Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Marine Museum presents ‘movie night’

To kick off the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse, the H. Lee White Maritime Museum and the Oswego Film Group are presenting the movie, “Lightkeepers”, at the Beacon Hotel at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

“Lightkeepers” was filmed at Race Point Lighthouse in Cape Cod, Mass. The Race Point Light was built in 1817 and has a long history of serving the maritime community.

The movie was filmed in 2009 and stars Richard Dreyfuss, Blythe Danner and Bruce Dern. “Lightkeepers” is a romantic comedy about a curmudgeon lighthouse keeper, who has sworn off women.

The movie is set in 1912. Some of the artifacts utilized in the movie belonged to Oswego resident Ted Panayotoff from when he lived in Maine with his wife Jo.

The Chatham Lighthouse of Massachusetts also loaned objects to the film project.

The movie will be shown at the Beacon Hotel, 75 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

There are only 50 tickets available, therefore seating is on a first-come-first-serve basis. You must have a ticket to view the movie.

Tickets can be picked up at two locations in Oswego: H. Lee White Marine Museum, located at the end of the West First Street Pier and river’s end bookstore, located at 19 West Bridge Street.

Popcorn is provided courtesy of Zurich Cinemas of Oswego and soda will also be available.

Donations for the Oswego West Pierhead Lighthouse Restoration project are encouraged.

Fulton dance center competes

Some of the members of Off Broadway Dance Center in Fulton pose at the Syracuse competition. They are, left to right, Samantha Cooper, Alyssa Wicks, Kayla Frost, Arianna Schmeer, Mackenzie Loughrey, Mary Jane Mullaney and Mckenzie Emmons.
Some of the members of Off Broadway Dance Center in Fulton pose at the Syracuse competition. They are, left to right, Samantha Cooper, Alyssa Wicks, Kayla Frost, Arianna Schmeer, Mackenzie Loughrey, Mary Jane Mullaney and Mckenzie Emmons.

Thirty Off Broadway Dance Center students competed in the Shining Star Division at the Power of Dance competition at the OnCenter in Syracuse  April 5 and 6.

Four members of the Off Broadway Dance Center competitors shows off their trophies. They are, from left, Devon Ruckdeschel, Mattie Burdick, Elizabeth Crockford and Genesis Loetterle. Both photos by Teri Loetterle
Four members of the Off Broadway Dance Center competitors shows off their trophies. They are, from left, Devon Ruckdeschel, Mattie Burdick, Elizabeth Crockford and Genesis Loetterle.
Both photos by Teri Loetterle

Results were:

  • Mattie Burdick, Senior Solo, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Genesis Loetterle, Senior Solo, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Lizzie Russell, Tween Solo, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Megan Johnson, Tween Solo, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Jaidyn Perry, Junior Solo, 3rd Place
  • Talia Trombino, Petite Solo, 3rd Place, Ruby Status
  • Grady Marshall, Petite Solo, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Bailey & Jaidyn Perry, Tween Duo/Trio, 3rd Place, Emerald Status
  • Makaylee Schmeer, Taylor Bonoffski, Megan Johnson, Tween Duo/Trio, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Mackenzie Hayden and Lizzie Russell, Tween Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Janna Moody, Olivia Metcalf and Jaidyn Perry, Junior Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Talia Trombino and Grady Marshall, Petite Duo/Trio, 2nd Place, Ruby Status
  • Anthony Ferguson and Grady Marshall, Petite Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • Korbin Cooper and Grace Gilles, Super Petite Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Emerald Status
  • “Neon Lights”, Senior Small Group, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • “The Waitresses”, Senior Duo/Trio, 1st Place, Ruby Status
  • “This Is My Dance Floor”, Petite Small Group, 6th Place, 1st in Jazz Petite Small Groups, Ruby Status
  • “Where’s The Party”, Petite Small Group, 9th Place, 3rd in Jazz Petite Small Groups, Emerald Status

The director or Off Broadway Dance Center is Ellen Russell Marshall. The OBDC Competition Team will take part in two more national competitions this season and one regional competition.

Fulton business helps Lions Club

Mystic Music Entertainment Services, Fulton, is donating the sound and lighting equipment for The Fulton Lions Club’s “The Mane Event” comedy night with nationally known comedian Tom Anzalone, at 8 p.m. Friday, April 25 at the Fulton Polish Home.

“We are extremely grateful to Mystic for their support of our event,” said Fulton Lions President Don Labarge.

“In addition to Tom Anzalone, we’ll also have comedians Grant Fletcher and Steven Rogers in what is sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” he said.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 8.

Advance sale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton Medicine Place, Phoenix Medicine Place and Mimi’s Drive-In.

The ticket donation is $15 per person at the door and tables of 10 may also be purchased in advance for $175 each.

For information, contact Event Chair, Gail Holmes, at 592-4245.

The Fulton Lions Club, also know for their Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

For further information on Fulton Lions go to http://e-clubhouse.org/sites/fultonny/index.php.

For more information on Mystic Entertainment,   go to http://www.mysticmusicentertainmentservice.com, or call 806-4354.

CNY Arts in the HeART Gallery features Bodley student artist

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Artwork by Student of the Month Cassondra Orr-Savage.
Artwork by Cassondra Orr-Savage of Bodley High School
Artwork by Cassondra Orr-Savage of Bodley High School

CNY Arts Center – Arts in the heART Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton has another great student showing her art work for the month of April.

Cassondra Alexis Orr-Savage, 18, is an  honor roll student at G. Ray Bodley High School.

In junior high, she noticed she enjoyed and understood art a lot more than many of her school mates. She gets some of her inspiration from her older sister, who is also loves art — visual arts and performing arts as well.

Seeing the beautiful pictures her sister created made Orr-Savage want to be better at art.

Sara Koblentz is the reason Orr-Savage has enjoyed art in high school these past few years.

Koblentz was the high school art teacher who retired last year. This almost discouraged Orr-Savage from continuing with her senior year in art.

She completed every art class offered by the high school and now is in independent study for art. This shows the need and desire to have art in schools and outside school as well.

Koblentz pushed Orr-Savage into getting out of her comfort zone and exploring new avenues in art.

“She will always be my most honest critic, whether she hates what I am doing and tells me to trash it and start over or that she loved what I was doing and how to make it better, said Orr-
Savage.

“I enjoy doing realistic watercolor paintings and portrait, but recently I’ve enjoyed doing bright abstract colored pieces,” she said.

Much of her inspiration for her art work is due to a very nasty break up, which has changed everything about her artwork.  She has even had her work recognized by state Sen. Patricia Richie in the North County Art Council Celebrating Local Artists.

Orr-Savage takes her studies very seriously. As a senior, not only is she a high honor student but she is also involved in New Visions Law and Government Honors program through Oswego County BOCES.

For years she was raised primarily by her mother; her father was never in the picture. For the last several years she has been raised by her mother and her mother’s wife, who adopted Orr-Savage in June 2013.

Now her future is focused; she is following in her brother’s footsteps and joining the military.  After high school she will be entering the Air Force working in security.

She hopes to continue to work on her art in her downtime. Her goal is to retire when she is 38, get her own art studio in her house and continue what she loves to do – ART!

Orr-Savage’s paintings can be seen at Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-ARTS (2787) for more information.

Bodley students win theater awards

Recently, Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School presented their 2014 annual musical, the comic murder mystery CURTAINS. At the Saturday evening performance of CURTAINS, the 2014 Jacalyn Stewart Award For Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented. Given in memory of former G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Jacalyn Vinciquerra-Stewart, the award recognizes two outstanding seniors who set high performance standards and who excel on stage in the annual musical. Honored with the 2014 Stewart Award this year were Bodley seniors Nikki Baker-Lanning and Brad Crofoot.  Baker-Lanning appeared as a member of the ensemble of CURTAINS while Crofoot appeared as Lt. Frank Cioffi. Stewart’s son, Glenn, left, is shown here presenting this year’s award to Nikki Baker-Lanning while Stewart’s mother, Olga Vinciquerra, presents the other award to Brad Crofoot.  Also pictured in back are Quirk’s Players’ directors (left to right), Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau.
Recently, Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School presented their 2014 annual musical, the comic murder mystery CURTAINS. At the Saturday evening performance of CURTAINS, the 2014 Jacalyn Stewart Award For Achievement in Musical Theatre was presented. Given in memory of former G. Ray Bodley High School Principal Jacalyn Vinciquerra-Stewart, the award recognizes two outstanding seniors who set high performance standards and who excel on stage in the annual musical. Honored with the 2014 Stewart Award this year were Bodley seniors Nikki Baker-Lanning and Brad Crofoot. Baker-Lanning appeared as a member of the ensemble of CURTAINS while Crofoot appeared as Lt. Frank Cioffi. Stewart’s son, Glenn, left, is shown here presenting this year’s award to Nikki Baker-Lanning while Stewart’s mother, Olga Vinciquerra, presents the other award to Brad Crofoot. Also pictured in back are Quirk’s Players’ directors (left to right), Tom Briggs, Thomas Nami and Rob Lescarbeau.

SUNY Oswego grad to perform April 30

4-19_A&EcokorinosMetropolitan Opera bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos, a 1979 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the college’s Sheldon Hall ballroom as the season finale of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

A member of the Metropolitan Opera roster for more than 27 years, Cokorinos has appeared numerous times in productions of “Tosca,” “Macbeth,” “La Bohème” and many others.

His notable roles for the Met have included those of Leporello and Masetto in “Don Giovanni” and the English ambassador in John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles.”

SUNY Oswego music faculty member Juan F. La Manna, Cokorinos’ host, will accompany him on the piano and give a preconcert talk scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Philip has traveled the world singing,” La Manna said. “He studied here and went on the big world. He has come back to help Oswego Opera Theatre a number of times. He is a wonderful guy and a star.”

Cokorinos has performed more than 100 leading roles with eminent companies around the globe. Reviewing his performance in the title role of “Don Pasquale,” the Santa Barbara Independent wrote, “Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead, handling his many agitated diatribes and inadvertent duets with aplomb.”

This season at the Met, he performed Benoit/Alcindoro in “La Bohème,” Don Maginifico in “La Cenerentola,” as well as covering the roles of Sacristan in “Tosca” and Mathieu in “Andrea Chenier.”

Tickets for the Philip Cokorinos concert are $15 ($7 for students), and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 312-2141. Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance of the concert.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the employee and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.

Winners announced for Oswego County Student Art Competition

Grade 10-12th winners, from left, Holly Griffith, show chairperson; third place Caleb Lacson;, second place Kathy Pittorf; first place Carrie Gilbert; best of show Brenna Riley.
Grade 10-12th winners, from left, Holly Griffith, show chairperson; third place Caleb Lacson;, second place Kathy Pittorf; first place Carrie Gilbert; best of show Brenna Riley.

The student art work in the annual Oswego County Student Art Competition and Show was better than ever this year.

The variety and degree of skill in the 275 pieces of art in this show demonstrates the talent in the area’s high schools.

Awards were presented in two categories: Grades 7-9 and Grades.

The award for Best of Show — the Vernon E. Snow Award, went to Brenna Riley, Oswego High School, for “Oliver.” Melissa Martin is her teacher.

The awards for Grades 7-9 were:

First place — Ethan Murakumi-Hamm, Dillon Middle, Phoenix, for “Paintbox; second place — Brandi Maynes, Mexico Middle School, for “Hearts That Love;”  third place — Tom McDonald, Mexico Middle School, for “Angry Pablo.”

Honorable mentions for grades 7-9 were:

Allayna Frank, Altmar-Parish-Williamstown Junior/Senior High; Bryson russell, Mexico Middle; Madelyne Cortright and Jessica Godden, Oswego Middle School; Marissa Familo-Bennett and Mikayla Trepaso, Oswego High School; Victoria Dievendorf, Corinne Januszka, Breanna Mitchel, Haley Stellingwerf and Leila wooding, Dillon Middle in Phoenix; Ciera Bell and Chloe Koegel, John C. Birdlebough High in Phoenix; Ruth Van Der Heide, McKenna Moonan and Jenna Norton, Pulaski Junior/ Senior High School.

 Grade 7-9 honorable mentions, from left: Allayna Frank, APW; Jessica Godden, Oswego; Leila Wooding, Phoenix; McKenna Moonan, Pulaski; and Ruth van der Heide, Pulaski.
Grade 7-9 honorable mentions, from left: Allayna Frank, APW; Jessica Godden, Oswego; Leila Wooding, Phoenix; McKenna Moonan, Pulaski; and Ruth van der Heide, Pulaski.

The awards for Grades 10-12 were:

First place — Carrie Gilbert, Oswego High School, for “Clarinet;” second place — Kathy Pittorf, Hannibal High School, for “Still Life with Skull;” third place — Caleb Lacson, home schooled, for “Speckles of Youth.”

Honorable mentions for grades 10-12 were:

Brianna Logee, Pennellsville, homeschooled; Katelyn Metzger, Paul V. Moore High School, Central Square; Erika Brinkerhoff, Samantha Moody, Allison Sharkey, Carolina Nicol, Hans Reichow and Erin Sly, Hannibal High School; Katie Bradshaw, Danielle Boyzuck, Makayla Carson, Aviriana Follet, Carrie Gilbert, Sarah Hoefer, Morgan Knoop, Rebecca North, Teo Patty and Kayla Volkomer, Oswego High School; and Sarah Clark and Alaura Gonzolez, Pulaski High School.

The Sally Deaton Memorial Award went to Mikayla Trepasso, Oswego High School, for “Poison Blueberry” in the grade 7-9 category; and to Jessica Jones, Birdlebough High in Phoenix, for “A Walk Through the 100-Acre Wood.”

The Darcy Hilton Award went to Victoria Dievendorf, Dillon Middle School, Phoenix, for “Portrait of My Brother.”

Judges for this show were professional artists Ingrid Aldrich and Amanda Muto. The show is open until April 26.

The Salmon River Fine Arts Center, Pulaski, is a nonprofit organization committed to enriching our community by engaging the energy and creativity of local artists, by sharing and displaying fine arts, and by offering programs to enhance creativity and learning for the novice as well as the gifted artist.

Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

Call 298-7007 for more information or go to www.SalmonRiverFineArtsCenter.com or www.facebook.com/SalmonRiverFineArtsCenter

SUNY Oswego alum to perform April 30 in Sheldon Hall ballroom

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Metropolitan Opera bass-baritone Philip Cokorinos, a 1979 alumnus of SUNY Oswego, will perform in concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 30, in the college’s Sheldon Hall ballroom as the season finale of the Ke-Nekt Chamber Music Series.

A member of the Metropolitan Opera roster for more than 27 years, Cokorinos has appeared numerous times in productions of “Tosca,” “Macbeth,” “La Bohème” and many others. His notable roles for the Met have included those of Leporello and Masetto in “Don Giovanni” and the English ambassador in John Corigliano’s “The Ghosts of Versailles.”

SUNY Oswego music faculty member Juan F. La Manna, Cokorinos’ host, will accompany him on the piano and give a preconcert talk scheduled for 7 p.m.

“Philip has traveled the world singing,” La Manna said. “He studied here and went on the big world. He has come back to help Oswego Opera Theatre a number of times. He is a wonderful guy and a star.”

Cokorinos has performed more than 100 leading roles with eminent companies around the globe. Reviewing his performance in the title role of “Don Pasquale,” the Santa Barbara Independent wrote, “Philip Cokorinos was terrific as the production’s lead, handling his many agitated diatribes and inadvertent duets with aplomb.”

This season at the Met, he performed Benoit/Alcindoro in “La Bohème,” Don Maginifico in “La Cenerentola,” as well as covering the roles of Sacristan in “Tosca” and Mathieu in “Andrea Chenier.”

Tickets for the Philip Cokorinos concert are $15 ($7 for students), and are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu and by calling 315-312-2141. Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance of the concert.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the employee and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall.