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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
Reich, Angela Maritime History of Long Island Book Talk History,
Literature- Creative Writing,
Literature- Authors
Angela Reich, author, researcher and educator shares her knowledge of Maritime History and her research journey for her historic novel SHIPWRECK OF HOPES. The story of the wreck of the ship Elizabeth in 1850 off the shores of Fire Island, NY, SHIPWRECK OF HOPES is ripe with research on the developing shore towns of the region, the involvement of the local residents, and the historic development of the Life Saving System and the Lighthouse system. In addition, a famous passenger, American writer Margaret Fuller was on board, returning from Europe after her involvement in the Italian Revolution of 1848. SHIPWRECK OF HOPES is rich in historical content and lore.
$101- $200
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Astrophysics 101 History,
Nature- Other,
Science
Learn how scientists calculate distance and mass from the wobble of stars and red shift. Learn about how scientists use microwaves and super cooled telescopes to see the farthest reaches of our expanding universe! See the many visual wonders of the universe, as well as familiar stars and galaxies. Lecture focuses on quantum mechanics and advanced math, not suitable for young children. Target audience is 6th - 12th grade and above. Check out CCAT - Prime in Chile, a future project collaboration with multiple universities, The NSF, and NASA! Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. Suitable for the 2019 Summer Reading theme.
$101- $200
Didgeridoo, Down Under Music & More from the Land Down Under History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Music & More from the Land Down Under takes the audience on a musical journey to Australia and beyond, as the performer plays an assortment of didgeridoos and percussion instruments, mixed with colorful stories and humor. The didgeridoo, usually a hollow tree trunk, has been played by Aboriginal Australians for at least 1,500 years, and is known for its otherworldly sound. We play a modern style, mixing fast-paced rhythms with relaxing soundscapes and organic sound effects. We also talk about the Aboriginal people and the native animals of the enchanting Land Down Under.
$351- $500
Fiske, David Anne Northup, Wife of Solomon Northup, Overcame Adversity History,
Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other
Solomon Northup was lured into slavery in 1841, and was a slave in Louisiana for 12 years before being rescued. What impact did Northup’s kidnapping have on his wife and family? In Solomon’s absence, the Northup family became a one-income household. This presentation will describe how his wife, Anne, carried on and saw to the needs of their children. Information on her later life will also be given. Black History topic. Fiske is a co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave.
$101- $200
Hill Brothers, The Americana History,
Music
Introduce everyone to the sounds of American folk, bluegrass and traditional music. With the recent success of the Grammy Award-winning "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" soundtrack, this music has been rediscovered as a symbol of American traditions and spirit. Using spoons, pennywhistle, washtub bass, dulcimer, banjo, acoustic guitar and more, the Hill Brothers present a lively concert full of humor, singalongs and loads of audience participation while students absorb valuable lessons in America's history, geography, cultural makeup and values! A great program to celebrate America, rural &/or harvest themes, any national holiday, Music in the Schools month.
$501- $1000
Crocker, Keith The Humor in Horror History,
Media- Film,
Media- Other
Examines the mix of horror and comedy in cinema, focusing on the Abbott & Costello Meet (Frankenstein, Jekyll & Hyde, The Mummy) series, using 16mm condensed versions of each film. A bio on Abbott & Costello, plus we explore the role of the horror film in society. We cap it all off watching a classic Three Stooges 16mm horror/comedy short, The Ghost Talks. This is a guaranteed crowd pleaser and a fantastic event for Halloween.
$101- $200
Hopkins, Allen Songs of the Erie Canal History,
Music
Canal songs, performed in 19th-century costume and using period instruments (guitar, banjo, concertina, etc.). Songs about the construction of the canal (1816-1826), about canallers' lives and work, and about the folklore of the canal. Examples: The Meeting of the Waters of Hudson and Erie, Oh That Low Bridge, Paddy On the Canal, Buffalo to Troy, Ee-ri-ee Was Risin', Trip On the Erie, Low Bridge, etc. Also includes information regarding canal and Western New York history. May include Mark Twain poem The Aged Pilot Man. Performed frequently in the Rochester area, and at folk festivals in New York & New England. Performed at libraries in Lockport, Lyons, Albion, Big Springs Museum (Caledonia), historical societies in Greece, West Sparta, etc. Also NY State Button Society convention (Owego), April 2011.
$201- $350
Hessler, Arielle DIY Stitched Binding: Soft Covers History,
Visual Arts- Crafts,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Learn the history and styles of traditional Chinese bookbinding, also called stab or stitched binding, Choose to bind your book in the original Korean, Chinese, or Japanese style using traditional papers and materials, and how to adapt this ancient art to creative, modern styles. The class is taught in steps, with the teacher displaying and explaining the step for the class and answering questions, and then breaking out into "Do-It-Yourself (DIY)" times when the attendees perform the step on their own. During the DIY times, the teacher takes questions and helps anyone who needs individual help. Handouts explaining each step (with diagrams) are included for the attendees to reference throughout the program and take home. This program is taught by a professional book artist versed in both traditional and modern styles of bookbinding and book preservation. Students also benefit from the opportunity to work with handmade, traditional papers from Asia- in both modern and traditional colors and patterns.
$201- $350
Crocker, Keith The Golden Age of Hollywood 1939 History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
The Golden Age of Hollywood 1939 : In 1939 motion pictures hit a new hight unprecedented in both film production and attendance. Do to technological advances in film making and an ever increasing appetite for film attendance by mass audiences, box office records were broken and films made with such a strong emphasis on style and story telling. Join us as we take a sample of film trailers from award winning pictures such as Young Mr. Lincoln, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Son of Frankenstein, The Roaring Twenties and many more. Plus we'll see a short film of the 1939 Academy Awards ceremony as we celebrate the people who made and starred in the films that are still considered classics to this very day. Find out why 1939 was so pivotal in the history of entertainment!
$101- $200
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