Date and time: Saturday November 12, 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.
Location: Mission Branch Library, 3134 Roosevelt Ave. 78214
San Antonio, TX
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Once upon a time—Saturday, November 12th to be exact—San Antonio Storytellers Association will present a free family festival of stories at Mission Branch Library. Come one, come all on Saturday, November 12 from 2:00 until 6:00 p.m.
Story Tellabration!tm is an afternoon filled with traditional, live oral storytelling performed by six San Antonio Storytellers and their special guest Decee Cornish of Fort Worth, “the Urban Griot.” Hear trickster tales, wonder tales, legends, ghost stories, nursery tales for the little ones, and more on two story stages at the award-winning library branch located next to Mission San Jose and San Antonio Missions National Park.
City Councilperson Rebecca Viagran will welcome you at 2:00 and invite you to stay all afternoon to enjoy story crafts, cookies and fruit chews from Whataburger, costumed story characters from TAMU-SA giving away “Keep Stories Alive” bracelets, hats and props for story selfies and, of course, live story performances all afternoon. A food truck will be standing by for those who wish to eat lunch, take home dinner or take a break during the afternoon.
Featured Storyteller Decee will be joined by Mark Babino, MaryAnn Blue, Mary Grace Ketner, Sue Kuentz, Ryan McPherson, Carolina Quiroga-Stultz and youth storytellers from Lopez Middle School and St. Mary’s Hall. These yarnspinners will bring you Tickle me Tales, Cuentos y Stories, Far Away Tales, Texas Y’all Tales, “Lions and Tigers and Bears, Oh, No!” and more. As the sun begins to set during that last hour, the library’s shadowy south patio will set the stage for ghost stories, spooky tales and eerie legends for all ages. Bring someone to hold your hand!
During the week before the event, November 7-11, storytellers will give story programs in six Harlandale ISD Elementary schools: Gillette, Rayburn, Schultze, Bellaire, Carol Bell, and Stonewall Flanders.
Funding for Story Tellabration!tm was provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Storytelling Network, and the San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture. Additional support was provided by the San Antonio Public Library, Harlandale Independent School District, and the Tejas Storytelling Association.
(This is our press release write up done by storyteller Mary Grace Ketner)