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. 


MARCH 2019

 

  • Wednesday, March 27: The Faces of Jesus. 6 - 6:45 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 2100 4th Avenue North, downtown Birmingham. 

    The familiar and surprising story of the life, passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus is told in this spoken-word adaptation of the book "The Faces of Jesus" by Frederick Buechner. By the end of the story, we discover the face of Jesus in an unexpected place.

    This program is free and open to all. There's a casual supper in Matthews Hall starting at 5:30 (there's a small charge for supper), with the free program to follow in the sanctuary, starting a little after 6. For information, call the church at 322-5469.


     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!  Please note: Registration for this event is already full, but you can get on the waiting list at eolib.org (Adults / Calendar), or call the library service desk at 445-1121.

    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 - 8:30 p.m., Homewood Library Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood. Tickets are $30 (plus a $3 ticket service fee) and include an hors d'oeuvres buffet starting at 6:30, with the story to start around 7:15. 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, 1332 North Pine Street, 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: Looking for His Luck, The Wishing Ring, and other stories: 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church Seniors supper, 3736 Montrose Road, 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. Tickets are $20 and will be available starting June 27th. To reserve tickets, click here.  

    A voice of silk and chiffon…
    A spirit of brass and iron...
    A woman who was 95 years old and ready to tell all!

    Storyteller Dolores Hydock shares the funny, irreverent, true story of Ninette Griffith, who was Fashion Coordinator for Loveman's Department Store in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1950s and 1960s, a time when the downtown department store was a temple of style and fashion. Sassy, ambitious, and unflinchingly honest, Ninette was an elegantly independent woman whose life unfolds in these stories of reckless romance, celebrity hi-jinks, fashion disasters, and the adventures of a life that followed no one else's pattern.



  • 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. 


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

OCTOBER 2019

  • Saturday, October 12: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.  Women's Conference, Asbury United Methodist Church, 6690 Cahaba Valley Road, Hoover, AL

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


NOVEMBER 2019

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

  • Monday, November 4: Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain. Leeds Jane Culbreath Library, 1804 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL.

  • 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.


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


DECEMBER 2019

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

  • 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.

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

  • 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.