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Thursday, February 23: Fools for Love ~ Fads and Fancies of Regency England.10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, part of the monthly meeting of the Friends of the Library, but all are welcome to attend. The meeting starts with refreshments at 10 a.m., then Friends announcements at 10:30, and the program to follow.
Come enjoy true, tender and sometimes shocking stories of Cupid's mischief as we peek under the covers of a scandalous secret marriage and get a sideways glance at strange fads and hair-raising shenanigans among the love-struck fashionable set of 19th century England. These tales are part royal shocker, part True Romance, and part fun facts from history ... with a shout-out to Queen Elizabeth and Jane Austen. There's no telling what people will do when Cupid's arrows make mischief!
The program, in the auditorium of the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest at 1221 Montgomery Highway, is part of the Friends of the Library monthly meeting. Coffee and refreshments at 10 a.m., short business meeting at 10:30 a.m., and the program follows until about 11:30 a.m. The program is free and all are welcome to attend.
Saturday, February 25: Don't Make Good Potato Salad ~ Stories of Strong Suggestions and Friendly Advice. 11 - 1 p.m. Fundraiser for the Shelby County Arts Council.
This "Imagine*Create*Inspire" luncheon is a special fundraiser for the Shelby County Arts Council. There will be an art exhibit and sale starting at 10 a.m.; lunch begins at 11 a.m., with the story program to follow. Tickets are $25; click here to make a reservation.
The luncheon will be held at the First Baptist Church of Columbiana, 100 North Main Street, Columbiana. For info about the work of the SCAC, visit www.shelbycountyartscouncil.com
Wednesday, March 1: The Red-Headed Woman Meets Mr. Death and other stories of strange adventures.Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Library, Sylacauga, AL. Free. This program is part of the library's adult lecture series.
Two stories by request -- both light-hearted stories of life-changing encounters. In the first story, Maude Applegate (with the freckles and the bright red hair) will stop at nothing to win the heart of the man she loves ... once she figures out who that is! And in the second story, a kind woman at the Winn-Dixie guides a Yankee towards cornbread heaven.
The free program is part of the SouthFirst Adult Lecture Series at the B. B. Comer Library in downtown Sylacauga. Bring a brown bag lunch, if you like, to enjoy in the library lunchroom from 11 - noon (kind volunteers provide desserts and beverages), then move into the auditorium for stories from noon to 1 p.m. For info, call the library at 256-249-0961.
Wednesday, March 15: National Society of Arts and Letters meeting.
Thursday, March 16: It's the Little Things ~ Five small objects that connect our world with the Dutch Golden Age. 2 - 3 p.m., First Baptist Church of Childersburg. Free and all are welcome. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Childersburg Ladies Book Club.
You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five little things that not only made the Netherlands the dominant financial powerhouse of 17th-century Europe, but also helped create the world we live in today. Stories about the discoveries, inventions, coincidences, political upheavals, and cultural changes of the 1600s, along with photographs, maps, paintings, and historical records, take the audience on a journey from the Arctic Sea to Singapore for the remarkable story of five small objects that changed history in unexpected ways.
The program is free and all are welcome to attend. It is sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Childersburg Ladies Book Club, and will be held in the fellowship hall of the Childersburg First Baptist Church at 200 8th Avenue SW, Childersburg.
Saturday, March 18 and Sunday, March 19: In Her Own Fashion. Red Mountain Cabaret Theatre, 301 19th Street North, Birmingham, AL.
A voice of silk and chiffon… A spirit of brass and iron... A woman who was 95 years old and ready to tell all!
In Her Own Fashion tells 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. Smart, 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 cut from a pattern of her own design.
Saturday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, March 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 / $20 / $25 (varies by seat location). For reservations, call RMTC at 324-2424, click here, or visit redmountaintheatre.org
Wednesday, April 5: Close Encounters of the Storytelling Kind.Noon - 1 p.m., Red Ridge UMC, Dadeville, AL.Free and all are welcome. Sponsored by the Friends of the Dadeville Public Library.
A wise person once said, "The best part of an adventure is the people you meet along the way." Come hear about some of the “close encounters” Dolores has had along her storytelling journey, including a cooking lesson from Kathryn Tucker Windham and a hair appointment with Dr. Ruth.
Tuesday, April 11: Soldiers in Hoop Skirts ~ Stories of nurses, spies, and other fighting women of the Civil War.2 - 3 p.m. Anniston Public Library, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation; all are welcome to attend!
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.
The program is free, and all are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. For more information, call the library at 256-237-8501.
Thursday, April 13: Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain. 11 a.m. - noon. Norton Library, Ft. Rucker, AL. Free.
Thursday, April 13: Close Encounters of the Storytelling Kind. 2 - 3 p.m., Ozark-Dade County Public Library, Ozark, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Monday, April 24: Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain. 5 p.m. YMCA retirees meeting, Vulcan Park, Birmingham.
Tuesday, April 25: Every Picture Tells a Story ~ The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell.6 - 7 p.m., Fayette Public Library, Fayette, AL. Free and all are welcome. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the library.
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 gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Rockwell created his one-image stories. Using slide images of his sketches, models, paintings-in-process, and finished work, this program follows the step-by-step creative process Rockwell used in becoming “America’s painter” – and storyteller on canvas.
April 28 - 29:Sounds of the Mountain Storytelling Festival, Camp Bethel, Virginia.
Friday, May 5: It Could Happen! ~ New stories of possibilities.6:30 - 9 p.m. Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. Tickets are $25 and include a light hors d'oeuvres buffet before the show. Reservation info coming soon.
Thursday, May 11: Footprint on the Sky: Voices from Chandler Mountain.Noon to 1 p.m., Fayette Progress Club, Fayette, AL.
Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20:Front Porch Storytelling Festival, Shoals Theatre, Florence, AL. New location!