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Parisi, Rita Victorian Courtship Tea History,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
How did young ladies and gentlemen become acquainted back in the 1890's? COURTSHIP of course! Courtship was a ritual in which romance, etiquette, and socializing played an essential part. Mrs. Gordon will recount how her husband courted her during the 1890's during afternoon tea. Appropriate for Teens & up; Great for Valentine's Day and Mother/Daughter Teas
$351- $500
Schuman, Sandy Lead Belly: Singer, Songwriter, Murderer; King of the 12-String Guitar History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, got a bum deal. Was he justly sentenced to prison for murder? Twice? Was he exploited by the man who discovered him? Did he have to share credit for writing the song that became the number one hit of 1950! This program includes a series of true stories about Lead Belly’s life: why he chose to play the 12-string guitar, the events that led to his two convictions for murder, how his reputation as a prison songster led to his pardon by the governor, how he was discovered by John and Alan Lomax, how he contributed to the folk music revival and the advent of rock and roll, how his signature song—the song he used to both open and close his performances—became the most popular song of 1950, and why it is still sung today at soccer games all across Europe. These stories are interspersed with songs such as The Midnight Special, Easy Rider, John Hardy, We’re in the Same Boat Brother, and Goodnight Irene.
$101- $200
Schuman, Sandy Familiar Songs & their Unfamiliar Stories History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A wealth of history, conflict, transformation, and humor in the little-known stories behind some of the best-known songs. The Rhythm Changes; George had Chutzpah, Ira Didn’t!; If God Blessed America for Me; Lead Belly - Singer, Songwriter, Murderer, King of the 12 String Guitar; Tzena Tzena Tzena; Mairzy Doats; Get Happy; The Forgotten Man; If You Believed in Me; Song of the Century …
$101- $200
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
Gertsacov, Adam Exploring With Henry Hudson History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Science
In this exhaustively researched show by actor, director, and performer Adam G. Gertsacov, Henry Hudson comes to life in a thrilling re-telling of his adventures on the high seas. Full information at http://www.henryhudson.info. The show imagines Hudson having just returned from his fateful third voyage and giving a presentation to “investors” (the audience) about his fourth voyage to continue his quest for the Northwest Passage to China. Through the course of the show, audience members will have the opportunity to “join” his crew, learn a sea shanty, learn how to navigate using state of the art sixteenth century instruments, and hear his thrilling tale of landing in the New World and visiting this strange new island named Manna-Hatta. At the end of the performance, audience members are encouraged to ask Henry any questions they like about his rich and varied life as a sea captain, explorer, navigator, and Elizabethan gentleman. Hudson lived during the age of Shakespeare, Francis Bacon, Galileo, El Greco, and Queen Elizabeth. This 40 minute educational performance is suitable for all ages, and is available for extensive touring during the Henry Hudson Quadricentennial (Summer 2009).
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “THE HEART OF AMERICAN MUSIC” 19th century songs of our heritage History,
Music,
Other
Based on research done for music for the Genesee Country Village & Museum with Flint Hill Folk, Cathy McGrath presents a program of nineteenth century heritage music in authentic period dress and with instruments appropriate to the era. The audience is encouraged to participate by singing their hearts out! Songs are chosen from two books which were collections compiled from thousands of people who sent in their favorite songs of the previous century. From Heart Songs (1909): “Each song recalls to the individual reader some tender, sad, joyous or martial association.” From Songs That Never Grow Old (1903): “A collection of old-time songs that have long been tried and forever loved.” Songs of all sorts of categories are presented - love, home, Erie Canal, historic, patriotic, dancing, popular and folk songs - and represent a valuable gauge to the popular taste in music at that time. These melodies are part of our collective past, yet still resonate today. An experienced folk music performer, Cathy uses an 1870’s guitar, limberjack puppets, antique flute, and rolled tin whistle in this historical program and encourages audience participation.
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Captain HurriCain's Seaside Magic Show History,
Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Magic
As the seagoing Captain HurriCain, Ron Cain promotes reading while celebrating the state's beaches and bodies of water. While telling tales and showing tricks from his travels, Captain HurriCain demonstrates a wacky way with water. Illusions include a container that causes water to disappear and reappear, faucets that defy the laws of nature, and an umbrella that does card tricks. Young audiences also meet Barnacle the Shark and learn about the legend of Champ the sea serpent. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program uses magic and humor to promote reading and help children feel good about themselves. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages include Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and the Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
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
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
Rogers, Robert Little Leonardo History,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Take a trip back in time to the 1400’s and spend a day in the simple Italian town of Vinci, where a remarkable young boy named Leonardo once lived. Watch as he takes his first few steps toward greatness, by letting his imagination fly and his curiosity take hold of everything around him. An apprentice in the studio of Master Verrocchio, Leonardo is exposed to the wonders of art and science. He paints, he studies, he builds – in short, he lets his dreams come true. The man who would come to be known as the painter of the Mona Lisa had to start somewhere, and this is an imaginary tale of how it happened. The Robert Rogers Puppet Company was founded in 1980, and has since performed thousands of times across the country and around the world. While it is available all year, providing meaningful, artistic productions for summer reading programs is an especially enjoyable pursuit for the troupe.
$351- $500
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