upcoming events


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

AUGUST 2019

  • Sunday, August 25: Through the Back Door ~ The music that bridged the bayou. 11 a.m. to noon, Unitarian Universalist
    Congregation of the Shoals, 1332 North Pine Street, Florence, AL. Free; part of the Sunday morning gathering. All are
    welcome to attend. 

    They say in Southwest Louisiana that you can be a Cajun in one of three ways: by blood (being born to it), by the
    ring (marriage), or through the back door (by befriending the culture). This program tells the history of Cajun music
    in North America and its importance in the lives of Cajun musicians and their families. The program is based on funny
    and often moving true stories collected from Cajun and Creole musicians. The presentation includes historical photographs
    and samples of the music to show how it has evolved over 300 years from its early style to its modern-day sound.


SEPTEMBER 2019

  • Monday, September 9: Horizons Study Group, Alexander City, AL.

  • Wednesday, September 11: It's the Little Things ~ Five small objects that connect up to the Dutch Golden Age. Progress Study Club, Birmingham, AL.

  • Thursday, September 12: Stories from my Irondale home. 6 - 7 p.m., Irondale Public Library, 105 20th Street South, Irondale. Free. Stories of a very big yard, a very small ghost, and the answer to a 40-year-old mystery floating in on a ray of springtime sunshine.


  • Thursday, September 19: Taking Sides ~ A new look at the life of Audrey Sheppard Williams. 7 - 8:30 p.m., The Mill 280 (former Russell Retail Outlet), Alexander City, AL. Sponsored by the Alexander City Arts Council. Tickets are $15 and are available online at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4292893.

    Audrey Sheppard walked away from the red clay fields of Pike County and became half of one of the most famous couples in country music history when she married Hank Williams. Her life -- like her story -- is a controversial one. Are there really two sides to every story -- even hers? Can the two sides be opposite and still both be true? This new story lets you decide: Whose side are you on?

  • Thursday - Saturday, September 26 - 28: Cave Run Storytelling Festival, Morehead, KY. For information, visit www.caverunstoryfest.org

OCTOBER 2019

  • Thursday, October 3: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887. Free. Sponsored by the General Lew Wallace Museum, Crawfordsville, Indiana. Time and location TBA.

    Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in Florence, Alabama in 1861 when the War Between the States began. She was keeping a diary at the time, and kept on keeping a diary for 26 years. In this performance, storyteller Dolores Hydock and music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie’s diary entries with camp songs, popular tunes of the times, and original melodies to tell a funny, touching, and uniquely personal true story of a world of innocence turned upside-down.  


  • Saturday, October 5: Silence ~ The Adventure of a Medieval Warrior Woman.  7 - 8 p.m., St. Francis of Assisi Episcopal Church, 3545 Cahaba Valley Road, Pelham, AL. Part of the church's 5th Annual Arts Festival.

    Greed, lust, abuse of power, dangerous secrets, treacherous friends.... An episode of Game of Thrones? The usual headlines from the daily news? No -- a modern-day adaptation of a 13th-century story that shows there's nothing new about deceit, revenge, or the search for an authentic self.

    Silence is the wickedly funny, plot-twisting tale of a girl raised as a boy to protect her property rights. There's a clueless king, a lusty queen, conniving companions, and a clever young person faced with a choice of weapons with which to face the world: a jeweled sword or a sewing needle. Which would you choose? Storyteller Dolores Hydock, in the spirit, costume, and voice of a wily old crone, serves as the narrator who freely expresses her opinions as she spins the tale.

    The story is part of the church's weekend-long celebration of the arts. Other events that weekend include film documentaries, a piano concert, children's crafts, a blessing of animals, and a cooking demonstration. Tickets for the entire weekend are $30 per individual, $50 for a family. For complete information and tickets, click here.


  • Saturday, October 12: It Could Happen! Part of the Women's Conference, Asbury United Methodist Church, 6690 Cahaba Valley Road, Hoover, AL. Conference is from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. For information, call the church at 995-1700.

  • Saturday, October 12: Taking Sides: Another look at the life of Audrey Sheppard Williams. 6:30 - 9 p.m., We Piddle Around Theatre, Main Street, Brundidge, AL. Tickets are $25 and include pre-show music, a barbecue supper, and the Audrey Williams story. Doors open at 6:20, supper at 6:30. For reservations, call 334-685-5524 or 334-670-6302.

    Audrey Sheppard walked away from the red clay fields of Pike County and became half of one of the most famous couples in country music history when she married Hank Williams. Her life -- like her story -- is a controversial one. Are there really two sides to every story -- even hers? Can the two sides be opposite and still both be true? This new, true story lets you decide: Whose side are you on?

  • Friday - Saturday, October 17 - 19: Forest Storytelling Festival, Port Angeles, WA. For information, visit www.clallamstorypeople.org

  • Tuesday, October 29: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Fielder Auditorium, on the campus of Snead State Community College. Free and open to the public. For information, call the Boaz Public Library at 256-593-8056.

    Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in Florence, Alabama when the War Between the States began. Her diaries, begun in June 1861, paint a powerful, humorous, and honest picture of a child’s innocent world colliding with the reality of war. The journals continue through the war and for another 22 years, as Sallie grows to be a young woman, marries, and begins a family of her own. In this dramatic performance, storyteller Dolores Hydock and music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie's writings, family letters, photographs, camp songs, and tunes of the time to create a uniquely personal portrait of a radically changing world.

    This free Alabama Bicentennial event is sponsored by the Boaz Public Library and Snead State Community College.


NOVEMBER 2019

  • Monday, November 4: PEO Chapter B meeting, Birmingham, AL.

  • Monday, November 4: Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain. 5 - 6 p.m., Leeds Theatre and Arts Center,  8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL. Free. An Alabama Bicentennial event, sponsored by the Leeds Jane Culbreth Library and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

    Bonnets, bow-tie quilts, tomato stakes, the recipe for Scripture Cake, an old-timey cure for hiccups and other folk remedies, superstitions, and family stories are all part of this affectionate portrait of a close-knit Alabama mountain community in the 1970s, where modern-day life mixed with old-fashioned ways. The spirit and voices of special mountain friends come to life in this story of strong women, Southern hospitality, and the generous spirit of a close-knit community.


  • Wednesday, November 6: Holiday Memories. Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Memorial Library, 314 North Boradway Avenue, Sylacauga, AL. Free. Part of the library's Adult Brown Bag Series. 

    This free adult program celebrates two of Alabama's most beloved writers and storytellers: Kathryn Tucker Windham and Truman Capote. Begin the holiday season with stories of family, friendships, and holiday traditions in small Alabama towns long ago.


  • Thursday, November 7: Footprint on the Sky: Voices from Chandler Mountain. 7 - 7:45 p.m., North Shelby County Library, 5521 Cahaba Valley Road, Hoover, AL. Free. Part of the meeting of the Evening Star Quilt Guild. Greet and gather at 6:30; program begins at 7 p.m. Sponsored by the Quilt Guild and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

    Bonnets, bow-tie quilts, tomato stakes, the recipe for Scripture Cake, an old-timey cure for hiccups and other folk remedies, superstitions, and family stories are all part of this affectionate portrait of a close-knit Alabama mountain community in the 1970s, where modern-day life mixed with old-fashioned ways. The spirit and voices of special mountain friends come to life in this story of strong women, Southern hospitality, and the generous spirit of a close-knit community.


  • Sunday, November 10: Taking Sides: A new look at the life of Audrey Williams. 2 - 3:30 p.m., Shelby County Arts Council Theatre, Columbiana, AL.  Ticket info coming soon.

    Audrey Sheppard walked away from the red clay fields of Pike County and became half of one of the most famous couples in country music history when she married Hank Williams. Her life -- like her story -- is a controversial one. Are there really two sides to every story -- even hers? Can the two sides be opposite and still both be true? This new story lets you decide: Whose side are you on?


  • Wednesday, November 13: It's Not the Food, It's the Fellowship. Noon - 1 p.m., Fayette Public Library, 326 Temple Avenue North, Fayette, AL. Free. Light lunch starts at noon; the program follows, starting around 12:20. All are welcome!

    Start off the holiday season with stories about, well, the food, the fellowship, and the crazy rituals that we somehow return to year after year when Thanksgiving and Christmas roll around. The folks at the Fayette Library make this a fun and festive time, with a casual lunch at noon.


  • Thursday, November 21: Abundant Blessings and The Magic Pan. New Era Club, Birmingham, AL.


  • Sunday, November 24: A Christmas Memory, 3 - 3:45 p.m., downtown Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL.

    Truman Capote's bittersweet memory of a 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.

DECEMBER 2019

  • Tuesday, December 3: Christmas stories. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Shades Valley Presbyterian Church, 2305 Montevallo Road, Mountain Broook, AL. 

  • Wednesday, December 4: Christmas stories. La Lumiere Club.

  • Thursday, December 5: Christmas stories. Savantes Club, Birmingham, AL.

  • Friday, December 6: Jingle All the Way ~ Songs, Stories, and Sing-alongs. With the music of Bobby Horton. 6:30 - 9 p.m. Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. Ticket info TBA.

    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.


  • Saturday, December 7: It's Not the Food, It's the Fellowship. Christmas brunch sponsored by the Sheffield Public Library. Ticket info TBA. 

    Traditions make the holidays ... even if we sometimes forget why we're doing them or how they ever got started! Storyteller Dolores Hydock shares some funny, affectionate stories about the rituals and traditions that help even the Scrooge-iest among us locate that elusive Christmas spirit, year after year. 


  • Sunday, December 8: Jingle All the Way ~ Songs, Stories, and Sing-alongs. With the music of Bobby Horton. 2 - 4 p.m. Shelby County Arts Council Theatre, Columbiana, AL. Ticket info TBA.

    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.


  • Saturday, December 14: A Christmas Memory. 3 - 4 p.m., Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak Avenue, Fairhope, AL. Ticket info TBA.

    Truman Capote's bittersweet memory of a 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.


  • Sunday, December 15: A Christmas Memory. 10 - 10:45 a.m., Independent Presbyterian Church, Highland Hall, 3116 Highland Avenue, Birmingham, AL. Free and all are welcome to attend. 



JANUARY 2020

  • Thursday, January 23: Castles and Cathedrals. 10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest. Sponsored by the Friends of the Vestavia Hills Library. Ticket info TBA.

  • Sunday, January 26: Soup and Stories for the Soul. 12:30 - 2 p.m. Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. Ticket info TBA.


FEBRUARY
2020
 

 

  • Thursday, February 6: Footprint on the Sky: Voices from Chandler Mountain. Monroe County Courthouse, Monroeville, AL. Free. Part of a quilt exhibit at the courthouse. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

    Bonnets, bow-tie quilts, tomato stakes, the recipe for Scripture Cake, an old-timey cure for hiccups and other folk remedies, superstitions, and family stories are all part of this affectionate portrait of a close-knit Alabama mountain community in the 1970s, where modern-day life mixed with old-fashioned ways. The spirit and voices of special mountain friends come to life in this story of strong women, Southern hospitality, and the generous spirit of a close-knit community.

  • Saturday, February 15: Private event.

MARCH 2020

  • Wednesday, March 4: Noon - 1 p.m. Brown Bag Adult Lecture Series at B. B. Comer Library, Sylacauga, AL. 

  • Tuesday, March 10: Springtime stories. Riverchase UMC luncheon. 


  • Thursday, March 19: Starch in their Petticoats: True stories of strong women who settled the West. 2 - 3 p.m., Rainwater Memorial Library, 124 9th Avenue SW, Childersburg, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Childersburg Book 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.



  • Tuesday, March 31: Dishing the Dirt: Stories from the Garden. Alabama State Master Gardeners Conference, Mobile, AL.

APRIL 2020

  • Thursday, April 2: Castles and Cathedrals. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Fayette Music Club, Fayette, AL Free. Sponsored by the Fayette Music Club and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

  • Friday, April 24: Spring story concert. 6:30 - 9 p.m., Homewood Library. Ticket info TBA.

MAY 2020

  • May 16 - 17: Shoals Storytelling Festival, Shoals Theatre, downtown Florence, AL. Ticket info TBA.

JUNE 2020

  • Saturday, June 6: Summertime stories. Private event.