photograph of an Adirondack river

Stories Honoring the Earth


photograph of an Adirondack river
An Adirondack stream in spring

The Kelly Adirondack Center


StoryCircle of the Capital District present


SCCD tellers

Claire Nolan and Eileen Egan Mack


Friday, September 21 at 1 p.m.

at the Kelly Adirondack Center

rain or shine.


This event is free and open to the public.

Refreshments will be served.


Come hear “Stories Honoring the Earth,” tales of trees, tales of people and trees, birds, and flowers, stories to help open eyes, hearts and ears to the wonders of the natural world. As storyteller Claire would say, “Some of them may even be true…” Claire and Eileen will each present stories as solo tellers, but the audience will enjoy the pair’s tandem storytelling where stories and voices weave a new way of listening. If the weather on the vernal equinox cooperates, the event will be held in the amphitheater behind the KAC, the perfect setting in which to appreciate a rainbow of stories.


Photograph of Claire Nolan
Claire Nolan

Claire Nolan

As the seventh of ten children, Claire has been listening to stories all her life, some of them true. As a Teacher of English to Speakers of Other Languages for more than 20 years, Claire has been telling stories to immigrants and International students. Some of those stories might be true, too. She has appeared at Caffe Lena, Tellabration Celebrations, Saratoga First Night, Emma Treadwell Thacher Nature Center, Hoolie on the Hudson in Kingston, NY, Story Sundays at the Glen Sanders Mansion in Scotia, NY, and at festivals, conferences, colleges, libraries, schools and community events in New York and New England. Through the Great Minds Series of the Schenectady Theater for children, Claire also tells the stories of women whose lives have made an impact on the way we live today. She is a member of the Story Circle of the Capital District a storytellers’ guild located in Upstate NY. Her repertoire includes Historical Stories, International Folk Tales, Myths, Literary Stories and Personal Family Stories Claire’s variety of folktales, literary tales, myths and personal stories resonate with audiences both young and old.

Photograph of Eileen Egan Mack
Eileen Egan Mack

Eileen Egan Mack

When Eileen’s mother sat at the kitchen table and told stories, all four little girls were mesmerized and felt the wonder of storytelling. This librarian’s daughter has found a myriad of ways to make storytelling a part of her career as a museum educator, nursery and elementary school teacher, and storytelling served her students well when she worked as a public school speech/language therapist. Whether she tells as Mother Goose or Mother Nature, or shows up as herself, she especially enjoys stories that move the listener to a closer relationship with nature and perhaps themselves. Eileen developed a one-person show in which she portrays the Adirondack born writer/poet Jeanne Robert Foster and has performed the program throughout New York state, in Austin, Texas, and Dublin, Ireland. She recently debuted her portrayal of Elizabeth Schuyler Hamilton, daughter of Albany’s General Philip and Catharine Schuyler, and wife of the first U.S. Treasury Secretary and founding father, Alexander Hamilton.