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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
Feingold, Richard American Baseball in Cuba Health & Fitness- Sports,
History,
Other
The American Series against Major League opponents in Cuba began in 1890 and continued until 1959. Babe Ruth visited Havana in 1920 after his 54 home run season with the Yankees and lost a fortune gambling in the casinos. Jackie Robinson played spring training in Cuba prior to breaking baseball’s color line in 1947. Ty Cobb and Christy Mathewson played baseball games in Cuba. After a night of drinking the writer Ernest Hemingway engaged the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Hugh Casey in a boxing match at his Havana home. Presenter: Rick Feingold presented this lecture as part of the Cooperstown Symposium on Baseball and American Culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame. He has written for the Boston Herald and Christian Science Monitor on the topic of baseball in the Caribbean.
$201- $350
Feingold, Richard The Glenn Miller Band – Music that Inspired the Troops History,
Media- Video,
Music
Glenn Miller was America’s best-selling recording artist from 1939 to 1943, leading one of the best known big bands. Residing with his family at the Cotswold Mansion in Tenafly, NJ his band played many dates in New York. Once World War II began he gave up a lucrative stateside career and toured Europe with his band entertaining the troops. The program combines a lecture with movie clips of Jimmy Stewart in The Glenn Miller Story. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Air Force in World War II” at Bergen Community College. His father, Lt. Louis Feingold was a US Army Air Force navigator on a B-17 who survived being shot down over enemy occupied territory and escaped to England in 1944.
$201- $350
Cloonan, Christopher Cuba, Past to Present: An American's View from Havana History,
Media- Photography,
Multicultural- Other
Chris Cloonan walks the audience through the fascinating history of Cuba- Fidel Castro, Bay of Pigs, Cuban Missile Crisis, to the opening with President Obama and the changes under President Trump. He also discusses his time living in Havana as an American, something rarely seen. He answers your questions about travel, history, and contemporary Cuba. Chris holds an MA in Cuban Studies and recently founded his own Cuban travel company.
$101- $200
Downing, John George Washington Can Change Your Life History,
Life Skills- Other,
Life Skills- Parenting
This exciting program discusses the early years and background of George Washington and his leadership during the Revolution and first presidency. Our speaker, instructor John Downing, wearing authentic Revolutionary War period costume and displaying PowerPoint artwork of Washington's life, shows you how study of George Washington can change your life: 1. Overcome adversity by seeing now George Washington defied all odds. 2. Gain valuable leadership skills by observing Gen. Washington's traits and practices. 3. Appreciate the founding of the United States and Washington's guiding precedents for future generations!
$201- $350
Stillman, Paul Living History History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
Living history program covering many different characters, from Benjamin Franklin to Nasty Ned the frontiersman, as well as time periods. Original props and hands on material provided, with plenty of interaction with the audience. All ages and groups, will posture for classroom learning.
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith BUSTER KEATON - Stone Faced Clown of Comedy History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
What a wonderful way to entertain and inform your patrons with this excellent program on the master of stone faced comedy, the one and only Buster Keaton. Not only will we explore his early days on the Burlesque stage working along side his parents, but we will discover how this child actor became a sensation all his own and grew into the famous face we've all come to love and admire. This 60 minute presentation comes complete with a screening of his silent classic comedy short Cops (1922), which he co-wrote and directed with Edward F. Cline, who went on to direct W. C. Fields and Mae West in My Little Chickadee (1940). This film is screened in the Super 8mm format.
$101- $200
Feingold, Richard John D. Rockefeller – The Richest American Who Ever Lived History,
Life Skills- Finance,
Other
Asked how he became so rich, Rockefeller replied, “God gave me my money.” Rockefeller was in the oil refining business early after the Pennsylvania oil rush began in 1859. He built state-of-the-art refineries and bought out his rivals. Rockefeller negotiated secret rebates with the railroads and formed what would become the Standard Oil Trust. Eventually the Supreme Court declared Standard Oil a monopoly and ordered it be broken up. But the individual oil companies were worth more separately and Rockefeller would go on to enter a second life of philanthropy which lives on to today. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Building of America” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
$201- $350
Carpenter, Margot The Underground Railroad in New York City--the Big Meaning Then, the Big Meaning to Us Now History,
Life Skills- Other
We describe places and courageous people of the Underground Railroad in New York City. In the early 1800s, a battle went on. It was of men and women, black and white, who wanted people to be free; and those intent on capturing them, to send them back to their “owners,” likely to be tortured, often to be killed, often sold to plantations far South. Our basis is the education Aesthetic Realism, founded by the great American poet and philosopher Eli Siegel. Aesthetic Realism explains this battle was between two ways of self, our own selves. It’s the battle of respect for the world and people, the desire to be fair to them, see meaning and value in people; and contempt for the world and people. Slavery, we’ll show, arises from contempt; the forces of the UGRR stood for respect. This was what the Civil War was about. Studying this we have the thrilling ability to learn about ourselves through history. Wrote Eli Siegel: "The fight, Shall I see the world and people with contempt or respect? is the fight within every individual right now; it is our constant, inward, personal civil war." Includes a re-enactment of an escape!
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John Of Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers: Historic Music Rare and Rustic History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A salmagundi of period instruments & styles combine for a delightfully unusual concert. In their crossover program 'Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers,' musicians Sondra & John Bromka begin by unravelling threads of evocative Medieval music... then weave in and out of it rustic folk traditions, still heard even today in the remote corners of France, Germany, and the British Isles. Side by side, these sounds enrich each other to paint vivid living pictures that evoke the boisterous village festivals, the soulful shepherds’ plaints, and the rich, mystical ballads that connected people of all levels of society. Bells & Motley are known for their uncommon instrumentation, and perform on a diverse collection of historic and folk instruments. For this presentation you’ll hear harp, hurdy gurdy, lute, Medieval fiddle, recorders, crumhorns, various French & English bagpipes, and more. The hurdy gurdy, built by Mr. Bromka, is a sort of Medieval keyboard fiddle enhanced with a resonant drone. Join Sondra & John in their Allegorical musical Garden, rich & resounding for all senses.
$351- $500
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