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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Kruk, Jonathan HEROES on the HUDSON History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Stories of heroes from along the Hudson, the Catskills and New York, dramatically performed by a master storyteller, featured on CBS Sunday Morning. Selections include: Washington's Spectacles Save the New Nation, The Girl Who Out-rode Paul Revere, Stanton & Anthony Get the Vote, Pete Seeger's Clearwater Dream. Plus, the story of your local hero! Add a folk musician for authentic regional songs; Yankee Doodle, Tenting Tonight, This Land is Your Land and more. Interactive with children stepping into stories, turn and talks, and a Q&A.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook Songs of the Great Depression and Today History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
When the Great Depression hit, a whole new genre of American folk music was born. Songs about the Dust Bowl, the Great Migration, bread lines and soup kitchens, the New Deal and times of triumph and struggle circulated throughout labor camps, churches and family gatherings. These songs depicted down-to-earth everyday realities of the American laborer and farmer, the hungry and the industrious, centuries old traditions and the transition to a new modern society. It can be surprising how many of these old songs speak of challenges we face today and how new songs written about today's America can so resemble the songs of the Great Depression. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places.
$501- $1000
Lienhard, Marco Taikoza: Voice of The Earth Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Taikoza: Voice of The Earth concert. Taikoza has created a new sound using the thunderous rhythms of the ancestral Taiko drums and the magical sounds of the bamboo flutes. Roughly translated, Taiko means big drums-and that’s exactly what Taikoza brings. Big Drums, powerful rhythms, and electrifying, room-thumping energy. This exciting group draws from Japan’s rich tradition of music and performance to create a highly visual performance. Taikoza.com
$501- $1000
Meissner, Lisa Wake Up Music,
Nature- Environment
Program of new songs with traditional routes highlighting care of the Adirondacks and our world. Some of the songs can be heard at http://rusticriders.net/music.html. Connection to books that have informed the music will demonstrated.
$201- $350
Singer, Lauren DANCE FOR THE NON DANCER Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
Dancing has come back full circle from the big band era when everyone went out to have a good time and dance! The reasons are clear--dance has always helped people connect with each other, have fun and get a great workout--in every culture! In this basic, exciting, no-partner dance class, you'll no longer say you have two left feet as you gain simple moves and styling, learn how to distinguish different rhythms and feel freer with your body. You'll finally have fun dancing as you totally boogie to a wide range of music from cha cha, swing, rumba and tango to folk and pop. Come on out, meet new people and have a fun time as you burn off calories! No experience necessary.
$101- $200
Maichack, Mary Jo "Books Are Celebrations" Music,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Inspiring young listeners to read, this show evolved into a 1999 NAPPA (National Parenting Publications) Gold Award winning audio recording. Both offer lively original songs celebrating the library and the power of books, multicultural stories — “Why Dog Chases Cat,” “The Unlucky Sailor"--with origami surprise story and kids using sea creature puppets (including a really big shark), and the bend-in-half-laughing instant story theater version of Munsch’s Paper Bag Princess, in costume. You will love and be amazed by the warm variety of this show and its many ways of getting kids happily to interact! Perfect for preschoolers through grade 3, but older kids love it, too.
$351- $500
Grudko, Marian Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Beatrix Potter’s The Tale of Peter Rabbit performed by Marian Grudko and
accompanied by Marian’s original music “...but don’t go into Mr. McGregor’s garden. Your father had 
an accident there; he was put in a pie, by Mrs. McGregor.” Potter’s beloved story and Marian’s fresh new music create 
a magic that is as lovely as it is wry.
$201- $350
Handy, Spook Ground Breaking Troubadours History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Spook Handy has been called “a modern day troubadour in the style of Pete Seeger and Phil Ochs.” In fact, Spook’s style of acoustic guitar, harmonica and singing fits right in with the Ground Breaking Troubadours of the 20th Century – Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, Peter Paul and Mary, Phil Ochs and others – who paved the path for thousands of acoustic songwriters and folk musicians to follow. This program tells the history of America through songs that were often the first of their kind. Many of the songs in this program and the stories behind them were taught to Spook by his mentor Pete Seeger.
$501- $1000
McGrath, Cathy “SINGING TEAKETTLE” HOLIDAY CONCERTS: Christmas, St Patrick’s Day, Halloween . . . Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Other
Cathy McGrath presents intergenerational folk music programs with seasonal themes, such as Christmas, Irish Christmas Traditions, Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, July Fourth, Halloween and Thanksgiving that put a little spice in your cup of sing-along tea. She calls her music “Teakettle Music” because it is steeped in tradition and shared with friends. An experienced folk music performer and family literacy teacher, with a specialty in traditional American singing games and Irish music, Cathy uses guitar, banjo, limberjacks, flute, and penny whistle, and bodhran drum in her programs which are tailored for specific age groups. She is happy to design a program for your specific needs.
$201- $350
Roethel, Glen Concert: One Hour of Friendship Music
What would we do without our friends?! In difficult times, we lift each other up; in good times we laugh 'til we pop! Join acclaimed singer-songwriter Glen Roethel in one simple hour of songs to recognize and appreciate the power and joy of our friendships! Songs for this performance may be drawn from the following original and cover songs, and more: You've Got A Friend, With A Little Help From My Friends, Lean On Me, Better Together, Me & My Arrow, We Are Going To Be Friends, Hey Jude, Get Together, People of the Earth, Better Together, Rainbow, Smaller Things, What A Wonderful World, Somewhere Over The Rainbow, Cats In The Cradle, Me & Julio, When I Was Younger Than You, Secret Special Skill...
$201- $350
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