Performers and Programs

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Handy, Spook America's Story through Folk Songs History,
Performing Arts- Other
Traces American Folk Music from Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger through today. Honoring the great traditions of American roots music, songs inspired by the Dust Bowl, Great Depression, Civil Right Movement, 60's and 70's Peace Movement and more recent issues are presented with a completely contemporary sound and unabashedly positive sensibility. The passion, purpose and spirit of American folk music is alive and well. An excellent program for Libraries, Arts Centers, Churches, Schools and other meeting places. Pete Seeger covers some of Spook's songs and the two perform together several times per year. Visit for more info on the artist and other programs and workshops.
$501- $1000
Stelljes, Eileen Down the Nile! History,
Visual Arts- Crafts
Hear about the archeological find of the 20th Century- the discovery of King Tut's tomb! View examples of the treasures found and Egyptian masks. Craft replicas of a Pharaoh's jeweled collar and a decorative cartouche of your name. Learn how about the on-line tool to translate your name into ancient hieroglyphics. Play the Mummy Wrap game for a fun finish.
$101- $200
Cavanaugh, Deb Exploring American Folk History,
Traditional American Folk songs and tunes tracing sections of American history with the use of a U.S. map. I will show the Old Chisolm Trail (The Lonesome Cowboy) and Oregon Trail (Sweet Betsy From Pike), the path of the Underground Railroad (Follow the Drinking Gourd), the Erie Canal and others. There will be opportunites for singing along and creative movement. Instruments will include mandolin, guitar, vocals and traditional American instruments mountain dulcimer, limberjack, and banjo. There will also be a crankie - a traditional American folk art form from the Appalachian Mountains. I will also explain the importance of folk music throughout history. This can be presented with a power point presentaion.
$201- $350
Egan, Lesniak, Bobbi, Kinga Create Mardi Gras Masks History,
Visual Arts- Crafts
While learning about the origins of Mardi Gras in America, participants are provided with mask, feathers, sequins and needed materials and are encouraged to decorate, design and create their own mask. The project is accompanied by printed examples of existing masks used in prior Mardi Gras festivals to use as reference. This is a make and take program.
$201- $350
Mischief, Merry Did You Know? Show History,
Performing Arts- Storytelling
hat did Queen Anne Boelyn have to hide? Who were the Loomis Gang and The Montezuma Marshmen? This program features music and poetry that tells of the mysteries and stories of the past! Topics may include (among others): Perhaps a silly song about Vikings and a tale of stolen pirate treasure! WSilly humor and puns included free of charge. So now you know! Interesting fact-oids to annoy your friends with!
$201- $350
TheatreworksUSA, - Living Voices' NORTHWEST PASSAGE History,
Media- Video,
Performing Arts- Theater
When Julia’s family immigrates to the northwestern United States from Sweden, she experiences the diversity of America through interactions with her African, Asian, and Native American neighbors as she becomes a nurse at the height of WWI.
$501- $1000
Handy, Spook The Power of Song in the Civil Rights Movement History,
Performing Arts- Other
This “Stand Up and Sing Out” program (see above) focuses on the songs of the Civil Rights Movement. It traces the sound track of the movement from the Montgomery Bus Boycott of 1955 to the March on Washington in 1963 to the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King in 1968 and beyond. Learn about the songs’ roots in era of slavery, the black churches of the south and the labor movement of the early 20th century and discover how the lessons of the civil rights movement have influenced and are reflected in “movement songs” of today. Be prepared to sing along and feel the power of the music that breathed the soul of the civil rights movement. This engaging, educational, entertaining and empowering program is particularly excellent for college audiences and can be supplemented with in-class lectures/concerts, Q&A and workshops to address the specific questions and interests of students today. It is also excellent for schools, arts centers, festivals, conferences, libraries, churches and anywhere else people want to experience the power of song.
$501- $1000
Bromka, Sondra & John Historic Music and Dance Celebrations of Many Cultures History,
Performing Arts- Dance
Bells & Motley's International Instruments, with International Folk Dances for Families; Special topics include Celebrating NYS Heritage with Dutch Music and French Cultural Heritage Concerts, Performances, Celebrations See website for detailed information, photos, and much more.
$351- $500
Handy, Spook Pete Seeger - the American Soul History,
Life Skills- Other
America is much more than just a geographical location or even a collection of people. It is an ideal. Pete Seeger embodied this ideal. “America” is a challenge to this nation’s citizenry and to the world to be the best we each and collectively can be. It is a belief that to the extent people can live in harmony with their neighbors and the environment as industrious contributors to society they should be allowed to live freely, to explore and express their unique individuality. In other words, if we are all good citizens we should be allowed to pursue our dreams – to walk the paths of our calling and live the life styles that best suit us. Is this not what is meant by the “American dream” and “the pursuit of happiness?” Pete was a personal friend. I had the fortune of performing alongside him over 50 times at festivals and concerts. I would love to share stories and even a couple of songs about this man who so incredibly embodied the ideals espoused by the founders of this great nation.
$501- $1000
Feingold, Richard Andrew Carnegie – From Steel to the Building of Libraries History,
Life Skills- Finance
Andrew Carnegie amassed an enormous fortune in the steel industry and then became a major philanthropist. During the late 19th century, when steel would be used first as railroad track, Carnegie perfected low-cost steel production. The Carnegie Steelworks, in Homestead, PA, employed men producing steel under primitive industrial working conditions. This program will feature the 1892 strike at Homestead which pitted the Pinkerton Detective Agency against the steelworkers ending with 10 deaths. After Carnegie sold his steel company to J.P. Morgan he gave all his money away by building over 2,500 libraries. Many still exist today. Presenter: Rick Feingold teaches “American Business History” at Bergen Community College and holds a degree in History from Rutgers University.
$201- $350
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