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Dutchess County Interfaith Council Story Circle opens this year with a special guest presentation:

                     Mining the Gold in Our Memory Tales

Z_Marni%20Gillard.pngwith Marni Gillard, storyteller and workshop presenter

 Sunday, September 17th, 7-9 pm

at Christ Episcopal Church, 20 Carroll St, Poughkeespie

 This program is free and open to the community. For more information, contact the Dutchess County Interfaith Council at or find us on Facebook.

Inside EVERYONE is an eager storyteller. As children, we shout our early stories to nearby adults with the declarations of “Fall down- go boom” or “Car go Vroom” with glee and conviction. As adults, we sometimes forget that our stories still matter, forget that by speaking we make meaning from our experience.

This workshop is about honoring the inner wisdom of experience and memory. Memories offer lessons and insights. When we tell our stories, we see them with new eyes.”

Marni Gillard will take us through a series of activities and promises that “a memory will rise to be TOLD, and it will offer you a treasure to further examine.”

Marni Gillard is a full-time teaching artist who has long been involved in interfaith storytelling and coached youth tellers for “Children at the Well: Youth Tellers for Peace and Understanding.

She is the author of Storyteller, Storyteacher: The Power of Storytelling for Teaching and Living which won the 1998 Ann Izard Storyteller's Choice Award for storytelling resources.

Besides life-storytelling, she enjoys retrieving tales from scripture, folktales, movies, poetry and songs. In October, Marni will co-lead a class in bibliodrama with John Courtney at the Consultation Center in Albany, NY. 

Reach Marni at

DCIC CROP Walk For Hunger, Sunday, October 15th
CROPhalfbanner.gifThe walk starts at 10am and ends at 2pm,
Temple Beth-El, 118 S Grand Ave., Poughkeepsie
Learn more here

Save the Date: Interfaith Music Festival will be held on Sunday, November 12th at 3pm at Poughkeepsie United Methodist Church, 2381 New Hackensack Rd., Town of Poughkeepsie.  More details to come.