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. 



  • Thursday, January 23: Castles and Cathedrals: A story of ballroom dancing, social revolutionaries, unexpected heroes,
    and the magic of public libraries
    10:30 - 11:15 a.m., Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest. Sponsored by the Friends of the
    Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest. Tickets $15 for non-members; free for members. Friends memberships available at the
    door. For reservations, call the library at 205-978-0158.

    Vernon and Irene Castle were ballroom dancers of the Vaudeville era. In the first part of the 20th century, they revolutionized the idea of social dancing by making it respectable for partners to dance – in public – to ragtime music. The “Grizzly Bear,” “Bunny Hug,” and “Turkey Trot,” and the music that accompanied those dances, were considered scandalous by “good” society until this attractive, sophisticated, and very married couple opened a dance studio in New York City and showed the elite of New York society how to cut a rug. Their attitudes were modern: They performed exclusively with a handpicked, all-African-American ragtime orchestra. Their commercial success was legendary: In 1914, their product endorsements and public appearances earned them more than $5000 a week. Their story has unexpected detours into the shadows of ragtime, the glittery world of fame and fortune, and the battlefields of World War I. But the real hero of this intriguing tale is the public library system whose resources make their story come to life.

    Doors open at 9:45 for visiting and light refreshments. A brief Friends meeting begins at 10:30, with the stories to follow from 10:45 to 11:30.

  • Sunday, January 26: Dishing the Dirt ~ Stories from the Garden. 12:30 - 2 p.m. Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. Part of the church's annual "Soup and Stories for the Soul" luncheon event. Tickets for the lunch are $15 (plus a canned good for the church's food pantry); reservations are needed and are available by calling the church at 205-822-9631.

    Stories about the revenge of Mother Nature, the intrigue of Frederic the French Yard Man, the life wisdom that comes from getting your hands dirty, and the magic of people who grow philosophy as well as phlox on their little piece of earth.

  • Tuesday, Jamuary 28: Through the Back Door ~ The music that bridged the bayou. 11 a.m. to noon, Gulf Shores Visitor Center. Free. Sponsored by the Gulf Shores Public Library and the Alabama Humanities Foundation. 

    They say in Southwest Louisiana that you can be a Cajun in one of three ways: by blood (being born to it), by the ring (marriage), or through the back door (by befriending the culture). This program tells the history of Cajun music in North America and its importance in the lives of Cajun musicians and their families. The program is based on funny and often moving true stories collected from Cajun and Creole musicians. The presentation includes historical photographs and samples of the music to show how it has evolved over 300 years from its early style to its modern-day sound.



  • Thursday, February 6: Footprint on the Sky: Voices from Chandler Mountain. Monroe County Courthouse, Monroeville, AL. Free. Part of a quilt exhibit at the courthouse. 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.

  • Saturday, February 15: Private event.

  • Tuesday, February 25: Footprint on the Sky. Panorama Club, Birmingham.

  • Friday - Saturday, February 28 - 29: Possum Town Tales Storytelling Festival, Columbus, Mississippi.

MARCH 2020

  • Wednesday, March 4: Noon - 1 p.m. Brown Bag Adult Lecture Series at B. B. Comer Library, Sylacauga, AL. 

  • Tuesday, March 10: Springtime stories. Riverchase UMC luncheon. 

  • Thursday, March 12: Shelby County Women's Ministry luncheon.

  • Thursday, March 19: Starch in their Petticoats: True stories of strong women who settled the West. 2 - 3 p.m., Rainwater Memorial Library, 124 9th Avenue SW, Childersburg, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Childersburg Book Club and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

    They were tough, resourceful, and ready for anything! Storyteller Dolores Hydock brings to life true stories of women of guts and gusto who settled the American West. They were pioneers, homesteaders, pistol-packin' card sharks, entertainers, and "upstairs girls," but they all played a part in putting the shine in the Golden West of the 1800s. Photographs, diary excerpts, letters, and newspaper articles of the day help bring their stories to life.

  • Friday - Saturday, March 20 - 21: Do Tell! Madison / Morgan County Storytelling Festival, Madison, GA.

  • Tuesday, March 31: Dishing the Dirt: Stories from the Garden. Alabama State Master Gardeners Conference, Mobile, AL.

APRIL 2020

  • Thursday, April 2: Castles and Cathedrals. 3:30 - 4:30 p.m., Fayette Music Club, Fayette, AL Free. Sponsored by the Fayette Music Club and the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

  • Friday, April 24: Spring story concert. 6:30 - 9 p.m., Homewood Library. Ticket info TBA.

MAY 2020

  • May 16 - 17: Shoals Storytelling Festival, Shoals Theatre, downtown Florence, AL. Ticket info TBA.

JUNE 2020

  • Saturday, June 6: Summertime stories. Private event.