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String Band, Homegrown Songcatchers: The Evolution of the Music of Rural America History,
Music
Homegrown Two (consisting of Georgianne and Rick Jackofsky, the grown part of the Homegrown String Band) is an acoustic Americana duo whose music celebrates the spirit of songcatchers and composers from Frances Child and Stephen Foster to Harry Smith and Bob Dylan. Their repertoire of traditional and original material is performed using a variety of acoustic intstruments including guitar, banjo, mountain dulcimer, doumbek, banjo ukulele, and harmonica. Like the wandering minstrels of yore, their music has taken them around the country from Maine to Missouri with performances at venues as diverse as the National Theatre in Washington DC and Silver Dollar City in Branson Missouri.
$351- $500
Crocker, Keith 3-D MOVIES - Comin' at Ya! History,
Media- Film,
Performing Arts- Theater
When Hollywood received competition from the television studios in the 1950's, they pulled out a secret weapon called 3-D. Wearing a pair of blue and red cardboard glasses literally allowed the images on the movie screen to jump right off the screen and right into the audiences lap. 3-D was a process that was far from perfect, but for a brief period of time it was a rage country wide and gave some new excitement to the idea of going to the movies. Recently, 3-D has re-emerged and is again gaining in popularity and giving the couch potato audience a reason to rise out of their seats and come back to the movies. This program is one of the most complete you'll ever see in regards to the history of 3-D films and it includes a memorabilia show including posters and stills, plus a DVD presentation of trailers for films originally shot in 3-D. NEW 2012
$101- $200
Feingold, Richard 2008 Financial Crisis – The Real Estate Bubble History
Economists tell us the economy moves in boom and bust cycles. Predatory lending, sub-prime mortgages, credit default obligations, and toxic assets all led to the bust of the real estate bubble in 2008. We will examine the actions of a group of JP Morgan bankers who were the originators of the credit default swap which would bring the world financial system to the brink of an economic meltdown. The program features the critically acclaimed PBS Frontline documentary Money, Power and Wall Street.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John Of Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers: Historic Music Rare and Rustic History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Other
A salmagundi of period instruments & styles combine for a delightfully unusual concert. In their crossover program 'Bards, Bagpipes, & Rhymers,' musicians Sondra & John Bromka begin by unravelling threads of evocative Medieval music... then weave in and out of it rustic folk traditions, still heard even today in the remote corners of France, Germany, and the British Isles. Side by side, these sounds enrich each other to paint vivid living pictures that evoke the boisterous village festivals, the soulful shepherds’ plaints, and the rich, mystical ballads that connected people of all levels of society. Bells & Motley are known for their uncommon instrumentation, and perform on a diverse collection of historic and folk instruments. For this presentation you’ll hear harp, hurdy gurdy, lute, Medieval fiddle, recorders, crumhorns, various French & English bagpipes, and more. The hurdy gurdy, built by Mr. Bromka, is a sort of Medieval keyboard fiddle enhanced with a resonant drone. Join Sondra & John in their Allegorical musical Garden, rich & resounding for all senses.
$351- $500
Feingold, Richard John D. Rockefeller – The Richest American Who Ever Lived History,
Life Skills- Finance,
Other
Asked how he became so rich, Rockefeller replied, “God gave me my money.” Rockefeller was in the oil refining business early after the Pennsylvania oil rush began in 1859. He built state-of-the-art refineries and bought out his rivals. Rockefeller negotiated secret rebates with the railroads and formed what would become the Standard Oil Trust. Eventually the Supreme Court declared Standard Oil a monopoly and ordered it be broken up. But the individual oil companies were worth more separately and Rockefeller would go on to enter a second life of philanthropy which lives on to today. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “The Building of America” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
$201- $350
Edgecomb, Diane Join In! History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Join In and travel around the world with these captivating multi-cultural legends. Each tale offers a participatory look at our common love of story. Celebrate engaging narratives, animal characters, songs in different languages and home-spun wisdom as one of New England’s favorite storytellers takes us from the heart of the Amazon rainforest to the villages of Africa on the wings of story, rhythm and song. “My family was at your amazing performance of “Join In” yesterday. It’s amazing how you bring together many aspects of art and present them for kids so they use their imagination to “see” all the characters you’re talking, dancing and singing about. Personally, I was very happy with your folktales about the rainforests. I’m from Brazil where we have a rich heritage from Africa and we live in the US where my son was born. We loved to hear “O Pião entrou na roda, ó pião! Roda pião, bambeia pião!”. I used to sing this song myself when I was kid. It was delightful. :~)” ~Marcia, Linden School, Malden, MA
$351- $500
Zimmermann, Linda Hudson Valley UFOs History,
Other
The Hudson Valley of New York has been a UFO hotspot for generations. This program takes the first comprehensive look at eyewitness accounts from 1909 to the present. From Manhattan to Albany, people have been seeing all shapes and sizes of craft--from the giant triangles to classic flying saucers. They have also been having uncomfortably close encounters. Is the Hudson Valley also Abduction Alley? There is also an award-winning documentary "In the Night Sky" based on my UFO books.
$201- $350
Ruch, Dave The Erie Canal History,
Music
A treasure trove of songs and stories that washed ashore with the workers, captains, passengers and crews of Clinton’s Ditch, all presented with lots of audience participation. This engaging program will entertain and enlighten, and features a variety of stringed and other musical instruments from canal days. Dozens of library references.
$351- $500
Schuman, Sandy Same and Different: The Neverending Story of Chanukah History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Many people have some knowledge of the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, usually incomplete and often inaccurate. I present the historical origins of the holiday in a way that is entertaining, understandable, and informative to audiences whether or not they are already familiar with the holiday. I am especially concerned with universal aspects of the story that relate to the ongoing struggle of people whose cultural and/ or religious background is different from that of the dominant culture. (This presentation was featured at "Sharing the Fire: The Northeast Storytelling Conference" in 2013 and will be published in "Story Club Magazine" in December, 2016.)
$101- $200
Bala, Rich Alexander Hamilton: His Life in Story & Song History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
NEW for 2016-17! The award-winning team of folk singer Rich Bala and storyteller Jonathan Kruk (aka The Hudson River Ramblers)present a NEW program using actual stories and authentic songs to chronicle Hamilton's life and accomplishments. This highly interactive, participatory program uses primary sources to tell the story of "the founding father without a father", from his childhood in Nevis to the infamous duel with Aaron Burr. This program was premiered earlier this year at the NY Historical Society in NYC with great success and to much acclaim.
$501- $1000
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