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Cavanaugh, Deb Call of the Wild: Music of the Klondike Gold Rush History,
Literature- Other,
Music
This program traces the history of the Klondike Gold Rush through the music of that era. Funny, romantic, silly and sometimes tragic, these songs and tunes are presented in costume with anecdotes and a lot of history lessons.
$351- $500
Tobias, Toby Journey From Johannesburg Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
South African-born songwriter and musician, Toby Tobias, is excited to be performing an original show in various venues on the East Coast and in the Midwest called 'Journey from Johannesburg'. It is a performance which tells the story of his journey through 3 continents and takes the form of his original songs interspersed with small narrated vignettes about his life growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa and Jerusalem, Israel and finally New York, USA. The show's message is one of racial equality, understanding of each other's cultures and religions and a strong desire for togetherness in a world which seeks to divide rather than bring together.
$501- $1000
Mischief, Merry Did You Know? Show History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
hat did Queen Anne Boelyn have to hide? Who were the Loomis Gang and The Montezuma Marshmen? This program features music and poetry that tells of the mysteries and stories of the past! Topics may include (among others): Perhaps a silly song about Vikings and a tale of stolen pirate treasure! WSilly humor and puns included free of charge. So now you know! Interesting fact-oids to annoy your friends with!
$201- $350
Van Egmond, Timothy The Story Bag Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Following an age-old tradition, listeners choose one by one from an a bag full of intriguing objects that arouse curiosity and spark the imagination, each representing a specific folk tale for the telling. Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs and stories with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He's been selected for the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Education Programs, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza: Voice of The Earth Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza: Voice of The Earth concert. Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Taikoza.com
$501- $1000
Meissner, Lisa Wake Up Music,
Nature- Environment
Program of new songs with traditional routes highlighting care of the Adirondacks and our world. Some of the songs can be heard at http://rusticriders.net/music.html. Connection to books that have informed the music will demonstrated.
$201- $350
Lester, Mary Scotland through the Centuries via Celtic Harp and Song History,
Music,
Other
Scotland's history and legend will be experienced through its music. Mary leads the exploration via her harps; her rich voice gives song and narrative. This program has been presented for Rochester's Scottish Heritage Society's Tartan Day workshops, to libraries, and to museums. Song samples - Wild Mountain Thyme, Loch Lomond, Gathering of the Clans, Annie Laurie, Scotland the Brave. More Information can be found on Mary's web site celticharpandsong.com.
$101- $200
Linthwaite, Dara Rockin' the Swamp Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
The swamps are alive with the music of all the creatures that inhabit it. The children will take an imaginary, musical trip through the swamp and meet many of these creatures through songs, finger plays, and stories. They will take turns playing frog guiros (a special musical instrument) and make their own music with cricket clickers.
$101- $200
Maichack, Mary Jo (and Gregory) Wild, Weird & Creepy Tales for Teens Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
For Own the Night summer reading club theme, Teen Read Week, Halloween, or anytime you want teens to turn out for stories that they really like. Pretty much straight storytelling from the Urban Legends genre, sometimes with guitar and a sung refrain: featuring classic urban legends, coming-of-age ghost stories teens really enjoy: The Vanishing Hitchhiker, The Blue Satin Dress–or Can a Prom Dress Really Kill?, Giovannin Senza Paura, (the absurd Italian folktale with bits of Italian they can echo), The Three Girls & the Jumping Corpse (with guitar and sung refrain), and more tales teens shouldn’t live or die without.
$351- $500
Bierko, Scott Beth & Scott's Nutrition Mission Health & Fitness- Sports,
Life Skills- Food,
Music
“Nutrition Mission” is a forty-five minute musical program featuring a balanced portion of healthy, scientific facts plus a generous helping of music, humor and participation. The students love the Puffball-Snowball Fight, developed by a leading childhood expert and stories like “The Carrot Seed”. They also love seeing their parents or teachers on stage during the blues-inspired, “Five Fruits”. Plenty of audience interactivity make this show a five-star, can’t miss event! The main "ingredients" or themes are: 1. To find balance in our food choices 2. To eat five servings of fruits and vegetables per day 3. To drink more water 4. To participate in fun, healthy exercise (one hour/day) 5. To eat more locally grown foods 6. To limit snacks and sugary sweets & drinks 7. To eat more whole grains 8. To talk more about nutrition and wellness with their families
$351- $500
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