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Lester, Mary History of Ireland through Celtic Harp and Song History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
A time travel that enters Ireland before recorded history, when its rich legend and folklore began. With her harps and lilting voice, Mary uses the magic of Ireland's music to explore this country's history and tradition. Sample songs - The Harp that once through Tara's Halls, The Leprechaun, Brian Boru's March, Danny Boy. This program has been presented to Irish cultural groups, historical societies, and libraries. See Mary's web site, celticharpandsong.com, for more details.
$101- $200
Gormont, Bill The Great American Magic Show History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
American history comes alive when Bill Gormont brings THE GREAT AMERICAN MAGIC SHOW to your library. This exciting show reinforces our nation's birth and history through entertaining situations filled with magic, illusion and fun. Bill highlights special people and important historical moments that include our first flag, the Declaration of Independence and much, much more. He introduces a modern day Betsy Ross (an audience volunteer) with a hilarious flag routine. Betsy would be proud to see Bill, the stage and accessories decked out in red, white and blue. Audience participation is always a large part of the show. Lucky spectators are invited to have fun on stage as they enjoy learning about our first U.S. Presidents in a magical sort of way. The grand finale is filled with surprise, action and colorful productions. What a wonderful way to close out a fun filled educational experience that celebrates the history of our great nation and stirs the patriotism in our hearts. THE GREAT AMERICAN MAGIC SHOW is suitable for presentation to all ages and is the perfect choice for national holiday celebrations like President’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.
$201- $350
Mischief, Merry PiraticalTreasures & Trinkets Show! History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Yaaaaarrrr Mateys! Welcome aboard a couple of PIRATES to teach you about the sea, pirates, sailing and historical figures! Stories told in music and poems about Sailing, Pirates, and Literature Treasures in your library! Song and poetry performed for you by PIRATES! Learn about shanties, sea life and lore. This is a fun show for the whole family from Merlyn & Harry who come dressed as PIRATES! And you should dress up like Pirates to, and come aboard!!
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Tales of Enchantment History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Enter the world of fairy tales where magic is only a moment away, and lessons about how to live are expressed through vivid symbols. For younger children, Diane brings to life classic fairy tales like Snow White and Rose Red and Bee, Mouse, Harp and Bum-Clock, an unusual ‘Jack’ tale. When Jack returns home with dancing bugs instead of beans, the fun and magic really begin! For older students, Diane explores the oral tradition through Arthurian legends and ancient Irish tales such as the humorous Sir Gawain and Loathly Lady. Enchant your audiences with the beauty and magic of traditional tales.
$351- $500
Fiske, David Anne Northup, Wife of Solomon Northup, Overcame Adversity History,
Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other
Solomon Northup was lured into slavery in 1841, and was a slave in Louisiana for 12 years before being rescued. What impact did Northup’s kidnapping have on his wife and family? In Solomon’s absence, the Northup family became a one-income household. This presentation will describe how his wife, Anne, carried on and saw to the needs of their children. Information on her later life will also be given. Black History topic. Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Tale of Yanek & Heliotrope' - A Medieval Music & Storytelling Journey History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Theater
Audiences are instantly engaged when a Medieval merchant's cart overflowing with mysterious and intriguing musical instruments arrives. Master Craftsman Yanek is en route to the greatest trading faire in all of France. His path crosses that of Lady Heliotrope, an exuberant troubaritz (female troubadour) in search of poetic inspiration. From here the fairytale spins as their tales entwine in this authentic period storytelling production that will absolutely delight audiences of all ages. Sondra and John Bromka infuse the performance with historic music on a great variety of unusual medieval instruments-many actually built by John, an accomplished luthier in real life. An authentic and appealing program!
$351- $500
Wemett, Lisa Erie Byways: Feel the Lake Effect History,
Media- Photography
Enjoy a scenic driving tour along Lake Erie’s shoreline from Derby, NY, to Erie, Pennsylvania, and on to Ashtabula County, Ohio. Lighthouses, covered bridges, wineries, state parks, and historic homes are highlights of the picturesque spots Terry Mulee and Lisa Wemett captured with their cameras along these coastal routes. Travel literature from the Erie and Ashtabula visitors’ bureaus is furnished for this travelogue free of charge.
$101- $200
Hill Brothers, The Across New York State History,
Music
This program focuses on music and folklore from New York State's history with a special emphasis on the Erie Canal. The Hill Brothers use humor, great songs from the period and lots of audience participation in this fun-filled musical trip across the state. Perfectly complements 4th and 7th grade New York State social studies curriculum, yet fun enough for all grades to enjoy.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Erie Canal Tall Tale Writing Residency and Performance Event History,
Literature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Workshop participants will learn about the tradition of the 'Tall Tale,' and then work together to create their own original tale. This program draws upon the Erie Canal for theme and inspiration, and includes songs and dances that reflect our multicultural heritage. We conclude with a joint artist/student performance for the community, wherein participants perform their tale, songs, and dances as an integral part of the artists’ musical theatre performance piece '15 Years on the Erie Canal.' (see related program listings.) The finale performance will be geared towards family audiences, and includes participation for all who attend. It will feature music on the artists’ unusual collection of authentic historical instruments, including squeezeboxes, hurdy gurdy, hammered dulcimer, and more. All participating children will gain hands-on experience in a range of artistic disciplines, including writing, poetry, dance, music, and storytelling/theatre. Children will be exposed to actual Tall Tales of the Erie Canal Era; they will learn factual information about our county’s famous canal; about the era’s multicultural heritage.
$501- $1000
Mischief, Merry Renaissance Revelry History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales of Kings and Queens, Knights, Dragons, and even Nursery Rhymes to satisfy even the Queen herself! Program encourages books, stories and poetry from the library. A musical program that features songs, stories and poetry reminiscent of the Renaissance and Medieval times. Costumed musicians (Merlyn & Harry)will give history lessons that make history come alive with humor and harmonies! All set in a language that can be understood by the general wee one to the Lord and Lady of the house!
$201- $350
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