February 29, 2016

March 2016

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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.
 

March 1, 2016

HIGHLIGHTS



Save the Date! The Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild invites you to the 2016 Gathering of Michigan Storytellers. The Gathering will begin at noon on Saturday, May 7, at the Carnegie Branch of the Jackson District Library in conjunction with the Jackson Storyfest. But wait! There’s MORE! This is the Call for Tellers for the Saturday night concert to be held at the Grand River Brewery in downtown Jackson, MI, and will feature tellers from around Michigan. All Michigan Storytellers are welcome to submit one story for consideration. Deadline for submission is midnight, March 13, 2016. Please submit an audio file in MP3, Windows Media or MP4 Format. Send your submission to Patti Smith, teacherpatti@fastmail.net

April 28-May 1: Northlands Storytelling Confabulation! Registration is now open. Enjoy Workshops, Concerts, Fringes, Story Swaps, Networking, Camaraderie and a Master Class with Oklahoma storyteller, Tim Tingle. All happening is Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. www.Northlands.net. Michigan workshop presenters and/or concert tellers: Judy Sima, Yvonne Healy, Jeff Doyle.

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MARCH
March1, 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 12, Detroit 6:00 p.m.
Come celebrate the opening of a new community theatre in Detroit! Through narrative and song, Detroit Lighthouse Community Theatre will shine a light on inventors and freedom-fighters who were less publicized but just as impactful as Dr. M.L. King, Jr., Rosa Parks, and others. Free to the public. Attendees receive giveaways as well as tickets for drawings for Visa gift cards. Doors open 5:45 pm. International Institute of Michigan, 111 E. Kirby. Website: DetroitLCT.org. Email: DLCTheatre@gmail.com.

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. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

March 21, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Passport." Here:Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're interested in performing at an upcoming show.

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, (Judy Sima presents: Seven Slick Steps for Sprucing Up Stories) refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call Amy Jackson 313-567-5949 . 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

March 31,  Ann Arbor  7:00-8:30 p.m.
“We Are Our Father’s Daughters” On the last night of Women's History Month, 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 for adults. Josie and Laura will share stories about adventures with their dads,  while Sara and Betsy mix it up with hammer dulcimer, guitar and banjo tunes. Invite your favorite friends for a girl's night out and enjoy! For more information contact Laura Pershin Raynor at 734-327-4226 or raynorl@aadl.org. Downtown Ann Arbor District Library, 343 South Fifth Avenue or visit us online, as the date grows closer, at www.aadl.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 5, Walled Lake 7:00-9:00 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

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 8, Howell 7:00 p.m.
Jeff Doyle and Jennifer Pahl Otto present “Simply Complicated” Stories that will both make you laugh and touch your heart.  Doors open at 6:30, with beer and wine available for purchase.  Purchase tickets online, call the Opera House or at the door. Cost $10.    123 W Grand River Ave. (517) 540-0065   www.howelloperahouse.com

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, Mt Pleasant
National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Award winner from Oklahoma, Gayle Ross will be performing “Inside the Beaded Beltway.

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. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

April 18, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Last Night a D.J Saved My Life." Here:Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're interested in performing at an upcoming show.

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 Amy Jackson 313-567-5949. 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

April 28-May, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
Northlands Storytelling Confabulation. Judy Sima presents a 3-hour intensive “Storytelling 101: Creating Fabulous Tales, Yvonne Healy presents a 90-minute workshop “Pocket Kin: Family Stories.” Yvonne and Jeff Doyle will be featured in the concerts. Geneva Ridge Resort.  www.northlands.net

MAY
May 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales: May Baskets 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

May 3, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.   
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. Fisk Farm schoolhouse, Highland Road (M-59) and Fisk Farm.  or contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for more information

May 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: “Escape.”

May 5, Cadillac 6:00 p.m.
Join Alaskan storyteller, Pete Griffin at the Cadillac Library Meeting Room. Pete will be telling stories from his Forest Service career from Cadillac to Minnesota and Alaska.  He'll have stories from his early days in the Upper Peninsula as well. 411 S Lake Street. Free to the public.  For more information contact Vickie Essenmacher 231-510-9047 or Pete Griffin 907-789-1093.

May 5, Jackson 10:00 a.m.
Jackson Storyfest presents “Silver Tales”:  Stories for Seniors & the Young at Heart! – with Adam Mellema. At the Ella Sharp Museum, Community Room, 3225 4th Street. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 5 and 6, Jackson
Celebrating its 29th year, Jackson Storyfest, supporting local storytellers, presents storytelling performances in the schools with Ivory Williams, Trudy Bulkley, Jenifer Strauss, Judy Sima, Judy Gail Krasnow, Corinne Stavish, Jeff Doyle, Lanie Levin, Yvonne Healy, Adam Mellema, Sharon Peacock, Genot Picor, Gemini, Lois Sprengnether Keel, Robin Nott, Laura Pershin Raynor, Cate Robarts-Snyder, Barbara Schutzgruber, and La’Ron Williams. Performances take place in Jackson County schools. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 6, Jackson 7:30 p.m.
Celebrating its 29th year the Jackson Storyfest returns to the historic Michigan Theater for a free evening concert with featured storytellers: Laura Pershin Raynor and Adam Mellema with emcee, Judy Sima. 124 N. Mechanic. Doors open at 7 pm. www.JacksonStoryfest.org

May 7, Jackson 12:00 p.m.
2016 Gathering of Michigan Storytellers hosted by the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. The Gathering will begin at noon on Saturday, May 7, at the Carnegie Branch of the Jackson District Library in conjunction with the Jackson Storyfest.

May 7, Jackson
Michigan Storytellers Concert to be held at the Grand River Brewery in downtown Jackson, MI, and will feature tellers from around Michigan. For information, contact Jeff Doyle, jeff@myblueape.com.

May 9, 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.

May 11, 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

May 12, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Night in Crazy Wisdom Tea Room.  Come, lend an ear to tales old and new, during an evening of stories for grownups., 114 South Main Street.  Enjoy delicious desserts, exotic teas, or a light supper while listening to Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members. Info:  www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org 

May 16, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"So, a Storyteller Walks into a Bar." Here:Say is a live, monthly storytelling series held on the third Monday of each month at InsideOut Gallery, 229 Garland Street. At this show, performers will tell tales of international travel. Free. Visit heresaystorytelling.com to listen to the podcast of past shows and write to us at heresaytc@gmail.com if you're interested in performing at an upcoming show.

May 17, 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

May 17, 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

May17,  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 “Escape”

May 20, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:30 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents "MOTHERS" 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

May 21, Plymouth 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 Installation of Officers. 2:30 Business meeting. Road Plymouth Public Library, 223 South Main (Between Church St. and Penniman Ave.) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-395. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

May 22, 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 2:00-4:00 pm, 4th Sunday, January - April.  More information: www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or

May 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.


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