March/April 2011

Swet- Basanta by Warwick Goble, 1912

“Springtime is the land awakening.
The March winds are the morning yawn.”

  Quoted by Lewis Grizzard in Kathy Sue Loudermilk,
I Love You

Hello friends,

I keep reminding myself that spring is just around the corner! March 20 is the first day of spring and it can’t come fast enough! Thankfully, to keep us busy waiting for the first flowers to bloom there are a number well-known celebrations and holidays in March and April: Dolls Day in Japan, the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen and St. Patrick’s Day. I have included resources for you in this newsletter. However, there are other lesser-known celebrations such as Eggs Benedict Day so offer a few “eggs”traordinary tales to add to your repertoire!

March and April are also busy months for conferences. In March I will be attending the 30th anniversary of the LANES Sharing the Fire Conference in Warwick, Rhode Island. In April I will be at the Northlands Storytelling Conference in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin presenting my workshop, Enhance Your Online Presence: Blog It Baby! I am also honored to be taking part in a panel discussion there with two talented storytellers, Elizabeth Ellis and Linda Gorham; our topic, Selling Stories, Not Snake Oil. On March 30 I will be interviewed on Here Women Tell, I hope you can listen in.

Don’t forget, all of the newsletters dating back to November of 2008 are archived at and a Google search bar is available to help you pinpoint your needs. There are also additional resources on my blog at  . As always, I hope you find something useful in this newsletter and I welcome your suggestions, thoughts and comments. You may reach me at . Until we meet in May…

Think spring!
Karen Chace


“The ability to tell a story…is right dead, smack in the center of what it is to be human.” ~ Margaret Atwood

March 2 is the birthday of Hans Christian Andersen. Here are some of his famous fairy tales to celebrate this prolific author.

Hans Christian Andersen Fairy Tales and Stories – 168 tales in chronological order.
Wonder Tales Told for Children by Hans Christian Andersen

March 25 is Greek Independence Day and Greece is high on my “places to visit in the world” list. Until I can actually make my way there some stories will have to suffice.

The Fisherman’s Widow
Greek Spider - 16 folktales from the beautiful country of Greece.

The Icon’s Warm Bread -
Old Greek Stories by James Baldwin
Aesop’s Fables - 655+  fables, indexed in table format, with morals listed. Lesson plans are also included.

April 16 is Eggs Benedict day. I offer you a few stories that are sure to turn you “sunny side up!”

The Boiled Eggs - Danish
The Talking Eggs – Creole/United States
Gollywhopper’s Eggs – A New England Legend
The Magic Egg – Ukraine
The Ostrich-Egg Wife - South Africa

Rumble-Mumble Goose-Egg - Norway
Story of the Duck with the Golden Eggs - Russia
The Story of Swet-BasantaBengal from Folktales of Bengal by Lal Behari Day, 1912. You may also download this book for free.
The Uncooked Eggs - Haiti
Here are some of my previous blog posts (separate from my newsletter) with additional resources for various holidays in March and April.

Fools, Tricksters, Festivals and Spring -A number of links for spring, Doll’s Day in Japan, Earth Day and trickster tales.

Women’s History Month - Here is my blog post from March of 2010 a variety of resources to give you a head start.

St. Patrick’s Day - A is recent blog post dedicated to the day; stories, curriculum, crafts, music and more.

Spoken Stories – An amazing website offering “stories, poems, creative writings…to inspire and develop humanity to its full potential.”

GET CREATIVE WITH CRAFTS – Filled with crafts, printable worksheets, coloring pages and more all relalted to the country of Greece.

Amazeing Art – A very intricate maze of the Statue of Zeus at Olympus. The students will love it!

Hans Christian Anderson Crafts – From the Dundee Library in the United Kingdom four fun items to celebrate the day. Make a Tin Soldier, Little Mermaid mobile, try your hand at the Princess and the Pea maze or the Ugly Ducking and Swan Craft.

Egg Carton Carrot Patch – Very easy craft for ages 5 and up.

Golden – From Australia a colorful site full of fun activities, printables, magic tricks and jokes to keep them “yolking” it up!


1000 Amazing Things – Usually I highlight blogs related to storytelling but I think this one will fit the bill. Full of short snippets of amazing things, each one a story in itself. This blog is sure to make you smile.

“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.”  ~ Dorothy Parker (attributed), US author, humorist, poet & wit (1893 - 1967)


The Talking Eggs Study Guide – This guide is connected to the book by Robert San Souci, an adaptation of the Creole folktale.

Egg Theme Unit Elementary Reading Lesson Plan - Integrated Reading and Elementary Science Activity – How Eggs Hatch

Egg Theme Unit – Elementary Science Lesson Plans

Edsitement – Lesson plans and extensions for five of Hans Christian Andersen’s stories.

Lesson Plans for teaching Aesop’s Fables -

Mr. - Everything you need to know about Greece and its people.


Here Women Tell - Every Wednesday, 4:00 P.M. EST, , Kris Hillenburg interviews storytellers to get the story behind the story, storytelling news and reviews with Linda Goodman, Archives and download podcasts at


Business Conferences: A Chance to Breathe New Life into Your Business by Brad Egeland

6 Low-Cost Marketing Strategies by Sharron Senter

Hallmarks of a Good Podcast by Sharon Housley

Slideshare - Create a "book" using PowerPoint and then use Slideshare to make it available to others either publically or privately. You may also add audio to make it a webinar.


March 8, 2011 (runs for five weeks) Rochester, Massachusetts - Old Colony Night School, Storytelling, instructor: Jackson Gillman, Tuesdays 7-9 PM. Course Fee: $100.00. This course is open to all, including people who don't consider themselves performers. Our focus will be on the storytelling craft as an oral form, rather than writing. For information go to  or call 508-763-8011 x220.

March 10-13, 2011, Denton, Texas - Texas Storytelling Festival with Jeannine Pasini Beekman, Donald Davis, Lyn Ford and Jay Stailey. Enjoy workshops, mixed concerts, fringe performances, networking, silent auction, and our Story Store in this lovely north Texas town. Planning and registration information at

March 18 - 20, 2011 Warwick, Rhode Island – Sharing the Fire, Northeast Storytelling Conference. Keynote speaker, Odds Bodkin, workshops, concerts and more. Suitable for beginning and experienced storytellers, educators, librarians, therapists, parents and anyone interested in the art of Oral Tradition. More information and a schedule of workshops and events go to  .

April 9-10, 2011 Brattleboro, Vermont - Performer's Recharge Retreat at Kipling's historic home. Make headway on a work-in-progress in a lovely setting with a supportive collegial crew. $190 includes lodging, meals, show and synergy!  for more details.

April 28 – May 1, 2010 Lake Geneva, Wisconsin - Northlands Storytelling Network Conference
Master Class with Elizabeth Ellis: 8 Intensives, 16 Workshops Lots of evening activities including Concerts, Fringe Performances and Story Slam. More information:  or 815-344-6435

May 7, 2011 Duluth, Minnesota - Dulcimer Day music festival. Twenty workshops on playing folk instruments. Beginners and advanced players welcome. Concerts, open mic, and instrument and craft vendors. For more information, or call 218-525-5098.  .

May 7, 2011 Keene, New Hampshire, 7th Annual Granite State Story Swap with keynote and concert performer Leeny Del Seamonds. In her keynote, “Bridging Generations – Connecting through Story!”  Cost: $15.00 registration includes breakfast and lunch. For further information, contact Lauretta Phillips, 603-735-5965; .

June 27 - 30, 2011 Marblehead, Massachusetts - Telling Stories to Children: Explore your power and possibilities within a safe nurturing workshop setting. Fresh homemade pastry baked daily by your workshop leader, Judith Black. Info:  or

August 5 - 6, 2011 Farmington, Maine - Western Maine Storytelling Festival. Join the inaugural festival to celebrate the oral tradition in western Maine. For more information contact .

August 12-14, 2011 Leyden, Massachusetts - Fourth Annual Summer Storytelling Institute Retreat with Storyteller, Rona Leventhal - A three day immersion into the art of storytelling in the beautiful hills of Western Massachusetts! 20 PDP's for teachers! For info go to:  call Rona at


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  or 978-921-GOAT(4628) or 781-477-0700.

Connecticut - Campus Slammer 2011 – Modeled after massmouth story slams seven colleges go head to head in Story Slam competition. All the guidelines can be found on  site and regular updates, samples and tips found on the blog  .

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:

massmouth – Now in its second successful year, massmouth has taken Boston 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


Green America – Since March is all about “wearing the green” I thought it would be appropriate to help you green your spring cleaning. Ideas for environmentally responsible house cleaning and links to a related article on making your own nontoxic cleaning products.

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