April 24, 2019

May 2019

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Storytelling Event Calendar

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 Judy Sima  Editor
All events are located in Michigan unless otherwise noted.
Submission: Judy@JudySima.com  by the 15th of the month.
MAY 1, 2019
HIGHLIGHTS

May 1, 2019

HIGHLIGHTS

April 24, Detroit 6:00-8:00 p.m. Audition
The DNR is hosting storytelling events across the state to celebrate the State Park Centennial. These stories will be captured and distilled into a podcast.  Auditions are being held at Atwater Brewing (237 Jos Campau, Detroit) https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79133_79205_85747_86991_88873---,00.html. Contact Claire Gregory, Huron Pines AmeriCorps/DNR for inquiries (831.234.5574 orgregoryc3@michigan.gov). Sign up by texting “storyteller” to 51555, choose the audition you’ll be attending, tell us about your story, and learn more about this project. Free

April 25-28. Madison, WI
Annual Northlands Confabulation. Featuring Michigan Storytellers: Judy Sima (“Storytelling? Yes! You Can” workshop and “My Mother’s Voice” Fringe performance. Barabara Schutzgruber (“Enrich the Image” Workshop, “Bedtime Stories: Sex, Death & Violence” Fringe performance). Robin Nott (“The Keys to the Kingdom: Awakening Your Storyteller” workshop) Concert performances by Jennifer Otto, Barbara Schutzgruber, April 27, April 27,

April 27Detroit, 10:00 a.m. to Noon
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 stories, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call: 313-442-3227.  New members welcome.

April 27, Clinton Township 1:00-2:00 pm.
The League of Women Voters Macomb County celebrates Michigan's as the first state to ratify the 19th amendment with Lois Sprengnether Keel as a World War I "Hello Girl" with the U.S.Army Signal Corps.  Tickets for the annual 1919 Tea Fundraiser of $15 include refreshments. VerKuilen Buiding, 21885 Dunham Road. To register or to contact https://lwvmacomb-tea-2019.eventbrite.com

April 28, 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

April 29, Mount Pleasant, 6-7:30 pm 
STORY CIRCLE Come and hear inspirational stories, songs, and anecdotes on the last Monday of each month. Sheila Carroll, story counselor for the Naturopathic Institute, is leading a warm, open-hearted group in learning to enjoy and tell stories from your own life or people you know. The first Story Circle launches Monday, April 29, bring a healthy snack to share. Come ready for smiles and encouragement.  503 E Broadway St. Questions? Contact Sheila at (989) 423-3013 or carrollsheila@gmail.com.


MAY

May 1, Marquette 6:00-8:00 p.m. Audition
The DNR is hosting storytelling events across the state to celebrate the State Park Centennial. These stories will be captured and distilled into a podcast.  Auditions are being held at Yooper Shirts (503 E 3rd St, Marquette) https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79133_79205_85747_86991_88873---,00.html. Contact Claire Gregory, Huron Pines AmeriCorps/DNR for inquiries (831.234.5574 orgregoryc3@michigan.gov). Sign up by texting “storyteller” to 51555, choose the audition you’ll be attending, tell us about your story, and learn more about this project. Free

May 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets

May 4, Grand Rapids 12:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m. Audition
The DNR is hosting storytelling events across the state to celebrate the State Park Centennial. These stories will be captured and distilled into a podcast.  Auditions are being held at New Holland Brewing – The Knickerbocker (417 Bridge St NW, Grand Rapids) https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79133_79205_85747_86991_88873---,00.html. Contact Claire Gregory, Huron Pines AmeriCorps/DNR for inquiries (831.234.5574 or gregoryc3@michigan.gov). Sign up by texting “storyteller” to 51555, choose the audition you’ll be attending, tell us about your story, and learn more about this project. Free

May 5, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Pick Some Flowers 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

May 6, Ann Arbor District Downtown Library 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Join Alaska Storyteller Pete Griffin as he tells personal, humorous, and educational stories about Living Off the Land in Alaska. This collection of stories is supplemented with photographs and videos of Alaska landscapes and wildlife, is suitable for all ages, and has been presented on dozens of Disney cruises.  There will be an opportunity to ask Pete questions and to purchase any of his five story CDs. Free to the public. Contact: Toby Zurenko, AADL, 734-327-4238, zurenkot@aadl.org

May 7, Novi 6:00 p.m. Doors Open, 7:00 p.m. stories begin
The Hometown Life Storytellers Growth is about glorious failures as much as victorious triumphs. ‘Growing Up” Join Hometown Life for stories about the little and big moments of growing up. 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. 248.396.0706. ddean@hometownlife.com
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/267881900668026/
Tickets direct: https://tickets.hometownlife.com/e/hometown-life-storytellers-music/tickets

May 7, 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. This month’s theme “Rules” Check website to confirm listing and purchase tickets.

May 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: Cliff Cook, 313-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com

May 9, 16, 23, 30 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.

May 9, Tecumseh 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Join Alaska Storyteller (and UP native) Pete Griffin as he tells personal, humorous stories about Growing Up in the UP.  His collection of stories is suitable for all ages but aimed at teen and above.  There will be  an opportunity to ask Pete questions and to purchase any of his five story CDs. District Library, meeting room A.  Free to the public.  Contact: Chuck Harpst, TDL, (517) 423-2238, charpst@tecumsehlibrary.org

May 9, 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 .

May 11, Interlochen 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. Audition
The DNR is hosting storytelling events across the state to celebrate the State Park Centennial. These stories will be captured and distilled into a podcast.  Auditions are being held at Hofbrau Steak House & American Grille (2784 M-137 Interlochen, MI) https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79133_79205_85747_86991_88873---,00.html. Contact Claire Gregory, Huron Pines AmeriCorps/DNR for inquiries (831.234.5574 or gregoryc3@michigan.gov). Sign up by texting “storyteller” to 51555, choose the audition you’ll be attending, tell us about your story, and learn more about this project. Free

May 14, Dowagiac 7:00 p.m.
As part of the Dowagiac 2019 Fine Arts Festival, Anne Rutherford from Portland Oregon will be offering a Master Class on the process she uses to create stories. Cass County Council on Aging, Front Street Crossing, 227 S. Front Street. http://www.dogwoodfinearts.org/home.html Tickets $10.

May 16, White Lake 6:30-9:00 p.m. 
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their meetings, this month's theme is Beginnings/Endings. Contact Carolyn Graves, 248-264-6752 for location and more information. http://www.NorthOaklandCountyStorytellers.org

May 18, 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,. For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

May 18 Northville 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. Northville Public Library. 212 W.Cady St. (West of Center St., South of W. Main) 248-349-3020. Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

May 20, Traverse City, 7:00 p.m.
"You Are Here."  Scheduled performers will take the stage to tell true stories of how they got to where they are. The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland Street. karen@heresaystorytelling.com. heresaystorytelling.com. Requested $7 donation at door.

May 20, 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

May 21, 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. storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

May 21, 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. This month’s theme “Rules” Check website to confirm listing and purchase tickets.

May 25, Detroit 10:00 a.m. to Noon
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 stories, workshop, refreshments and business meeting. Judy Sima conducts the workshop, "Particiation Plus: Creating stories that invite your audience to join in." www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.comor call: 313-442-3227.  New members welcome.

May26, 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

June

June 1, Farmington Hills
Join Storyteller Karen Bonnici for campfire stories and songs during The Great Farmington Hills Campout located at Heritage Park, 24915 Farmington Rd, Farmington Hills, MI, for registration info call 248-473-1800

June 1, Milford, MI, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Join Storyteller Karen Bonnici for a fun and interactive music and storytelling program sponsored by the Milford YMCA. Located at the Downtown Milford, LaFontaine Amphitheater, at 195 N Main St, Milford, MI

June 2, 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 4, 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. This month’s theme “Rules” Check website to confirm listing and purchase tickets.

June 6, 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

June 12, 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: Cliff Cook, 313-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

June 13, 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 .

June 14, 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, For Info, Tickets & Video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

June 15, TBD 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. Northville Public Library. 212 W.Cady St. (West of Center St., South of W. Main) 248-349-3020. Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

June 15, Ann Arbor, Doors open 7:30, stories begin 8:00 p.m.
Repeat engagement: “Father’s Daze,” a delightful view of the world through the eyes of three Dads who just happen to be highly accomplished humorists, storytellers, & performers. Don While, Bil Lepp, and Bill Harley are all both storytellers and recording artists, join forces to take you on a wild journey of love and laughter through the Dad experience. At the Ark. 316 S. Main. Tickets $25. www.theark.org.

June 17, Traverse City, 7:00 p.m.
Here:Say is teaming up with Up North Pride again! Come to Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland St, for "Feels Like the First Time," stories that celebrate debuts. karen@heresaystorytelling.com. heresaystorytelling.com. Requested $7 donation at door.

June 17, 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

June 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

June 18, 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. This month’s theme “Rules” Check website to confirm listing and purchase tickets.

June 20, White Lake 6:30-9:00 p.m. 
North Oakland County Storytellers (NOCS) welcomes new members to their meetings, this month's theme is Beginnings/Endings. Contact Carolyn Graves, 248-264-6752 for location and more information. http://www.NorthOaklandCountyStorytellers.org

June 22, Detroit 10:00 a.m. to Noon
Detroit Association of Black Storytellers monthly meeting at the Charles Wright Museum of African American History, 315 E Warren Ave.  DABS will host a workshop led by member Christanthenopia Watkins entitled “Writing Your Story”.  In this workshop, participants will be given helpful tips and steps in the process used for writing a dynamic story.  Creative exercises will assist in developing meaningful and creative pieces. " www.detroitassociationofblackstorytellers.com or call: 313-442-3227.  New members welcome.

June 23, 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

June 25-29, 2:00-3:00 p.m. 
If you're traveling to the sweet spot where the Smoky Mountains meet the Blue Ridge, stop by the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, TN to hear stories shared by Corinne Stavish. Tickets are $12.  https://www.storytellingcenter.net/event/corinne-stavish-matinee-performances/2019-06-25/


JULY

July 28, 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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