June 24, 2019

July 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.
 

July 1, 2019



HIGHLIGHTS

Many storytelling groups do not hold summer meetings. If you don’t find one near you, check back in September

June

June 25-29, Jonesborough, TN 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/

June 27, Battle Creek, 7:00 p.m.
Join Battle Creek Community tellers for an evening of delightful stories following the theme of "Magic." First Congregational Church of Battle Creek, 145 Capital N. E. $7.00 at the door. For additional info: Dick Strader, 269-274-1812 or dstrader40@yahoo.com

June 28, Grand Rapids 9:00-11:00 p.m.
A summer time tradition since 1999, The Story Spinners of Grand Rapids and Blandford Nature Center host  Riverside Raconteurs Storytelling Bonfires, open to the public on the fourth Friday evenings of June, July and August, 2019.We invite Individuals, couples and families to spread a blanket under twilight skies, and to participate as tellers of tales, singers of songs, or listeners of lore. Bring a blanket or chair, some bug spray and, if you like, a memorized story, poem or song. Location:  Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave.  Patrick Foley at foleypd57@gmail.com or call (616) 446-0997 for details. Free.

June 29, Elk Rapids 9:00 -11:00 p.m.
Bring a story, poem or song to celebrate Stone Circle’ s 36th summer of gatherings around a fire in a unique outdoor setting. Hosted by poet bard, Terry Wooten. Sit under a canopy of stars perched on a boulder, or bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the ever-changing variety of entertainment that is woven throughout the evening. Regular admission is $5/adults, $3/kids. Stone Circle is located 10 miles north of Elk Rapids on Stone Circle Drive off U.S. 31. From the north - five miles south of Eastport. Info: stonecir@aol.com or 231-264-9467 or
terry-wooten.com.The Stone Circle documentary finished the film festival circuit last October. Last August in Ierapetra, Crete it won The Snake Goddess Award.
https://www.facebook.com/The-Stone-Circle-Documentary-119361798651051/


June 30, 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

JULY

July 2, East Lansing 7:00 - 8 p.m.
Join Storyteller Karen Bonnici for Play in the Park and her fun and interactive music and storytelling program sponsored by the City of East Lansing - Valley Court Park, 280 Valley Court.

July 2, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

July 6, 13, 20, 27 Elk Rapids 9:00 -11:00 p.m.
Bring a story, poem or song to celebrate Stone Circle’ s 36th summer of gatherings around a fire in a unique outdoor setting. Hosted by poet bard, Terry Wooten. Sit under a canopy of stars perched on a boulder, or bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the ever-changing variety of entertainment that is woven throughout the evening. Regular admission is $5/adults, $3/kids. Stone Circle is located 10 miles north of Elk Rapids on Stone Circle Drive off U.S. 31. From the north - five miles south of Eastport. Info: stonecir@aol.com or 231-264-9467 or
terry-wooten.com.

July 7, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Laughing Dogs and 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.   Free.  734-769-3115

July 9, Lincoln Park, 6:30 p.m.
Join Storyteller Karen Bonnici for a fun and interactive music and storytelling program at the Lincoln Park Public Library 1381 Southfield Road. 313-381-0374

July 10, 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, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

July 11, Morenci 12:00 p.m.
Join Storyteller Karen Bonnici for her Tunes, Tappin’ & Talkin’ Tales program sponsored by the Stair Library. Program location is at the Morenci Middle School library, 304 Page St, Morenci, MI 49256, contact the Stair Library with questions at 517-458-6510

July 11, Mount Pleasant 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Storyteller, Eileen DeLorenzo will present MARKET FRESH! Stories, Produce & Tasty Treats at Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market at Island Park, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. These stories will delight listeners young and old. Bring a chair or blanket and come enjoy interactive folktales and fables that are full of participation, rhyme, rhythm, giggles and song. This event is free. Look for the Parks and Recreation blue canopy. 331 North Main Street. Contact: Carol Moody, 989-779-5338

July 11, 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 to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

July 15, 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

July 17, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

July 18, White Lake 6:30-7:30 p.m.
White Lake Library celebrates its new library building and Summer Reading with storyteller Lois Sprengnether Keel's "Once Upon a Galaxy", tales from all over the earth about what we see in the sky. The new library is at 11005 Elizabeth Lake Road. To register contact Youth Services, 248-698-4942 once the library re-opens or online as of July 4 , the event is free.

July 19, 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 

July 20, White Lake 2:00-4:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers is hosting its final event with Jeff Doyle, “How to Make Your Stories More Compelling?” for adults only. In this closing event for the storytelling group Jeff will offer hints and exercises to be used when writing and creating stories to make them more interesting.  Fisk Farm, 9180 Highland Rd. (The group may continue meeting and telling annually at the Livonia Highland Games, see August 3.) For more information contact Lois Keel, 248-625-5848 or Lois-sez@Lois-sez.com. The event is free

July 22 - 26, Farmington Hills, Camp runs from 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m.
Session 1 - “Art Adventure Camp,” Storyteller, Karen Bonnici presents the Storytelling performance section of this 4 section arts camp which offers Music, Photography, Mixed Media Art and Storytelling to students from (5 to 14)  Heritage Park, Farmington Road.(Camp fee) www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us or call (248) 473-1859

July 25, Freemont, CA 
Barbara Schutzgruber will team up with Dorothy Cleveland (MN) at the National Storytelling Nework to present their Fringe Show 'Bedtime Stories: Sex, Death, and Violence" - Take a wild outing with four cautionary tales from the darker side of life. Told with humor, irony and luscious imagery, Dorothy and Barb will take you deep into original stories, folktales and myth and bring you home safely. For more information go to the NSN website https://storynet.org/nsnevents/conference/


July 26, Grand Rapids 9:00-11:00 p.m.
A summer time tradition since 1999, The Story Spinners of Grand Rapids and Blandford Nature Center host  Riverside Raconteurs Storytelling Bonfires, open to the public on the fourth Friday evenings of June, July and August, 2019.We invite Individuals, couples and families to spread a blanket under twilight skies, and to participate as tellers of tales, singers of songs, or listeners of lore. Bring a blanket or chair, some bug spray and, if you like, a memorized story, poem or song. Location:  Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave.  Patrick Foley at foleypd57@gmail.com or call (616) 446-0997 for details. Free.

July 28, 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

July 29 - Aug 2, Farmington Hills, Camp runs from 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m.
Session 2 - “Art Adventure Camp,” Storyteller, Karen Bonnici presents the Storytelling performance section of this 4 section arts camp which offers Music, Photography, Mixed Media Art and Storytelling to students from (5 to 14)  Heritage Park, Farmington Road. (Camp fee) www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us or call (248) 473-1859


AUGUST

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Elk Rapids 9:00 -11:00 p.m.
Bring a story, poem or song to celebrate Stone Circle’ s 36th summer of gatherings around a fire in a unique outdoor setting. Hosted by poet bard, Terry Wooten. Sit under a canopy of stars perched on a boulder, or bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the ever-changing variety of entertainment that is woven throughout the evening. Regular admission is $5/adults, $3/kids. Stone Circle is located 10 miles north of Elk Rapids on Stone Circle Drive off U.S. 31. From the north - five miles south of Eastport. Info: stonecir@aol.com or 231-264-9467 or
terry-wooten.com.

August 3, Livonia 10:00-3:00 p.m.
North Oakland County Storytellers tells at the annual St. Andrews Highland Games in the Wee Bairns Heritage Area, at Greenmead Historical Park, 20501 Newburgh Road. See the event website at https://highlandgames.com/ or https://highlandgames.com/wee-bairns/ For more information contact Pam Dawson, 248-245-1499 or pdawsonusa@gmail.com. The event tickets for the day are Adults $17, Teenagers $15, Children 12 and under Free.

August 4, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
 “Kerry Tales:  A Peck of Pickled Peppers and 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.   Free.  734-769-3115

August 5 - 9, Farmington Hills, Camp runs from 9:00 a.m., 4:00 p.m.
Session 2 - “Art Adventure Camp,” Storyteller, Karen Bonnici presents the Storytelling performance section of this 4 section arts camp which offers Music, Photography, Mixed Media Art and Storytelling to students from (5 to 14)  Heritage Park, Farmington Road.(Camp fee) www.ci.farmington-hills.mi.us or call (248) 473-1859

August 6, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

August 8, Mount Pleasant 10:45-11:30 a.m.
Storyteller, Eileen DeLorenzo will present MARKET FRESH! Stories, Produce & Tasty Treats at Mt. Pleasant Farmers’ Market at Island Park, 10:45 - 11:30 a.m. These stories will delight listeners young and old. Bring a chair or blanket and come enjoy interactive folktales and fables that are full of participation, rhyme, rhythm, giggles and song. This event is free. Look for the Parks and Recreation blue canopy. 331 North Main Street. Contact: Carol Moody, 989-779-5338

August 13, Canton 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Join Storyteller Karen Bonnici for her Tunes, Tappin’ & Talkin’ Tales music and storytelling program presented by Canton Leisure Services at the Heritage Park Amphitheater, 1150 S Canton Center Rd.734-394-5100

August 13, Novi 6:00 p.m. Doors Open, 7:00 p.m. stories begin The great outdoors isn't for everyone, but for some, it's everything. Join Hometown Life for a night of stories about some of the best — and worst — outdoor moments. 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.

August 14, Elk Rapids 7:00 p.m.
Here: Say and Art Rapids are collaborating for the first time! Come to Herth Hall (401 River Street) for "Showtime," stories that celebrate cinema. For information contact: karen@heresaystorytelling.comhttp://www.artrapids.org/new-events/2019/5/21/here-say-storytelling-showtime

August 14, Muskegon 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Muskegon Yarnspinners: welcome new members at their monthly meetings from September 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, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

August 15, Pemberville, OH - 4:30 & 6:00 p.m.
Join Storyteller Karen Bonnici for her Tunes, Tappin’ & Talkin’ Tales program as a part of the Pemberville Free Fair, 405 E Front St., Pemberville, Ohio 43450,https://www.pembervillefair.org/


August 16, 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

August 17, Detroit 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring a lunch 12:30 stories beginwill be told by our guests, the members of The Detroit Association of Black Storytellers, followed by a workshop, 2:00 Business meeting. Detroit Main Library, 5201 Woodward (North of Warren, park in Library lot off Putnum). Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

August 19, 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

August 20, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open, 7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

August 23, Grand Rapids 9:00-11:00 p.m.
A summer time tradition since 1999, The Story Spinners of Grand Rapids and Blandford Nature Center host  Riverside Raconteurs Storytelling Bonfires, open to the public on the fourth Friday evenings of June, July and August, 2019.We invite Individuals, couples and families to spread a blanket under twilight skies, and to participate as tellers of tales, singers of songs, or listeners of lore. Bring a blanket or chair, some bug spray and, if you like, a memorized story, poem or song. Location:  Blandford Nature Center, 1715 Hillburn Ave.  Patrick Foley at foleypd57@gmail.com or call (616) 446-0997 for details. Free.

August 25, Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild Monthly meetings - Ann Arbor District Library – 343 South Fifth Ave. 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


SEPTEMBER

September 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Sing the Alphabet 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.   Free.  734-769-3115

September 3, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open,  7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at 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.

September 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

September 7, Elk Rapids 9:00 -11:00 p.m.
Bring a story, poem or song to celebrate Stone Circle’ s 36th summer of gatherings around a fire in a unique outdoor setting. Hosted by poet bard, Terry Wooten. Sit under a canopy of stars perched on a boulder, or bring a blanket or chair to enjoy the ever-changing variety of entertainment that is woven throughout the evening. Regular admission is $5/adults, $3/kids. Stone Circle is located 10 miles north of Elk Rapids on Stone Circle Drive off U.S. 31. From the north - five miles south of Eastport. Info: stonecir@aol.com or 231-264-9467 or terry-wooten.com.

September 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). Contact: Cliff Cook, 616-638-1121, cwcook13@aol.com.

September 12, 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 Annex Community Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com .        

September20, 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 

September 20, Ann Arbor 6:30 p.m. Doors Open,  7:30 p.m. stories begin
Monthly Moth Story Slam at 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. Check website to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

September 20, 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

September 21, TBD 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Detroit Story League invites you to enjoy our monthly meeting. Visitors welcome. 12:00 Bring your lunch, 12:30 stories begin followed by a workshop, 2:00 Business meeting. Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

September 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: Jatu Gray, 313-433-4249.  New members welcome.

September 29, 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. Contact: Laura Lee Hayes, lauragami@provide.net. Meetings are free



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