Summer 2021 Virtual Lecture Series
Summer 2021 Virtual Lecture Series
Monday, July 19 - 7:00 pm on Zoom
Songs of Summer
Presented by Active Minds®
The feelings generated by hot days and warm nights seem to bring out the best in composers. Berlioz captured the pleasant comforts of evening in his "Summer Nights" songs, as did American composer Samuel Barber in his gently nostalgic "Knoxville: Summer of 1915." Not surprisingly, the world of pop music embraced the freedom and joy of the summer vacation in some toe-tapping radio hits from the glory days of rock 'n' roll. Expect some warm-weather surprises in this Active Minds survey of music that captures the pleasures of Summer.
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Wednesday, July 28 - 7:00 pm on Zoom
Remembering Route 66
The name evokes images of gas stations, mom-and-pop motels, quirky attractions, and adventure on the open road. In this nostalgia-packed lecture, historian Leslie Goddard, Ph.D., explores the history of Route 66, the iconic road that linked Chicago to Los Angeles from 1926 until its closing in the mid-1980s. Learn why Route 66 remains so indelibly associated with the lore of the American road trip. What was Route 66 like at its pinnacle – and what is it today?
Leslie Goddard is an award-winning actress and scholar who has been presenting historyprograms for more than ten years. She holds a Ph.D. from Northwestern University specializing in American studies and U.S. history as well as a master’s degree in theater. A former museum director, she is the author of two books on history and currently worksfull-time as an author and public speaker. Her programs have been presented for hundreds of museums, libraries, senior centers, clubs, and other organizations around the country.
Monday, August 2 - 7:00 pm on Zoom
A Deeper Dive into Car Ownership
A Deeper Dive Into Car Ownership dives into slightly more complex topics like tune-ups, transmission fluid, cleaning your car to protect your investment amongst others. Taught by Chaya Milchtein of Mechanic Shop Femme, it's presented in an easy to understand format that is suitable for the average car owner. If you want to get a better understanding of your car, this is the class to take. Questions are encouraged, so come prepared to learn deeper concepts in a way you never have before.
Wednesday, August 11 - 7:00pm on Zoom
An overall view of traditional native wilderness skills. Topics include a timeline of North America, food gathering and hunting developments, transportation, shelter variations, and native flute music.
Raised in New Jersey, Mike Dennis is an avid outdoorsman, student of history and specialist of experimental archaeology. Having also lived in Texas, New Mexico, Montana, and Oregon, he has had the opportunity to study numerous indigenous cultures and how they thrived in different parts of the country.
In 1998, Mike was fortunate to meet and work for Mr. J. Kraft, then curator of then famous Waterloo Village. That year Mike spent months rebuilding numerous life sized wigwams on the property, as well as many months of working side by side with Mr. Kraft on rebuilding many displays, and learning the role of living history presentation. He was also responsible for running hundreds of presentations over 10 years at a NJ County Parks agency dealing with every aspect of the Lenape people. Since that time, he has constructed an additional 16 life sized wigwams thru out New Jersey, and built a 1700's Algonquin style birch bark canoe by hand.
After returning from Oregon in 2006, Traditional Earth Skills LLC began providing Lenape education presentations along with many related wilderness skills to NJ/Pa. schools, scouting organizations and camps. To date, he has run over 600 presentations and workshops and has worked with over 30,000 students.
Traditional Earth Skills was recently recognized with the 2017 NJRPA award for THE LENAPE LIVING HISTORY PROGRAM FOR EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATIONAL AND INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMMING.
To learn more, please visit: https://traditionalearthskills.com/
Monday, August 16 - 7:00 pm on Zoom
Making Movies – The Craft, The Secrets, The Fun
Filmmakers Tom Capps, Phil Russell and Janelle Tedesco will pull back the curtain to reveal some tricks and secrets behind how movies are made. Whether it’s a big budget or independent film there is always an illusion to create and a way to accomplish it! Props and visual aids help these three filmmakers show the audience real tricks and techniques commonly used during the movie making process. Long Island natives Tom and Phil are both graduates of the Film School at Five Towns College, Janelle is a graduate of the Boston Conservatory and all three collaborate on a regular basis under the umbrella of “Thursday Shoots” production company.
Tom Capps and Phil Russell are the founders of Thursday Shoots, a New York based independent filmmaking production company. They have honed their craft in many different formats, such as short and feature length films, web series, music videos, broadcast news, reality television, and commercials. Their works have been featured on truTV, Above Average, Funny or Die, CollegeHumor, Huffington Post, Buzzfeed, Splitsider, IFC, and iPhones (probably). They have received over 20 awards at various film festivals for their original productions. Janelle Tedesco is new to the filmmaking team bringing 25 years of professional acting experience. She has performed on stages across the country and around the world even working with stage and screen legend Ann-Margret!
Wednesday, August 25 - 7:00 pm on Zoom
AM Radio Memories: Hit Songs & Stories of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s
Joey Leone takes an in-depth yet lighthearted look at the songs that came out of our AM radios during the golden age of rock and roll. Unforgettable songs recorded by prolific hit makers, including some select 'one hit wonders,' a unique phenomena throughout that particular time period. Joey will add fun facts, musical insights and personal stories about the music that gave us so many wonderful “AM Radio Memories.”
The presenter, Joey Leone, has enjoyed a 40+ year career as a professional musician, educator, and music historian. During his professional playing career, he has toured and recorded with many high profile artists including Etta James, Vic Damone, Chubby Checker, The Coasters, Wilson Picket, and Chaka Khan. These experiences give Joey a unique perspective for his presentation of “Am Radio Memories” by sharing personal experiences performing with many hit-makers of the era.