Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

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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Car show set for Aug. 9 in North Volney

A car show will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 9 on the church grounds at North Volney United Methodist Church. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and is $8 per car. All makes, models and years are welcome. If you love it and you want to show it off, bring it to the show. There will be door prizes, music and voting on the favorite car by those in attendance. The winners will receive a prize. Food and drinks will be available as well as a bake sale and a small book sale. The church is located at the corners of County Routes 4 and 6 in the town of Volney. If you have questions call Beverly at 593-6825. Pictured from left; Beverly Beck, Milton Beck and Gerry Graham. Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea
A car show will be held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday Aug. 9 on the church grounds at North Volney United Methodist Church. Registration starts at 10:30 a.m. and is $8 per car. All makes, models and years are welcome. If you love it and you want to show it off, bring it to the show. There will be door prizes, music and voting on the favorite car by those in attendance. The winners will receive a prize. Food and drinks will be available as well as a bake sale and a small book sale. The church is located at the corners of County Routes 4 and 6 in the town of Volney. If you have questions call Beverly at 593-6825. Pictured from left; Beverly Beck, Milton Beck and Gerry Graham.
Valley News photo by Kelly LeVea

Harborfest advisories issued by police

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In preparation for Harborfest 2014, The Oswego Police Department are announcing the following advisories regarding traffic, pedestrian and general information specific to Harborfest scheduled for July 24 – July 27.

Alcoholic Beverages / Open Container Ordinance – Harborfest is designed to be a fun, family oriented event and we ask all those attending Harborfest to be respectful of others enjoying the festival and to act responsibly. The city of Oswego’s Open Container
Ordinance, which prohibits the possession of an open container of an alcoholic beverage in a public place, will be strictly enforced throughout this event.

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Fulton boy has lead in Great Rope play

Jonathan (Griffin Marriner) receives important instruction from his father James (Matthew Soffietti) while his mother Alice (Alyssa Otoski) looks on in this rehearsal for The Great Rope play, for one performance only 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Fort Ontario Parade Grounds. 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, fortontario.com or CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.
Jonathan (Griffin Marriner) receives important instruction from his father James (Matthew Soffietti) while his mother Alice (Alyssa Otoski) looks on in this rehearsal for The Great Rope play, for one performance only 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 2 at the Fort Ontario Parade Grounds. 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, fortontario.com or CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Rosemary Nesbitt was all about children.

She was a master storyteller, turned classic literature into plays for the stage and enchanted generations. Her legacy lives on in her play “The Great Rope,” about a 12-year-old boy named Jonathan.  Continue reading

SUNY Oswego offers live event minor

Theatrical skills -- The SUNY Oswego theatre department will offer a new minor in live event design starting this fall, presenting students in other majors the opportunity to develop skills such as lighting design, stage management, makeup and costuming for live presentations in such careers as business, broadcasting, museums and education. Here, student Jesse Lesnar (center) and theatre department facilities manager Suzayn McKenzie-Roy (right) scale ladders to help with the setup of the Acting Company’s performances in the college’s Waterman Theatre this spring.
Theatrical skills — The SUNY Oswego theatre department will offer a new minor in live event design starting this fall, presenting students in other majors the opportunity to develop skills such as lighting design, stage management, makeup and costuming for live presentations in such careers as business, broadcasting, museums and education. Here, student Jesse Lesnar (center) and theatre department facilities manager Suzayn McKenzie-Roy (right) scale ladders to help with the setup of the Acting Company’s performances in the college’s Waterman Theatre this spring.

SUNY Oswego’s theatre department is offering a new minor in live event design, which can lead to potential careers in lighting, effects, stage management, makeup, sound design and multimedia to enhance special events of all kinds. Continue reading