upcoming events


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The events listed in yellow below are open to the public.   

 
JUNE 20188

  • June 7 - June 30: Shirley Valentine. Terrific New Theatre, 2821 2nd Avenue South, Birmingham. Shows are Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays at 8 p.m., and Sundays June 10 and 24 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25, except on Thursday (other than Opening Night), when tickets are pay-what-you-can; reservations at 328-0868.

    Sun, sand, and squid for supper .... Shirley Valentine gets an unexpected dream vacation in the Greek Islands. Is it a two-week holiday from humdrum routine or a sun-splashed doorway into a whole new chapter in her life? Join Shirley in her hilarious, insightful, and triumphant adventure through this one-woman play at Terrific New Theatre.

    Dolores Hydock is Shirley, and TNT founder Carl Stewart returns as guest director. The stage set is stunning, the pre-show music will make you want to get up and dance, and you might be checking with your travel agent on the way out of the theatre!

    Please note: This show contains adult language and situations.


  • Tuesday, June 12: It's the Little Things ~ Five small objects that connect our world with the Dutch Golden Age. 12:30 - 1:30 p.m., Red Ridge UMC, 8091 County Road 34, Dadeville, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Friends of the Dadeville Public Library. 

    You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five little things that not only made the Netherlands the dominant financial powerhouse of 17th-century Europe, but also helped create the world we live in today. Stories about the discoveries, inventions, coincidences, political upheavals, and cultural changes of the 1600s, along with photographs, maps, paintings, and historical records, take us on a journey from the Arctic Sea to Singapore for the remarkable story of five small objects that changed history in unexpected ways -- and helped shape who we are and how we live 500 years later.



  • Tuesday, June 12: Every Picture Tells a Story ~ The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell. 3 - 4 p.m., Adelia M. Russell Public Library, Alexander City, AL. Free and all are welcome. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundaton.

    Norman Rockwell didn't just paint pictures; every picture told a story. In this presentation, storyteller Dolores Hydock shares surprising stories from Rockwell's life and career, and gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Rockwell created his one-image stories. Using slide images of his sketches, models, paintings-in-process, and finished work, this program follows the step-by-step creative process Rockwell used in becoming “America’s painter” – and storyteller on canvas.


  • Thursday, June 21: June Buggin'. It Could Happen! Stories of hope and possibility. Noon - 2 p.m. We Piddle Around Luncheon, Brundidge, AL. All are welcome to come for lunch and stories at the charming "We Piddle Around" Theatre on Main Street in historic Brundidge. 

    Sawdust on the floor and gingham check tablecloths tell you immediately that this is a relaxed and easy place to be! The Brundidge Historical Society is hosting its annual "June Buggin'" event at the We Piddle Around Theatre on Main Street in Brundidge, Alabama. I'll be telling stories about why we keep all that junk in the basement and whether it is at all possible for a Pennsylvania Yankee to ever learn to make real Southern cornbread. (Native Southerners already know the answer to that question!)

    The stories follow a light luncheon, and tickets for the event are $20. If you know anyone who lives in or near Brundidge, please let them know about this! For reservations, call 334-344-9427, 334-670-6302, or 334-685-5524.




    JULY 2018

  • Saturday, July 7: Under the Influence ~ Stories about life lessons from unforgettable people. 7:30 - 9:30 p.m., Local Color Cafe,  5811 US Highway 11, Springville, AL. Cover: $15. Doors open at 6; The Something Else Trio at 7. Stories start around 7:30 p.m. Bring a picnic supper and/or BYOB, if you like. For more information about this amazing venue, visit www.localcolorcafe.com.

    Everyone has them in their life: people who show up in unexpected places and leave you with a lesson, a gift, or a new way of thinking about things that stays with you forever. Come join me at the charming Local Color Café on Saturday, July 7th, for stories about some of those folks who've had me "under their influence," including Dr. Ruth, a high-powered corporate CEO, and an assortment of childhood guides.

    Local Color Café is a unique "listening venue" on Highway 11 in Springville. They are officially "closed" after many, many years of showcasing great (mostly musical) entertainment, but until the building sells, they continue to bring in a wonderful array of performers. To check out their calendar, visit www.localcolorcafe.com.

    The evening begins with music from The Something Else Trio at 7 p.m. -- visit somethingelsetrio.com to learn more about this lively and talented group. Then the stories follow from about 7:30 - 9:30. There's no food or beverages for sale, but the room is set up with tables and chairs, so bring a picnic, snacks, or something to drink, if you like. (There's sometimes a pot of soup and some cornbread available for a "donation." Ask Merle about this when she confirms your reservation.)

    Tickets are $15, payable at the door (no credit cards, please). For reservations, call / text 205-527-0232, or call 205-594-4936.


AUGUST 2018

  • Thursday, August 2: Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. Free.

    Bonnets, bow-tie quilts, tomato stakes, and an old-timey cure for hiccups – they’re all part of this funny and touching story of strong women, Southern hospitality, and the generous spirit of a close-knit Alabama community.

    Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation; part of the bicentennial celebration of Alabama history. Free and all are welcome to attend!




  • Wednesday, August 8: Lost & Found ~ What shows up when you're looking for something else. Noon - 1 p.m., Pell City Library Auditorium, 1000 Bruce Etheredge Parkway, Pell City, AL. Free and all are welcome! Part of the library's "Wild and Wonderful Wednesday" series.



  • August 28 - September 1: Teller-in-Residence, International Storytelling Center, Jonesborough, TN. Story concert every day from 2 - 3 p.m. 




SEPTEMBER 2018

  • Monday, September 10: Fools for Love ~ Fads and fancies from Regency England. New Horizons, Alexander City, AL.


  • Sunday, September 16: Under the Influence ~ Stories of life lessons from unforgettable people. 2 - 4 p.m., Black Box Theatre, 104 Mildred Street, Columbiana, AL. Sponsored by the Shelby County Arts Council. Ticket info TBA.

    Everyone has them in their life: people who show up in unexpected places and leave you with a lesson, a gift, or a new way of thinking about things that stays with you forever. Come join me at the charming Local Color Café on Saturday, July 7th, for stories about some of those folks who've had me "under their influence," including Dr. Ruth, a high-powered corporate CEO, and an assortment of childhood guides.



  • Thursday, Spetember 20: Lost & Found ~ True stories about what you find when you're looking for something else. 6 - 7 p.m., Irondale Public Library, 201 20th Street, Irondale, AL. Free. Note: This is the 1-hour version of this title, with the two stories "Catechism Class" and "Castles & Cathedrals ~ Looking for love at the library."

    You know the feeling: You start out looking for one thing and end up finding something you didn't even know you wanted to find. In these new, true stories (and one old favorite), what's "found" are an important lesson about falling in love and an unexpected -- and hairy! -- new source of life wisdom.


OCTOBER 2018

  • Wednesday, October 17: My Summer with Dr. Ruth, Canterbury Garden Club, Birmingham.


  • Saturday, October 20: It Could Happen! St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Vestavia Hills, AL. Lunch in the Fellowship Hall at noon, with the stories to follow. 

  • Saturday, October 27:  Changepoints: Celebrating the changes that shape our lives. Asbury UMC Women's Retreat. 

NOVEMBER 2018

  • Wednesday, November 7: Catechism Class and Castles & Cathedrals: Stories for the library's Adult Lecture Series, B. B. Comer Library, Sylacauga, AL. Noon - 1 p.m. Free. 


  • Thursday, November 8: Southern Comfort in a Cast-Iron Skillet. The Worthwhile Club, Oneonta, AL


  • Monday, November 12: Castles & Cathedrals ~ Looking for love at the library. PEO Chapter B Annual Auction.


  • Friday, November 16: A Christmas Memory. Monroe County Courthouse, Monroeville, AL. Free. Part of Monroeville's Fruitcake Festival. Truman Capote's bittersweet memory of a simpler time and an enduring friendship between a 7-year-old child and his 60-something cousin is brought to vivid life in this tender and touching presentation.


DECEMBER 2018

  • Sunday, December 2: Christmas Tradition. 3 - 4 p.m., Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, downtown Birmingham. Free.

  • Tuesday, December 4: Stories for Christmas. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Shades Valley Presbyterian Church. Part of the Presbyterian Women's Annual Christmas service. All are welcome to attend. The stories are part of the 10:30 a.m. service and are free. Lunch follows in the Fellowship Hall.


  • Tuesday, December 4: Stories for Christmas. 2 - 3 p.m.,  Anniston Public Library, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL. Free and all are welcome. For info, call the library at 256-237-8501.


  • Wednesday, December 5: Christmas stories. La Lumiere Club, Birmingham.

  • Thursday, December 6: Christmas stories. Savantes Club, Birmingham.


  • Friday, December 7: Jingle All the Way ~ Songs and Stories for Christmas. Stories by Dolores Hydock, songs and sing-alongs with Bobby Horton. 6:30 - 9 p.m., Homewood Library Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood. Ticket info TBA. 

    Storyteller Dolores Hydock and musical master Bobby Horton blend happy holiday stories, favorite Christmas songs, and jolly sing-alongs into a sparkling mix to jump-start your holiday season. There's a lovely light hors d'oeuvres buffet starting at 6:30, then the show starts around 7:15 or so. 


  • Sunday, December 9: Jingle All the Way ~ Songs and Stories for Christmas. Stories by Dolores Hydock, songs and sing-alongs with Bobby Horton. 2 - 4 p.m., Black Box Theatre, 104 Mildred Street, Columbiana, AL. Ticket info TBA.

    Storyteller Dolores Hydock and musical master Bobby Horton blend happy holiday stories, favorite Christmas songs, and jolly sing-alongs into a sparkling mix to jump-start your holiday season. There are lovely refreshments before the show and during intermission. Sponsored by the Shelby County Arts Council.  


  • Thursday, December 13: ILR holiday luncheon, Florence, AL.


  • Sunday, December 16: Stories for Christmas. 10 - 10:45 a.m., Highland Hall at Independent Presbyterian Church, 3116 Highland Avenue. Free and all are welcome!


    JANUARY 2019

  • Sunday, January 20: Soup and Stories for the Soul. 12:15 - 2 p.m., Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church Luncheon, 2061 Kentucky Avenue, Vestavia Hills. Fund raiser for the church food pantry. Details TBA.
     

  • Friday - Sunday, January 25 - 27: Hearts Afire Storytelling Festival, Richmond, VA.


    FEBRUARY 2019

  • Tuesday, February 5: Fools for Love ~ Fads and Fancies in Regency England. 3 - 4 p.m., Florence Study Club, Florence, AL. Free and open to the public; sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

    Come enjoy true, tender and sometimes shocking stories of Cupid's mischief as we peek under the covers of a scandalous secret marriage and get a sideways glance at strange fads and hair-raising shenanigans among the love-struck fashionable set of 19th century England. These tales are part royal shocker, part True Romance, and part fun facts from history. In this collection of true stories, we'll discover all kinds of strange things that people do when they're "fools for love."


  • Sunday, February 10: Story event, 2 - 4 p.m., Birmingham Botanical Gardens Linn-Henley Lecture Hall. Details TBA.

  • Tuesday, February 12: Fools for Love ~ Fads and Fancies in Regency England. 2 - 3 p.m., Anniston Public Library, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL. Free and all are welcome; sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. For info, call the library at 256-237-8501.

    Come enjoy true, tender and sometimes shocking stories of Cupid's mischief as we peek under the covers of a scandalous secret marriage and get a sideways glance at strange fads and hair-raising shenanigans among the love-struck fashionable set of 19th century England. These tales are part royal shocker, part True Romance, and part fun facts from history. In this collection of true stories, we'll discover all kinds of strange things that people do when they're "fools for love."

  • Wednesday, February 13: Progress Study Club, Birmingham.


  • Thursday, February 21: 2 - 3 p.m., Childersburg Ladies Book Club, Childersburg, AL.


    MARCH 2019


  • Tuesday, March 5: Through the Back Door ~ The Music that Bridged the Bayou. Mardi Gras luncheon, Sheffield Public Library, Sheffield, AL.

  • Wednesday, March 6: Stories. Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Library, Sylacauga, AL. Part of the library's Adult Lecture Series series. Free.


  • Saturday, March 9: Soldiers in Greasepaint ~ USO Camp Show Entertainers of WWII. 7 - 8 p.m., Leeds Performing Arts Center 8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

    It was bigger than Bob Hope! From Utah Beach to the Philippines, from wrestlers and tap dancers to the biggest names in show business, from 16,000 servicemen in an amphitheatre in southern France to 20 GIs in Jeeps in a lonely stateside outpost, USO Camp Shows during WWII were part of a diverse, hilarious, moving, and inspiring story of voluntarism and service. Storyteller Dolores Hydock shares a small slice of this big-hearted story from a remarkable time in U.S. history.



  • Wednesday, March 13: In Her Own Fashion. Mary K. Craig Class, Dallas, TX.


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, March 19 - 20: Eglamore and Cristobel ~ A Medieval Love Story. DePauw University, Greencastle, IN. With the music of PanHarmonium.


  • Saturday, March 23: Silence ~ The Adventure of a Medieval Warrior Woman. 7 - 9 p.m., Indiana History Center, downtown Indianapolis. Sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana. Ticket info TBA.

    A wickedly funny, plot-twisting tale of greed, desire, deceit, revenge, and the rewards of finding your true voice. Accompanied by medieval music trio PanHarmonium.