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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Tellebration: Stories to Remember in Santa Rosa

Stories to Remember 
Will Captivate You
Do you have fond memories of listening to family stories? It may have been at the annual picnic, on the porch, or around the kitchen table, years ago or recently, but those memories stay with us forever.
Perhaps your parents told you bedtime stories and you want to continue the tradition with your own children. Or maybe you’re running out of ideas for uplifting conversational topics in these challenging times.  Sonoma County’s Tellabration!™ should be your destination!
Started 24 years ago Tellabration!™ is an international event sponsored by the (U.S.)  National Storytelling Network to promote storytelling in local communities, showcase local tellers, and encourage adults to appreciate this centuries-old oral tradition of communication.
On Saturday, November 19, seven local storytellers are presenting a free evening of  Tellabration!™: Stories to Remember from 7-9 PM at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Avenue, Santa Rosa. The expert skills of these tellers will draw you into the tales they share, making you feel as if you have been right there with their characters! Internationally acclaimed Cathryn Fairlee has amazed audiences from China to Guatemala, and across the Untied States. Martha Shogren, the grandma of storytelling, delights listeners with folk tales, fairy tales, and legends. Santa Rosa’s Do Tell Story Swap co-hosts, Kenneth Foster and Elaine Stanley, and swap member Cal Johnson, as well as West Side Stories “slammers” Dave Pokorny and Leslie Scatchard will round out the not-to-be-missed program emceed by Steve Zabriskie.  Refreshments will be sold at intermission by the Unitarian Universalist Congregation, and tellers’ books and CDs will be available. This program is recommended for teens through adults as no props are used; mature children with good listening skills and active imaginations are welcome.                         

Story swaps  provide storytellers an opportunity to hone their craft, and gives listeners a chance to enjoy for free some fine storytelling.    The Do Tell Story Swap was started over a year ago by Santa Rosa tellers Elaine Stanley and Kenneth Foster, at whose Foster Story Studio (1000 Humboldt St., Santa Rosa) the swaps are held. The public, both listeners and tellers, is invited to attend the swaps on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, from 7-9 PM.  Participating storytellers are asked to use appropriate language and themes in the stories they tell.
A story slam features five minute true, personal stories told live on stage without notes; the stories are required to fit a pre-announced  theme. West Side Stories believes everyone has a story and strives to give everyone a forum for sharing theirs.
The Pelican Art Gallery (143 Petaluma Blvd. North, Petaluma) provides a stage, a microphone, a theme for the evening and a lively, supportive audience. The theme for the November 9 event is  The One That Got Away”.  Dave Pokorny hosts. The stories are scored by a random audience-member. The winner takes home $50 cash, generated from the $5 cash at the door admission fee.
For more information about  Tellabration!™  Stories to Remember
contact Kenneth Foster,           707-540-0655.

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