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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Parisi, Rita 1908 Tea History,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In 1908, the world was on the cusp of change. The traditions of the Victorians were giving way to a modern way of thinking. The automobile, airplane, changes in fashion, entertainment, and social conventions were altering the lives of people forever. Mrs. Gordon, a middle-class housewife, will entertain you during her afternoon tea as she tells you stories that will illuminate life at the turn of the 20th century. Then everyone will have an opportunity to engage in an open discussion as she shares with you her latest issue of the Ladies Home Journal.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John Erie Canal Tall Tale Writing Residency and Performance Event History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Workshop participants will learn about the tradition of the 'Tall Tale,' and then work together to create their own original tale. This program draws upon the Erie Canal for theme and inspiration, and includes songs and dances that reflect our multicultural heritage. We conclude with a joint artist/student performance for the community, wherein participants perform their tale, songs, and dances as an integral part of the artists’ musical theatre performance piece '15 Years on the Erie Canal.' (see related program listings.) The finale performance will be geared towards family audiences, and includes participation for all who attend. It will feature music on the artists’ unusual collection of authentic historical instruments, including squeezeboxes, hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, and more. All participating children will gain hands-on experience in a range of artistic disciplines, including writing, poetry, dance, music, and storytelling/theatre. Children will be exposed to actual Tall Tales of the Erie Canal Era; they will learn factual information about our county’s famous canal; about the era’s multicultural heritage.
$501- $1000
Stoll, Brian Broadway ~ From Back Row to Backstage History,
Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
"During this interactive presentation, theatre enthusiast Brian Stoll will discuss all things Broadway beginning with the history and importance of the Broadway Playbill. He will share his extensive collection of autographed Playbills and other theatre memorabilia. Lastly, Brian will share with you several money-saving tips on how to see Broadway shows for under $50." I bring with me my entire autographed Playbill collection (which continues to grow) as well as theatre memorabilia and antique Playbills for the audience to peruse. I personally have seen over 150 Broadway productions and rarely pay more than $50 a ticket!
$201- $350
Ruch, Dave Just For Fun History,
Music
Dave brings along his banjo, guitar, bones, spoons, washboard and jaw harp for a special program full of musical fun. Audience members will delight in seeing and learning a bit about these instruments up close while enjoying some great participatory songs performed on each. Expect singalongs, movement songs, laughter, guessing games, even a few cartoon themes.....some audience members may even be invited to come up on stage and join in the fun with Dave! Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
Wemett, Lisa Highlights of the Hudson Valley History,
Media- Photography,
Museums
In 1609, voyager Henry Hudson sailed up the great river that would later bear his name. Lisa Wemett and Terry Mulee have explored both the Upper and Lower Hudson Valley, from the homes of the artists that established the Hudson River School to today’s contemporary art centers. Whether it’s presidential history you crave, gourmet dining, picturesque mountain views, or rail trail adventures, this region of New York State is a destination you will want to visit again and again.
$101- $200
Collins, Dawn World Music - Five or Six Regions History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
An overview of traditional music styles from different parts of the world (wide geographical span), display of world instruments, listening to music samples, and singing songs from different regions, as well as an opportunity to play rhythm instruments. Regions include: Africa, Latin America, The Orient and Mid-East, Europe and The British Isles, Australia/New Zealand, North America/Native America. This is appropriate for a single session of 1 1/2 hours or a series of 5-6 sessions, each 1 hour in length in order to do justice to each region; however, may be shortened for highlights or focus on a particular region, such as, Celtic Contributions to World Music. The program may be adapted for younger children and families, school children (elementary to middle school), or adults. Songs are taught through phonetic pronunciation in relevant languages of the area.
$101- $200
Dolan, Mary Beth POLYMER CLAY EGYPTIAN STYLE History,
Visual Arts- Crafts,
Visual Arts- Other
Make Egyptian style jewelry using polymer clay! We will explore hieroglyphs, and various styles of ancient Egyptian jewelry. Students will then be given polymer clay that uses the same colors that dominated Egyptian jewelry (custom mixed clay that simulates lapis lazuli, carnelian, turquiose, obsidian, chyrophase, etc.); texturing in jewelry is also encouraged. Recommended ages 10 to adult, as we will use crafting knives for some of our work. Time permitting, the clay can be baked at your facility**- so then participants can string their jewelry before thay leave.
$351- $500
Downing, John George Washington Can Change Your Life History,
Life Skills- Other,
Life Skills- Parenting
This exciting program discusses the early years and background of George Washington and his leadership during the Revolution and first presidency. Our speaker, instructor John Downing, wearing authentic Revolutionary War period costume and displaying PowerPoint artwork of Washington's life, shows you how study of George Washington can change your life: 1. Overcome adversity by seeing now George Washington defied all odds. 2. Gain valuable leadership skills by observing Gen. Washington's traits and practices. 3. Appreciate the founding of the United States and Washington's guiding precedents for future generations!
$201- $350
Zimmermann, Linda Hudson Valley UFOs History,
Other
The Hudson Valley of New York has been a UFO hotspot for generations. This program takes the first comprehensive look at eyewitness accounts from 1909 to the present. From Manhattan to Albany, people have been seeing all shapes and sizes of craft--from the giant triangles to classic flying saucers. They have also been having uncomfortably close encounters. Is the Hudson Valley also Abduction Alley? There is also an award-winning documentary "In the Night Sky" based on my UFO books.
$201- $350
Schuman, Sandy New York Tales, Tall & True History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Some of New York State's folklore is truly unbelievable. Some of its history is even more so. How New York State Got its Western Border, The Great American Hoax, The Goldarndest Liar, The Curse of Mamie O’Rourke, Land Beyond Law, The MacPherson Legacy, The First Fountain, A Month of Sundaes, The Sea Serpent of Silver Lake, The World’s Most Popular Instrument, If God Blessed America for Me, The New Woman of 1908, … all New York stories.
$101- $200
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