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Program
Category
Description
Fee
Edgecomb, Diane A Thousand Doorways: Journey Among the Kurds of Turkey Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
A chance meeting with a young Kurdish refugee sets an American storyteller on a quest of danger and discovery to bring to the world the ancient legends of this oppressed culture. This is the deeply moving, richly humorous story of one woman’s journey through the remote mountains of Turkey and of the extraordinary people who shared their lives and stories with her.
$501- $1000
Maurer, Jim Beat Box Workshop Life Skills- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
Ever wish you could play the drums, with your mouth???? Well Jester Jim is teaching the art of beatboxing to all young and old. A great introduction for kids to learn about tempo, and the sounds of music. Check out video clips of Jim doing his beatbox show on the website www.jesterjim.com.
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane Water Wizards! Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
Let’s go where the wet things are in this entertaining program with master storyteller Diane Edgecomb. We’ll act like CLAMS, JELLYFISH and LOBSTERS in the Native American legend: How Whales got their Spouts and explore the water cycle in Diane’s fun water conservation tale: What Now, Cloacina?!! Check under Diane’s Wizard hat and you may find the secret potion that ends every Water Wizards performance with instant FOG! Recommended for ages 4 and above.
$351- $500
Maichack, Mary Jo (and Gregory) Make a Mini Moonscape Puppet Theater of Paper & Popsicle Sticks Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Visual Arts- Crafts
I’ll bring prepared card stock, templates to color, popsicle sticks and other supplies (if you can help with scissors, crayons and glue sticks, that would be great) to make it fun and easy for your patrons to make this beautiful and clever puppet theater. Ask me to send you a photo or see it at www.MaryJoMaichack.com. They will also get professional tips on how to make up their own stories to use with it. (Help me celebrate 30 years as a professional storyteller this year!) Super fun and easy! What I think is really special about this-- It’s easy to do, fun to make and amazing when finished (so kids will love it) It works as a toy and puppet theater that is easy to transport, even use on a car trip (so parents will love it) It encourages kids to tell stories—to think visually, consider characters and solve problems (so librarians and story lovers will love it)
$351- $500
Maichack, Mary Jo (and Gregory) Preschool Palooza Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Mary Jo sings, plays guitar, invites preschoolers to sing, move, chant, dance, wiggle, help tell the stories with hand- and fingerplays--always keeping them ACTIVE, and has superb crowd management skills, so things stay pleasantly–well, managed. The kids find MJ very funny, and she is ever so gentle with their tender hearts. We do a dress up play, too, and sometimes dance like alligators. Accent is on BIG participation by the group. You’ll be amazed, though, at how long the little ones simply sit still for a storyteller as seasoned as this. MJ is an expert at keeping their attention, and refreshing it with age-appropriate stories to engage all their senses for a loving literacy learning experience. From tales of brave bunnies to talking fingers, it's fun, fun, fun. Teachers and parents have a ball, too, and gain valuable techniques as they participate. Don’t wait. This is an expert, ready for your kids and professional development workshops for their tired teachers young and experienced.
$351- $500
Joyce, Liz The Doubtful Sprout Nature- Gardening,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Science
Get ready to explore the world under your feet in this underground puppet adventure. Tunnel down with Worm and Sprout as they discover the mysterious life found inside soil. Along the way, kids help figure out the secrets that help Sprout grow. Award-winning puppeteer, Liz Joyce, brings this ecological wonderland to life with multiple puppetry styles, projections and song. The Doubtful Sprout was funded in part by a Family Grant from The Jim Henson Foundation The Doubtful Sprout is a magical and educational show that mesmerizes children and teaches them about ecology and life cycles through art and song. Liz's performance is enchanting and engages children to the very end. As a puppeteer Liz knows how to include her audience while effortlessly working her craft. The quality of her set-up and puppets, in which the influence of classic Henson artistry may be seen, is top-notch. Children joyfully participate throughout the show and are even delighted after the show when Liz buzzes through the audience to meet them. Developmentally and educationally appropriate for a wide age range, the entire family will enjoy the show! —Danielle Carey, Head of Children's Services, Hampton Bays Public Library
$501- $1000
Baldwin, Daryl Balloon Extravaganzas Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Other,
Visual Arts- Other
Don't miss the sparks generated by this dynamite performer. This fast paced visually magical presentation of seriously dramatic Balloon Sculptures larger than life mixed with magic and intrigue will delight, amaze and amuse all ages. The only Certified Master Balloon Artist in upstate NY. Performing full time for 37 years. View 1000's of balloon ideas at wizzie.com.
$201- $350
Schuman, Sandy Understanding the Depression Era through Songs and their Stories History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Understanding the Depression Era through Songs and their Stories The essence of the Great Depression as expressed in the songs of the times with stories that provide the social, economic, and historical context. Forget Your Troubles and Just Get Happy – The 1929 Hit Song by Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler Presidential Campaign Songs of 1932 – The Sidewalks of New York vs. Happy Days are Here Again The Anthem of the Great Depression – Brother Can You Spare a Dime by Jay Gorney and E. Y. Harburg, 1932 If Only it Was True – The Gold Diggers’ Song of 1933/ We’re in the Money by Harry Warren and Al Dubin If God Blessed America For Me – The success of Irving Berlin’s God Bless America in 1938 led Woody Guthrie to write a parody When All the World is a Hopeless Jumble – Even Lady Gaga sings this 1939 song by Harold Arlen and E. Y. Harburg, the most influential song in the history of cinema (according to a 2018 study)
$101- $200
Ellison, Emily Gung Hay Fat Choy Chinese New Year! Multicultural- Other,
Music,
Performing Arts- Dance
GUNG HAY FAT CHOY! ($450.00) Bang a Gong, Dance Along Chinese New Year! Ages 0 - 100! Celebrate Chinese New Year with real Chinese Lion Dancing, ribbon dancing, instrument play and Chinese Kung Fu. Play authentic instruments and wear beautiful clothing for this special Chinese New Year Celebration! Learn real Chinese Kung Fu and Tai Chi forms you can practice at home. Additional add ons: (additional one hour programs each) ($200.00) Please Touch mini museum of Chinese Culture. ( $200.00) Make and Take Chinese Watercolor Painting for up to 30 people: materials included, everyone takes home a special Chinese New Year Banner.
$201- $350
Morse, Andy DREAM BIG! Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Performing Arts- Other
DREAM BIG! Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be anything you wanted to be? Maybe an astronaut, an animal, a ballet dancer. We will explore the possibilities through song, dance and drama.
$501- $1000
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