Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Learn to make glass jewelry April 5, 12 in Oswego

A series of two classes for people who want to design and create fused glass jewelry is scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. April 5 and 12 at the Art Association of Oswego, Fort Ontario Complex.

In the first session, participants will make pendants and/or earring sets while in the second session, they will create their own original beaded necklace with one of the pendants and matching earrings.

Attendees must be 16 years old or older. The class size is limited to six.

Information regarding class tuition and fees available at

The instructor will be Sandra Dowie. For information on registration or to register for the class, call Dowie at 947-6000. Pre-registration and pre-payment is required. Mail a check or money order for tuition to the Art Association of Oswego, PO Box 271,  Oswego, NY 13126, or you may pay using a debit or credit card via PayPal through our website –

If the class is canceled due to low enrollment, your entire payment will be returned.

Easter passion through music comes to Fulton April 5

The struggle of light over the shadows as told through the passion of Easter will come alive on stage in music as Fulton Community Theatre presents the return of the rock and roll cantata “Tenebrae.”

The musical work – composed and directed by Michael A. Bolio, and featuring the talents of the Christian rock band The Sent Forth – will play for one performance at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 5 in the Jubilee Hall of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. Reservations may be made by calling 598-7840.

Proceeds from the event will go to help support Catholic Charities of Oswego County. Donations of non-perishable food items will also be collected and welcomed at the performance.

“We are happy to be once again dedicating part of our season towards helping Catholic Charities,” Fulton Community Theatre Artistic Director William Edward White said.

“Tenebrae”, which made its world debut as part of the theater’s 2013 season, features 11 original songs linked by dramatic narration and multimedia images, using the religious metaphors of the Light and the Shadowed forces that sought to extinguish it.

Tenebrae, which is Latin for “darkness,” is a long-held tradition in Western Christian churches, and describes a service where candles are slowly extinguished.

For Bolio, a bass guitarist who formed The Sent Forth band in 2007 with drummer Robbie Brown and lead guitarist Al Weaver, “Tenebrae” is a very personal journey. His inspiration comes not only from the original Gospels, but from attending many Tenebrae services around Central New York.

“Although every one of them told the story of The Passion beautifully, I felt there was a calling for a more contemporary approach,” Bolio said.

Joining the men of The Sent Forth on stage for “Tenebrae” will be the vocal talents of Molly Brown, Dawn Weaver, and Brian Pringle in the role of the narrator.

For more information, visit FCT’s website at, or on facebook at

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

During the next several weeks the following classes are being offered:

Multi-Arts Workshop 

Jim Farfaglia, Kendra Matott and Diane Sokolowski will offer this class from 9 a.m to noon, Saturday April 12. The cost is $15.

In this whatever ART Workshop for adults, students will spend the first hour exploring writing, culinary and studio arts. Then they can choose which art to work in for the remainder of class.

Topics will include using art to inspire writing, mixing medias in visual art and Easter themed goodies in culinary.

Photoshop Demonstration 

Kendra Matott offered this class from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, April 26. The cost is $15.

Digital Mixed Media artist Matott will provide a demonstration using Adobe Photoshop to edit and manipulate images with the software. Watch and learn as she covers topics such as image size, levels and the lasso tool, as well as demonstrate different ways to combine images using layer modes and masks.

Students will be able to watch the instructor use Photoshop and may be able to take turns trying different techniques. Great as an introduction to the program or, for the advanced user, a new perspective!

Facebook: Promotion for the Arts 

This workshop will be presented by Kendra Matott from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, April 26. The fee is $15.

Learn step by step how to create and manage a Facebook business page. In today’s market, social networking is a must for any small business — and that includes the arts!

Whether you are an actor, painter, chef or anything in between, this workshop will teach you how to promote your trade on Facebook.

Learn how to create an interactive environment between you and your fans/clients by updating statuses, adding pictures and posting events. All skill levels are welcome, so if you already have a page or if have never used Facebook before, this workshop can help you!

Pre-registration is appreciated.

We also offer children’s classes and private lessons.

Visit our web site at or call 315-592-3373 and be sure to visit Arts in the heart Gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton.

‘Searching for Eden’ returns for an encore

CNY Arts Center announces the return of’ Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve’ for an encore weekend April 4, 5 and 6 at the Arts Center located at 357 State St. Methodist Church, (Park Street entrance) in Fulton.

The romantic comedy written by James Still and starring Peter and Kelly Mahan in the roles of Adam and Eve will be presented for three performances only, at 7:30 p.m. April 4 and 5 and at 3 p.m. April 6.

The performances will be presented as dessert theatre where desserts are included in the ticket price of $15.

“This production was well received by audiences who saw it in February as part of our Date Night Dinner Theatre on Valentine’s Day and we felt strongly we should bring it back for a limited run,” said Nancy Fox, director.

“We heard audience members tell us ‘Every couple should see this play’ and ‘More people need to see this play.’ It is very gratifying to get such vocal support from the audience and with the winter we’ve had and the distractions of the holiday weekend it first played, we felt it was a great kick-off to our spring season,” she said.

This is the first time Peter and Kelly Mahan have worked together as the only characters in a play and their personal relationship as husband and wife lends credibility to the play based on Mark Twain’s original Diaries of Adam and Eve.

By Act Two Adam and Eve are imagined in contemporary society caught up in all too familiar busy lives and annoying cell phones. Drawn to revisit Eden, now a resort called “E,” the couple struggles to rekindle the innocence of their beginnings in the garden when everything was an simple.

“The play is a wonderful portrayal of relationships, the sweet innocence of discovering the special person created just for you, “ Fox said.

“Peter and Kelly lead us through those moments of realizing you’re incomplete without the relationship you were created for which suddenly makes personality differences worth the confusion,” she said. “The play has rich moments of humor and tenderness. It’s a healthy look at what’s important in all relationships.”

Searching for Eden: The Diaries of Adam and Eve runs April 4-6 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton. Tickets can be reserved and purchased online at

For reservations and more information, call 592-3373.

‘Run Boy Run’ to play April 5 at Oswego Music Hall

Run Boy Run, a young five-piece band from Arizona, is coming to town to play traditional and new traditional music in their fresh “string-heavy, old-timey, not-quite-bluegrassy way” at the Oswego’s Music Hall at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 5.

Run Boy Run is officially listed as one of Arizona’s hottest bands. On its current tour, the band is crossing the country to perform in cities the like Denver, St. Louis, Minneapolis, New York and Baltimore.

All in their 20s, the members of Run Boy Run still consider themselves a Tucson band, because they began playing together there in 2009, when the five were students at the University of Arizona.

They got their start, playing open-mics and wherever else they could get gigs. Mere weeks after forming, Run Boy Run won the band contest at Pickin’ in the Pines.

Soon they got a special appearance at the Tellerude Bluegrass Festival in 2012 and two appearances on National Public Radio‘s A Prairie Home Companion. Run Boy Run has been making friends and fans alike ever since with their open-ended musical approach and wonderful stage presence.

Their debut CD, So Sang the Whippoorwill, was released in March 2013 to regional and national critical acclaim.

Garrison Keillor, host of Prairie Home Companion was so impressed with Run Boy Run, that he penned the notes for their debut CD.

“When I hear Run Boy Run,” he wrote,  “it all comes back to me, why I started doing that [radio] show back then. I hope they go on forever.”

The band is brother and sister Matt Rolland (guitar and two-time Arizona state fiddle contest winner) and Grace Rolland (cello, vocals); sisters Bekah Sandoval Rolland (fiddle, vocals) and Jen Sandoval (mandolin, vocals); and bass player Jesse Allen.

Comfortable in the tension between tradition and the current musical frontier, Run Boy Run‘s all-acoustic format blends bluegrass, folk and the old timey American vernacular with touches of classical and jazz.

Their music is rooted in the traditional music of the Appalachian South, but is also definitively present in the 21st century. Run Boy Run plays a mix of original compositions, cover songs, and traditional tunes attributed to the public domain.

Learn more the band’s luminous harmonies at, and then come and see for yourself how Run Boy Run warms up the stage at the Oswego Music Hall on April 5.

The venue is the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. Tickets can be purchased on-line at or at the river’s end bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

Holders of tickets purchased before 1 p.m. on the day of the concert will have preferred seating. After 1 p.m., seating will be general admission.  Ticket prices for this event are $14 if purchased in advance and $16 at the door. Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.

The Music Hall’s next concert, April 19th, will feature “Percussion Wizard” Jeff Haynes & Co., including NYC guitarist Sean Harkness.

The Music Hall has been run entirely by volunteers from its inception more than  36 years ago. Volunteers can earn admission to shows through different tasks.

Music Hall concerts are made possible in part with funding by the state Council on the Arts.

For more information call 342-1733 or access the Music Hall website:

Phoenix Community Band performs spring concert

A portion of the Phoenix Community Band is pictured above with Director David Frateschi. The group is in its 11th year in the Phoenix community and performed an array of music at the March 17 concert.
A portion of the Phoenix Community Band is pictured above with Director David Frateschi.
The group is in its 11th year in the Phoenix community and performed an array of music at the March 17 concert.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

Spring hasn’t sprung, but music was certainly in full bloom on the evening of March 17 at John C. Birdlebough High School.

The school welcomed the Phoenix Community Band for its much anticipated spring concert performance.

Under the direction of Director David Frateschi, a talented blend of nearly 70 musicians performed nine songs and featured several guest conductors including Colleen Dailey, Robert Taylor and John Hylkema.

In recognition of the Irish holiday, the band also performed a special “Riverdance” piece with Neal Saarie serving as the captain.

The Phoenix Community Band is in its 11th year in the Phoenix community and performs several concerts at the high school throughout the year.

For more information about the band, visit the Phoenix Central School District  website at

The band’s practice schedule can be found on the district’s calendar or more information can be found under the ‘Community’ link at the top of the page.

These (Hannibal) kids got talent

Foreign exchange student Keti Chapiashvili shared her country’s music and culture when she sang a medley of Georgian folk songs during the Junior/Senior Talent Show at Hannibal High School on March 6.
Foreign exchange student Keti Chapiashvili shared her country’s music and culture when she sang a medley of Georgian folk songs during the Junior/Senior Talent Show at Hannibal High School on March 6.

Submitted by Oswego County BOCES

The Annual Junior/Senior Talent Show at Hannibal High School showed why the event has continued for many years when more than two dozen acts took the stage before a packed audience at the school on March 6.

Emcee and host for the evening was Victor Licatese and guest judges included teachers Nicole Erkan, Patrick Earley, Brooke Fingland, and John Manion, who scored each act on a scale of one to five.

Setting the tone for the night’s fun and frivolity, the first act by “More Than Cookies,” featured Girl Scout camp songs that had the audience laughing non-stop. The songs contained lyrics that involved electrocuted squirrels, dead reindeer, weenies, shaking tails and finished with God Bless My Underwear, to which judge Erkan exclaimed, “I was a Girl Scout and we didn’t sing those songs!”

Other acts included: Alexis Hartle singing Try Hard; Cati Emmons’ and Gabby Griffin’s dance entitled Double D; Dominique Santore, Amanda Miano and Aryel Griffis with If You Say So; and Chumani Ketcham and Amanda Kimball with an original clarinet composition entitled Mystic Tears.

Also there was a strobe light dance number entitled Reptile by a group called Pattosaurus Rex that spoofed a certain judge on the panel; Billy Skipper surprised and delighted with his rendition of Your Man in a deep baritone voice; and rounding out Act One a Happy dance by The Foreigners, aka the foreign exchange students at the school.

Judge Fingland said to the students following their performance, “I think I speak for everyone here and in the Hannibal community when I say, you make us happy.”

Following a short intermission, act two continued to please those in attendance beginning with a medley of Georgian folk music by foreign exchange student Keti Chapiashvili; followed by a dance number titled Courage Is by Aryel Griffis;  and an a capella duet by Rayshelle Smith and Chumani Ketcham called Let It Go.

Also there was a large group of “front row girls” who performed a singing spoof on the Backstreet Boys’ hit I Want It That Way that altered the lyrics to say “I want to graduate.”

There also was Lindsey Wheeler, who performed a beautiful, lyrical dance routine to the song Skinny Love; Brett Dumas sang a solo performance of Just the Way You Are; and the band Chicken and Crackers sang a number of “school appropriate tunes” that got the whole crowd up and dancing before the senior class joined the band onstage for the grand finale song Don’t Stop Believing.

Hannibal High School’s Annual Junior/Senior Talent Show was a huge success, packing the auditorium and delighting the audience with a wide variety of talent showcased at the school.

Army Jazz Ambassadors coming to Oswego

Jazz and patriotism -- The Jazz Ambassadors, an acclaimed ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band, will play the work of jazz legends as well as patriotic music in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Hewitt Union ballroom at SUNY Oswego. The free general-admission tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at or by calling 312-2141.
Jazz and patriotism — The Jazz Ambassadors, an acclaimed ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band, will play the work of jazz legends as well as patriotic music in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in Hewitt Union ballroom at SUNY Oswego. The free general-admission tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at or by calling 312-2141.

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

The Jazz Ambassadors, an ensemble of the U.S. Army Field Band, will appear at SUNY Oswego in a free, ticketed concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 3, in the Hewitt Union ballroom.

The band will deliver its message of patriotism and goodwill through jazz and other swing-related music.

The 19-member ensemble performs in a wide range of musical genres in addition to jazz. These include big band swing, bebop, Latin contemporary jazz, standard, popular tunes, Dixieland and patriotic.

Members of the ensemble compose or adapt much of the group’s music. The repertoire at SUNY Oswego will include selections from a wide variety of jazz greats, plus patriotic favorites and a salute to veterans.

At the Hewitt Union concert, three students will perform one selection with the Jazz Ambassadors, said Trevor Jorgensen of Oswego’s music department faculty.

The ensemble’s members will provide master classes for students from both the college and local high school jazz ensembles.

The Jazz Ambassadors’ current concert tour began March 11 and ends April 16 — with only five days of rest — taking them to SUNY schools, high schools and theaters. The ensemble’s reputation and demanding tour schedule have earned it the nickname “America’s Big Band.”

The group has played in well-known venues such as the Toronto and Newport jazz festivals, and often has performed joint concerts with regional orchestras that include the Columbus (Ohio) Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the former Syracuse Symphony.

Army Field Commander Maj. Hal Gibson created the ensemble in 1969 as the Studio Band. Its name changed a decade later to the Jazz Ambassadors, and members have lived up to the title by performing over the years in all 50 states, Canada, Mexico, Japan, India and throughout Europe.

Candidates for the group come from leading conservatories, universities and the professional ranks, and undergo a highly competitive audition process. Many of the current members have extensive experience in civilian performance.

Tickets — all general admission — are available at SUNY Oswego box offices, online at or by calling 312-2141.

There is a $3 processing fee for online orders for the otherwise free tickets.

Parking for those attending this concert is available in the lot in front of Culkin Hall, the rear half of the lot behind Hart and Funnelle residence halls and in the adjacent commuter lot. Doors to the ballroom will open at 7 p.m.

For more information about the Jazz Ambassadors, visit the U.S. Army Field Band’s site at Information about SUNY Oswego arts events is available at