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It’s gingerbread house time

CNY Arts Center is having a Gingerbread House Contest.

People throughout the area are being asked to build a gingerbread masterpiece and deliver it to the Arts in the HeART Gallery between 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 1.

Others should stop by to vote for their favorite gingerbread house. Final judging will be from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 during CNY Arts Center Holiday Open House at Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. 1st St., Fulton. The open house is from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Local judges will award first and second place in each category. Winner will be announced at noon. The categories are individual, family or team. Age divisions are   for Individuals — Adult – age 17 and up; child  – under 17.

The rules are:

1). All entries must depict something related to one of the following arts areas:

Your gingerbread entry could be a Gingerbread Theatre, or perhaps a gingerbread house with a bake shop or Library, or have a paint brush leaning up against it or cookies, dance notes or anything related to the Arts.

2.) The Gingerbread House must be made of 100 percent edible materials. (Except for the board it is placed on).

3.) One Gingerbread House per participant/team.

4.)  All Gingerbread Houses must be placed on a board base not exceeding 18 inches by 18 inches. We suggest using plywood or something durable. (Cardboard could cause your house to crack or fall apart.)

5.) Include your name and Gingerbread House Title on the bottom of the base.

6.) All Gingerbread Houses must be in the form of a house.

7.) Non-edible decorations, like paint, ribbon, figurines, etc. may be used ONLY to decorate your base.

8.) A list of materials used to create your Gingerbread House along with a title and brief description should be submitted with your entry.

9.) Participants must register for the competition by Nov. 25. Entry forms may be obtained by downloading an entry form at, or pick up an entry form at the gallery.

To register by mail: Go to and print and complete the PDF and mail to: CNY Arts Center, P. O. Box 477, Fulton, NY 13069

To register in person: Stop in our gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton, from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

To register on-line, go to www.

10.) All entries must be delivered to the Art Gallery by 4 p.m. Dec. 1.

All entries will be judged on the following criteria: overall appearance, difficulty, creativity and originality, technique and skill and use of art theme.

On Borrowed Time enters second weekend

The second weekend of the Oswego Players latest show, “On Borrowed Time,” directed by Richard Mosher will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22.

There will be two other chances to catch this production – 8 p.m. Saturday Nov. 23 and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24.

Paul Osborne adapted the Broadway play version from the novel by Lawrence Edward Watkin.

Joannie Anderson, who plays Marsha, is a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, concentrating on the study of musical theatre. This is her third show with the Players, having had roles in last summer’s successful “Mame” and the Woody Allen comedy, “Don’t Drink the Water” in September.

Anderson is trained in voice as a mezzo, and has experience with jazz and modern dance. In her spare time she enjoys drawing, dancing and studying the Japanese language and culture.

She is interested in a wide array of things, including film theory, classical theatre, folklore, and sociology.

Norman Berlin, III, requires no introduction to Oswego audiences. He joined the Players in 2003 as a young lad, and has participated in nearly every production since that time in some way, shape or form.

“Normie,” as he is affectionately known, is currently a junior at SUNY Oswego, majoring in history and museum studies. His most recent on-stage roles were Sheldon Marcus in “The Best Man” and as Junior Babcock in “Mame.”

Berlin has a passion for theater and is always willing to fill in wherever needed on or back stage. He enjoys giving back to the community and plans to continue with the Oswego Players for many years to come.

Other cast members are Anne Raynor, Wayne Mosher, Peter Mahan, Matthew Oldenburg, Beverly Murtha, Jim Oldenburg, Michael Moss, Kyle Walton, Jonathan C. Altman, Troy Pepper, Zach Dumott and Tippy (Betty the Dog).

Location is the Francis Marion Brown Theatre in the Oswego Arts Center at Fort Ontario. Ticket prices are $10/adults; $8/seniors and $7/students.

Reservations are advised and can be made through the Box Office at 343.5138.  Check the Oswego Players website at for additional information.

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center

As the holidays draw near, CNY Arts Center has lots to offer.

Mark your calendars!

TH3, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 is Happy Hour at the Gallery for you to meet the artists and shop the gallery. With more than 30 artists on exhibit there is always something new to see.

At the Arts Center in 357 State St. Methodist Church, the Drama Club will debut at 7 p.m. Nov. 22 with monologues, skits and other original work.

The Drama Club is sponsored by Shineman Foundation for seventh- and eighth-graders to study theater twice a week after school at the Arts Center. This debut is a culmination of their efforts.

Ben and the Magic Paint Brush follows at 6 p.m. Nov. 23 with one performance only presented by Kids Onstage. The play written by Bathsheba Doran is produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.

Both events, Drama Club Debut and Kids Onstage, are open to the public for “Pay-What-You Can” at the door. In lieu of a ticket, you can support our young thespians with your donations.

At 6 p.m. Nov. 26 is an artist meet-up at the gallery for all artists – those already exhibiting their work and those thinking about it. Artists exchange ideas, share works in progress and socialize with others. The Studio Arts tab on the web site can provide details.

“Sew You Can” Christmas projects class will be offered Nov. 30.

Level One meets from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. followed by Level Two from 3 to 5 p.m. The project will be making Christmas cookie coin purses.

Students must have taken the beginners class and class will be limited to six students. All classes take place at the Arts Center at 357 State St. Methodist Church. Use the Park Street entrance.

Our Gingerbread House contest kicks off the holiday season for us. Gingerbread creations made by teams or individuals are due at the gallery between 2 and 4 p.m. Dec. 1.

Use your Thanksgiving holiday to make more than turkey. Stop by the gallery between Dec. 1 and 14 to vote for your favorite gingerbread creation. Winners will be announced Dec. 14 at our Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Arts in the Heart Gallery, 47 S. First St.

Following our open house on the evening of Dec. 14, we are planning a lovely dinner – Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret. This is a capital fundraising event. There will be specific details in columns to come.

From 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 we offer a class in collage. Learn about theme and composition to create interesting pieces. This class is in our classrooms on Park Street.

On Saturday, December 7 we are offering a full day of art fun with Holiday Goodies: 9-noon; Holiday Crafts: 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.; and Watercolor: 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

Concert features work by SUNY Oswego alum

SUNY Oswego pianist and music faculty member Robert Auler will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, in the Sheldon Hall ballroom, playing a repertoire that will include a work by 2007 alumnus and classical composer George N. “Nick” Gianopoulos.

Gianopoulos was an 18-year-old freshman from Baldwinsville when he took an introductory music course and his first-ever piano lessons at SUNY Oswego — events that helped propel him, now at age 28, to a career as a Los Angeles composer and pianist.

He is composer-in-residence for the LA-based Symbiosis Chamber Ensemble.

Auler will play “Theme and Variations” by Gianopoulos; “Distant Voices,” by Gao Ping, a Chinese composer and friend of Auler’s; a Beethoven piece, “Opus 81A”; and “ Allegro de Concert” by Spanish composer Enrique Granados.

A crescendo for Gianopoulos’ young career came this summer when his “Thirteen Haiku for Singers and Piano” — set to novelist and poet Jack Kerouac’s series of 13 of the vivid, Japanese-style short poems — was commissioned by and performed at a Wolf Trap Opera Company residency program in Vienna, Va., for emerging professionals.

“As a teacher, you hear about a lot about goals and career plans, and you encourage those,” Auler said. “It’s rare to see someone follow through on something so passionately.”

 Alum achiever

On his professional website, Gianopoulos credits Auler for encouraging him to teach, and by his senior year Gianopoulos had developed a 12-student piano studio and worked as a church pianist and organist.

Since graduation, world premieres of his classical works have been performed in Israel and Greece, and the Glendale Philharmonic commissioned his “Sonata for Two Celli.”

Auler said the young composer will be on hand to discuss the work.

“It’s really cool to see what Nick has done,” Auler said, citing Liszt and Rachmaninoff as two key influences for the young composer.

“Nick has added some modern sensibilities to it,” Auler said. “He hasn’t copied the past, he has added his own talents and ideas to make people sit up and say, ‘That’s beautiful.’”

Tickets for this and other performances in the SUNY Oswego music department’s Focus on Faculty Series are $8 ($5 for SUNY Oswego students), and are available at the college’s box offices, online at and by calling 312-2141.

Parking is included in the price of the ticket and is available in the faculty and commuter lots adjacent to and across Washington Boulevard from Sheldon Hall. People with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 in advance.

2 youth productions set for Nov. 22 and 23

CNY Arts Center announces the debut of two youth productions onstage Nov. 22 and 23 with Drama Club and Kids Onstage.

Both groups have been meeting weekly since mid-September and will present to parents, family and friends in separate performances. Both presentations are Pay-What-You-Can performances open to the public in lieu of tickets and take place at 357 State St. Methodist Church in Fulton. Please use the Park Street entrance.

At 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, Drama Club will present more than 20 students with prepared monologues, skits and some original work. With a generous grant from Shineman Foundation, CNY Arts Center launched a Drama Club for seventh- and eighth-graders in collaboration with the school district.

Students have been studying all aspects of theater from acting to costume design and more. The group will reconvene in January to audition and rehearse a complete play for performance in April.

At 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, the next Kids Onstage production will premiere “Ben and the Magic Paintbrush” for one performance only.

The short play is the culmination of the eight-week children’s theater program and welcomes newcomers Sophie Neveu and Meli Preston alongside returning veterans Griffin Marriner, Kyra Baker, Charlie Stoutenger and Ben Norton.

The adaptation of a Chinese folk tale was written by Bathsheba Doran and tells the tale of orphan siblings peddling for money as a sidewalk artist and living statue. The brave duo fall victim to a corrupt socialite in possession of a magic paintbrush and the adventure begins. The play is presented by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc at

This is the first production for second-grader Sophie Neveu, who plays the title role of Ben, a sidewalk artist, alongside Meline Preston, also a second-grader, as a statut whose challenge is to stand still.

Returning Kids Onstage members include Griffin Marriner, as the henpecked husband Harold, with several productions to his credit including The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and most recently Charlotte’s Web where he played Mr. Zuckerman.

Kyra Baker, plays Harold’s pushy wife Cynthia, and is another veteran Kids Onstage member who has been with CNY Arts Center from the beginning. She was seen first in Yes, Virginia…The Musical, followed by The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Helen Keller, and most recently as Fern, in Charlotte’s Web.

Ben Norton, the bumbling policeman, is also in his fourth production with CNY Arts Center having been seen in Yes, Virginia, the Musical, as Sidney in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, and most recently as Wilbur in Charlotte’s Web.

Charles Stoutenger rounds out the veterans in the cast as Pierre Robelinsky, a French artiste. Charlie shared the stage in Yes, Virginia…The Musical as a newsie and as Huck Finn in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Kids Onstage will resume in January with a full length production expected in April. For more information on either group or presentation, visit or call 592-3373.

Poetry Corner, by Jim Farfaglia

We Move On      By Jim Farfaglia


Luckily, I caught a glimpse

as the four or five of you

traveled my yard’s wooded edges,

playing follow the leader;

one foot—scratching, scratching—

after the other,

thin necks probing the unknown,

beaks pecking out an uncharted path.

For a moment, I admired your bellies,

so full from a bountiful season,

and your feathers with mysterious markings.

But, true to your nature, you did not stay:

Called to where life leads,

you took your mystery with you,

leaving behind a lesson about searching,

about moving on.

CNY Book Award finalists named

The YMCA’s Downtown Writers Center has released the list of finalists for the 2013 CNY Book Awards, a series of prizes honoring the best writers from the Central New York region.

The finalists in each category — poetry, fiction and non-fiction — were selected by independent judges, who are also charged with naming a winner in each category.

Poetry Finalists: Sarah C. Harwell, for Sit Down, Traveler

Stephen Kuusisto, for Letters to Borges

Melissa Tuckey, for Tenuous Chapel

Poetry Judge: KateLynn Hibbard, author of Sweet Weight

Fiction Finalists: Patrick Lawler, for Rescuers of Skydivers Search Among the Clouds

Jennifer Pashley, for The Conjurer

Shawn Goodman, for Kindness for Weakness

Fiction Judge: Mike Czyniejewski, author of Elephants in Our Bedroom

Non-Fiction Finalists: Kathy O’Connell, for Firewalk: Embracing Different Abilities

Mark Monmonier, for Lake Effect

Paul Kocak, for World Serious

Non-Fiction Judge: Sonja Livingston, author of Ghostbread

Tuckey and Goodwin are from Ithaca and the rest of the finalists are from Onondaga County. Officials said there were numerous entries from Oswego County.

The winners of the CNY Book Awards will be announced live at this year’s Awards Reception to be held at 6:15 p.m. Dec. 5 at the La Casita Cultural Center.

The event is a fundraiser for the YMCA’s Downtown Writers Center.

For tickets, contact Arts Branch of the YMCA Executive Director Phil Memmer at 474-6851 x328, or by email at