All posts by Debbie Groom

Kingsford Park Elementary students perform “The Lion King”

Submitted by Oswego schools

In the Oswego City School District, student musicals aren’t strictly limited to the high school.

It is common for the elementary school students to take the stage also, under the direction of their music teachers, perform in musical productions.

Recently, the students at the Kingsford Park Elementary School performed “The Lion King,” but they faced obstacles in mounting the production.

Under the direction of Lori Hotaling, the cast and stage crew worked quite hard to present an evening performance for families, students and community members. The dress rehearsal on stage at the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts was canceled due to inclement weather and only one performance was possible.

The show was a success as lions, zebras, giraffes, hyenas and a wide variety of animals performed.

Simba (Julia Roman) and Mufasa (Abigail Yurkon) were in the spotlight in lead roles while the cast also included Zoey Young (Sarabi), Emily Borer (Bonzai), Nicole Pappa (Pumbaa), Cecile Laundre (Nala), Veronica Jones (Zazu), Angelina Kimpel (Safafina), Connor Beckwith (Ed), Victoria Trip (Groundhog), Grayson Cary (Scar), Alyssa Morley (Rafiki), Katherine Fierro (Shenzi) and Kirsten Bell (Timon).

The lionesses included Unity Morgan, Avalon Photos, Emily Marino, Shannon Law and Hunter Topley.

The narrators, jungle animals and vultures included Angeline Kimpel, Serena Muckey, Lilyann Mathews, Maya Sprague, Hayley Bandla, Isabella Rando, Samantha Cole, Taylar Clohecy and Jaylynn Schroeder.

The Pride Rock Chorus included a large number of students who assisted in adding their voices to the musical production.

Members of the chorus were Cammi Ahern, Edward Barbosa, Colin Beers, Nathan Blum, Alex Chetney, Casey DeLapp, Abigail Ellis, Michael Fierro,  Donovan Goss, McKenna Hammill, Zachary Hoefer, Alynne Klumpe, Martin Lilly, Logan Matthews, Preston Norfleet, Camryn Pastor, Noah Pryor, Gage Reed, Morgan Russell, Jenna Saunders, Emma Searor, Henry Sweeney, Marisa Wallace and Emma Armet.

Also: Jade Bauer, Makayla Bell, Rachel Blum, Andrews Colon, Sydney DeLapp, Daniel Emmons, Lauren Fitzsimmons, McKenzie Graham, Hannah Hauser, Brennah Jones, Rylee Knox, Felicity Lim, Morgan Miller, Cadence O’Brien, Meghan Perras, Heather Ramirez, Nikki Regan, Ainsley Sailer, Alana Scalzo, Owen Sherwood, Samantha Terpening, William Waterbury, Clara Back and Jaidyn Baum.

Also: Anthony Blakeley, Connor Calabro, Mary Culeton, Jersie Demott, Hailey Farella, Kaydin France, Erica Greene, Vanessa Hill, Cheyenne Ketchum, Isabella Koproski, Kayleigh Litchison, Alexander Niger, Tristan Orr, Shawn Perras, Evan Rando, Neil Roman, Madison Sailer, Jelena Scalzo, Mia Stanley, Blake Uribe, Toby Baker, Tristan Beebe and Kamryn Bletch.

Also: Jordan Caroccio, Joah Defren, Declan Donahue, Mia Fierro, Kendra Garvey, Rebecca Haines, Sydney Hoefer, Riley King, Sofie Kristiansen, Shane Martin, Anne Niger, Jude Parker, Charlotte Pettit, Collins Reed, Gianna Ruggio, Tabitha Sailer, Natasha Schroeder, Grace  Stephens and Allison VanBrocklin.

 

Hannibal runner takes weird turn, ends up in states

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

After nonstop training, which included running 36 miles per week, Hannibal indoor track star Ben Slate thought he had finished his senior season just shy of his goal: a state qualifying time.

However, thanks to a twist of fate, he found himself lacing up a borrowed pair of spikes for one final race with a state berth in his sights, and he made the most of his opportunity.

Slate said he was in the right place at the right time when he got his second chance.

Dressed in street clothes, the team captain was cheering on a teammate during the state qualifying meet at Onondaga Community College when race officials asked if anyone wanted to run in the 1,000-meter event to fill out the field since an athlete was ill.

Without spikes, a jersey or other gear, Slate improvised. He borrowed a teammate’s jersey, a pair of spandex from a friend and spikes – two sizes too small – from a Jordan-Elbridge athlete.

Although the spikes weren’t ruby slippers, they were magic for Slate, who crushed his personal best in the 1,000-meter by six seconds and qualified for the state meet in the process.

“I just had a great race,” Slate said. “I worked hard in cross country, did everything my coach wanted me to and it paid off.”

With the qualifying time under his belt, Slate joined other Section 3 athletes to form a team in the 1,000-meter relay. In the state tournament March 1, they finished 10th in the intersectional relay.

Now, with the indoor track season completed, Slate, son of Stacy and Jerry Slate of Hannibal, will turn his focus to outdoor track — his final sports season of his high school career — before making the transition into college athletics and, more importantly to him, academics.

“I haven’t decided which college yet, I know I’ll definitely be running,” Slate said. “I want to focus on my academics and continue my running, but I’m looking more for academics.”

The standout runner noted Hannibal Coaches Dom Pike and Dan Pawlewicz helped mold him into the person he is today.

“Mr. Pike and Mr. Pawlewicz, they both pushed me and helped shape my work ethic,” Slate said. “They said, ‘You can be the best runner, but you have to have the grades too.’ And ever since I heard that I’ve been working hard.”

That hard work has translated into an 88 average and two academic scholarships, which Slate hopes to take to either Niagara University or Utica College.

He is planning on pursuing a degree in biology before moving on to medical school.

If Slate continues his hard work at the next level, he would become the first person in his family to graduate from college. From there, he would add the initials “M.D.” after his name.

“Everyone in my family is just supporting me,” Slate said. “They have encouraged me to do what I want to do and have told me to not let anyone change my mind. That’s how I see it.”

For Coach Pike, Slate’s efforts have not gone unnoticed.

“He’s just a great kid and a great representative of the Hannibal community,” Pike said. “He works hard and it’s nice to see him have the success he’s experienced.”

Phoenix wrestling searches for state supremacy

By Rob Tetro

Sometime soon, the Phoenix varsity wrestling team could once again be one of the best teams in New York state.

This possibility was enhanced by the presence of seven seniors this season. Codie Corso, Ryan Pinzer, Jason Nipper, Austin Dristle, Billy Orstrander, Brian Stafford and Derrick Powell left a unique mark on the Phoenix wrestling program.

Coach Gene Mills said this group of seniors worked hard while showing some of the Firebirds impressive younger wrestlers what a consistently solid work ethic is all about.Their efforts paid off. This season, Phoenix had many younger wrestlers put in the work necessary for them to begin to realize their potential.

Mills hopes the seniors’ participation in the Phoenix wrestling program taught them the value of hard work. He hopes his seniors are now physically and mentally prepared to display the work ethic necessary for them to accomplish any goal they have for themselves.

However, as important as athletics is to Mills, most important is that his athletes begin to learn about being good citizens. As those traits continue to develop in his athletes throughout their participation within Phoenix wrestling, he also encourages them to be good students and good athletes, in that order.

Now that these seven seniors are a few months away from taking on the next phase of their lives, Mills hopes Phoenix wrestling has helped them to become better wrestlers, better students and most importantly, better people.

Mills hopes supporters of the Phoenix wrestling program are excited about the athletes he has coming up through the ranks. He said individual and team success could be in the cards for the Firebirds in the very near future because his returning athletes understand that given the abilities they bring to the table, the sky is the limit.

Yet, he points out that the difference between a good team and a State Championship team isn’t based on ability but rather on how dedicated a team is to consistently improving.

Make no mistake about it, Mills believes his younger athletes have the potential of bringing Phoenix another State Championship. However, they will not be able to earn the right to compete at that level until they embrace a hardnosed mentality in every phase of the wrestling season.

Local men named wrestling Coaches of the Year

By Dan Farfaglia

Former Fulton wrestler David Wise, now the head wrestling coach at Liverpool High School, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Section 3 Division One Coach of the Year Award.

Wise guided the Liverpool Warriors to an 18-5 record this past year, a League Title, and the team placed 2nd at the Sectionals (State Qualifiers). That was the best tournament performance in the school`s history.

Wise has been the head coach at Liverpool for five seasons and has compiled a 92-44 record, two Section champions, eight class champions and 31 Sectional place winners.

He was presented with this distinguished honor at the Friends of Section 3 Wrestling Banquet at the Rusty Rail Restaurant in Canastota March 9.

Bill Kays, the head wrestling coach at Mexico High School for the past 26 years, is the recipient of the 2013-2014 Section 3 Division Two Coach of the Year Award.

The Mexico Tigers ended the season with a 13-2 record, won the League title, and defeated the Fulton Red Raiders for the first time since the early 1960s.

In his career, Kays has had 40 Section 3 Champions, one Section 3 Dual Meet title, 12 League Championships, three NYS Tournament runner ups and for the first time, a State Champion just this season.

He also was presented with this distinguished honor at the Friends of Section 3 Wrestling Banquet at the Rusty Rail Restaurant in Canastota on March 9 .

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

During the next several weeks the following classes are being offered:

Multi-Arts Workshop 

Jim Farfaglia, Kendra Matott and Diane Sokolowski will offer this class from 9 a.m to noon, Saturday April 12. The cost is $15.

In this whatever ART Workshop for adults, students will spend the first hour exploring writing, culinary and studio arts. Then they can choose which art to work in for the remainder of class.

Topics will include using art to inspire writing, mixing medias in visual art and Easter themed goodies in culinary.

Photoshop Demonstration 

Kendra Matott offered this class from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 26. The cost is $15.

Digital Mixed Media artist Matott will provide a demonstration using Adobe Photoshop to edit and manipulate images with the software. Watch and learn as she covers topics such as image size, levels and the lasso tool, as well as demonstrate different ways to combine images using layer modes and masks.

Students will be able to watch the instructor use Photoshop and may be able to take turns trying different techniques. Great as an introduction to the program or, for the advanced user, a new perspective!

Facebook: Promotion for the Arts 

This workshop will be presented by Kendra Matott from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26. The fee is $15.

Learn step by step how to create and manage a Facebook business page. In today’s market, social networking is a must for any small business — and that includes the arts!

Whether you are an actor, painter, chef or anything in between, this workshop will teach you how to promote your trade on Facebook.

Learn how to create an interactive environment between you and your fans/clients by updating statuses, adding pictures and posting events. All skill levels are welcome, so if you already have a page or if have never used Facebook before, this workshop can help you!

Pre-registration is appreciated.

We also offer children’s classes and private lessons.

Visit our web site at www.cnyartscenter.com or call 315-592-3373 and be sure to visit Arts in the heart Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton.

‘Searching for Eden’ returns for an encore

CNY Arts Center announces the return of’ Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve’ for an encore weekend April 4, 5 and 6 at the Arts Center located at 357 State St. Methodist Church, (Park Street entrance) in Fulton.

The romantic comedy written by James Still and starring Peter and Kelly Mahan in the roles of Adam and Eve will be presented for three performances only, at 7:30 p.m. April 4 and 5 and at 3 p.m. April 6.

The performances will be presented as dessert theatre where desserts are included in the ticket price of $15.

“This production was well received by audiences who saw it in February as part of our Date Night Dinner Theatre on Valentine’s Day and we felt strongly we should bring it back for a limited run,” said Nancy Fox, director.

“We heard audience members tell us ‘Every couple should see this play’ and ‘More people need to see this play.’ It is very gratifying to get such vocal support from the audience and with the winter we’ve had and the distractions of the holiday weekend it first played, we felt it was a great kick-off to our spring season,” she said.

This is the first time Peter and Kelly Mahan have worked together as the only characters in a play and their personal relationship as husband and wife lends credibility to the play based on Mark Twain’s original Diaries of Adam and Eve.

By Act Two Adam and Eve are imagined in contemporary society caught up in all too familiar busy lives and annoying cell phones. Drawn to revisit Eden, now a resort called “E,” the couple struggles to rekindle the innocence of their beginnings in the garden when everything was an simple.

“The play is a wonderful portrayal of relationships, the sweet innocence of discovering the special person created just for you, “ Fox said.

“Peter and Kelly lead us through those moments of realizing you’re incomplete without the relationship you were created for which suddenly makes personality differences worth the confusion,” she said. “The play has rich moments of humor and tenderness. It’s a healthy look at what’s important in all relationships.”

Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve runs April 4-6 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton. Tickets can be reserved and purchased online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

For reservations and more information, call 592-3373.

Poetry Corner

Mis-seasoned, by Jim Farfaglia

At the east end of the Oneida St. Bridge

in a vacant lot below,

collected from our drawn-out winter

rises a mountain of snow.

 

Added to truckload by truckload,

measured in yards, not feet,

formed from Mother Nature’s insistence

of blanketing our city streets.

 

November to March it gets piled,

‘til one day when crossing our river,

we look down at winter’s harsh toll,

its immensity sending a shiver.

 

Though our fancy calendars may tell us

its time to start living in spring,

we need only look from atop that bridge

to know which season’s still king.

‘Run Boy Run’ to play April 5 at Oswego Music Hall

Run Boy Run, a young five-piece band from Arizona, is coming to town to play traditional and new traditional music in their fresh “string-heavy, old-timey, not-quite-bluegrassy way” at the Oswego’s Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

Run Boy Run is officially listed as one of Arizona’s hottest bands. On its current tour, the band is crossing the country to perform in cities the like Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis, New York and Baltimore.

All in their 20s, the members of Run Boy Run still consider themselves a Tucson band, because they began playing together there in 2009, when the five were students at the University of Arizona.

They got their start, playing open-mics and wherever else they could get gigs. Mere weeks after forming, Run Boy Run won the band contest at Pickin’ in the Pines.

Soon they got a special appearance at the Tellerude Bluegrass Festival in 2012 and two appearances on National Public Radio‘s A Prairie Home Companion. Run Boy Run has been making friends and fans alike ever since with their open-ended musical approach and wonderful stage presence.

Their debut CD, So Sang the Whippoorwill, was released in March 2013 to regional and national critical acclaim.

Garrison Keillor, host of Prairie Home Companion was so impressed with Run Boy Run, that he penned the notes for their debut CD.

“When I hear Run Boy Run,” he wrote,  “it all comes back to me, why I started doing that [radio] show back then. I hope they go on forever.”

The band is brother and sister Matt Rolland (guitar and two-time Arizona state fiddle contest winner) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals); sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals); and bass player Jesse Allen.

Comfortable in the tension between tradition and the current musical frontier, Run Boy Run‘s all-acoustic format blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and jazz.

Their music is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, but is also definitively present in the 21st century. Run Boy Run plays a mix of original compositions, cover songs, and traditional tunes attributed to the public domain.

Learn more the band’s luminous harmonies at http://www.runboyrunband.com/, and then come and see for yourself how Run Boy Run warms up the stage at the Oswego Music Hall on April 5.

The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.  Ticket prices for this event are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door. Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.

The Music Hall’s next concert, April 19th, will feature “Percussion Wizard” Jeff Haynes & Co., including NYC guitarist Sean Harkness.

The Music Hall has been run entirely by volunteers from its inception more than  36 years ago. Volunteers can earn admission to shows through different tasks.

Music Hall concerts are made possible in part with funding by the state Council on the Arts.

For more information call 342-1733 or access the Music Hall website: http://oswegomusichall.org/