December 29, 2016

January 2017



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Storytelling Event Calendar

www.MichiganStorytelling.org
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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.
 

January 2017

 HIGHLIGHTS



Happy New Year! May the coming year bring you many blessings, fabulous stories, happy times and success in all you endeavor.
         
JANUARY

January 2, Kalamazoo Noon-1:00 p.m.
Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams presents “Stories Galore” as part of Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s “Holiday Break,” a highly interactive and fun storytelling presentation on the campus of Kalamazoo Valley Community College.
6767 W O Avenue. Free admission, for info contact: 269-373-7955

January 2, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
May-Nov Fisk Farm North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings. or contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for meeting location.

January 3, Hartland 6:30 pm
Come listen to stories from members of your community on the theme 'New Beginnings.' Participate by contributing your own tale. Stories must be true, first-person, and no more than 5 minutes long. The evening's festivities will be facilitated by Beverly Black of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.  Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road.  Free admission, please register.  Contact 810-632-5200.

January 3, Ann Arbor 6:00 p.m. doors open/7:30 p.m. stories begin
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 “Voyage.”

January 5, Detroit 7:00 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
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: “Voyage.”

January 8, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
January 8 – “Kerry Tales:  ‘Happy New Year’ says 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

January 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

January 12,  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. Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S Main. Free but donations accepted. www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org.

January 14, Detroit 2:00 p.m.
Interactive storyteller, Gwendolyn Lewis, will share "The Life of Martin Luther King Jr. Through the Eyes of Coretta Scott King" at the Conely Public Library. The location is 4600 Martin St. For additional information you may contact the library at 313-481-1590.

January 16, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com

January 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 $8 at the door. This month’s theme “” Check website to confirm listing.

January 17, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information  storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

January 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

January 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 stories and workshop (Judy Sima – “Crafting Personal Stories”), 2:30 Business meeting. Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Road (between Farmington and Merriman) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

January 22, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild monthly meeting: Ann Arbor District Library. 343 S. Fifth Ave., (3rd floor, free space room) Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories!  Listeners and tellers welcome.  More information: www.annarborstorytelling.org or www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers. Meetings are free.

January 23, 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.

January 24, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Mt. Pleasant, MI  Info. Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

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

FEBRUARY

February 2, Detroit 7:00 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
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:

February 3 and 4 Kalamazoo  
The Kalamazoo Valley Museum celebrates their 5th Annual Storytelling Festival, “Searching for Peace!”  Storytellers from across the United States will come together to explore unity, equality, diversity, and inclusion for all.  This two-day festival starts with Art Hop Friday night, February 3.  Poet Terry Wooten opens the festival at 6 p.m. Visual artist and speed painter Martina Hahn joins Joe Reilly in concert at 7 p.m. A variety of Martina’s paintings will also be on display and for sale. Michigan author Patricia Polacco opens up the festival Saturday, February 4, at 10 a.m., followed by Adam Mellema, Mark Binder, Tim Cusack, Noa Baum, Sidney Ellis and son, and Judy Sima at the top of every hour till 4 p.m.  Authors, educators, and visual artists fill the vendor fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Wizards of Pop exhibit on our first floor features pop-up books from Robert Sabuda and Matthew Reinhart.  African-American story quilts fill the third floor traveling exhibit space in And Still We Rise: Race, Culture, and Visual Conversations, showing the history of the civil rights movement in stitches. 230 North Rose Street. Museum admission, vendor fair, and Storytelling Festival are all FREE http://kvm.kvcc.edu/plan/storytelling.html

February 5, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
January 8 – “Kerry Tales:  “Snow Blows 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

February 7, Detroit 5:00 p.m.
"Stories Told With A Purpose- African American Tales Come Alive". Interactive storyteller, Gwendolyn Lewis, shares music, songs and stories to families and friends at the Elmwood Library, 550 Chene St.  You may contact the library at 313-877-8014 for additional information.

February 7, White Lake 7:00-9:00 p.m.
May-Nov Fisk Farm North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their monthly meetings..  or contact Carolyn Graves, 258-363-6149 for meeting location.

February 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

February 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. Free but donations are accepted.

February 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

February 18, 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 workshop (Celebration of Life), 2:30 Business meeting) Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge Hwy.(Between 11 & 12 Mile Roads) Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

February 20, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com

February 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.

February 21, Hartland 6:30 pm
Come listen to stories from members of your community on the theme 'Luck and Coincidence.' Participate by contributing your own tale. Stories must be true, first-person, and no more than 5 minutes long. The evening's festivities will be facilitated by Laura Hayes of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild.  Cromaine Library, 3688 N. Hartland Road.  Free admission, please register.  Contact 810-632-5200.

February 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 “”

February 21, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information  storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

February 21, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Mt. Pleasant, MI  Info. Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

February 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.

February 25, Detroit 12:00 p.m.
The annual and always fun “African American History Family Day” at the Detroit Historical Museum. Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams displays his trademark wit, wisdom and humor with an array of stories to the delight of youth and adults alike. Detroit Historical Museum auditorium, 5401 Woodward. Free admission, for info contact: 313-833-1801

February 25, Ann Arbor 7:30 p.m.
Don’t miss this year’s annual Storytelling Festival at The Ark featuring funny men: Bill Harley, Bil Lepp, and Don White in “Fathers Daze.” With emcee Barbara Schutzgruber. 316 South Main Street. Tickets $20. www.theark.org

February 26, Ann Arbor 1:00 p.m.
Storytelling for Kids featuring Don White, Bil Lepp and Bill Harleywith Emcee Barbara Schutzgruber. Ticket $10. 316 South Main Street. www.theark.org

26, Detroit, Doors open 11 a.m. / 12:30 p.m. story begins
Enjoy a winter afternoon of cultural storytelling by Author Educator, Storyteller Mary J. Grant and “Spoken Word” by Detroit’s Youth at Detroit Book City’s African-American Family Book Expo at the Northwest Activity Center, 18100 Meyers. Meet local Black authors, buy ‘discount’ autographed books and enjoy a host of family, fun entertainment including kid zone.  Free Admission – Open to Public.  www.detroitbookcity.com  For info contact: 248-667-6449

February 26,  Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild monthly meeting Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Ave. (3rd floor, free space room) Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories!  Listeners and tellers welcome.  More information: www.annarborstorytelling.org or www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers. Meetings are free.

MARCH

March 2, Detroit 7:00 p.m. doors open/7:00 p.m. stories begin
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: “Grudge.”

March 5, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
January 8 – “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. Kerrytown Market and Shops in Hollander’s, 410 N. Fourth Avenue, Ann Arbor, MI.   Free.  734-769-3115

March 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

March 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. Free but donations are accepted.
Info:  www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers or www.annarborstorytelling.org.

March 16, Oak Park, 6:00 p.m.
"Plant A Seed... Read!! After Storytelling...Then What?" Gwendolyn Lewis, author and former librarian, will share techniques parents may use to motivate their children to read. Bring your child so you as a team may grow together.
The free make-and take-workshop will be held at Oak Park Public Library 14200 Oak Park Blvd. The contact number is 248-691-7480 for reservations.

March 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

March 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 stories and workshop: “Why Mentoring Other Storyellers Matter,” 2:30 Business meeting. Plymouth Public Library, 223 S. Main St., (Between Church St. & Penniman Ave.) Information: Judy@JudySima.com  or call: 248-644-3951.www.DetroitStorytelling.org

March 20, Lansing 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in Eastwood Town Center. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley shirleyjane24@yahoo.com 

March 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.

March 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 “”

 March 21, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes new members to their monthly meeting at Veteran's Memorial Library Annex Community Room, 301 S. University. Mt. Pleasant, MI  Info. Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com

March 21, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids welcomes new members to their monthly meeting in members’ homes call Gloria Cangelosi for more information  storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

March 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.

March 26, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild monthly meeting: Ann Arbor District Library. 343 S. Fifth Ave., (3rd floor, free space room) Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories!  Listeners and tellers welcome.  More information: www.annarborstorytelling.org or www.facebook.com/annarborstorytellers. Meetings are free.


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