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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Rosenberg, Paul Homespun Family Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Homespun Community Dancing provides fun, engaging and educational library events that teach about life before electricity in the 18th and 19th centuries. The Homespun Family Dance takes the audience/participants back to a time when families made their own entertainment with homemade music and dance. Everyone gets involved – from ages 2 to 102 -- in easy-to-learn American barn dance favorites and dances from around the world. All dances are taught, and danced to LIVE folk music that has been known to transform even the most adamant, grimacing youngsters declaring “I will never dance” into smiling dance-lovers asking: “When is the next dance?” “Homespun Family Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/
$351- $500
Fiske, David Broadway Goes to War: "Soldier Shows" of World War I History,
Media- Other
During the first World War, presentations called "soldier shows" allowed theatrical producers to not only entertain the public, but provide a show of patriotism. Some of these shows were put together by individuals who served in the military (such as Sergeant Irving Berlin), though others had no military background. The shows were light entertainment, featuring skits and musical numbers, and utilized many performers who were actually in the service. Proceeds from soldier shows went to projects intended to improve the lives of those serving in the armed forces of the United States.
Up to $100
Brown, John John New York Photosongs History,
Media- Photography,
Music
Award winning songwriter John John Brown has set out to educate and entertain with his imaginative new project “New York Photosongs”. At the heart of this exploration are six handcrafted folk songs that tell the amazing true stories behind some of New York State’s most iconic and obscure photographs. “Conversations Atop a Skyscraper” takes the listener up high beside the grizzled New York City ironworkers of the Great Depression, while “Queen of the Mist” brings us to Annie Edson Taylor’s 1901 plummet over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The amusing “Cardiff Giant Hoax” sends the audience across the farms of Central New York in 1869 where science and religion collide in bizarre fashion, while the humorous “Georgie” gives us a peek at the infamous Lake George Monster. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even walk down the vermine filled alleyways of early 1900’s New York City and feel the “Rat Catcher Blues” or perhaps stumble into Times Square on VJ Day and see the “Kissing Sailor”. Armed with his guitar, 4x5 foot photographs, and 15 years as a public school educator, John John Brown shines a light on some of the most interesting New Yorkers who’ve walked before us.
$351- $500
Rosenberg, Paul Community Harvest Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Your library supplies the atmosphere—cornstalks, hay bales, cider, pies and books – for the event. Homespun supplies the dance caller and musicians on fiddle, guitar, gourd and modern banjo, and tin whistle. Homespun leads participants in square, contra and circle dances brought to America from Europe and Africa. Connect with centuries-old traditions and celebrate the bounty of the harvest as generations of Americans have done. Traditional dancing helps build a sense of community. The audience has fun working together to learn the dances. Participants experience a bit of living history - they learn firsthand how people have socialized for many generations and hear anecdotes from American (and global) history that inspired the dances and music. Community dancing develops participants’ communication and listening skills, and improves physical coordination…dancing is great exercise! The “Community Harvest Dance” includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, modern and gourd banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, clarinet, guitar, recorder, and more. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/ and http://www.homespun.biz/occasions/educational-programs/community-dancing/
$351- $500
Ruch, Dave The Erie Canal History,
Music
A treasure trove of songs and stories that washed ashore with the workers, captains, passengers and crews of Clinton’s Ditch, all presented with lots of audience participation. This engaging program will entertain and enlighten, and features a variety of stringed and other musical instruments from canal days. Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
Stearns, Eleanor Women of Vision History,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Costumed portrayals of Clara Barton, Emily Dickinson, Amelia Earhart, and Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Each program focuses on one woman, telling about her life, visions, and contributions to society. Apropriate for ages 8 through adult. Clara Barton - portrays her activiities during the Civil War and her role in founding the American Red Cross. . Emily Dickinson - shares her thoughts about nature, personal relationships, love, and death through dialogue and her poems. Amelia Earhart - describes her passion for flying detailing some of her flights. The adult version shares her unusual view of marriage and presents her strong feelings about the role of women in society. Elizabeth Cady Stanton - describes the inequities that women experienced in the 1800s and her role in starting the first Women's Rights Convention held in Seneca Falls, NY in 1848. She stresses the need for equal rights for women, especially the right to vote. Brochures are available with further information.
$101- $200
Supley, Paul Historic Medicine Health & Fitness- Other,
History,
Museums
Historic Medicine Program I Civil War Medicine NYSV Assistant Surgeon * Discussion of all phases of mid 19th c. medicine, Army Medical Structure, Civilian Organizations, Effects of CW Medicine on us today, authentic display of equipment, use of audience volunteers for demonstrations, Q&A. Program II Colonial and early 19th c. Medicine Rural Country Doctor * Explanation of strata of medical practices and occupations, phases of medicine and theory of the day, comparisons of medical practices then and now, authentic display of equipment and medicines, use of audience volunteers for demonstrations, Q&A. *Recommended for ages 11 and up *Set up tables available *Contact for Pricing **FB Page : Historic Medicine
$351- $500
Black, Marc A History of the 1950's and '60's through Popular Song. History,
Music
In this engaging and humorous program, the audience relives this colorful time in our history. I'll use a wide range of songs including surprising, memorable favorites like Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini, great rock tunes like Blue Suede Shoes and moving folk songs like Bob Dylan's blowing in the Wind. This program is musical, thought provoking and always leaves the audience feeling good about where we are... and where we've been. You can see many reviews on my website… http://www.marcblack.com/web3/history-of-the-1950s-60s-through-popular-song/.)
$351- $500
Schuman, Sandy Understanding the Depression Era through Songs and their Stories History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The essence of the Great Depression as expressed in the songs of the times with stories that provide the social, economic, and historical context. Forget Your Troubles and Just Get Happy – The 1929 Hit Song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler. Presidential Campaign Songs of 1932 – The Sidewalks of New York vs. Happy Days are Here Again. The Anthem of the Great Depression – Brother Can You Spare a Dime by Jay Gorney and E. Y. Harburg, 1932. The Gold Diggers’ Song of 1933/ We’re in the Money by Harry Warren and Al Dubin. If God Blessed America For Me – The success of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America in 1938 led Woody Guthrie to write a parody. When All the World is a Hopeless Jumble – Even Lady Gaga sings this 1939 song by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, the most influential song in the history of cinema.
$101- $200
Collins, Dawn World Music Exploration History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
This may be a single date program or a series of five to six one-hour sessions exploring different world music regions, Africa, Latin America, Europe, Celtic Lands, India & Middle East, North America. A display of instruments native to this regions and a demonstration is provided. Songs from each region are taught with phonetic lyrics in a call and response style for ease of learning. A brief history of each region's music will be taught. This is an interactive program that is best suited to young adults and adults, although middle school and above will find it interesting and educational.
$101- $200
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