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Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Tale of Yanek & Heliotrope' - A Medieval Music & Storytelling Journey History,
Performing Arts- Theater
Audiences are instantly engaged when a Medieval merchant's cart overflowing with mysterious and intriguing musical instruments arrives. Master Craftsman Yanek is en route to the greatest trading faire in all of France. His path crosses that of Lady Heliotrope, an exuberant troubaritz (female troubadour) in search of poetic inspiration. From here the fairytale spins as their tales entwine in this authentic period storytelling production that will absolutely delight audiences of all ages. Sondra and John Bromka infuse the performance with historic music on a great variety of unusual medieval instruments-many actually built by John, an accomplished luthier in real life. An authentic and appealing program!
$351- $500
Knight, Leonora Books Alive Interactive Concert Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
Children join Lee Knight on stage to sing, dance and perform songs written to their favorite stories. Props, puppets and costumes are used to enhance creative, imaginative play. All music is original, multi-cultural and fully orchestrated. All songs are written for children to easily sing along or echo, but are rhythmically stimulating and musically sophisticated. Children will love being part of the show! Shows for all age groups available.
$351- $500
McEntee, Robert Miracles of the Mind! Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Miracles of The Mind! is a wonderful mind-reading & illusion show, which can be as entertaining or as educational as desired. Along with the mentalism effects, it includes a customized combination of mesmerizing magic/illusions, plenty of audience participation hypnosis, clean comedy, an incredible memory feat and a spellbinding story! Practical advice and techniques are shared with the audience on improving one's memory, reading speed, visualizing positive results, intuition and more. If many Seniors attend, I emphasize memory skills which they appreciate. You can see a video sample of Miracles of the Mind! from recent, local library presentations 2nd video down. You can also see what discriminating Corporate event Planners have said on this site. The educational messages I include, concerning improving one's mind power for reading, memory, learning skills, imagination and visualizing positive results, are the exact same ones I used to become a licensed Professional Engineer years ago before becoming a full time performer. Your library also benefits from my lifelong study of personal development which you can read about on my blog, Your patrons will thank you for bringing them this program, and typically ask for it to be booked again!
$351- $500
Schembri, Pamela Pre-K Storytelling: Imagination Soars! Performing Arts- Storytelling
Before there were books, there were stories. In this program, Pamela shares the communicative power of storytelling with listeners who may not yet read. Using a full repertoire of participatory stories, she captures the imaginations of preschoolers with songs and repetition, teaching in the style of our ancestors.
$351- $500
Adams, Lori Light Writing or Ghastly/Ghostly Photography Media- Photography,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Invisible ink photography? This playful workshop will have you dancing with light! Participants will help make images that can’t see with human eyes until they have been captured by the camera. Long before digital photography special effects, people were experimenting with multiple exposure and long exposure photography to create mysterious and surreal imagery. Now with digital, we can play the old-fashioned way, but see the results within seconds. Come be part of the impromptu team that will design, perform and create with imagination, collaboration and light toys. No photo or camera experience necessary. Terrific for teenagers, families or all ages. Sample photos at
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Tune In To Magical Idol Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
Turn off the TV. Shut down the PC. And tune up your imagination. It's time for Magical Idol, the new magic show brought to you by Central New York magician Ron Cain. Inspired by the 2005 NYS Summer Reading Program theme Tune in @ Your Library, the show features a variety of magical, musical illusions. Each represents a different literary character. The show ends with audience members voting for their favorites and looking forward to spending more time at the library. 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 Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show, and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
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
Zupp, Brad FUNance For Kids Life Skills- Finance,
Performing Arts- Juggling,
Performing Arts- Theater
In one assembly, students learn the importance of math, even if they hate fractions! Far from a boring lecture about what kids “should” do, “FUNance-Where Fun and Finance Collide” keeps kids laughing and amazed with comedy, juggling, magic, circus skills and mini game shows as they learn financial concepts such as: Financial Goal Setting; Living Within Your Means; The Importance of Saving; Needs Vs. Wants; Compound Interest; Where Money Comes From (and Goes); Inflation, Saving Vs. Investing, and much more. Perfect for family audiences (the adults might learn a thing or two as well) and kids grades K-6. Brad Zupp created “FUNance For Kids” from a deep understanding of both entertainment and finance. His years of experience as a financial planner and world-renowned performer make him uniquely qualified to teach kids financial literacy. View reviews, more details and a preview video at:
$501- $1000
Clive, Young, May The Fan Film Be With You Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
May The Fan Film Be With You presents and discusses 15 of the best Star Wars fan films. In recent years, many movie fans have been inspired to make their own Star Wars films; using video cameras and powerful home computers for editing and special effects, these weekend directors have created a genre that became known as ‘fan films.’ Many of their homespun creations rival the original movies in quality and story, making these unusual films a permanent part of the Star Wars universe.

Most of these films are quite rare and have not been seen anywhere except the internet, but this program will screen them the way they were meant to be seen, in full-quality video. Additionally, the program will discuss the history of the growing fan film movement and explore what compels these budding filmmakers to invest so much effort into their personal visions of the Star Wars mythology. All material screened will be appropriate for the whole family, but discussion will be aimed primarily at adults and young adults.

$201- $350
Samarripa, Consuelo Stories with Consuelo/Cuentos Con Consuelo Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Award winning Author with Stories with Consuelo/Cuentos Con Consuelo offers multicultural poetry and storytelling.Consuelo Samarripa shares her Mexican heritage through stories, tales, poetry, and folklore. Unique bilingual blends and noise makers, as well as her use of shawls, add interest to her storytelling style. She also conducts workshops and seminars for children, educators, and adults. Her varied life experiences allow her to relate to audiences through a different perspective-- as a native and a foreigner. The Cuentos Celebration and World Medley programs offer a bilingual blend of folktales and historical stories that may be customized for presenters and their audiences. The Cuentos Celebration consist of various Hispanic tales, folklore, poetry and historical stories. The World Medley program consist of multicultural folktales and folklore, and some Aesop fables. Stories exposing character traits such as loyalty, honesty and integrity are woven into the programs. The repertoire can span through various two hour storytelling concerts. Other programs are available for adult or children's workshops, special holiday events, keynotes, and festivals
$1001- $3000
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