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Poetry Corner

Daffodils, by Jim Farfaglia

I like them best when they appear

in the ditches of rural roads,

hugging the trunks of apple trees

or lined up along neighborhood homes.

 

I like them best when they cluster,

as if someone from down below

broke through an endless winter

to hand us a bouquet all aglow.

 

I like them best when just opened,

their pale yellow abeckoning,

their delicate petals forming a cup,

where we drink in the birth of spring.

Classes available at CNY Arts Center during spring break

A number of classes are coming up at the CNY Arts Center during next week’s spring recess April 14 through 17.

** Digital Photography — $30 plus $1 material cost, 9 to 10:30 a.m. M-F,  ages 10-18, room 103. Instructor: Kendra Mattot. Students should plan to attend all sessions.

** Painting/Drawing $7.50/session

Monday — Acrylics on paper; Tuesday — drawing with pencils and ink; Wednesday — water colors on water color paper; Thursday — acrylics on wood. 9 to 11 a.m. Ages 4-1. Room 105. Instructor: Bonnie McClellan

** Story Time Art $7.50/session

M-TH, 11 a.m. to noon, ages 4-7. Room 103. Instructor: Kendra Mattot

Take one class or all

** Painting/drawing, $7.50 per session, Monday – acrylics on albums; Tuesday oil painting on canvas paper; Wednesday – drawing with pencils and ink; Thursday – acrylics on sheet music. 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., ages 11-18. Room 105. Instructor: Bonnie McClellan

** Kids culinary, $13 includes materials, 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, ages 5 and up. Room is downstairs kitchen. Instructor: Diane Sokolowski

** Beginning Guitar, $7.50, 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday. Room 103. Instructor: Gina Holsopple

** Glee Club $7.50/session, 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Room 103, ages 10 and up. Instructor: Gina Holsopple

** Theatre Improv, $7.50, 12:30 to 2 p.m., Wednesday, ages 6-10. Room Theatre. Instructor: Jessica Tetro

** Theatre Improv, $7.50, 2 to 3:30 p.m., Thursday, ages 11-14. Room Theatre. Instructor: Jessica Tetro

All classes are held at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton through the Park Street entrance. Please visit www.CNYARtsCenter.com to pre-register or call 592-3373.

‘Percussion Wizard’ and guitarist take Oswego Music Hall stage

A show featuring “Percussion Wizard” Jeff Haynes & Co., including award-winning guitarist Sean Harkness, is coming to the Oswego Music Hall at 8 p.m. April 19.

When these passionate and talented artists perform together, they create a chemistry that is as wonderful to see as it is to hear, so catching them live — on stage — will be a special musical treat.

Grammy award winning percussionist and producer Haynes brings a sound to today’s music scene that takes percussion beyond “technique” and “tradition.”

New York City guitarist Sean Harkness, an award winning musician in his own right, garnered the Outstanding Instrumentalist of 2011 Backstage Bistro Award, and a MAC Award for his NYC solo shows.

When Jeff and Sean play together, there’s an intimate conversation happening with every beat of the drum and expression of percussive colors, with every chord of the guitar and melodic inflection.

In recorded and stage performances, Haynes moves effortlessly from varied and subtle textures, to grooving in the pocket or anchoring the rhythm section. He has toured and recorded for 15 years with Cassandra Wilson, and toured with numerous other musicians, including Al Jarreau, Lizz Wright, Harry Belafonte and Peabo Bryson.

His chops can be heard on more than 100 CDs, reflecting many kinds of music, from R&B to jazz to new age. Haynes was also a producer of his recent release, Pete Seeger The Storm King, the Grammy® nominee spoken word CD that Pete Seeger set to multi-genre music from over 50 musicians.

Harkness describes himself as a guitarist-for-hire. He lives in New York City, where he composes music for solo guitar, performs solo shows and is the go-to guitarist for duets and ensemble work with singers from Broadway and television as well as national and international productions.

Each year, Harkness performs in concert halls around the country with other Windham Hill artists such as Liz Story, Will Ackerman, Barbara Higbie and Jim Brickman.

Besides featuring Harkness on the cover of their 2011 product catalog, Walden Guitars is releasing a “Sean Harkness Signature” 12-string guitar.

Along with numerous compilations, TV, and film soundtracks, Harkness now has five commercial releases: Aloft [Windham Hill] -1999; Trio Of One [independent release] -2001; Urakaji solo guitar [Rinken Records, Japan, USA] -2004; Harkness Knight w/saxman Eric Knight and great drummers -2009 and brand new: H2 Flights: Volume One w/fab Canadian trumpeter Mike Herriott on Canadian Brass‘ label ODEG -2011

Check out these gifted and multi-faceted musicians at http://jeffhaynesmusic.com/Home.html and http://seanharkness.com/ and then see for yourself the enthusiasm and commitment they bring to their performances April 19. The Oswego Music Hall is in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego.

Tickets can be purchased on line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Os

Learn to paint silk scarves

Cindy Schmidt demonstrating the techniques used for Hand Painted Silk Scarves.
Cindy Schmidt demonstrating the techniques used for Hand Painted Silk Scarves.

Anyone who has ever wanted to learn how to make hand-painted silk scarves should take an upcoming class at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego.

The class will be held from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 29.

Cindy Schmidt will show how to use the resist and dye method to decorate a silk scarf. Each participant will produce a scarf of their own design. All materials will be provided. There is a class limit of 6 participants.

This is another in the series of educational experiences for adults put on by Lakeside Artisans.

To register for a class, a non-refundable registration fee of $10 is required. The deposit may be delivered to the store or mailed to Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Oswego NY 13126.

The total class fee is $45, which includes the registration fee.

For additional information, call 342-8880, go to lakesideartisans.com  or visit Lakeside Artisans us on Facebook.

‘Searching for Eden’ on stage this weekend

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Adam (Peter Mahan) claims his territory from Eve (Kelly Mahan) in this scene from Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve returning for one weekend only, April 4 and 5 at 7:30 p.m., and April 6 at 3 p.m. at CNY Arts Center located at the 357 State St. Church in Fulton. Innocence and discovery, grief and forgiveness, joy and frustration are explored in the course of two becoming one in this romantic comedy by James Still. For tickets and reservations, visit CNYArtsCenter.Com or call 592-3373. Ticket price will include dessert.

Poetry workshop planned at Fulton library

April is National Poetry Month and the Fulton Library is having a celebration.

In partnership with local writer Jim Farfaglia, the library will offer a four-week class titled “Celebrating Poetry!” This free program will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the four Saturdays in April: April 5, 12, 19 and 26.

“We are excited to offer this program for poets and for those who are interested in learning more about poetry,” said Betty Mauté, director of the Fulton Library.

“The program, planned by Jim, is designed to be welcoming and relaxed. There is no previous writing experience needed to participate. We’ve even scheduled each class to run through the lunch hour and are encouraging participants to bring a bagged lunch.

“While sharing a meal (the library will provide beverages), Jim will share poetry and encourage the class to explore their thoughts and feelings about a variety of poems,” she said.

“I want this class to inspire people who normally might not consider poetry, including both the more classically famous, as well as some of the newer nontraditional poets,” said Farfaglia. “I also want to encourage people to try their hand at writing and to know that there are no hard-and-fast rules in poetry. It’s just about listening to your heart.”

The class is being provided at no cost due to the success of last year’s Fulton Memoir Project.

“The book sales from the collection of 41 memoirs written by Fultonians have given the library a fund to provide writing programs such as Celebrating Poetry,” added Mauté.

Participants should be 18 years or older or a teenager accompanied by an adult. Seating is limited and those interested should call 592-5159 for more information and to reserve your spot.

Fulton Lions Club comedy night April 25

The Fulton Lions Club will host its “The Mane Event” comedy night with nationally known comedian Tom Anzalone at 8 p.m. Friday April 25, 8:00 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home, said Don Labarge, Fulton Lions president.

“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,” Labarge said. “Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.”

Advance sale tickets are $12 and can be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton and The Fulton Medicine Place.  The ticket donation is $15 per person at the door and tables of 10 may also be purchased in advance for $175 each.

Make your own Easter basket April 7

A tisket a tasket, design your very own Easter Basket.

Lakeside Artisans’ fabric artist, Kathy Fenlon, is offering an Easter Basket class from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, April 7 at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., Canal Commons in Oswego.

Students will design and decorate their own Easter basket. Fenlon will take home the decorated outside and finish the basket for students to pick up by April 13.

For those students who want to finish their own, directions for finishing the basket will be provided.

All materials and supplies will also be provided. If students have decorative trims they would like to use to add individual creative flourishes, they may bring them.

The class fee is $45, with the $10 registration deposit included.

For information about registering for the class, please contact Lakeside Artisans at 342-8880, lakesideartisans@gmail.com or visit us on facebook or our website, www.lakesideartisans.com .