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Parisi, Rita 1908 Tea History,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
In 1908, the world was on the cusp of change. The traditions of the Victorians were giving way to a modern way of thinking. The automobile, airplane, changes in fashion, entertainment, and social conventions were altering the lives of people forever. Mrs. Gordon, a middle-class housewife, will entertain you during her afternoon tea as she tells you stories that will illuminate life at the turn of the 20th century. Then everyone will have an opportunity to engage in an open discussion as she shares with you her latest issue of the Ladies Home Journal.
$351- $500
Feingold, Rick Travel Deals and Bargains Life Skills- Finance,
Life Skills- Other,
Museums
Travel to Europe or Latin America each summer for FREE. Stay at three and four-star hotels in Paris and London gratis…Free breakfast included. Enjoy the quiet in exclusive airport lounges at no charge. Stay at a monastery in Spain, France or Italy at a bargain rate….the tools to learn these techniques are located in your library. Smart travelers use money saving strategies to travel the world for free and sleep cheap. The seminar will teach how to get FREE airline tickets and low cost lodging accommodations. Take advantage of lodging options such as campus lodging, YMCAs, and apartment rentals. Rick Feingold, published travel writer for Boston Herald and Christian Science Monitor.
$101- $200
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
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
Rosenfeld, Jordan Jewish Communities of Europe: Then and Now History,
Multicultural- Other,
Museums
This offering is based on personal experiences of the presenter as well as scholarship about historical, communal and cultural aspects of Jewish life in contemporary Europe. This “virtual tour” is filled with information about the past and present experiences of Jews spanning the continent, from Barcelona to Helsinki. It will include communities, both large and small, that are vibrant today, as well as communities which are mere shadows of their former glory. Perhaps members of your group will draw some new conclusions about places like Switzerland and Sweden, countries with small Jewish populations which have vacillated between being havens for Jews to being hostile to Jews. Everyone will learn something new about individual Jews from Amsterdam and Prague who had wealth and power even at a time in history when Jews were denied full civil rights, and about how Jews banded together to erect magnificent places of worship over the centuries in Venice and Budapest that can still be visited today, and which in many cases are still used for prayer on a regular basis.
$201- $350
Sommerstad, Patricia NY, NY: Urban Gems to Explore Museums,
Performing Arts- Other
What makes New York City so exciting, so alluring? No matter how many times you visit, or even if you’ve lived there for a lifetime, New York City’s five boroughs provide a never-ending source of new discoveries. In a city of over 8 million people, 200 nationalities, hundreds of museums, parks and historic sites, and thousands of restaurants, the possibilities for surprise and delight are endless! We’ll explore in-depth several favorites from a new perspective and discover new, exciting and often underappreciated urban gems. And, of course, wherever we “go”, we’ll find the best foods and places to eat. You’ll leave with comprehensive handouts and most likely a prize or two! Power-point presentation.
$201- $350
ROCK, DINOSAURS, GEMS & OCEANS GEMS ROCK Mineral Adventure Museums,
Nature- Environment,
Science
Experience a dazzling world of scientific wonder! Glittering, Museum-quality exhibit - Rocks & Minerals, Gemstones. Interactive multimedia. Show focus on the importance of Minerals in our everyday lives. Students act as miners during panning, gemstone mining or excavation activities. Take home real specimens - rubies, emeralds, amethyst…) Geode opening, Excavations, Amber discovery activity options too! We offer Dinosaurs Rock® and Oceans Rock® too.
$351- $500
ROCK, DINOSAURS, GEMS & OCEANS DINOSAURS ROCK Fossil Adventure Museums,
Nature- Animals,
Science
We bring the museum to you! Giant exhibits & interactive, entertaining performance - 50+ life-size & genuine museum-quality fossils, 5-500 million years old. Topics: extinction theory, plant vs. meat-eaters, fossil formation..Act as paleontologist during fossil dig...Take home genuine specimens like dinosaur bone, shark teeth...16th year. Seen by millions. Clients include Bronx Zoo, National Geographic. Gems Rock and Oceans Rock too.
$351- $500
Zalben, Jane Writing and Illustrating Children's Books Literature- Creative Writing,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Creating a children's picture book from the beginning idea to final bound book. Support materials demonstrate the stages: sewing a 32-page book dummy, making original art, galleys, press sheets, manuscripts with editorial comments to show the re-writing process. I also do writing workshops on middle-grade novels besides doing art and writing at the elementary grade level. I have had over 50 books published for different age groups.
$351- $500
Graham, Michael Michael Graham's Spring Valley Puppet Theater Multicultural- Other,
Museums,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Illusion has triumphed. And so has Michael Graham, who gives life, at least momentarily, to a most improbable cast of characters. The New York Daily News The Spring Valley Puppet Theater has been performing for schools and libraries throughout New England for over 30 years. Each performance combines delightfully original scripts, appealing characters, beautifully hand-crafted hand and rod puppets, lighting, music and humor. The result is highly entertaining puppet theater. A highlight of each library program is an informative and exciting behind-the-scenes look at the technique and artistry used in puppet theater, including a demonstration of favorite characters. In most school assembly performances, the front curtain is removed and students are invited to explore the art of puppetry through an insightful and absorbing question and answer period. A wonderful educational experience! Productions include Jack and the Beanstalk (1994 UNIMA Award recipient.) The Three Wishes, The Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, The Lazy Fox/ El Zorro Perezoso (bilingual,) Puss in Boots, A Holiday Fantasy. All shows play to a maximum audience of 350. Recommended for ages 5 and up / K thru 6th grade. Prices range from $335 to $400 plus travel. Please call for pricing information.
$351- $500
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