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Program
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Description
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Feingold, Richard Alexander Hamilton – Secretary of the Treasury History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Today, Hamilton, An American Musical is the hottest ticket on Broadway. As America’s first Secretary of the Treasury, Alexander Hamilton founded the U.S. financial system. His Federalist plan was quickly opposed by Anti-Federalists Thomas Jefferson and James Madison until a grand compromise was worked out. This program features music from the Broadway production including The Room Where it Happens and video from the Hamilton musical. Note: this is the sequel to the program Alexander Hamilton – The Musical and the Duel. The program includes six songs and video from Hamilton, An American Musical. (Music and video from public sources). A handout with detailed instructions titled How to Get Tickets to see Hamilton is included. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches American Business History at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University. Equipment requirements: LCD projector. Presenter will provide laptop.
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith W.C. FIELDS - A Life on Stage, Radio and Film- History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Here’s a wonderful program on Fields and his own unique take on comedy. Comes complete with a DVD showing of The Dentist which features Fields in his finest moments. Find out all about the man who was born Old and cranky. From childhood to his passing, learn all about man who uttered the famous words Go away kid, you bother me. From a tough childhood in the streets to fame at the top of the ladder, Fields star shines the brightest.
$101- $200
Clough, Geoff The Life and Music of Miss Patsy Cline History,
Music
Geoff Clough (on Keyboard)with Vocalist Cyndi Kingsley present a musical tribute to Miss Patsy Cline. Stories of her early life and rise to fame. Includes songs from her catalog of hits such as: Blue Moon of Kentucky, Crazy, I Fall to Pieces, Walking After Midnight and more.
$101- $200
Zimmermann, Linda Hudson Valley Historic Haunts History,
Other
New York's Hudson River Valley is a place of beauty and history. It is also one of the most haunted regions in the country. This program explores tales of ancient Indian spirits, soldiers who still walk the battlefields, old Dutch settlements, mansions,and cemeteries. Beware; a passing shadow or faint whisper may signal that you have just had an encounter in the historic and haunted Hudson Valley!
$201- $350
Hessler, Arielle The Colorful History of Pigments and Poisons History,
Science,
Visual Arts- Painting
Where does color come from? In this lecture/presentation, enjoy a journey through time and space learning about the vibrant colors coveted throughout history- and their ‘colorful’ backstories. From indigo and woad to lead and arsenic, discover how these materials transformed into such coveted colors, and the consequences of their use. Pigments and paints safe for human handling, and the tools used to make them, will be available for exhibition and handling. This program may be of interest to both teen and adult audiences.
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith Peter Lorre : Hollywood's Unsung Master of Mayhem History,
Media- Film,
Visual Arts- Other
Another entry for the Halloween season. Join us as we unmask thriller film legend Peter Lorre and we explore his life from his earliest days in Hungary where he was known under his real name Laszlo Lowenstein to his rise to stardom in Germany and his ultimate transformation into Hollywood boogeyman. We also explore Lorre's A list work including Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon. We'll talk about his working relationships with fellow actors Humphrey Bogart and Sidney Greenstreet as well as his troubled personnel life and bouts with depression and alcohol. We'll be watching a plethora of film clips as well as viewing a mountain of memorabilia. This is another must have presentation.
$101- $200
Bezrodnov, Vitaliy Balalaika and Piano Duo History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
An acclaimed virtuoso in his native Russia, Yuri Shishkin now brings to American audiences the magical sounds of the balalaika, a three-stringed triangular instrument considered the national instrument of Russia. Trained at the St. Petersburg Conservatory, Mr. Shishkin and his piano accompanist, Yulia Sydykbaeva, command an extensive repertoire that ranges from Russian and Eastern European folk to classical and contemporary compositions. With amazing versatility on this mysterious, alluring instrument, Yuri Shishkin will uplift audiences past their reserved inhibitions and onto their toe-tapping feet!
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “THE HEART OF AMERICAN MUSIC” 19th century songs of our heritage History,
Music,
Other
Based on research done for music for the Genesee Country Village & Museum with Flint Hill Folk, Cathy McGrath presents a program of nineteenth century heritage music in authentic period dress and with instruments appropriate to the era. The audience is encouraged to participate by singing their hearts out! Songs are chosen from two books which were collections compiled from thousands of people who sent in their favorite songs of the previous century. From Heart Songs (1909): “Each song recalls to the individual reader some tender, sad, joyous or martial association.” From Songs That Never Grow Old (1903): “A collection of old-time songs that have long been tried and forever loved.” Songs of all sorts of categories are presented - love, home, Erie Canal, historic, patriotic, dancing, popular and folk songs - and represent a valuable gauge to the popular taste in music at that time. These melodies are part of our collective past, yet still resonate today. An experienced folk music performer, Cathy uses an 1870’s guitar, limberjack puppets, antique flute, and rolled tin whistle in this historical program and encourages audience participation.
$201- $350
Riotto, Mary Diane Fly Me to the Moon History,
Science,
Visual Arts- Crafts
In this age where smart phones, GPS, self driving cars and super fast personal computers are common place and taken for granted, it’s hard for young learners to appreciate the incredible effort it took in 1969 that enabled Neil Armstrong to make that first “…one small step for man”. In this program, your young patrons in grades 2-5 will learn about the Apollo 11 Mission , and of the new technologies that needed to be designed that would take mankind safely into the unknown and back home again. Junior aeronautical engineers will explore the basics of how the Saturn V rocket worked, and build their very own Saturn V to take home and share with their families. Recommended for grades 2-5 , enrollment in program not to exceed 15 children.
$101- $200
Mischief, Merry Tales & Tunes along the Towpath History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Climb aboard a packet boat and back in time with Merry Mischief's Tales & Tunes along the Towpath! Merry Mischief is an costumed acoustic duo(Merlyn & Harry) who come dressed as Canal Travelers and entertain your audience with music and historical facts from the Erie Canal. Music from the time of the Erie Canal and American folk music with it's wild and wooly history, along with poetry (and of course, a few fun jokes :) makes this a great community and/or reading program! A fun way to make History come ALIVE! Program suitable for the young to the seasoned adult.
$201- $350
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