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Wemett, Lisa Our Alaskan Odyssey: Cruising the Inside Passage and Beyond History,
Media- Photography,
Multicultural- Other
Explore our 49th state via a roundtrip cruise from Seattle, Washington. The forested islands along the Inside Passage give way to the raw beauty of the Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm. Discover the Native Tlingit culture at remote Icy Strait Point, the Gold Rush days of Ketchikan and Juneau, and the Russian influences on Kodiak and Sitka. From the cosmopolitan port of Anchorage to the wildlife centers in Homer and Kodiak, find out why Alaska is truly the Great Land. Travel literature from the Alaska visitors’ bureau is furnished for this travelogue free of charge.
$101- $200
String Band, Homegrown Songcatchers: The Evolution of the Music of Rural America History,
Music
Homegrown Two (consisting of Georgianne and Rick Jackofsky, the grown part of the Homegrown String Band) is an acoustic Americana duo whose music celebrates the spirit of songcatchers and composers from Frances Child and Stephen Foster to Harry Smith and Bob Dylan. Their repertoire of traditional and original material is performed using a variety of acoustic intstruments including guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, doumbek, banjo ukulele, and harmonica. Like the wandering minstrels of yore, their music has taken them around the country from Maine to Missouri with performances at venues as diverse as the National Theatre in Washington DC and Silver Dollar City in Branson Missouri.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Boy Who Went to Visit the North Wind' Participatory Storytelling + 'Who Has Heard the Wind' Children's Concert History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sondra and John Bromka bring audiences on a wind-swept journey to 'long ago and far away' with the telling of this fine traditional tale. Look forward to an energetic tandem storytelling performance that is underscored with live music on Celtic harp, enriched with historic authenticity, and alive with abundant participation that is well suited to audiences of all ages. A tale of wonder, magic, and heroism, the story unfolds when a poor boy's meal is unwittingly blown away, taken to the four corners of the earth by the all-powerful North Wind, and cannot be returned. In exchange, a magic tablecloth, magic donkey, and magic stick are three marvelous gifts offered by the Wind. But in the end, the most important gift of all is surely the North Wind's sage advice: 'All you have to do is keep your eyes & ears open.' As in the best of traditional folktales, there is the timeless appeal of a thought provoking theme. Here, justice & fairness are of universal concern to young children. And they will enjoy their favorite storytelling elements: patterns and repetition, personification, and especially, the wondrous and curious ways of 'long ago & far away.'
$351- $500
Wemett, Lisa Life in the Past Lane: History Along the Highways of NYS History,
Media- Photography
When you’re on a road trip, history is always around the bend. Step into the 1800s to explore the engineering marvels of the Erie Canal and its influence on the development of cities and the women’s rights movement. Tour fascinating homes, presidential sites, and even carousels visited by Lisa Wemett and Terry Mulee in their travels.
$101- $200
Cain, Ron A Magical Trip to the Titanic History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Join magician Ron Cain on “A Magical Trip to the Titanic,” a magic show that commemorates the 100th anniversary of the ship's sinking. The luxury liner hit an iceberg the night of April 14, 1912, on its maiden voyage from England to New York. Only one-third of the 2,200 people aboard survived. Cain appears as a magical time traveler who takes young audiences back to the time of the Titanic. Children help perform tricks that depict what life was like on the “jewel of the White Star Line.” Illusions also feature key figures from history and highlight elements of the tragedy that led to improvements in maritime safety. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron performs educational magic shows for libraries and schools throughout the Northeast. Each year, he presents a show highlighting the summer reading program theme. Shows include the Magic of Being Green, Wide World of Magic, Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Capt. HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and The Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
Ruch, Dave Songs of New York State History,
Music
Take a musical trip across New York State with songs and stories from various characters and places around the Empire State. You'll learn to sing a song in the Iroquois language, make animal sounds on an old song your grandparents’ grandparents probably sang (not Old McDonald!), laugh at the lyrics of authentic NY State children’s songs and rhymes, hoist the sails together with Dave while singing a Great Lakes chantey, learn of a circus owner who was the first to stick his head in a lion’s mouth, and much more...smiling, laughing, participating and learning as you go! "A great hit with the children and adults" Ruth Cook, Children’s Services, New Hartford Public Library, New Hartford NY
$351- $500
McGrath, Cathy “CELTIC CHRISTMAS CONCERT with Cuisle Mo Chroί” History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Enjoy a batch of Christmas carols and tunes. The concert features songs learned from parents and grandparents and includes songs from NY, Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, French Canada, Italy, and tunes learned from Irish friends, all of which are featured on the CD “Winter Root.” Try this recipe for a holiday concert: combine a dash of flute, a pinch of penny whistle, a smidgen of bodhrán, and spice with guitar, frost with Celtic harp, add a generous portion of rich vocal harmonies and then let your spirits rise. The trio “Cuisle Mo Chroí” ( pronounced Cushla Ma Chree) is one of the premier folk ensembles in the Rochester NY area. All three women, Patricia Carey, Mary Lester, and Cathy McGrath were inducted in 2016 into the Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Irish Music Hall of Fame for the Northeast US, have appeared nine times in the Rochester Irish Festival, have opened for Cherish the Ladies, are often found at Irish music sessions in the area, and have played together for 20 years at festivals, libraries, pubs, parties, and more. This program has been presented most recently in the Tiffany Mosaic Chapel in Clifton Springs, NY.
$501- $1000
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Viking Food Preservation Health & Fitness- Other,
History,
Life Skills- Food
How did people keep their food through the winter before there was refrigeration, or even before Napoleon invented canning? Learn how to make sauerkraut and other homemade foods preserved by using lacto-fermentation, an ancient preservation method used by Vikings. Unlock not only vitamins and minerals, but also enhance gut health by incorporating probiotics into your diet! Participants can watch their choice of fermentation project at the library and taste the final product when complete. They will learn the skills to make their own at home, and try a variety of Viking foods at the end of the presentation. This program pairs well with “Nourishing Traditions” by Sally Fallon Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog.
$101- $200
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
Edgecomb, Diane Tales of Enchantment History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Enter the world of fairy tales where magic is only a moment away, and lessons about how to live are expressed through vivid symbols. For younger children, Diane brings to life classic fairy tales like Snow White and Rose Red and Bee, Mouse, Harp and Bum-Clock, an unusual ‘Jack’ tale. When Jack returns home with dancing bugs instead of beans, the fun and magic really begin! For older students, Diane explores the oral tradition through Arthurian legends and ancient Irish tales such as the humorous Sir Gawain and Loathly Lady. Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic of traditional tales.
$351- $500
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