January 31, 2019

February 2019

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Storytelling Event Calendar

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 Judy Sima  Editor
All events are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.

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FEBRUARY 2019

HIGHLIGHTS 

Thank you for being a valued MI Story subscriber. Your thoughts and comments are always welcome. Start the new year off with some wonderful storytelling events. February is Black History Month with many opportunities to hear African/African American folktales and stories of famous Black historical figures.


FEBRUARY
 

February 1, Dearborn 8:00 p.m.
Celebrate Black History Month with the return of the Arab American National Museum’s Hikayat storytelling series, in a special edition presented in collaboration with The Secret Society of Twisted Storytellers (TSSOTS) and ACCESS' Campaign to TAKE ON HATE. With coaching from Satori Shakoor – TSSOTS producer, curator and host – storytellers will give live performances of compelling personal stories of freedom in its many forms. Tickets: $10- $15; available at www.arabamericanmuseum.org
 
February 1, Kalamazoo 6:00 p.m.
7th annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Robin Nott will share stories and songs from Michigan’s lumbering and Great Lakes lore. Nott, retired theater director from Gull Lake Schools has been sharing stories and songs through Michigan for years.  Nott helps kick-off the Storytelling Festival during Art Hop. 230 North Rose Street,
www.kalamazoomuseum.org  269-373-7990.
 

February 1, Kalamazoo 7:00 p.m.
7th annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum. Storyteller, singer-songwriter, actress, writer, and educator Allison Downey blends the world of music, storytelling, and theater into a one-woman performance piece.  She will share her songs about Michigan and stories of family and life in the mitten as part of the Storytelling Festival. 230 North Rose Street, www.kalamazoomuseum.org  269-373-7990.
 

February 2, Detroit 2:00 p.m.
Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams kicks off the Detroit Institute of Arts “Black History Month Weekend” with a highly interactive, entertaining and fun storytelling presentation highlighting the importance of and the history of storytelling in the African American community. DIA, 5200 Woodward, Free to the public (Wayne/Oakland/Macomb residents.) Contact information: Emily Boyer 313-833-7900
 

February 2, Southfield
Be marveled by author and storyteller Mary J. Grant sharing the Historical Re-enactment of the life and influences of Sojourner Truth.  Listen as she brings her personal stories of her growing up as the youngest child in her family. Her children's books will be available for purchase and sighing at the end of the program.
Southfield Public Library, 26300 Evergreen Rd. (248) 796-4367



February 2, Kalamazoo 10:00 a.m.
7th annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Jenifer Strauss of Story Be Told shares her collection of Great Lakes stories includes lumber-era legends, mining stories, shipwreck and lighthouse tales, mysteries, ghost stories, traditional how and why tales, and personal narratives based on a lifelong love affair with the Mitten State as part of the Storytelling Festival.  Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street,
www.kalamazoomuseum.org  269-373-7990
 

February 2, Kalamazoo 11:15 a.m.
7th annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Adam Mellema, storyteller, actor, and producer, presents Remembering World War II, stories of Michigan veterans who were there in their own words. Their stories come alive with familiar tunes as the audience watches Mellema age on stage from 18 to 75 as part of the Storytelling Festival. Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street,
www.kalamazoomuseum.org  269-373-7990
 

February 2, Kalamazoo 1:30 p.m.
7th annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum.
Willie W. Payne uses music, song, and photos of Michigan Underground Railroad stops to narrate stories and struggles of southern fugitive slaves to escape captivity. Hear how Michigan abolitionists and free blacks assisted them on the Underground Railroad as part of the Storytelling Festival. Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street,
www.alamazoomuseum.org  269-373-7990
 

February 2, Kalamazoo 2:45 p.m.
7th annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Discover the voyage from Montreal to Michigan with Genot “Winter Elk” Picor. Picor is a professional storyteller, musician, and feature writer for The Great Lakes Pilot and The Mackinac Journal. He joins the Storytelling Festival, Life in the Mitten. Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street,
www.kalamazoomuseum.org  269-373-7990
 

February 2, Kalamazoo 4:00 p.m.
7th annual Storytelling Festival at the Kalamazoo Valley Museum
Benjamin Thompson becomes Sheepshank Sam, an old time Michigan lumberjack sharing stories of how trees were felled, cut into logs, skidded out of the woods, decked on sleds, stacked along rivers, and floated to saw mills throughout Michigan during the late 1800s as part of the Storytelling Festival. Kalamazoo Valley Museum, 230 North Rose Street,
www.kalamazoomuseum.org  269-373-7990

February 3, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Lost Mittens 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. Free. 734-769-3115
 

February 3, Detroit 2:00 p.m.
Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams kicks off the Detroit Institute of Arts “Black History Month Weekend” with a highly interactive, entertaining and fun storytelling presentation highlighting the importance of and the history of storytelling in the African American community. DIA, 5200 Woodward, Free to the public (Wayne/Oakland/Macomb residents.) Contact information: Emily Boyer 313-833-7900
 

February 4, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Open Mic Storytelling." Throw your name into the basket to tell a true, first-person story. No theme, no cover. The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland Street. Karen@heresaystorytelling.com, heresaystorytelling.com
 
February 5, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes visitors and new members to their meetings which gathers every 2nd Thursday of the month. We meet at Veteran's Memorial Library Founders Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com .
 

February 7, 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets
 

February 10, Traverse City 2:00 p.m.
The Glen Arbor Arts Center explores the season of winter through stories with Karen Stein, creative director and producer of Here:Say Storytelling as part of the GAAC’s Talk About Art, an occasional series of conversational interviews that explore creativity and process. GAAC, 6031 S. Lake St., Glen Arbor. Free/open to the public.
 

February 12, Novi 6:00 p.m. Doors Open 7:00 p.m. stories begin
The Hometown Life Storytellers Project kicks off the 2019 season with "Romance" Dating in the digital age can be exhausting, exhilarating and downright crazy. Join us as we explore stories about dating apps, true love and everything in between. Michigan Beer Company, 42875 Grand River Ave. Tickets:$10 for general admission, $5 for students, and are available at https://tickets.hometownlife.com/e/hometown-life-storytellers-romance/.If you are interested in becoming a storyteller, go to storytellersproject.com/national/speak www.storytellersproject.com/national/speak/  select "Hometown Life" under the "Choose a city" tab and submit a story idea.
 

February 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
 
February 14, 21, 28 Warren 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Do you want to become a storyteller? Do want to strengthen your storytelling skills? Do you want supportive coaching on the stories you tell? Now in its 31st year, join Judy famed Sima’s Parent-Tellers. Most Thursday mornings during the school year. We meet at Chatterton Middle School, 24333 Ryan Road (south of 10 Mile) Contact Judy if you wish to participate. 248-644-3951 Judy@JudySima.com . You don’t have to be a parent to attend.
 

February 14, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes visitors and new members to their meetings which gathers every 2nd Thursday of the month. We meet at Veteran's Memorial Library Founders Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com .
 

February 15, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors @7:00 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents 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 16, Berkley 11:30-2:30 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. 12:30 stories begin followed by a workshop, 2:30 Business meeting. Location: Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge Hwy. (South of Twelve Mile Rd.) 248-658-3340  Information: Judy@JudySima.com  or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org
 
February 16, Detroit 2:00 p.m.
Learn about African American History through music, stories and crafts with storyteller Gwen Lewis. Conely Public Library.4600 Martin. conely@detroitpubliclibrary.org 313-481-1590.
 

February 16, Detroit 3:00-5:30 p.m.
Black History Program at Charles H. Wright of African American History. Storyteller, Mary J. Grant will share her Historical Re-enactments and African American Stories in the Contemporary Artist Gallery, 315 East Warren.     313-494-5800
 

February 17, Eastpoint 2:00 p.m.
Lois Sprengnether Keel as Marine City's Oleda Joure tells about the Hello Girls, WWI's bilingual phone operators at the Michigan-Military Technical and Historical Society, 16600 Stephens Road, https://www.mimths.org/events, ages 16 and over: $5; Families (2 adults & children under 16): $7; Seniors, Military & Students with ID: $3.
 

February 17, Detroit 2:00 p.m.
Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams helps the Detroit Public Library celebrate “Family Fun Day at the Library” with a medley of tales to make you laugh, think and join in. Wilder Branch Library 7140 E. 7 Mile Rd. Free to the public. Contact information: Annette Stocks 313-481-1870.


February 17, Southfield 2:00-4:30 p.m.
Storyteller Mary J. Grant will share African American Stories and her personal family stories at the Southfield Winter Fest at the Parks and Recreation Southfield Pavilion. 26000 Evergreen Rd. 248-796-4603
 

February 18, Traverse City, 7:00 p.m.
"In Sickness and in Health."  Scheduled performers will take the stage to tell true stories about times in their life when they got sick or got better. The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland Street.
karen@heresaystorytelling.com, heresaystorytelling.com. Requested $7 donation at door
 

February 18, Grand Rapids 7:00-9:00 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids welcome new members to come tell and learn at the monthly meeting at Shawmut Hills 2550 Burritt NW Grand Rapids 49504  For more information, contact Gloria Cangelosi at storyspinnersgr@gmail.com
 
February 18, Okemos 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in the Meridian Mall, 1982 Grand River. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email
bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley, shirleyjane24@yahoo.com
 
February 19, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open  7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam – new venue: Zingerman's Greyline,  100 N. Ashley 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. Info:  www.theMoth.org  Note: adults only. Language and topics are often unsuitable for children. Tickets $8 at the door. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets
 

February 21, Ortonville 7:00 p.m.
Preview performance by Lois Sprengnether Keel of "High Times in the Dry Times", Michigan's Prohibition times with music and audience involvement.  Brandon Township Library, 304 South
 

February 23, West Bloomfield 11:00 a.m.
The W. Bloomfield Township Library hosts Master Storyteller Ivory D. Williams in celebrating “Black History Month.” A fun presentation highlighting the importance of storytelling in the family and community. West Bloomfield Library 4600 Walnut Lake Rd., W. Bloomfield. Free to the public. Contact information: Emily Vickers 248-232-2263.
 

February 21, Walled Lake 6:30-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS)  welcomes new members to their meeting. This month’s theme is “love,”, Walled Lake Public Library, 1499 East West Maple Road. Contact Carolyn Graves, 248-264-6752. www.NorthOaklandCountyStorytellers.org
 
February 23, Detroit 10:00 a.m. to Noon
 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: 313-442-3227.  New members welcome
 

February 23, Ann Arbor Doors open at 7:00 stories begin at 7:30 p.m.
32nd annual Storytelling Festival at the Ark, 316 S. Main Street. Tickets $25 can be ordered at www.theark.org.
Featuring Michigan’s own: Ivory Williams, and from New York: Laura Simms and Edgar Oliver. Contact information: Janice Appleton 734-663-5026.
 

February 24, Ann Arbor 1:00 p.m.
The Ark’s 32nd Annual Storytelling Festival, STORYTELLING FOR KIDS to provide a fun and diverse program with a lot of interaction for the whole family. At the Ark, 316 S. Main, Ann Arbor. For more information, go to
www.theark.org, or call the Michigan Union Ticket office at (734) 763-8587. Tickets: $10. Contact information: Janice Appleton 734-663-5026.
 

February 24, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild Monthly meetings - Ann Arbor District Library – 343 South Fifth Ave., 3rd floor freespace room. Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Meetings are free. More information annarborstorytelling.org or facebook.com/annarborstorytellers
 
February 28, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Cornucopia." A night of storytelling to benefit Groundwork Center for Resilient Communities. Donations taken at door. The Workshop Brewing Company,  221 Garland Street. karen@heresaystorytelling.com, heresaystorytelling.com.

 

MARCH
 
March 3, 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, Ann Arbor, MI. Free. 734-769-3115
 

March 4, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Open Mic Storytelling." Throw your name into the basket to tell a true, first-person story. No theme, no cover. The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland Street. karen@heresaystorytelling.com,heresaystorytelling.com.
 

March 5, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes visitors and new members to their meetings which gathers every 2nd Thursday of the month. We meet at Veteran's Memorial Library Founders Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com .
 

March 7, 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets
 

March 7, 14, 21, 27 Warren 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Do you want to become a storyteller? Do want to strengthen your storytelling skills? Do you want supportive coaching on the stories you tell? Now in its 31st year, join Judy famed Sima’s Parent-Tellers. Most Thursday mornings during the school year. We meet at Chatterton Middle School, 24333 Ryan Road (south of 10 Mile) Contact Judy if you wish to participate. 248-644-3951 Judy@JudySima.com . You don’t have to be a parent to attend.
 

March 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
 
March 14, Dexter 7:00 p.m.
Folktales and Tall Tales from Near and Far: Barbara Schutzgruber will join storytellers from the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild to awake your imagination with folktales from lands afar and American tall tales from just around the corner.  Come and be captivated by these enchanting stories brought to life as only gifted storytellers can. Adults - Register at the Adult Reference Desk or call 734-426-4477. Dexter District Library, 3255 Alpine Street.

March 14, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes visitors and new members to their meetings which gathers every 2nd Thursday of the month. We meet at Veteran's Memorial Library Founders Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar jremenar66@yahoo.com .
 

March 15, Flint 10:30 a.m.
Join Storyteller Karen Bonnici for a fun and interactive music and storytelling program for children at the Flint Public Library, 1026 E Kearsley St, 810-232-7111
 

March 15, Detroit 8 p.m. Doors open 7:00 p.m.
The award-winning Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers, presents 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 16, 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. 12:30 stories begin followed by a workshop, 2:30 Business meeting Fraser Public Library, 16330 E. 14 Mile Road (1 block west of Utica Road) 586-293-2055. Information: Judy@JudySima.com  or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org
 

March 18, Okemos 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler Books in the Meridian Mall, 1982 Grand River. Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email
bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley, shirleyjane24@yahoo.com
 
March 18, Traverse City, 7:00 p.m.
"Shock and Awe."  Scheduled performers will take the stage to tell true stories about taking down an enemy. The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland Street.
karen@heresaystorytelling.com, heresaystorytelling.com. Requested $7 donation at door.
 

March 19, Mt Pleasant 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Mid-Michigan Area Storytellers, M.A.S.T., welcomes visitors and new members to their meetings which gathers every 2nd Thursday of the month. We meet at Veteran's Memorial Library Founders Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com .
 

March 20, Ann Arbor 7:00 p.m.
We Are Our Father's Daughters: Storytelling and Music for Adults. Storytellers Josie Barnes Parker and Laura Pershin Raynor join musicians Betsy Beckerman and Sara Keller for an evening of funny and touching tales and tunes. Join these storytellers as they celebrate Women's History Month with this unique and humor-filled evening. Ann Arbor District Library, 343 S. Fifth Avenue, www.aadl.org 734-327-4226
 

March 21, Novi 7:00 p.m.
Lois Sprengnether Keel as Marine City's Oleda Joure tells about the Hello Girls, WWI's bilingual phone operators at Novi Public Library's Historical Commission program series, 45255 W. Ten Mile, 
https://www.novilibrary.org/About-Us/Historical-Commission/Upcoming-Events.aspx , registration required online or call the library at 248-349-0720.
 

March 21, Walled Lake Library 6:30-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their meetings, this month's theme is Nature. Contact Carolyn Graves, 248-264-6752 for location and more information. http://www.NorthOaklandCountyStorytellers.org>
 

March 21 - Walled Lake Library 6:30-9:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their meetings, this month's theme is Nature. Contact Carolyn Graves, 248-264-6752 for location and more
Information. http://www.NorthOaklandCountyStorytellers.org>
$7 donation at door.
www.heresay.com
 
March 23, Detroit 10:00 a.m. to Noon
 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: 313-442-3227.  New members welcome
 

March 30, Livonia 2:00-4:00 p.m.
The Detroit Story League presents its 8th annual: "Once Upon a Time" storytelling concert for children ages 4-10. Livonia Civic Center Library, 32777 Five Mile Rd. $5 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 31, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild Monthly meetings - Ann Arbor District Library – 343 South Fifth Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104 - 3rd floor freespace room. Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Meetings are free. More information: annarborstorytelling.org or facebook.com/annarborstorytellers



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