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Program
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Description
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Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom CORN-TASTIC WITH FARMER TOM WALSH SONG STORIES Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Corn-Tastic - We learn about the many uses of Corn in today’s world. We learn the science and benefits, to the world, Corn brings and how we can all be the future, through education, of discovery. Farmer Tom Walsh, during his program, will distribute agriculture and farm related STICKERS to the fair goers. BEE ON THE FARM: Farmer Tom Walsh’s program has an agricultural theme that begins with a fun and educational story and then song on the life of bees. During the show everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Bee My Friend: Everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Cooperation with and respect for others (Dignity for All Students Act) is available for Elementary grade levels with his original story, The wooly bully bee, is a story of a bee that is misunderstood and everyone helps to tell the tale! Performance Preparation: Activities can include curriculum requirement, cooperation with others, farming, vegetables, recycling, nutrition, safety, history and music.
$351- $500
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
Parisi, Rita Gothic Ghost Tales by Candlelight, supernatural stories from the 20th century Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
A presentation of three ghost stories spanning from early 20th century through mid century from Irish author, Rose MacCaulay, British Author, Agatha Christie and American author, Virginia Layefsky. This is not a reading. This is theatrical storytelling where the stories have been adapted faithfully using the author's own words. Includes lighting, props and costumes.
$351- $500
Rivest, Robert Enjoy the Ride! Comic Mime & Laughter Wellness for Adults! Performing Arts- Mime,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Theater
Enjoy the Ride! Comic Mime & Laughter Wellness for Adults! This program is gaining rave reviews for its unique combination of Robert's renowned performance of comic mime stories followed by his Laughter for Health and Wellness interactive segment. Audiences thoroughly enjoy the comic relief and insights of Robert's hilarious performance, and then get to experience laughing for health and well-being through his playful laughter exercises. Video clip at: RivestMime.com
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Night Lights Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In Night Lights, unusual star myths take us on a multi-cultural voyage across the heavens. The collection Diane has gathered teach about easily observed celestial phenomena like the origin of prominent constellations, and significant 'night lights' like Morning Star and North Star. Complemented by a humorous legend of the origin of fireflies, this program is well-rounded entertainment. Enjoy it in any indoors venue or bring it to an outdoor or nighttime setting as a special treat. Listen in wonder as tales from Greece, Estonia, Native America, Kurdistan and Korea celebrate the magic of the night sky. 'Thank you for a wonderful program last Saturday. It couldn't have been better. You really know how to act out great stories and myths. We all enjoyed your program immensely.' Sandy Pierson, Myles Standish State Forest, Carver, MA
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - RETUMBA! Journey to the Caribbean Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
The all-women Afro-Carribean troupe, made up of singers, dancers and instrumentalists, presents a high-energy uplifting performance that is sure to leave your audience breathless! Interweaving traditional rhythms, beautiful ancient melodies, and a whole lot of fun, Retumba! emphasizes the particular strengths and sensitivities of diverse women working together in celebration, demonstrating the similarities and links of our shared cultures. An unforgettable performance for all ages.
$1001- $3000
Storytellers, Beauty & the Beast Author Visits Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Martha Hamilton and Mitch Weiss are award winning authors and recording artists and would be happy to visit your school in that capacity. They will tell stories, give tips on telling, and answer any questions students have. Their story collections include world tales that have been rewritten so that they are accessible for telling by children. After seeing Mitch and Martha tell stories, students will be excited about telling tales themselves. Storytelling is a fun activity that is highly educational. All the story books have tips for telling which make it possible for teachers to have each student (second grade and up) choose a different tale, learn it, and share it in front of classmates. Those who choose to do so can tell for other classes as well. Some of the tales are simple and short enough that they can then be retold by first graders and even kindergartners. Mitch and Martha's performances will also serve as catalysts for creative writing.
$1001- $3000
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Victorian Musical Celebration of Christmas Past History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and customs of a traditional Christmas of Dickens' time included jovial and ceremonial songs with choruses for all to share, ballads steeped history, costumed characters or 'guisers,' tableaux and games, dances, and the presence of holly, ivy, and evergreen. This musical voyage back to the spirit of Christmas Past offers a magical time for family and friends to gather and share the origins of our traditions. Across England, wealthy households would celebrate with great musical feasts and pageants, and folks would go from door to door, singing wassailing songs that ended with the request for 'a toast and a good loaf or cheese, and we’ll be on our way.' Featured will be wassail songs from Cornwall, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. Other traditions will include a special processional bagpipe air from Northumberland to 'pipe your bounds' to insure abundance and well being throughout the new year. This peek behind the history of Christmas celebration uncovers the universal within the season's mirth and merriment, and plants the seeds of ideas for reestablishing some of the old traditional elements for community celebrations - further enriching the meaning and majesty of this important holiday season.
$351- $500
Van Egmond, Timothy Shivers N' Shudders for Halloween Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Spell-binding tales and songs of the supernatural ranging from the spine-tingling to the rib-tickling, from various cultures and countries around the world. These are accompanied with spirit flute, guitar, conga drum, and a skeleton limberjack (a wooden puppet that taps out a rhythm dancing on a paddleboard). Perfect for Halloween! Different versions can be tailored for different age groups. Tim is a triple treat! He can sing, play a variety of instruments,and tell whopping good tales! – Jane Yolen, renowned Author & Storyteller
$351- $500
Singer, Lauren DANCE FOR THE NON DANCER Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Dancing has come back full circle from the big band era when everyone went out to have a good time and dance! The reasons are clear--dance has always helped people connect with each other, have fun and get a great workout--in every culture! In this basic, exciting, no-partner dance class, you'll no longer say you have two left feet as you gain simple moves and styling, learn how to distinguish different rhythms and feel freer with your body. You'll finally have fun dancing as you totally boogie to a wide range of music from cha cha, swing, rumba and tango to folk and pop. Come on out, meet new people and have a fun time as you burn off calories! No experience necessary.
$101- $200
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