January/February 2011

The Fairy Appeared Before Her from
Old French Fairy Tales,Virginia Frances Sterrett, 1920

Hello friends,

I hope you are ending 2010 on a positive and happy note and are looking forward to all the possibilities of a brand new year!

The month of January brings us the the traditional New Year and February ushers in the Chinese New Year on February 3, which is the Year of the Rabbit. I have put together some wonderful rabbit tales (no pun intended) to help you get ready for the celebration.

There are also links for Black History Month, Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day and more. I have also added a new category, Radio, which will offer information on stations where you may hear interviews with professional storytellers and a story or two.

2011 also ushers in a brand new year for the Story Cafe at ArtWorks in New Bedford, MA. On January 22 we are thrilled to host Storyteller Diane Edgecomb, accompanied by Celtic harpist Margot Chamberlain. They will bring their creative talents and offer us a humorous look at the story of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Read all of the details here at http://tinyurl.com/36x2q7r . For the entire 2011 calendar, along with all of the upcoming featured artists go to  http://tinyurl.com/3234otm. I hope you can join us for one or all, you won't be disappointed!

As always, if you have any comments, suggestions or comments I would love to hear from you. Just email me at storybug@aol.com.

Wishing you all a New Year filled with amazing adventures to entertain you, memorable moments to sustain you, and many stories to share!

Karen Chace


The Chinese New Year begins on February 3 and 2011 is The Year of the Rabbit; some tales to add to your repertoire.

A Rabbit Story - Tibet - http://tinyurl.com/37cae3w
Brer Rabbit and Tar Baby - USA http://tinyurl.com/2fssknu
The Dance for Water or Rabbit’s Triumph – South Africa http://tinyurl.com/23nmdf3
The Foolish Lion and the Clever Rabbit - http://tinyurl.com/2vv9nkt
Rabbit and Fox– Native American - http://tinyurl.com/29g29hq
The Rabbit and the Coyote - Mayan - http://tinyurl.com/ybn7he6
Rabbit Shots the Sun – Native American - http://tinyurl.com/36u3ukl
The Rabbit Throws Out His Sandal - Mayan - http://tinyurl.com/2uuzrqc
The Smiling Rabbit - Mexico - http://tinyurl.com/327ezs9

Storybug.net – Two previous posts on my blog about the Chinese New Year in 2008 and 2009. While the stories are not about rabbit you will find information about the celebration that may be useful.

February is Black History Month. You will find some useful links at my Storytelling Links page at http://www.storybug.net/links/holidays.html#blackhistory

Cupid’s arrow will be making its way to you soon. Stories from Italy and France will have you speaking the language of love just in time for Valentine's Day.
Italian Folktales - http://oaks.nvg.org/italian-folktales.html
Old French Fairy Tales - http://psp.manybooks.net/books/segurc3012930129-8/
True LoveBare Bones for Storytellers - Jackie Baldwin has delivered a bouquet of stories just in time for Valentine’s Day. http://www.story-lovers.com/barebonesvol3.html
Storybug.net – A number of links I have collected to help you celebrate Valentine’s Day. http://www.storybug.net/links/holidays.html#valentine

"Telling a story is offering an expression of love." ~ Jack Maguire


"When my daughter was about seven years old, she asked me one day what I did at work. I told her I worked at the college - that my job was to teach people how to draw. She stared at me, incredulous, and said, "You mean they forget?" ~ Howard Ikemoto

Chinese New Year:
DLTK Crafts – So many rabbit crafts here you will be hopping for hours! http://tinyurl.com/286ze43hina Themed coloring pages - http://tinyurl.com/2en37sa
Chinese Dragon Puppet – This craft makes a great bookmark as well. http://tinyurl.com/3ysk9ce
Chinese New Year Zodiac Wreath - http://tinyurl.com/2a2h5ul

Remember the dream…Martin Luther King Day:
I Have A Dream Collage - http://tinyurl.com/2uua4wb
Activity Village - Many crafts and activities to honor the man. http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/mlk_day.htm

Ground Hog Day:
Enchanted Learning - Ground Hog Day Puppet - http://tinyurl.com/33n3ndj

Valentine’s Day:
Scroll - http://tinyurl.com/3yc9s7r
Painted Stones - http://tinyurl.com/38cgv98


"The job of an educator is to teach students to see vitality in themselves." ~Joseph Campbell
China Word Search - http://tinyurl.com/35cspxe
Education World - Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit - http://tinyurl.com/32xxno3

How Did the Groundhog Get a Day of His Own? - http://wilstar.com/holidays/grndhog.htm
Student Activity – Ground Hog Day Map - http://tinyurl.com/34z7vxo

A-Z Teacher Stuff – Many wonderful lessons plans to highlight African American culture and achievements. http://tinyurl.com/23vqevc
Education World - Activities Celebrate Achievements of African Americans - http://tinyurl.com/22lnxzl

Valentine’s Day Worksheets - http://tinyurl.com/24dk664

I was teaching my fourth grade storytelling troupe a few weeks ago and the students were working with a storytelling exercise I developed, Walk the Talk. To read what one student came up with for her story character, guaranteed to give you a smile, go to http://tinyurl.com/28lc4tb .

7 Habits of Highly Horrible Networkers by Scott Ginsberg - http://tinyurl.com/3x92f8z

Staying Positive About Business Success in a World Full of Negativity by Stacy Karacostas
Storytelling When Creating a Press Release by Kate Engler - http://tinyurl.com/38m55mm
Top 10 Network Marketing Newbie Mistakes by Laura Paulson - http://tinyurl.com/33289ff


January 14-16, 2011 Virginia Beach, VA - Stories by the Sea Storytelling Festival with Linda Goodman. For complete info and registration, email blbridg@cox.net or go to http://www.vbumc.org/ .

Fridays, January 14- February 18, 2011 New York - Story Medicine - A 6-week supervision group for clinicians in how to use indigenous and contemporary narrative medicine practices and other expressive arts modalities to support clients, with Juliet Bruce, Ph.D. For further information: http://livingstory-ny.blogspot.com/

Tuesdays, January 25 - March 8, 2011 New York - Mythic Journey: A 7-Week Write of Passage, with Juliet Bruce. Apply the ancient narrative of resilience and archetypes of transformation to any challenging project, difficult life passage, or threshold moment in your life. For info, please go to http://livingstory-ny.blogspot.com/ .

January 28 - 30, 2011 Southport, North Carolina - Workshop with Antonio Rocha. Beyond The Voice: Through mime and illusion, discover skills to use body language to better communicate your story. Contact dianne@diannehackworth.com  for registration or more info.

February 4 - 6, 2011 Marblehead, Massachusetts – Making Stories From Your Life: A Workshop lead by Judith Black. The Personal Tale made universal. Cost $300. Limited to eight participants. For more info contact Judith Black at jb@storiesalive.com  or call 781-631-4417.

February 4-7, 2011 - Brattleboro Vermont - Springboards for Stories. Jackson Gillman offers this weekend workshop. Open to all regardless of performing experience, two slots remain. For more information contact Jackson Gillman at http://tinyurl.com/6t55t6 .

March 10-13, 2011-  Denton Civic Center, Denton, Texas - Texas Storytelling Festival features Donald Davis, Jeannine Pasini Beekman, Lyn Ford and Jay Stailey along with Ghost Stories, Fringes, Sacred Tales and sixteen useful and inspiring workshops. http://www.tejasstorytelling.com/ .

March 18-20, 2010 - 10th Annual Vasa Gathering featuring Michael Reno Harrell, Ralph Chatham, and Geradine Buckley, at Massanetta Springs Conference Center, Harrisonburg, VA. For further information email tellspence@cox.net  or go to http://www.vastorytelling.org/ .
March 27 - April 2, 2011 - Oaxac, Mexico - Storytelling/Writing/Personal Quest Retreat and Cultural Tour. For storytellers, teachers, writers, etc., and anyone interested in Mexican culture and in examining their own life’s path in light of the wisdom derived from world mythology and the record of one¹s own life experiences and stories. For more information contact Jim May at maystory@earthlink.net .


Here Women Tell at http://zeusradio.com/player/hwt/  Every Wednesday, 4:00 P.M. -. Kris Hillenburg interviews storytellers to get the story behind the story, storytelling news and reviews with Linda Goodman, Archives and download podcasts at http://herewomentalkradio/home/archives_shows/71


New Bedford, MA - The Story Café and Open Mic at ArtWorks. Adult storytelling venue and open mic. We have ended our second season and you can find the upcoming 2011 schedule at http://tinyurl.com/3234otm . Take your turn at the open mic! 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!  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 ToledoGoat@aol.com  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 lphillipstale@comcast.net

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: http://moosetellers.ning.com/

Boston, MA - massmouth – Now in its second successful year, massmouth has taken Boston, MA and the surrounding area by storm with events geared towards the spoken word, modeled after The Moth in New York. Themes are changed each month and vary by location. Tellers have five minutes to tell their best true story based on the theme. For all of the information, locations, dates and times go to http://www.massmouth.com/


Tales I Tell – Australian storyteller Mabel Kaplan and I never met in person, yet we forged a friendship through cyber space and across continents. She was a woman of wit, talent and compassion. Sadly, she crossed over this December but her tales will live on through her words and our memories. http://belka37.blogspot.com/


Sing-a-long- Songs - Songs to remember the concepts we are learning in science, math and social studies. http://tinyurl.com/2b87tuw


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