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Saturday, February 13: Footprint on the Sky ~ Voices from Chandler Mountain.With the music of Flying Jenny. Palmerdale UMC, 7776 AL Highway 75, Pinson. Benefit for Royal Family Kids. Dinner at 6; show begins at 7. Tickets for dinner and the show are $30 single / $50 couple. For tickets, call the church at 681-9766, ext. 10. Bonnets, bow-tie quilts, tomato stakes, the recipe for Scripture Cake, and an old-timey cure for hiccups – they’re all part of this funny and touching portrait of an Alabama mountain community in the 1970's. Memories of "hickory tea," family stories, and superstitions about brooms and moons interweave with old-time tunes on fiddle, banjo, and guitar to create this story of strong women, Southern hospitality, and the generous spirit of a close-knit community. Storyteller Dolores Hydock brings the spirit and voices of special mountain friends to life, while the music of old-time string band "Flying Jenny" adds a rhythmic heartbeat.
Wednesday, February 24: Soldiers in Hoop Skirts: Nurses, Spies, and Other Fighting Women of the Civil War.Helen Keller Public Library, 511 North Main Street, Tuscumbia, AL. Free and open to all. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation. For info, call the library at 256-383-7065.
Women on both sides of the conflict did their part for the war effort – as spies, soldiers, nurses, and supporters from the home front. This program shares the true, sometimes funny, sometimes touching, stories of some of the sisters, wives, mothers, and daughters who snooped, smuggled, sewed, nursed, and risked their lives, health, and fortunes for a cause they loved. The program includes photographs, letters, journal entries, and excerpts from memoirs written by these women after the war.
Wednesday, March 2: It's the Little Things ~ Five small objects that played a big role in shaping the Dutch Golden Age.Noon - 1 p.m., B. B. Comer Library, Sylacauga AL.
You could hold them all in the palm of your hand: five little things that played a big role in changing the Dutch Republic from a tiny nation to the dominant financial powerhouse of 17th-century Europe. This program explores some of the surprising discoveries, inventions, coincidences, political upheavals, and cultural changes that brought The Netherlands to the height of its power in the 1600s. Photographs, maps, paintings, and historical records help take the audience on a journey from the Arctic Sea to Singapore for the remarkable story of five tiny things that changed history in unexpected ways.
Thursday, March 17: Soldiers in Greasepaint ~ USO Camp Show Entertainers in World War II.2 - 3 p.m., Childersburg Book Club, Fellowship Hall of First Baptist Church of Childersburg. Free and open to all. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation.
Thursday, March 24: Springtime Stories.10:30 - 11:30 a.m., Vestavia Hills Library in the Forest, 1221 Montgomery Highway, Vestavia Hills. Free. Part of the meeting of the Friends of the Library in the Forest.
Saturday, April 2: A Sweet Strangeness Thrills My Heart ~ The Journals of Sallie Independence Foster 1861 - 1887. Dauphin Island Storytelling Festival, Dauphin Island, AL. With Bobby Horton. Details TBA.
Friday, April 8: Close Encounters of the Storytelling Kind. 6:30 - 9 p.m. Homewood Public Library, 1721 Oxmoor Road, Homewood, AL. Ticket info TBA.
April 29-30:Chesapeake Storytelling Festival, Wye Mills, MD
Tuesday, May 10: Every Picture Tells a Story -- The Storytelling of Norman Rockwell.1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Dadeville Public Library. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Friends of the Dadeville Public Library.
Thursday, May 12: Starch in Their Petticoats ~ True Stories of Strong Women Who Settled the West.1 - 2 p.m., St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Fayette, AL. Free. Sponsored by the Alabama Humanities Foundation and the Fayette Music Club.
Friday-Saturday, May 20-21:Front Porch Storytelling Festival, Florence, AL. For information about tellers, schedule, and tickets, visit www.una.edu/storytelling/