*NEW Day!* Now, 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 audience
Come and listen or bring a 5 min. story to share.
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.
December 21, 2019: Marni Gillard
February 15, 2020: Onawumi Moss
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.