We met at Rob and Renana Rovinsky’s lovely home in NW DC.
Miriam Nadel started the evening of storytelling with a humorous personal tale about Women of Valor, loosely based on her life experiences with relatives who tried to shape her life. It included an aunt who, when Miriam asked for a chemistry set gave her a kit to make perfume instead.
A new-to-Voices teller, Dominique, told a story about the resolution of conflict between mother- and son-in-law from Nelson Mandela’s Favorite African Folktales called The Snake Chief.
Margaret Chatham followed with a story from Men from the Village Deep in the Mountains and Other Japanese Folktales compiled by Molly Bang. The story she chose is called Patches, but Margaret used the Japanese word (which I may be misspelling) “Toyuki” instead.
Eve Burton told Good Enough to Eat, adapted from the picture book of that name by Brock Cole.
Tim Livengood let us vote for a story about Vampires or one about. . . .something else. We voted for the Vampires, who, among other things, devoured college students. Yumm!
Rob Rovinsky, our host for the evening, had to have his arm twisted a little to tell a story, but then he gave us two delightful tales: one about How he Graduated from U Penn, which required passing a PE class; the other about How to Talk to a Taxi Driver in Jerusalem.
Besides the six tellers, we had a half dozen listeners.
Stories were followed by tasty treats: pumpkin pie, Tim’s fruity bread, pumpkin gingerbread with cranberries, raisins and walnuts, and assorted cookies, veggie chips, and cupcakes. Really yummm!
If you weren’t there, you really missed out! Hope to see you at swap next time.
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