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Brown, John John New York Photosongs History,
Media- Photography,
Music
Award winning songwriter John John Brown has set out to educate and entertain with his imaginative new project “New York Photosongs”. At the heart of this exploration are six handcrafted folk songs that tell the amazing true stories behind some of New York State’s most iconic and obscure photographs. “Conversations Atop a Skyscraper” takes the listener up high beside the grizzled New York City ironworkers of the Great Depression, while “Queen of the Mist” brings us to Annie Edson Taylor’s 1901 plummet over Niagara Falls in a barrel. The amusing “Cardiff Giant Hoax” sends the audience across the farms of Central New York in 1869 where science and religion collide in bizarre fashion, while the humorous “Georgie” gives us a peek at the infamous Lake George Monster. Keep your eyes peeled and you may even walk down the vermine filled alleyways of early 1900’s New York City and feel the “Rat Catcher Blues” or perhaps stumble into Times Square on VJ Day and see the “Kissing Sailor”. Armed with his guitar, 4x5 foot photographs, and 15 years as a public school educator, John John Brown shines a light on some of the most interesting New Yorkers who’ve walked before us.
$351- $500
Mischief, Merry Renaissance Revelry History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Tales of Kings and Queens, Knights, Dragons, and even Nursery Rhymes to satisfy even the Queen herself! Program encourages books, stories and poetry from the library. A musical program that features songs, stories and poetry reminiscent of the Renaissance and Medieval times. Costumed musicians (Merlyn & Harry)will give history lessons that make history come alive with humor and harmonies! All set in a language that can be understood by the general wee one to the Lord and Lady of the house!
$201- $350
McGrath, Cathy “SONGS OF SUFFRAGE, ONE HUNDRED YEARS HENCE” History,
Museums,
Music
Join in singing the songs that the suffragists sang as they struggled for woman’s right to vote. Song sheets will help you raise you voice in protest so you can imagine the convictions of the women and men of the past working for woman’s suffrage. Many suffrage songs were crafted from the popular songs of the day. One advantage of this was that suffragists could sing the songs together immediately, since they already knew the melody and only needed the new words. Then they could sing them at meetings, conventions and demonstrations in efforts to convince others. These songs are the statement of the people, the story of their struggles and of their courage. When we sing them together now, we remember and honor those who went before us, leading the way in voting rights. An experienced folk music performer, Cathy McGrath uses an 1870’s guitar, antique flute, and rolled tin whistle in this historical program that encourages audience participation. She first performed this program in 2004 for the Genesee Country Village & Museum. It seems perfect to offer this program again for the 100th anniversary of Women's Suffrage.
$201- $350
Duda, Jonathan Let's Drum History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
Let's Drum is a fun, hands-on educational program that uses music to foster communication, listening skills, leadership, coordination, and cultural awareness. Using musical games, structured traditional rhythms, and improvisation, participants from all levels of musical ability can play in a comfortable and welcoming setting.
$201- $350
Wemett, Lisa Erie Byways: Feel the Lake Effect History,
Media- Photography
Enjoy a scenic driving tour along Lake Erie’s shoreline from Derby, NY, to Erie, Pennsylvania, and on to Ashtabula County, Ohio. Lighthouses, covered bridges, wineries, state parks, and historic homes are highlights of the picturesque spots Terry Mulee and Lisa Wemett captured with their cameras along these coastal routes. Travel literature from the Erie and Ashtabula visitors’ bureaus is furnished for this travelogue free of charge.
$101- $200
Schuman, Sandy Lead Belly: Singer, Songwriter, Murderer; King of the 12-String Guitar History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Huddie William Ledbetter, better known as “Lead Belly,” got a bum deal. Was he justly sentenced to prison for murder? Twice? Was he exploited by the man who discovered him? Did he have to share credit for writing the song that became the number one hit of 1950! This program includes a series of true stories about Lead Belly’s life: why he chose to play the 12-string guitar, the events that led to his two convictions for murder, how his reputation as a prison songster led to his pardon by the governor, how he was discovered by John and Alan Lomax, how he contributed to the folk music revival and the advent of rock and roll, how his signature song—the song he used to both open and close his performances—became the most popular song of 1950, and why it is still sung today at soccer games all across Europe. These stories are interspersed with songs such as The Midnight Special, Easy Rider, John Hardy, We’re in the Same Boat Brother, and Goodnight Irene.
$101- $200
Bromka, Sondra & John COLONIAL CONVIVIALITY: Music for George Washington and His Revolutionary Friends History,
Multicultural- Other,
Music
What was musical entertainment like in George Washington’s day? Ballroom jigs, minuets and cotillions, popular songs, meeting-house anthems, and harvest ballads and choruses meet together here in a lively and intruiguing program combining music and history. Introducing the pieces will be anecdotes about the roles of music and dance, and concerning Friends of the Revolution Lafayette, Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington. Sondra and John Bromka’s instrumentation for this program includes historic harp, hurdy gurdy, hammer dulcimer, French & English bagpipes, recorders, Baroque oboe, Spanish guitar, and cittern. The cittern, with 8 wire strings, was also known in Colonial America as the 'English guitar.'
$351- $500
Ruch, Dave Songs of New York State History,
Music
Take a musical trip across New York State with songs and stories from various characters and places around the Empire State. You'll learn to sing a song in the Iroquois language, make animal sounds on an old song your grandparents’ grandparents probably sang (not Old McDonald!), laugh at the lyrics of authentic NY State children’s songs and rhymes, hoist the sails together with Dave while singing a Great Lakes chantey, learn of a circus owner who was the first to stick his head in a lion’s mouth, and much more...smiling, laughing, participating and learning as you go! "A great hit with the children and adults" Ruth Cook, Children’s Services, New Hartford Public Library, New Hartford NY
$351- $500
Carpenter, Margot George Washington, the American Revolution, & You! History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Other
See and feel what it was like to be a Revolutionary War soldier at the time of the Boston Tea Party! Learn about the meaning of the war for American Independence--about such people as Washington, Tom Paine, Molly Pitcher. Join Aesthetic Realism consultants Robert Murphy & Jeffrey Carduner, who show that history is about the feelings of people like us, not just a matter of dates and battles. This understanding, based on the education Aesthetic Realism, makes history exciting and immediate. This event includes interactive enactments of historical events.
Up to $100
Cavanaugh, Deb Explore New York: a musical journey written for the 2010 Summer Reading Program History,
Music,
Other
Come join us as we explore New York musically with such songs as Erie Canal, Barges, Sidewalks of New York and many more. We will visit the Iroquois Nation, the Big Apple, the Hudson River, the Adirondack and Catskill Mountains and more. This program can be adapted for all ages, can be interactive for the very young and can include a songwriting workshop for teens.
$201- $350
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