Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Tickets still available for Symphoria concert Dec. 15

Tickets are still available for the Syracuse Symphoria Holiday Pops Concert scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15.

Oswego Health is sponsoring the concert, which will be held in the Oswego High School auditorium.

Members of the community will be able to enjoy the sounds of the holiday with their family and friends at the concert, which will include the music of the Syracuse-based symphony. Returning as the evening’s conductor will be accomplished musician Sean O’Loughlin, a native of Syracuse, while the vocal soloist will be Nick Ziobro

Tickets are available through a new arrangement this year. Community members wishing to attend the concert can purchase tickets online at

Tickets can also be arranged by calling 299-5590 at extension 225.

CNY Arts Center open house, dinner today

Dec. 14 is a full day of holiday arts for CNY Arts Center.

Two locations means twice the fun starting with Holiday Open House being held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arts in the Heart Gallery downtown, 47 S. First St.

A gingerbread house contest, free handmade ornaments while supplies last, holiday treats and a feast of original art to browse will highlight the second annual open house.

Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret follows at 6 p.m. in the Arts Center’s second location on Park Street (State St. Methodist Church).

The fundraiser for a new facility will celebrate into the evening with an elegant dinner, raffles, door prizes and an impressive line-up of entertainment.

Several young performers will be featured in the Cabaret entertainment line-up.

These young people, Rhiannon Ellison, Kaylee Foster and Matthew Oldenburg, were chosen for their exceptional performance abilities as part of a new program funded by a Shineman Grant received earlier in the year.

Entertainment also includes Christine Tupe and Hannah Doerrier. Christine has performed at CNY Arts Center events since winning the first Arts Fest on the River Talent Contest in 2011. Her girl group, Lois Dixon and the Olives including Hannah Doerrier and Emily Plummer, performed at this year’s third annual Arts Fest.

Adam Schmidtmann returns from CNY Arts Center’s first cabaret, Songs of the Seasons presented last spring. Adam is co-director of the Drama Club and Kids Onstage programs and performs at several theaters in the area.

These and more will celebrate the Christmas season in song at Gifts of the Season Cabaret.

Doors open at 6 p.m. The menu includes roast beef, chicken, vegetables and dessert.

There will be entertainment including Harpist Marcella serenading throughout the dinner; door prizes and raffles. Proceeds from the benefit dinner cabaret will help procure a new facility where a theatre, gallery, classes, and administration will be centralized.

Pre-sale tickets only are available at the gallery (47 S. First St., Fulton), at the Arts Center on Park Street, and on line at

No tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call 592-3373.

Fulton Community Theatre announces 2014 season


A recent edition of The Valley News carried a story announcing the upcoming 2014 season for Fulton Community Theatre.

The story stated the organization has put on its productions at Holy Trinity Catholic Church for the past four years. The story did not say the plays for 2014 will be held at Holy Trinity.

None of the venues for the 2014 plays has been announced.

Original story:

The quirky aspects of love, lust, class warfare, family and crossword puzzles will be in abundance in the upcoming year as Fulton Community Theatre announces its 2014 season.

For its 24th-anniversary year, Fulton Community Theatre is planning productions of six productions, including a Central New York debut, return engagements of two musical events and three classic plays by four of the most celebrated playwrights of the last century.

The community theatre is coming off a very successful 2013 season, which saw seven productions, increased audience attendance, and major improvements to the Jubilee Hall stage at Holy Trinity Church in Fulton where the theatre has performed for the last four years.

The 2014 season is as follows:

Up first, just in time for Valentines Day, Fulton Community Theatre will bring to the stage the Central New York debut of “2 Across” a romantic comedy by Jerry Mayer, whose writing credits include several stage plays, as well as writing for television shows such as M*A*SH, All in the Family, The Bob Newhart Show, and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

The comedy tells the tale of two strangers who meet on a commuter train. They are alone in the car, each is married, and both are doing the New York Times crossword.

She’s an organized, sensible, psychologist. He’s a free spirited, unemployed ad exec. She is a crossword pro, he always quits. They learn from each other, argue, laugh, reveal big problems, they kiss.  Will they meet again?

FCT’s production of 2 Across, directed by Michael A. Bolio, will run weekends, Feb. 15, 16, 22, and 23, 2014.

In April, the theatre will mount a return engagement of the rock and roll Easter Cantata “Tenebrae” that made its world debut in 2013.

The musical piece, which features the talents of “The Sent Forth backing a chorale of voices and narration, will play for one night only on Friday, April 11.

In June, Fulton Community Theatre will bring back to Central New York a production of “You Can’t Take It With You”, the classic comedy of family and social classes by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart.

The 1930s comedy, which has been dubbed the “funniest play every written” centers around the eccentric Sycamore family.

Penny paints and writes risqué plays. Her husband Paul builds fireworks in the basement with an ice cream man who came one day and never left. Grandpa Vanderhof keeps snakes and doesn’t pay income taxes, since the government wouldn’t use the money properly if he did.

When daughter Alice falls in love with Tony Kirby, the son of a wealthy family, more than fireworks ignite as families and social classes clash.

The production, directed by FCT Artistic Director William Edward White, will play weekends — June 14, 15, 20, 21 and 22.

Also returning for another season is the 13th edition of the theatre’s long-running “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series. Directed by Kathleen DeGolyer, this year’s theme will explore the works of Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber and Timothy Rice. Dates for the production have yet to be announced.

For September, Fulton Community Theatre will bring to the stage Paddy Chayefsky’s “Marty”, the timeless classic about a lonely butcher who has given up on ever finding love, who stumbles upon a chance of happiness one night at a dance.

The story, which was adapted into the 1955 Academy Award-winning movie starring Ernest Borgnine, began life as a 1953 teleplay for the Goodyear Television Playhouse on NBC.

For the Fulton Community Theatre production, director White will draw upon the original teleplay, which has been seldom seen since its original live broadcast. The special event will run Sept. 12, 13 and 14.

To cap off the 2014 season, the theatre will present Neil Simon’s “Last of the Red Hot Lovers.” The comedy, which Simon wrote in 1969 for character actor James Coco, unravels the misadventures of Barney Cashman, a quiet, married man who wants to join the sexual revolution before it is too late.

A gentle soul, with no experience in adultery, Barney’s quest for seduction brings him in contact with a sexpot, a free-spirit, and his wife’s best friend.

The production will run weekends Nov. 8, 9, 14, 15 and 16, 2013.

For more information, including upcoming auditions for the season, please contact FCT at its website,

Community Band performs at G. Ray Bodley

The sounds of the holiday season will once again be heard at 7 p.m. Sunday Dec. 15 at the annual Fulton Community Band Christmas Concert in the G. Ray Bodley High School auditorium, said Steve Chirello, president of the Fulton Music Association.

The concert is free.

The Fulton Community Band will perform several new arrangements and old favorites including Leroy Anderson’s “Sleigh Ride,” “Sounds of Christmas Joy,” “Go Tell it on the Mountain,” “Great Songs of Christmas,” “The Hallelujah Chorus,” and more.

The band also will perform “A Christmas Auld Lang Syne” in remembrance of Jack Walsh, longtime city clerk in Fulton, and Muriel Allerton, former Fulton mayor.

Walsh died in 2012 and Allerton died this year.

The Roamin’ Catholic Choir, under the direction of Dolores Walrath, will sing in the concert and will feature “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas,” “Christmas in 3 Minutes” and more.

“The evening will end with a rousing Christmas carol sing-along with the band, the choir, the Hamer Sing-a-long group and the audience, Chirello said.

Everyone in the community is invited to attend, Chirello said. For more information, call 342-2294.

Snowbelters perform

The Oswego Valley Snowbelters will present their sixth annual Christmas Show Dec. 7 at the Oswego Alliance Community Center on Thompson Road, Oswego.

“Classic Touch” will be featured during the matinee at 2:01 p.m. while Deloris Walrath and The Roamin Catholic Choir will be featured at the 7:01 p.m. show. An intermission features homemade desserts. For more information, call 593-5039 or email

Syracuse Symphoria performs holiday pops concert Dec. 15 in Oswego

The Syracuse Symphoria Holiday Pops Concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Oswego High School auditorium.

The concert is sponsored by Oswego Health.

Members of the community will be able to enjoy the sounds of the holiday with their family and friends at the concert, which will include the music of the Syracuse-based symphony.

Returning as the evening’s conductor will be accomplished musician Sean O’Loughlin, a native of Syracuse, while the vocal soloist will be Nick Ziobro

Tickets are available through a new arrangement this year. Community members wishing to attend the concert can purchase tickets online at

Tickets can also be arranged by calling 299-5590, ext. 225.

4 local writers plan “Author’s Spotlight”

The CNY Arts Center of Fulton has announced its next Author’s Spotlight, an ongoing program where community members can meet local writers who have recently published a book.

The event will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Art Center’s Arts in the HeART Gallery. Four authors will share the stage: Jo Ann Butler, Lisa Davis, John Mercer and Susan Peterson Gateley.

“The evening promises to be a diverse one,” said Jim Farfaglia, writing arts coordinator for the Center.

“Jo Ann Butler writes historical novels, weaving real-life characters into creative stories. Her latest book is Rebel Puritan. Lisa Davis’s book, Fairies in My Flowerbeds, is a magical combination of her poetry and artwork, which she creates using flowers from her garden and a computer software program.

“John Mercer used his experience as a sixth-grade teacher to create a young adult novel entitled They Call Me Zombie, a story about a boy who dies and comes back to life. Susan Peterson Gateley has written several books about life in the Lake Ontario area. Her most recent book, Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario, immerses the reader in long-ago stories of our area’s great lake.”

During the Spotlight program, each author will explain how they wrote their book, read excerpts from it and take questions from the audience.

Afterwards, attendants can meet the authors and purchase a signed copy of their books. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program.

For more information about the event, call the CNY Arts Center at 592-3373 or visit its website at

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is less than a month away.

Our Gingerbread House contest kicks off the holiday season for us. Gingerbread creations made by teams or individuals are now on display at the Arts in the HeARTS gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. Stop in from now until Dec. 14 to vote for your favorite gingerbread creation.

The winners will be announced at our Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Arts in the Heart Gallery, 47 S. First St.

Following our Dec. 14 open house, that evening we are planning a lovely dinner – Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret. This is a capital fundraising event. We will be serving roast beef and chicken, mashed potatoes, a vegetable and dessert. Entertainment will be provided throughout the evening. Tickets are $25/person; $45/couple. Tickets are available at the gallery or online.

Managers, why not buy a table of eight for your hard-working employees. This is a great way to have your Christmas party with no work on your part!

Have someone on your list who is hard to buy for? Consider giving a piece of art or an art class. A membership in CNY Arts Center is a thoughtful gift that also benefits your community.

Saturday, Dec. 7 will be a full day of art fun. Take part in holiday goodies from 9 a.m. to noon; holiday crafts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and watercolors from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

All classes require pre-registration. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

Visit  for all the latest details and updates or call 592-3373. All classes are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton unless otherwise noted.

Remember we bring all arts to all ages at two separate locations. Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theatre, and Arty Camp, are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton. Use the Park Street entrance.

Arts in the HeART Gallery is located at 47 S. First St., in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo for local artists who want to display their artistry. Monthly artists’ meet-ups and TH3 Happy Hour also takes place at the gallery. Artists can apply for gallery space online at