October Swap Update 2016


There is a lot happening at Do Tell Story Swap these days. We are getting ready for TELLABRATION!™ coming up on Saturday November 19th.  We’re looking for volunteers (you!) to help with publicity now, and to help at the show on November 19th. Sign up at our Swap on November 1st or email producer Meg Brown at DoTellStorySwap@Outlook.com.

We are also very proud of the new business card and info post card our team has put together. We worked with Corrine Arnold at Minuteman Press – Petaluma to design great looking give away pieces for everyone to get the word about Do Tell Story Swap out to the community. Pick some up at the Swap next month.


As part of our outreach to the community, we hosted an hour of storytelling on October 1 at the Sebastopol Library.  Six Do Tell Story Swap storytellers kept the audience entertained and Meg Brown introduced each performer.  There was an enthusiastic response from listeners, many who’d not known about our Swap before now,  and the event provided a great experience for our tellers. We plan to do more of this type of outreach in the new year and hope you will join us.

At our October Swap, we enjoyed a variety of mostly true life recollections and sometimes suspenseful, dark stories this month of Halloween.

The first teller tonight, Brandon Spars, will serve as emcee at our November 19 TELLABRATION!™  He is also performing in the Grand Slam competition at West Side Stories in Petaluma on Wednesday December 7.  http://www.westsidestoriespetaluma.com/true-stories

Brandon’s true tale brought us to remote places not found on any map, geographically, situationally, or emotionally.  Involving farfetched factors such as following his girlfriend’s whim to travel the world, then being assigned to teach in a remote Indonesian outpost, only to find it was a deserted nomadic cluster of shacks in the Jambi jungle, Brandon wove heartbreak and heartfelt connections into the story of how he became a humanities teacher.

Laurie’s story, You Can Go Home Again, touched on long lasting memories of her childhood house, and a magical return visit decades after her family had sold it.

Marjorie had us enthralled as she told of the childhood daring she and friends took on as black children bicycling to the whites-only public park in 1952 Nashville, TN.  Adventure, suspense, the shock of salt on a wound, 8 stitches to the chin:  a brave, strong and vibrant girl.

Mary was effective in both outfit (black cat t-shirt she designed and black spidery earrings) and the darkness of her tale about human-eating creatures called Obias, a dismembered dog, and eventually, redemption for an orphaned little girl.  A Halloween tale to remember!

Robin wove a story about earthlings and celestial beings and the ethereal world in between.  Along the way were berry-stained skulls, punishing parents, and starlit suspense, literally.

Clare shared a momentary anecdote about being greeted as she boarded a city bus with her guide dog, by a man who gave her a friendly bark, to which Clare and all the other bus riders replied with a chorus of “Ruff Ruff!”  Another encounter she had on the bus was with a lonely woman whose seven parrots would greet her homecoming with three words we all seek to hear: I Love You.  (Sweet coincidence: Brandon’s tale tonight had a character whose broken-English greeting was “Hello-I-Love-You”.)

Thomas had us tensed up, then laughing, as he described his first foray into bingo night run by the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence.  With playfully punishing nuns, crazy rules and kitschy prizes, it was a vividly memorable experience!

David described, in rhyme, the history of his niece’s relationship with her husband.  While touching on difficult times, it embraced the underlying power of love that strengthened their bond.

Stories – even the dark tales — all have elements of love, connection, and hope. We hope you’ll join us at our November Swap, to be held on the first Tuesday of the month, which is November 1.  We promise, no political debates, just entertaining stories!