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.   

JANUARY 2019

  • Thursday, January 17: Southern Comfort in a Cast-Iron Skillet. Yellowhammer Garden Club, Birmingham.

  • Sunday, January 20: Fools for Love ~ Fads and Fancies of Regency England. 12:15 - 2 p.m., Vestavia Hills United Methodist Church Luncheon, 2061 Kentucky Avenue, Vestavia Hills. Part of the church's annual "Soup and Stories for the Soul" fund raiser for the church food pantry.  Tickets are $15, plus a donation of a can of soup to help restock the church's food pantry. To make a reservation for lunch, call the church at 822-9631 or contact bobarb@bellsouth.net,

    Come enjoy true, tender and sometimes shocking stories of Cupid's mischief as we peek under the covers of a scandalous secret marriage 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. In this collection of true stories, we'll discover all kinds of strange things that people do when they're "fools for love."
     

  • Friday - Sunday, January 25 - 26: Hearts Afire Storytelling Festival, Richmond, VA.


  • Monday, January 28: Fools for Love ~ Fads and Fancies of Regency England. 10:15 - 11 a.m., Valleydale Baptist Church. Sponsored by the Indian Valley Women's Club and the Alabama Humanities Foundation. Free and open to the public.

    True, tender and sometimes shocking stories of Cupid's mischief as we peek under the covers of a scandalous secret marriage and get a sideways glance at strange fads and hair-raising shenanigans among the love-struck fashionable set of 19th century England.





    FEBRUARY 2019

  • Tuesday, February 5: Fools for Love ~ Fads and Fancies in Regency England. 3 - 4 p.m., Florence Study Club, Florence, AL. Free and open to the public; sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

    Come enjoy true, tender and sometimes shocking stories of Cupid's mischief as we peek under the covers of a scandalous secret marriage 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. In this collection of true stories, we'll discover all kinds of strange things that people do when they're "fools for love."


  • Saturday, February 9: Story workshop sponsored by the Cheaha District, North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church. Pell City, AL.


  • Sunday, February 10: Eglamore and Cristobel ~ A Love Story, 2 - 4 p.m., Birmingham Botanical Gardens Linn-Henley Lecture Hall. Tickets are $20. For reservations, visit bbgardens.org/southern-tales.php or call 414-3950.

    As Valentine's Day approaches, enter the romance and intrigue of a long-ago world through this original adaptation of a 14th-century love story. It's the passionate, surprising tale of a devoted knight and a strong woman who fight danger, treachery, and an array of monsters -- both human and non-human -- that conspire to keep them apart. Would you wait a lifetime for your one true love?

    Dolores Hydock, in the voice and spirit of a crafty old crone, tells the story. The musicians of medieval music trio PanHarmonium -- David Cantrell, Susan Marchant, and Gilbert Ritchie -- add hauntingly beautiful music of the time, playing harp, hurdy-gurdy, recorders, lute, and other curious instruments of old.




  • Tuesday, February 12: Fools for Love ~ Fads and Fancies in Regency England. 2 - 3 p.m., Anniston Public Library, 108 East 10th Street, Anniston, AL. Free and all are welcome; sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. For info, call the library at 256-237-8501.

    Come enjoy true, tender and sometimes shocking stories of Cupid's mischief as we peek under the covers of a scandalous secret marriage 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. In this collection of true stories, we'll discover all kinds of strange things that people do when they're "fools for love."

  • Wednesday, February 13: Progress Study Club, Birmingham.


  • Friday and Saturday, February 15 and 16: Taking Sides - A different look at the controversial life of an Alabama country music legend.
    We Piddle Around Theatre, Brundidge, AL. Special Alabama bicentennial event! Ticket info TBA.


  • Tuesday, February 19: Footprint on the Sky: Voices from Chandler Mountain. Gadsden Art Association special event.

  • Thursday, February 21: Through the Back Door ~ The Music that Bridged the Bayou. 2 - 3 p.m., Childersburg Ladies Book Club meeting at the First Baptist Church of Childersburg, Childersburg, AL. The program is free and all are welcome to attend. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. 

    They say in Southwest Louisiana that you can be a Cajun in one of three ways: by blood (birth), by the ring (marriage), or through the back door (by befriending the culture). This program paints a portrait of Cajun and Creole music and musicians and the role that music played in allowing non-Cajuns to slip "through the back door" into the world of the spirited culture of Southwest Louisiana. It also describes the history of Cajun music in North America from the 1600s to the present day.


  • Friday - Saturday, February 22 - 23: Retreat for the women of First Baptist Church of Columbus, GA.


  • Tuesday, February 26: Starch in their Petticoats ~ True Stories of Strong Women Who Settled the West. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Location TBA. Free. Sponsored by the Panorama 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.




    MARCH 2019


  • Tuesday, March 5: Through the Back Door ~ The Music that Bridged the Bayou. Mardi Gras luncheon, Sheffield Public Library, Sheffield, AL.

  • Wednesday, March 6: Taking Sides - A different look at the controversial life of an Alabama country music legend. Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Library, Sylacauga, AL. Part of the library's Adult Lecture Series series. Free.


  • Saturday, March 9: Soldiers in Greasepaint ~ USO Camp Show Entertainers of WWII. 7 - 8 p.m., Leeds Performing Arts Center 8140 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.

    It was bigger than Bob Hope! From Utah Beach to the Philippines, from wrestlers and tap dancers to the biggest names in show business, from 16,000 servicemen in an amphitheatre in southern France to 20 GIs in Jeeps in a lonely stateside outpost, USO Camp Shows during WWII were part of a diverse, hilarious, moving, and inspiring story of voluntarism and service. Storyteller Dolores Hydock shares a small slice of this big-hearted story from a remarkable time in U.S. history.



  • Wednesday, March 13: In Her Own Fashion. Mary K. Craig Class, Dallas, TX.


  • Sunday, March 17: Silence ~ The Adventure of a Medieval Warrior Woman. 3:30 - 5 p.m., Carolina Music Museum, 516 Buncombe Streret, Greenville, SC. 


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, March 19 - 20: Eglamore and Cristobel ~ A Medieval Love Story. DePauw University, Greencastle, IN. With the music of PanHarmonium.


  • Saturday, March 23: Silence ~ The Adventure of a Medieval Warrior Woman. 7 - 9 p.m., Indiana History Center, downtown Indianapolis. Sponsored by Storytelling Arts of Indiana. Ticket info TBA.

    A wickedly funny, plot-twisting tale of greed, desire, deceit, revenge, and the rewards of finding your true voice. Accompanied by medieval music trio PanHarmonium. 

     APRIL 2019

  • Thursday, April 4: Don't Make Me Come Back There ~ Stories of Moms and Dads. First UMC Supper Club, downtown Birmingham.

  • Sunday, April 7: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887. 2 - 4 p.m. Emmet O'Neal Library. With the music of Bobby Horton. Ticket info TBA.

    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 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, April 12: Taking Sides ~ A different look at the controversial life of an Alabama country music legend. 6:30 - 9 p.m., Homewood Library Auditorium. Tickets are $25 and include an hors d'oeuvres buffet starting at 6:30, with the stories to start around 7:15. Ticket ordering info coming soon!

    As part of Homewood Public Library's Alabama Bicentennial celebration, this new story makes its Birmingham debut. Are there really two sides to every story? Can the two sides be opposite and still both be true? Come to the show and then decide: Whose side are you on?

     MAY 2019

  • Saturday, May 4: Momorabilia ~ Stories about Mothers. Morgan Memorial UMC Women's Luncheon.

  • Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18: Shoals Storytelling Festival, Florence, AL. Info at shoalsstorytelling.com

  • Sunday, May 19: It's the Little Things ~ Five small objects that connect us to the Dutch Golden Age. 11 a.m. to noon, UU Congregation of the Shoals, Florence, AL. 

    The story is part of the 11 a.m. service. All are welcome to attend! You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five little things that played a big role in shaping the world of 17th century Holland -- and that helped shape the world we live in today. Join storyteller Dolores Hydock on a journey from the Arctic Sea to Singapore for the story of five tiny things that changed history in unexpected ways.

  • Wednesday, May 22: Salvation Army fund raiser special event. Birmingham, AL


  • Thursday, May 23: Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain. Heritage Hall Museum, Talladega, AL. Free and open to the public. An Alabama Bicentennial event 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.

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