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Cavanaugh, Deb Explore New York: a musical journey written for the 2010 Summer Reading Program History,
Music,
Other
Come join us as we explore New York musically with such songs as Erie Canal, Barges, Sidewalks of New York and many more. We will visit the Iroquois Nation, the Big Apple, the Hudson River, the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains and more. This program can be adapted for all ages, can be interactive for the very young and can include a songwriting workshop for teens.
$201- $350
Schuman, Sandy My Father was a Storyteller History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
My father, Samuel Schuman, was a songwriter, musician, poet, and storyteller who made his living as an electrician. I retell and expand on his stories, a personal and historical saga that stretches from the help wanted ads of the Philadelphia Inquirer to the front page of the New York Times, from the pleasant beaches of Atlantic City to the hectic skyscrapers of Manhattan, and from his longed-for saxophone to my sister’s studio-upright piano. My father didn’t have a very good voice, but he wasn’t afraid to sing.
$101- $200
Fiske, David Kidnapped: Black New Yorkers Caught in the Slave Trade History,
Multicultural- Other
Under slavery, it was not only the slaves who suffered. Free blacks were at risk of being kidnapped and sold as slaves. Once they were taken to a slave state, chances of their returning home were small. Several New Yorkers, from various parts of the state, were rescued from slavery, and their kidnappers were held accountable for their deeds. This presentation will tell their stories. Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave. Great Black History topic!
$101- $200
Carpenter, Margot The Underground Railroad in New York City--the Big Meaning Then, the Big Meaning to Us Now History,
Life Skills- Other
We describe places and courageous people of the Underground Railroad in New York City. In the early 1800s, a battle went on. It was of men and women, black and white, who wanted people to be free; and those intent on capturing them, to send them back to their “owners,” likely to be tortured, often to be killed, often sold to plantations far South. Our basis is the education Aesthetic Realism, founded by the great American poet and philosopher Eli Siegel. Aesthetic Realism explains this battle was between two ways of self, our own selves. It’s the battle of respect for the world and people, the desire to be fair to them, see meaning and value in people; and contempt for the world and people. Slavery, we’ll show, arises from contempt; the forces of the UGRR stood for respect. This was what the Civil War was about. Studying this we have the thrilling ability to learn about ourselves through history. Wrote Eli Siegel: "The fight, Shall I see the world and people with contempt or respect? is the fight within every individual right now; it is our constant, inward, personal civil war." Includes a re-enactment of an escape!
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Homing Pigeons, A History in Wartime and Peace Health & Fitness- Sports,
History,
Nature- Animals
Our pigeon journey started when one crash landed in my front yard as a teen. Soon my father had built a coop, collected a rag tag crew of breeding birds, and began training drives in preparation for racing. The sport lives on today and has a rich history in both war and peace time. This class includes live birds, learning how to read bands, how to train for racing, and how the racing clock works. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. Suitable for 2019 summer reading programs.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Navigating the Stars History,
Nature- Other,
Science
Have you ever wondered how ancient people told time? Got from point A to point B without a smart phone or compass? Made it over the underground railroad, or to far away countries over the seven seas? Learn about Nathaniel Bowditch, the father of modern navigation and how he taught illiterate men to calculate from and follow the stars. Learn which constellations matter most in the northern and southern hemispheres. Best of all, take home a star map and learn how to participate in orientiering and other activities in your own neighborhood. 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 theme.
$101- $200
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH FARMER TOM WALSH OPEN TUNING History,
Literature- Other,
Music
Tiger Tom performs his songs and stories gathered from Masters he has studied and performed with including folklorist John Lomax and Mike Seeger of the Smithsonian institute of America, Legendary Traditional American musicians Doc Watson, Norm Blake, Joe Pass, Fiddling Mark Hamilton and others. Tiger Tom is a Master Flat picker and of the open tunings in early roots music; passed to him by Mike Seeger. Workshops are available. American songs of the Miner – include: Dark as a mine, the miner daughters dream, the miner (original) American songs of Praise – A collection of Gospel, Bluegrass, Roots and original songs. American songs for Children – A collection of children’s music and storytelling.
$351- $500
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
Tomecek, Stephen Inventing A Better World History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors
Science celebrity and award-winning author Steve The Dirtmeister Tomecek takes a wild and wacky look at the history of inventions. Drawing on his book, What a Great Idea, Inventions That Changed the World, Steve engages participants with stories of great inventors and inventions.This high-energy show is especially designed for family audiences and encourages participants to explore their inventive side by challenging them to create and construct some inventions of their own. Beginning with early stone tools, participants discover how simple machines such as the wedge, lever, and inclined plane were used by our ancestors to not only put food on the table, but help them build some extraordinary structures, many of which are still standing today. Traveling through time, we look at how simple advances in building techniques coupled with the wheel and axle helped to propel people forward and make the industrial revolution possible. We conclude with the fascinating story of the development of electricity and how it opened the door for everything from light bulbs and motors to cellphones and lasers. After the presentation Steve will be available to meet and greet audience members and autograph copies of some of his books.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Christmas Musical Folk Traditions Around the World & Across Time History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Dance
The evocative sounds of the arraye of rare historic and folk musical instruments will lead you into the nooks and crannies of France, Spain, Germany, Italy, and the British Isles in a celebration of Christmas traditions in many lands. From festive tunes for dance and procession, to evocative ballads and songs for chorusing - this rich and festive holiday musical program features seasonal aires, songs, and traditions. Instruments include the hurdy gurdy, French and Northumbrian bagpipes, Celtic harp, Swedish nykleharpa, Irish pennywhistle, and much more.
$351- $500
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