Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

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.” –

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 and tickets can be purchased for just $10 a day at

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

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.

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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.