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Program
Category
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Fein, Jonathan Objects and Memory History,
Media- Film,
Museums
What are the things in our homes and museums that mean the most to us? How do we preserve the past and speak to the future? What would you save if your house were on fire? Why do we join together in community in times of turmoil? Using excerpts from the PBS documentary film Objects and Memory, filmmaker Jonathan Fein raises questions about fundamental human responses and how we navigate through a fragile and chaotic world by using otherwise ordinary things that have become irreplaceable conveyors of identity, experience, and aspiration. Focusing on stories of meaningful objects invites discussion of issues of value, memory, contemporary history, museum collecting, heirlooms, artistic response, and authenticity. This entertaining and stimulating presentation excites the sense of wonder and challenges the audience to question what is taken for granted and what we hold most dear.
$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
Bromka, Sondra & John THE HURDY GURDY CHILDREN'S CONCERT History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The artists' extensive early instrument collection features a joyous diversity of historic Medieval, Renaissance, & traditional instruments. Playing upon the intriguing and rare historic hurdy gurdy to enrich our theme and setting, we are pleased to accompany our performance journey with an early music mini-concert specially designed for children, highlighting a diverse collection of early instruments of all shapes, sizes, and materials. Imaginations are courted with the mysterious and evocative sounds. As you enjoy this exploration of historic instruments from bagpipes to 'whittle and dub' you will marvel at the wonderful ways human kind has used wood, animal horn, reed, leather, and ingenuity to invent instruments that create a rainbow of musical sounds. This program is being packaged as a 2-for-1 with 'STONE SOUP WITH THE HURDY GURDY MAN' These two complementary programs unite perfectly to appeal to all the senses, a memorable and meaningful A treasure for the eyes, ears, and imagination!
$351- $500
Ruch, Dave The War of 1812! - Songs and Stories from NY and Beyond History,
Music
In this lecture/concert, popular performer Dave Ruch (www.daveruch.com) presents a fascinating portrait of the War of 1812 through the songs and stories of the people themselves. Ruch has dug deeply into archival recordings, diaries, old newspapers and other historical manuscripts to unearth a wealth of rarely-heard music which, alongside some of the classics from the war, offers a rounded and fascinating picture of this “second war of independence.” Special emphasis is given to New York State’s important role in the conflict.
$351- $500
Supley, Paul Historic Medicine Health & Fitness- Other,
History,
Museums
Historic Medicine Program I Civil War Medicine NYSV Assistant Surgeon * Discussion of all phases of mid 19th c. medicine, Army Medical Structure, Civilian Organizations, Effects of CW Medicine on us today, authentic display of equipment, use of audience volunteers for demonstrations, Q&A. Program II Colonial and early 19th c. Medicine Rural Country Doctor * Explanation of strata of medical practices and occupations, phases of medicine and theory of the day, comparisons of medical practices then and now, authentic display of equipment and medicines, use of audience volunteers for demonstrations, Q&A. *Recommended for ages 11 and up *Set up tables available *Contact for Pricing **FB Page : Historic Medicine
$351- $500
Collins, Dawn Musical Eras and Styles (History through Music) History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Highlights of major periods of music history, noteworthy composers and their contributions, instrumentation, stylistic technique of the composer (all preceded by an introduction to basic music theory to facilitate understanding the terms) as well as brief viewing and commentary on major art of period and how each influenced the other. Major periods: Middle Ages and the Renaissance, Baroque, Classical, Romantic, Modern (1890-)to 20th Century as time permits. Handouts of timelines are provided, along with instructor's notes. A projector is needed for viewing. Instructor brings lap top. The content is targeted to high school age and adults.
$201- $350
Ruch, Dave Just For Fun History,
Music
Dave brings along his banjo, guitar, bones, spoons, washboard and jaw harp for a special program full of musical fun. Audience members will delight in seeing and learning a bit about these instruments up close while enjoying some great participatory songs performed on each. Expect singalongs, movement songs, laughter, guessing games, even a few cartoon themes.....some audience members may even be invited to come up on stage and join in the fun with Dave! Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
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
Carpenter, Margot George Washington, the American Revolution, & You! History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
See and feel what it was like to be a Revolutionary War soldier at the time of the Boston Tea Party! Learn about the meaning of the war for American Independence--about such people as Washington, Tom Paine, Molly Pitcher. Join Aesthetic Realism consultants Robert Murphy & Jeffrey Carduner, who show that history is about the feelings of people like us, not just a matter of dates and battles. This understanding, based on the education Aesthetic Realism, makes history exciting and immediate. This event includes interactive enactments of historical events.
Up to $100
Bromka, Sondra & John DIG THAT CANAL! ‘15 Miles on the Erie Canal' Family Fun Musical Storytelling; With FREE companion options - Folk Instruments of Along the Canal; Introduction to Theatercraft History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
'15 Miles on the Erie Canal' is a colorful and very participatory historic musical storytelling event for the whole family. Enjoy this lively collage of Tall Tales, Costumes, Music and Sing-along Songs as the artists share an unforgettable story of New York’s famous waterway. Presented in 19th century 'folk opera' performance style, it sparkles with canal-era music from cultures along the canal, performed on a rare collection of historic instruments including hammer dulcimer, banjo, fiddle, hurdy gurdy, early squeezeboxes, canal horn, and more. Our story unfolds as Captain Simon Slick and Irish cook Sallie Waters meet up with Sal, a truly amazing mule who makes quite a splash (and also happens to be guest from the audience!). Together they set off on a rollicking journey down The Grand E-ri-e Canal, 8th Wonder of the World! Great characters, great stories, and an unforgettable historic enrichment experience for Summer Reading Programs! NOTE: For a gala event, our “15 Miles” performance may be expanded with your choice of NYS Canal Cultural Heritage workshop activities: expanded singing roles for a children’s/family chorus; lively canal-era children's dances; and even student-written Tall Tale vignettes for the Grand Finale. Custom-designed programs, special events welcome.
$351- $500
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