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.

JULY 2024

Sunday, July 21: Every Picture Tells a Story ~ The storytelling of Norman Rockwell. 2 - 3 p.m., Albert L. Scott Public Library, 100 9th Street NW, Alabaster, AL. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

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.


Thursday, July 25: Oh! Henry ~ The Life and Writing of Williiam Sydney Porter. 11 a.m. to noon, Mt Laurel Community Hall, 111 Olmstead Street, Mt. Laurel, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Mt. Laurel Public Library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

"O. Henry" is one of the most famous pseudonyms in American literature. It belonged to William Sydney Porter, who is often called "the master of the American short story." In this program, Will Porter's personal story is interwoven with updated tellings of some of the literary gems written by one of the most popular writers of his day.


Sunday, July 28: Soldiers in Hoop Skirts ~ Nurses, spies, and other fighting women of the Civil War. 2 - 3 p.m., Blount County Museum, Blount County Memorial Museum, 204 2nd Street North, Oneonta, AL. Free. Sponsored by the museum and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

Women on both sides of the conflict did their part for the war effort – as spies, soldiers, nurses, and supporters from the home front. Explore the contributions of sisters, wives, mothers, and daughters who snooped, smuggled, sewed, nursed, and risked their lives, health, and fortunes for a cause they loved.


AUGUST 2024

Thursday, August 1: Soldiers in Hoop Skirts ~ Nurses, spies, and other fighting women of the Civil War. 6:30 - 7:30 p.m., Homewood Public Library Auditorium. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

Women on both sides of the conflict did their part for the war effort – as spies, soldiers, nurses, and supporters from the home front. Explore the contributions of sisters, wives, mothers, and daughters who snooped, smuggled, sewed, nursed, and risked their lives, health, and fortunes for a cause they loved.


Wednesday, August 7: Southern Comfort in a Cast-Iron Skillet. Noon to 1 p.m., Pell City Public Library, 1000 Bruce Etheredge Parkway, Pell City, AL. Free. Part of the library's "Wild & Wonderful Wednesdays" series. Stories of resolutions, diet disasters, and lessons learned in unexpected places.

Tuesday,August 20: Soldiers in Greasepaint ~ USO Camp Show Entertainers of WWII. 10 - 11 a.m., Adelia M. Russell Library, 318 Church Street, Alexander City, AL. Free sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

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. This program shares stories, pictures, and video excerpts of some of the 7000 famous and not-so-famous USO Camp Show performers who brought music, laughs, and a touch of the familiar to US service personnel far from home during World War II.


August 20: Fools for Love ~ Fads and Fancies in Regency England. 2 - 3 p.m., Opelika Public Library, 1100 Glenn Street, Opelika, AL. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

Come enjoy true, tender and sometimes shocking stories of Cupid's mischief as we peek under the covers of a royal scandal 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. There's no telling what people will do when Cupid's arrows fly!



SEPTEMBER 2024


Thursday - Saturday, September 5 - 7, Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Thanksgiving Point, Lehi, Utah. Info at timpfest.org

Tuesday, September 17: Soldiers in Greasepaint ~ USO Camp Show Performers of WWII. 2 - 3 p.m., Anniston Public Library, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL. Free. Sponsored by the library and the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

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. This program shares stories, pictures, and video excerpts of some of the 7000 famous and not-so-famous USO Camp Show performers who brought music, laughs, and a touch of the familiar to US service personnel far from home during World War II.


Thursday - Saturday, September 26 - 28: Cave Run Storytelling Festival, Moreland, KY. Info at caverunstoryfest.org


OCTOBER 2024

Thursday, October 17: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The World  of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887. Crawfordsville, Indiana.


Thursday, October 24: Every Picture Tells a Story ~ The storytelling of Norman Rockwell. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, 1221 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills, AL.  Fund-raiser for the Friends of the Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest. Ticket info TBA.

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.

Wednesday, October 30: Shelf Life ~ A story ramble through the Dewey Decimal System. Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Library, 314 North Broadway Avenue, Sylacauga, AL. Free. Part of the Adult Lecture Series. Doors to the auditorium open at 11:30.

A story journey through the library stacks, accompanied by organized, obsessive Melvil Dewey and Andrew Carnegie, a man who was called the Patron Saint of Public Libraries, and (by contemporary Mark Twain) a “self-serving hypocrite.” Come hear what drove these two brilliant, ambitious men whose vision — and names — are forever connected with the modern public library.


NOVEMBER 2024

Monday, November 4: Every Picture Tells a Story ~ The storytelling of Norman Rockwell. 10 - 11 a.m., Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, Pell City, AL. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Alliance.

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 describes the creative process that Rockwell used to craft his one-image stories.



DECEMBER 2024

Tuesday, December 3: Christmas Stories. 2 - 3 p.m., Anniston Public Library, Anniston, AL. Free.

Tuesday, December 3: Jingle All the Way ~ Stories, songs, and sing-alongs. 7 - 8:30 p.m., Oxford Performing Arts Center, Oxford, AL. Sponsored by the Oxford Arts Council. Ticket info TBA.


Friday, December 6: Jingle All the Way ~ Stories, songs, and sing-alongs. 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., Homewood Public Library Auditorium, Homewood, AL. Ticket info TBA.


Sunday, December 8: Jingle All the Way ~ Stories, songs, and sing-alongs. 4 - 5:30 p.m., Shelby County Arts Council Theatre, Columbiana, AL. Ticket info TBA.

Friday, December 13: Jingle All the Way ~ Stories, songs, and sing-alongs. 7 - 8:30 p.m., Ritz Theatre, Sheffield, AL. Sponsored by the Sheffield Public Library. Ticket info TBA.

Tuesday, December 17: Jingle All the Way ~ Stories, songs,  and sing-alongs. 7 - 8:30 p.m., Leeds Performing Arts Center, Leeds, AL. Sponsored by the Leeds Arts Council. Ticket info TBA.


Friday - Saturday, December 20 - 21: Twas the Night Before Christmas and other stories; part of the Happy Holiday Pops Concert of the Amarillo Symphory.