The Storyteller’s Night Sky is the work of Star Lore Historian Mary Stewart Adams, host of the weekly public radio segment and podcast of the same name, and who, as a global advocate for starry skies, led the team that established the 9th International Dark Sky Park in the world in 2011 at the Headlands, in her home state of Michigan.
Mary has received numerous honors for her work advocating for dark skies, combining her extensive knowledge of ancient mythologies with nearly 40 years of researching anthroposophy, with a particular emphasis on the human experience of starry worlds as it is expressed in the astrology of the ancients, the astronomy of the scientific revolution, and the astrosophy that has developed through an application of spiritual science to the relationship between the human being and the cosmos. She travels far and wide teaching her humanities-based approach to understanding the celestial world around us, and the cultural influence of star knowledge through the ages.
Mary is available for private readings, for star parties, and public lectures. As a dark-sky advocate and member of the International Dark Sky Association, Mary is keen to assist communities that seek protection for natural darkness and starry skies.
Here’s a sampling of workshops and events Mary is available for:
Evening Sky Narration (indoors, outdoors, rain or shine)
Candlemaking during the Holy Nights for the New Year
Celestial Highlights of the Season
The Story in Our Stars, including The Star Tales of Mother Goose and Fairy Tale Moons, with exhibit
And more! (for inquiry please email firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thanks for stopping in here, and be sure to tune in for my weekly radio segments, schedule a reading of your star biography, cruise the great lakes under starry skies with me throughout the summer, and let’s mastermind a way to keep the star shine growing in all our lives!
Mary Stewart Adams
P.S. I’m proud of my achievements in this work, and the incredible people I have had the chance to work with along the way. Here is a list of honors and awards I am happy to have received, which I share with gratitude for all those who made it possible:
The Gary R Williams Award for Dark Sky Advocacy for 2006 and 2012 from the Outdoor Lighting Forum, Petoskey, MI
The Dark Sky Defender Award for Outreach and Education in 2012 from the International Dark Sky Association, Tucson, AZ
Mary was named Environmentalist of the Year in April 2012 by the Northern Michigan Environmental Action Council Traverse City, MI
She received the Innovative Programming Award for 2014 from the Michigan Parks and Recreations Association, Lansing, MI
The Scenic Michigan Heroes Award for 2015 from Scenic Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
Under Mary’s auspices as Program Director, the Headlands International Dark Sky Park in Mackinaw City received the following:
The Pure Michigan Pure Award for 2017 from the Michigan Travel Commission, Governor’s Campaign on Tourism, Lansing, MI
The first-ever awarded International Dark Sky Park of the Year Award in 2017 from the International Dark Sky Association, Tucson, AZ
Mary was also instrumental in the legislation (MI HB 5414) passed in July 2012 which protected 21,000 acres of state-owned land for its naturally dark skies. This legislation was amended in 2016 to increase total to 35,000 acres now protected.