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Description
Fee
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
Parisi, Rita 1908 Tea History,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In 1908, the world was on the cusp of change. The traditions of the Victorians were giving way to a modern way of thinking. The automobile, airplane, changes in fashion, entertainment, and social conventions were altering the lives of people forever. Mrs. Gordon, a middle-class housewife, will entertain you during her afternoon tea as she tells you stories that will illuminate life at the turn of the 20th century. Then everyone will have an opportunity to engage in an open discussion as she shares with you her latest issue of the Ladies Home Journal.
$351- $500
Maurer, Jim Jester Jim Show Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Juggling
With nothing more than a truck full of props and his orange t-shirt, Jester Jim takes the stage and starts his show. Young and old are glued to his every sound as he performs his amazing beatbox intro. Kids and parents alike will talk about the show for weeks after and Libraries can’t seem to get enough of Jim and his fast wit. Jim performs over 250 shows a year and was voted best family entertainment by the Boy Scouts of America. Everyone will love ‘The Jester Jim Show’.
$501- $1000
Levin, Ira and Julia Poe Show: Lighten Up Edgar! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
A presentation of the lighter side of Poe which includes musical odes to the poet, short stories and humorous adaptations of his poetry set to standards for group sing-a-longs. It is a light-hearted way to celebrate Poe without tearing up the floorboards! Interactive, uplifting and inspiring! www.thelevinsmusic.com
$351- $500
Richter, Chip Chip & The Munks Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Chip & The Munks are a high energy, really fun, bluesy folk rock band for family audiences.With original songs and some popular covers (Beatles, James Taylor)they will have kids and parents dancing in the isles. Perfect for festivals, fundraising events, community celebrations.
$501- $1000
Epstein Kravis, Anna Toddlers and the Arts Workshops for Little Ones & Their Adult Friends Music,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
This very special offering is targeted to the youngest children, ages 2- 2 1/2, and their significant adults. Favorite songs, developmentally appropriate movement activities, and fun with props, such as shaker eggs, parachute, colorful dinosaur bean bags, and fantasy bubbles, create a special time for very young children and adults to enjoy, together. It includes age and developmentally appropriate material, created and collected from Anna's 30+ years as an educational music consultant and teaching/performing artist. Extensive experience with this age group. This popular program was created in response to special grant funding, and has been back by popular demand, for the past 5 consecutive years.
$351- $500
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
Crocker, Keith LAUREL & HARDY: THE SILENT YEARS Media- Film,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Clowning
This is an excellent addition to my "Lost in Laughter with Laurel & Hardy" program which covers their sound work. In this program we examine how the classic comedy team got paired together by Producer Hal Roach, and we look at the silent short comedies produced in the late 1920's. We will watch one of their classic silent short comedies, Do Detectives Think from 1927. It was this short that solidified the classic persona they would adapt and in term would make them the most recognizable comedy teams in history. This program uses DVD.
$101- $200
Del Bianco, Lou Lou's Thanksgiving Show Multicultural- Native American,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Few performers excel as both musician and storyteller, but Lou Del Bianco is one who does.- PARENTS CHOICE Through storytelling and song, children will learn what the Pilgrims and the Native Americans meant by being thankful. In this 50 minute program, authentic Indian legends as well as folk songs handed down from our earliest settlers will be shared by all! Children will get a chance to say what they're thankful for. Both educational and fun, with lots of participation.
$201- $350
Reynolds, Jackie Best & Brightest Funny Stuff Performing Arts- Clowning,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Have a mixed aged audience? Invite Jackie the Magician or Bee Bee the Clown! Comedy Magic with the Best and the Brightest Funny Stuff! It is Comedy Magic, Juggling, Balloons, Puppets and Ventriloquism and lots of family audience participation.
$201- $350
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