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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Collins, Dawn The Mountain Dulcimer - History & Introduction to Playing, Group Lessons History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
A historical overview of the origins of the Appalachian mountain dulcimer and its ethnic origins, a mini-concert demonstration and introduction to playing. Ongoing group lessons over a period of six to eight weeks or more are optional. Songs may be taken from early American repertoire dating back to 1700s and 1800s and traditional folk songs that are more current as well as contemporary sources. Group lessons work best when ages are similar, e.g., young people (8-14), teens and adults (15 and up), seniors (55 plus).
$101- $200
Smith, Joy Memoir: A Personal Journey Through the Civil Rights Movement History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
I integrated a school in Tennessee when I entered the first grade. It was the same year as the Little Rock nine. My father was a Civil Rights preacher and through him I met Martin Luther King, Jr. when I was 11 years old and later Rosa Parks - two iconic figures of the Civil Rights Movement. This program is my personal story along with songs and other related stories about tolerance, acceptance and pride.
$351- $500
Bromka, Sondra & John Bells & Motley Victorian Musical Celebration of Christmas Past History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Music and customs of a traditional Christmas of Dickens' time included jovial and ceremonial songs with choruses for all to share, ballads steeped history, costumed characters or 'guisers,' tableaux and games, dances, and the presence of holly, ivy, and evergreen. This musical voyage back to the spirit of Christmas Past offers a magical time for family and friends to gather and share the origins of our traditions. Across England, wealthy households would celebrate with great musical feasts and pageants, and folks would go from door to door, singing wassailing songs that ended with the request for 'a toast and a good loaf or cheese, and we’ll be on our way.' Featured will be wassail songs from Cornwall, Somerset, and Gloucestershire. Other traditions will include a special processional bagpipe air from Northumberland to 'pipe your bounds' to insure abundance and well being throughout the new year. This peek behind the history of Christmas celebration uncovers the universal within the season's mirth and merriment, and plants the seeds of ideas for reestablishing some of the old traditional elements for community celebrations - further enriching the meaning and majesty of this important holiday season.
$351- $500
Grudko, Marian Dragonfly Bog Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Dragonfly Bog a musical tale for families and adults 
by composer and storyteller Marian Grudko The air is poisoned, the water harsh and bitter. The Bog is in trouble and the dragonflies are leaving --
all except Sura, a small blue dragonfly who stays behind and sets out to save Dickinson Bog Turtle. More than a story of an endangered wetland,
“Dragonfly Bog” is a tale of friendship, sacrifice, and the power of music. Marian will perform the story, accompanied by her enchanting musical score. This program is for everyone who loves good music, 
a good story and good theater.
$201- $350
Sonny and Perley, Sonny and Perley “Remembering Louis Armstrong” History,
Media- Other,
Music
“Remembering Louis Armstrong” Louis Armstrong defined what it was to play Jazz. His amazing technical abilities, the joy and spontaneity, and inventive musical mind still dominate jazz to this day. His music influenced not only instrumentalists, but vocalists such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald. Sonny & Perley along with a band of swinging musicians bring to life some of his iconic recordings including Basin Street Blues, Dream A Little Dream and St. Louis Blues as well as favorites from his popular recordings with Ella and many others.
$351- $500
TheatreworksUSA, - Jim West Productions' AESOP'S FABLES II Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Jim West and company are back in an all-new puppet extravaganza with The Goose that Lay the Golden Egg, The Boy Who Cried Wolf and many more of Aesop's legendary fables! As a follow-up to his original successful production, Aesop's Fables II features more morals, more classical music and even more puppet-making ideas! And of course, more silliness than ever!
$1001- $3000
Maurer, Jim Stylin Sounds D.J. Entertainment Media- Other,
Music,
Other
We here at Jester Jim Inc realize that DJ services are not just about music. Organizing games and dances with your families are what we do. From just kids, to children and their parents, to just entertainment at your next staff party, we have done it all and done it all well.
$101- $200
Clough, Geoff 3 Blonde Singers of the '50's History,
Music
This program is a musical history of the songs and lives of 3 Blonde Singers from the 1950's: Patti Paige, Peggy Lee and Doris Day. Program is fill with hit songs from their careers and fun historical facts from their personal lives. Here are a few of the songs: Patti Page: You Belong To Me, How Much Is That Doggie, Old Cape Cod Peggy: Fever, Woman Doris Day: Sentimental Journey, Please Don't Eat The Daisies and many more. Geoff Clough: Keyboard/Piano Cyndi Kingsley: Vocalist
$101- $200
Richter, Chip Imagination, Creativity and Inspriation Music,
Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Singer-Songwriter Chip Richter’s Family Concert at The Library has become a favorite among librarians and families because it's “more fun than a Kid (or Parent) should be allowed to have!” It’s the kind of high-energy fun and audience participation naturally found in a live performance all in the wonderful learning environment of the public library. This is live music, no accompaniment tracks, so anything can happen! With his guitar, banjo, harmonica, stories and original tunes Chip connects with the kids and adults, creating moments to remember. Also don't forget to check out the Librarians Resource Page where you can download some of Chip's music absolutely free of charge. Librarians are using these mp3s and the Teacher's Tips to compliment story-times with children.
$201- $350
Killion, Paul Senior Moments Music
One singer and his guitar, bringing countless Musical Memories, one song at a time! 'Senior Moments' is a performance of favorite standards from the 20s through the 40s. These classics are sung by Paul (the Acoustic Warrior) and accompanied by his acoustic guitar. From 'Bye Bye Blackbird' to 'Sunny Side of the Street', the program is as up-beat as it is memorable. It's a rare audience that does not sing or hum along with Paul during his performance. For over a decade, Paul has brought this program to hundreds of very appreciative audiences with the most common responses being 'Wonderful job!' and 'When are you coming back?'
Up to $100
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