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. 


FEBRUARY 2019

  • 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. Galleria Woods meeting room, Hoover, AL. 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: Taking Sides - A different look at the controversial life of an Alabama country music legend. Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Library Auditorium, 314 North Broadway Avenue, Sylacauga, AL. Part of the library's Adult Lecture Series series. Free. Lunchroom open from 11 a.m. to noon; bring a sack lunch, if you like, to enjoy before the program starts at noon. Kind volunteers provide beverages and dessert! Call the library at 256-249--0961 for more information.

    An out-of-town preview of a new story! Audrey Sheppard grew up in Brundidge, Alabama, and became half of one of the most famous couples in country music history when she married Hank Williams. Her life -- and 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?

    Please note: This story will have its official Birmingham debut on Friday, April 12th, at the Homewood Public Library Auditorium. Details below; reservation info coming soon!


  • 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.


  • Friday, March 22: Eglamore and Cristobel ~ A Medieval Love Story. With the music of PanHarmonium. St Francis-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Zionsville, IN.


  • 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. Tickets: $20. For more info, click here.

    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. 

     APRIL 2019

  • Thursday, April 4: Don't Make Me Come Back There ~ Stories of Moms and Dads. First UMC Supper Club, downtown Birmingham.

  • Sunday, April 7: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887. 2:30 - 4:30 p.m. Emmet O'Neal Library, 50 Oak Street, Crestline Village, Mountain Brook. The program is free, but seating is limited, so registration is essential! To register, AFTER MARCH 1st, visit eolib.org

    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.


  • Friday, April 12: Taking Sides ~ A new look at the controversial life of Audrey Williams. 6:30 - 9 p.m., Homewood Library Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood. Tickets are $30 and include an hors d'oeuvres buffet starting at 6:30, with the stories to start around 7:15. Ticket are available AFTER MARCH 11th. For tickets, visit homewoodpubliclibrary.org or visit the Adult Services Desk at the library.

    As part of Homewood Public Library's Alabama Bicentennial celebration, this new story makes its Birmingham debut. Audrey Sheppard grew up in Brundidge, Alabama, 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?

     MAY 2019

  • Saturday, May 4: Momorabilia ~ Stories about Mothers. Morgan Memorial UMC Women's Luncheon.

  • Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18: Shoals Storytelling Festival, Florence, AL. Info at shoalsstorytelling.com

  • Sunday, May 19: It's the Little Things ~ Five small objects that connect us to the Dutch Golden Age. 11 a.m. to noon, UU Congregation of the Shoals, Florence, AL. 

    The story is part of the 11 a.m. service. All are welcome to attend! You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five little things that played a big role in shaping the world of 17th century Holland -- and that helped shape the world we live in today. Join storyteller Dolores Hydock on a journey from the Arctic Sea to Singapore for the story of five tiny things that changed history in unexpected ways.

  • Wednesday, May 22: Southern Comfort in a Cast-Iron Skillet. Salvation Army fund raiser special event. Birmingham, AL


  • Thursday, May 23: Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain. Heritage Hall Museum, Talladega, AL. Free and open to the public. An Alabama Bicentennial event 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.

  • Thursday, May 30: St. Luke's Episcopal Church Seniors supper, Birmingham, AL.


AUGUST 2019

  • Thursday, August 8: In Her Own Fashion. 7 - 9 p.m., Hoover Library Theatre, Hoover, AL. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hoover Library. Ticket info TBA.