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.

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.

Thursday, October 20 - Saturday, October 22: Athens Storytelling Festival, with Donald Davis, Josh Goforth, Dolores Hydock, and Bil Lepp. For information, visit athensstorytellingfestival.com


NOVEMBER 2022

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


Wednesday, November 2: Going the Extra Mile ~ The extraordinary journeys of Elizabeth Bisland and Nellie Bly. 
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.

Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland made headlines as they raced, solo, in opposite directions around the world in 1889. That adventure turned out to be only a small part of a larger fight they each fought in their own way -- a fight for financial independence for women at the turn of the 20th century. Though they never met in person, their stories overlap in a fascinating series of coincidences that had them racing against time, injustice, and each other.


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.

Wednesday, December 7: Christmas stories. 10 - 11 a.m., Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 1912 Canyon Road, Vestavia Hills, AL. Free. For info, call the church at 205-822-3480.

Thursday, December 8: Christmas stories. 10 - 11 a.m., Southminster Presbyterian Church, 1124 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, AL. Free. For info, call the church at 205-822-1124.

Saturday, December 10: Jingle All the Way. 7 - 8:30 p.m., 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. 

Sunday, December 11: Christmas stories. 2 - 3 p.m. Albert L. Scott Public Library, 100 9th Street NW, Alabaster, AL. Free. For info, call the library at 205-664-6822.

Sunday, December 18: Christmas stories. 10 - 10:45 a.m., Highland Hall, Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham. Free.

Sunday, December 18: It's Not the Food, It's the Fellowship. 1 - 1:30 p.m., South Highland Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall (stories after lunch, which starts around 12:15), 2035 Highland Avenue South, Birmingham. Call the church at 205-933-0790 if you'd like to make a reservation for lunch.



JANUARY 2023

Tuesday, January 24: Going the Extra Mile ~ The extraordinary journeys of Elizabeth Bisland and Nellie Bly. 11 a.m. - noon, Gulf Shores Cultural Center, 19470 Oak Road West, Gulf Shores, AL.  Free. Sponsored by the Gulf Shores Public Library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance. For info, call the library at 251-968-1176.

Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland made headlines as they raced, solo, in opposite directions around the world in 1889. That adventure turned out to be only a small part of a larger fight they each fought in their own way -- a fight for financial independence for women at the turn of the 20th century. Though they never met in person, their stories overlap in a fascinating series of coincidences that had them racing against time, injustice, and each other.


Sunday, January 29: Salmagundi ~ A Stone Soup of Stories. 
12:15 - 2 p.m., Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church. Annual "Soup and Stories for the Soul" fund raiser for the church's food pantry, with a simple soup, bread , and yummy dessert lunch, then stories to follow. Tickets are $15 plus a can of soup for the church food pantry. Reservations are essential (so they know how much soup to make!) and will be available through the church website starting January 9th.

A "salmagundi" is a hodge-podge of various ingredients mixed into one dish. A "stone soup" is one where everyone brings a little something to throw into the pot. For this event, storyteller Dolores Hydock brings three seemingly unrelated stories for everyone to blend with their own memories and interpretations into a stone-soup-of-the-day!




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 9: Pied Pipers at the Playground,
 Worthwhile Study Club, Oneonta, AL.


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.


MAY 2023

May 18 - 20: Shoals Storytelling Festival, Florence, AL. Tickets and details TBA.