March 31, 2016

April 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.
 

April 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.

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 6, Washington, 2:00 p.m.
"Storytelling Cruise Around the World."  School-age children can travel on their Spring Break around the world with Lois Sprengnether Keel. Graubner Branch of the Romeo District Library, 65821 Van Dyke Rd, Free.  586-752-0603

April 7, Detroit 4:30 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
New Venue: The monthly Moth Story Slam located at the Marble Bar, 1501 Holden St. 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 10, Detroit 10:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.
third annual Storytellers Festival at the Detroit Historical Museum featuring representatives from several of Detroit’s ethnic communities sharing their heritage through storytelling and traditional song and dance, highlighting their customs and unique storytelling traditions. 5401 Woodward. http://detroithistorical.org/detroit-historical-museum.  313-833-1805. Admission to the Museum is free.

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 shirleyjane24@yahoo.com

April 13, Mt Pleasant 7:00 p.m.
National Storytelling Network Circle of Excellence Award winner from Oklahoma, Gayle Ross will be performing “Inside the Beaded Beltway,” a history of Native American delegations to Washington DC, including a couple of personal stories. It is free and open to the public. Powers Hall Ballroom, Central Michigan University Campus. chsbs.cmich.edu/Denison.

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, Harrison 6:00-7:30 p.m.
In celebration of "The Month of the Young Child" Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., presents a family-friendly storytelling event at the Mid-Michigan Community College Harrison Auditorium. 1375 Clare Ave. Imaginative, Fun, Humorous, and Inspiring!  Join Us!  Refreshments will follow. Info: Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com

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,  M.A.S.T.,welcomes new members to their monthly meeting, which meets every 3rd Tuesday, 6:30-8:00 p.m. in the Veteran's 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 a.m.-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, Battle Creek 6:00 pm doors open / stories begin 7:00 pm sharp till 8:30 pm
Mosaic: Storytelling Showcase sponsored by Battle Creek Enquirer in partnership with diverse organizations including Northlands Storytelling Network. Burma Center, 765 Upton Avenue. Local Storytellers telling Personal Stories based on the theme “food” with proceeds supporting the Food Bank of South Central Michigan. Contact: Dick Strader at 269-274-1812 or dstrader40@yahoo.com. Cash bar and Food Available for purchase.  Tickets $5.00

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 3, Ann Arbor 7:00 p.m. doors open/8:00 p.m. stories begin
The Moth Grand Slam Championship at the Ark. 316 S. Main. Tickets at www.themoth.org

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 or (517) 404-8257

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. shirleyjane24@yahoo.com

May 11, Farmington Hills 10:00 a.m- Noon S.O.A.R (Society of Active Retirees) presents Judy Sima “My Mother’s Voice and Discussion About Storytelling.” Judy tells the story of her mother’s encounter with the Gestapo on The Night of the Broken Glass and her escape from Germany during WWII and her research chronicling her mother’s journey. Following the storytelling, participants are encouraged to tell stories of their own parents. Wayne State University Oakland Center, 33737 W. 12 Mile Road. Room 148. Phone: 248- 489-0005 soarcontact@gmail.com. There is a fee. Registration is required.

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

May 17, Bloomfield Township 6:30 p.m.
Judy Sima will be featured the Bloomfield Township Library monthly PJ Theater with “Stories for Sleepyheads” stories especially chosen for young children and their families. (Feel free to come in your PJ’s!) 1099 Lone Pine Road. Call Youth Services for information. No registration is required. 248-642-5800

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 21, Detroit 6:00 p.m.
Storyteller Chiquita and her Storytelling Dudes Present "As If...You were Sipping Wine" with a special tribute.Plymouth United Church of Christ (lower level) 600 E. Warren (at I-75). Doors open at 5:30. Tickets $10. Ever wonder how the spirits and the story come together, ever wonder if folks of before had .... anything... to do with any of this...... this fun filled hands on storytelling event will tickle your fancy as Storyteller Chiquita and those Storytelling Dudes~Ivory D., Brandon Marsh, Anthony Ross step to the stage! For information, directions, advance tickets available or at door.  chiquitachiquita67@gmail.com

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.

JUNE

June 5, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Plant some seeds 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

June 7, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m. p.m.
May-Nov Fisk Farm 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

June 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

June 9, East Lansing
The Moth Main Stage at the Wharton Center for the Performing Arts, 750 W Shaw Lane. Each Moth Mainstage features simple, old-fashioned storytelling, by five wildly divergent raconteurs who develop and shape their stories with The Moth's directors. Check website for time and ticket information. http://www.whartoncenter.com/events/detail/the-moth

June 13, 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.

June 9, 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

June 17, 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

June 17, 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

June 18, Redford 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 Holiday Impromptus, 2:30 Business meeting. Redford Township Library, 25320 W. Six Mile Road (Between Beech Daly and Telegraph) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-395. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

June 20, 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.

June 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 $8 at the door. This month’s theme “Fathers”

June 21, Mt Pleasant 6:30 -8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers (MAST): Welcomes new members to their monthly meeting meets every 3rd Tuesday Veterans Memorial Library Annex Community Room. 301 S. University Info: Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

June 21, 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

June 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: Amy Jackson 313-567-5949.  New members welcome.

June 26, 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 www.annarborstorytelling.org

June 28-July 2, Jonesborough, Tennessee
Michigan’s own, Corinne Stavish will be the Teller-in-Residence at the International Storytelling Center. Check the website for time of perfromances:  International Storytelling Center website


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