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Chris Hale program
April 2, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Ida May Project, West End Avenue, Building J, Oyster Bay, NY

Learn about the traditional work boats of Long Island and the Lower Hudson River from master wooden boat builder and model maker Chris Hale. On display will also be the Ida May, a replica in progress of a historic oyster dredge boat.

Steel Band program with Adlib Steel Orchestra
April 8, 2017, at 2 p.m.
East Meadow Public Library

The Adlib Steel Orchestra is based in Freeport, led by founders Jean and Franklin Mayers. This nonprofit traditional Trinidadian steelband has relied on traditional melodies, traditional steel drums, and their extensive knowledge of one of the most popular traditional percussion instruments of the 20th century. Come learn more about this energizing music, and try your hand at the instruments. This is a family-oriented program so bring your family. To learn more about the band click here.

A Writing Workshop with Tom Stock
April 15, 2017, at 10 a.m.
382 Main Street, Port Washington, NY
Community room, first floor

You are invited to participate to improve the craft of writing poetry. Bring pad and pencil. We will use prompts for inspiration, writing time, discussion, and sharing. Tom Stock offers enthusiasm and support in a comfortable atmosphere. He conducts writing workshops at the Theodore Roosevelt Nature Center on Jones Beach; at the Hempstead Plains; and the Poetry Powwow at the Walt Whitman Birthplace. A poet and essayist, you can see examples of his work at www.tomstock.org. Free registration. Call or e-mail by Monday, April 10 deadline.
By e-mail: tstock39@gmail.com
By phone: Tom Stock 631-578-9220

Erie Canal Program
April 30, 2017, at 2 p.m.
Oyster Bay Historical Society
20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, NY

“Boom and Bust: America’s Journey on the Erie Canal,” tells the story of industrial expansion and decline along the Erie Canal, while creatively meditating on economic cycles and the American Dream. The film examines the impact of this economic expansion and decline on the lives of workers in steel, grain, textiles, and shipping. Produced and directed by Paul Wagner and Steve Zeitlin in partnership with Daniel Franklin Ward, Boom & Bust asks the overarching question, in the wake of economic collapse, can the people of America’s cities find meaning and worth? A panel discussion will follow, featuring producers and folklorists Steve Zeitlin and Dan Ward, and Steve Wunder, a retired canal barge boat captain.

Maritime Folk Arts of Long Island and the Hudson River
May 6, 2017, at 1 p.m.
Oyster Bay Historical Society
20 Summit Street, Oyster Bay, NY

There are many shared maritime traditions of Long Island and the Hudson River, when the region was dominated by water-based transportation. In this program, we will explore boat building and songs of work and play. Participants will include boat builder and model maker Chris Hale, who work at Weeks Yacht Yard in Patchogue and is a master half-model builder of traditional boats from Long Island and the Hudson River. Rocking the Boat, a volunteer youth program based in the Bronx, will demonstrate traditional boat building skills common in Hudson River work boats. Folksong singers Stephen Sanfilippo and Stuart Markus will perform traditional nautical songs common in the region. The program is free and suitable for families and children.

“From Shore to Shore” Exhibit

“From Shore to Shore: Boat Builders and Boatyards of Long Island and Westchester” has finished its run at the Port Jefferson Village Center. This interpretive exhibit examines the history and traditions of contemporary boat builders and boatyards, exploring their commitment to an endangered way of life in the wake of superstorms, decline in fishing and the expenses associated with traditional boat building and preserving boatyards.

The exhibit is available for rental to area museums, libraries, and cultural institutions. Inquiries about the exhibit should be sent to info@longislandtraditions.org or by calling (516) 767-8803. The full exhibit consists of 36 framed panels measuring 36" x 38", a historic timeline measuring 15 feet x 3 feet, and an iPad with installed videos. The exhibit can be subdivided according to region, type of boat builders, and types of boatyards.



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