November/December Newsletter 2010

Hello friends,

I hope you are all enjoying a beautiful fall, and for my “down under” friends a glorious spring. The colors in Massachusetts have been beautiful, if a bit more subdued than previous years due to our dry summer season. Nonetheless, the reds, browns and gold’s make me smile whenever I venture outside my door, and I feel fortunate to live in this part of the world.

This newsletter issue marks the two year anniversary of “Catch the Storybug.” Time certainly flies both in business and in life. Last month my amazing son married his high school sweetheart on a beautiful and bright New England autumn day. It seems like only yesterday I was teaching him to tie his shoes. He and his lovely new bride Stephanie are well on their way to building a brilliant new life; I am now blessed with a lovely and caring daughter-in-law.

This month I begin my ninth year working with third and fourth grade elementary school students, teaching the art and history of storytelling. It is always an exciting adventure, wondering what stories each child will choose, will there be any tandem tellers, what insights they will share with me? I learn so much from my students every year.

We also ended our second full year for the Story Café at ArtWorks in New Bedford, Massachusetts. We do not host any performances in November and December as the holiday season is busy for all. This month we will begin making plans for the 2011 calendar. I will be sure to let you know what fabulous artists we will bring to the gallery in the coming year.

Don't forget, you can always go back into the newsletter archives for relevant resources, particuarly for the upcoming New Year celebration, Diwali, Las Posadas and more. Just enter the key words of your query into the Google search engine provided on the newsletters home page at:

I wish you a joyful holiday season of thanksgiving and may your home be filled with the laughter and love of family and friends. As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, email me at See you in the New Year!

Warm wishes,
Karen Chace


"Stories have to be told or they die, and when they die, we can't remember who we are or why we're here."  ~ The Secret Life of Bees

November is National Aviation Month so fly the friendly skies with these stories from around the globe.

The Flying Canoe
The Flying Turtle
The Flying Dutchman
The Flying Ship
They Myth of Daedalus & Icarus

November 4 is the day that marks the discovery of King Tutankhamen's Tomb. Here are some stories from this ancient land.

Egyptian Myth and Legend – From Sacred Texts, a book by Don Mackenzie, circa 1907. “This highly readable book covers Egyptian religion, history, and culture through its entire civilization.”

The Prince and His Three Fates

Catch the Storybug – Two of my blogs posts, one very recent and another from 2009 offering stories, crafts and curriculum for Thanksgiving.

December is full to the brim with wonderful holidays and celebrations Hanukah, Christmas and Kwanzaa; some stories to get you in the spirit!

Holiday Stories and Winter Tales – Holiday stories from Christmas, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa traditions, as well as tales from African-American and Jewish folklore.

A Small Fish Story – From the St. Nicholas Center, an Irish folktale.

Catch the Storybug – Additional Christmas links I have collected through the years.


Blogging, Tweeting and Fan Pages Oh My! Does Social Media Really Benefit SMBs?
by Shannon Suetos.

More Ways to Monetize Your Web Site by Hostway

10 Cheap Ways to Create a Professional Impression with Your Small Business Marketing by Stacy Karacostas

Ten Simple Steps to More Customers with Better Networking by Kevin Stirtz


"Every child is an artist; the problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up." ~ Pablo Picasso

Airplane Crafts
Airplane Coloring Page -
High Flying Airplane Bookmark -
10 Paper Airplanes – Ten easy to fold airplanes with video instructions.

Egyptian Crafts
Hieroglyphics Bookmarks – Two choices, one with hieroglyphics and another with a maze on the back. Mazes have been in existence since ancient Egypt, when Amenembet III built a funerary temple consisting of 3000 chambers.
King Tut Mask – Definitely for older children but this would be a wonderful art project to complement an Egyptian unit.
DLTK-KIDS – A great selection of Egyptian crafts for all ages.

Holiday and Celebration Crafts
Kwanzaa Coloring Pages -
Kwanzaa Placement – Easy craft for ages 5 and up.
Paper Bag Reindeer Puppet
Paper Plate Poinsettia -
Milk Carton Dreidel -
Easy Cut and Fold Star of David -


“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires.”  ~ William Arthur Ward

Two Brothers and a Dream - Interesting information on these two famous brothers, Orville and Wilbur Wright, including a video with one of the museum curators.

Teaching With Historic Places – Activities, maps, images and supplemental materials about the Wright Brothers and their journey.

Egyptian Fun Guide – Learn about the pyramids, hieroglyphics and more.

Discovery Education – Mummy Tales for grade 6. Learn all about the mummies of Ancient Egypt.

A Holiday Curriculum: How To Satisfy Educational Requirements Through Simple Holiday Activities - English Language Arts, Math and Science Activities.

Hanukkah Worksheets -


Christmas Songs and Fingerplays – These will have you singing “Ho Ho Ho” before the first snow falls!  


A Book and a Hug – A brand new tool to help you find the right book for your child or student. “It's important to match children up with books they want to read. It can make all the difference in the world if you can figure out his or her "reading personality." This will be a significant resource for parents, teachers, librarians and storytellers. New features are being added every day so check back often.


November 6, 2010 Lorton, Virginia The Virginia Storytelling Alliance and Workhouse Arts Center Saturday Series. For more information go to: and click on "calendar" or contact Debbie Griffin,

November 6-7, 2010 Barberville, Florida - Barberville Jamboree Heritage Festival features storytelling, music, arts & crafts and more. Contact or visit website . The storytelling link is listed on right with schedules.

November 13, 2010 Culver City, California - L. A. Storytelling Festival - Concerts for adults and workshops .Information, registration at

November 13, 2010 Concord, MA - Forgiveness: Telling our Stories in New Ways. Workshop with Elisa Pearmain, author and storyteller. Contact information. i.e.  or (781) 259-0492 or

December 3-5, 2010 Bethlehem, Indiana. WOW (Working on Our Work) Storytelling Weekend with Mary Hamilton and Cynthia Changaris and up to six participants. $150 includes lodging and meals. Contact Mary Hamilton at

January 28-30, 2011 Historic Ft. Caswell near Southport, North Carolina - Winter Workshop with Antonio Rocha. Beyond The Voice: Through mime and illusion, discover skills to use body language to better communicate your story. Contact  for additional information.

February 4-7, 2011, Brattleboro Vermont - Springboards for Stories with Jackson Gillman. Open to all regardless of performing experience, two slots remain. For more information go to:

February 18 – 20, 2011 Bethlehem, Indiana. WOW (Working on Our Work) Storytelling Weekend with Mary Hamilton and Cynthia Changaris. For more information:

March 18-20, 2011 Harrisonburg, Virginia - Massanetta Springs Retreat Center. The Virginia Storytelling Gathering. For information go to:  and click on "gathering."


March 10-13, 2011 Denton, Texas: Tejas Storytelling Festival, M Call for Proposals. Deadline November 15, 2010.

March 18 – 20, 2011 Warwick, Rhode Island - The Northeast Storytelling Conference: Sharing the Fire. For more information go to

April 29 – May 1, 2011 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – Northlands Storytelling Conference. For more information go to


New Bedford, MA - The Story Café and Open Mic at ArtWorks. Adult storytelling venue and open mic once a month, except November and December. We have ended our second season and the upcoming 2011 schedule will be posted in this January/February newsletter. Free admission; pass the hat for the feature. Come listen, laugh and support the arts!

Rochester, NH - Storytelling in the Pantry - Catering to the Spoken Word at The Portable Pantry at 12 Hanson Street on the 2nd Friday of each month. Different theme; take part in the open mic, or just come to listen and enjoy! For information call 603-948-2035.

Lynn, MA - SPEAK UP! has A NEW HOME! The Walnut Street Coffee Cafe, 157 Walnut St, Lynn, MA. Come to the Walnut Street Coffee Cafe for the best in poetry, storytelling, jive talking, etc. Sign up for the open mike starts at 7:00 P.M. with the actual talking kicking off at 7:30 P.M. Contact Tony Toledo at  or 978-921-GOAT(4628) or 781-477-0700.

Franklin, New Hampshire - Tea & Tales 120 Canal Street T.R.I.P Center. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. and stories start at 7:30 P.M. Featured teller begins at 8:10 P.M. Come and share in the refreshments and share a tale of your own. More info: Lauretta Phillips

Portland, Maine MOOSE! Maine Organization of Storytelling Enthusiasts. Open mic/Spoken Word at 7:00 P.M. followed by a featured performer at 8:05 P.M. the 2nd Wednesday of every month at the North Star Music Café on 225 Congress Street Portland Maine. For more information visit:

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