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Program
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Description
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Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea City That Drinks the Mountain Sky History,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
The epic story of water for New York City, told in the elemental beauty of mask & puppet theatre. Heralded as one of the wonders of the world, New York City's ingenious system of aqueducts and reservoirs provides clear mountain water from the Catskills to nine million downstate residents. And though the struggle over these water resources has, at times, bitterly divided city managers and watershed residents, it has also irrevocably united them. Through a shimmering tapestry of poetry, puppetry and evocative music, City that Drinks the Mountain Sky brings alive the lyrical landscape of the Catskills— to portray the on-going story of the watershed and the uneasy marriage of those who must protect its vulnerable flowing treasure. You can expect plenty of visual punch and timely wit as the Hudson Valley's premier eco-logic theater traces life's quintessential liquid from mountain top to city tap. Study guide and post performance discussion provided for school audiences. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Chrysalis Ornaments Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Using a real butterfly chrysalis, string an ornament and see if it hatches on your special day! Great for the holiday season. Butterfly education and cage instructions included. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions to be added to my live booking link. Suitable for 2019 Summer Reading Program
$101- $200
Edgecomb, Diane Digging Dinosaurs Literature- Authors,
Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
These popular dinosaur adventures complement their scientific facts with a happy dose of humor. Dinosaur lovers of all ages will enjoy the colorful posters, Dinosaur Sign-Language and participation that keeps audiences engaged and asking for MOOORE! Two original stories are included. Pattysaurus in which selfish Patty becomes so obsessed with her dinosaur collection that she turns into a gigantic sauropod herself and Egg Mountain in which the audience helps out on this surprise filled journey that leads to the discovery of Egg Mountain and Maiasaura, the first dinosaur known to care for its young. Based on current scientific discoveries, this piece educates as it entertains.
$351- $500
McIntosh, Story Laurie We All Sing Together For A Better World! Music,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
We All Sing Together For A Better World! is an inspiring and uplifting program where audience members young and old delight in joining in the fun and singing along. In her inimitable and magical way, Story Laurie seamlessly weaves together songs and stories about caring for the Earth and for one another. Story Laurie has a knack for making us laugh while also helping us to think deeply about the kind of world we want to live in and how, by working (& singing!) together, we can all achieve that world. Folk tales, myths, songs both new and old, and real life stories of people doing wondrous things -- all come to life in the hands of this world-wise yet home-grown children’s performer. If ever there were a performer for our times, Story Laurie is IT!
$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
Dolan, Mary Beth Fabulous Fish- polymer clay fish Nature- Marine Life,
Visual Arts- Crafts,
Visual Arts- Other
We explore the world of fish with fun fish facts. While making our own fish with polymer clay! Fish are made using simple shapes, and if space and time allows we bake some of the clay fish during the program. Appropriate for ages 5 and up. Great parent- child activity!
$351- $500
Fires, Karin BUG ZOO Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other
Did you know that there are almost a million bugs that have been identified by science? Did you know that 20% of all bugs are some sort of beetle? Did you know that the US is one of the only countries in the world who don't have bugs on their menu? We have many more amazing and interesting things to tell you about these animals. You will get a combination of information, interactive materials and live animals. We leave plenty of time for questions and a chance to get a closer look, too. And, if you're lucky, you might get a bug to eat!
$201- $350
McIntosh, Ira Rockin' the World...One Library at a Time! (For 2018 Libraries Rock SRP & more!) Literature- Other,
Music,
Nature- Environment
Ira McIntosh is a stellar performer who gets kids excited about reading - and marveling at the magic & beauty of the wonderful world in which we live - with his rockin’, fun, participatory programs. Ira’s environmentally-conscious rollickin’ good sing-alongs and stories are so infectious, he manages to get everyone to join in the fun. In the words of one librarian: 'Ira was WONDERFUL! He was even able to get a group of 12 year old boys to participate, which is an amazing feat!'
$201- $350
Chase, Dan Around the World with Dan The Snakeman Nature- Animals,
Nature- Environment,
Nature- Other
The Around the World with Dan the Snakeman program includes reptiles, amphibian, and invertebrates from six continents. The program consists of interesting facts about the animals and the continent they come from. Audiences have a chance to "feel the experience" by up close interactions with the animals. A few of the animals that audiences will encounter will be large snakes, alligators, large tortoises, lizards, giant frogs and tarantulas to name a few.
$201- $350
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Life Size Solar System - A Walk Through Exhibit Media- Other,
Nature- Other,
Science
Full immersion walk through of our solar system for all ages! Spiral into the solar system on a glow in the dark path past scalar size planets with their moons, read about their discovery and the elements that they are made of at each planet. Dodge asteroids as you spiral out and learn about constellations and comets too! This program will inspire young and old alike to learn more about what science is doing to explore our solar system. Please email me with Programs in the subject line with any questions and to be added to my live booking link and visual catalog. Suitable for the 2019 Summer Reading Program.
$201- $350
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