upcoming events


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story performances, send your e-mail address to doloreshydock@gmail.com

Items below in gold are open to the public.

AUGUST 2022


Tuesday, August 16: Literary Treason ~ The life and writing of Bess Streeter Aldrich.
 2 - 3 p.m., Anniston Public Library, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the library. For more info, call the library at 256-237-8501.

A look at the life and work of Bess Streeter Aldridge, a Nebraska writer of the 1930s. The program includes a telling of her story "Juno's Swans," Aldrich's funny, touching reminder that there's no disaster like an elementary school play, and no friend as important as your best friend when you're ten years old.

Wednesday, August 17: Castles and Cathedrals A story of ragtime dancers, social revolutionaries, and the magic of public libraries. Noon - 1 p.m., Pell City Library, 1000 Bruce Etheridge Parkway, Pell City, AL. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance. For info, call the library at 205-884-1015.

Vernon and Irene Castle were ballroom dancers of the Vaudeville era. Their story has unexpected detours into 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.




SEPTEMBER 2022

Tuesday, September 27: Soldiers in Greasepaint ~ USO Camp Show Performers of World War II. Chambers County Library, 3419 20th Avenue, Valley, AL. 1 - 2 p.m Eastern Time. Free. For information, call the library at 334-768-2161.

It was bigger than Bob Hope! Dolores Hydock shares stories, pictures, and video excerpts of some of the unknown 7000 USO Camp Show performers who brought music, laughs, and a touch of the familiar to US servicemen far from home during World War II.

Thursday, September 29: Dishing the Dirt ~ Stories from the garden. Blount County Master Gardeners Conference.


OCTOBER 2022

Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 9: National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN. For tickets and information, visit www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/main/



Monday, October 17: Starch in Their Petticoats: True stories of strong women who settled the West. 11 a.m. - noon, North Shelby Library, 5521 Cahaba Valley Road, Birmingham. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the library. For info, call the library at 205-439-5511.

They were tough, resourceful, and ready for anything! Come hear 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 tell their remarkable stories.




Tuesday, October 18: Every Picture Tells a Story ~ The life and work of Norman Rockwell. 
2 - 3 p.m., Anniston Public Library, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL.  Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the library. For info, call the library at 256-237-8501.

Norman Rockwell didn't just paint pictures; every picture told a story. This presentation shares surprising stories from Rockwell's life and career, and describes the creative process that Rockwell used to craft his one-image stories on canvas.


NOVEMBER 2022

Tuesday, November 1: St. Mary's on the Highlands WOC luncheon, Birmngham, AL.


Wednesday, November 2:
Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Library, 314 North Broadway Avenue, Sylacauga, AL. Free. Part of the library's Adult Lecture Series. For info, call the library at 256-249-0961.

Thursday, November 3: Soldiers in Greasepaint -- USO Camp Show Entertainers of WWII. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Homewood Public Library Auditorium, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. Free. 


It was bigger than Bob Hope! From Utah Beach to the Philippines, USO Camp Shows during WWII were part of a diverse, hilarious, moving, and inspiring story of voluntarism and service. Storyteller Dolores Hydock shares stories, pictures, and video excerpts of some of the unknown 7000 USO Camp Show performers who brought music, laughs, and a touch of the familiar to US servicemen far from home during World War II.


Tuesday, November 8: Jefferson County Master Gardeners graduation dinner.


DECEMBER 2022

Friday, December 2: Jingle All the Way. 
Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. Songs and stories of the season with Dolores Hydock and Bobby Horton. Ticket info and other details TBA.

Saturday, December 3: Christmas stories. 10 a.m. - noon. Christmas brunch and stories, sponsored by the Sheffield Public Library. Located at the Clarion Inn, 4900 Hatch Boulevard, Sheffield, AL. Ticket info and other details TBA. 

Tuesday, December 6: Christmas stories. 2 - 3 p.m., Anniston Public Library, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL.  Free. For info, call the library at 256-237-8501.

Saturday, December 10: Jingle All the Way. Leeds Performing Arts Center, 8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL. Songs and stories of the season with Dolores Hydock and Bobby Horton. Ticket info and other details TBA. 



JANUARY 2023

Sunday, January 29: Soup and Stories for the Soul. 12:15 - 2 p.m., Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. Annual fund raiser for the church's food pantry. Ticket and reservation info TBA.


FEBRUARY 2023

Tuesday, February 14: Metropolitan Dinner Club, Birmingham, AL.


MARCH 2023

Wednesday, March 1: Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Memorial Library, Sylacauga, AL. Part of the library's Adult Lecture Series. For info, call the library at 256-249-0961.

Friday - Sunday, March 3 - 5: 
Azalea Storytelling Festival, LaGrange, GA. Ticket info and details at www.lsparts.org/azalea/

Thursday, March 23: 10:30 - noon, Vestvia Hills Library in the Forest Friends monthly meeting. 


APRIL 2023

Friday, April 21: Springtime Story Concert. 7 - 8:30 p.m., Homewood Public Library. Tickets and details TBA.