Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet comes to Fulton’s CNY Arts Center stage

Lord Capulet, played by Bobby Fontana, discusses with Juliet, played by Nikki Bolio, her obligation to honor her father’s wishes to marry Count Paris in this scene from Romeo and Juliet running Aug. 15-24 at CNY Arts Center in Fulton. For more information visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.
Lord Capulet, played by Bobby Fontana, discusses with Juliet, played by Nikki Bolio, her obligation to honor her father’s wishes to marry Count Paris in this scene from Romeo and Juliet running Aug. 15-24 at CNY Arts Center in Fulton. For more information visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Actors from three local theater companies join together for the upcoming production of “Romeo and Juliet” at the CNY Arts Center.

The production opens Aug. 15 and runs through Aug. 24 at the center’s location at 357 State St. and Park Street in Fulton. Continue reading

New Horizons Band, Chorus to perform Aug. 8

The Oswego County New Horizons Band will participate in a concert with the New Horizons Chorus at the Minetto United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. The band has about 42 members. Most are from Oswego County but some travel from Cayuga and Onondaga counties.
The Oswego County New Horizons Band will participate in a concert with the New Horizons Chorus at the Minetto United Methodist Church at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. The band has about 42 members. Most are from Oswego County but some travel from Cayuga and Onondaga counties.

The Oswego County New Horizons Band and Chorus will present its annual summer community concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8  at the Minetto United Methodist Church.  Continue reading

Sculpture garden blooms at SUNY Oswego campus

Public art -- Artist Eric Stein of Huguenot sands imperfections from “Cutter,” one of six large sculptures that have begun rising along heavily used walkways near SUNY Oswego’s Marano Center for a two-year exhibition. “Shape Shifters” by Coral Lambert of SUNY Alfred is at left. In a competitive process, a team of judges from SUNY Oswego selected the works of three more sculptors from New York state and one from Iowa for the public display.
Public art — Artist Eric Stein of Huguenot sands imperfections from “Cutter,” one of six large sculptures that have begun rising along heavily used walkways near SUNY Oswego’s Marano Center for a two-year exhibition. “Shape Shifters” by Coral Lambert of SUNY Alfred is at left. In a competitive process, a team of judges from SUNY Oswego selected the works of three more sculptors from New York state and one from Iowa for the public display.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Two large sculptures recently rose on a maple-shaded triangle of land near the Marano Center at SUNY Oswego.

Art faculty member Benjamin Entner hopes the two-year installation — which ultimately will feature six sculptures — will mark the beginning in a drive for more public art on campus. Continue reading

‘Great Rope’ play to be performed Aug. 2

Cast, crew and sponsors gather for this shot of the Great Rope, built by production manager Mary Kay Stone, to be used in the telling of the 200-year-old historic event. The Great Rope play, written by the late Rosemary Nesbitt, is based on a true story and will be presented in one performance only, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 on the Fort Ontario Parade Grounds. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Rain date is Aug. 3. Tickets are available at river’s end bookstore, Man in the Moon Candies, Arts in the HeART Gallery in Fulton, H. Lee White Marine Museum and Fort Ontario Historic Site. For more information, visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com, www.fortontario.com or www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.
Cast, crew and sponsors gather for this shot of the Great Rope, built by production manager Mary Kay Stone, to be used in the telling of the 200-year-old historic event. The Great Rope play, written by the late Rosemary Nesbitt, is based on a true story and will be presented in one performance only, at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 on the Fort Ontario Parade Grounds. Audiences are encouraged to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Rain date is Aug. 3. Tickets are available at river’s end bookstore, Man in the Moon Candies, Arts in the HeART Gallery in Fulton, H. Lee White Marine Museum and Fort Ontario Historic Site. For more information, visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com, www.fortontario.com or www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Two Bodley grads win theater awards

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Jacob Strauss, left, and Bradley Crofoot were honored with theater awards at the G. Ray Bodley High School graduation June 28.
Jacob Strauss, left, and Bradley Crofoot were honored with theater awards at the G. Ray Bodley High School graduation June 28.

 

 

At the G. Ray Bodley High School Commencement Ceremony held in June, theater awards were presented to two honor graduates, Jacob Strauss and Bradley Crofoot.

 

Strauss received the 2014 Quirk’s Players Directors’ Award, which is presented to a graduating senior who displays dedication to the theater program at G. Ray Bodley, sets high performance standards, inspires others to excel and serves as a role model for other members.

 

Crofoot received the 2014 William Quirk Memorial Award For Achievement in Theatre.

 

Presented in memory of William Quirk, a long-time English teacher and theater director at both Fulton High School and G. Ray Bodley High School, the Quirk Award is presented to the graduating senior who has made the greatest contribution to the theater program at Bodley during his/her high school years.

 

Both young men have participated in numerous productions with Quirk’s Players at G. Ray Bodley High School.

 

Strauss has been a dedicated member of the Quirk’s Players’ tech crew on several shows, but did appear on stage in What The Bellhop Saw and Curtains.

 

Crofoot has appeared in many plays with Quirk’s Players including Hello, Dolly!, What The Bellhop Saw, The Laramie Project and most recently, Curtains, where he was cast in the lead role as Lt. Frank Cioffi.

 

“We are extremely proud to be able to honor Jake and Brad with these awards,” said Tom Briggs, theater director at G. Ray Bodley High School.

 

“Both young men are hard workers who have served as excellent role models in the theatre program at our school.  They are mature, dependable and have helped make our productions most successful.  We thank them for their contributions and will miss them greatly next year.”

 

Strauss is joining the freshman class at SUNY Plattsburgh and Crofoot is continuing his studies at Cayuga Community College and will later transfer to SUNY Oswego.

 

Midway Drive-In fundraiser this weekend

By Ashley M. Casey and Debra J. Groom

The Midway Drive-In will no longer be “Gone with the Wind,” as its websites playfully states.

A T-shirt sale held this weekend at the Drive-In and at Harborfest will raise money to rebuild the screen, which was destroyed in a storm earlier this month.

Owner John Nagelschmidt announced the fundraiser via a press release and the Friends of Oswego Facebook page.

“As that caretaker I feel obligated to try to bring the Midway back to life. So many memories have been made here and we don’t want to see it end,” Nagelschmidt said in his statement.

Nagelschmidt said members of Girl Scout Troop 10101 will assist with the fundraiser, selling T-shirts and bracelets that say “I Helped Save the Midway.”

Cindy Rhinehart, leader of Troop 10101, said the 10 girls in the troop were devastated to hear about the Midway because it has been such a hugh part of their lives.

“Shelby came flying down stairs in tears when she heard,” Rhinehart said.

Rhinehart’s daughter, Maddie, didn’t find out about the Midway until later because she was away at camp.

“She was hysterical. It was terrible,” Rhinehart said of her daughter’s reaction. “Later, she collected herself, cleared her head and said ‘we have to do something.’”

The girls are helping the Midway not as an official Girl Scout event, but simply as themselves — children who love the theater.

“This is everything to them,” Rhinehart said.

T-shirts will be $20 and bracelets will be $2.

Those interested in donating can buy shirts and bracelets at the Drive-In (2475 Route 48 in Minetto) during the following times:

• 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, July 26

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, July 27

A booth also will be set up during Harborfest at 77 W. First St. in the parking lot located directly north of Cahill’s from 9 a.m. to dusk Saturday, July 26.

Donations can also be mailed to: Midway Drive-In Theatre, PO Box 22 Minetto, NY 13115.

Checks should be made out to the Midway Drive-In Theatre with “donation” on the memo line.

The Drive-In also has a PayPal account at midway.fundraiser@midwaydrivein.com.

For more updates about the Midway Drive-In, visitmidwaydrivein.com and like the theater on Facebook.

Quilling subject of upcoming program at Amboy 4-H center

 Melissa Crocetti displays samples of the quilling project program participants will be making during The Art of Quilling class.
Melissa Crocetti displays samples of the quilling project program participants will be making during The Art of Quilling class.

Oswego County artist Melissa Crocetti  will instruct the third program in Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center’s Nature Inspires Series at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4.

The Art of Quilling workshop deal with the art form of quilling or paper filigree, which is cutting and rolling narrow strips of paper into coils of several sizes to create designs.

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