July 28, 2020 –
Looking to add some imagination to your life? On July 28th, the award-winning duo The Storycrafters will perform their virtual renditions of traditional and modern renditions of fairy tales, folktales, and myths. It will be musical, inventive fun that the whole family can enjoy.
Email the library at email@example.com with the subject line “Storycrafters” and we will send you all you need to join in on this magical experience! Once registered, patrons will have access to a wonderful 45-60 minute story from 9 AM until 9 PM on the 28th.
Jeri Burns and Barry Marshall have been working together as The Storycrafters since 1991. In addition to being internationally renowned storytellers, they are authors, award-winning radio show hosts, recording artists, adjunct college faculty, communications coaches, and Public Radio essayists.
In addition to their work as performers, Jeri and Barry also hold positions as adjunct college faculty (SUNY New Paltz, Southern CT State University), therapeutic storytellers (Stamford CT Hospital psychiatric unit), and trainers of public defenders (New York State Defender's Institute, Troy NY).
July 30, 2020 –
As a group, Betty and the Baby Boomers are well-known in the Mid-Hudson Valley as musicians. As individuals, they are highly regarded here as teachers. The Boomers will bring their talents and expertise together in an online presentation for the Elting Memorial Library entitled " ."
The Boomers’ repertoire includes a great many songs that celebrate the natural world and efforts to protect and enhance the well-being of our environment, including both ecological and human communities. The Boomers’ version of the song “Back Bay” by group member Jean Valla McAvoy was included with selections by Pete Seeger, Tom Paxton, and others on the 2005 recording Songs for the Earth, a tribute to Rachel Carson from Musicians United to Sustain the Environment. Seeger himself regularly performed another of Jean’s songs, “Down by the River.” And in 2016, the Hudson River Environmental Society recognized the group's special commitment to the Hudson, honoring them with its "Outstanding Environmental Communicator" award.
For this presentation, the group will offer a colorful history of the Hudson River Valley over the last 100 years. This 100 year period coincides with the celebration of the Elting Memorial Library in its current location. Images or photos from the library archives will augment the historical perspective of the songs that will be presented. This ranges from the steamboats in the Hudson in the 1920s through the environmental movement of the 1960s and 70s which continues to this day. References will be made to the efforts of Pete Seeger and others to build the Clearwater which focused on efforts to confront pollution and revitalize the river.
In addition, the band will also acknowledge the gifts of the land and the river, touching on agriculture and sustainability in the Valley. There will be a video of the "Apple Pressing Song," an original song written by Jean, which shows the Boomers along with three generations of Paul Rubeo's family and friends gathering to use the family apple press. Another of Jean's originals, "Shad Song," reflects on the bounty of fish once supplied by the river and its tenuous future.
Following the concert, there will be an interactive discussion about the themes presented, and the audience will have the opportunity to share perspectives or ask questions.
This concert will be streamed live on the internet. If you wish to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject heading "Betty and the Baby Boomers" for instructions on how to view the show. RSVP no later than 2:00 PM on the day of the performance, please.
August 7, 2020 –
The Four Rivers of Storytelling
A virtual playshop with David Gonzalez
The Four Rivers Storytelling Workshop was created by David Gonzalez to teach his unique style of multi-modal performance. In this fun, interactive workshop kids will learn the four "rivers" of communication; words, voice, movement, and imagination, and how they flow together to create fantastic storytelling.
For the link/password, please send an email to: email@example.com
August 13, 2020 –
A GOOD BOAT is a poetry and music voyage through the currents and cascades of The 37 Practices of a Bodhisattva, an ancient Buddhist text newly adapted by poet/musician David Gonzalez. Featuring bansuri master Steve Gorn and percussion virtuoso Harvey Sorgen, A GOOD BOAT centers on transforming the original foreign text into something contemporary, compelling, and relevant.
David Gonzalez is an award-winning storyteller, poet and musician whose many works have toured nationally for the past twenty five years. He received a Drama Desk Nomination, is a Fellow of the Joseph Campbell Foundation, and is the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Sustained Excellence from International Performing Arts for Youth. David earned a doctorate in Music Therapy, and conducts arts outreach workshops and residencies across the country. Online at www.davidgonzalez.com
Included in the performance will be a mini-workshop on how to "poeticize" mundane texts, such as recipes, classified ads, grocery lists, text book entries, even an inventory of your junk drawer! David will guide us as we use these everyday texts as springboards for creative writing. Please email requests for use to: firstname.lastname@example.org, and put either "A Good Boat" or "Music In the Garden 2" in the Subject , by August 10th, if possible.
August 20, 2020 –
Live-Streaming on August 20th at 4pm
Presented by Everything Animals Resource & Activity Center, Inc., this visually stimulating presentation will feature live animal ambassadors. Children who wish to attend should
bring a piece of dryer lint; a tennis ball, peach, or something with fuzz on it; a furry stuffed toy; a feather or a feather-like duster. During the program, kids will be able to ask questions and at the end of the program kids who have pets of their own will be invited to bring them on to show them off! Email email@example.com with the subject line "Zoomenagerie" to get instructions for attendance.
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