. . presenting two gift items to benefit Family and Child Service of Schenectady . .
. a calendar
We’re celebrating the 2015 Holiday Season at suns along the Mohawk by using photographs of the Stockade and Riverside Park to create two fundraising gift items (shown above and described below) to benefit our friends at Family and Child Service of Schenectady. FCSS has been located in the Stockade for 70 years, at 246 Union Street (across from the Van Dyck Restaurant). Here’s how the 85-year-old non-profit organization summarizes the work it does to promote its mission of strengthening the integrity of family life:
“At any given time our services reflect current community demographics and priorities. Counseling, respite for tired caregivers, adaptive equipment for developmentally delayed children, support for the elderly to stay in their homes — these are just some of the ways your support makes a powerful impact on the lives of local people today.”
Today we serve more than 500 people a year with a total budget of about $1,500,000, 10% coming from donations and fundraising.
- All proceeds beyond the actual cost of printing the Calendar and the Photo-book will be donated to FCSS. The price of $16 for the Calendar and $20 for the photobook will include a $5 donation to Family and Child Service of Schenectady.
- You can view the entire Play Lot calendar by clicking on this link to its Shutterfly sharing page.
Note: The New Play Lot was not fully installed when I had the first batch of calendars printed. Therefore, half of the cover pages have a small insert showing only the survivor Slide [R], and half have new equipment in the insert photo.
Here are sample images showing the October and December pages from the Play Lot Calendar:
THE PHOTO-HAIGA BOOK
The hardcover book Haiga on the Mohawk is 8″ x 8″, and has 37 photo-haiga (explained below), with photos and haiku poems by David Giacalone, the photographer at suns along the Mohawk, whose haiku have been published in many of the best haiku journals. In addition, four of the poems in Haiga on the Mohawk were written by the distinguished members of the Route Nine Haiku Group.
- “Photo haiga“ are a modern form of a Japanese artistic genre that was originally composed of an ink-brush-painted image and a “linked” haiku or similar short poem rendered in calligraphy. Haiga on the Mohawk has haiku poems linked with photographic scenes of the Mohawk River and the Schenectady Stockade Historic District. The photographs and poems are intended to stand on their own, but when linked to create a haiga, the juxtaposition, comparison or contrast can give added meaning to each, and perhaps inspire or provoke new meaning or understanding, or just a smile.
- You can view Haiga on the Mohawk in its entirety, by clicking on this link to its Shutterfly sharing page.
- In addition, on this website’s Mohawk-Haiga Page you will find each of the 37 “haiga” images found in Haiga on the Mohawk presented separately, and in a larger size. Viewers are urged to “Make Your Own Haiga” by submitting a poem to link with two sample photographs presented on that Page.
Please contact David Giacalone directly to arrange purchase and delivery of the 2016 Play Lot Calendar or Haiga on the Mohawk. If you leave a Comment to this webpage, David will respond with details. We’ll deliver free of charge if you are located in or near the Stockade, or you can pick up the item at David’s Stockade residence. There will be a charge for postage, if the item is mailed.
Note: We have only 20 copies of each item available.
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Whether or not you purchase a Calendar or Photo-Haiga Book, we encourage visitors to this website to learn more about Family and Child Service of Schenectady and to consider making a donation to our Stockade neighbor. In theses tough financial times, FCSS has been focusing its funds on service to their clientele rather than to the cosmetic needs of the physical plant at its headquarters. However, I’m urging FCSS to use any proceeds from Haiga on the Mohawk and the Play Lot Calendar to spruce up the entry 246 Union Street, which is near the grand entryway to the Stockade Historic District. Thanks for giving them a hand.
*what is haiku?
The haiku genre of poetry is often misunderstood. Despite what your grammar school teacher might have taught you, the consensus among English-language haiku poets, journals and associations is that haiku need not be written in three lines having 5, 7 and 5 syllables per line. Equally important, despite the so-called “haiku contests” you may see in the media or on the web, verse written in the form of three lines having 5, 7 and 5 syllables per line is not haiku unless it conforms to the basic characteristics of the genre. Definitions are tricky and evolving, but here is my attempt at quick definitions of haiku and the related form senryu, which are used in my photo-haiga. (for more, go here)