November 27, 2019

December 2019


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DECEMBER

December 1, Ann Arbor 2:00 p..m.
“Kerry Tales: “Be Nimble 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

December 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. Check website for theme and to purchase tickets.

December 4, 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.

December 5,12, 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 Sima’s famed 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.

December 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.

December 7, Romeo 9:00 a.m.
Karen Bonnici will share holiday songs and stories as a part of the Breakfast with Santa event sponsored by the Romeo, Washington, Bruce Parks and Recreation program. Romeo Masonic Lodge, 231 N Main St. For more information call: 586-752-6543 or visit rwbparksrec.org.

December 11, 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.

December 12, Ann Arbor 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Story Night: Crazy Wisdom Bookstore & Tea Room. Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild members host a lively program of stories for grownups. Enjoy yummy desserts, exotic teas, or light supper, all available for purchase, while listening to the old tales and personal stories as well. Crazy Wisdom Tea Room, 114 S Main. Free but donations accepted. Info: annarborstorytelling.org or facebook.com/annarborstorytellers
Story Night is now a quarterly event, so mark your calendars!

December 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 Founder’s Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com.

December 16, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Island of Misfit Toys."  It's the last Here:Say Storytelling show of the decade! So nerds, weirdos, freaks and geeks, lend us your ear, as scheduled performers will take the stage to tell true, first-person stories that show we're all misfits here! The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland Street.   karen@heresaystorytelling.com, facebook.com/heresaytcheresaystorytelling.com. Requested $7 donation at door.

December 16, Grand Rapids 6:30-8:30 pm
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids welcome interested listeners and tellers for HOLIDAY Tales to our monthly meeting at Shawmut Hills Academy 2550 Burritt St. NW For more information, contact Gloria Cangelosi at storyspinnersgr@gmail.com

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

December 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.

December 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, For information, tickets, and video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

December 21, Berkley 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 Holiday stories begin followed by holiday impromptu stories, 2:00 Business meeting. Berkley Public Library, 3155 Coolidge Hwy, 248-658-3440. For more Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

December 30, Farmington Hills 10:30 a.m.
“Tales for Tots.” Brighten up a dreary day with Grandma Judy Sima as she presents songs, rhymes, puppets, props, and tales chosen for wide-eyed giggles and delight. Join us for this presentation by an award-winning storyteller. Farmington District Library, 32737 W. 12 Mile Road. http://farmlib.evanced.info/signup/calendar?Lib=ALL  Advanced registration required. 248-553-0300.

JANUARY

January 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 to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

January 5, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Buckle Your Shoe 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

January 7, 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 for theme and to purchase tickets.

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

January 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 Sima’s famed 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.

January 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 Founder’s Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com.

January 16 Ferndale 7:30-9 p.m.
Go Comedy Improv Theater. Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme, “A Big Break“. Storytelling beginners and veterans welcome. Adult content is permitted, and shows are sometimes not suitable for children. The theme for the following month is announced at the end of every show and posted  at https://www.facebook.com/LetsJustSayGoComedy/. Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. Lineups are set before the show; those who want to tell a story should email letsjustsay@gocomedy.net.  Previous shows can be viewed at our Youtube channel. Tickets are $10 at gocomedy.net or at the door

January 17, 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 information, tickets, and video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

January 18, Plymouth 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. Plymouth Public Library, 223 S. Main. 734-453-0750. For more Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

January 19, Dexter 2:00-4:00 p.m.
Storytelling workshop with Genot “Winter Elk” Picor. Genot is a storyteller, musician, and dancer. His workshop will feature his expertise with Metis (mixed blood) storytelling to focus on the use of music and dance in storytelling and sharing his perspectives on cultural focus in storytelling. This is a program of the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild and is open to non-members for a fee. For more information, contact Steve Daut at mail@stevedaut.com

January 20, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"Exquisite Corpus."    We're gonna sing the body electric at the first Here:Say Storytelling of the 2020s! Scheduled performers will take the stage to tell true, first-person stories about the corporeal. The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland Street. karen@heresaystorytelling.com, facebook.com/heresaytcheresaystorytelling.com. Requested $7 donation at door.

January 20, Grand Rapids 6:30-8:30 p.m.
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids: Monthly meeting featuring stories, education, and a treat. Come listen or share your favorite tale. Shawmut Hills School 2550 Burritt St. NW. www.storyspinners.org
January 20, Okemos 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler in Eastwood Town Center Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley, shirleyjane@comcast.net

January 21, 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.

January 25, 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: Jatu Gray, 313-433-4249.  New members welcome

January 26, 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

FEBRUARY

February 2, Ann Arbor 2:00 p.m.
“Kerry Tales:  Greet Groundhogs 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

February 4, 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 for theme and to purchase tickets.

February 5, 12 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 Sima’s famed 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 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 to confirm listing, theme and purchase tickets.

February 7, Kalamazoo  5:00-8:00 p.m.
8th annual Kalamazoo Storytelling Festival, Growing Stories. Family stories that grow from one generation to the next, stories that sprout from another story, ones that connect us like vines, and stories bigger than us will entertain children and adults alike. Featuring Joe McHugh's -The Time Travelers. Bringing America’s rich history to life through storytelling, music and art at 6 p.m. Allison Downey will tell her family stories at 7 p.m. For more information contact Annette Hoppenworth, 269-373-7955, ahoppenworth@kvcc.edu, 230 North Rose Street, or visit us on line at https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.kalamazooMuseum.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C8f561272417e431a2be208d767a90f1e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637091848117995201&sdata=Z6xDPKc8Y0YiUXwVBM%2BXXCnvDZDqdBngMaOjkEKfT4o%3D&reserved=0.

February 8, Kalamazoo, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
8th annual Kalamazoo Storytelling Festival, Growing Stories. 11 a.m. Mama Edie McCloud Armstrong tells African Native American family stories. 12:30 NEW this year is a lunch panel focused on learning how to be a storyteller, the importance of family stories, and how creativity and imagination are formed by reading stories aloud with Judy Sima, Joe McHugh, Jenifer Strauss, and Randy Pearson.  2 p.m. Donna Marie Todd tells family stories, that connect, make you laugh, and entertain. 3 p.m. Adam Mellema takes to the stage with stories of family, gardening, and more.  4 p.m. Arif Chowhury shares stories of finding his identity growing up in Chicago. For more information contact Annette Hoppenworth, 269-373-7955, ahoppenworth@kvcc.edu, 230 North Rose Street, or visit us on line at https://nam12.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=www.kalamazooMuseum.org&data=02%7C01%7C%7C8f561272417e431a2be208d767a90f1e%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637091848117995201&sdata=Z6xDPKc8Y0YiUXwVBM%2BXXCnvDZDqdBngMaOjkEKfT4o%3D&reserved=0.ww.

February 11, 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.

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

February 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 Founder’s Room, 301 S. University, Please join us to talk about and tell our stories!  Contact info:  Joe Remenar  jremenar66@yahoo.com.

February 15, Fraser 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 workshop, 2:00 Business meeting. Fraser Public Library. 16330 E 14 Mile Rd, 586-293-2055. For more Information: Judy@JudySima.com or call: 248-644-3951. www.DetroitStorytelling.org

February 17, Grand Rapids 6:30-8:30 pm
StorySpinners of Grand Rapids: Monthly meeting featuring stories, education, and a treat. Come listen or share your favorite tale. Shawmut Hills School 2550 Burritt St. NW. www.storyspinners.org

February 17, Okemos 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Lansing Storytellers Guild invites new members to their monthly meeting. Schuler in Eastwood Town Center Contact for more information: Jean Bolley, phone 517-281-8036 or email bolleyj@hotmail.com  and/or Shirley Bradley, shirleyjane@comcast.net

February 18, Traverse City 7:00 p.m.
"DysFUNctional."    We're putting the FUN in dysfunctional! Join Here:Say as scheduled performers tell true, first-person stories of things not working out as expected. FREE, with donations accepted at door. The Workshop Brewing Company, 221 Garland Street. karen@heresaystorytelling.com, facebook.com/heresaytcheresaystorytelling.com. Requested $7 donation at door.

February 20, Ferndale 7:30-9 p.m.
Go Comedy Improv Theater. Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. Storytelling beginners and veterans welcome. Adult content is permitted, and shows are sometimes not suitable for children. The theme for the following month is announced at the end of every show and posted  at https://www.facebook.com/LetsJustSayGoComedy/. Prepare a 5-7 minute true story based on the theme. Lineups are set before the show; those who want to tell a story should email letsjustsay@gocomedy.net.  Previous shows can be viewed at our Youtube channel. Tickets are $10 at gocomedy.net or at the door

February 21, 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 information, tickets, and video visit: www.twistedtellers.org/events or call 313-744-6037

February 22, 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: Jatu Gray, 313-433-4249.  New members welcome

February 22, Ann Arbor 7:30 p.m.
33rd Annual Storytelling Festival at The Ark. This fantastic lineup features internationally acclaimed storyteller Antonio Rocha, national stars Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke, and our very own Barbara Schutzgruber, with Steve Daut as MC. The Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild is hosting these incredible storytellers, and a workshop will be available the following day. This is sure to fill up, so get your tickets in advance! https://theark.org/shows-events/2020/feb/22/33rd-annual-storytelling-festival

February 23, Ann Arbor, 1:00 p.m.
Storytelling for Kids at The Ark with Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. This will be followed by a workshop for storytellers at a location TBA. For the concert, ticket price is $10, and tickets can be purchased through https://theark.org/shows-events/2020/feb/23/storytelling-kids. If you are interested in the workshop, contact Steve Daut for details - mail@stevedaut.com

February 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


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