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Description
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Ruch, Dave The Erie Canal in Song! 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. "Swan Library highly recommends Dave Ruch. Fun, informative and crowd pleasing....he is tops in his field" Michelle Watt, Children’s Librarian, Swan Library, Albion NY
$351- $500
Cain, Ron Captain HurriCain's Seaside Magic Show History,
Nature- Marine Life,
Performing Arts- Magic
As the seagoing Captain HurriCain, Ron Cain promotes reading while celebrating the state's beaches and bodies of water. While telling tales and showing tricks from his travels, Captain HurriCain demonstrates a wacky way with water. Illusions include a container that causes water to disappear and reappear, faucets that defy the laws of nature, and an umbrella that does card tricks. Young audiences also meet Barnacle the Shark and learn about the legend of Champ the sea serpent. Since 1998, Ron has created magic shows based on the annual summer reading program theme. Each program uses magic and humor to promote reading and help children feel good about themselves. 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 Tune In To Magical Idol, Uncle Sam's Old Time Magic Show, Magic of America, Wandering Wizard Show, Magical Museum Show, Tex the Cowboy Magician's Wild West Show, and the Case of the Missing Bunny.
$201- $350
Kass, Barry Journey to the Holy Land History,
Media- Photography,
Multicultural- Other
Through his beautiful pictures, Anthropologist-Photographer Barry Kass will take the audience on a journey to the Holy Land of Israel. We will visit such unforgettable places as Jerusalem, including the Western Wall, the Dome of the Rock, and the via Dolorosa, the road followed by Jesus on his way to crucifixion, the ancient fortress of Masada, the Dead Sea, the Roman cities of Caesarea and Bet Shean, and the Bahai Gardens in Haifa. A highlight of the trip will be a visit to the ruins of ancient Petra, deep in the desert in the neighboring country of Jordan.
$201- $350
Feingold, Richard Alexander Hamilton - The Musical and the Duel History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Today, Hamilton, a ground-breaking musical featuring Black and Latino actors playing the founding fathers is the hottest ticket on Broadway. Hamilton, who as an immigrant became the first Secretary of the Treasury and founded the U.S. financial system died at the hands of Vice President Aaron Burr upon the dueling grounds in Weehawken, NJ. This program features the Hamilton mix-tape performance at the White House, an introduction to the characters of the musical, and music from the Broadway production including Ten Duel Commandments.
$201- $350
Bromka, Sondra & John 'The Boy Who Went to Visit the North Wind' Participatory Storytelling + 'Who Has Heard the Wind' Children's Concert History,
Music,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
Sondra and John Bromka bring audiences on a wind-swept journey to 'long ago and far away' with the telling of this fine traditional tale. Look forward to an energetic tandem storytelling performance that is underscored with live music on Celtic harp, enriched with historic authenticity, and alive with abundant participation that is well suited to audiences of all ages. A tale of wonder, magic, and heroism, the story unfolds when a poor boy's meal is unwittingly blown away, taken to the four corners of the earth by the all-powerful North Wind, and cannot be returned. In exchange, a magic tablecloth, magic donkey, and magic stick are three marvelous gifts offered by the Wind. But in the end, the most important gift of all is surely the North Wind's sage advice: 'All you have to do is keep your eyes & ears open.' As in the best of traditional folktales, there is the timeless appeal of a thought provoking theme. Here, justice & fairness are of universal concern to young children. And they will enjoy their favorite storytelling elements: patterns and repetition, personification, and especially, the wondrous and curious ways of 'long ago & far away.'
$351- $500
Heitler-Klevans, David & Jenny Hanging Out With Heroes at the Library History,
Literature- Other,
Music
Hanging Out With Heroes at the Library is a special program for the 2015 summer reading program theme of Every Hero Has a Story - an interactive musical performance featuring songs about real and fictional sheroes and heroes, including the likes of Martin Luther King, Jr., Ms. Frizzle, Sacagawea, Spiderman, and many more! Songs telling true stories of unsung heroes many also be included. Two of a Kind gets audiences of all ages involved in the performances through singing, movement, sign language, guessing games and more.
$351- $500
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
Japanese Arts Center, Ryu Shu Kan Create your own Zen Rock Garden History,
Multicultural- Other,
Nature- Gardening
The Japanese rock garden (karesansui) or "dry landscape" garden, often called a Zen garden, creates a miniature stylized landscape through carefully composed arrangements of rocks, water features, moss, and uses gravel or sand that is raked to represent ripples in water. A Zen garden is usually relatively small, and is usually meant to be seen while seated from a single viewpoint such as the veranda of a temple or monastery. Classical zen gardens were intended to imitate the intimate essence of nature, not its actual appearance, and to serve as an aid to meditation about the true meaning of life. Participants will learn about all the features that go into creating their own garden at home, with photos of and directions on how to place the elements in proper spacing and design.
$201- $350
Feingold, Richard The Schuyler Sisters and the Hamilton Musical History,
Multicultural- Other,
Performing Arts- Theater
Four daughters of wealthy General Philip Schuyler ran away to elope with rich men. But Elizabeth Schuyler married Alexander Hamilton, a penniless, orphan, immigrant for love. We will read the love letters Hamilton sent to Eliza during their courtship then meet two other women—Angelica Schuyler Church and Maria Reynolds—who were after Alexander. This program features music from the Hamilton Broadway musical including The Schuyler Sisters, Helpless, Satisfied, and It’s Quiet Uptown.
$201- $350
Gormont, Bill The Great American Magic Show History,
Performing Arts- Magic,
Performing Arts- Theater
American history comes alive when Bill Gormont brings THE GREAT AMERICAN MAGIC SHOW to your library. This exciting show reinforces our nation's birth and history through entertaining situations filled with magic, illusion and fun. Bill highlights special people and important historical moments that include our first flag, the Declaration of Independence and much, much more. He introduces a modern day Betsy Ross (an audience volunteer) with a hilarious flag routine. Betsy would be proud to see Bill, the stage and accessories decked out in red, white and blue. Audience participation is always a large part of the show. Lucky spectators are invited to have fun on stage as they enjoy learning about our first U.S. Presidents in a magical sort of way. The grand finale is filled with surprise, action and colorful productions. What a wonderful way to close out a fun filled educational experience that celebrates the history of our great nation and stirs the patriotism in our hearts. THE GREAT AMERICAN MAGIC SHOW is suitable for presentation to all ages and is the perfect choice for national holiday celebrations like President’s Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, 4th of July, Labor Day and Veteran’s Day.
$201- $350
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