Swap Updates

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!



February Do Tell Story Swap Notes

First, a very Happy Birthday to our great friend and co-founder, Kenneth Foster! You may be in Washington now, but your spirit lingers with us and we wish you a wonderful year!

Our Swap on February 10th was a fun and lively event with stories of love, making Valentines and funny remembrances of Valentine days in the past. We welcome all the new folks and thank all those who brought us their stories.

A big thank you to guest teller, Leslie Scatchard! We got a wonderful preview of her one woman show in Petaluma on March 13-15th. Check it out at www.clearheartgallery.com.  Leslie, you are welcome any time at the Swap!

This month also marks the debut of this Do Tell Story Swap website! We look forward to your comments and suggestions.

Join us next month for more stories and friendship!

Happy Storytelling from Meg Brown