Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Writing program for children available during February school break

Snowy Day Word Play is the latest class for young writers being offered by the Fulton Public Library.

The program will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. daily Feb. 17 through Feb. 21 at the library.

For youth ages 8 through 13, the week-long program will feature fun and engaging activities for those who love to write and want to improve their skills.

Instructors for the class are Karen Burke and Jim Farfaglia. Burke is a former teacher from the Oswego City School District and Farfaglia is retired from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau.

Both have spent recent years developing their own writing as well as sharing their ideas with others by leading classes.

“We are happy to have Karen and Jim back to provide programming for young writers,” says Betty Mauté, Fulton Public Library director.

“This program is funded by the sale of the Fulton Memoirs Project Book, a collection of stories about Fulton by 41 local authors, available for purchase at the library,” she said.

“Writing, teaching and working with young people is a winning trio for me,” Burke said. “I’m excited about the opportunity to spark interest in young writers and to enjoy the enthusiasm that young people bring to a new experience.”

“It is always a pleasure to work with young people who love to write,” Farfaglia said. “Karen and I are planning an interactive program, with lots of activities to stir creative minds and inspire good writing.  The children will explore our winter world through writing with a week’s worth of fun, adventuresome and delicious activities!”

Seating is limited. There is no fee, however, registration is required by calling 592-5159.

“Roar with Laughter” fundraiser coming Jan. 31

The Oswego Lions Club presents “Roar with Laughter” with headline comedian Moody  McCarthy, and warm up Dan Mahoney, Friday Jan. 31 at The American Foundry, 246 W. Seneca St., Oswego.

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

“We continue a Lions Club tradition once again this year with a great night of laughs, said Mike Henderson, Oswego Lions Club president. “This event has always been a popular fund-raiser and we anticipate that this will be another great one”.

The event is a major fundraiser for the local service organization, erving to support ongoing programs and services throughout the Oswego community for the visually and hearing impaired.

Proceeds from the past fund-raising events have helped to support Make-a-Wish Foundation, Oswego Salvation Army, The ER’s Children Fund at Oswego Hospital, Oswego Library Capital Campaign, The Children’s Hospital in Syracuse, and Habitat for Humanity, to name just a few.

This year, the adult-themed comedy night will show case Moody McCarthy..

McCarthy is a stand-up comedian who has performed on Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search. He lives in New York City with his wife and step-dog.

Moody began his career in his hometown of Syracuse in the 1990s. After six years Moody moved to New York City, where those who heard his jokes predicted he’d be courted by A-list producers as a writer.

After 20+ years honing his craft, Moody has steadily gained the respect of his peers and audiences everywhere. With unpredictable material, a disarming presence, and in-the-moment chops, here is a comic who thrives in any venue and will brighten any event.

Moody has also appeared on ComedyTV, The Early Show, The Bob & Tom Show,  MSG Network,  Style Network,  Comcast Comedy Spotlight  and CTV in Canada.

McCarthy has also appeared in many clubs such as the Comic Strip; Gotham; Dangerfields; Eastville, Hilarities; Helium; Absolute Comedy and Royal Caribbean.

Moody is a member of SAG/AFTRA and trained at Joanna Beckson’s Acting Studio. He has  performed comedy in China and now speaks 3 words of Mandarin.

The warm-up act for Moody McCarthy is Dan Mahoney. In his youth, on one of his countless visits to the principal’s office, he was asked, “Mr. Mahoney….you’re back here again? Do you think you’re some kind of comedian?”

Dan Mahoney lives each day to answer that question with a resounding “YES”.

Dan Mahoney’s unique observational, rarely physical, always hysterical style has earned him industry acclaim and a loyal following.

He was a Regional Finalist in Comedy Central’s Open Mic Fight in 2009, in 2010 he was selected for the Purina Pet Comedy Challenge, was a semifinalist in the 2011 Boston Comedy Festival and a finalist in the 2012 Boston Comedy Festival NYC Showcase in August.

Dan has survived drinking, dating, corporate life and cancer.  He discusses these life experiences on stage at times through his unique brand of steady-paced, deliberate observations.

He lives between NYC and his hometown of Buffalo. In 2013, he produced a weekly comedy show in the east village of Manhattan that had a three-year run.

He was a finalist in New York Underground and Boston Comedy Festivals, and is a veteran of clubs and corporate stages all over the country and Canada.

“The performances of McCarthy and Mahoney promise to bring the crowd a good hour of laughs,” said Chris Pelton, chairperson of the event.

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event, or can be purchased prior to the show at Cakes Galore for $12.

Anyone interested in purchasing tickets or looking for more information about the show can call Pelton at 343-1394 or visit our facebook page at www.facebook.com/oswegolionsclub

The Lions Club will provide light complimentary appetizers, and a cash bar will also be available by the American Foundry.

The Lions Club has made available to local businesses and the public, an opportunity to purchase a reserved table. The table includes reserved seating for 10 people and recognition in our press releases and the night of the show.

Tables can be reserved by contacting Pelton at 343-1394.

Celebrate Groundhog Day at Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center

Celebrate Groundhog Day at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center, Route 183 in eastern Oswego County by snowshoeing in search of Amboy Annie, the center’s resident woodchuck.

The event is at 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 2. Perhaps Amboy Annie can help determine if spring will arrive early or late. Participants are encouraged to dress warmly and in layers. Outdoor footwear, winter boots that can be strapped into a snowshoe, should be worn. Sneakers and fashion boots with heels will not work. Snowshoes are free of charge. There is a program fee of $3 per person or $12 per family. Children under 3 are free.

Valentine’s Day at CNY Arts Center

Valentine’s Day falls on a romantic Friday this year, so come celebrate with CNY Arts Center as we host a dinner theater Feb. 14 followed by two nights of desserts.

Tickets for Friday night are $25/person and are available on line or at ARTs in the HeART Gallery, South First Street, Fulton.

The dinner will feature a pasta bar with various sauces, pastas and toppings, including vegetarian and gluten-free selections. Joshua Lamb, our cook from the December Cabaret dinner, will prepare the meal.

The production is “Searching for Eden:  the Diaries of Adam and Eve,” a romantic comedy by James Still. CNY Arts Center will offer hand-made valentines available for pick up at the door or at the gallery. Customize your valentines by ordering on-line at www.cnyartscenter.com.

CNY Arts Center continues its capital campaign to raise money to acquire the former Rite Aid building on Route 481 in Fulton.

Classes in various art forms and writing are offered regularly at the CNY Art Center in the basement of the Methodist Church on the corner of State and Park Streets.

Juried Student Exhibition begins Jan. 31 at SUNY Oswego

Submitted by SUNY Oswego

Tyler Art Gallery at SUNY Oswego will host the 51st annual Juried Student Exhibition starting Friday, Jan. 31.

The exhibition, running concurrently through March 1 with a display titled “Recollection: A Memory Loss Awareness Project,” will open from 5 to 7 p.m. Jan. 31 in Tyler Hall with a free public reception featuring the student artists.

The Juried Student Exhibition welcomed 150 submissions from undergraduates around campus, and 62 were selected for the show, said Michael Flanagan, director of Tyler Art Gallery.

Artistic media included are book arts, drawings, paintings, photographs, digital illustrations, ceramics, sculpture, prints and newer media such as websites, digital animation and web applications.

Serving as jurors for this exhibition were Michelle Roberts of Rochester, a 2006 Oswego alumna and owner of Michelle Roberts Design and Novus Creative, and Peter Valenti of Syracuse, a 1983 alumnus, teacher and developer of the ceramics program at East Syracuse Minoa High School, co-founder and president of the Independent Potters Association and director of the high school ceramics exhibition Central New York Feats of Clay.

In addition to “Recollection” and the juried student exhibition opening that night, the “Guerrilla Gorilla Grad Art Exhibition” will display recent work of SUNY Oswego students in master’s-related art programs from 5 to 7 p.m. on Jan. 31 in the Student Gallery, Room 21 of Tyler Hall.

Tyler Art Gallery is open 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays when college is in session.

Parking for Tyler Art Gallery patrons without a current SUNY Oswego parking permit is $1. For more information, visit oswego.edu/administration/parking. Parking is available in the employee and commuter lots east of Culkin Hall, the college’s seven-story main administration building.

Lakeside Artisans offering class on making zippered pouches

A class to learn how to make cute and useful zippered pouches is being offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 30 at Lakeside Artisans, 191 W. First St., in Canal Commons in Oswego.

The instructor, Kathy Fenlon, will demonstrate how to make three different styles of a zippered pouch and three different easy ways to put in a zipper.

Students will select from a variety of fabric and make three different pouches. Each pouch will have a different (practically fool proof) way to install a zipper.

Students may make their pouches any size they wish. They will also learn different ways to embellish the pouches.

These are very practical and can be used for a variety of things such as jewelry, make-up, a mini-wallet, photos, camera, cell phone etc. They make great gifts.

The class fee of $45 includes all supplies to make the three zippered pouches. There is a non-refundable deposit of $10 per participant.

To register for the class, or for more information, call 342-8880 or lakesideartisans@gmail.com . Also, you can visit our website, www.lakesideartisans.com , or visit us on Facebook.

Oswego Music Hall hosts two singer-songwriters Jan. 25

The Oswego Music Hall is pleased to bring two New York City-based singer/songwriters to its stage at 8 p.m. Saturday Jan. 25.

Honor Finnegan has been called the “Susan Boyle of quirky indie folk, only hotter,” and compared to Christine Lavine.

Anna Dagmar stepped into folk music after a critically acclaimed songwriting career weaving together colorful jazz harmonies, inviting pop melodies and refined classical piano textures.

Sharing the stage, they will create a wonderful and lively show that will surprise and stretch the folk music tag at times.

Finnegan and Dagmar come from very different musical backgrounds, but they both know how to write and sing about modern life.

Dagmar — British born, raised in Massachusetts, schooled at the Eastman School of Music — is influenced by classical composers, Joni Mitchell’s mystical poetry and the breathtaking piano improvisations of Keith Jarrett and Bill Evans.

Finnegan was raised in South Side Chicago and plugged into her mom’s radio station and was cast in the first national tour of Annie at age 11. She is influenced by her study of Improv in Chicago and years spent in Ireland singing in all sorts of bands: jazz, blues, big bands and Irish traditional.

Here’s how John Platt, host of “Sunday Breakfast,” WFUV, NYC describes both of these artists:

“In a world over-populated with guitar-playing folksingers, Dagmar is pursuing a different path – writing piano-based songs that evoke the best of Judy Collins or the musical theater.”

“Honor Finnegan’s clever songs, powerful voice, and endearing stage presence have made her standout on the fertile NYC folk scene. Don’t miss her!”

Anna Dagmar is praised for her “gorgeous voice, lyrical piano stylings and lovely, intelligent songs.” She has released three albums and a printed songbook.

Her 2009 album, ‘Let the Waves Come in Threes,’ charted #6 on the National Roots Music Report, and received five awards in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Songwriting Contest.

Inspired by standout artists like Susan Werner, Jonathan Brook and Sufjan Stevens, Dagmar’s music carries a depth and variety that appeal to a wide audience. With a warm and graceful stage presence and an honest and clear voice, her fingers seem to fly around the piano keys with effortless virtuosity.

Honor Finnegan’s songs are humorous and then heartbreaking, with melodies that soar. She’s been making a splash in the northeastern regional folk scene with her original songs and her ukulele playing, instrumentation that suits her fun, upbeat songs.

She combines elements of musical theatre, comedy, traditional folk, and poetry,.

She is also a proud member of Tribes Hill, a folk music collective based in the Hudson Valley and has been recognized with awards such as the Kerrville New Folk Winner 2013 and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist 2012.

You can check out these artists’ music at their websites, http://annadagmar.com/ and http://www.honorfinnegan.com/.

The Oswego Music Hall is in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. The atmosphere is intimate with candle-lit tables surrounding a small stage.

Desserts, snacks, popcorn and beverages are available for purchase. Tickets can be purchased online at http://oswegomusichall.org/ 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 $12 if purchased in advance and $14 at the door.   Children 12 and under are half-price; under 5 is free.

The Music Hall’s next concert Feb. 8 will bring back the popular father-son duo, Beaucoup Blue, double billed with Carolann Solebello, founding member of the female trio Red Molly.

Oswego Children’s Theater sets auditions for teen play

The Oswego Children’s Theater will host auditions for an upcoming teen theater production from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday Jan. 12 and Monday Jan. 13.

The auditions will be held at the home of the Mosher Family located at 151 E. Seneca St., Oswego.

The auditions for the production are open to any area youth who will be at least 13 years of age on or before April 12, 2014 on up to the age of 19

Lyndsie Lee Jones will direct the production. The show will be presented locally and will also be performed April 12 at the Michael J. Harms Theater Festival, in Auburn.

The Michael J. Harms Theater Festival is an annual event that features performances from area high school aged groups. The performances are judged by a panel of judges.

The judges award individual and group commendations. The festival also features workshops where each participant is given the chance to work on various theater projects.

Those auditioning for the production may bring along a monologue and will be asked to read from a script.

For more information, call 342-5265 or 529-1009.