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Performer
Program
Category
Description
Fee
Field, Barb Kids Under Construction - Build a Better World Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Other
BJ and Company will custom design the right program for your needs. We have worked extensively with children and families and performed hundreds of shows. SUGGESTED PROGRAM: (other topics are available!!!) Barb will come as BJ the CONSTRUCTION WORKER. She will do a fun, hands-on program including music, magic, skits, and audience involvement. Children and families will learn about how to build a better world by being the kind of person this world needs. We will talk about important values we all should have ... joy, peace, patience, kindness, and gentleness. www.bjandcompany.com 607-432-0988
$201- $350
Cavanaugh, Deb Exploring American Folk History,
Music,
Other
Traditional American Folk songs and tunes tracing sections of American history with the use of a U.S. map. I will show the Old Chisolm Trail (The Lonesome Cowboy) and Oregon Trail (Sweet Betsy From Pike), the path of the Underground Railroad (Follow the Drinking Gourd), the Erie Canal and others. There will be opportunites for singing along and creative movement. Instruments will include mandolin, guitar, vocals and traditional American instruments mountain dulcimer, limberjack, and banjo. There will also be a crankie - a traditional American folk art form from the Appalachian Mountains. I will also explain the importance of folk music throughout history. This can be presented with a power point presentaion.
$201- $350
Mischief, Merry Christmas Elf Holiday! Music,
Other
Elves who have finished their work at the North Pole are able to come to your Library to lead a Holiday Sing-a-Long! Family friendly bad jokes will abound!
Up to $100
Herscovitch, Lara Workshop - Waging Love: Finding & Amplifying Your Voice for a Better World Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Other
(Women Waging Love: same workshop with female-only participants) The many challenges of our world can feel overwhelming. Every one of us has knowledge and skills that can help build healthier communities, but we don’t always know where to start or how to plug in. This engaging, interactive workshop is like a visit to an artistic and inspiring civic engagement coach. It is designed for people who want to build a personal road map in a safe, respectful space with some guidance and in connection with others. Through individual writing and reflection, compelling exercises, group discussion, and live and recorded music, we will cover: individual values, priorities and hopes; debunking the myths of a perfect solution and single charismatic leader; accepting, carrying and passing on a torch; letting one’s heart lead (not one’s ego); allowing for the messiness of collaboration; appreciating common threads as well as differences; and specific strategies and places to wage love in the civic arena. Step in, step up: we are the leaders we’ve been waiting for.
$351- $500
Lagan, Constance Spring Clean Your Life: Three Steps to the Life You Want Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Other
Do you want to dream of the life you want or do you want to live the life of your dreams? Do you frequently fantasize about the life you always wanted but never seem to enjoy? Does “the grass look greener on the other side”? Do you often wonder “what if this, or that, had happened”? Do you question “why, or why not, me”? We are, for the most part, conductors of our own life’s symphony, choreographers of our own life’s dance, authors of our own life’s story line. During this seminar, motivational speaker Constance Hallinan Lagan provides insight on how to begin living a fulfilled life by incorporating awareness, acknowledgment and action into our daily lives.
$201- $350
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Comedy/Variety Shows Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Clowning
A Barrel of Fun comedy/variety shows may include music, magic, ventriloquism, juggling and lots of audience participation. We have performed over 10,000 shows at a wide variety of venues. We have performed programs in almost 300 libraries, including almost 150 libraries in NY State. We have well over 500 repeat library programs to our credit. Our programs are appropriate for preschool through elementary children and families.For the 2016 Get On Your Mark, Get Set, Read, Read summer reading theme, we are suggesting: Professor Klutzo's Healthy Habits (a comedy- variety show), and Catfish Charlie's The Great Outdoors (Comedy/Music). Comedy shows available are: Professor Klutzo (Comedy/Variety) Music, magic, ventriloquism and juggling. Pete The Pirate (Comedy/Variety) Music, magic and ventriloquism. Bongo Joe (World-wide percussion,stringed instruments and ventriloquism with soft puppet characters.) Catfish Charlie (Comedy/Variety) Camp songs with audience participation, comedy and ventriloquism. Rattlesnake Red (Cowboy character/musical variety) Comedy and ventriloquism. Puppet Shows-See our listing under Puppet Shows. See website for specific descriptions and photos. Many shows are theme-adaptable.
$201- $350
Lagan, Constance Overcoming Your Barriers to Success Health & Fitness- Other,
Life Skills- Other,
Other
The only barriers to our success are those we build around ourselves or those we allow others to build around us. Both internal and external factors serve as bricks in the wall which barricades us in negativity and corrals us in pessimism. Motivational speaker Constance Hallinan Lagan provides an opportunity to dismantle our barriers, our walls, and allow room for growth in all areas, including personal relationships, business development and career advancement. Topics include cognitive theory, setting goals, positive self-talk, building bridges rather than barriers, and dreaming.
$201- $350
Nobisso, Josephine Behind the Scenes with a Celebrated Author Life Skills- Other,
Other,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Through age-appropriate, visual slide presentations, beloved author of 58+ books takes audiences behind the scenes into her 37 years in writing. Using humor and inspirational anecdotes, she shows influences that shaped her career from her bi-lingual school days. Shares her professional and home life, illuminates successful work habits, and shows the stages a book requires. Reads her books. Q&A. Author donates books, discounts books through easy ordering kit, and offers writing program, Show; Don't Tell! Secrets of Writing.
$501- $1000
A Barrel of Fun Productions, Art Miller A Barrel of Fun Puppet Shows Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
A Barrel of Fun has a variety of puppet shows available. All shows include a live musical and ventriloquist soft puppet warmup with audience participation. Puppet shows include delightful, believable hand puppet characters who also sing with music tracks. All of our puppet shows are audience interactive, FUNNY and engaging. Summer library reading programs are our a specialty, featuring each year's state theme. For this summer's 2016 On Your Mark, Get Set, Read theme, we suggest the Fitness On the Farm Puppet Show. (This program is suitable for ages 6 and under.) Check website for photos and show descriptions.
$201- $350
Lagan, Constance Thanks for the Pink Slip: The Upside to Being Downsized, Fired, Let Go, Laid Off, Eliminated, Terminated, Etc. Life Skills- Other,
Other
Whatever your boss calls it, you’ve been fired. Instead of holding the infamous “pity party,” try hosting a celebration bash. After all, you are now FREE to explore new possibilities, perhaps find a job you really could love, finish that screenplay you started in college, join the Peace Corp, or follow your passion into a self-employment venture. Consider the statistic: The unemployment rate ranges between 8 and 9% and that does not include those whose unemployment benefits have run out, those who have not held a job long enough to qualify for unemployment benefits, and the seniors who have stopped looking after being beaten down by ageism. Your chance of finding employment in the current economy is not good. With the assistance of career counselor Constance Hallinan Lagan, this seminar may enable you to transition into the life you have always dreamt about.
$201- $350
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