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Performer
Program
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Description
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Grudko, Marian Lucinda Snowdrop Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Lucinda Snowdrop a musical tale for families and adults
 by composer and storyteller Marian Grudko Lucinda is only a toy bunny,
 yet it’s up to her to save Emmie’s grandma. Will Lucinda make the right choice? Will she do the right thing? Marian will perform this poignant story, accompanied 
by her enchanting music.
$201- $350
Van Egmond, Timothy The Jolly Farmer History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Perfect for agricultural fairs and the like. Songs and tunes from 18th and 19th century America, when 'the farmer was the man who feeds us all.' Yankee Notions is Jim Douglas and Tim Van Egmond. Both are accomplished singers, storytellers, and musicians (guitar, hammered dulcimer, English concertina, pennywhistle, Appalachian dulcimer). Performing for close to 25 years, Yankee Notions has been featured in hundreds of community concerts and festivals, schools, libraries senior centers, and heritage museums including Old Sturbridge Village (MA), Historic Deerfield (MA), Mystic Seaport (CT), and Old Bethpage Village Restoration (NY). 'Yankee Notions likes to promise that they will ‘please the ear, enrich the mind, and enchant the heart.’ They’ve been making good on that promise for the last 20 years, all around New England and beyond it as well.' Nicholas Thaw, Director, 1794 Meetinghouse, New Salem, MA
$501- $1000
Oshlag, Rebecca and Rachel Build Better World-Stories of Repair Performing Arts- Storytelling
These stories from world folklore and history about the many ways people strive to improve the world will move, inspire, and entertain. Rachel and Rebecca of StoriesGalorious select stories especially for adult audiences. Teens will appreciate the stories as well.
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Community Revelry- Renaissance Faires, Harvest Festivals, Erie Canal Celebrations, More! History,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Topics include: -Community Heritage Bicentennial and Sesquicentennial Celebrations -Labyrinth Building -Musical Instrument Building -Christmas Pageants -Playwriting & Performance on Historic themes -Renaissance Faires & Festivals -and Much more! One-of-a-kind projects enthusiastically welcome! We often offer water-related themes. Got a River? Erie Canal?
$501- $1000
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
Walsh, FARMER TOM WALSH and tiger tom CORN-TASTIC WITH FARMER TOM WALSH SONG STORIES Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Corn-Tastic - We learn about the many uses of Corn in today’s world. We learn the science and benefits, to the world, Corn brings and how we can all be the future, through education, of discovery. Farmer Tom Walsh, during his program, will distribute agriculture and farm related STICKERS to the fair goers. BEE ON THE FARM: Farmer Tom Walsh’s program has an agricultural theme that begins with a fun and educational story and then song on the life of bees. During the show everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Bee My Friend: Everyone will gain an appreciation for the importance of bees in agriculture production. Cooperation with and respect for others (Dignity for All Students Act) is available for Elementary grade levels with his original story, The wooly bully bee, is a story of a bee that is misunderstood and everyone helps to tell the tale! Performance Preparation: Activities can include curriculum requirement, cooperation with others, farming, vegetables, recycling, nutrition, safety, history and music.
$351- $500
O'Keefe, Kevin The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase Performing Arts- Theater
The One-Man Circus in-a-Suitcase gives everyone an opportunity to participate in an enthralling, whimsical celebration of the imagination. This show has been performed over 500 times around the globe, for family theater audiences and school assemblies alike. However, the most important performers emerge from the audience. Each performance becomes a dialogue between the characters and the audience–a light-hearted collaboration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XDsIhmXRKPs&feature=digest “Our audiences thoroughly enjoyed the lunacy of CIRCUS MINIMUS. Mr. O’Keefe’s gallery of wacky circus characters and antics made this fast paced a show a great deal of fun for both kids and adults.” –Bert Goldstein, Director of Education, Cincinnati Playhouse, OH
$351- $500
Elias, Doren Traveling Lantern Theatre-Sherlock Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sherlock Holmes Takes the Case Solve a mystery with the world's most famous detective! Something's amiss, and now "the game's afoot!" for the brilliant scientist and criminologist, Mr. Sherlock Holmes. Along with his trusted companion, Dr. Watson (played by a child volunteer), Holmes will follow the clues and solve the mystery with audience help.
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Martian Magic Show Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Other,
Science
Prepare for takeoff as Central New York magician Ron Cain launches his new “Martian Magic Show” this summer! Ron appears as Cosmo the Conjuror, a Martian magician who travels the galaxy performing tricks and collecting stories. Naturally, he loves libraries and admires the 2019 New York state library summer reading program theme, “A Universe of Stories.” Throughout the 45-minute show, Cosmo demonstrates Martian powers like telepathy and psychokinesis. He tells tales and shares illusions picked up from visits to various planets. Volunteers help him rescue the Man in the Moon and have fun playing characters from Mercury, Venus & Pluto. Cosmo also teaches children facts about space travel and encourages them to explore the library’s “universe of stories." A former teacher and Syracuse University graduate, Ron specializes in educational magic for schools and libraries. Children participate in shows promoting reading, history, science and the environment. He also teaches magical workshops and classes on everything from Magic to Monsterology.
$201- $350
Parisi, Rita Gothic Victorian Tales by Candlelight, weird tales by Sarah Orne Jewett Literature- Authors,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Literary Artists
Sarah Orne Jewett, a native of South Berwick Maine is one of the finest New England regional writers of the 19th century. Her stories mirror the everyday lives and landscapes furing that earlier time. Some of her best know works are The White Heron and The Country of the Pointed Firs. Less known are her weird tales of the mysterious and supernatural. Rita Parisi, in 19th century costume, will present three of these gothic tales in theatrical storytelling fashion using the actual words of Jewett herself while acting out the main characters of each story. *Wonderful for the Halloween Season *10-15 minute talk back is included. *Ages: mature teen and up.
$351- $500
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