A master storyteller, Jonathan grew up on tall tales and day dreams. Jonathan was selected “Best Storyteller in the Hudson Valley” by Hudson Valley Magazine. He enchants children every year at hundreds of schools, libraries, historic sites, and festivals performing finger fables, story theater, and New York lore.
“Jonathan Kruk has a way with the spoken word, the telling gesture, the sprinkling of humor and the appropriate costume for a smorgasbord of stories.” —The New York Times, March 23, 2003
Santa on the Hudson CD—Stories of the Christmas Spirit as told by Master Storyteller Jonathan Kruk/Music by Matt Noble $15
STABLE VIEWS—A moving revelation of the many essential workers and their lives on the backside of horse racing ORDER NOW!
Stable Views offers an inside look at the thoroughbred racing industry through the words and perspectives of those who labor within its stables. In more than 14 years of field research, NYFS Director Ellen E. McHale traveled throughout the Eastern Seaboard, Kentucky, and Louisiana to gather oral narratives from those most intimately involved with racing: the stable workers, exercise riders, and horse trainers who form the backbone of the industry. She interviewed workers at Saratoga, Belmont, Tampa Bay Downs, Keeneland, the Evangeline Training Center in Louisiana, and the Palm Meadows Training Center in Florida.
160 pages (approx.), 8 x 8 inches, 45 color photographs, bibliography, index
See author Ellen McHale interviewed on Schenectady Today In & Around the Capital Region (11/24/15)
Visit the Gallery of New York Artists at the New York Folklore Society
Calling all folk artists and folk arts professionals: New York Folklore Society Mentoring and Professional Development monetary awards are there for you—all year round on a rolling deadline.READ MORE...
SAVE THE DATE!
The New York Folklore Society announces its 2016 Conference!
Photo by Ellen McHale
Crisis of Place: Preserving Folk and Vernacular Architecture in New York
Saturday, April 2, 2016 At Cooper Union in New York City
In this one-day conference, folklorists, architects, historic preservationists, museum professionals, community members, and students will come together to address questions concerning the significant crisis in our understanding of everyday landscapes and the built environment:
What is the folk and vernacular architecture of New York State? What makes it “folk” or “vernacular?”
How are the conditions of urban and rural life in 2016 challenging traditional architectural practices among various ethnic and regional communities?
Who is sustaining vernacular design and construction in the face of globalization and gentrification, and why?
Join us for an invigorating discussion in plenary and panel presentations featuring Michael Ann Williams (President, American Folklore Society and Professor of Folklore, Western Kentucky University); Annie Polland (Senior Vice President, Education & Programs, Lower East Side Tenement Museum); Cynthia Falk (Associate Professor of Material Culture, The Cooperstown Graduate Program); Molly Garfinkel (Director, Place Matters/City Lore); Nancy Solomon (Director, Long Island Traditions); Joseph Sciorra (Director of Academic and Cultural Programs, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College); graduate students specializing in folk and vernacular architecture, and many more!!
Watch this space or call 518.346.7008 for more details!