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Saturday, July 26:Every Picture Tells A Story ~ The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell. 7 - 8 p.m., Pell City Performance Center, 25 Williamson Drive, Pell City, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and part of the Museum on Main Street traveling exhibit, "The Way We Worked."
Norman Rockwell didn't just paint pictures; every picture told a story. In this presentation, storyteller Dolores Hydock shares surprising stories from Rockwell's life and career, and describes "the way he worked." Using slide images of his sketches, models, paintings-in-process, and finished work, this program follows the step-by-step process Rockwell used in becoming “America’s painter” -- and storyteller on canvas.
Sunday, July 27:Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain. 2 - 3 p.m., Coosa Historical Society, location TBA. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Monday, September 8: Back to School. Stories of the first day of school and a big-number high-school reunion. Free. New Horizons, Alexander City.
Thursday, September 25:Back to School. Stories of the first day of school and a big-number high-school reunion. Free. Friends of the Library in the Forest kick-off meeting, Vestavia Hills Library. Coffee at 10 a.m.; short meeting at 10:30. Program follows. All are welcome!
Thursday, September 25:A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart - The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887.Story by Dolores Hydock; music by Bobby Horton.
7 - 9 p.m., Parnell Memorial Library Theatre, Park Drive, Montevallo, AL. Tickets are free, but must be reserved (and picked up) at the library after August 7th. For details, call the library at 665-9207.
Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in Florence, Alabama in 1861 when the Civil War began. This bright, articulate girl kept a diary at the time, and she kept on keeping a diary for another 26 years. Through her journals, we get a funny, touching, and uniquely personal look at a world of innocence colliding with the reality of war. Then, when the war ends, we see how she – like thousands of others – began to create a new life in a radically changed world. Storyteller Dolores Hydock and music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie’s story with camp songs, period favorites, and original tunes to explore the life and times that Sallie shared with her paper "dear Companion."
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Wednesday, November 5:Lest We Forget. Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Library, Sylacauga, AL. Free and all are welcome. Part of the library's Brown Bag Series.
Sunday, November 16:The Lady with All the Answers ~ The Ann Landers story, written by David Rambo.2 - 4 p.m., Birmingham Botanical Gardens Lecture Hall. Tickets $20, available after October 1.
Monday, November 17:Abundant Blessings. Thanksgiving stories.6 - 7 p.m., Gardendale Public Library, 995 Mount Olive Road. Free and all are welcome! For information, call 631-6639.
What does pumpkin pie have to do with just desserts? And what does Thanksgiving have to do with going fishing? Find out in these stories of sibling rivalry, sweet potato casserole, sudden disaster, and the amazing gift of realizing just how much there is to be thankful for.
Monday, December 1:Christmas stories. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Shades Valley Presbyterian Church Women's Christmas luncheon. All are invited to attend the service and program at 10:30. Lunch follows in the Fellowship Hall.
Sunday, December 7:A Christmas Memory. 3 - 4 p.m., downtown Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place.
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. Free.
Friday, December 12:Jingle All the Way ~ Christmas songs and stories with Dolores Hydock and Bobby Horton. 6:30 - 8 p.m., Homewood Public Library auditorium. Ticket info TBA.
Sunday, December 14:Jingle All the Way ~ Christmas songs and stories with Dolores Hydock and Bobby Horton. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Local Color Cafe, Springville, AL. Tickets $20; for reservations, call 205-467-0334.
Saturday, January 24:Starch in Their Petticoats ~ True Stories of Strong Women Who Settled the West. 1 - 2 p.m., St. Mark's United Methodist Church.
Sunday, January 25:In Her Own Fashion ~ The Ninette Griffith Story. Noon - 2 p.m., Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. Part of the "Soup and Stories" annual event. All are welcome to attend. Ticket info TBA.
Thursday, January 29:A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The World of Sallie Independence Foster, 18561 - 1887. Alexander City Arts Council special event. Ticket info TBA.
Thursday, March 19:Literary Treason ~ The Writing of Bess Streeter Aldrich. 3 - 4 p.m., Childersburg Ladies Book Club, Childersburg First Baptist Church, Childersburg, AL. Free and all are welcome to attend! Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Monday, March 23:Literary Treason ~ The Writing of Bess Streeter Aldrich. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Indian Valley Women's Club, Valleydale Baptist Church, Hoover, AL. Free and all are welcome to attend! Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Saturday, March 28: Desk and Derrick Association anual banquet, Bossier City, LA. -
April 17 - 18:Sounds of the Mountain Storytelling Festival. Camp Bethel, near Roanoke, VA.
Thursday, April 23:A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The World of Sallie Independence Foster. Story by Dolores Hydock; music by Bobby Horton. Demopolis, AL. Sponsored by the Two Rivers Arts Council. Ticket info TBA.
May 15 -16:Front Porch Storytelling Festival. Florence, AL.