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Bromka, Sondra & John 'STONE SOUP & the HURDY GURDY MAN' Participatory Musical Storytelling History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This favorite classic tale has been crafted to include lots of singing, movement, and active participation for every audience member, from the youngest, to the most old and wise. The story: When a very clever traveler meets a very stingy lady, an extraordinary soup is created from nothing more than the imaginative man’s ordinary stone, water, and his wits and imagination. Our version highlights this most valuable clue: There is great joy in sharing, and it is important to always “use your noodle,” and your imagination! Young children will love the inclusion of their favorite storytelling elements: singalongs, patterns, repetition, the wondrous ways of 'long ago & far away' and especially, their 'Fizz Boom Pop' Chorus! & 'THE HURDY GURDY CHILDREN'S CONCERT: OLDEN INSTRUMENTS THAT GO FIZZ, BOOM, and POP! Reading Program Special: 2 programs for 1 price: see separate entry For a truly unusual musical experience, songs are accompanied by a real live HURDY GURDY built by the artist. This unforgettable historic stringed instrument doubles as a magic pepper grinder in our telling! Look forward to an energetic, meaningful, & interactive tandem storytelling experience underscored with live music, resonant with historic authenticity, and alive with abundant participation.
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Captain HurriCain's Seaside Magic Show History,
Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Magic
As the seagoing Captain HurriCain, Ron Cain promotes reading while celebrating the state's beaches and bodies of water. While telling tales and showing tricks from his travels, Captain HurriCain demonstrates a wacky way with water. Illusions include a container that causes water to disappear and reappear, faucets that defy the laws of nature, and an umbrella that does card tricks. Young audiences also meet Barnacle the Shark and learn about the legend of Champ the sea serpent. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program uses magic and humor to promote reading and help children feel good about themselves. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and the Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Chickens Around the World History,
Life Skills- Food,
Nature- Animals
Chickens are fascinating to kids, just ask my daughter Vienna as she walks around with one on her shoulder. Bring real live leashed chickens into your library for a fun filled, cluckingly good time! This program features chickens from around the world; Speckled Sussex from England, Blue Andalusians from Spain, Glossy Black Sumatras, Araucana from South America, Cuckoo Maran from France, and others who lay different colors and sizes of eggs. Learn the history and unique characteristics of these breeds, along with basic animal husbandry skills. Children can pet the chickens and depending on the season we bring baby chicks along. (Don't worry, we bring a droppings mat to protect the floor!) Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer reading program.
$101- $200
Heitler-Klevans, David & Jenny Hanging Out With Heroes at the Library History,
Literature- Other,
Music
Hanging Out With Heroes at the Library is a special program for the 2015 summer reading program theme of Every Hero Has a Story - an interactive musical performance featuring songs about real and fictional sheroes and heroes, including the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ms. Frizzle, Sacagawea, Spiderman, and many more! Songs telling true stories of unsung heroes many also be included. Two of a Kind gets audiences of all ages involved in the performances through singing, movement, sign language, guessing games and more.
$351- $500
Carpenter, Margot Harriet Tubman, the Underground Railroad, the Cause of Slavery, & Us! History,
Life Skills- Other,
Multicultural- Other
This interactive event does something thrilling and unique: children and adults learn about a woman important in American History, Harriet Tubman, about the importance of the underground railroad, and about the cause of slavery. Based on the philosophy Aesthetic Realism founded by poet and critic Eli Siegel, children learn about themselves and the respect for the world and people they most hope for! There are Power Point slides of the routes of the Underground Railroad, music, and a re-enactment of an escape from enslavement which was led by Harriet Tubman all the way to Canada.
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John Of Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers: Historic Music Rare and Rustic History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A salmagundi of period instruments & styles combine for a delightfully unusual concert. In their crossover program 'Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers,' musicians Sondra & John Bromka begin by unravelling threads of evocative Medieval music... then weave in and out of it rustic folk traditions, still heard even today in the remote corners of France, Germany, and the British Isles. Side by side, these sounds enrich each other to paint vivid living pictures that evoke the boisterous village festivals, the soulful shepherds’ plaints, and the rich, mystical ballads that connected people of all levels of society. Bells & Motley are known for their uncommon instrumentation, and perform on a diverse collection of historic and folk instruments. For this presentation you’ll hear harp, hurdy gurdy, lute, Medieval fiddle, recorders, crumhorns, various French & English bagpipes, and more. The hurdy gurdy, built by Mr. Bromka, is a sort of Medieval keyboard fiddle enhanced with a resonant drone. Join Sondra & John in their Allegorical musical Garden, rich & resounding for all senses.
$351- $500
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Erie Canal History,
Music
Canal songs, performed in 19th-century costume and using period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina, etc.). Songs about the construction of the canal (1816-1826), about canallers' lives and work, and about the folklore of the canal. Examples: The Meeting of the Waters of Hudson and Erie, Oh That Low Bridge, Paddy On the Canal, Buffalo to Troy, Ee-ri-ee Was Risin', Trip On the Erie, Low Bridge, etc. Also includes information regarding canal and Western New York history. May include Mark Twain poem The Aged Pilot Man. Performed frequently in the Rochester area, and at folk festivals in New York & New England. Performed at libraries in Lockport, Lyons, Albion, Big Springs Museum (Caledonia), historical societies in Greece, West Sparta, etc. Also NY State Button Society convention (Owego), April 2011.
$201- $350
McGrath, Cathy “SONGS OF SUFFRAGE, ONE HUNDRED YEARS HENCE” History,
Museums,
Music
Join in singing the songs that the suffragists sang as they struggled for woman’s right to vote. Song sheets will help you raise you voice in protest so you can imagine the convictions of the women and men of the past working for woman’s suffrage. Many suffrage songs were crafted from the popular songs of the day. One advantage of this was that suffragists could sing the songs together immediately, since they already knew the melody and only needed the new words. Then they could sing them at meetings, conventions and demonstrations in efforts to convince others. These songs are the statement of the people, the story of their struggles and of their courage. When we sing them together now, we remember and honor those who went before us, leading the way in voting rights. An experienced folk music performer, Cathy McGrath uses an 1870’s guitar, antique flute, and rolled tin whistle in this historical program that encourages audience participation. She first performed this program in 2004 for the Genesee Country Village & Museum. It seems perfect to offer this program again for the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage.
$201- $350
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
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
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