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Thursday, January 26: Soldiers in Greasepaint - USO Camp Show Entertainers of World War II. Noon - 1 p.m., Norton Public Library, 221 West 19th Avenue, Gulf Shores, AL. Free; sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. All are welcome to attend. For info, call the library at 251-968-1177.
Sunday, January 29: Southern Comfort and Comfortable Shoes.12:15 - 2 p.m., Vestavia Hills UMC "Soup and Stories for the Soul" annual event. Lunch in the Fellowship Hall begins at 12:15, with the story program to follow from about 1 - 2 p.m. All are welcome to attend! Tickets for lunch are $15 plus a donation of a can of soup. Reservations are needed by January 23rd. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, call the church at 822-9631.
Can a Yankee learn to make cornbread? Can a computer teach you about love? Apparently the answer is yes! Find out how in these true stories of surprising lessons learned in unexpected places.
This annual event is part of the church's "Soup and Stories for the Soul" series, a fundraiser to restock the church's food pantry. VHUMC is located at 2061 Kentucky Avenue in Vestavia Hills.
Saturday, February 11: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart - The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887.Pike Road Arts Council, Pike Road, AL. Ticket info TBA.
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. This performance, based on Sallie's diaries, papers, and letters from her brothers off at war, presents a funny, touching, and uniquely personal look at the life and times that Sallie shared with her paper "dear Companion."
Storyteller Dolores Hydock and music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie’s story with camp songs, period favorites, and original tunes to create a poignant, powerful, humorous, and honest picture of a world of innocence turned upside-down.
Sunday, February 19: Southern Comfort and Comfortable Shoes. Hartselle First United Methodist Church Tapestries Group "Souper Bowl" supper, 210 Hickory Street SE, Hartselle, AL.
Can a Yankee learn to make cornbread? Can a computer teach you about love? Apparently the answer is yes! Find out how in these true stories of surprising lessons learned in unexpected places. Supper is first, starting at 4 p.m., with the stories to follow. For info or to make reservations, call the church at 256-773-6952 or visit fumchartselle.org/souper-bowl.html
Tuesday, February 21: Soldiers in Greasepaint ~ USO Camp Show Entertainers of World War II. 2 - 3 p.m., Anniston Public Library, 108 #ast 10th Street, Anniston, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation; all are welcome to attend!
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.
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!
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.
March 10 - 12:Tejas Storytelling Festival, Dallas, TX.
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 or visit redmountaintheatre.org
April 28 - 29:Sounds of the Mountain Storytelling Festival, Camp Bethel, Virginia.
Thursday, May 11: Footprint on the Sky: Voices from Chandler Mountain.Fayette Progress Club, Fayette, AL.