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  Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival
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  Do Not Submit
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  Open Mic and Featured Teller
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  Do Not Submit! A Storytelling Open Mic
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Sep 4th, 2016 (Sun) -- Sep 6th, 2016 (Tue)
  Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival

Celebrate the Labor Day Weekend with us!
Our 40th annual Fox Valley Folk Music & Storytelling Festival is Sunday and Monday at Island Park in Geneva, Illinois.
Eight stages will feature dozens of the finest folk music and storytelling performers in the country! From 11:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. you can hear songs from Lou & Peter Berryman, Joel Mabus, and Gina Forsyth, among others. Tales of all kinds will be shared by Oba William King, Dan Keding, Judith Heineman & Dan Marcotte, as well as the host Fox Valley Guild. AND if you are brave enough, you can join us for Ghost Stories at 7:30 p.m. Sunday night.

Just a $20 ticket donation gets you a full day of fun ($15 for Teens & Elders), and Kids 12 & under are FREE!

Food, crafts, and workshops only add to the fun!

See you there!
 
$20 Adults, $15 Teens & Elders, FREE Kids 12 & under

Island Park, Geneva, IL 60134
630-897-0061
www.foxvalleyfolk.com

Sep 9th, 2016 (Fri)
  Do Not Submit

Do Not Submit is a judgment and pressure free night for storytellers from zero to decades of experience to connect, share stories, and hone their craft. For the first time, we are making these true local events, in that each one will reach out to, welcome, and be run by people from the immediate community. Hosts: Margaret Burk and Peter LeGrand

Second Friday of the Month 6:30 pm Sign-Up 7 pm Stories!
Admission No cover

East Gate Cafe
102 Harrison, Oak Park, 60304
donotsubmitchicago@gmail.com
www.donotsubmitchicago.org

Sep 10th, 2016 (Sat)
  Open Mic and Featured Teller

International storyteller Cassandra Wye, from the United Kingdom, has been telling tales around the Globe since 1991. Fascinated by stars and the stories behind, Cassandra will share tales from her show called “Following the Stars to Freedom.” www.storiesinmotion.co.uk ”Cassandra Wye walks, talks, dances her stories. Not just performance but magic.” Venue Magazine UK

Open Mic 7:00-8:00, Featured Teller 8:15-9:00
Free - Donations Appreciated

Lewis Lounge, Lewis Hall
Dominican Univeristy
7900 W. Division
River Forest, IL, 60305

708-465-6305
Info: margaretburk@hotmail.com

Sep 11th, 2016 (Sun)
  Do Not Submit! A Storytelling Open Mic

Second Sunday of the Month
5:30 pm Sign-Up
6 pm Stories!

Do Not Submit is a judgment and pressure free night for storytellers from zero to decades of experience to connect, share stories, and hone their craft. For the first time, we are making these true local events, in that each one will reach out to, welcome, and be run by people from the immediate community.

Admission:  No cover
The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201

847-864-1679
celticknotpub@sbcglobal.net
www.CelticKnotPub.com

Sep 11th, 2016 (Sun)
  Storytelling in the Snug with Cassandra Wye

"Since 1991, Cassandra's approach to storytelling, Stories in Motion, has taken her around the globe from the heart of the rainforest to the roof of the world, to work in temples and train stations, forests and festivals, in and out of theatres, festivals and schools, on land and at sea. Inspired by Asian interweaving of art forms, she combines elements of circus, theatre and dance to create a style of storytelling that is truly her own." ~www.storiesinmotion.co.uk/
No Cover! We will pass the hat for Cassandra at the end of the night.
**PLEASE NOTE** Seating in the Snug is very limited. Come early to reserve your seats, have a meal in our dining room, and then retire with your drinks to the coziness of the Snug for storytelling!!

Reservations for dinner and storytelling or for storytelling alone are strongly recommended.

8 pm
No Cover, Pass the Hat

The Celtic Knot Public House
626 Church Street
Evanston IL 60201

847-864-1679
celticknotpub@sbcglobal.net
CelticKnotPub.com

Sep 16th, 2016 (Fri)
  Jim May's Opera House Performance and book release party

MAIN STAGE OF THE WOODSTOCK OPERA HOUSE--PERFORMANCE AND BOOK RELEASE PARTY.

Jim May will tell stories from his new book, TRAIL GUIDE FOR A CROOKED HEART, Stories and Reflections for Life's Journeys and also from his classic THE FARM ON NIPPERSINK CREEK (Public Library Association "Best Book" award). Jim May, a former Woodstock Elementary School teacher and McHenry College Counselor, has made his living as a full-time storyteller since 1986.

His storytelling performances and story collecting journeys have taken him to 49 states and to Scotland, Hawaii, Mexico, England, France, Canada and Wales. TRAIL GUIDE . . . offers stories, experiences, and reflections gathered during his career as well as stories from his experiences growing up in McHenry County.

His story from FARM ON NIPPERSINK CREEK, "A Bell For Shorty," won a Chicago EMMY award for Jim's performance of the story on Chicago's WTTW public television.

Reviews for TRAIL GUIDE . . . :

"A brilliant mixture of story, philosophy, humor and wisdom, this book reminds us that---if we are open to story, dreams, imagination, and myth---we can open doors within our soul."
—Jay O’Callahan, author, storyteller, and NPR commentator

("Dust cover"): A lifetime collection of stories, wise words, assembled musings and quotations about overcoming hurdles, elusive enlightenment, personal evolution, and persistence in the face of discouragement. This pastiche is designed to encourage the downhearted, lift up the strivers, and add wings to the heels of spiritual seekers.

Meet Jim, swap stories, enjoy coffee and cake and book signing at Stage Left Cafe after the event.

7pm--9:00pm   
Tickets at Opera House box office: $20

Woodstock Opera House, on Woodstock, Illinois' historic square. Come early or stay late for the dining, coffee shops, independent book store, art galleries, a stroll through the park, and more. Stay overnight (in Bill Murry's "Ground Hog Day" movie B+B?) for Woodstock's award winning Farmer's Market on Saturday.

The Woodstock Opera House is two blocks from the Metra Station (Harvard Line). Trains run after the performance.

815-382-5264
maystory@earthlink.net
woodstockoperahouse.gov