upcoming events


If you'd like to be on Dolores' e-mail list for a personal reminder about upcoming story and theatre performances, send your e-mail address to Dolores at dolores@storypower.org

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

DECEMBER 2018

  • Sunday, December 2: A Christmas Memory. 3 - 4 p.m., Arrington Auditorium, Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, downtown Birmingham. Free. Info at 226-3631.

    Writer Truman Capote spent part of his childhood in Monroeville, Alabama, living with some elderly cousins. One of those cousins, Miss Sook Faulk, became, as he said, "his first friend." That 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.

    The program is free, and will be held in the Arrington Auditorium on the third floor of the Linn-Henley Building. Parking in the library lot is generally pretty easy on a Sunday afternoon. You can take the elevator in the main building to the walk-over on the third floor, or come through the Linn Park entrance and take the elevator in the Linn-Henley lobby.

  • Monday, December 3: Stories for Christmas. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Albert L. Scott Public Library, 100 9th Street NW, Alabaster, AL. Free and all are welcome to attend! For info, call the library at 664-6822.


  • 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 story is part of the 10:30 a.m. service and is free. Lunch follows in the Fellowship Hall. To make a reservation for lunch, call the church by November 29th at 871-7309.

  • 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.


  • Tuesday, December 4: Holidazed!  7 - 8 p.m., Leeds Theatre and Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL.  Sponsored by the Leeds Jane Culbreath Library and the Leeds Arts Council. Tickets are $10 and are available after November 1st  at the Leeds Jane Culbreath Library, 8104 Parkway Drive, Leeds (cash or check only, please) or at the door the evening of the event. For information, call the library at 699-5962. 

    Celebrate the season with an evening of funny, affectionate Christmas stories about the spirit that makes the holidays special. 


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

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


  • Thursday, December 6: Starch in their Petticoats: True stories of strong women who settled the West. 6 - 7 p.m., Jane Boyd Holmes Library, 230 Tucker Road, Helena, AL. Free and all are welcome! Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

    If you want a break from red-and-green-everything, come hear this non-Christmas story about pioneer women who toughed it out through more than endless replayings of Jingle Bell Rock. True stories of homesteaders, gamblers, entertainers, and mail-order brides who all brought their own particular shine to the golden horizon of the American West in the 1800s. 

    For info, call the library at 664-8308.


  • 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. Tickets are $25 (including the hors d'oeuvres buffet) and are available at www.homewoodpubliclibrary.org or at the Adult Services Desk at the library. 

    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. Reservations are essential, so they know how much food to order from the caterers. To get your tickets online, click here


  • 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. Tickets are $25 and are available by calling 699-0044 or by visiting www.shelbycountyartscouncil.com.

    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: Finding Christmas. 10 - 10:45 a.m., Highland Hall at Independent Presbyterian Church, 3116 Highland Avenue. Free and all are welcome for these stories of the annual search for the spirit of Christmas!


    JANUARY 2019

  • Thursday, January 17: Southern Comfort in a Cast-Iron Skillet. Yellowhammer Garden Club, Birmingham.

  • 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.


  • Monday, January 28: Fools for Love ~ Fads and Fancies of Regency England. 10:15 - 11 a.m., Valleydale Baptist Church. Sponsored by the Indian Valley Women's Club and the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Free and open to the public.

    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.





    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."


  • Saturday, February 9: Story workshop sponsored by the Cheaha District, North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. Pell City, AL.


  • Sunday, February 10: Eglamore and Cristobel ~ A Love Story, 2 - 4 p.m., Birmingham Botanical Gardens Linn-Henley Lecture Hall. Ticket info TBA.

    As Valentine's Day approaches, enter the romance and intrigue of a long-ago world through this original adaptation of a 14th-century love story. It's the passionate, surprising tale of a devoted knight and a strong woman who fight danger, treachery, and an array of monsters -- both human and non-human -- that conspire to keep them apart. Would you wait a lifetime for your one true love?

    Dolores Hydock, in the voice and spirit of a crafty old crone, tells the story. The musicians of medieval music trio PanHarmonium -- David Cantrell, Susan Marchant, and Gilbert Ritchie -- add hauntingly beautiful music of the time, playing harp, hurdy-gurdy, recorders, lute, and other curious instruments of old.




  • 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.


  • Tuesday, February 19: Footprint on the Sky: Voices from Chandler Mountain. Gadsden Art Association special event.

  • Thursday, February 21: Through the Back Door ~ The Music that Bridged the Bayou. 2 - 3 p.m., Childersburg Ladies Book Club meeting at the First Baptist Church of Childersburg, Childersburg, AL. The program is free and all are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. 

    They say in Southwest Louisiana that you can be a Cajun in one of three ways: by blood (birth), by the ring (marriage), or through the back door (by befriending the culture). This program paints a portrait of Cajun and Creole music and musicians and the role that music played in allowing non-Cajuns to slip "through the back door" into the world of the spirited culture of Southwest Louisiana. It also describes the history of Cajun music in North America from the 1600s to the present day.


  • Friday - Saturday, February 22 - 23: Retreat for the women of First Baptist Church of Columbus, GA.


  • Tuesday, February 26: Starch in their Petticoats ~ True Stories of Strong Women Who Settled the West. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Location TBA. Free. Sponsored by the Panorama Club and the Alabama Humanities Foundation. 

    They were tough, resourceful, and ready for anything! Storyteller Dolores Hydock brings to life true stories of women of guts and gusto who settled the American West. They were pioneers, homesteaders, pistol-packin' card sharks, entertainers, and "upstairs girls," but they all played a part in putting the shine in the Golden West of the 1800s. Photographs, diary excerpts, letters, and newspaper articles of the day help bring their stories to life.




    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.


  • Sunday, March 17: Silence ~ The Adventure of a Medieval Warrior Woman. 3:30 - 5 p.m., Carolina Music Museum, 516 Buncombe Streret, Greenville, SC. 


  • 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. 

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