Thursday, February 24, 2011

1st Story Trade at Cambridge Historical Society 

                                      by Norah Dooley of massmouth


(left) In the 70s and 80s this participant was a bartender at Ryles. She had great stories
Last night Andrea Lovett and I facilitated our first StoryTrade.  FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A STORIED WALK DOWN CAMBRIDGE'S CULINARY LANES PAST AND PRESENT.

We met at the The Hooper-Lee-Nichols House 159 Brattle St., Cambridge, MA  but we traveled in story time and moved from Zum-Zums to Grendls, to the WurstHaus, to the Spaghetti Factory, to Chez Jean's and the Tavern on the Square. We heard stories that ranged from poignantly personal to luscious reminiscences of food  found, bought, prepared, shared, served and savored in Cambridge. We spoke of food foraged and who cooked and ate what during the Blizzard of 1978. We heard about neighbors' recipes and neighborhood traditions.

Thanks to Gavin Kleespies and the Cambridge Historical Society for gracious hosting and the National Storytelling Network (NSN)  for their funding of this exciting initiative.  Daryl Mark said, "It was a thoroughly enjoyable time and I think that everyone left full of memories and stories to share."

StoryTrades are small gatherings, facilitated by a professional storyteller, in which participants share memories focused on a theme that is important to them and the host group. By coming together and sharing stories in a group, we hope to improve our own stories and learn more about the process of telling stories and share some of Cambridge’s culture.
CHS director, Gavin Kleespies listens as a participant shares her story


Andrea Lovett( right) and Norah Dooley (4th from right) from masssmouth
One participant ( below)  told about serving potato leek soup to Julia Child and she brought a photo of that exact moment in time. She was a volunteer at WGBH at the time and had enjoyed cooking potato leek soup from Julia Child's cookbook for her family for years so it was a moment of genuine connection for her.
Regina shared her great story about cooking for Julia Child.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

FINDING OUR VOICES: NEIGHBORHOOD STORYTELLING CIRCLES

      Thanks to a grant from the Cambridge Arts Council and the Massachusetts Cultural Council, StoryStream will present a new spring program, FINDING OUR VOICES, a pilot project to create monthly neighborhood storytelling gatherings for immigrant residents of Cambridge. Participants will share folktales from their cultures as well as their personal stories. 

"FOOD FOR THOUGHT" at Cambridge Historical Society

StoryStream and the Cambridge Historical Society will offer the first program in the new StoryTrades series: FOOD FOR THOUGHT: A STORIED WALK DOWN CAMBRIDGE'S CULINARY LANES PAST AND PRESENT.

When: Wednesday, February 23, 6:00-8:00 pm 

Did you know Julia Child?  Maybe you met a neighbor of hers?  Do you remember the Hungry Mama Restaurant?  One Potato, Two Potato?  Come share those stories and other memories of Cambridge's edible past at a "storytrade." StoryTrades are small gatherings, facilitated by a professional storyteller, in which participants share memories focused on a theme that is important to them and the host group. By coming together and sharing stories in a group, we hope to improve our own stories and learn more about the process of telling stories and share some of Cambridge’s culinary culture.
This is a free program, although space is limited and registration is required.   To sign up, please send your name and contact info to rsvp@cambridgehistory.org or call 617-547-4252. 

StoryTrades are funded in part by a Year of the Regions Grant from the National Storytelling Network.