October 10, 2014 | By Amara Nogee |
Did you know that cranberries are so important to Native people in New England that they hold a harvest party in their honor every year? Long Island has an important histor- ical link to this fruit, as well. At one time, Suffolk County was the third largest producer of cranberries in the United States, making the berry a popular ingredient in many Shinnecock recipes. Join LICM for a multi-sensory exploration of this familiar, seasonal fruit. During the weekend, visitors will: •Taste Shinnecock foods made with cranberries •See and touch cranberry plants in a bog-like environment •Learn the science behind their “bounceberry” nickname •Decorate fabric with natural cranberry dye •Help complete LICM’s cranberry bog •Make a clay pinch pot Kick off the season of harvest celebrations at LICM as we explore authentic Native American celebrations and tradi- tions by viewing cranberries from all sides. All ages. Free with museum admission Dennis Yerry presents “Giving Thanks through Stories, Songs and Dance” Saturday November 15 and Sunday November 16 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Mr. Yerry, is a Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) Native American from upstate New York. He brings the American Indian perspective on relationships with the earth to schools and universities. He will be playing the Native American flute and drums, and sharing songs and sto- ries. He will also ask the audience to dance along with him! Mr. Yerry was musical director, composer and performer for the American Indian Dance Theatre; for the theatrical produc- tion of “Black Elk Speaks” in Denver and Los Angeles, and the Native American Day of Thanksgiving in NYC. He is currently the musical director and composer for the outdoor drama, “Unto These Hills” in Cherokee, North Carolina. He is also featured in the Ken Burn's documentaries “Lewis and Clark” and “The West,” as well as other film, TV and CD credits. Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members), $10 theater only. The Cranberry Festival is made possible with funding from: Inner Lobby Activity—Tiny Tom Turkeys Tuesday through Friday (November 4–26)* from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Join us in the Inner Lobby for a turkey time craft as we build a cute little holiday tabletop-sitter. All ages. Free with museum admission. (*Except November 11) November in the LICM Theater Catskill Puppets presents “Sister Rain and Brother Sun” Saturday November 22 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. “Sister Rain and Brother Sun” is a musical nature-tale featuring lots of audience participation and Brother Sun, a huge, talking sun face. The story is acted out by large, animated rod puppets with finely chiseled features and colorful sets and costumes. Some of the players are Mother Nature, a grizzled old wise-woman covered with vines, Farmer McGreedy, a crafty old hillbilly, Little Bear and the beautiful, glistening Sister Rain! When Sister Rain becomes jealous of Brother Sun and stops watering the Earth, Mother Nature and the audience must join forces to save the day. This show includes plenty of lively original music, humor, mystery, drama and magical special effects. Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members), $10 theater only. Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could present “Just Say Hi!” Saturday November 29, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Welcome back Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could as they perform from their newest CD “Just Say Hi!” Brady toured and recorded with RCA roots-rock band From Good Homes for 13 years, sharing the stage with the likes of Bob Dylan, Dave Matthews and the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir. Parenthood expanded the scope of his music to include young and old alike and launched his career with Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could. Acclaim for their six albums is universal from kids and families across the country. These 2009 GRAMMY nomi- nees “might just be the best-sounding band in children’s music.”—All Things Considered, NPR. Ages: 3 and up. Fee: $5 with museum admission ($4 LICM members), $10 theater only. Advanced sales are available for these performances starting October 1, unless otherwise noted. Tickets may be purchased with a credit card (American Express, MasterCard or Visa) by calling (516) 224-5801 until 4 p.m. the day before the performance. There are no phone sales on the day of an event. Same day tickets may be purchased at box office on a first come, first serve basis. All advance tickets are non-refundable. November Saturday, November 15 and Sunday, November 16 from noon to 4 p.m.