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Theater, Arm-of-the-Sea Turtle Island Medicine Show Multicultural- Native American,
Nature- Environment,
Performing Arts- Puppetry
Turtle Island Medicine Show is a contemporary fable and cautionary tale inspired by both the Lenape Indian origin story and by current reports from climate studies. The show features whimsical kinetic sculptures, richly painted paper mache masks and puppet figures that range in size from 12 inches to the 16 foot tall Tree of Life. Composer & music director Dean Jones' inventive score loops together gongs, hoop drum, jaw harp and trombone scats in a medley of live sound. He also supplies voices for narrator and characters. Meanwhile four nimble, shape-shifting performers bring to life the mask and puppet multitudes. The Lenape origin story describes a great flood and how various animals try to dive to the bottom and bring up mud. When one of them, Muskrat, finally succeeds and Duck and Frog spread the mud on Turtle's back, this tiny island grows into a mighty continent. Arm-of-the-Sea carries the tale into the fossil-fueled modern moment where climate change threatens to de-stabilize this Turtle Island home. Appropriate for family audiences and grades 1-8. School performances include a study guide and post performance discussion with cast. Photos and video available at www.armofthesea.org
$1001- $3000
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Sheep Shearing and Wool Spinning Life Skills- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts
Have a sheep shearing fiber festival right at your library! Learn how shepherds care for sheep from lamb to ewe, and watch one of the flock lose their fleece. Then, make a drop spindle from recycled CD's, and after carding you can spin the wool right from the sheep! This program provides patrons with a working knowledge of sheep breeds and their various uses around the world, and wool and spindle to bring home to keep on spinning! This program is suitable for 2017 summer reading.
$101- $200
Rogers, Robert Turtle's Big Dream! Nature- Animals,
Performing Arts- Puppetry,
Performing Arts- Theater
Once upon a time there was a talkative little turtle who had an ambitious dream - to fly! He was so captivated by the idea of seeing the world from way up in the air, that he spoke about it constantly to all the other animals in the forest, wondering how he could accomplish his goal. Based on a Native American legend, this is a play about reaching beyond the every day and striving to do more, even when it seems to be impossible. Puppeteer Robert Rogers has applied all the imagination and skill that he has acquired over a 31 year career.
$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
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) Butterfly Release Nature- Animals,
Nature- Gardening,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Everyone loves butterflies, especially up close and personal. They are a medium that unlocks the heart of angry teenagers, and are able to coax the shyest of children out of their shells. When there is a butterfly release in town, people literally drop everything to attend. The day of the event students learn how to identify host and nectar plants, what Monarch eggs, larvae, and pupal forms look like; how to tell a male from female and why the males have pheromone pouches on their wings. There is much discussion on native butterflies in NY and identifying specimens patrons have observed. Releases attract the attention of the local media, and are great publicity. I have Monarch, Painted Lady, Mourning Cloak, Eastern Black Swallowtail, and Red Admiral Butterflies this season. Wild-caught displays (not always available) might include Eastern Tailed Blue, Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, Clouded Sulphur, Cabbage White, White Admiral, and Baltimore Checkerspot. At the end of the program the butterflies are released either individually or as a group. This program is suitable for the 2017 Summer Reading Program.
$101- $200
School, Animal A Visit from the Easter Bunny! Nature- Other,
Nature- Animals,
Other
When the Easter season nears, make you event a hopping success with a visit from the Easter Bunny! Our friendly rabbit mascot can make your egg hunt, or Breakfast with the Bunny even truly special!
Up to $100
Sprague, Lindsay (Lynn) Butterfly Wing Jewelry Nature- Animals,
Visual Arts- Folk Arts,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Learn how to create beautiful jewelry from the wings of a butterfly! Delicate work involves cutting a small piece of wing, mounting it in a sterling silver plating, and covering it with waterproof apoxy. Necklaces, Rings, Bracelets, Charms, Earrings, Bookmarks, Table Weights. Pieces must dry overnight, and may be taken home by the participants or kept at the library for a 24 hour period. We will also discuss what types of butterflies we are using as well as their life-cycle. This program is suitable for the 2017 Summer reading program.
$101- $200
Brown, Wayne & Karen The Ocean Adventure Nature- Marine Life,
Science,
Visual Arts- Other
Professional underwater photographers, California marine biologist, Wayne Brown, and his SCUBA instructor wife, Karen, bring their exciting real-life expeditions to your patrons with fast-paced and entertaining multimedia presentations using unique props, biological specimens, breathtaking photography, storytelling techniques, audience participation and life-sized, inflatable animals. Programs include: • The Australia Great White Shark Expedition • The Belize Whale Shark Expedition • A Visit to Nemo's Home -- The Australia Great Barrier Reef • Funny and Freaky Fish in the Caribbean Sea • Diving with Dolphins and Humpback Whales • Playing with Living Mermaids -- Florida Manatees • Slimy Seaweed & Funny and Freaky Fish in the California Kelp Forest • Funny and Freaky Animals in the Belize Rainforests and Coral Reefs • Weird & Creepy Sea Creatures that Go Bump in the Night in the Caribbean Sea
$501- $1000
Fires, Karin DIVERSITY of LIFE Nature- Animals,
Nature- Other
Wildlife Educators Coalition (WEC) brings a variety of live, exotic animals to your location and demonstrates some of the amazing variety of life found on this planet. We start with a general monologue about diversity and some surprising facts about life forms. We then go to the live animals, beginning with insects to lizards to snakes to tortoises & turtles. In this part, WEC volunteers carry different types of each species around the room so people can get up close and ask questions. Some of the animals can be touched. Volunteers with hand sanitizer follow. From there we go to our higher level animals--a cockatoo and a variety of mammals, culminating with a fun and educational visit from Maggie, our black-handed spider monkey.
$501- $1000
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