May Swap Notes: Special Guests

Do Tell Story Swap’s monthly storytelling evening was on Tuesday May 12. It was a treat to welcome Kenneth and Patricia Foster. Kenneth and Patricia invited Swap members to their home studio for many years before they moved to Washington State late last year. Kenneth, along with Elaine Stanley, founded the Do Tell Story Swap.

Kenneth started out the Swap with a tale of his traumatic moving experience from Santa Rosa to Washington. I believe many of we listeners are taking away what not to do if we have to hire a moving company for an interstate move.  Kenneth’s telling of this story was imbued with humor and tragedy, turning it into a very entertaining tale. Still, all of us agreed it would have been far better for this story to never have had its inspiration!

Besides catching up with Kenneth and Patricia, we also welcomed some Swappers that hadn’t been able to come since our change of day and venue last year. It was so nice to see Pam Brown and Martha Shogren, among others. An additional treat was that Katy Mangan was the winner of a beautiful story quilt square Martha made and auctioned off at the Bay Area StoryTelling Festival last month. It is a beautiful work for a worthy cause, and Katy is one lucky winner!

We enjoyed stories from nine other tellers in a wide range of subjects from a wedding that never took place and still had us all in stitches, to folk tales, a balloon phobia, marble championship and even two poems.

As summer comes on, it is lighter in the evenings, making this a perfect season to come to the Story Swap. Bring your stories and/or come as listeners. Our next Story Swap is Tuesday June 9, from 7 til 9 pm. See you there!


April Do Tell Story Swap Notes

The Story Swap on Tuesday, April 14, brought together a lively group of our local tellers to share stories that ranged from traditional African folk tales to personal stories.

To open the Swap, Elaine Stanley shared information from a great article about telling. We will try to publish this type of information on the website when possible to make it more accessible to all. I love this kind of sharing! it’s  great for helping us all as we work on crafting our stories.

Katy Mangan told one of her Shirley Ann stories, always a delight (come back soon, Shirley Ann!). And we look to Cal to bring a laugh with his short amusing stories. Laurie’s tale of family and childhood hit a nostalgic note. And more… Thanks to all our talented and sharing tellers!

Elaine promised a surprise guest teller at May’s Swap…but it was too hard a secret not to share! Do Tell Story Swap founders Kenneth and Patricia Foster will be joining us on Tuesday, May 12th for greeting, catching up with, and of course, sharing stories. See you there!