SASA StoryNite – February 6th 2019

It was a great night of Storytelling! We had three visiting storytellers, two of them from Texas Library Association, and one from Canada!

Plus three wonderful children who are writing stories and came with their parents to see how oral storytelling works. We had a delightful time talking with them and learning more about their projects and stories.

 Lesley, from Canada, told an excellent version of a Jack tale that had been re-written for three sisters. Peg, the youngest … and ugliest, used her wit to outsmart a witch and a king to eventually get happiness for everyone (except the bad witch, of course!).

 Veronica followed with Jack and the Farmer. Jack seemed to be hopelessly destined for folly until he made just the right mistake which delighted the Farmer’s daughter. This story had a good ending too!

 Carol Johnson told a Kamishibai story about two mice who find true love, while searching for strength.Carol’s lovely wooden Kamishibai box and beautiful hand drawn story pages are a rare treat to experience. We received Carol’s gift gratefully. Visit this link to learn more about Kamishibai

 Teresa from Leon Valley Library entertained us with Sody Salleratus which she enlivened with song and dance! This was a time when a squirrel did something good and made sure this story had a good ending!

 Susan concluded the evening with a ghost story, using her beautiful style of bringing out details of the senses in her stories. She told about Addie and Theodore, and true love that lasts forever.

 Exciting news!! San Antonio Storytellers Association (SASA) is going to begin conducting mini workshops at each monthly meeting.

·         Mark Babino will lead the workshop on March 6th. He will teach storytellers some basic tools and techniques about how to build good stories might tell us some tips about how to shape and tell fantasy stories!

·         On April 3rd, Jane McDaniel will share handouts and good information about

“How To Tell A Story" 

- Where do we find stories?

-  Getting down to work

-  Core Truth 1

-  steps to telling A story

-  learning the plot, then the words

-  Making the story one's own

-  core truth 2

-  zooming in on the audience

-  getting comfortable on stage

- delivery versus performance

* Having fun, telling!

 San Antonio Storytellers Association (SASA) meets to share stories every 1st Wednesday of the month.

 Brook Hollow Library 530 Heimer Rd, San Antonio, TX 78232


SASA January Story Swap - we were few but WE WERE MIGHTY!!!!

Our fearless leader, Sue Kuentz, kicked off a totally enjoyable night of stories at Brook Hollow Library with a telling of an old Hasidic story… one which we have heard before in other versions - Story And Truth. Once upon a time…… there was an old, bitter woman who was scorned in every village, until she met a handsome man on a black stallion, who wore a black, and flowing cloak……

John Munley had also braved the weather to come and tell at the library and he stood to tell us of “The Gannon Years”. John worked as a delivery boy for Gannon’s Pharmacy in a small N.Eastern town with two competing Catholic Churches: St. Mary’s (the Irish) and St. Anthony’s (the Italians). There he made the acquaintance of the formidable “stregas” (John’s word), the formidable Italian mother-in-laws, who rule the roosts in the kitchens of Italian homes. In contrast to the cabbage and pork cooking smells of an Irish kitchen, in which he grew up, the Italian was a sumptuous feast for the nose of ravioli, pasta pancetta, tiramisu, spaghetti, tomato sauce laced with thyme and basil, and clams cooked in lemon sauce….. Mama Gianforto and her table full of home made pasta was at fault.

(…and I got a little carried away there, with the Italian cuisine…)

Susan Whipple always has a twist on a personal tale, and her story this time involved some very hot jalapeños, Texas BBQ and the island of Sicily. 
(You had’ta ‘ave been there.)

Jane stood to tell an old, old story of Mont St. Odile in Alsace and how it got its name. Once Hohenberg, on the flat upper Rhine plain, it was given to a girl called Odile by her Landgraf father, Alaric, after Odile - born blind but by a miracle now sighted - was chased by an angry Alaric and Odile, caught between him and his hounds and the sheer face of that 1000 ft high mountain, implored the mountain to open up - which it did and swallowed her. Alaric was converted as she reappeared and gave her the mountain and land around it to build a convent and a hostel for the blind. 
(And that’s how to tell a story backwards.) 
She is St. Odile, patron saint of the blind. Jane has spent many an Easter Night as a pilgrim at the hostel on Mt. St. Odile, where time has stood still. 

Charlie Whipple, poet extraordinaire, stood to tell us about grunnions, tiny fish, which come in onto the beaches at high tide to lay their eggs, which is turn become tiny fishes at the next high tides and can be seen only at night. Of course there was poetry, or in this case limericks - which, with a word like grunnions was not easy. (No, they’re not onions with a grudge….) Grunnions, onions, bunions…. Charlie had us in stitches. Three more followed: “Turkey and Yams”, “A Safe Cracker named Greg” (yes…keg), and “Winter Sunset”. 

Karen Archer rounded out the evening with an aching beautiful Native American story, “The Star Next to The Moon”. A story of friendship and redemption, and perfectly told for our first Story Swap of 2019.

If you weren’t there - you really missed it this time. 

See y’all on the first Wednesday of February, 6.30 - 8 pm: Brook Hollow Library. 
Be there or be square.

Jane McD.

2019 Storytelling Dates

January       Membership Drive: $20

Jan. 2                 SASA Story Nite, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Jan. 7                 SASA Board Meeting, 12:00pm

Feb. 6                    SASA Story Nite @ Brook Hollow Library, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Feb. 7                     SASA Board Meeting, 12:00pm

Feb. 24                   Irish Heritage Day from 12 - 5pm @ Leon Valley Community Center

March 6                 SASA Story Nite @ Brook Hollow Library, 6:30 - 8:00pm

March 7-10:           Tejas Storytelling Festival in Denton, TX

March 20th:           Proposal to tell at Franklin Park. 

April 3                     SASA Story Nite @ Brook Hollow Library, 6:30 - 8:00pm

May 1                       SASA Story Nite @ Brook Hollow Library, 6:30 - 8:00pm

May 18th:                Springing into Summer Storytelling Concert at Confluence Park 

June 5                      SASA Story Nite @ Brook Hollow Library, 6:30 - 8:00pm

July 3                        Red White and Blue SASA Story Nite @ Brook Hollow Library, 6:30 - 8:00pm

July 25-28:               National Storytelling Network Summit in San Francisco

Aug. 7                        SASA Story Nite @ Brook Hollow Library, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Sept. 4                       SASA Story Nite @ Brook Hollow Library, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Oct. 2                         SASA Story Nite @ Brook Hollow Library, 6:30 - 8:00pm

October 4-6:            National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough. 

October 26th:          Confluence Park Spooky Stories. 7 – 9 pm 

November 2nd:       George West Storyfest

Nov. 6                         SASA Story Nite @ Brook Hollow Library, 6:30 - 8:00pm

Dec. 4                          SASA Story Nite @ Brook Hollow Library, 6:30 - 8:00pm

April SA Story Night A Blast!

We met at the Brook Hollow Library on Heimer Road in N. Central San Antonio on the first Wednesday of April and Veronica kicked off an evening of great stories with an “Anansi” tale. Finally! We now know how Anansi got his waist; he had been TOO fat before he feasted on yummy cooked beans, cooked yams and green beans. 

(You had to have been there.)


Jane stood and told the riveting tale of a love lost and a journey not taken to the US. 

“The Bridge of Tears” was the title of this modern story of Ireland. 


The evening was really rolling along when Trudy stood, with apologies, as she had written this story and was not happy with the script. It turned out to be a corker: “Revenge of the Terrapins”: what happened AFTER the scorpion was given a ride across the river by a turtle. She had us sitting on the edge of our seats as we envisioned the turtles racing to the feast on the other side of the river.  Alas, the scorpion fell asleep as the turtle carried him across the river, and said terrapin dumped him into the watery stream; there was mouse on the menu that night, and Turtle could NOT wait. 

Trudy is a born teller; she told an excellently written story, and showed great timing in the telling. Can’t wait to hear more of her tales.


John Munley - recently returned to San Antonio from parts northeast, and so welcome back to SASA! - told of looking for a forever home in S. Texas and finding one in San Antonio, of finding a story course at NYU, New York and at Trinity University, Dublin, and the George West Story Festival in S. Texas, to where he drove “forever”. (Yeah, we know, Texas is big.) Met an old friend there, dressed in red, white and blue, and spent a while exchanging greetings and conversation. Afterwards, his wife asked hm who that was. John: “Never met him before in my life”. Yes, we storytellers are good at faking it. And it’s great to have John back.


Susan (Whipple), our MC for the night, and an excellent job she did - stood to tell of a very scary meeting with a UFO in Rochester, NY. Walking her block to a neighbor’s house on a crisp, sunny September day: she saw it: shiny, silver, “something metal in the sky” hovering over her street, no sound coming from it. Horrified and struck silent - “I was the only human around!” - she prepared to run when the shape turned and the sun reflected off two wings. It was an airplane.

Great relief all around.


It was a good night, once again, at the San Antonio Storytellers’ Swap at Brook Hollow Library.


You missed it? We meet again to tell and regale on Wednesday, May 2, from 6.30 to 8 pm at Brook Hollow. Be there - or be SQ…E!!


Jane McD.