The 3rd Saturday of each month @ 7:00-9:00 PM in the Buxton Room.
- FREE Storytelling Concert and Open Mic
- Nationally Known Professional Storytellers
- Stories from the audience
- Come and listen or bring a 5 min. story to share.
January 18, 2020: Liz Gruber-CANCELLED due to weather
We hope you all stay safe and warm!
Liz Gruber discovered storytelling while working with numbers and dollar signs. As soon as she could, she left those numbers and dollar signs and never looked back. She embarked on a wide-ranging, ongoing exploration of world story traditions. Liz relishes sharing the fruits of her wanderings: an eclectic mix of folktales, myths or her own tales created from her experiences or whole cloth.
Liz adds a form of storytelling to her performances, called Kamishibai (literally “paper theater”). Kamishibai is a form of storytelling popular in Japan after WWII in which the storyteller uses a “theater” frame and pictures while telling the story. This form of storytelling adds an extra element to the tale, eliciting enthusiastic reception. Liz often uses this opportunity to share something of Japanese culture with her audience beyond the actual storytelling.
Whether sharing stories with children or adults, whether folk tale, myth, personal story or contemporary literary tale, Liz is a passionate conduit for story. Her storytelling makes connections across time, experiential, ethnic and national boundaries drawing her audience into a shared experience and dissolving the differences that often separate people
February 15, 2020: Onawumi Jean Moss, “The Soulful Storyteller”
“Onawumi Jean Moss, ‘the soulful storyteller,’ narrator, keynote speaker, and author (of children’s book Precious and the Boo Hag) describes herself as a talking book and rhythm master whom encourages pride of heritage, appreciation of cultural differences, and recognition of kinship.”
“In addition to being an accomplished storyteller, Onawumi Moss spent twenty-one (21) years as a full-time Associate Dean of Students at Amherst College (1985-2006). She is the first college administrator to have founded and consistently produced a multicultural storytelling festival (Keepers of the Word 1993-2006) – host to nearly sixty celebrated tellers of African, Asian, European, Hispanic, Latin and Native American heritage.”
“Onawumi’s story programs inspire imagination, inquiry, reflection and expression and also complement the studies of communications, humanities, performance, social sciences, and history.”
Excerpts taken from her website: http://www.onawumi.com
December 21, 2019: Marni Gillard
“‘Through stories we see ourselves as if in a mirror,’ says Marni Gillard, who discovered storytelling while teaching middle school English in Niskayuna, New York. Marni performs for all ages at schools and universities, libraries, museums, prison facilities, houses of worship, family gatherings, festivals, even at airport openings. Marni’s tales will inspire her listeners to find stories in themselves. A frequent conference presenter, Marni is the author of Storyteller, Storyteacher: The Power of Storytelling for Teaching and Living (Stenhouse, 1996), winner of a 1998 Ann Izard Storyteller’s Choice Award for storytelling resources. Her newest book, in progress, is Storytell Your Life.” (Excerpt taken from Marni’s website:http://www.marnigillard.com)
November 16, 2019
Featuring: Jay O’Callahan
Jay O’Callahan has performed his stories at the Abbey Theatre in Dublin, London’s National Theatre Complex, in Niger, Africa, with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, at Lincoln Center in New York, on National Public Radio, and in theatres and festivals in the United States. His CDs and videos have won numerous awards including the ALA/Carnegie Award and the Parents’ Choice Award. Time Magazine called Jay “a man of elegance, wit and poetry.”Mr. O’Callahan’s, Forged in the Stars, was commissioned by NASA. His latest work is called Falling for Emily Dickinson.
Check out Jay’s website HERE.
October 19th: Carol Birch
“Since she began telling stories in 1971, audiences have responded to Carol Birch’s infectious enthusiasm and artistry. She offers a wealth of stories full of memories worth having. After she tells, adults want her to stay, kids want to know when she’ll be back, and colleagues want to talk shop.Known for a compelling blend of energy, warmth, vulnerability, and directness, Carol restores orality and spontaneity to the fixed silence of stories found in print, but as a third-grader in North Carolina pointed out: ‘She knows that story ’cause she was there!'”
Excerpt taken from her website: http://www.carolbirchstoryteller.com
September 21st: Doug Lipman and Pam McGrath
Doug has been a key figure in the decades-long storytelling revival. He literally “wrote the book” about storytelling coaching (The Storytelling Coach: How to Listen, Praise, and Bring Out People’s Best) as well as three other published books, numerous multi-media toolkits, and several innovative online courses.
The author of 4 books, his workshop clients include the World Bank, NASA and BP—as well as churches and seminaries.
In 2017, Doug was honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for “sustained and exemplary contributions to storytelling in North America.”
Doug’s monthly storytelling newsletter has thousands of subscribers in over 60 countries. http://StorytellingNewsletters.com.
Rev. Pam McGrath
As a child of a mother who had left the church, young Pam McGrath asked a long series of neighbors to take her to their churches with her; she learned that all denominations share the power of story.
Before being ordained in the DOC, Pam worked as a professional storyteller, performing and leading workshops for the likes of NASA and the Carter Center.
Now the first female senior pastor at a 300-year-old UCC church in Longmeadow, MA Pam continues to share stories as a gateway to the sacred, with her congregation as well as laity across the country.