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. 


MAY 2019
     

  • Wednesday, May 22: Southern Comfort in a Cast-Iron Skillet. 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. 6 - 7 p.m. 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.

  • Thursday, May 30: Looking for his Luck, The Wishing Ring, and other stories. 5:30 - 6:30 p.m., St. Luke's Episcopal Church Seniors supper, 3736 Montrose Road, Birmingham, AL. 



JUNE 2019

  • Wednesday, June 12: Noon to 1 p.m., Southern Comfort in a Cast-Iron Skillet. Fayette County Memorial Library, 326 Temple Avenue North, Fayette, AL. Free; all are welcome!

    Can a Pennsylvania Yankee learn to make real Southern cornbread? Find out in this free, lunchtime program that will have you reaching for your cast-iron skillet!

JULY 2019

  • Friday, July 12: Starch in Their Petticoats: True Stories of Strong Women Who Settled the West. 7 - 8:30 p.m., Cricket Theatre, Collinsville, AL. With the music of Bobby Horton. Ticket info TBA. Sponsored by the Collinsville Public Library and Auburn University. 

    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. Award-winning musician Bobby Horton adds a musical heartbeat with songs and tunes of the times. There might be some sing-a-longs, too! 

AUGUST 2019

  • Thursday, August 8: In Her Own Fashion. 7 - 9 p.m., Hoover Library Theatre, Hoover, AL. Sponsored by the Friends of the Hoover Library. Tickets are $20 and will be available starting June 27th. To reserve tickets, click here.  

    A voice of silk and chiffon…
    A spirit of brass and iron...
    A woman who was 95 years old and ready to tell all!

    Storyteller Dolores Hydock shares the funny, irreverent, true story of Ninette Griffith, who was Fashion Coordinator for Loveman's Department Store in Birmingham, Alabama during the 1950s and 1960s, a time when the downtown department store was a temple of style and fashion. Sassy, ambitious, and unflinchingly honest, Ninette was an elegantly independent woman whose life unfolds in these stories of reckless romance, celebrity hi-jinks, fashion disasters, and the adventures of a life that followed no one else's pattern.

    For video samples of this show and more information about Ninette Griffith, click here.



  • Sunday, August 25: Through the Back Door ~ The music that bridged the bayou. 11 a.m. to noon, Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Shoals, 1332 North Pine Street, Florence, AL. Free; part of the Sunday morning gathering. All are welcome to attend. 


SEPTEMBER 2019

  • Monday, September 9: Horizons Study Group, Alexander City, AL.

  • Wednesday, September 11: It's the Little Things ~ Five small objects that connect up to the Dutch Golden Age. Progress Study club, Birmingham, AL.

  • Thursday, September 19: Taking Sides ~ A new look at the life of Audrey Sheppard Williams. 7 - 8:30 p.m., Benjamin Harrison High School Auditorium, Alexander City, AL. Sponsored by the Alexander City Arts Council. Ticket info TBA.

    Audrey Sheppard walked away from the red clay fields of Pike County and became half of one of the most famous couples in country music history when she married Hank Williams. Her life -- like her story -- is a controversial one. Are there really two sides to every story -- even hers? Can the two sides be opposite and still both be true? This new story lets you decide: Whose side are you on?

  • Thursday - Saturday, September 26 - 28: Cave Run Storytelling Festival, Morehead, KY. For information, visit www.caverunstoryfest.org

OCTOBER 2019

  • Thursday, October 3: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887. Free. Sponsored by the General Lew Wallace Museum, Crawfordsville, Indiana. Time and location 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.   


  • Saturday, October 12: 9:30 - 11:30 a.m., Women's Conference, Asbury United Methodist Church, 6690 Cahaba Valley Road, Hoover, AL. 

  • Friday - Saturday, October 17 - 19: Forest Storytelling Festival, Port Angeles, WA. For information, visit www.clallamstorypeople.org

  • Tuesday, October 29: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster, 1861 - 1887. Sponsored by the Boaz Public Library and Snead State Community College. Time, location, and ticket info TBA.


NOVEMBER 2019

  • Monday, November 4: PEO Chapter B meeting, Birmingham, AL.

  • Monday, November 4: Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain. Leeds Jane Culbreath Library, 1804 Parkway Drive, Leeds, AL. An Alabama Bicentennial event.

    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.


  • Wednesday, November 6: Brown Bag Stories. Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Memorial Library, 314 North Boradway Avenue, Sylacauga, AL. Free. Part of the library's Adult Brown Bag Series. 


  • Sunday, November 10: Taking Sides: A new look at the life of Audrey Williams. 2 - 3:30 p.m., Shelby County Arts Council Theatre, Columbiana, AL.  Ticket info coming soon.

    Audrey Sheppard walked away from the red clay fields of Pike County and became half of one of the most famous couples in country music history when she married Hank Williams. Her life -- like her story -- is a controversial one. Are there really two sides to every story -- even hers? Can the two sides be opposite and still both be true? This new story lets you decide: Whose side are you on?


  • Sunday, November 24: A Christmas Memory, 3 - 3:45 p.m., downtown Birmingham Public Library, 2100 Park Place, Birmingham, AL.

    Truman Capote's bittersweet memory of a simpler time and an enduring friendship between a 7-year-old child and his 60-something cousin is brought to vivid life in this tender and touching presentation.

DECEMBER 2019

  • Tuesday, December 3: Christmas stories. 10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Shades Valley Presbyterian Church, 2305 Montevallo Road, Mountain Broook, AL. 

  • Thursday, December 5: Christmas stories. Savantes Club, Birmingham, AL.

  • Friday, December 6: Jingle All the Way ~ Songs, Stories, and Sing-alongs. With the music of Bobby Horton. 6:30 - 9 p.m. Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. Ticket info TBA.

    Storyteller Dolores Hydock and musical master Bobby Horton blend happy holiday stories, favorite Christmas songs, and jolly sing-alongs into a sparkling mix to jump-start your holiday season.


  • Sunday, December 8: Jingle All the Way ~ Songs, Stories, and Sing-alongs. With the music of Bobby Horton. 2 - 4 p.m. Shelby County Arts Council Theatre, Columbiana, AL. Ticket info TBA.

    Storyteller Dolores Hydock and musical master Bobby Horton blend happy holiday stories, favorite Christmas songs, and jolly sing-alongs into a sparkling mix to jump-start your holiday season.


  • Saturday, December 14: A Christmas Memory. 3 - 4 p.m., Eastern Shore Art Center, 401 Oak Avenue, Fairhope, AL. Ticket info TBA.

    Truman Capote's bittersweet memory of a simpler time and an enduring friendship between a 7-year-old child and his 60-something cousin is brought to vivid life in this tender and touching presentation.


  • Sunday, December 15: A Christmas Memory. 10 - 10:45 a.m., Independent Presbyterian Church, Highland Hall, 3116 Highland Avenue, Birmingham, AL. Free and all are welcome to attend.