January 29, 2016

February 2016

* MI Story +

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.

February - 2016

HIGHLIGHTS


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Now here’s a story! Michigan’s own, Ivory Williams has been invited to be the keynote speaker, tell stories and present a workshop at  the "1000 and 1 Story" Conference, April 22-23, 2016  at the SMK University of Applied Social Science  (Vilnius, Lithuania). Drop by and say hello if you’re in the area! Way to go, Ivory!

FEBRUARY

February 2, Battle Creek 6:00 p.m. Doors open / 7:00 p.m. sharp - stories begin
Mosaic: Storytelling Showcase sponsored by Battle Creek Enquirer in partnership with diverse organizations. At Warehouse Performance Venue, 1299 E. Columbia Ave. www.979WARE.com. Contacts: Michelle Frank, at 269-578-3726 or expcounts@gmail.com and Dick Strader, at 269-274-1812 or dstrader40@yahoo.com. Personal stories based on the theme “Home” featuring storytellers: Jeremy Andrews, Crystal Hernandez, Sarah Lawrence, Matt Lynn, Sheri Sherban, Dick Strader, Martha Thawnghmung, Sean Washington, Joyce Wilson and others. Cash Bar & Food Available for purchase. Tickets $5.00 with proceeds supporting “Safe Place,” Battle Creek’s local shelter for victims of domestic violence.

February 2, Detroit 6:30 p.m.
Gwendolyn Lewis will reenact "The Life of Coretta Scott King" at Pages Bookstore, 19560 Grand River. All ages are invited. Contact 313-479-7342 for additional information.

February 2, White Lake 7:00 p.m.   
North Oakland County Storytellers, winter location at Walled Lake Library, 1499 E. West Maple (between Decker Rd. & Pontiac Trail), or contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for more information.

February 3, 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 4, Detroit 11:00 a.m
Coretta Scott King Comes Alive". PACE SENIOR CENTER 260  McDougall . Contact person is Mr. John Elliott @313-288-7223.  The public is invited.

February 4, 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: Movies.

February 5, Kalamazoo 5:00-8:00 p.m. February 6, 10 am- 5 pm
The 4th Annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum welcomes The Storytellers: Bob and Audrey, Ralph Stocker, Louie Miranda, Adam Mellema, Crawl Space Theater, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, and Jennifer Pahl Otto to their lineup of storytellers.  The Festival is free, musicians and authors will be autographing and selling the materials, Festival t-shirts and book bags will also be available.  For more information contact Annette Hoppenworth, 269-373-7955, ahoppenworth@kvcc.edu, 230 North Rose Street, or visit us on line at www.kalamazooMuseum.org.

February 6, Kalamazoo 10:00-11:00 a.m.
“Growing Family Stories”  Workshop for Young Families presented by Judy Sima at the 4th Annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. For more information contact Annette Hoppenworth, 269-373-7955, ahoppenworth@kvcc.edu, 230 North Rose Street, or visit us on line at www.kalamazooMuseum.org.

February 6, Detroit 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Detroit Association of Black Storyteller celebrates the “20 Annual Black Family History Day” at the Detroit Historical Museum. Storytellers include: Eleanor Anderson, Janice Barnett, Laruita Bledsoe, Berline Brown, Gwendolyn Lewis, Sheryl Prior, Joni Scott, and Mary Grant as Sojourner Truth. 5401 Woodward, Free to the public. For info contact: 313-822-6483

February 6, Detroit 12:00 p.m.
The Detroit Historical Museum celebrates the “20th Annual Black Family History Day.” This annual looked for event is always a blast as Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents his highly interactive, entertaining and fun storytelling presentation for families. Detroit Historical Museum-Auditorium, 5401 Woodward, Free to the public. For info contact: 313-822-6483

February 7, Ann Arbor, 12:00 p.m.
Join award winning marketer, blogger and author Upasna Kakroo, for “Remarkable Storytelling Techniques: How to create your brand storyline online" as she helps guide you through the key marketing trend for 2016. Discover how to build a professional online brand and pitch your business story! Ann Arbor. $49 for a 3 hour workshop. Info: bit.ly/StorytellingCourses. Contact: connect@brandanew.co

February 7, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Sweethearts for 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, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

February 8, Lansing 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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 9, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Spinners of Grand Rapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information  storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

February 10, Bedford 11 a.m.
Robin Nott will be spinning tales & folksongs for the Home School Network on at the Gull Lake Home School Partnership Bldg, 315 Hutchinson Rd. 269-488-5000 ex. 1063.

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 13, Adrian 1:00-3:00 p.m.
“Create a Family Story Tradition” Looking for an activity that will build a special bond between you and your children or grandchildren? Want to capture family stories before they disappear? Bring your entire family to the Center for Educational Materials & Technology (CEMat) as Judy Sima, presents a fun filled afternoon that helps your cherished memories come to life while enhancing learning. 2946 Sutton Road. Workshop is free, call to register: Mellissa Wilson, 517-265-1691.

February 11, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Night”: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room. Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper, all available for purchase, while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members, 114 S Main. Free but donations accepted.

February 14, West Bloomfield 3:00 and 5:00 p.m.
One of the New Voices at the National Storytelling Festival, West Bloomfield Public Library presents Don White, storyteller, comedian, musician. 4600 Walnut Lake Road, 248-232-2234, www.wblib.org The event is free.

February 16, Detroit 12:30 p.m.
"Once Upon A Time" Pre-School at Elmwood Library at 550 Chene. Contact person is Ms Tracy Massey @ 313-481-4731. The public is invited

February 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 $8 at the door. This month’s theme: Love Hurts

February 16, Mt Pleasant 6:30 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting meets every 3rd Tuesday 6:30-8:00 pm at Veterans Memorial Library Annex Community Room. 301 S. University Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

February 19, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "LOVE STORIES" a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Five Twisted Storytellers with Musical and Dance Guests. Local Artisans/Exhibitors and Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. Charles H. Wright Museum 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

February 20, Fraser 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 stories and workshop: “Historical Re-enactment.” 2:30 Business meeting. Fraser Public Library, 16330 E. 14 Mile. (1block west of Utica Road) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

February 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. New members welcome.

February 27, Detroit 2:00 p.m.
 “Hotcakes and History” Chaney Library .16101 Grand River Ave. (313) 852-4627 Detroit Public Library Ronald McDonald shares  along with Mary J. Grant as Sojourner Truth.

February 27, Ann Arbor 7:30 p.m.
Adults are guaranteed fun and thought provoking entertainment at the Ark Storytelling Festival featuring NPR raconteurs, Kevin Kling, Bill Harley and Michigan’s own, Yvonne Healy with Emcee, Barb Schutzgruber. www.theark.org Tickets: $20.

February 28, Ann Arbor 1:00 p.m.
Storytelling for Kids at the Ark Storytelling Festival featuring  NPR raconteurs, Kevin Kling, Bill Harley and Michigan’s own, Yvonne Healy and Emcee, Barb Schutzgruber. www.theark.org. Tickets: $10.

February 28, Detroit 2:00 p.m.
Family Sunday. The Detroit Institute of Arts welcomes storyteller from Illinois, Shanta who blends poetry, chants and the sounds of African instruments to tell stories of empowerment, peace, healing and self-discovery by melding African folktales, contemporary African-American perspectives, and her own family history. www.dia.org/calendar

February 28, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Arbor Storytellers’ Guild monthly meeting at Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Road.  Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories!  Listeners and tellers welcome. More information: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org Free.

MARCH

March 2, 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 2, White Lake 7:00 p.m.   
North Oakland County Storytellers, winter location at Walled Lake Library, 1499 E. West Maple (between Decker Rd. & Pontiac Trail), or contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for more information.

March 3, 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: “Excuses.”

March 5, Livonia 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Detroit Story League presents its 6th annual: "Once Upon a Time" storytelling concert for children ages 4-10 featuring Chrissy Begle, Ami Jackson,  special guest La’Ron Williams and Carolyn Graves as Maestro at the Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd. $3 per person. Refreshments will be served and each child will receive a special Detroit Story League gift. For more information call: Josie 248-476-8515 or email jflores-1234@sbcglobal.net

March 5, Detroit 1:00-4:00 p.m.
Detroit Public Library presents Sesquicentennial Storytelling & Literary Expo from 1-4 pm. Celebrating Women's History Month, National Reading Month and National Nutrition Month. Detroit Association of Black Storytellers (DABS) is hosting the event. The event is free and open to the public. DPL Main (Friends Auditorium). Target audience: teen girls and women.

March 6, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Lambs, Lions and 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, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

March 9, 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 10, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“Story Night”: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room. Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper, all available for purchase, while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members, 114 S Main. Free but donations accepted.

March 14, Lansing 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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 15, Mt Pleasant 6:30 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting meets every 3rd Tuesday 6:30-8:00 pm at Veterans Memorial Library Annex Community Room. 301 S. University Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

March 15, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information  storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

March 15, 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 $8 at the door. Main Stage Theme: The Dark Side

March 18, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "IT'S A TRIP" a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Five Twisted Storytellers with Musical and Dance Guests. Local Artisans/Exhibitors and Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. Charles H. Wright Museum 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

March 19, Farmington 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 stories workshop: Trudy Bulkley “The Importance of Rhymes for Young Children,” 2:30 Business meeting. Farmington Branch Library, 23500 Liberty St. (west of Farmington, south of Grand River) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

March 22, Troy 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Want to tell or write personal stories but don’t know where to start? Want to capture family stories before they disappear?  “Awaken Your Inner Storyteller” at the Troy Public Library with one of Michigan’s favorite storyteller, Judy Sima, who will help you create an memorable, engaging story. Adults only. Event is free but space is limited., contact Erin Chapman 248-524-3534 to register. www.troypl.org 510 West Big Beaver.

March 24, Warren 6:30 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. Free and open to the public, Salvation Army of Warren, 24140 Mound Road, open to the public. For more information contact, Amanda Passmore, 586-754-7400.

March 26, 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 27, Hastings 12:00 p.m.
Robin Nott will present "Hope Springs Anew" for the Pierce Cedar Creek Institute for environmental education at the institute, 701 W. Cloverdale Rd. 269-721-4191.Nott's story and song program will explore hope in our lives. Brunch reservations can be made by contacting the institute, the food is exquisite!

March 27, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild - monthly meetings are free and start with stories, and then more stories!  Listeners and tellers welcome. Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Rd., 48103. More information: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org

APRIL

April 3, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Under an Umbrella 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, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

April 7, 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: “Jokers.”

April 11, Lansing 6:30-8:30 p.m.
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 13,  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 14, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
“Story Night”: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room. Come and lend an ear to the old tales and new ones too at an evening of stories for grownups. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper, all available for purchase, while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members, 114 S Main. Free but donations accepted

April 15, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "IT'S A TRIP" a curated, live storytelling event. Real People. True Stories. Told Live. Featuring Five Twisted Storytellers with Musical and Dance Guests. Local Artisans/Exhibitors and Cash Bar! Hosted by Satori Shakoor. Charles H. Wright Museum 315 E. Warren Avenue, Detroit, MI 48201. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

April 16 , Berkley 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 stories and Annual Meeting, 2:30 Business meeting. Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge Road (Between 11 & 12 Mile Roads) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951

April 19, 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 $8 at the door. This month’s theme “Romance”

April 19, Mt Pleasant 6:30 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, at Veterans Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

April 19, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of GrandRapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information  storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

April 23, 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, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild monthly meeting at Nicola’s Books, 2513 Jackson Road, 48103.  Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories!  Listeners and tellers welcome. More information: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org Free


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