Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

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

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 Information on visitor parking is available at

Free concert at SUNY Oswego May 4

SUNY Oswego’s College-Community Orchestra will perform a free concert at 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4, in Sheldon Hall ballroom. The orchestra’s director, Juan F. La Manna of the college’s music department, will conduct.

“Pieces performed will include Purcell’s delightful suite from the opera ‘The Fairy Queen,’ romantic and expressive excerpts from the opera  “l’Arlesienne’ by French composer Bizet, and the powerful ‘Lullaby and Finale’ from Stravinsky’s ‘The Firebird’ ballet,” La Manna said. “Beethoven’s joyous, humorous and raucous ‘Symphony No. 8’ will close the program.”

Donations to benefit the SUNY Oswego music department’s scholarship fund will be accepted.

For more information about fine arts events at Oswego, visit

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SUNY Oswego students collect awards at film festival

A still shot from Peter Myers’ first-place film, “Gone Fishing”
A still shot from Peter Myers’ first-place film, “Gone Fishing”

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

SUNY Oswego students collected six awards at the fifth annual SUNYwide Film Festival and Symposium held in April at SUNY Fredonia.

Peter Myers’ animated film “Gone Fishing” won first place in the animation category. Jeffrey Newell’s “Myopia” received honorable mention in the experimental category as well as the prestigious Audience Choice Award.

“Ekiti Son” by Calvin Nemec won first place in the music video category. These films can be seen on online on Vimeo.

Myers, of Red Hook, is a junior cinema and screen studies major. Newell is from Liverpool and is a graduate student in art who majored in both broadcasting and cinema and screen studies as an undergraduate at Oswego.

Nemec is a junior broadcasting and cinema and screen studies major from East Aurora.

The top awards for student papers went to Oswego students: first place to “Bits of Jeanne Deilman in Irreversible and Hunger” by Michael Fisher and second place to “Spice World: The Masquerade of the Third Wave of Feminism” by Kelsey Titus.

Fisher, of Islip Terrace, graduated in December with majors in technology education and cinema and screen studies. Titus is from Cicero and is a graduate student in technology education who majored in cinema and screen studies as an undergraduate at Oswego.

Spring classes at Lakeside Artisans

Sewn spring bag
Sewn spring bag

Spring has sprung at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego.

Classes for the month of May include hand-painted silk scarves, sewn spring bags and hand painted papier mache boxes.

Cindy Schmidt is teaching a class in hand painted silk scarves from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 3. Create your own wearable art to brighten up your spring.

There is a class limit of six students. All materials will be provided.

Make a fashionable spring bag in a class offered at Lakeside Artisans from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday May 8.

The instructor, Kathy Fenlon will guide students in selecting fabric to design their own unique bag. There is a limit of four students per class.

Students will select from a variety of fabric and make the bag in class. The bag includes an easy (practically fool proof) way to install a zipper. These bags make great gifts!

Students may bring their own portable sewing machine if they have one. A machine will be provided for students who do not have one to bring.

General knowledge of operating a sewing machine is helpful — the sewing is easy and basic.

Use bright spring colors and motifs to decorate two small papier mache boxes in a class with Lakeside Artisans’ artist Michele Southgate. The class will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 17.

To register for the class, or for more information, contact us at 342-8880 or .

The class fee of $45 includes all supplies to make the items and a non-refundable registration fee of $10 per participant.

Registration for a class may be done in person at Lakeside Artisans or mailed to Lakeside Artisans, with contact information, at 191 W. First St., Oswego, NY 13126.

Oswego High grad designs winning Harborfest poster

Catherine Wells with her winning Harborfest poster design.
Catherine Wells with her winning Harborfest poster design.

The winner of the Harborfest poster design contest for 2014 is recent Oswego High School graduate Catherine Wells.

Each year, Harborfest has an elaborate poster design. Sometimes it goes with a theme, or there is a contest with guidelines.

In the most recent years, posters have been created by Oswego High School students in a computer graphics class taught by Melissa Martin.

They are given a description of what should be included in the Harborfest poster. This year the students were given ships and the lighthouse.

The winning design is chosen by Harborfest staff, and the overlay to turn it into the Harborfest poster is done by Step-One Creative.

Wells graduated from Oswego High School in 2013 and was senior class vice president and the National Honor Society president, as well as a member of Key Club, student council, and played soccer throughout high school.

She is attending Ithaca College where she is studying television-radio.

“Computer graphics my senior year was the first art class I’d taken,” said Wells. She went on to explain “it shows how great a teacher Mrs. Martin is — her students learn how to use Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop in a short span of time, but are able to create awesome projects by the end of the year.”

Harborfest is July 24 through 27. Saturday night will feature fireworks by Grucci presented by Entergy Nuclear.

For more information, call Harborfest staff at 343-6858.

Vendors sought for Arts Fest

CNY Arts Center is seeking vendors for the fourth annual Arts Fest from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. June 14 in the Fulton Community Center Ice Rink on Broadway.

Registrations for vendor spots are open now. Vendors can register for a 10×10 spot with electricity at the festival. Food vendors are also actively sought.

The event brings artists and crafters together with handmade original art on display for sale along with food vendors, and hands on art.

New at this year’s event will be art demonstrations and sample art classes for all ages along with new outdoor entertainment. The annual CNY Arts Center community mural will also be completed at this year’s Arts Fest.

Previous murals have been created during Harborfest. The 2014 mural will use recycled bottle caps to create an Alice in Wonderland theme and festival attendees will help create the mural to be framed and displayed in a prominent Fulton location.

For online registration and more information  visit or call 592-3373.