Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

“On My Own Time” exhibit opens May 9

Avocational art -- Andrea Ross, a staff librarian at SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library, views jewelry pieces and a sculpture by faculty and staff artists at the 2013 “On My Own Time” display. The 2014 exhibition of employee artwork will feature a free public reception at 5 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the library’s Lake Effect Cafe.
Avocational art — Andrea Ross, a staff librarian at SUNY Oswego’s Penfield Library, views jewelry pieces and a sculpture by faculty and staff artists at the 2013 “On My Own Time” display. The 2014 exhibition of employee artwork will feature a free public reception at 5 p.m. Friday, May 9, in the library’s Lake Effect Cafe.

The third annual SUNY Oswego “On My Own Time” exhibition of faculty and staff artistic talent will feature a free public reception at 5 p.m. Friday, May 9, in Penfield Library’s Lake Effect Cafe.

The exhibition, which features up to three original visual-media works per non-professional artist, will run through May 30 at the library.

A panel of volunteer judges who are professionally involved in the arts will adjudicate the in-house exhibition. The Everson Museum of Art will include selected pieces in the regionwide “On My Own Time” exhibition in the fall.

Created 40 years ago by CNY Arts, in cooperation with the Everson, “On My Own Time” is a community arts program that links the business and cultural sectors of Central New York to promote an appreciation of the arts and to recognize creativity in the workforce.

Visit www.oswego.edu/library for Penfield Library’s hours of operation. Parking at SUNY Oswego is by permit only. Visit www.oswego.edu/administration/parking for information on obtaining a day-use permit.

For more information about the exhibition, contact Tina Chan, tina.chan@oswego.edu, or Michael Flanagan, michael.flanagan@oswego.edu.

Cast named for “Charlie Brown”

Megan Murtha, rehearsing as Mrs. Teavee in the recent Willy Wonka Jr, will play Peppermint Patti in CNY Arts Center’s next production “You’re a Good man Charlie Brown” running June 6-15 .
Megan Murtha, rehearsing as Mrs. Teavee in the recent Willy Wonka Jr, will play Peppermint Patti in CNY Arts Center’s next production “You’re a Good man Charlie Brown” running June 6-15 .

CNY Arts Center announces the cast of their next production “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” set to open June 6 for a two weekend run at CNY Arts Center located at 357 State St. in Fulton.

The musical favorite is being directed and choreographed by Amy Price, who also did Willy Wonka Jr. and the Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Adam Schmidtmann will head the cast as the title character Charlie Brown with Molly Brown in the role of Snoopy. Sabrina Woodward is cast as Charlie Brown’s little sister Sally while Ryan Smith will portray Schroeder.

Julia Allen and Chris Tetro team up as brother and sister Lucy and Linus while Emily Yamada will fly in as Woodstock.

Newcomers Alaysia Person as Frieda and Daronda Scott as Marcy are joined by Megan Murtha who rounds out the cast as Peppermint Patti.

Dan Williams will be directing music for the popular musical while Priscilla VanGorder heads the costume team. John Gamble returns as Technical Director, Set and Prop Designer with assistance from Dan Shue and Shuba 2 Construction.

“Like all major productions, this show requires participation from many professionals working together to deliver a professional quality product to stage,” said Nancy Fox, producer.

“We are very fortunate to have the expertise to create a production we are confident will be a treat for families and all audiences, from solid acting to music and dance to spectacular set and costumes,” she said.

The final dress rehearsal will also open to the public to ‘pay-what-you-can’ for those who prefer to choose their ticket price.

“We had a great response to Willy Wonka, Jr and we hope the audience will come back for another great family production,” Fox continued.

Tickets and reservations are on ale now on the website at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

SOS Fest brings in Bluetree

THE SOS FEST three-day music festival in Hannibal NY announces the band Bluetree, from Belfast, Ireland will be closing out day two of the festival, Saturday night July 19.

Bluetree will take the stage at the Hannibal Firemans Field from 8:30 to 10 p.m.  Bluetree gained worldwide fame with its number one Billboard hit, “God Of This City” in 2009.

The music of Bluetree is an experience. It may well be loud, bold and energetic, but it may also be soft and so quiet you can hear the heartbeat of the person beside you.

“Through all the noises and beats, all the melodies and harmonies, what they want you to experience is the overwhelming presence of God.” – StereoTruth.net

Aaron Boyd, the lead singer of Bluetree,  continues to travel the world not just recording, writing and performing music, but raising money and awareness to help prevent child trafficking, slavery and sexual exploitation.

Boyd is also scheduled to deliver the message Sunday morning at about 10:45 a.m. during day three of The SOS FEST.

There are 15 other bands set to play at the SOS FEST including “Seventh Day Slumber” from Texas and bands from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Tennessee, New York City and across New York state.

There will also be free waterslides, mission displays, merchandise booths, food booths, workshops, etc.

Full times and band schedule can be found at www.cabin3ministries.org and tickets can be purchased for just $10 a day at www.itickets.com.

All profits go to local youth programs.

This is the 4th year of the SOS FEST, organized and sponsored by the Cabin 3 Youth group and Gods Vision Christian Church of Hannibal. All area churches have been invited to not only attend but to join in and help with this festival.

Other churches joining are The Another Level Youth Group in Fulton, New Life Church in Herkimer, The Life Church in Rome, The Chapel at Cross Point in Buffalo, Vintage Truth College Ministry in Buffalo and The American Baptist Men of NYS.

If other churches would like to get involved, call Erik at 564-6133. The festival begins July 18 at 6 p.m. and ends Sunday July 20 at noon.

Sunday afternoon music continues at 3 p.m. with Hannibal’s Concert In The Park, this year with The 10th Mountain Division Army Band.

South Shore Artisans to open for season

South Shore Artisans in Fair Haven will be opening for the season on Mother’s Day Weekend with lots of new art and a few new artisans.

The first 25 mothers through the doors starting Saturday will receive a beautiful hand thrown stoneware bowl with an herb planted in it.

New artists for the season at South Shore Artisans are Denise Fitzpatrick and her husband Marty.

Denise has been weaving baskets since 1974 and has taught adult classes at Cato-Meridian in basket weaving. She has given basket seminars to local nonprofit groups as well.

She was a Girl Scout leader for eight years, teaching many girls the art of basket weaving. She also has hosted parties as well as participating in local art shows.

Denise has won many ribbons and awards at the State Fair for her beautiful baskets. Her baskets come in all different sizes and styles and she sometimes weaves other elements like leather, rope and other natural materials into her baskets, giving them a unique artistic flare.

Marty, her husband of 32 years, will also be featured in the store with his various metal crafts for both indoor and outdoor use. He creates beautiful hand-forged items from arbors to pot racks to decorative hooks for your home.

South Shore Artisans is located at 567 Main St., Fair Haven. Starting May 9, the shop will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Friday through Monday.

Square dancing club celebrates 60th anniversary

Bob Rice, Vivian Rice, Karen Eno, David Eno (caller), Pal Eno (caller) and club presidents Paula and Ray Schumacher, pose after the event.
Bob Rice, Vivian Rice, Karen Eno, David Eno (caller), Pal Eno (caller) and club presidents Paula and Ray Schumacher, pose after the event.
Pat Whaley and Ross Pickreign cut a rug during the dance.
Pat Whaley and Ross Pickreign cut a rug during the dance.

The Fulton Shirts ‘n Skirts Square Dancing Club celebrated its 60th anniversary with a special dinner and dance last weekend. The group had a dinner at Springside at Seneca Hill April 26 and enjoyed an afternoon of dancing April 27 at the Fulton Municipal building.

The dance was open to its 70 club members and visiting square dancers from across the region. Shirts ‘n Skirts square dance every Friday in the community room at the Fulton Municipal Building.

For more information, search Fulton Shirts ‘n Skirts on Facebook. Club members said square dancing means “fun, socializing with good people, laughter, smiles, good times and good food and exercise.”

8th annual wildlife festival to be held at Montezuma Audubon Center

There will be something for everyone at the Montezuma Audubon Center’s 8th Annual Wildlife Festival in Savannah, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 3 (today).

The Institute for Environmental Learning, Kindred Kingdoms Wildlife Rehabilitation Center, and WOWEE Wild Lifewill deliver animal programs throughout the day that will feature owls, hawks, “Liberty the Bald Eagle,” a wolf, fox and other mammals. The non-releasable animals will be on display during the programs that will focus on their wild characteristics, rehabilitation and conservation.

Everyone will have a chance to get a picture taken with “Liberty”.

Another highlight of the festival will be the Children’s Theater and Activity Tent where award-winning entertainer Lydia Adams Davis will perform nature-related puppet shows and Lois Sprague will entertain with balloon animals. Children will also enjoy the huge bounce house, making nature crafts and stained glass art, building a bluebird box, and answering wildlife trivia. Wildlife enthusiasts can fish their way to the backyard bass game and then fly over to see the dragons from the pond.

The cost to attend the festival is $4 for adults, $2 for children 5 years and older, FREE for children under 5.  For more information, call 365-3588 or visit http://ny.audubon.org/montezuma

Pillow joins college ensembles for concerts

Multi-instrumentalist Charles Pillow will join three SUNY Oswego ensembles for free public concerts in at 7:30 p.m. consecutive days at Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre.

On Tuesday, May 6, the college’s Jazz Ensemble will feature Pillow, an international jazz artist, focusing on Pillow’s de-orchestration of Modest Mussorgsky’s “Pictures in an Exhibition.”

Pillow will perform on a variety of instruments. The repertoire also will include pieces by jazz greats Pat Metheny, Duke Ellington, Charles Mingus and an arrangement of Joe Zawinul’s “Birdland” by Stan Gosek, emeritus professor of music at SUNY Oswego.

On May 7, Pillow will sit in on saxophone with the Oswego Jazz Project, generally an all-faculty combo that occasionally invites students and other performers to play.

On May 8, the college’s Wind Ensemble will perform the world premiere of New Zealand-Canadian composer David Lisik’s piece, “The Dogmas of the Quiet Past,” featuring Pillow on alto sax.

The group also will perform works by Percy Grainger, Eric Whitacre and Gustav Holst.

For more information on SUNY Oswego fine arts performances, visit www.oswego.edu/arts. Information on visitor parking is available at www.oswego.edu/administration/parking.