland Station), 205 W. Livingston Rd. contact Carolyn Graves: gravesccraol.com (258) 363-6149 for more information www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

March 4, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com.

March 5, 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: “Save.”

March 7, Southfield 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers Interactive Underground Railroad Experience Part 2 concludes with more stories, songs, and audience participation at the Truth Bookstore in Northland Mall. Use the Target entrance off service drive to locate the bookstore. Information call: Chiquita at 313-268-9065, chiquitachiquita67@gmail.com. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com.


March 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.

March 10, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
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

March 12, 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. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers

March 13-14, Charleston SC 
Michigan storyteller, Corinne Stavish joins Charlotte Blake-Alston, Michael Reno Harrell and Bil Lepp as a featured teller at Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival. http://www.ccpl.org/content.asp?id=133199&action=detail&catID=5367

March 17, 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: “Confusion.”

March 17, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at  Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

March 21, Detroit 12:00-3:00 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: “Developing Loveable Bad Guys”, 2:30 Business meeting. Cathedral Church of St. Paul, 4800 Woodward (SE corner of Woodward on Warren). Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

March 24, Center Line 7:00 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. Center Line Public, 7345 Weingartz. Program is Free, call 586-758-8275 to register.

March 27, Detroit 11:00 a.m.
Ms Gwen, The Storyteller presents: America Reads Storytelling Program at the University of Michigan Detroit    3663 Woodward Ave. 48201. Information: 313-467-9294 or http://gwenstoryteller.com

March 28, 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.

March 28, Livonia 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Detroit Story League presents its 4th annual: "Once Upon a Time" storytelling concert for children ages 4-10 at the Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd. $3 per person. For more information call: Josie 248-476-8515 or email jflores-1234@sbcglobal.net


April

April 1, Mt Pleasant 6:45-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at the Veterans Memorial Library in Mt. Pleasant. 301 South University Avenue. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com.

April 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: “Fools.”

April 7, Highland 7:00-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. HVCA Headquarters (Highland Station), 205 W. Livingston Rd. contact Carolyn Graves: gravesccraol.com (258) 363-6149 for more information www.northlandcountystorytellers.org

April 8, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
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

April  9, 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. Info: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers
 
April 12, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Splash in Puddles 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. Free.  734-769-3115

April 13, 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.

April 14, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at  Shawmut Hills Elementary. 2550 Burritt NW.   storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

April 14, Ann Arbor  6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
The Moth Michigan Grand Slam Championship at The Ark  Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. 316 South Main Street.  Limited number of presale tickets available two weeks prior online at www.TheMoth.org.

April 17, Livonia (Lunch served 11:45) 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Storytelling presentation with audience participation “My Mother’s Voice: A Story to Tell” and discussion of the art of storytelling for “Conversation and Coffee” with Judy Sima. Schoolcraft College Lifelong Learning Center. 18600 Haggerty Road. $15/Seniors $12. Doors open at 11:15. Advanced registration required.  734-462-4448. https://wevadvisor.schoolcraft.edu

April 18, Plymouth12:00-3:00 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 Annual Meeting, 2:30 Business meeting. Plymouth Public Library, 223 South Main Street (W. of Haggerty, N. of Ann Arbor Road)  Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

April 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.

April 24-26, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Join the friendliest group of storytellers on the planet at the Northlands Storytelling Confabulation; “It’s All About the Story.” Stories, Workshops, Swaps, Fringes, Story Slam. Special Master Class with Lyn Ford. Workshops by Judy Sima and Yvonne Healy. Geneva Ridge Resort. www.northland.net, 815-344-6435


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