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Performer
Program
Category
Description
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Van Egmond, Timothy Hearing Nature's Voice Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Explore the wonders of nature with a celebration of stories and songs for age 4 and up! Hear how the great, wise King Solomon sought help from a little bee, how watching caterpillars become butterflies as a child changed Tim's life, and more. 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 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 has been selected for the New England States Touring Program, the Massachusetts Cultural Council’s Education Programs, and the New Hampshire State Library's Kids, Books, and the Arts Project.
$351- $500
Edgecomb, Diane Once Upon A Wintertime Literature- Other,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Once Upon A Wintertime: Warm your hearts and your imaginations with this performance of tales from long ago. These stories of wintertime magic and fun are drawn from many cultures ranging from the lyrical Grimms tale of Snow White and Rose Red to tales of folksy New England escapades. Transform a winter's day or evening into a time of delight. Choose Once Upon A Wintertime as a non-denominational way to celebrate the December holiday season Thank you so much for that lively performance of Once Upon A Wintertime, you had the audience eating out of the palm of your hand! You are so good at judging the audience and tweaking your program to fit the group, even so far as the sound system! You are a true professional and we just love you here in Duxbury. Marty O'Meara, Duxbury Free Library, Duxbury, MA
$351- $500
School, Animal Bird of Prey Simulator Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other
Learn from either Kele the Kestrel of Talon the Hawk what it takes to live as a bird of prey. How do these birds hunt, make nests, raise their young, fly and migrate for the winter? Our talking bird mascots can show you how!
Up to $100
Edgecomb, Diane Native American Nature Tales Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Native American Nature Tales explores tribal myths and legends of the animals and birds of North America. Ranging from the humorous to the heart-felt, these stories celebrate native culture and its strong links to the natural world. We learn an Abenaki canoeing song, explore over seven different animals in the Northwest legend of Loon's Song and discover why America is called Turtle Island. For older audiences the performance features beautiful legends of the spirit like Jumping Mouse. Join one of New England's favorite tellers as these rich stories create a colorful weave of the landscape. Through these how and why legends, students begin to understand how Native American culture clothed their world in story and how this enlivened both imagination and world. "Your stories were wonderful. The teachers and the students agreed that your presentation is one of the best we've ever had. Thank you so much for bringing to life our study of myths and legends." Missy Thomson, teacher and school librarian, Woodville School, Wakefield, MA
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
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' Performing Bug Show, Cain catches the reading bug and makes him the star of the show! This entertaining, educational revue also features magic with a spelling bee, bookworm, flea circus, counting ladybug & caterpillar-turned-butterfly. As always, Ron uses humor and illusion to promote the value of reading and the importance of visiting your local library. The show highlights the state reading program theme, Catch the Reading Bug. 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 include Professor GreenPockets' Performing Bug Show, The Magic of Being Green, Tune In To Magical Idol, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Case of the Missing Bunny, Captain HurriCain’s Seaside Magic Show, Discover Millennium Magic Show and Holiday Hocus Pocus.
$201- $350
Mankita, Jay Home Sweet Home - Build A Better World 2017! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Other
Build a more sustainable world with Jay Mankita's fun, interactive songs on reducing, reusing, recycling, and renewing, plus composting, anti-littering, and groundwater awareness. Serious topics, framed in fun! An exciting mix of material featuring Jay’s guitar and keyboard, After 2,000 performances throughout the Northeast, Jay is ready to rock, enrich, and inspire with his eco-friendly show! This concert is great for all-age audiences, and as in all Playful Earth concerts, there is nothing 'juvenile' here; older kids and parents/caregivers will love the show.
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Traveling Farm Life Skills,
Nature,
Science
Winterberry farm is a fully operating sustainable farm located in Binghamton, NY. Our animals participate in an on farm petting zoo and have toured several libraries and schools around the state. I bring a miniature horse, sheep, goat, angora rabbit, goose, turkey, chicken, duck, and guinea hen; along with anything else that is new or fits in the trailer. Most of our animals are heritage breeds, there is an explanation of the history of the breed, how the animal benefits the farm, what products come from the animal, and general care and management. Kids can pet the animals learn to handle them. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions to be added to my live booking link. This program is suitable for the 2019 summer reading program.
$201- $350
Johnson, Rusty At Home in the Unnown Literature- Authors,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Animals
Rusty Johnson is at home in the unknown.   On a whim he took a 3,000 mile trek through 5 countries in southern Africa, then flew to the West Indies to film an active volcano twice.  He is a jungle guide with over 25 solo expeditions to the Amazon, and at the age of 19 he was the youngest person to have hand raised an endangered Andean condor, which was 1 of only 10 condors privately possessed in the United States.  He is the originator, star, and Consulting Producer of Travel Channel's Hotel Amazon, and is the author of a book entitled The Twilight of the Wild (Foreword written by Jim Fowler of Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom). He has consulted for National Geographic Television's HOOKED, the Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, DATELINE, Reader's Digest "Must See Places on Earth" DVD series and he has filmed on the island of Kauai for the documentary series Cosmic Journeys. He has also presented over 3,000 speeches at educational institutions including Princeton University, Rutgers University, and The Explorers Club where he was one of the youngest people ever inducted into the prestigious club. Oh......,and he graduated high school with a 2nd grade reading level. Visit website to learn more. ​
$351- $500
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Navigating the Stars History,
Nature- Other,
Science
Have you ever wondered how ancient people told time? Got from point A to point B without a smart phone or compass? Made it over the underground railroad, or to far away countries over the seven seas? Learn about Nathaniel Bowditch, the father of modern navigation and how he taught illiterate men to calculate from and follow the stars. Learn which constellations matter most in the northern and southern hemispheres. Best of all, take home a star map and learn how to participate in orientiering and other activities in your own neighborhood. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. This program is suitable for the 2019 Summer Reading theme.
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane Tales For The Earth Nature- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling,
Science
A Celebration of Nature and all the simple things we can do to help. Tales for the Earth is a beloved performance that is both educational and entertaining. It explores topics such as Water Conservation, Recycling and Wildlife Protection. Like all of Diane's programs, the performance is tailored to suit each specific audience. Depending on the age range stories may include: What Now, Cloacina?, Diane's hilarious water conservation story about a water sprite who travels through the sewage system in search of her pond or Boy Who Loved the Swamp, based on the true story of a 5th Grade student who saves his favorite nature spot from development. In addition contemporary tales explore ways to foster a whole Earth ethic. What shines through the entire presentation is a love and respect for our place in nature; with many ideas communicated about how we can create a difference. "Diane- Thank you for adding your magic to our Earth Day celebration this past weekend. We had over 1100 happy visitors that day, which is wonderful. You were so amazing with your messages and your dramatic "art." Thank you for coming!"Bonnie Drexler, New England Wildflower Society
$351- $500
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