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Feingold, Richard Travel to Cuba History,
Life Skills- Finance,
Other
Recent changes by the Obama administration now make it legal to travel to Cuba under “People to People” tours. We will discuss the recent diplomatic changes between Cuba and the United States (the Cuban Thaw), arranging a visit to Cuba, pre-revolutionary Cuban history, the Ernest Hemingway tourist sites, Cuban baseball, classic Cuban music, world renowned Cuban cigars, and places to stay and eat. to stay and eat and the unique Cuban economic system. Rick Feingold, published travel writer for Boston Herald and Christian Science Monitor. He has traveled to Cuba seven times since 2001 and lectured at the National Baseball Hall of Fame on Cuban-American baseball. MBA, Penn State University. BA, Rutgers University.
$201- $350
Schuman, Sandy My Father was a Storyteller History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
My father, Samuel Schuman, was a songwriter, musician, poet, and storyteller who made his living as an electrician. I retell and expand on his stories, a personal and historical saga that stretches from the help wanted ads of the Philadelphia Inquirer to the front page of the New York Times, from the pleasant beaches of Atlantic City to the hectic skyscrapers of Manhattan, and from his longed-for saxophone to my sister’s studio-upright piano. My father didn’t have a very good voice, but he wasn’t afraid to sing.
$101- $200
Hessler, Arielle The Colorful History of Pigments and Poisons History,
Science,
Visual Arts- Painting
Where does color come from? In this lecture/presentation, enjoy a journey through time and space learning about the vibrant colors coveted throughout history- and their ‘colorful’ backstories. From indigo and woad to lead and arsenic, discover how these materials transformed into such coveted colors, and the consequences of their use. Pigments and paints safe for human handling, and the tools used to make them, will be available for exhibition and handling. This program may be of interest to both teen and adult audiences.
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith The Golden Age of Hollywood Musicals - Song and Dance History,
Media- Film,
Media- Video
I've been asked so many times about doing a program like this, and here it finally is! We will be watching clips from classic movie musicals beginning with the early days of Busby Berkeley and his pre-psychedelic choreographed dance numbers. We will follow the development of the movie musical with footage of Carmen Miranda, Judy Garland, Fred Astaire , Gene Kelly, and classic films such as Singing in the Rain, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, Sound of Music and so much more. So put on your dancing shoes and get your baritone voice ready, it's time to celebrate the Hollywood musical in all its glory!
$101- $200
Schuman, Sandy Two Kinds of Liars History,
Life Skills- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
There are two kinds of liars: those who tell lies for fun, and those who tell lies for profit. Bill Greenfield – legendary hunter, trapper, fisherman, and Adirondack guide – was "the goldarndest, most unreasonable liar you ever saw." He told lies for fun. But George Hull, perpetrator of The Great American Hoax – the Cardiff Giant – told lies for profit. Two very different men, both Civil War veterans, provide tales both true and tall.
$101- $200
Japanese Arts Center, Ryu Shu Kan Shimenawa - Japanese New Year's Wreath History,
Multicultural- Other,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Shimenawa are lengths of braided rice straw or hemp rope used for ritual purification in Japan. They can vary in diameter from a few centimeters to several meters, and are often used at the entrance to temples or homes for good luck and to keep away evil spirits. Patrons will make their own Japanese style New Year's Good Luck Wreath with material supplied by us. There is an additional Material fee of $10/person.
$201- $350
Kass, Barry Journey to the Holy Land History,
Media- Photography,
Multicultural- Other
Through his beautiful pictures, Anthropologist-Photographer Barry Kass will take the audience on a journey to the Holy Land of Israel. We will visit such unforgettable places as Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the via Dolorosa, the road followed by Jesus on his way to crucifixion, the ancient fortress of Masada, the Dead Sea, the Roman cities of Caesarea and Bet Shean, and the Bahai Gardens in Haifa. A highlight of the trip will be a visit to the ruins of ancient Petra, deep in the desert in the neighboring country of Jordan.
$201- $350
Fiske, David Race and the New York State Constitutional Convention of 1821: Debating Civil Rights History,
Multicultural- Other
In 1821, meetings took place in Albany, New York to revise the state's constitution. In the course of the meetings, numerous surprisingly frank and open discussions were carried on that related to feelings about race, at a time when some blacks in the state were still enslaved. The question was: should blacks be allowed to vote on the same footing as whites? The discussions were tinged with both fear and a spirit of egalitarianism. Some were afraid of the political power blacks might be able to exercise, while others felt that allowing all blacks to vote would make up for what the race had suffered under slavery. In the end, the egalitarians lost, and the new constitution allowed white males to vote who did not own property (removing an existing restriction), but added language that effectively disenfranchised most blacks. Blacks who did not own property were not able to vote in New York until after the Civil War.
Up to $100
Stoll, Brian At the Barricades ~ Theatre Fans and the Stage Door Experience History,
Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
I will talk about the role theatre fans like myself have played in the theatre community over the centuries. I will share why die-hard theatre fans become repeat attenders and may see a production more than 900 times! In addition, I will inform patrons about the stage door experience which I briefly touched upon at the end of my last program, but was not able to go into detail. I consider stage-dooring to be the icing on the cake after attending a Broadway production. Stage-dooring is when theatre fans rush to the theater's stage door after a performance in hopes of meeting cast members and complimenting them on their performances. Many fans also try to obtain selfies with the stars and have their playbills autographed as keepsakes. In addition to sharing my own knowledge and experiences at many stage doors on Broadway I will include views and experiences from both sides of the barricade.
$201- $350
Dolan, Mary Beth Paint like (Jackson) Pollock Health & Fitness- Other,
History,
Visual Arts- Painting
Participants will watch a short media that introduces them to Jackson Pollock and his art. We then will (in summer- out doors) paint like Pollock. we paint in a controlled manner,and drop cloths and washable paints are used. This "eco-friendly" program uses recycled cardboard, and supplies, brushes, etc.
$201- $350
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