Robin Reichert at Lehigh U.’s “Our (Digital) Humanities” Conference

LVSG member, Robin Reichert will present a storytelling performance, “A Woman Called Polly”, based on the life of Johanna Polly Heckwelder (1781-1868), during Lehigh University’s “Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice” Conference.  The performance will be followed by a group discussion on how the issues of the past impact and inform the present.  This event will be held on April 21st from 12:15 to 1:15 pm at Maginnes Hall, as part of the Lunch Caucus.

To register for Robin’s presentation and for the entire workshop, go to http://wordpress.lehigh.edu/odh2018/register/

April 21st at 12:15 pm, Maginnes Hall, Lehigh University, Bethlehem, PA 18015

Registration for entire conference is $15.

Love Stories with Denise McCormack

LVSG member, Denise McCormack, will be part of Philly Theatre Week with her one-woman show, Love Stories.  McCormack has chosen stories that speak to the heart, to love lost and won, and to the issues surrounding romance and its nurture or failure.

Denise will share these stories at The Center for Art in Wood, on Friday, February 16th, at 7 pm.  Bring a date. Bring a friend. Bring your heart.

The Center for Art in Wood, 141 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, PA 19106.  $15 admission.  Buy tickets through this link.

Valentine’s Day Story Circle

Try something new! Join the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild’s Story Circle to share and listen to great stories.  Stories of all kinds –  fairy tales, folklore, original or personal tales – are welcome and applauded.  Story Circles are open to everyone, although most of the audience is made up of adults.  Admission is FREE.

This month, the Story Circle falls on Valentine’s Day.  Hmmmm, romantic stories, anyone??

The fun starts at 7:30 pm at Godfrey Daniels, 7 E. 4th Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018

In case of bad weather, please check this website or the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild’s Facebook page.

Love Stories! and Other Stories for Adults

Denise McCormack, LVSG member, has something in common with actor John Lithgow.  They are both doing one person storytelling shows that feature stories for adults.  WHAT???!!  Storytelling to adults gives voice to tales that make people think, tales that require an audience that can sit still, adventures that show the complexity of human nature. Remember; the tellers of fairy tales and folklore originally told these stories to the grown-ups AFTER the children were asleep.

Lithgow performed an early version of his “Stories by Heart” show in Lehigh University’s Zoellner Center a few years ago.   Lithgow retells two stories that his father loved to read out loud to the family.  The stories are literary but his performance is the essence of storytelling – a little theater, a lot of just plain telling.   His performance, though funny and sometimes a little manic, is targeted at adults.

McCormack will take the stage on February 16th at 7 pm, at the The Center for Art in Wood, with her one-woman show “Love Stories”.   She will share literary tales and folklore that address the transformative power  of love, its expectations, its disappointments, and the longing for connection. “Love Stories” is part of Philly Theatre Week, 7 days of theater wonder in Philadelphia.  Get tickets here.

The Lehigh Valley Storytelling celebrates telling to adults with Tellabration!(tm), an international day of storytelling, and with the monthly Story Circles.  We hope to bring more thought and laugh provoking stories to grown-ups everywhere.  LVSG member, Larry Sceurman, says it best, “Keep a story in your heart.”  Stories teach, warm, and enlighten us no matter what age we are.

 

Sign up! – Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice

Lehigh University will hold a workshop entitled “Our (Digital) Humanity: Storytelling, Media Organizing and Social Justice”, April 20 – 22, 2018.  The event will take place on Lehigh University’s main campus and in adjacent South Side Bethlehem.  The workshop is part of Lehigh University’s Mellon Digital Humanities Initiative or MDHI.  This initiative seeks to explore ways for students and staff at Lehigh University to interact, learn from and cooperate with community members of the City of Bethlehem.

LVSG member, Robin Reichert will present a storytelling performance, “A Woman Called Polly”, based on the life of Johanna Polly Heckwelder, during this workshop.  The performance will be followed by a group discussion on how the issues of the past impact and inform the present.  This event will be held on April 21st from 12:15 to 1:15 pm at Maginnes Hall, as part of the Lunch Caucus.

To register for Robin’s presentation and for the entire workshop, go to http://wordpress.lehigh.edu/odh2018/register/

Tellabration!(tm) “Remembrance of Stories Past”

Join the Lehigh Valley Storytelling Guild and Trinity Episcopal Church as they celebrate Tellabration!(TM), the International Day of Storytelling with an elegant event at Trinity Episcopal Church, 44 East Market Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018.

This event will begin with a champagne reception at 6 pm, followed by a story performance designed for thoughtful audiences at 7 pm.

 

Tellabration! ™ with Patchwork

Tellabration! ™, the International Day of Storytelling is held on November 18th this year. At 2 pm,  members of Patchwork, the Storytelling Guild, will perform stories of Transformation, at The Church of St. Martin of the Fields, 8000 St. Martins Lane at Willow Grove Avenue, in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, PA, 19118. This event is for listeners 15 years old and older and there is a $15 admission charge.

Storytelling Workshop Series with Denise McCormack

For details, see September 19th.

Northeast Regional Library, 2228 Cottman Avenue, Philadelphia, PA, 19149.  These events will all start at 6:30 pm and end at 8 pm.

The dates are Tuesdays, September 19th, October 17th and November 14th.

Email or call Peter Lehu for more information or to sign up; 215-685-0501, lehup@freelibrary.org.

Ghost Stories at Shofuso with Denise McCormack

Bring a date and experience a revival of the traditional hyakumonogatari ghost story telling parties of the Edo period. Storyteller and spoken word artist Denise McCormack LLC will thrill guests with traditional Japanese ghost stories told by candlelight and aided by the traditional atmosphere of Shofuso.

Refreshments will be provided. Dress warmly and bring a blanket — the event starts at sundown and it can get quite chilly. Tickets $25 ($20 JASGP members); please note there is limited seating.

Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, Horticultural and Lansdowne Drives, Philadelphia, PA 19131

Surprise! Lehigh Valley Slam

Our friends over at Lehigh Valley Slam offer another fun night of real-life stories told by real people.  The theme this month is Surprise!  Each teller has 5 minutes to tell a true story on that theme.  You’d be surprised (see what I did there?) at what you hear.

October 18th, at 8 pm at McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub. 325 Main Street, Bethlehem, PA.  Admission is $10.