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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Edgecomb, Diane Tall Fall Tales Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tall Fall Tales brings alive the autumn world of nature with original stories and songs sure to delight both young and old. In the hilarious tale Plenty of Nuts, young Beatrice just cannot sit still in class. In the end, a lesson from a neighborhood squirrel helps her learn how to concentrate. Fall Fire, based on a Native American myth, tells how a friendly beaver painted the trees with autumn's fiery colors. Celebrate fall and New England with this enchanting seasonal performance. 'Thank You for your performance of ‘Tall Fall Tales’ at the Mansfield Public Library last month. The stories were wonderful, and wonderfully presented, with just the right blend of humor, action, and reverence for nature. The audience was entranced. Your program was a perfect way to celebrate autumn, and National Children’s Book Week.' Kitty Schacht, Youth Librarian, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA
$351- $500
Payne, Tereasa A Tour of World Flutes Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A Tour of World Flutes with Tereasa Payne Tereasa Payne, flutist, world-flutist, and woodwinds player, from NYC presents a program of 15 flutes from around the world. Audiences learn about and hear flutes from around the world while also learning a message about diversity and acceptance. Flutes included are from India, Romania, South America, Africa, Hawaii, Japan, China, Cambodia, and more! Tereasa is a regular performer with Disney’s “The Lion King” where she performs on 13 of these flutes from around the world.
$351- $500
Jason Reilly, Frogs, Bugs & Animals Frogs, Bugs & Animals Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Enjoy a program dedicated to the learning and loving of animals. Jason will teach about Stickers the tree frog, Tickles the hedgehog and lots of other fun creatures including mice, hissing roaches, lizards, toads, bunnies, crabs, and baby animals. Live Animals! Everyone is encouraged to pet and touch these creatures. All animals are displayed in colorful petting tubs so the children can safely reach and pet them. Jason closes out the show introducing his very opinionated and fluffy friend Feathers; a chicken who helps everyone dance The Chicken Dance.
$351- $500
Richter, Chip Imagination, Creativity and Inspriation Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Singer-Songwriter Chip Richter’s Family Concert at The Library has become a favorite among librarians and families because it's “more fun than a Kid (or Parent) should be allowed to have!” It’s the kind of high-energy fun and audience participation naturally found in a live performance all in the wonderful learning environment of the public library. This is live music, no accompaniment tracks, so anything can happen! With his guitar, banjo, harmonica, stories and original tunes Chip connects with the kids and adults, creating moments to remember. Also don't forget to check out the Librarians Resource Page where you can download some of Chip's music absolutely free of charge. Librarians are using these mp3s and the Teacher's Tips to compliment story-times with children.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Tales For The Earth Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
A Celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. Tales for the Earth is a beloved performance that is both educational and entertaining. It explores topics such as Water Conservation, Recycling and Wildlife Protection. Like all of Diane's programs, the performance is tailored to suit each specific audience. Depending on the age range stories may include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane's hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond or Boy Who Loved the Swamp, based on the true story of a 5th Grade student who saves his favorite nature spot from development. In addition contemporary tales explore ways to foster a whole Earth ethic. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference. "Diane- Thank you for adding your magic to our Earth Day celebration this past weekend. We had over 1100 happy visitors that day, which is wonderful. You were so amazing with your messages and your dramatic "art." Thank you for coming!"Bonnie Drexler, New England Wildflower Society
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Foltkate Superheroes Around the World Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
What do China, Africa and South America all have in common? Superheroes!!! Long before the Superheroes of today, people all over the world used their SUPER IMAGINATIONS to create folktales about creatures and people with extraordinary powers. Anansi the entertaining Spider God from Africa has web-spinning adventures just like Spiderman. He captures a leopard, hornets and the 'snake that swallows people' so that all the stories in the world can be set free. Ninja Turtles have nothing on Jabuti the flute-playing tortoise from the Amazon rainforest, he saves the other rainforest animals from a giant monster while teaching the audience how to dance and sing and Tian, the Lord of the Cranes from China, gives to the poor just like Robin Hood. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales. Celebrate our common love of story with these exciting and engaging multi-cultural tales sure to delight elementary school children or a varied family audience.
$351- $500
Cain, Ron A Magical Museum Show Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Visual Arts- Other
What do you get when you mix the art of magic with the magic of art? Ron Cain’s Magical Museum Show, highlighting the 2009 summer reading program theme Be Creative @ Your Library. Appearing as a magical artist, Ron promotes reading while taking children on a tour of his Magical Museum--where the sole price of admission is your imagination. Illusions illustrate pop art, goofy gadgets, incredible inventions, and a puzzling portrait of Mona Lisa. 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 Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, The Magic of Being Green, Tune In To Magical Idol, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
Riley, Benjamin From Homeschooling To College: One Young Man's Story Life Skills- Parenting,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In this program, I will discuss my transition from being homeschooled from kindergarten to 12th grade to the more formal learning environment of college, as well as discussing my experience as a homeschooler, why I chose to attend college, benefits and downsides of college for homeschoolers, what I think homeschoolers should consider when making decisions regarding whether or not to attend college and choosing which colleges are a good fit, as well as why I believe that it is important for homeschoolers and people who have pursued alternatives to traditional education to share their story.
$101- $200
Cain, Ron Scientific Secrets of Magic Workshop Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Science
Scientific Secrets of Magic reveals the scientific principles behind the tricks of magician Ron Cain’s trade. Children learn simple magic involving chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. The Syracuse University graduate and former teacher also offers other workshops that combine class instruction with hands-on activities: IT'S MAGIC! teaches kids to perform magic with ordinary objects like cards, coins and rope. Children learn simple tricks that involve chemistry, physics, biology, psychology and math. CLOWNING AROUND shows them how to have fun with juggling, yo-yos and balloon animals. THE WORLD OF HARRY POTTER gives Hogwarts fans a chance to take magical classes and play wizard games. ENCHANTED CREATURES focuses on the folklore and legends surrounding elves, fairies, leprechauns, trolls, dragons and unicorns. MONSTEROLOGY sheds light on the seven monster families and invites students to use their imagination to create creepy creatures. A GATHERING OF GHOSTS introduces students to classic ghost stories and beliefs. THE WILD, WILD WEST lets children pretend to be cowboys (and girls) and learn about Wild Bill Hickok, Annie Oakley and Sitting Bull.
$201- $350
Hopkins, Allen Annie & Al On the Erie Canal History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Storyteller Fran Carlisi-Paxson joins Allen Hopkins to re-enact Erie Canal days. Fran plays "Annie," a canal boat cook, while Allen is an itinerant 19th-cehtury musician. Fran recounts several "tall tales" from the canal tradition, while Allen sings songs collected from NY State sources, pertaining to the history and social life of the canal. Program is given in period costume, using antique instruments, and features dialog and byplay that outline some of the lesser-known historical facts of the canal era. The program takes a humorous perspective on many facets of 19th-century Erie Canal life. This program has been presented at Spencerport Canal Days, Livingston County Historical Museum, Greece Historical Society, and elsewhere.
$201- $350
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