Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Funding helps art center continue to offer Arty Camp

Children are able to learn about the arts during the summer thanks to grants received by the CNY Arts Center.

The grants from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the state Office of children and Family Services and money from the Decentralization Program allow the center to provide two sessions of Arty Day Camp.

A sizzling summer of Arty fun is well underway so far with the first session of the fourth annual Arty Day Camp running  July 14-18 at the Center, located in 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton.

This session of camp offers students art and theater classes along with lunch and afternoon group art projects from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. It is open to children ages 5 to 15.

Students receive morning art and theater classes with professionals followed by lunch, which is provided, then group activities and art projects.

CNY Arts Center is designated as a Summer Meal Site to offer free lunches to community children 18 and under during the week of ARTY Day Camp. Children who attend the lunch are included in afternoon art projects at no charge.

Art project supplies are provided by a mini-grant from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau and the state Office of Children and Family Services.

Scholarships are available made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the state Council on the Arts, with the support of Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the state Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Arty Camp will return Aug. 11-25 with classes in art, dance and theater with the same free lunch and afternoon art projects provided by grants and funding made available to CNY Arts Center.

To register for camp, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Time to ‘sit and knit’ in Fulton

Ladies gathered on a Saturday in June to share knitting fun with yarn provided by CNY Arts Center. Sit and Knit with ‘Nita will start on Wednesdays at Arts in the HeART Gallery anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. while the gallery, located at 47 S. First St is open. For more information call the gallery at 598-ARTS (2787) or the Center ar 592-3373.
Ladies gathered on a Saturday in June to share knitting fun with yarn provided by CNY Arts Center. Sit and Knit with ‘Nita will start on Wednesdays at Arts in the HeART Gallery anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. while the gallery, located at 47 S. First St is open. For more information call the gallery at 598-ARTS (2787) or the Center ar 592-3373.

CNY Arts Center is planning yarn fun on Wednesdays at its downtown gallery located at 47 S. First St in Fulton.

The community is invited to stop in the gallery anytime between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. for knitting and crocheting sessions with Anita Vibbert.

“Anita is one of our newest and most engaging volunteers,” said Nancy Fox, director. “Volunteering to sit at the gallery allows her ample time to share her love of knitting with anyone who wants to drop by to sit and knit for a spell.

“We have a large collection of yarn and Anita will be delighted to teach basic knit stitches to anyone who wants to learn. And she’d love to learn to crochet so she’s hopeful knitters and crochet lovers will drop by for an hour or so just to visit and swap techniques, ideas and all things yarn.”

Yarn is provided for beginners and new projects, but please bring your own knitting needles and crochet hooks.

Arts in the HeART Gallery is run by volunteers from CNY Arts Center at 47 S. First St in Fulton, across from the city gazebo. For more information, call 592-3373.

Concert band performs Wednesday in Breitbeck Park

The Oswego City Concert Band and Jazz Band concert schedule has been announced.

An Oswego tradition for almost 80 years, these free Wednesday night concerts overlook beautiful Lake Ontario, while providing an enjoyable evening for the young and young at heart.

The concert band, under the direction of Trevor Jorgensen, will perform at 7:30 p.m. July 16 (today), and at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 and 13. The band performs traditional marches, overtures, and other classic band literature, along with music from Broadway musicals and film.

The Jazz Band, under the direction of Stan Gosek, will take the stage at 7 p.m. Aug. 20. These concerts feature the music of the greatest “Big Bands” of the 30s, 40s, and 50s, including Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Glenn Miller and Benny Goodman, along with contemporary groups such as Maynard Ferguson and others.

All concerts are at Breitbeck Park and concert goers are encouraged to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

The concerts are sponsored by the City of Oswego, with additional funding provided by the Music Performance Trust Fund and Oswego County Musicians Union, local 267-441.

Art Association plans Members’ Exhibition

This shows two acrylic paintings on vintage cabinet doors that will be part of the exhibition.  Artist is Sandra Dowie.
This shows two acrylic paintings on vintage cabinet doors that will be part of the exhibition. Artist is Sandra Dowie.

The Art Association of Oswego is opening its 2014 Annual Member’s Exhibition, which will run July 19 to Aug. 17 at the Art Association building in Oswego.

This exhibition showcases recent works of art by Art Association of Oswego members and includes photography, painting, ceramic, print making, stained glass, sculpture and mixed media pieces.

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Concert in Park, Duck Derby set for July 20

The 22nd annual Concert in the Park is scheduled for July 20 at the Firemen’s Field on Rochester Street in the Village of Hannibal.

Activities will begin at the Mill Street Dam where the Dollars for Scholars Duck Derby will take place at 1 p.m. Residents should note the duck derby is being held before the concert this year rather than following the concert as in previous years.

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Oswego Health readies Harborfest fun, learning

Oswego Health continues its longstanding tradition of sponsoring the Harborfest Children’s Parade, which begins at 1:30 Friday, July 25th at Breitbeck Park and ends at Franklin Square. Following the parade, the health system will offer fun children’s activities at the park. Pictured are youngsters having fun using the putting green last year.
Oswego Health continues its longstanding tradition of sponsoring the Harborfest Children’s Parade, which begins at 1:30 Friday, July 25th at Breitbeck Park and ends at Franklin Square. Following the parade, the health system will offer fun children’s activities at the park. Pictured are youngsters having fun using the putting green last year.

Oswego Health will once again lead off Harborfest’s Children Parade and offer an afternoon of fun activities for children at Franklin Square Friday, July 25. Continue reading

Oswego County Fair wraps up its five-day run

The Oswego County Fair concluded its five days at the fairgrounds in Sandy Creek, putting on a great show from July 2 through July 6. Weather during the first couple of days was a bit challenging, with hot sticky conditions and the occasional downpour. But on Friday July 4, the humidity broke and the skies turned blue.

All photos by Debra J. Groom