Do Tell Story Swap – March 2015

The Story Swap for March featured stories of magic and tall tales. With winter on the wane, but still on our minds, Laurie Reaume shared a real life story of a ski trip gone awry that got everyone laughing and remembering their own funny snow stories. Brandon, one of our newcomers, entertained everyone with a Missouri fish tale that was suspenseful and hilarious. Elaine is always on point with her tall tales, and the stories of Katy, Rosemary, Clare and Cal enlightened and entertained with universal themes of magical encounters.

Don’t forget to register for the Bay Area Storytelling Festival coming up next month. The dates are April 24-26 at the Orinda Community Center. This Festival is not to be missed! Fabulous storytelling to be heard! Check out the complete info at

Join us at the Do Tell Story Swap on April 14 here in Santa Rosa for fun and friendship and great stories always! Check out the details on the home page of this site.

Happy stories to all!




Ellizabeth Ellis – Concert and Workshop


It was a rare and special treat to have Elizabeth Ellis, a renowned national storyteller, present a story concert in Santa Rosa, CA on February 26th. Katy Mangan, Do Tell Story Swap co-leader, hosted a large group of listeners for the concert, and the venue offered a lovely intimate setting for Elizabeth’s stories.

Elizabeth’s stories were amusing and poignant, from buying roses at Walmart on Valentine’s Day to accompanying her grandfather as he preached to four different congregations on Sundays. These stories, told in Elizabeth’s sweet Texas drawl and accented by the down home Kentucky twang of her forebears, are true national treasures of times and people we will only know through storytelling.

Martha Shogren presented Elizabeth a lovely quilted panel she created with a story theme. Martha’s work is coveted by all, so Elizabeth understandably told us she had a prominent place in her home for this treasure.

After the concert, the rest of Elizabeth’s weekend was spent leading an intensive and intimate weekend workshop. She was a generous teacher and astute listener. The participants each told a story and were given extremely helpful feedback. She created a safe, fun and entertaining container for the deep work of the workshop. It was a great opportunity to learn more of the craft from one of the best storytellers.

Thank you to Elizabeth, Katy and Elaine Stanley who worked hard to bring Elizabeth Ellis to Sonoma County!