CNY Arts Center February classes and events

CNY Arts Center warms up February with a nod to Valentine “chocolates” and desserts featured in Give the Gift of Food Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will learn to make a cookie picture frame and a box of min-cupcake “chocolates” in a heart shaped box.

Cooks will get a second helping with Create with Crescent Rolls Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will learn to make three desserts and three hors d’ouerves with crescent rolls. Students must pre-register for Culinary Arts classes; no walk-ins accepted please.

Our program for writers serves up a feast for February starting with Writer’s Café Sunday, Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Writers’ Café is a venue for local writers to share their work with others. People who want to read their work and people who enjoy listening are welcome! All types of writing are welcome: memoirs, flash fiction, poetry, fantasy, etc.

Saturday Writer’s Club for ages 8-15 will take place Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. This club for kids of all skill levels led by Jim Farfaglia and Karen Burke meets monthly.

Coming later in February is a triple header starting Feb. 19. Across the Generations: Co-Authoring Our Stories is a great new writing class bridging the generation gap in a new way for ages 8 to 60 and older. Meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 19, 20 and 21, this class taught by Mary Slimmer will bring generations together to learn about each other’s lives, develop story ideas and write them together. No writing experience is necessary for this awesome new class.

The triple header continues Feb. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with our next Author’s Spotlight featuring Art Tirrell’s newest book, “The Wind from Entouhonoron,” an adventure set on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. From the mid 1900’s, Tirrell’s family spent summers on the shore of Lake Ontario. For Art, the draw of the lake never diminished. He has always written, and in 2007, his debut novel, “The Secret Ever Keeps,” was released. A second novel, a baseball yarn titled “The Vitaman Effect,” was released in 2010.

In addition to his novel writing, he is the owner of LakeOntarioObserver.com, where he reports on news of interest to boaters and others who value this amazing resource, and also occasionally publishes an opinion piece. “The Wind from Entouhonoron” begins in the aftermath of a great storm that reunites a family and opens painful secrets of their past that have great consequences of their future.

Feb. 21 rounds out the triple header with Poetry Writing Challenge, a new poetry class being taught by Amy Price Thursdays from Feb. 21 to March 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Students in this class will tackle a weekly challenge in a specific theme and style of poetry, then write a poem using the challenge for the next class.

More great art classes will return for March, along with artist café and artist spotlight. We’ll host our first benefit Cabaret March 2 while rehearsals are in full swing for two spring productions, “Tom Sawyer,” our first ever all-youth production, and “Helen Keller,” the classic story in a fresh adaptation. Both shows will debut in April.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and look for us here every week with the latest classes and events.

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