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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.
Wednesday, September 10: Through the Back Door: The Music that Bridged the Bayou. The music of Southwest Louisiana, and its history in North America, with musical excerpts and stories. St. Martin's in the Pines, Birmingham, AL.
Thursday, September 11:Every Picture Tells a Story - The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell.7 - 8 p.m., Foley Civic Center, 319 East Laurel Avenue, Foley, AL. Free.
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 creative process that Rockwell used to craft his one-image stories.
The program is sponsored by the Foley Public Library and the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and is free and open to all. For information, call the library at 251-943-7665.
Saturday, September 19: Stories of Faith. Episcopal Church of the Holy Apostles, Alabaster, AL. Part of the Daughters of the King Fall Conference.
Thursday, September 18: Footprint on the Sky - Memories of a Chandler Mountain Spring.11 a.m. to noon, Huffman Baptist Church Seniors.
Saturday, September 20: Footprint on the Sky - Memories of a Chandler Mountain Spring.4 - 5 p.m., The Weatherford Center, Red Bay, AL. Free and open to all! Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation, and part of Red Bay Founders Fest.
Bonnets, bow-tie quilts, tomato stakes, the recipe for Scripture Cake, and an old-timey cure for hiccups – they’re all part of this funny and touching portrait of an Alabama mountain community in the 1970's. Actress and storyteller Dolores Hydock brings the spirit and voices of special mountain friends to life in this story of strong women, Southern hospitality, and the generous spirit of a close-knit community.
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 picked up at the library after August 11th. 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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Thursday, October 23: Soldiers in Hoop Skirts - Nurses, Spies, and other Fighting Women of the Civil War. 6 - 7 p.m., Irondale Public Library, 105 20th Street South, Irondale, AL. Free.
Women on both sides of the conflict did their part for the war effort – as spies, soldiers, nurses, and supporters from the home front. This program shares the true, sometimes funny, sometimes touching, stories of some of the sisters, wives, mothers, and daughters who snooped, smuggled, sewed, nursed, and risked their lives, health, and fortunes for a cause they loved. The program includes photographs, letters, journal entries, and excerpts from memoirs written by these women after the war.
Wednesday, November 5:Soldiers in Greasepaint - Entertaining with the USO. 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.
Before there was Oprah or Dr. Ruth or Judge Judy, there was Ann Landers. For decades, the renowned advice columnist answered countless letters from lovelorn teens, confused couples, and a multitude of others in need of advice. No topic was off-limits, and always, Landers regaled her readers with direct, insightful, and often humorously honest responses.
In the one-woman play, The Lady With All the Answers, we find Ann late on a 1975 night in her Chicago apartment, struggling to write the column that would become one of the most famous she would ever compose. Come spend an evening with the woman who seemed like family to millions of readers who had breakfast with her -- or at least her advice -- every morning.
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.