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Schuman, Sandy Lead Belly: Singer, Songwriter, Murderer; King of the 12-String Guitar History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as Lead Belly, got a bum deal. Was he justly sentenced to prison for murder? Twice? Was he exploited by the man who discovered him? Did he have to share credit for writing the song that became the number one hit of 1950! This program includes a series of true stories about Lead Belly’s life: why he chose to play the 12-string guitar, the events that led to his two convictions for murder, how his reputation as a prison songster led to his pardon by the governor, how he was discovered by John and Alan Lomax, how he contributed to the folk music revival and the advent of rock and roll, how his signature song—the song he used to both open and close his performances—became the most popular song of 1950, and why it is still sung today at soccer games all across Europe. These stories are interspersed with songs such as The Midnight Special, Easy Rider, John Hardy, We’re in the Same Boat Brother, and Goodnight Irene.
$101- $200
Van Egmond, Timothy Builders of Tomorrow Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Build the excitement for your summer readers with a lively participatory program of multicultural folk tales and songs! These are inspiring blueprints for A Better World. Stories include Slops! (a Welsh couple learn to be more considerate and become better neighbors), and Old Joe and the Carpenter (a spiteful farmer hires a carpenter to build a fence, and instead he builds a bridge). Songs include If I Had A Hammer and The Turning Of The World. Tim’s dramatic style of voice, movement, and facial expression brings stories to life, and his gift of encouraging participation makes for high-spirited and engaging programs. He’ll accompany songs and stories with guitar, mountain dulcimer, and conga drum. A program bibliography will be available so that books containing the stories can be on display, and Tim will recommend them in the program to celebrate and encourage reading. Tim Van Egmond has been delighting and captivating audiences all over the country for over 30 years. He's been selected for the New England States Touring Program, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Superhero Hocus Pocus Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Soar with magical caped crusader Ron Cain in his high-flying Superhero Hocus Pocu” show! The Central New York magician celebrates superheroes from film and fiction in new magic show inspired by the summer reading program theme, Every Hero Has a Story. Young readers assist Ron with tricks demonstrating the powers of popular superheroes like Batman and Wonder Woman. One illusion features our favorite heroes battling the villainous Book Beetle, scourge of librarians everywhere. In addition to his 45-minute show, Ron has created a one-hour Super Fun with Superheroes workshop for schools and libraries. The former teacher uses activities illustrating the Superhero Code to help students tap into their super selves and become the heroes of their own life stories.
$201- $350
Cain, Ron Professor GreenPockets Presents the Magic of Being Green Nature- Animals,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Magic
Meet Central New York magician Ron Cain's new character, Professor GreenPockets, the good-natured dean of green and master of eco-magic. In Professor GreenPockets Presents the Magic of Being Green, Ron uses green magic to make ecology fun. Young audiences help perform illusions highlighting recycling, conservation, and the protection of endangered species. A Syracuse University graduate and former teacher, Ron has more than 16 years of experience performing at schools, libraries, companies and festivals throughout New York. He also has appeared on television’s Pappyland and Saturday Showboat. His magic shows with educational messages also include include The Magic of Being Green Show, Tune In To Magical Idol, The Magic of America, The Wandering Wizard Show, The Magical Museum Show, The Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, and Mr. Millennium's Science of Magic Show
$201- $350
Richter, Chip Chip & The Munks Music,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Chip & The Munks are a high energy, really fun, bluesy folk rock band for family audiences.With original songs and some popular covers (Beatles, James Taylor)they will have kids and parents dancing in the isles. Perfect for festivals, fundraising events, community celebrations.
$501- $1000
Schembri, Pamela Middle School Storytelling Performing Arts- Storytelling
UCK! STORIES? At OUR age? - Even the toughest crowds enjoy Pamela's personal stories (i.e., The Cross Bronx Expressway) and her modern-day Greek myths. Mixed with a ghost story or two, you'll see your teenagers spellbound.
$351- $500
Rogers, Robert The Underground Adventures of Rudy Root, Jr. Nature- Gardening,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
He's one part gardener, one part elf, definitely someone who takes his job seriously and let's his curiosity take him wherever it goes. Rudy Root Jr. is ever vigilant about life underground. The roots of newly planted seeds that travel way down through the dirt; the insects and rodents who make their homes in the dank, dark earth; the mineral treasures that lie hidden from view. It's one adventure after another with Rudy as our guide.
$351- $500
Baldwin, Daryl Magic Warm-up and Balloon Workshop Other,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Other
Do you want a new activity to keep your kids active and interested?   I'm Daryl Baldwin and I've got a boredom busting holiday activity that might just be the thing you are after. It's a magic show followed by a hands on balloon twisting workshop. Do kids and staff like it? No, they love it. look at these photos. Go to www.Balloon-Workshop.com for more information.
$351- $500
Schuman, Sandy My Father was a Storyteller History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
I present a historical saga about my father, a songwriter, musician, poet, and storyteller who made his living as an electrician. It stretches from the help wanted ads of the Philadelphia Inquirer to the front page of the New York Times, from the pleasant beaches of Atlantic City to the hectic skyscrapers of Manhattan, and from his longed-for saxophone to my sister’s studio-upright piano. My father didn’t have a very good voice, but he wasn’t afraid to sing.
$101- $200
Tobias, Toby Journey From Johannesburg Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
South African-born songwriter and musician, Toby Tobias, is excited to be performing an original show in various venues on the East Coast and in the Midwest called 'Journey from Johannesburg'. It is a performance which tells the story of his journey through 3 continents and takes the form of his original songs interspersed with small narrated vignettes about his life growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa and Jerusalem, Israel and finally New York, USA. The show's message is one of racial equality, understanding of each other's cultures and religions and a strong desire for togetherness in a world which seeks to divide rather than bring together.
$501- $1000
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