The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild Story Swap has continued to meet for storytelling on the last Sunday of every other month in Calaveras County. The July 29 Story Swap was attended by about ten people people, including one couple visiting from Sacramento. They came here to escape from the smoke . . . . not realizing how smoky it is in Angels Camp. These fires are affecting storytellers, our friends, and all people and animals all over Northern California and beyond! Half the attendees told stories, including one story about New Zealand. That story was very informative. Did you know there are 40,000 acres of California Cost Redwood trees in New Zealand?? I know, who knew? It was a very low key, but fun time. We meet the last Sunday of every other month (Jan-Mar-May-July-Sept-Nov) from at 4-6 pm at Manzanita Arts Emporium, 1211 S Main St. Suite 110, downtown Angels Camp, California. We'll see you in September (hey, isn't that a song?!).
EVERYWOMAN'S HOUR on KQBM Blue Mountain Community FM Radio, was pleased to share an Interview with Claudia Tonge and Kathy Martinez of the MOTHERLODE STORYTELLING GUILD, on Wednesday March 28th on kqbm.org Live Stream/KQBM 90.7FM/103.7FM OnTheDial!
These Two Avid and Experienced Storytellers have fascinating stories to tell us about the Storytellers Guild in Sonora; the developing Calaveras Branch of the Guild at Manzanita Press/Arts Emporium; and, we discuss the beginnings of the Amador Storytellers, starting-up this Spring (contact me, Kat, about That One!)
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NEED A HEART-WARMING MOMENT? KAAD-LP 103.5 FM Recordist David Simerley caught it all when Marty went on bended knee to propose to Dana, a true story well told at Open Telling at Sonora Joe's.
KAAD-LP broadcasted the romantic moment, as well as other great stories offered at the monthly gathering at Sonora Joe's in Sonora, on the air the weekend of March 25.
The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild hosts two options for Open Telling events in March:
These events help existing storytellers strengthen their skills, encourage new tellers to find their voices, and build appreciative audiences for the art of storytelling. Whatever your family history or muse might be, storytellers of all ages and levels of experience are welcomed to participate in Open Tellings. As always, these are family friendly and informal events, and those who prefer just to listen are important and necessary.
March 17 will be St. Patrick’s day, so Guild members will feature stories from Celtic lands. “My ancestors came to the Gold Rush from Cornwall and from Ireland,” says Claudia Tonge, host of the Sonora Open Telling, “and I would never miss an opportunity to share a few of my favorite stories from those traditions on this holiday.”
On March 25, the Guild is looking forward to hosting an Open Telling event in Calaveras County. The first bi-monthly “Story Swap” afternoon was held on January 28, 2018, and was very well received. The next is scheduled for March 25th. This free public program will follow the same ‘Open Mic’ format as the popular Sonora event. “This is an attractive venue and location for both Calaveras and Toulumne Co. residents” says Kathy Martinez, host for the new program. “We are hoping that teachers and students of language and theater arts will participate in open storytelling as a way to explore and develop skills through this increasingly popular art form.” For information about the Angels Camp event please contact Kathy Martinez mailto:email@example.com.
Although the events are free to the public, the Guild does accept donations that are used to support the Guild’s many activities in the central Mother Lode. Coffee and other refreshment will be available for purchase from Joe’s.
The mission of the Mother Lode Storytelling Guild is to help existing storytellers strengthen their skills, encourage new tellers to find their voices, and build appreciative audiences for the art of storytelling. For information about these and other upcoming storytelling events in the Mother Lode contact Claudia Tonge (209) 588-1698, , or visit www.sierranevadastorytelling.org/mother-lode-storytelling-guild.html.
The Sierra Story Winds Retreat strives to strengthen the quality of life in our Sierra Nevada and California communities through storytelling.
This year's theme is "Building Conversation Through Storytelling."
During our retreat we want to explore how storytelling can make a difference in times and spaces of division, this is an opportunity for California’s storytelling community to build conversations together.
Do you want to present a workshop at the 3rd Sierra Storywinds Retreat?
We are seeking dynamic presenters to conduct workshops on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20, 2018. Workshops should be related to the theme, and may be designed for beginning, learning, or professional-level storytellers. Topics may include: creating structure of a compelling story, how to decide on a topic, effective use of visual aids, how to incorporate body movement, strategies for vocal use, formatting telling to a particular audience, improving timing, repertoire-building, or more.... Topic possibilities are limited only by your imagination! Let us know if you have a workshop idea to share at our retreat!
DEADLINE for WORKSHOP PROPOSALS is April 15.
Be a part of the American Storytelling Movement at the Mother Lode Storytelling Guild's third retreat! Throughout this inspiring weekend, enjoy 3 public performances, featuring tellers Willy Claflin, Ruth Halpern, BZ Smith, and more. This year's retreat recognizes the importance of building community, connections, and conversations.
The application is available here at http://www.sierranevadastorytelling.org/sierra-story-winds-regional-retreat.html. Or, contact us on facebook (www.facebook.com/motherlodestorytellingguild), by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or by phone (209-532-7697) with questions or for copy of application.
In 2014, our first retreat welcomed nearly 60 people to enjoy nine workshops with outstanding presenters. We had three captivating public performances with 250+ people in attendance.
In 2016, we expanded to 15 workshops, an additional community concert, more lodging options, and room for more retreat attendees! We enjoyed three days of workshops, plus a lively story-slam (theme: sparks).
In 2018, we're planning another great event, with more amazing storytelling at workshops and concerts!
January 28 was the first Calaveras Story Swap. 12 people came. Two came all the way from San Diego! The stories started off with Kathy telling a personal story, and Claudia telling about a pick-pocket baby...
Then Claudia brought up a storytelling technique of "Scar Stories." The flood gates opened up!
With the help of 10 others the group roared with laughter, dropped jaws, cringed and shooked their heads in amazement. It was a vey fun night!
The next Calaveras Story Swap will be Sunday, March 25. If you want to learn more about the Mother Lode Storytelling Guild, please look us up on Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/motherlodestorytellingguild/.
The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild invites the public to enjoy a free afternoon of tales at the guild’s Open Telling event on Saturday, February 17. This the second Tuolumne County Open Telling of the year -- The Guild’s has monthly third Saturday ‘Open Mic’ presentations at Sonora Joe’s Coffee Shoppe (140 S Washington St., in historic downtown Sonora), from 4pm to 6pm.
Since February is the month most associated with romance, and this is the year of the dog, we decided that the suggested theme would be "Puppy Love!" Claudia Tonge is host for this month’s gathering. Guild members will be sharing stories of canine and human devotion, and anyone with a tale to tell on this, or any theme, or just a desire to listen, is invited to participate. Open tellings are family-friendly and informal, and the audience has been enthusiastic and welcoming.
We are seeing a lot of first-time tellers at these open tellings. It is exciting to hear people gain in confidence as they find their voices, and discover the forms of storytelling that suit their style and interest.
Although the event is free, the Guild does accept donations that are used to support the guild’s many activities in the central Mother Lode. Coffee and other refreshment will be available for purchase from Joe’s.
Not long ago a long-time Bay Area storytelling friend, Cathryn Fairlee, contacted me. Out of the blue she called to let me know that I'd been chosen to receive a very noble award from the Storytelling Association of California: The 2018 SAC of Regional Gems! I was dumbfounded! Living so far away from the Bay Area makes it hard to keep in touch and to share with my colleagues what I'm doing. I haven't performed in the Bay Area much in the last few years. And here I was getting this call! I am deeply honored, humbled, in fact.
So, now I getting ready to do a show for a whole flock of these good storytelling folks. And joining me will be two of my dearest friends in Story, Ruth Halpern (quack! We've been friends since we were "kids") and Tim Ereneta, that witty teller of curious Fairy Tales. This is going to be one great show, AND it's a potluck! So, there will be good food, too. What could be better? Good food. Good stories. Good friends...AND a SAC of GEMS!
The Mother Lode Storytelling Guild (MLSG) kicked off 2018 with an Open Telling at Sonora Joes, Saturday January 20. Our first of the monthly 3rd Saturday programs was themed “Winter’s Tales,” and was warmly received and well-attended. Representing the Guild were Claudia Tonge as host and MC, Kathy and Paul Martinez, and Charley Marangio. Other attendees included community members and KAAD Radio. One first-time attendee told a terrific story about her time in the Yukon. Two tellers told a story for their “first time ever.” A visitor from Calaveras County was a first time listener, and thinks she may tell soon. She is in luck – the next Open Mic Storytelling, which we also call “Open Telling,” will be this weekend, January 28, 2018 at Manzanita Arts Emporium. 1211 S. Main St., Angels Camp (www.manzapress.com/events/other-classes-and-workshops/storytellers/). This event will be hosted by Kathy Martinez. Charley made announcements regarding upcoming MLSG events, especially the third Sierra Storywinds Retreat. He gave a glowing description of Willy Claflin and Maynard Moose. The two-hour session was recorded for radio broadcast by Dave of KAAD-LP 103.5 community radio (kaad-lp.org/)
BZ Smith and friends, we tell stories in and around Sonora, CA