All posts by Debbie Groom

Salvation Army seeks help with Red Kettle Campaign

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Committee consists of seated left,Gary Roth, Martha Sturtz, Major Kathryn Purvis; standing left, Bernie Henderson, Nancy Close, Queenie O’Neil-Sands, Major James Purvis and Lt. Phillip Davies
The Salvation Army Red Kettle Committee consists of seated left, Gary Roth, Martha Sturtz, Major Kathryn Purvis; standing left, Bernie Henderson, Nancy Close, Queenie O’Neil-Sands, Major James Purvis and Lt. Phillip Davies

The Salvation Army Red Kettle Committee is preparing for the annual campaign early this year.

This year’s goal is raise $106,000 in donations.  The agency fell short of last year’s goal and does not want a repeat this year.

The Red Kettle Campaign begins Friday, Nov. 14 and goes through Wednesday, Dec. 24 (excluding Sundays.)  All money donated stays within Oswego County and serves those in need of assistance.

Kettles will be placed at 30-plus locations throughout Oswego County and volunteers are desperately needed. We welcome any individual, family, business, organization, or church that can assist us by standing at a kettle location.

If you or your organization would like to give of your time, please leave a message on the Salvation Army Kettle Line at 207-3359, or e-mail:  oswegocountysalarmy@gmail.com

Oswego County Fair wraps up its five-day run

The Oswego County Fair concluded its five days at the fairgrounds in Sandy Creek, putting on a great show from July 2 through July 6. Weather during the first couple of days was a bit challenging, with hot sticky conditions and the occasional downpour. But on Friday July 4, the humidity broke and the skies turned blue.

All photos by Debra J. Groom

St. Mary’s annual bazaar this weekend in Oswego

The Rev. John F. Hogan, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Oswego, and Daniel Capella, treasurer for St. Mary’s Annual Bazaar, prepare tickets for the big money drawing to be held this weekend during St. Mary’s Annual Parish Bazaar. The event features plenty of food, fun and games for all ages as well as a chicken barbecue and performances from Paul Vandish on Saturday, the Sounds of Brass Sunday afternoon, and hometown native Sam Domicolo Sunday evening. Additionally, there will be a chance to win $5,000 with St. Mary’s annual drawing. St. Mary’s Parish bazaar will be held in the church parking lot, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 12 and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 13, with a rain date of Monday, July 14.  For more information, contact Michelle Brown at 343-3953 or visit www.stmarysoswego.org.
The Rev. John F. Hogan, pastor of St. Mary of the Assumption Church in Oswego, and Daniel Capella, treasurer for St. Mary’s Annual Bazaar, prepare tickets for the big money drawing to be held this weekend during St. Mary’s Annual Parish Bazaar. The event features plenty of food, fun and games for all ages as well as a chicken barbecue and performances from Paul Vandish on Saturday, the Sounds of Brass Sunday afternoon, and hometown native Sam Domicolo Sunday evening. Additionally, there will be a chance to win $5,000 with St. Mary’s annual drawing. St. Mary’s Parish bazaar will be held in the church parking lot, 103 W. Seventh St., Oswego from 5 to 10 p.m. Saturday, July 12 and 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, July 13, with a rain date of Monday, July 14. For more information, contact Michelle Brown at 343-3953 or visit www.stmarysoswego.org.

‘Shrek the Musical’ opens Friday, July 11

The Oswego Children’s Theater latest production of “Shrek the Musical” opened Friday July 11 the New Haven Congregational Church, Route 104 East.

The play continues with performances at 7:30 p.m. today July 12, July 18 and 19 and matinee performances at 2 p.m. July 13, July 19 and July 20.

“Shrek the Musical” is based on the 2001 DreamWorks animated film “Shrek” and follows the adventures of a cantankerous Ogre named Shrek, his friend a talking donkey and the beautiful princess Fiona.

The production features a huge cast of area youth including Doug Schneider in the role of Shrek, Leah Mullen as Fiona, Catrina Edwards as Donkey, Ryan Smith as Lord Farquad, and Caroline Gray as the Dragon.

Other cast members include Ethan Cliff as Little Shrek, Audrey Donavan as Pig #1 Arianna Jones as a Bunny, Abigail Lareau as the Pig #2, Madeline Loomis as Teen Fiona, Maya Loomis as the Shoemaker’s Elf,  Tegan Margrey as Alice in Wonderland, Mason Margrey as Dumbo, Baxter Mason as Pinocchio, Zander Mason as the Ugly Duckling, Grace Mason as Young Fiona and Ashley Mills as The Sugar Plum Fairy.

Also: Odin Mosher as the Dish with the Spoon, Megan Murtha as The Fairy Godmother, Ella Shambo as the Pied Piper, Issac Shambo as Grumpy the Dwarf, Tate Shambo as Puss-n-Boots, Julianna Smith as Gingy, Gregory Thomas as the Cow who jumped over the moon, and Faith Washington as the Wicked Witch.

In addition the supporting cast appears in multiple other roles as townspeople, Guards, and various fairy tale characters.

“Shrek the Musical” was adapted for the stage by David Lyndsay-Abaire, who wrote the book and lyrics, with music by Jeanine Tesori.

The show is directed by Lyndsie Lee Jones, with Music Director Kenneth C Jones, assisted by Dan Williams and Wayne A. Mosher Jr.

The show is produced By Kelly Mosher, who will also design costumes assisted by with Florence Ross. Abby Field will act as stage manager assisted by Faith Washington.

Makeup designers will be Amanda Mosher and Angela Thomas. TJ Pospesel and Adam Thompson will assist with the lights.

“Shrek the Musical is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).

All performances will be in the theater space at the New Haven Congregational Church, located on state Route 104 East between Oswego and Mexico. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for seniors and $5 for students.

For reservations and more information call 342-5265 or email oswegochildrenstheater@hotmail.com.