Do Tell Story Swap
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October 13, 2020 Do Tell Story Swap is cancelled.
Please check in again for information 

Valley Village Community Center
6401 Country Club Dr., Rohnert Park 94928
Please see directions below.

Dear Storytellers and Listeners,

We are complying with Sonoma County's directive regarding gatherings at this time. We wish you all safety and health. We will continue to update this web site  regarding future Swaps so please check in. Thank you!

For other storytelling and listening opportunities while Do Tell Story Swap is on hiatus, please see our the "Events of Interest" page on this web site.

Another excellent resource for joining a story Swap via Zoom can be found on Or see a complete list of these Swaps on our "Events of Interest" page on this web site. A handy "etiquette" tip sheet is also posted.

Sonoma County Do Tell Story Swap meets the second Tuesday of every month from 7:00 to 9:00 pm. We hope you will join us to share the oral tradition of storytelling with positive tales
of all kinds when we resume after the Coronavirus is under control and we can again meet in person. Be a listener, be a storyteller, or be both!
​​Story Swap is a relaxed friendly venue and we welcome you to listen, but truly hope you will share your own stories. They can be from your own life or traditional ones you have read or heard. Stories are told and not read. They can be up to 5 minutes, not more than 7 minutes. We especially encourage people to work on their story with us in a nonjudgmental atmosphere. 

The doors officially open at 6:45pm, we begin promptly at 7, take a break at 8 for socializing and snacks and end at 9pm. Snacks are always welcome.

Suggested donation: $3 to $5

Our Story Swap is a scent-free venue for the comfort of everyone. Thank you.

For more information, call Elaine at 707-539-3642 or email

​​Proceed on Highway 101 to the Rohnert Park Expressway exit, then head east. Continue on Rohnert Park Expressway for approximately 1 mile. Turn right onto Country Club Drive, then turn right into Valley Village mobile home park. The Community Building is straight ahead; park in front or along the boundary wall.

Cathryn Fairlee Story Archive

Our friend and local storytelling star, Cathryn Fairlee, collected stories from around the world. She gave her archive to Do Tell Story Swap a few months before she passed away last year. She is greatly missed and this archive is a  great way to carry on the wonderful stories she collected as part of her life's work. 

Sharon Elwell and Meg Brown have been reading through the stories and categorizing them to create an archive available to those looking for inspiration for their own storytelling. Traditional stories of all kinds are being preserved in the archive.Whether you are looking for scholarly insight into a culture's stories or a funny or exciting story for telling, our aim it to keep traditional stories alive and available to our storytelling community.

SF Folk Festival 2020 Review
Contributed courtesy of Brandon Spars

The SF Folk Festival was different due to the virtual presentation on Zoom. Organized by Brandon Spars, there were about 70 people in the virtual audience. The event included a workshop by Pamela Reinagel and paired storytelling as the second part of the presentation. Pamela entertained and instructed with beautiful ballads, some humorous, some tragic. The paired tellings were made up of a traditional tale and a personal story. Each pair had a theme they worked with and each pair had a different theme. The themes ranged from "Taboo" to "Trouble with Love" to "It's you, not me" to "True Beauty." A big THANK YOU goes out to storytellers Sharon Elwell, Sara Armstrong, Rick Roberts, Liz Nichols, Kay DeMartini, Dana Sherry, and Tim Ereneta. This was a powerhouse cast of tellers, and they didn't disappoint. SAC sponsored the event. 
Check out the SF Folk Festival yourself with the three links below. Enjoy!
In memory of Jeff Byers
We are greatly saddened by the passing of Jeff Byers, who was originally slated to tell a folktale at the SF Folk Festival. Jeff Byers was a generous and talented story teller who donated his stories to Do Tell Story Swap for Tellabration! A big thank you to Shags Shagrin, our SAC tech host for the SF Folk Festival. Shags prepared a beautiful slide show, which included many photos of the Epic Day group who gathered for many years to bring epic tales to life. Cathryn Fairlee was among the faces as well. May they both live on through the stories that they loved. I met them both late in their lives, but they truly touched my life.
Contributed by Brandon Spars

Brandon Spars
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