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Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Wild Foods History,
Life Skills,
Nature
The Native Americans used a hunter-gatherer model for centuries before agriculture was brought to their land. They knew how to find and prepare many foods from the wild, foods that still exist and are readily available today. Would you survive a natural disaster, war, or zombie apocalypse? This program will show you the plants that are in your own backyard that you can survive on, even in winter. Patrons will handle real native plants and learn when, where, and how to locate them. They will be able to taste wild foods during and after the program. Based on Euell Gibbons book “Stalking the Wild Asparagus. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog.
$101- $200
Crocker, Keith THE HONEYMOONERS - Jackie Gleason and Company - America's Most Beloved Television Show History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Clowning
Ok, here is the program I've had the most requests for. Join me for a delightful trip down memory lane as we investigate the career of comic actor genius Jackie Gleason and his entourage with focus paid to the classic series The Honeymooners, which aired from October 1, 1955 to September 22, 1956. Since the final broadcast, the Honeymooners has gone out to countless syndication showings which have resulted in New Years Eve marathon telecasts and festivals. The highlight of this program is a 16mm showing of a rare Honeymooners episode title Hello Mom (which aired December 3, 1955). Find out about Gleason, Art Carney, Audrey Meadows, Joyce Randolf and the behind the scene stories of the show itself. Bound to be a very popular program, so book now! Praise from Edith Kalickstein of Long Beach Public Library regarding THE HONEYMOONERS - Jackie Gleason and Company - America's Most Beloved Television Show: The program was excellent and brought back many memories. I also had a few laughs. Thank you so much for sharing with the Long Beach community. They had such a good time.
$101- $200
Kahn, Mitch Mitch Kahn Celebrates the Great American Popular Songbook History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Singer-Pianist-Entertainer and society orchestra leader Mitch Kahn offers a series of programs exploring the vast wealth of the 20th century's Great American Popular Songbook. Whether rollicking through a Cole Porter patter song, poignantly crooning a Henry Mancini ballad or picking up the pace with Sadaka, Manilow or Billy Joel, Mitch's exquisite musical arrangements and superb vocal delivery are guaranteed to keep audiences entranced. Interspersed with history and anecdotes about the songs and their composers, these shows are appropriate for audiences aged young adult through senior (and sing-a-long is part of the fun). PROGRAMS CURRENTLY OFFERED: Introduction to the Great Songwriters, The Songs that won the Academy Award, Aspects of Love, Sail Away.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John 'STONE SOUP & the HURDY GURDY MAN' Participatory Musical Storytelling History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
This favorite classic tale has been crafted to include lots of singing, movement, and active participation for every audience member, from the youngest, to the most old and wise. The story: When a very clever traveler meets a very stingy lady, an extraordinary soup is created from nothing more than the imaginative man’s ordinary stone, water, and his wits and imagination. Our version highlights this most valuable clue: There is great joy in sharing, and it is important to always “use your noodle,” and your imagination! Young children will love the inclusion of their favorite storytelling elements: singalongs, patterns, repetition, the wondrous ways of 'long ago & far away' and especially, their 'Fizz Boom Pop' Chorus! & 'THE HURDY GURDY CHILDREN'S CONCERT: OLDEN INSTRUMENTS THAT GO FIZZ, BOOM, and POP! Reading Program Special: 2 programs for 1 price: see separate entry For a truly unusual musical experience, songs are accompanied by a real live HURDY GURDY built by the artist. This unforgettable historic stringed instrument doubles as a magic pepper grinder in our telling! Look forward to an energetic, meaningful, & interactive tandem storytelling experience underscored with live music, resonant with historic authenticity, and alive with abundant participation.
$351- $500
Rosenberg, Paul Dance and Music of the Erie Canal - Meeting of the Waters History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
During the bi-centennial celebration the the building of the Erie Canal, we are presenting programs of the dances and music that were commonly done by the workers and residents of the towns along the route. Different classes and nationalities of people worked together to better their lives. When they had a bit of spare time, they would sing, play music and dance. In addition to all the immigrants from Ireland, most of the other workers came from Scotland, Wales, France and Africa. We will lead some simple dances from the canal building era of these cultures using the traditional instruments that were played back then. The program includes a sit-down period to talk about the dancing, music, instruments, and cultures. We play tunes, sing songs, and teach about the origins of traditional folk instruments including the fiddle, gourd and modern banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, recorder, and more. The audience will connect with centuries-old traditions and participate in the traditional dances as generations of Americans have done – by dancing! Squares, contras and circle dances were brought to American from Europe and Africa. More information and video at this link: http://www.homespun.biz/intergenerational-family-dances/ and http://www.homespun.biz/occasions/educational-programs/community-dancing/
$351- $500
Feingold, Richard The Famine Irish, Horatio Alger & Ragged Dick-19th Century New York History,
Literature- Authors,
Literature- Other
New York of the 1850s was a time when the Irish fleeing the famine in their home country arrived in great numbers only to settle in ethnic ghettos. With no skills or education, little English, and of Catholic faith in a Protestant culture they faced discrimination for the available factory jobs. Many children became homeless and worked as shoeshine boys. Horatio Alger wrote novels about these boys and their rise from humble backgrounds to lives of comfort through hard work, determination, and honesty. We will read excerpts from Alger’s most famous novel “Ragged Dick” and learn about the “Gilded Age,” the Newsboys Lodging House, Barnum’s Museum and New York City during this period. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Building of America” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
$201- $350
Wilson, Judy Lighthouse Nightlight History,
Nature- Environment,
Visual Arts- Crafts
What better way to end a busy day than to be guided to the safe harbor of your bedroom by a handmade mini lighthouse? Red or Blue, it's up to you! Includes a battery operated tea light. Learn about some of our Long Island lighthouses also!
$201- $350
Bala, Rich NYS History in Song History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
With his voice, guitar, harmonica, and mountain dulcimer, Rich takes you on a musical journey through New York's vast history. Along the way, you'll hear authentic, traditional songs from the region's homes, farms, mountains, waterways, and communities. Often dressed in period clothing, Rich's programs tell the stories of the people of the "Empire State" from the Colonial Period and Revolutionary War to more recent times.
$351- $500
Wemett, Lisa Life in the Past Lane: History Along the Highways of NYS History,
Media- Photography
When you’re on a road trip, history is always around the bend. Step into the 1800s to explore the engineering marvels of the Erie Canal and its influence on the development of cities and the women’s rights movement. Tour fascinating homes, presidential sites, and even carousels visited by Lisa Wemett and Terry Mulee in their travels.
$101- $200
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea City That Drinks the Mountain Sky History,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The epic story of water for New York City, told in the elemental beauty of mask & puppet theatre. Heralded as one of the wonders of the world, New York City's ingenious system of aqueducts and reservoirs provides clear mountain water from the Catskills to nine million downstate residents. And though the struggle over these water resources has, at times, bitterly divided city managers and watershed residents, it has also irrevocably united them. Through a shimmering tapestry of poetry, puppetry and evocative music, City that Drinks the Mountain Sky brings alive the lyrical landscape of the Catskills— to portray the on-going story of the watershed and the uneasy marriage of those who must protect its vulnerable flowing treasure. You can expect plenty of visual punch and timely wit as the Hudson Valley's premier eco-logic theater traces life's quintessential liquid from mountain top to city tap. Study guide and post performance discussion provided for school audiences. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
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