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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
Kass, Barry A Photographic Journey to the time of the ancient Romans, including Sicily, Rome, and the ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum History,
Media- Photography,
Multicultural- Other
Anthropologist and Photographer Barry Kass will take the audience back in time to the civilization of ancient Rome. Through his beautiful photos and descriptions, we will travel to Sicily to witness the intriguing Roman sites on this island in the Mediterranean, and then on to the Italian mainland to Rome itself, where such famous places as the Colusseum, the Parthenon, and the Roman Forum will be viewed. A highlight of the program will be a visit to the amazingly well preserved Roman ruins of Pompeii and Herculaneum, buried under volcanic ash after the explosion of Vesuvius in A.D. 79 and still undergoing archaeological exploration today.
$201- $350
Fiske, David Kidnapped: Black New Yorkers Caught in the Slave Trade History,
Multicultural- Other
Under slavery, it was not only the slaves who suffered. Free blacks were at risk of being kidnapped and sold as slaves. Once they were taken to a slave state, chances of their returning home were small. Several New Yorkers, from various parts of the state, were rescued from slavery, and their kidnappers were held accountable for their deeds. This presentation will tell their stories. Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave. Great Black History topic!
$101- $200
Wemett, Lisa Our Alaskan Odyssey: Cruising the Inside Passage and Beyond History,
Media- Photography,
Multicultural- Other
Explore our 49th state via a roundtrip cruise from Seattle, Washington. The forested islands along the Inside Passage give way to the raw beauty of the Hubbard Glacier and Tracy Arm. Discover the Native Tlingit culture at remote Icy Strait Point, the Gold Rush days of Ketchikan and Juneau, and the Russian influences on Kodiak and Sitka. From the cosmopolitan port of Anchorage to the wildlife centers in Homer and Kodiak, find out why Alaska is truly the Great Land. Travel literature from the Alaska visitors’ bureau is furnished for this travelogue free of charge.
$101- $200
Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea City That Drinks the Mountain Sky History,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The epic story of water for New York City, told in the elemental beauty of mask & puppet theatre. Heralded as one of the wonders of the world, New York City's ingenious system of aqueducts and reservoirs provides clear mountain water from the Catskills to nine million downstate residents. And though the struggle over these water resources has, at times, bitterly divided city managers and watershed residents, it has also irrevocably united them. Through a shimmering tapestry of poetry, puppetry and evocative music, City that Drinks the Mountain Sky brings alive the lyrical landscape of the Catskills— to portray the on-going story of the watershed and the uneasy marriage of those who must protect its vulnerable flowing treasure. You can expect plenty of visual punch and timely wit as the Hudson Valley's premier eco-logic theater traces life's quintessential liquid from mountain top to city tap. Study guide and post performance discussion provided for school audiences. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom GUITAR WORKSHOP WITH FARMER TOM WALSH OPEN TUNING History,
Literature- Other,
Music
Tiger Tom performs his songs and stories gathered from Masters he has studied and performed with including folklorist John Lomax and Mike Seeger of the Smithsonian institute of America, Legendary Traditional American musicians Doc Watson, Norm Blake, Joe Pass, Fiddling Mark Hamilton and others. Tiger Tom is a Master Flat picker and of the open tunings in early roots music; passed to him by Mike Seeger. Workshops are available. American songs of the Miner – include: Dark as a mine, the miner daughters dream, the miner (original) American songs of Praise – A collection of Gospel, Bluegrass, Roots and original songs. American songs for Children – A collection of children’s music and storytelling.
$351- $500
Feingold, Richard The Great Escape of World War II History,
Other
There were actually two successful escapes. The first break-out, from inside a wooden horse, enabled three men to escape a WW II German POW camp and return to England. The second escape, immortalized in the film The Great Escape, featured the building of 100 meter tunnels which allowed 76 men to escape Stalag Luft III. Most of the POWs were captured. Only three made it to safety in Allied territory. Join us to hear about the mastermind behind the plot nicknamed “Big X”, tunnels Tom, Dick, and Harry, forged identity documents, the “penguins” who scattered tunnel sand, and the real-life story of the three who got away.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Join In! History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Join In and travel around the world with these captivating multi-cultural legends. Each tale offers a participatory look at our common love of story. Celebrate engaging narratives, animal characters, songs in different languages and home-spun wisdom as one of New England’s favorite storytellers takes us from the heart of the Amazon rainforest to the villages of Africa on the wings of story, rhythm and song. “My family was at your amazing performance of “Join In” yesterday. It’s amazing how you bring together many aspects of art and present them for kids so they use their imagination to “see” all the characters you’re talking, dancing and singing about. Personally, I was very happy with your folktales about the rainforests. I’m from Brazil where we have a rich heritage from Africa and we live in the US where my son was born. We loved to hear “O Pião entrou na roda, ó pião! Roda pião, bambeia pião!”. I used to sing this song myself when I was kid. It was delightful. :~)” ~Marcia, Linden School, Malden, MA
$351- $500
Kass, Barry Ancient Civilizations of the Mediterranean: the Minoans, Mycenaeans, and classical Greeks History,
Media- Photography,
Multicultural- Other
Through his beautiful photographs, Anthropologist-Photographer Barry Kass will take the audience on a journey back in time to the Aegean and the land of the ancient Minoans, Mycenaeans, and the classical Greeks, the founders of Western Civilization. We will explore the fortress of Mycenae, the Minoan palace of Knossos on the Island of Crete, and the magnificent sites of classical Greece, including Athens and the Parthenon, Olympia, Delphi, Corinth, the theater of Epidaurus, as well as the great Grecian cities of Asia Minor, including Miletus, Pergamon, Ephesus, Priene, Didyma, and Troy of Homeric legend, will be illustrated and described.
$201- $350
Zimmermann, Linda Hudson Valley Historic Haunts History,
Other
New York's Hudson River Valley is a place of beauty and history. It is also one of the most haunted regions in the country. This program explores tales of ancient Indian spirits, soldiers who still walk the battlefields, old Dutch settlements, mansions,and cemeteries. Beware; a passing shadow or faint whisper may signal that you have just had an encounter in the historic and haunted Hudson Valley!
$201- $350
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