Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sustaining Your Fire! The Northeast Storytelling Conference

Der Erzahler (The Storyteller)
by Georg Bergmann
(1819 – 1870, German
)

We are about to welcome a New Year and that means preparations for the LANES Northeast Storytelling Conference (formerly known as the Sharing the Fire Conference) are rolling along. This year the conference will be in a new location, Albany, New York, on March 16-18, 2012. The hard-working conference committee has assembled some wonderful information on things to do in Albany in case you want to come early or stay late.

Accommodations are at the Ramada Inn and there is a special rate for those attending the conference. Go to this link http://albanyramada.com/home.html for all of the information to reserve your room.

Whether you are a beginning or experienced storyteller, librarian or educator, or a business owner who wants to reach their customers in a unique and personal way this conference is for you! Registration opens January 3, 2012. For a conference overviews go to http://www.lanes.org/main-program-stf-2012.

There will be workshops, story swaps, good food, great stories and wonderful camaraderie. Come and “share the fire!” Here are some stories, books and information to help you do some armchair traveling before you hit the road in March!



STORIES

The Baker’s Dozen – A wonderful folktale retold by Aaron Shepard. This tale is actually set in Albany, New York.
http://www.aaronshep.com/storytelling/GOS07.html

Reader’s Theater: The Baker’s Dozen -This link will lead you to the script on the story.
http://www.aaronshep.com/rt/RTE09.html

American Folklore – Thirteen stories hailing for New York.
http://www.americanfolklore.net/folktales/ny1.html

Gollywhopper’s Eggs – New England Legend
http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/08/gollywhoppers_eggs.html

The Algonquin Legends of New England by Charles G. Leland, 1884

A Book of New England Legends and Folklore in Prose and Poetry
by Samuel Adams Drake, 1901
“…dozens of classics of New England lore that describe the times of witches and seafarers, strange nighttime occurrences and mysterious places.” http://www.archive.org/details/bookofnewengland00dra

Old Paths and Legends of New England: Sauntering Over Historic Roads With Glimpses Of Picturesque Fields And Old Homesteads Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New Hampshire by by Katharine Mixer Abbott, 1904. While this book doesn’t offer folktales or legends it is filled with historical information and pictures. It will be a very useful research book if you are working on a story set in the New England of long ago. http://tinyurl.com/d8w424p


BLOG

New England Folklore – Wonderful blog filled with interesting posts.
http://newenglandfolklore.blogspot.com/

BOOKS


New England Bean Pot American Folk Stories to Read by Moritz Jagendorf.
http://tinyurl.com/c5l6rd4 

New York State Folktales – Legends and Ballads by Harold William Thompson

Miss Mary Mac All Dressed in Black: Tongue Twisters, Jump-Rope Rhymes and Other Children's Lore from New England by Scott E. Hastings
http://tinyurl.com/blex6r9

 
Hi ho, hi ho, it’s off to Albany we go! Travel tips to make your time on the road or in the sky fly by!
 


Meetways.com - A wonderful tool that allows you to type in two addresses and find the halfway point. http://www.meetways.com/

Packing Tips
http://www.travel-tips.us/packing-tips.htm

Ultimate Guide to Airline Fees – This pdf chart was updated in November of 2011 but make sure to double check before you book your flight.
http://i.slimg.com/sc/sl/graphic/u/ul/ultimate-guide-to-airline-fees.pdf

TSA Travel Tips – Yes, the security check portion of your trip can sometimes feel like a strip search but the more prepared you are, the faster you can put the experience behind you!
http://www.tsa.gov/assets/pdf/311-brochure.pdf

AAA Fuel Cost Calculator – Of course we all know that gasoline prices are fluid (pun intended) but this should give you an idea of your costs for your road trip.
http://fuelcostcalculator.aaa.com/

Pack a Sense of Humor – 10 Tried and True Travel Tips– When all else fails, remember, laughter releases endorphins’ that will help relax you. And who knows, you just might get a great story from it! http://www.trustedadventures.com/news.php?newsID=14


© 2011
This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Wisdom, Wit and Wonder - Fabulous Fairy Tales!

The Frog Prince and Other Stories
by Walter Crane, 1874
“Deeper meaning resides in the fairy tales told to me in my childhood than in the truth that is taught by life.”
~
 Friedrich von Schiller

Recently, my colleagues and I have been discussing the lasting importance of fairytales amidst the plethora of personal stories on festival stages and  at story slams. Don't misunderstand me, I love a well-told personal tale; I have taken part in story slams and strongly support my local organization, massmouth.org. The current popularity of that genre offers the wonderful benefit of introducing a younger audience to the art of oral tradition. However, more than ever it seems as if the old tales are being relegated back to the nursery and adults assume fairy tales are for children.

In doing a bit of research for this post I came across this wonderful quote:

"Once upon a time, back when animals spoke and rivers sang and every quest was worth going on, back when dragons still roared and maidens were beautiful and an honest young man with a good heart and a great deal of luck could always wind up with a princess and half the kingdom - back then, fairytales were for adults...." Neil Gaiman


It is my hope that one day telling fairytales will be as mainstream and hip as The Moth and its facsimilies around the country. So here is short list of antique books on line, filled with stories. In the new year I will research and post more; the possibilites are endless.

Fairytales contain the wisdom, wit and wonder of the ages. Give them a try and you just might be swept away by story!

A Book of Fairy Tales from Many Places
Andrew Lang’s Colored Fairy Tale Books – They’re all here from blue to violet!
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/lfb/index.htm

Armenian Fairy Tales - Sixteen interesting folktales from the ancient country of Armenia.http://www.armeniaemb.org/Kids/ArmenianFairyTales/index.htm


Beauty and the Beast by
Warwick Goble, 1923
Canadian Wonder Tales by Cyrus MacMillian
http://tinyurl.com/6un85nh

Celtic Fairy Tales
http://tinyurl.com/6o7ksrx

Czechoslovak Fairy TalesSeventeen stories from the Baldwin Project.
http://tinyurl.com/87nv9hh



Fairy Tales by Howard Pyle, 1903.
Fairy Tales from the Arabian Nights by E. Dixon, 1893.
Fairy Tales from Many Lands by Katharine Pyle, 1911. The Evil One Who Married Three Sisters, The Seven Golden Pea Hens and other unique stories are found within.
http://www.archive.org/details/fairytalesfromma00pyle


Fairy Tales and Folktales of the Irish Peasantry - Edited by W. B. Yeats and published in 1888 the stories are here to enjoy, courtesy of Sacred Texts. Revel in tales of the Merrow, Changelings, Pookas, Fairies and Banshees, Saints, Priests, Giants and Devils, Kings, Queens, Earls and Robbers; Yeats covers them all!
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/yeats/fip/


Fairies at the Cradle
by Warwick Goble
Grimm’s Fairytales – 209 tales by the Brothers Grimm.
http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~spok/grimmtmp/

Indian Fairytales by Joseph Jacobs, 1912. It offers twenty-nine tales from Eastern India and gorgeous illustrations to complement each story. http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/ift/index.htm

Japanese Fairy Tales by Teresa Peirce Williston, 1911

Pepper and Salt – Literary Fairy Tales by Howard Pyle, 1885
http://tinyurl.com/7y6momu
      

Roumanian Fairy Tales and Legends
by Mrs. E. B. Mawr, 1881.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/neu/rft/

Russian Fairy Tales - The site shares twenty-one fairytales. Most offer both a short and long version, for those who want more details.
http://tinyurl.com/6blpls

Slovak National Fairy Tales - A Tribute to Pavol Dobšinský (Dobsinsky) -Interesting background information on the writer who created the largest collection of Slovak folktales. It also offers insight into the Slovak heritage and presents fourteen folktales.
http://www.geocities.com/slovaktales/index.htm


The Junior Classics (Volume One: Fairy and Wonder Tales) edited by William Patten.http://www.gutenberg.org/dirs/etext02/1jrc110.txt


The Magic Ring and Other Oriental Fairy Tales by James Miller, 1861.
http://www.archive.org/details/magicringotheror00bobbiala


The Wonder Clock – Literary Fairy Tales by Howard Pyle, 1887.
http://tinyurl.com/7mswtce

There’s Magic in Fairy Tales – My blog celebrating the birthday of Harry Houdini from March of 2011. There are fairy tales filled with magic, crafts, curriculum and a fairy tale story stretch I wrote as well.
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2011/03/theres-magic-in-fairy-tales.html

Wonder Tales from Baltic Wizards by Frances Olcott, 1928.

If you missed the previous blog posts of public domain story collections go to:

Karen Chace 2011 ©

This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.




Sunday, November 20, 2011

'Tis the Season - Christmas Stories From Around the World


“Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and listen.”
~ Author unknown, attributed to a 7-year-old named Bobby

The Christmas holiday is just around the corner and it's time to add some fun, facts and mirth to your day, and stories to your repertoire!

A bit of  background on the man in the red suit; he is known by a variety of names around the world. Whether you call him Saint Nicholas, Santa Claus or Sinterklaas, may you feel the magic he brings to the season and surrounded by those you love.

  • In Holland, Santa Claus is known as Sinterklaas tradition.
  • In Spain, every year Santa Claus comes by steamboat.
  • In the United States Santa Claus is described as a plump, cheerful, white-bearded man wearing a red coat with white collar and cuffs, red trousers and white-cuffed, and a black leather belt and boots (picture of himself rarely has a beard with no mustache)
  • Santa Claus as we know him in the United States and Canada became popular in the 19th century.
  • In the UK and Europe, he is usually called Father Christmas.
  • The real Santa Claus, also known as St. Nicholas was born in Turkey and was buried in the city of Bari, Southern Italy.
  • It is said he was born at Patara in Lycia, a province of Asia Minor and was known for his extraordinary devoutness, passion and many astonishing miracles. He died at Myra, and was buried in his cathedral.
    The above details came from the following website:
    http://www.legendsbreakfast.com/the-history-of-santa-claus-and-christmas


STORIES

A Gift from St. Nicholas – United States
http://americanfolklore.net/folklore/2010/08/a_gift_from_saint_nicholas.html

A Small Fish Story – Ireland
http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/small-fish-story/

The Baker’s Dozen – United States

The Cat of the Dovrefell - Norway
Christmas in Legend and Story
http://www.rickwalton.com/folktale/holid091.htm
The Christmas Fairy of Strasburg – Germany
http://www.rickwalton.com/folktale/holid092.htm

Elijah the Prophet and St. Nicolas – Russia
http://www.talesunlimited.com/fulltext_test.aspx?taleid=2049

The Icon’s Warm Bread – Greece
http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/icons-warm-bread/

The Silver Pine Cones – BohemiaMy  blog post from 2009 with the story and a few complementary crafts.
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2009/12/silver-cones-christmas-tale.html
My Merry Christmas.com“Christmas has ancient roots in many societies. The passage of time has perpetuated tales of legend surrounding the very icons we treasure these days during the season.” Enjoy 15 legends associated with the holiday.
http://mymerrychristmas.com/2005/christmaslegends.php

World of Christmas
Twenty-two tales to delight and share with your audiences. The site also offers information on Christmas symbols and superstitions and a plethora of all things Christmas piled high under their tree.

Storybug.net – More Christmas links I have collected through the years. http://www.storybug.net/links/holidays.html#christmas

CRAFTS

Storybug.net - My blogs post from November 2010 Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and more.

CURRICULUM

School Daze, School Daze II – You will find curriculum resources for the upcoming holiday celebration here. http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2011/10/school-daze-school-daze-ii.html

MUSIC

The Hymns and Carols of Christmas -The site offers downloadable midi files, some sheet music and also highlights the poetry of the Christmas season.  http://tinyurl.com/ygmnjv


SOMETHING EXTRA

Legends of the Christmas Tree – “…many beautiful connections to ancient traditions. Egyptian and Roman customs, early Christian practices and Victorian nostalgia are all combined in our modern Christmas tree.”  http://ezinearticles.com/?Legends-of-the-Christmas-Tree&id=5841

Karen Chace 2011 ©
This blog post was researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Honoring Those Who Serve - Veteran's Day

Arlington National Cemetery
Honor Guard at my stepfather Joe's funeral.
Joe was awarded the Purple Heart, WWII




"Let us solemnly remember the sacrifices of all those who fought so valiantly, on the seas, in the air, and on foreign shores, to preserve our heritage of freedom, and let us reconsecrate ourselves to the task of promoting an enduring peace so that their efforts shall not have been in vain.”
                                                  ~ President Eisenhower during the first Veterans Day


Heroes and Heroic Deeds of the Great War – True stories of valor during WWI by Donald A Mackenzie.
http://www.mainlesson.com/display.php?author=mackenzie&book=heroes&story=kitchener

Oral History: Veterans Remember
Collection of oral histories from veterans of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.
http://tinyurl.com/q487qs

War Letters
From PBS.org eyewitness accounts of famous battles, moving letters penned just before the writer was killed and heartbreaking 'Dear John' letters." Site features timeline of U.S. military actions, letter excerpts, and more.  http://tinyurl.com/q6wsng

Legends of Tuskegee: American Visionaries
This site highlights the achievements of the highly respected African-American pilots who served
during WWII.
http://tinyurl.com/psv4nk

Women at War
From the Veterans History Project, this selection spans four wars including nurses’ tales, a story of a code breaker, a welder, a flight surgeon, the first woman general in the Air Force and the first woman to command a U.S. Navy ship.

Storybug.net - Another blog post for Memorial Day with additional resources.
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2010/05/remembering-those-who-serve.html 


Karen Chace 2011 ©
This blog post was  researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my blog or newsletter via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Native American Heritage Month

Sioux Woman
by Edward Curtis, 1907
 “We will be known forever by the tracks we leave.”  ~ Dakota


November is Native American Heritage Month. I offer you some information and sites to further your knowledge of the traditions, cultural and stories of the first Americans.
  • One of the proponents of American Indian Day was Dr. Arthur C. Parker, a Seneca Indian, director of the Museum of Arts and Science in Rochester, N.Y.
  • The Boy Scouts of America were the first to set aside a day for the “First Americans.”
  • In 1915, the annual Congress of the American Indian Association formally adopted a plan concerning American Indian Day. Their president, Rev. Sherman Coolidge, an Arapahoe called upon the country to observe such a day.
  • September 28, 1915 – President Coolidge issue proclamation, declaring the second Saturday of each May as American Indian Day.
  • December 14, 1915 – Red Fox James, a Blackfoot Indian presented endorsements of 24 state governments at the White House.
  • 1990 President George H.W. Bush designated November 1990 “National American Indian Heritage Month.”


STORIES

American Indian Fairy Tales by Margaret Compton, 1907

Canku Ota (Many Paths) – A wonderful variety of stories from many nations.

The Encyclopedia of Hotcâk (Winnebago) Mythology -The most comprehensive site I have found on Native American folktales. "The encyclopædic account of Hotcâk mythology, legend, and folklore is the outgrowth of a project begun many years ago under the auspices of Prof. John Ingham of the University of Minnesota Anthropology Department." There is an extensive index of stories by subject matter, myths, maps, and legends.

Indian Country Wisconsin - A project of the Milwaukee Public Museum designed to assist teachers in the culture, history, sovereignty, and treaty rights of Wisconsin Indian Tribes.http://www.mpm.edu/wirp/ICW-03.html
The Oral Tradition link at http://www.mpm.edu/wirp/ICW-14.html offers a drop down menu at the bottom of the page, which leads you to a seven sections of stories divided by tribes.

Indian Why Stories – Sparks from War Eagle’s Lodge-Fire – Twenty-two stories collected by Frank B. Linderman, 1915.
http://tinyurl.com/63sovcu

Myths and Legends of California and the Old Southwest - From the “Beginning of Newness” to “The Spirit Land” you will be entranced by the stories found within these cyber pages offered by Project Gutenburg.
http://tinyurl.com/28v9f8
Copyright information: http://tinyurl.com/5salndb

Myths and Legends of the Sioux - From the University of Virginia library and author Marie McLaughlin, thirty-eight stories of the Sioux.  http://etext.virginia.edu/toc/modeng/public/MclMyth.html

Myths and Legends for American Indian Youth - An extensive list of Native American tales from various tribes that "represent large themes of human existence: where we came from, how we should live, reconciliation to the tragedies of life. There are smaller stories: teaching, humorous, answering "Why?" questions about natural phenomena and behavior."
http://www.kstrom.net/isk/stories/myths.html

Native Languages of the Americas: Wampanoag Indian Legend
s - Moshup the Giant, Squanto the Sea Monster and more. There are also additional links and resources to help you learn more about this Indian nation. 


CRAFTS

Artsedge - Students discuss the process of storytelling and listening to stories. Then, they create a listening doll in the tradition of the Native American storyteller dolls.

Enchanted Learning – Native American Crafts for Kids


CURRICULUM

Digital History: The First Americans - “One of history's most important tasks is to identify myths and misconceptions and correct them. This is especially important in the study of the Indian peoples of North America. Many textbooks still begin their treatment of American history with the European "discovery" of the New World--largely ignoring the first Americans, who crossed into the New World from Asia and established rich and diverse cultures in America centuries before Columbus's arrival.”

Mr. Donn.org – A wide variety of lessons plans on Native American nations.
Native American CulturesExperience traditional Native American culture through dance, music and visual arts. Watch Native Pride the eagle and hoop dances, trace the life of a Navajo weaver, learn how Keith Bear makes a flute, and meet fancy dancers Larry and Jessup Yazzie.”



MUSIC

The Path on the Rainbow: An Anthology of Songs and Chants from the Indians of North America. Edited by George W. Cronyn, 1918.
http://www.sacred-texts.com/nam/por/index.htm


ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Library of Congress - "The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the rich ancestry and traditions of Native Americans" by providing links to material on Native Americans. Features links to collections and exhibitions, historic places, images, audio and video sources, and related material. http://www.loc.gov/topics/nativeamericans/
Copyright: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27123

Storybug.net - My blog post from 2009
http://karenchace.blogspot.com/2009/10/november-brings-my-favorite-holiday.html

This blog post was painstakingly researched and compiled by Karen Chace. Permission for private use is granted. Distribution, either electronically or on paper is prohibited without my expressed written permission. For permission please contact me at storybug@aol.com. Of course, if you wish to link to my newsletter via your website, blog, newsletter, Facebook page or Twitter please feel free to do so; I greatly appreciate your support and personal integrity.


Saturday, October 22, 2011

Tellabration™ Equals Celebration!




The Tease, 1901
by John William Godward

November will soon be upon us and instead of spending your nights alone come out and feast your ears and eyes at these amazing
Tellabration's
™  happening around the country. Some are strictly for adults, others for family audiences; there is sure to be something that strikes your fancy, warms your heart and teases the laughter right out of you!

Tellabration was invented by storyteller and past board member of the Connecticut Storytelling Center, J.G. Pinkerton also known as “Paw-Paw" Pinkterton. Tellabration began on November 18, 1988 as a way to re-introduce adults to the art of storytelling. Since then, Tellabration™  events have been held on every continent except Antarctica! The event is now under the auspices of the National Storytelling Network and there are more events listed at their link.

If you have a Tellabration event you would like featured on this page (it's free!) email me the information at storybug@aol.com using the format below: 

FORMAT  * You don’t have to actually type the headings, i.e. date/city/stat,e etc. This is just the sequence for the format.

Date/city/state/address
Two sentences on event
Tellers
Cost if any
Audience i.e. adult/family
Contact person, email, phone and/or website
Use Times Roman size 12 font/black


PERSONAL PLEA

Please do not use abbreviations; that just means I have to type more. Please do not send me fliers to edit or anything that needs rewording, spell checking or rearranging of the format. Please, please, please follow the easy format above or look at an example below. If directions are not followed I will have to send it back to you, which will make me feel bad. Your help and thoughtfulness will be greatly appreciated.

ARIZONA

November 19, 2011 Oro Valley, Arizona at the Oro Valley Public Library, 1305 W. Naranja Drive. The Tucson Tellers of Tales will feature eight local storytellers. Stories will be appropriate for audiences ages 10 to adult. This is a free event. Call (520) 742-4305 for more information.

CALIFORNIA


November 12, 2011, Antioch, CA; Antioch Public Library, 501 W. 18th St. 3-5 p.m.
The Storytelling Association of California presents an afternoon of myths, folklore, legends and fairytales presented by some of our most talented local tellers. Sara Armstrong, Jean Ellisen, Ed Lewis, Tyler Snortum-Phelps, and Kirk Waller (emcee). Tickets: $12, advanced purchase recommended. Adult audience. Contact Marian Ferrante; deltawordweavers@att.net;
(925) 437-1360 or (925) 256-1428 www.storysac.org

November 19, 2011 Claremont, CA at the Claremont Folk Music Center, 220 N. Yale beginning a 7:30 P.M. Inland Valley Storytellers Angela LloydKaren Rae Kraut, John St. Clair, Patricia Snow, Ron Chick, and Ron Evans will be sharing their stories, ranging from traditional to personal, with Nick Smith as MC. This is a truly amazing venue for storytelling. It is in a music store that was founded by a woman who was both a storyteller and an artist, and her family kept it going after her death. We tell stories while surrounded by musical instruments from all over the world. Admission is $10.00. Questions or additional information email john.stclair@inlandstorytellers.org or visitwww.inlandstorytellers.org .

November 19, 2011 Santa Rosa, California at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue. 'Stories to Remember' Tellabration! ™ at 7:00 P.M. features local storytellers, Cathryn Fairlee, Martha Shogren, Elaine Stanley, Kenneth Foster and Cal Johnson, all members of the Do Tell Story Swap, with an added bonus we have invited two Story Slammers, Leslie Scatchard and Dave Pokorny to join us. Dave Pokorny produces and hosts the story slam at West Side Stories in Petaluma, California. Open to the public, our Tellabration! ™ 'Stories to Remember' is free and best suited for teens through adults. For more information email kennethfosterstoryteller@comcast.net .


CONNECTICUT

The Connecticut Storytelling Center has a page on their site dedicated to Tellebrations around the state. Go to  http://www.connstorycenter.org/tellabration.htm for all of the information on various event.There is also information on how to produce your own Tellebration at http://www.connstorycenter.org/tellabrationProducers.htm

GEORGIA

November 19, 2011 Atlanta, Georgia at the Carter Library/Museum, 441 Freedom Parkway. Sponsored by the Southern Order of Storytellers, Tellabration Atlanta will feature four of the Atlanta area's best tellers, Deborah Strahorn, Amy Johnson, Gail Hogan, Jonah McDonald with MC, Ron Kemp. The family friendly event will begin at 7:30 p.m. and will cost $10.00. Contact Shannon McNeal at shannonmcneal@att.net or
404-626-4453.

ILLINOIS


November 12, 2011 Urbana, Unitarian Universalist Church, 309 W. Green Street. Illinois. The CU Storytelling Guild presents Dan Keding, Kathe Brinkmann, Linda Dust, Kim Sheahan,Hal Southern, Camille Born, Barb Bolser and Sue Searing.  Begins at 7:30 P.M. Donation $5.00 for Eastern Illinois Foodbank. This show is for family/adult. br8nkmann@gmail.com or 217-337-5590.

November 19, 2011
 Chicago, Illinois hosted by ASE (pronounced ah SHAY): The Chicago Association of Black Storytellers at Donoghue Elementary, 707 East 37th Street at 1:30 pm. Featured tellers include ASE Youth Tellers, Zahra Baker, Beverly Bennett, Baba Tony Brown, Alice Collins, Dolores Gordon, and Virginia & Angela Lathan. The event will be hosted by Niambi Muhammad. Free admission. www.aseblackstorytellers.org or contact Kucha Brownlee at Kucha@aol.com

November 19, 2011 Batavia, Illinois. Bethany Lutheran Church at 8 South Lincoln Avenue. A benefit for the Batavia Inter-Faith Food Pantry! Stories with humor and heart for all ages. Sue Black, The Double Deckers, Donna Dettman, Linda Gorham, Anita Blake, Brian Geddes, and the Gregory Middle School Tattle-Tales will perform for the cause. Admission price is your Donation--one non-perishable food item per person. Everyone welcome but seating is limited! CONTACT Mike Speller #815-727-2529 if you have any questions AND stay tuned to Facebook "Fox Valley Storytelling Guild" for updates.

November 20, 2011 Chicago, Illinois 6100 S Blackstone, (Enter from Dorchester. street parking) in Hyde Park.  3:00 – 5:00 P.M. Family concert. 7:00 – 10:00 P.M. Adult concert. Savor the Art of Storytelling at our 15th milestone Tellabration! Let nationally acclaimed storytellers enthrall you with Classic and Contemporary, Universal and Personal engaging stories. Two Programs: Family and Children from 3-5pm. Adult concert from 7-9:30pm. Featured tellers include: Mike Speller, Carol Kerman, Susan O'Halloran, In the Spirit, Loren Niemi, Shanta, Linda Gorham, Megan Wells, Mark Kater, Jasmin Cardenas, Vicki Elberfeld, Darlene and Larry Newman, Velma Gladney, Sandi Sylver, Judith Heineman, Suzie Garfield, Jeff Solotorff, members of the Chicago storytelling Guild and more.... *Sign Language Interpretation provided by Liz Bartlow Breslin. Anniversary cake served during evening intermission! Cost $5.00, For Reservations, Information or to Volunteer, contact Judith Heineman: juhestories@aol.com, 773-288-7217, or Jeff : jeffro1165@sbcglobal.net .


MAINE
November 9, 2011 Portland, Maine. MOOSE (Maine Organization Of Storytelling Enthusiasts) at the Portland Public Library, Monument Square, Rines Auditorium. Beginning at 7:00 p.m. hosted by Michael Parent tellers: Audrey Mason, Meg Gillman, Jo Radner, Jean Armstrong, Roland Watier, Sarah Halford, Katy Rydell and Pat Gardiner. Cost:$10.00 Contact: Debb Freedman at storyspell@hotmail.com



MASSACHUSETTS

November 19, 2011 Northfield, MA Dickinson Memorial Library 115 Main Street.
Adult audience.
Tellers: Lot Therio, Onowumi Jean Moss, Rona leventhal.Contact:
Heather Tower, 413-522-9873, smother@comcast.net


MICHIGAN

November 12, 2011 Ann Arbor, Michigan. This is Ann Arbor's 20th Tellabration at St. Clare's Episcopal Church/Temple Beth Emeth; 2309 Packard (at Eastover) beginning at 7:30 P.M. Adults 14 and over Tickets at the door $10.00. Sponsored by the Ann Arbor Storytellers' Guild.Benefit performance to bring outstanding storytellers to Ann Arbor Schools Emcee and Guest Storyteller, Jeanne Mackey. AASG tellers: Beverly Black, Lyn Davidge, Jeff Doyle, Yvonne Healy, Darryl Mickens, Judy Schmidt. More info:http://www.annarborstorytelling.org 

November 13, 2011 Ann Arbor, Michigan - 10th Family Tellabration Concert - Ann Arbor District Library - Malletts Creek Branch- 3090 Eisenhower Parkway. Begins at 2:30. Ages 4 & up Admission free Beverly Black, Emcee. AASG Telllers: Jill Halpern, Laura Lee Hayes, Darryl Mickens.  More information: http://www.annarborstorytelling.org  http://www.annarborstorytelling.org  

November 18, 2011 Midland, Michigan at the Grace A. Dow Memorial Library Auditorium. Our theme for the evening is a Tapestry of Stories. Tellers will be: Eileen Delorenzo, Judy Oberloier, Carole Randle, Joe Remenar, and Carol Garner. Emcee for the evening will be Char Tabor. Time 7:00 p.m. No admission fee but donations warmly appreciated. Audience: 10 years old and up.Contact info. Carol Garner, 989-773-1603.


November 19, 2011 Lansing, Michigan. An Evening of Stories for Grown-Ups (12 and up) at First United Methodist Church, 3827 Delta River Drive, Lansing 48906. Join the Lansing Storytellers as we make our way down the Mississippi River from Itaska, Minnesota to New Orleans. Tellers for the evening will be Ena Baker, Jean Bolley, Shirley Bradley, Anne Charamella, Jeff Doyle, Mari Martin, Kathy Montgomery, Jennifer Otto, and our captain Denise Roman. Tickets are $5.00 at the door and wonderful homemade cookies are included. Contact Jean Bolley, (517)281-8036 or e-mail bolleyj@hotmail.com for more information.


November 19, 2011 Livonia, Michigan at the Livonia Civic Center Library Auditorium, 32777 Five Mile Rd. 6:00 P.M. silent auction, 7:00 P.M. stories for adults followed by reception. Featuring: Barbara Schutzgruber, Loretta Vitek, The Fabricators: Milli P and Ami D, Judy Sima. Ticket $5 at the door. www.DetroitStorytelling.org. barbarannshapiro@aol.com 248-557-6249


MINNEAPOLIS/MINNESOTA
November 25 & November 26, 2011 Minneapolis/Minnesota/Open Book @ 1011 Washington Avenue S. Northstar Storytelling League will be producing two nights and one full day of storytelling, including stories for adults, stories for children, workshops, open mics, a story slam and more. Tellers include: Josette Antomarchi, Felix Hampton Brown Peter Cook, John Dingley, Ben Habegger, Les Kurkendaal, Kohl Miner, Marcie Rendon, Amy Salloway and Ward Rubrecht. Hosted by Allison Broeren. ASL interpreted. Cost $12.00  for the concert, free for the day events. Audience i.e. adult/family - mixed though adults only for the story slam Contact person, Paula Nancarrow or Katherine Glover email prnancarrow@gmail.com, katherineglover@gmail.com

NEW HAMPSHIRE

November 19, 2011 Concord, New Hampshire Technical Institute (NHTI) Library NH 31 College Drive at 7:30 p.m. An evening of Storytelling in areas all around the world. Produced by Central New Hampshire Storytelling Guild. Six amazing storytellers with a variety of tales to tell. Cash or Cans accepted for donation to The Friendly Kitchen. For more info contact Lauretta Phillips at lphillipstale@comcast.net

NEW JERSEY


November 4, 2011 at 7:30pm Bethel in Historic Mt Tabor, NJ (26 Simpson Ave) "In Search of a Destination.” This annual event is often standing room only. This is the 5th year at the Bethel. Tellers - Story Weavers - Ken Galipeau, Peter Magnan, Carol Titus, Rivka Willick, Pat Wayne. Donations accepted for the Mt Tabor Historical Society. Audience – adult. Contact person, Carol Titus 973-625-8548 NJstorynet.org

November 20, 2011 Hamilton, New Jersey at the Hamilton Township Library, 1 Justice Samuel Alito Jr. Way from 1:00-5:00 p.m. Admission: $20.00. All proceeds will be donated to the Patrick S. Biddulph Foundation for Leukemia Research and the Hamilton Township Library Trust Fund. Contact:
609-890-3378 or englearnr@aol.com


NEW MEXICO

November 19, 2011 Taos, New Mexico at the Taos Public Library.402 Camino De La Placita from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. The featured storyteller will be Phaedra Greenwood, an author, photographer, journalist, and storyteller. Other excellent local storytellers will share stories; so join us to tell a story or just to listen. This is a free event for all ages. Call Gail at 575-751-3442 for more information.

NEW YORK

November 17, 2011 Port Jefferson, New York - Tellabration! 2011- Port Jefferson Free Library, 100 Thompson Street, Port Jefferson, NY., 6:45pm - 8:00pm. Members of the Long Island Storytelling Network (LISN) will be performing literary tales, folktales from around the world and folksongs for anyone ages 12 - 100. Featured tellers will be Harvey Heilbrun, Sylvia Khan and Bill Pierce. Admission is free for everyone. Pre-registration of Port Jefferson Library card holders is encouraged. To pre-register call the library at 631-473-0022. For more information about LISN or this event contact: Harvey Heilbrun at lisntellers@gmail.com

November 18, 2011 Riverhead, New York - Tellabration! 2011- Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street, Riverhead, NY., 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm. Members of the Long Island Storytelling Network (LISN) will be performing literary tales, folktales from around the world, original stories and folksongs for anyone ages 12 - 100. Featured tellers will be Harvey Heilbrun, Sylvia Khan, Bill Pierce, and Joyce Zucker. Admission is free for everyone. Pre-registration of Riverhead Library card holders is encouraged. To pre-register call the library at 631-727-2228. For more information about LISN or this event contact Harvey Heilbrun at lisntellers@gmail.com

November 19, 2011 Kingston, NY at Kingston City Hall, 420 Broadway. Tales Made True in the Telling: An Evening packed with stories for GROWN-UPS! Tellers: Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, Jonathan Kruk, Jack Maguire, Karen Pillsworth. Tickets $10.00 per person More information contact Karen Pillsworth 845-331-3482 Kpstories@aol.comLorraine Hartin-Gelardi 845-266-4656 LHartin@aol.com .

November 26, 3011 Poughkeepsie, NY 67 South Randolph Road. The Spoken Word Cafe will feature 5 celebrated storytellers at our annual Tellebration night to delight, captivate and mesmerize! Janet Carter, Lorraine Hartin-Gelardi, Jonathan Heiles, Muriel W. Horowitz and Bill Joel. $5.00 admission, show begins at 7:00 P.M. Information:Angela Henry, Artistic Director, 917-509-5636.



NORTH CAROLINA

November 20, 2011 Asheville, NC; Folk Art Center / Milepost 382 Blue Ridge Parkway, 3-5 PM. Asheville Storytelling Circle presents their 16th annual Tellabration! in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina before a capacity crown of 270. 2011 tellers include Tim Lowry, Charleston, SC, along with ASC tellers Sherry Lovett, Nancy Reeder, Ed Sacco, and Wayne Sims, Emcee. General admission: $5. Adult audience. Contact: 828-274-1123, 828-777-9177, or Jane Sims, Publicist, 828-664-1429, StoryBuff@aol.com. Asheville Storytelling Circle online: http://ashevillestorycircle.org/

OHIO


November 18, 2011 Vermillion, Ohio in Mill Hollow Reservation of Lorain County Metroparks, 51211 North Ridge Road. Begins at 7:00 p.m. Sandstone Word Weavers Youth Storytellers and Western Reserve Association for the Preservation and Perpetuation of Storytelling adult tellers share tales by the fireplace in the Carriage Barn. Donations accepted. Adult/family. Contact Donna Marie Kuczynski at Donna@TalesToTell.org. For directions, (440) 967-7310 or http://www.metroparks.cc/maps.php?park=vermilion

November 19, 2011 Cuyahoga Heights, Ohio at CanalWay Visitor Center, Whittlesey Way (off E. 49th Street) in the Ohio and Erie Canal Reservation of Cleveland Metroparks. Begins at 7:00 p.m. Enjoy performances by five of the best local tale-tellers and songwriters in this annual event sponsored by Cleveland Metroparks and members of the two local storytelling guilds: WRAPPS and CABS. Foster Brown, Judy Bateman, Susan Gilchrist, Larry & Rosemary Knopf, John McMahon. A free event, donations accepted. Appropriate for adults, older students (minimum age 8 yrs old). Call 440-734-6660 for more information. Visit http://www.clevelandmetroparks.com for maps and directions. Janelle Reardon, jpr@clevelandmetroparks.com

November 19, 2011 Columbus, Ohio at the. Ohio Historical Center Auditorium ,1982 VelmqAkwaaba, an all-woman African Drum Group. Cost: 5. $7 for adults, $5 for seniors/students. Contact Frank McGarvey 614-268-0532 or www.socotales.org

OKLAHOMA

November 18, 2011 Bartlesville OK, 115 E Frank Phillips Blvd. Tall tales and stories of medium stature. Connie Niel Fisher, Nikki Austin, Dianne Fallis, Fran Stallings Cost $5.00 Adults and older students Contact Fran Stallings, fran@franstallings.com or call 918-333-7390


OREGON

November 17 - 19, 2011 Portland, Oregon. The Tellabration is the grand finale of Multnomah County Library’s Tapestry of Tales Storytelling Festival. Our branches are filled with local storytelling programs throughout October & November and the festival ends with three days of school visits and public performances by three nationally-renowned storytellers. Len Cabral, Barbara McBride-Smith and Kim Weitkamp, as well as numerous local tellers. The entire festival is free with the exception of a solo  performance by Len Cabral November 18th ($10 at the door). The festival includes program for families/teens/adults; the Tellabration is recommended for adults and children ages 10 and older. Rachel Altmann, rachela@multcolib.org, www.multcolib.org/events/tales



PENNSYLVANIA

November 19, 2011 Allentown, PA Lehigh Valley Mall Barnes and Noble by the.Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild present a Children's Show - 10:30 am.  Adults and Teens Show - 7:00 pm. Donations of canned goods will be accepted for the Nazareth Food Bank. Info: Maryellen Kanarr at 610-398-1316 and pcladultservices@gmail.com .

November 19, 2011 Nazareth PA at the Center for the Arts, 30 Belvidere Street. Children and Adults show - 3:00 pm, Adult and Teens -7:30 pm. Donations of canned goods will be accepted for the Nazareth Food Bank. Info: Larry 610-746-2813 or www.lvstorytellers.org or www.nazaretharts.com 



TEXAS

November 19, 2011 San Antonio, Texas. Join Larry Thompson, Mary Grace Ketner, Richard Young, Judy Dockrey Young, Elder Stone, Veronica Gard, MaryAnn Blue, and Jane McDaniel for stories and fun. 7:00 p.m. at Franklin Park Sonterra Social Hall, 7:00 p.m. Admission $7.50 Questions: mgk@talesandlegends.net

UTAH


November 18-19, 2011 Murray, Utah Murray Theater at 4961 S. State Street. StorySwap is Utah's Tellabration and annual community outreach program that rotates to different counties each year to give the chance for people to experience storytelling.  Over 20 storytellers will donate their talents within 10 struggling schools.  The Utah Storytelling Guild offers story concerts and workshops free to families so to extend the art with all generations.  Presenters include keynote Debi Richan, selected tellers from the Utah Storytelling Guild, and open sessions for community members to participate.  Free, though donations accepted.  Family audience.  Contact StorySwap Chair Janine Nishiguchi at (801) 550-2282 or janinethestoryteller@yahoo.com .  Website:  http://www.utstoryswap.org


WISCONSIN

November 22, 2011 Monona, Wisconsin. At Monona Public Library, 1000 Nichols Road, Monona, WI 53716 A Gathering of Storytellers and Story Listeners will be held at 4:15 p.m. to 5:00p.m. Stories will be appropriate for preschool age children and their families. Featured tellers include: Megan McGuire and Karen Wendt.This is a Free event. Wheelchair accessible. Contact Karen Wendt at kmwendt@mononalibrary.org or 608-216-7453, or go to the website for more information: http://www.mononalibrary.org/youth/index.html