December 28, 2020

January 2021

 

             

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DECEMBER
 

December 30, 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. EST Virtual

Flint Public Library, Join storyteller and musician Karen Bonnici in this fun and interactive music and storytelling program for children and families. Enjoy this holiday program and get ready to participate, laugh, and sing along through our virtual platform. For registration info email jjones@fpl.info

 

December 30, 6:30 p.m. EST ZOOM

The Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild presents “StoryFest 2020 Family Concert Reprise, if you missed it the first time. (Original air date” October 11) Featuring Steve Daut, Jennifer Pahl Otto, Judy Sima, Laura Lee Hayes. https://a2schools.zoom.us/j/94018639222

 

December 31, 10:30 a.m. – 12 midnight EST &Celebration until 3:30 a.m.

Sheila Arnold and Artists Standing Strong Together presents: Storytelling Blowout 2020. www.artistsstandingstrongtogether.net.  2020 will be remembered by the wide-ranging events - from election to pandemic, from wildfires to hurricanes, from KPop to Tik Tok, from murder hornets to UFO sightings, from MAGA rallies to Black Lives Matter protests - what a year!  So in light of all the strange stories of this year, Artists Standing Strong Together will end the year with a Story Blowout - stories from all over the world, from different storytelling types, and from different generations of storytellers.  Join our Blowout to see the performances of our YSSC (Youth Standing Strong Camp) Winter Break Storytelling youth tellers.  The stories start at 10:30 am (EST) and continue until 11:45 pm, and you can come and go as you'd like, or keep the stories on your phone, iPad or laptop as you rest, relax and plan for 2021.  Starting at 11:45 pm (EST), we will have the countdown and then we will play music, dance and have champagne or grape juice until 3 am on Jan. 1, 2021!

 

The other great thing about 2020 was the founding of Artists Standing Strong Together, which began in March as a way to gather the community of artists and ends the year as a non-profit organization connecting artists to resources.  We'd love to have your financial support as we enter into the new year and add more resources, programs and opportunities for artists in a variety of genres.  Please consider a $30 - $60 donation, which you can give even if you can't attend our Story Blowout 2020.  Donations accepted aaat www.artistsstandingstrongtogether.net/donate.  The website takes credit cards, PayPal, Square and has an address if you'd like to mail a check/money order.  If you decide to mail the check/money order, please contact me, Sheila Arnold, sheilaarnold39@aol.com, and let me know that it is being mailed and the amount so we can adjust our records accordingly.  

 

Join Zoom Meeting:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84945063536?pwd=aUZMZVNER1dyOS9VYUhsVVBSWEh3UT09 Meeting ID: 849 4506 3536. Passcode: 781844 OR Dial in at:  646 558 8656. Meeting ID: 849 4506 3536. Passcode: 781844

 

JANUARY

January 3, 2:00 p.m. EST

Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/

 

January 5,12,19,26  7:30 p.m. EST ZOOM

Every Tuesday Ottawa, Canada Story Swap Join Zoom Meeting (same link every week) 

https://zoom.us/j/668027991?pwd=WDJLWW1uTlZVcFN1YndTOG40ellMZz09 Meeting ID: 668 027 991. Password: 219861

 

January 7,14,21,28, 11:00 a.m. EST ZOOM

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 on Zoom in its 31st year, join Judy Sima’s famed Parent-Tellers. Contact Judy if you wish to participate. 248-644-3951 Judy@JudySima.com. You don’t have to be a parent to attend

 

January 8, 6:00 p.m. MST, 5:00 p.m. PST, 7:00 p.m. CST 8:00 p.m.

The next in our series Fairy Tale Variations, let Stories with Spirit and our dear friends bring you a tale both familiar and strange. Five tellers will bring you five very different versions of Hansel and Gretel. From the fairy tale classic to 19th century Hamburg. From side splittingly funny to the deeply dark these tellings and re-tellings will range up the emotional gamut. This is an Adults Only show. The stories range from humorous to very dark retellings, and we recommend this show to only those over 18 years of age.

 

January 9 and February 6, 1:00 -6:00 p.m. EST

The 9th Annual Kalamazoo Valley Museum Storytelling Festival goes virtual in 2021. Five storytelling sessions revolving around Susan Verde, New York Times Best Selling Author's "I Am" book series. Pre-festival videos include stories and support from Noa Baum, Tim Cusack, and Susan Verde. Hear 15 different stories from Adam Mellema, Tim Cusack, La'Ron Williams, Donna Marie Todd, Jenifer Strauss, and Mama Edie. This free festival can be found through the Museum website https://na01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.kalamazoomuseum.org%2F&data=04%7C01%7C%7C90b4a89961bb48e5173608d8a75aec31%7C84df9e7fe9f640afb435aaaaaaaaaaaa%7C1%7C0%7C637443356253651483%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&sdata=XtSX8piZYTjodRhNuG%2FuDJG4plCrS5IesBaF4f28gFQ%3D&reserved=0. The pre-conference website goes live January 9, with the full festival on February 6, 1-6 p.m. For more information contact Annette Hoppenworth at 269-373-7955

 

January 10, 7:00 p.m. EST

The featured teller for Living Room LIVE! is Steve Daut. Proceeds from this month's event will go to support and improve the ongoing LRL monthly series, and a portion will be donated to the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. Steve will be presenting his program "A Village . . . and Then Some". Steve introduces us to some unforgettable characters and shares wisdom gained from unlikely sources. This is a program about forgiveness, new beginnings, and the understanding that it's never too late to find redemption.  Registration link https://tinyurl.com/lrlsteve

 

January 12, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CDT, Zoom

Story Arts of MN holds an online workshop on the second Tuesday of each month.  In January, Allison Broeren will present “Story Pop! Find and Refine Stories through Improv and Outside Inspiration.”  Do you think you're out of stories? Do you marvel when somebody gets on stage and adjusts their story to fit the night just perfectly? Join Allison Broeren--storytelling show host, teacher, theater owner, and queen of coming up with stories on the fly--for a session on finding inspiration and turning it into a story!  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/story-pop-find-and-refine-stories-through-improv-and-outside-inspiration-tickets-133649446091.  After registering, you'll receive an email message with the Zoom link.  Registration is free, although donations ($10 suggested) are appreciated to support SAM's ongoing virtual programming.   (This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.)

 

January 13,7:30 p.m. EST

The Grapevine presents Connie Regan-Blake and Carolina Quiroga-Stultz. Sponsored by Folklore Society of Greater Washington D.C. Get the Zoom app: https://zoom.us/pricing Registration link: https://fsgw.org/grapevine Paypal link: https://fsgw2.org/grapevine.html. Grapevine tellers are paid by your donations.

 

January 15, 7:00 p.m. EST ZOOM

The Detroit Story League is excited to present a Winter Blast of stories for young and old. Featuring: Tone Ross, Gwen Lewis, Sheryl Pryor, Chrissy Begle, and Stephen Filler. Contact Judy@JudySima.com  for the ZOOM link.

 

January 16, 7:00 EST ZOOM

Register for the next Michigan Meet-Up: 7 tellers, 7 minutes each, stories of any type, any topic, any stage of development, with a bit of time to chat after. You don't even have to be from Michigan! Contact Jennifer Otto to sign up to tell and/or register for the event. jennifer.pahl.otto@gmail.com. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

January 17, 2:00 p.m. EST

Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/

 

Register for the next Michigan Meet-Up: 7 tellers, 7 minutes each, stories of any type, any topic, any stage of development, with a bit of time to chat after. You don't even have to be from Michigan! Contact Jennifer Otto to sign up to tell and/or register for the event. jennifer.pahl.otto@gmail.com. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

 

January 22, 7:00 EST ZOOM

 

January 24 , Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m. ZOOM

Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild Monthly meetings – Virtual Meeting. Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Free Event register ahead of time. Information: www.annarborstorytelling.org 

January 24, 2:00 p.m. EST

Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/

 

January 26, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CDT, Zoom

Story Arts of MN holds an online Story Circle (open mic) on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  This FREE event is open to everyone.  After registering, you'll receive an email message with the Zoom link.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/story-arts-of-minnesota-17294067957.  Bring your favorite seven-minute tale and your listening ears. All stories are welcome, including traditional tales as well as original true stories.  Both experienced and new storytellers are welcome.  Don't have a story to share?  We invite you to watch and listen.   (This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.)

 

January 27, 7:15 p.m. Stories begin at 7:30 p.m. EST Virtual doors open 

The Moth! Join us for an evening of stories, shared live via Zoom, as storytellers take the virtual stage and share a true, personal story from their life: joy and heart, in equal measures. Stories of glory and defeat, taunting fate, laughing in the face of danger, and the moments that forever changed the course. The show will begin promptly at 7:30 PM ET. The pre-show lobby will open at 7:15 PM ET. This is the perfect time to grab a drink, a snack, or a blanket... no formal wear required!

January 28 - 31

Florida Storytelling Festival 2021 will be a LIVE VIRTUAL EVENT: https://flstory.com/festival/ Our storytelling concerts will be by donation. We want everyone to be able to enjoy the connection of stories during these times. Pay what you can. (Suggested $10 – $20). Check the schedule at https://flstory.com/festival/festival-schedule/

 

January 29, live and virtual program, 2:00 p.m. EST

Lois Sprengnether Keel comes as Liberetta Lerich Green from the Oxford Township Cemetery to the Oxford Public Library to tell of her family's involvement in Oxford, the Underground Railroad and the Civil War.  For more information call Adult Services at 248-628-3034 or register at http://miopl.evanced.info/signup.

 

January 30, 8:00 p.m. CST

Women of Light and Dark. Sometimes light is most powerful when we feel its absence. Sometimes darkness brings the nourishment we seek.This mid-winter, four remarkable women will journey through light and dark. They will weave the stories that fill us up and propel us to the next journey. Sarah Beth Nelson, Elizabeth Matson, Erin Johnston, Coral Conant Gilles.

The stories will be best appreciated by adults and teens. Children are welcome to attend, with the understanding that the show may include heavy, frightening or complex material.

Please register through Eventbrite to get the Zoom link for the show, then pay separately via PayPal, Venmo, or check: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-of-light-and-dark-tickets-132486200793?aff=erelexpmlt. Sliding scale. Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/women-of-light-and-dark-tickets-132486200793?aff=erelexpmlt. PayPal: paypal.me/sarahbethnelson Venmo: @Sarah-Nelson-339

Check: Sarah Beth Nelson (please request address) Memo - Women of Light and Dark

January 31, 2:00 p.m. EST

Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/

 

FEBRUARY

 

February 2, 9, 16, 23,  7:30 p.m. EST ZOOM

Every Tuesday Ottawa, Canada Story Swap Join Zoom Meeting (same link every week) 

https://zoom.us/j/668027991?pwd=WDJLWW1uTlZVcFN1YndTOG40ellMZz09 Meeting ID: 668 027 991. Password: 219861

 

February 4, 11, 18, 25, 11:00 a.m. EST ZOOM

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 on Zoom in its 31st year, join Judy Sima’s famed Parent-Tellers. Contact Judy if you wish to participate. 248-644-3951 Judy@JudySima.com. You don’t have to be a parent to attend

February 7, 2:00 p.m. EST

Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/

 

February 9, 7:00-8:00 CDT, Zoom

Story Arts of MN holds an online workshop on the second Tuesday of each month.  The February session is tentatively titled “Working with Family Stories – A Conversation.”  A small panel of storytellers will share their experiences of mining their family's legends and sorting fact from fiction to shape tellable stories. There will be time for audience questions.  Although details and names of panelists are still being firmed up, you can register now at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/working-with-family-stories-a-conversation-tickets-133774622497. After registering, you'll receive an email message with the Zoom link.  Registration is free, although donations ($10 suggested) are appreciated to support SAM's ongoing virtual programming.   (This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.)

February 14, 2:00 p.m. EST

Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/

 

February 14, 7:00 p.m. EST

Zoom on out to this special edition of Living Room LIVE! with Anne Rutherford and Norm Brecke. Join Anne and Norm for a rollicking time, filled with hilarity, stupid jokes, and great stories. Anne and Norm have been featured in premium venues around the country, and they always deliver a good time. You don't want to miss this one! A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Ann Arbor Storytellers Guild. Donation link - https://tinyurl.com/lrlive2u Registration link - https://tinyurl.com/lrlannenorm  Questions to mail@stevedaut.com  

 

February 14, 8:00 p.m. EST Zoom

Join a crazy band of storytellers from around the country for "Not Your Mother's Fairy Tales". Tellers include

Steve Daut, Anne Rutherford, Norm Brecke, Ingrid Nixon, Laura Packer, and Tobey Anderson. Although you'll meet Three Bears, Billy Goats and Red Riding Hood, the stories aren't anything like the traditional tales you read to the kids. In fact, LEAVE THE LITTLE ONES IN THE OTHER ROOM - this show is for adults and older children only. Grab your favorite beverage, settle in, and enjoy modern adult tales that are by turns, fun, quirky, thought-provoking, and troublesome. Information and links to this program are available at  https://www.stevedaut.com/specialevent.htm 

 

February 17, 8:00 p.m. EST ZOOM

Register for the next Michigan Meet-Up: 7 tellers, 7 minutes each, stories of any type, any topic, any stage of development, with a bit of time to chat after. You don't even have to be from Michigan! Contact Jennifer Otto to sign up to tell and/or register for the event. jennifer.pahl.otto@gmail.com. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. 

 

February 19, Virtual Doors @7:15p.m. Showtime @7:30p.m. EST

The Secret Society Of Twisted Storytellers® presents “Love Stories” Live streamed  Contact: https://www.twistedtellers.org/events   for tickets and link to the show.

February 21, 2:00 p.m. EST

Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/

 

February 23, 7:00-8:00 p.m. CDT, Zoom

Story Arts of MN holds an online Story Circle (open mic) on the fourth Tuesday of each month.  This FREE event is open to everyone.  After registering, you'll receive an email message with the Zoom link.  Register at https://www.eventbrite.com/o/story-arts-of-minnesota-17294067957.  Bring your favorite seven-minute tale and your listening ears. All stories are welcome, including traditional tales as well as original true stories.  Both experienced and new storytellers are welcome.  Don't have a story to share?  We invite you to watch and listen.   (This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.)

 

February 26, 7:00 EST ZOOM

Detroit Association of Black Storytellers presents “4th Friday Story Hour: Doors Open at 6:50 pm / Concert @ 7:00 pm Check the website for zoom link. www.Detroitstorytellers.com.

February 28, 2:00 p.m. EST

Mother Goose and Gander will be on the Kerrytown Market and Shops FaceBook Page, once a week, with a short program, geared to a preschool audience, sharing rhymes and stories. For more information contact Trudy Bulkley 734-769-3115. Here is the link:  https://www.facebook.com/99965546438/posts/10157273430701439/

 

February 28 , Ann Arbor 2:00-4:00 p.m. ZOOM

Ann Arbor Storytellers’ Guild Monthly meetings – Virtual Meeting. Meetings always start with stories, and then, more stories! Listeners and tellers welcome. Free Event register ahead of time. Information: www.annarborstorytelling.org 

 

 

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Storyteller, Author, Teaching Artist

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