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From the Delightful to the Dangerous

Twanna Hines

By Stephanie Medlock

The 4th annual San Miguel International Storytelling Festival is back and packed with people who want to share their stories with you. While many are familiar faces to our story-loving audiences, we have new tellers, some long experienced, and some telling their first tale.

Among the storytellers gathering to entertain you will be Ruth Mailhot, Vail Kristina Smerlinder de Suarez, Les Pearson, Judith Grille, Stephanie Medlock, Laura Duenas, Kirsten Dehner, Cindy Norman, Paola Banos, Nathan Feuerberg, Bea Aaronson, Tony Mossuto, and many more.

With the expansion of the festival to include evenings of stories in Spanish, tall tales, and true-life stories, you have your pick of dates and places. The twelve most diversely intriguing of these stories will be presented at our Final Gala evening, Friday, October 20, at Bellas Artes.

Our own Bea Aaronson, storyteller deluxe, poet, and all around entertainer will be the mistress of ceremonies for the showcase event. Bea donated her artwork for our gorgeous poster this year, and she will also be telling stories during the festival that you won’t want to miss.

It is not too late to sign up for the Storytelling Workshop, October 14 and 15, at the Sala Literaria at Bellas Artes, Hernandez Macias 75. Please contact Stephanie Medlock at to reserve your place. You may also register online for the workshop and buy tickets for other festival events at

Still to come are stories in Spanish at Restaurant Mama Mia on Tuesday night, October 17, from 7–9pm, and True Life Stories at Restaurant Paprika, on Wednesday evening, October 18, also from 7–9pm.

We are so grateful to the individuals in charge of the restaurants where our events are taking place. Specifically, we want to thank Benjamin Lara at El Quita Penas, Ana Valeria at Mama Mia, and Francine Llano at Restaurant Paprika for allowing us to use their restaurants. It is wonderful to have this support from the community.

Miracles and magic are well represented in the Spanish evening, while the true stories cover topics from the unanticipated effects of Sputnik to what it’s like to grow up with a grandmother who just may be a witch.



Storytelling Workshop

Sat, Oct 14, 10am–4pm,

Sun, Oct 15, 10am–2pm

Sala Literaria, Bellas Artes

Hernandez Macias 75

1,500 pesos



Stories in Spanish

Tue, Oct 17, 7–9pm

Mama Mia Restaurant

Umaran 8, Centro

50 pesos


True Life Stories

Wed, Oct 18, 7–9pm

Restaurant Paprika

Ancha de San Antonio 7

100 pesos


Showcase Finale

Fri, Oct 20, 5:45–9pm

Bellas Artes Auditorio

Hernandez Macias 75

Wine reception and music by High Desert Rangers

300 pesos


Contact Stephanie Medlock at


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