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Do Tell A Story Swap presents Tellebration


Do Tell A Story Swap presents Tellebration

By Laurie Reaume

 “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world. Thou shalt not  is soon forgotten, but Once upon a time  lasts forever.” - Philip Pullman

What do a balloon phobia, too much arugula, and a wedding with wild pigs have in common? They are stories recently heard at the monthly Do Tell Story Swap in Santa Rosa. “Telling stories connects us to our roots and to our common humanity. Plus, it’s fun and entertaining!” says host and professional teller Elaine Stanley. The Swap maintains an atmosphere of acceptance and assistance to adults who share their fun or folk, true or tall tales.  All are welcome to attend.

In these complex and often difficult times, we need to reconnect with genuine communication: the told story. It is how we share experience, understand each other, and create community.

On Saturday, November 21, Do Tell Story Swap presents Tellabration, tantalizing tales performed by four storytellers, from 7 to 9 PM at the Glaser Center in Santa Rosa. Tellabration is a worldwide storytelling celebration held annually on the third Saturday in November.  It aims to reacquaint grownups in particular with the oral tradition of storytelling.

Brandon Spars is a local high school teacher and featured teller at the November 21 event. “For me, storytelling started in the classroom. It helps bring history to life for my students, giving them an experience of the culture rather than just facts.” He believes it’s good for people to listen to the sustained message of stories as an antidote from sound bites and advertising snippets that bombard us daily.

Do Tell Story Swap meets at 7 PM the second Tuesday of every month at 2000 Humboldt Street, Santa Rosa. Teen and adults listeners and storytellers are welcome! See  or call (707) 545-5977 for details.

Tellabration is on Saturday November 21 from 7 to 9 PM at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. Recommended for ages 8 to 98. Admission free/by donation. Refreshments and performers’ CDs will be available for purchase. Sign language interpretation provided with advance request. For more info contact or (707) 545-5977.