Thursday, May 19: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart: The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887. 7 - 8:30 p.m., Shoals Theater, 123 North Seminary Street, Florence, AL. Part of the Shoals Front Porch Storytelling Festival. With the music of Bobby Horton. Tickets and info at shoalsstorytelling.com.
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. In this dramatic performance, storyteller Dolores Hydock and music historian Bobby Horton interweave Sallie’s diary entries with camp songs, popular tunes of the times, and original melodies to tell a funny, touching, and uniquely personal true story of a world of innocence turned upside-down.
Friday, May 20 - Saturday, May 21: Shoals Storytelling Festival. Featuring Donald Davis, Bil Lepp, Elizabeth Ellis, and Dolores Hydock, plus the music of Mac McAnally. Tickets and info at shoalsstorytelling.com.
Sunday, May 22: Going the Extra Mile ~ The Extraordinary Journeys of Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland. Part of the 11 a.m. service at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Shoals, 1332 North Pine Street, Florence, AL. All are welcome at this casual and welcoming gathering.
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. Both women learned as children how difficult it was for a woman to make her own way in the world. Both fought fiercely to gain a voice as journalists so they could speak out on behalf of working women. 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.
Tuesday, May 24: Panorama Study Club, Birmingham, AL.
Friday, June 3: Southern Dames of America Annual Meeting.
Sunday, June 19: Through the Back Door ~ The music that bridged the bayou. 2 - 3 p.m., Albert L. Scott Public Library, 100 9th Street NW, Alabaster, AL. Free; sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the library. For more info, call the library at 205-664-6822.
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, 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. Come slip “through the back door” into the lively world of the spirited people who call Southwest Louisiana home.
Thursday, June 23: Indian Springs Garden Club.
Thursday, June 30: Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain. 7 - 8 p.m., Mt. Laurel Public Library, 111 Olmstead Street, Mt. Laurel, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Alliance and the library. For info, call the library at 205-991-1660.
Bonnets, bow-tie quilts, tomato stakes, an old-timey cure for hiccups -- they're all part of this funny and affectionate portrait of an Alabama mountain community in the 1970s. The spirit and voices of special mountain friends come to life in this story of strong women and Southern hospitality.
Wednesday, July 13: Through the Back Door ~ The music that bridged the bayou. ILR, Florence, AL.
Thursday, July 21: Mountain Brook Baptist Seniors summer dinner event.
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.
Thursday, September 29: Dishing the Dirt ~ Stories from the garden. Blount County Master Gardeners Conference.
Friday, October 6 - Sunday, October 9: National Storytelling Festival, Jonesborough, TN. For tickets and information, visit www.storytellingcenter.net/festival/main/
Friday, September 14 - Sunday, September 16: St. Louis Storytelling Festival.
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.
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.
Tuesday, November 8: Jefferson County Master Gardeners graduation dinner.
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.
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.
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.
Tuesday, Feruary 14: Metropolitan Dinner Club, Birmingham, AL.
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.
Friday, April 21: Springtime Story Concert. 7 - 8:30 p.m., Homewood Public Library. Tickets and details TBA.