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Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Stories of Wonder, Magic & Mystery Performing Arts- Storytelling
Mitch Weiss and Martha Hamilton are seasoned presenters who have been winning audiences and critical acclaim throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia since 1980. Renowned for their dynamic presentations of world tales and their work in teaching storytelling, they are available for performances, workshops, author visits and extended residencies. Their twenty-one books and recordings have won numerous awards including Parents’ Choice, National Parenting Publications Awards, Irma Simonton Black and James H. Black Award for Excellence in Children's Literature (from Bank Street College of Education), and the Anne Izard Storytellers’ Choice Award.
$501- $1000
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom CORN-TASTIC WITH FARMER TOM WALSH SONG STORIES Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Corn-Tastic - We learn about the many uses of Corn in today’s world. We learn the science and benefits, to the world, Corn brings and how we can all be the future, through education, of discovery. Farmer Tom Walsh, during his program, will distribute agriculture and farm related STICKERS to the fair goers. BEE ON THE FARM: Farmer Tom Walsh’s program has an agricultural theme that begins with a fun and educational story and then song on the life of bees. During the show everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Bee My Friend: Everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Cooperation with and respect for others (Dignity for All Students Act) is available for Elementary grade levels with his original story, The wooly bully bee, is a story of a bee that is misunderstood and everyone helps to tell the tale! Performance Preparation: Activities can include curriculum requirement, cooperation with others, farming, vegetables, recycling, nutrition, safety, history and music.
$351- $500
McIntosh, Story Laurie We All Sing Together For A Better World! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
We All Sing Together For A Better World! is an inspiring and uplifting program where audience members young and old delight in joining in the fun and singing along. In her inimitable and magical way, Story Laurie seamlessly weaves together songs and stories about caring for the Earth and for one another. Story Laurie has a knack for making us laugh while also helping us to think deeply about the kind of world we want to live in and how, by working (& singing!) together, we can all achieve that world. Folk tales, myths, songs both new and old, and real life stories of people doing wondrous things -- all come to life in the hands of this world-wise yet home-grown children’s performer. If ever there were a performer for our times, Story Laurie is IT!
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Band Together with the Wizard of Books Literature- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Magic
Get ready to rock with the Wizard of Books! This summer, magician Ron Cain invites young readers to help him form a wizard rock band. The 45-minute magic show highlights the 2018 New York state summer reading program theme, Libraries Rock! Appearing as the Wizard of Books, Ron uses magical, musical tricks to encourage children to read. Volunteers perform illusions with offbeat instruments he conjures. Youngsters also learn about literary and historical wizards, including Merlin, Morgan le Fay and Harry Potter. The Harry Potter universe has inspired its own musical genre called wizard rock. Since 2002, bands like Harry and the Potters and Draco and the Malfoys have performed songs about J.K. Rowling's wizarding books.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Fairy Legends of Ireland Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
There is plenty of laughter and delight in this animated retelling of Ireland’s best-loved gems including Irish favorites like Gilly Blackfoot where a young lad’s aversion to washing his feet causes him to fall in with a fairy band. Cloaks of invisibility and magic spells abound as hapless Gilly sets out to help free the Princess of France. Known for her vivid comedic style, Diane brings delight to her interpretations of these classic Irish favorites. This performance is accompanied by Margot Chamberlain on Celtic harp.
$501- $1000
Zalben, Jane Writing and Illustrating Children's Books Literature- Creative Writing,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Creating a children's picture book from the beginning idea to final bound book. Support materials demonstrate the stages: sewing a 32-page book dummy, making original art, galleys, press sheets, manuscripts with editorial comments to show the re-writing process. I also do writing workshops on middle-grade novels besides doing art and writing at the elementary grade level. I have had over 50 books published for different age groups.
$351- $500
Pelc, Cindy and Jim I Know I Can - Yes We Can! Performing Arts- Magic
The choices we make define who we are. This upbeat, high energy performance identifies and explores the meaning of character traits - respect, caring, perseverence, citizenship, honesty, self-discipline, fairness, responsibility, and self-esteem. Magic, modeling behavior and audience participation are the winning combination used in developing these core ethical values as the basis of good character.
$201- $350
Davis, Katie Novel and picture book Author-Illustrator Visit! Literature- Creative Writing,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists,
Visual Arts- Drawing
Beginning: How to draw great characters, brainstorm, and create a ‘voice’ for characters. Middle: Kids interactively establish plot, setting, and conflict. End: Children edit and re-write the story and create a resolution! Assemblies: Katie teaches story construction, sequencing, how ideas transform from thought to published book. Kids learn to do drawings of emotions, Katie shares her mistakes, and teaches skills students can use when creating their own stories. K-3: Highly interactive: children help write a story; volunteers make different emotional expressions. Katie draws their faces on the characters and together they create a new narrative with emphasis on beginning, middle and end. 4-6: Workshops: brainstorming, plotting, descriptive narrative, and character development. Illustration: teaches kids HOW TO SEE so they’re able to illustrate any story they write. Dear Katie, I'm usually 'ho-hum' when it comes to author visits. You were one to change my mind! You were...the best ever writing session, and I truly mean it! Jayne Pitt, K teacher
$1001- $3000
Rogers, Robert Just So Stories Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
The mystery of the African jungle, and how the animal kingdom came to be, as imagined by author Rudyard Kipling (of The Jungle Book fame). Four fanciful stories explain How the Elephant got its Trunk, How the Leopard got its Spots, How the Camel got its Hump, and How the Alphabet was Made. Hosted by a friendly Toucan, children will also meet a wily crocodile, a slimy snake among other more modest furry creatures.
$351- $500
Carpenter, Margot George Washington, the American Revolution, & You! History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
See and feel what it was like to be a Revolutionary War soldier at the time of the Boston Tea Party! Learn about the meaning of the war for American Independence--about such people as Washington, Tom Paine, Molly Pitcher. Join Aesthetic Realism consultants Robert Murphy & Jeffrey Carduner, who show that history is about the feelings of people like us, not just a matter of dates and battles. This understanding, based on the education Aesthetic Realism, makes history exciting and immediate. This event includes interactive enactments of historical events.
Up to $100
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