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Description
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Rogers, Robert Skyscraper Acres History,
Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Celebrating Building a better world: What's way up there on the top of that gleaming new skyscraper? that surprising fringe of green that overlooks the hustle and bustle of the busy city below? It's an old fashioned farm, tended by Hank Bluejeans, whose family has grown fruits and vegetables season after season, as far back as anyone can remember. Well, it wasn't always so way up high. How did it get there? And why? This is a story about embracing the future while cherishing the past - or roots, as Hank Blujeans might say.
$351- $500
String Band, Homegrown Songcatchers: The Evolution of the Music of Rural America History,
Music
Homegrown Two (consisting of Georgianne and Rick Jackofsky, the grown part of the Homegrown String Band) is an acoustic Americana duo whose music celebrates the spirit of songcatchers and composers from Frances Child and Stephen Foster to Harry Smith and Bob Dylan. Their repertoire of traditional and original material is performed using a variety of acoustic intstruments including guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, doumbek, banjo ukulele, and harmonica. Like the wandering minstrels of yore, their music has taken them around the country from Maine to Missouri with performances at venues as diverse as the National Theatre in Washington DC and Silver Dollar City in Branson Missouri.
$351- $500
Ruch, Dave Songs from New York State! History,
Music
Take a musical trip across New York State with songs and stories from various characters and places around the Empire State. You'll learn to sing a song in the Iroquois language, make animal sounds on an old song your grandparents’ grandparents probably sang (not Old McDonald!), laugh at the lyrics of authentic NY State children’s songs and rhymes, hoist the sails together with Dave while singing a Great Lakes chantey, learn of a circus owner who was the first to stick his head in a lion’s mouth, and much more...smiling, laughing, participating and learning as you go! Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
Rosenberg, Paul Colonial Dance History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
What did people do for fun in the Colonial era? They sang, made their own music, and danced! Are you looking for a way to bring the Colonial era to life? Participants will learn firsthand how people socialized and hear anecdotes from American history. Encourage them to come in costume from clothing they already have – or make their own. Colonial New York and New England was a crossroads of trade, commerce and culture, influenced by Dutch, French, English, African and Native American among many other peoples and traditions. “Multicultural” is not a new concept. The audience will connect with centuries-old traditions and participate in the traditional house party dances as generations of Americans have done – by dancing! Squares, contras and circle dances were brought to American from Europe and Africa. 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 banjo, mandolin, penny whistle, recorder, and more. 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
Crocker, Keith Propaganda of the Axis - The Other Side of WWII as Seen Through the Eyes of the Enemy History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Here is the third and perhaps best entry on my long running War & Cinema series. This time out we explore WWII as seen through the eyes of the Japanese, Italian and German perspective. We do this by looking at their propaganda; exploring newsreels, cartoons, and various other forms of "entertainment" designed to keep their public actively involved in the war effort, and of course extolling the virtues of their causes. Whether it be the "Die for your Country" cries of the Japanese, or the "inspire your nation into unity that will obey" slogan of Italian Fascism, or the xenophobic warnings of "imperialist invaders ruining the purity of race" extolled by the Germans, this program is the ultimate examination of what our enemies were thinking during WWII.
$101- $200
Feingold, Richard The Transportation Revolution of the 1800s History,
Other
The American transportation revolution made possible the expansion of trade and the way of life we know today. Join us as we learn about the Erie Canal and the great canal building era in the northeast, using the steam engine to power boats upstream and building of the early tolls roads in the new republic. We will discuss steam locomotives and the packet trade of regularly scheduled cargo and passenger ships sailing between Great Britain and the United States. 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 Kalimba (Thumb Piano) History,
Music,
Visual Arts- Crafts
This workshop starts off with an ordinary block of wood, add some creativity, and we all end up with a musical instrument that originated in Africa over 3,000 years ago! The kalimba was the chosen instrument of travelling troubadours who would retell the history of their tribe in song. 4th grade thru Adults!
$201- $350
Stoll, Brian Broadway ~ From Back Row to Backstage History,
Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
"During this interactive presentation, theatre enthusiast Brian Stoll will discuss all things Broadway beginning with the history and importance of the Broadway Playbill. He will share his extensive collection of autographed Playbills and other theatre memorabilia. Lastly, Brian will share with you several money-saving tips on how to see Broadway shows for under $50." I bring with me my entire autographed Playbill collection (which continues to grow) as well as theatre memorabilia and antique Playbills for the audience to peruse. I personally have seen over 150 Broadway productions and rarely pay more than $50 a ticket!
$201- $350
Hessler, Arielle DIY Stitched Binding: Hard & Soft Covers History,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Learn the history and styles of traditional Chinese bookbinding, also called stab or stitched binding, Choose to bind your book in the original Korean, Chinese, or Japanese style using traditional papers and materials, and how to adapt this ancient art to creative, modern styles. The class is taught in steps, with the teacher displaying and explaining the step for the class and answering questions, and then breaking out into "Do-It-Yourself (DIY)" times when the attendees perform the step on their own. During the DIY times, the teacher takes questions and helps anyone who needs individual help. Handouts explaining each step (with diagrams) are included for the attendees to reference throughout the program and take home. This program is taught by a professional book artist versed in both traditional and modern styles of bookbinding and book preservation. Students also benefit from the opportunity to work with traditional, handmade papers from Asia- in modern and traditional colors and patterns.
$351- $500
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Civil War History,
Music
Music of the Civil War era, from both North and South, performed in costume and on period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina etc.). Historical background is given for each song. Selections include partisan rallying calls, songs of nostalgia, soldiers' parodies, and songs of triumph and defeat. Examples: The Bonnie Blue Flag, Tenting Tonight, Just Before the Battle Mother, The Faded Coat of Blue, Marching Through Georgia, We Are Coming From the Cotton Fields, etc. This program has been performed at museums, libraries, folk festivals, and historical societies for the past decade. Includes audience participation (chorus singing). Performed at libraries in Fairport, Watkins Glen, Odessa, Albion, Lockport, Penfield, as well as various regional festivals and Civil War re-enactments.
$201- $350
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