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Sewing classes offered for National Sewing Month

September as National Sewing Month is the perfect connection for CNY Arts Center to offer a return to the basics of sewing for a new generation.

Sew You Can classes for ages 6-18 start Saturday, Sept. 28 and run throughout the fall at the Arts Center location at 357 State St. Methodist Church through the Park St entrance in Fulton.

Students will learn how to use a sewing machine, know all the parts of the machine and learn basic stitches.

Each class will create a project and receive a special patch on completion of training. Creative sewing classes with individual sewing projects will be open to those students who have completed training on the sewing machines.

The observance of National Sewing Month began in 1982 with a proclamation from President Ronald Reagan declaring September as National Sewing Month “in recognition of the importance of home sewing to our Nation.”

Subsequent proclamations signed by President Reagan state that “tens of millions of Americans sew at home. Their efforts demonstrate the industry, the skill and the self-reliance which are so characteristic of this Nation.”

Citing the creative, “therapeutic and calming effects of sewing” at NationalSewingMonth.org, the annual observance is a national effort to sustain the art of sewing in all its many forms with a belief that sewing reduces stress in adults and gives kids a creative edge.

“Since sewing is no longer taught in schools as a basic skill, these classes meet a need for learning and experience many children, and adults, do not have access to,” said Nancy Fox, executive director. “This sewing class series for kids will empower them for a lifetime with the skills they learn and take with them.”

“The art of sewing is a satisfying and limitless skill within the reach of everyone from the basic sewing on a button to creating individual and imaginative works of art. Fiber arts are an exciting part of the textile industry with many new textures and fabrics and threads. Sewing quickly becomes a passion.”

From sewing to culinary to painting, drawing or writing, CNY Arts Center offers all arts for all ages. “Our fall calendar is a feast of options for every artistic palette,” Fox continues. “We look for classes that meet the need for every skill level and interest.”

For more information and to register for classes, visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

SUNY Oswego troupe takes to stage in Scotland

Six students and two theater faculty members from State University College at Oswego participated in August in the world’s largest performing arts festival, taking their production of “Desdemona, A Play About a Handkerchief” to the stages and streets of Edinburgh, Scotland.

The Edinburgh Fringe Festival — a monthlong kaleidoscope of more than 2,100 theater, music, dance and comedy productions — drew the SUNY Oswego troupe for a jam-packed 11-day trip.

“It was really inspiring,” said Joan Hart Willard, adjunct instructor of theater and director for the college’s production of the Paula Vogel play.

“The most valuable part for the students was they learned they were competing with these different professional (and other college) actors, and it takes a very strong commitment to go out and do your best all the time. It’s hard work, but it pays off,” she said.

Dana Ernest (Desdemona), Robin Rubeo (Emilia), Clare Bawarski (Bianca) and stage manager Kelly McMenemon, backstage and props manager Carlos Clemenz and lighting director Tyler Eldred made the trip with theater chair and professor Jessica Hester and Willard.

An “Othello” spinoff, “Desdemona” played in SUNY Oswego’s lab theater in March.

The troupe left Aug. 1, stayed at the University of Edinburgh and could walk to the festival’s stages and “the Royal Mile” (High Street) where they did two 20-minute performances — a traditional form of promotion known as busking — and handed out postcards inviting passersby to their four productions in Surgeons Hall, one of six theaters collectively known as The Space.

“It was a lot of fun,” Willard said. “They are a great group of students, very mature and responsible. They were real troupers.”

Competitors from some other colleges around the world produced homegrown plays, another object lesson for the Oswego group.

“If you want to make a living doing this profession, you sometimes have to plan the production, find the money and do it yourself,” Willard said.

Research and funding

The road to Edinburgh was paved with research, planning and funding.

“I took a theater group from Syracuse University years ago and it was a very positive experience,” said Willard, who is also a playwright and actor.

She spoke about the idea a couple of years ago with Hester, who journeyed to Edinburgh for the festival last year during the international college competition.

Hester returned and started writing grant applications, receiving support from the International College Theater Festival as well as numerous on-campus resources. She said the effort was well worth it in terms of educational value for the students.

“They were able to perform in the largest performing arts festival in the world,” Hester said. “They saw so many different types of performances from so many countries, their understanding of what theater can be has expanded far beyond their experiences in New York. It was literally a life- and career-changing experience.”

Quilting in the woods weekend retreat starts Oct. 11

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County announces the eighth annual Quilting in the Woods Retreat to be held at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center.

This retreat will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and run through noon Oct. 13.

Whether a participant is an experienced quilter who has been making quilts for years or is just discovering the rewards of quilting, this retreat is perfect.

It’s packed full of great projects, quilting instruction, good food and lots of fun.

Saturday evening is social time with games and prizes. Participants will make new friends while spending the weekend quilting with people who share the same interests and love for quilting.

Workshops for the weekend include: Trade Winds (pinwheel), Piece of Cake, Zig a Zag table-runner or bed scarf from Quilt in a Day; and Take Five Quilts the Takes a Tumble pattern.

The weekend will end on Sunday with a mini-workshop including continuous bias binding, and measuring for borders.

Quilting in the Woods Retreat also includes a break from the sewing machine with a nature walk on the trails at Amboy with an environmental educator.

If they are unable to attend the whole weekend, quilters can attend individual workshops. Registration deadline with payment is Sept. 23. Materials lists will be sent after registration and payment are received.

For more information, or to register,  call the Oswego County 4-H office at 963-7286, ext. 302 or email mmm65@cornell.edu.

Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

September’s off and running with our third annual outdoor Arts Market 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 with nearly 50 vendors in the old Nestle parking lot.

Shoppers will find original handmade art, crafts, vintage items, yard sale treasures, Christmas gifts and a great shopping experience with plenty of room to stroll among the vendors in Fulton’s largest outdoor market.

Drama Club for seventh- and eighth- graders begins Sept. 16, meeting Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Arts Center.

This great new activity is free and open to all seventh- and eighth-grade students in the area regardless of school or home school affiliation. A commitment to the entire 10 weeks is the only requirement.

This group will work throughout the fall to develop a new theater group for teens with a production scheduled for mid-November. The club will meet at CNY Arts Center at State Street United Methodist Church.

Auditions for the Christmas production of Little Women will take place 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 19, from noon to 3 p.m. Sept. 21 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 24 at the Arts Center.

Ages 15 and older are invited to audition for the beloved classic, which will premiere Dec. 13 to 22.  For more information about the production, visit CNYArtsCenter.com.

Kids Onstage for all kids ages 7 to 18 will start Sept. 21 and meet from 5 to 7 p.m. for eight Saturdays at the Arts Center.

This drama class will develop skills and techniques for stage presence, creative problem solving, team building, and character development.

Children who complete Kids Onstage classes will be allowed to audition for the spring all youth production. Kids Onscreen will start in early October. This is the great film class where kids develop a short script that is filmed and edited by the class instructor.

More new classes on tap for the fall include sewing classes for all skill levels,  popular culinary adventures, a writing critique workshop and capturing memories in story and in collage; story time art, oil painting, pumpkin carving and more all take place at the center in the church.

Get all the latest news and updates at CNYArtsCenter.com. Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out.

Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit CNYArtsCenter.com for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates.

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

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. Artists can apply for gallery space online at CNYArtsCenter.com.

Writing class focuses on school memories

The river’s end bookstore in Oswego is offering the next in its series of programs for writers and those interested in becoming writers.

“School Days, School Ways: Recalling How and What We Learned” will explore the memories we have related to our school years: favorite teachers, best friends, embarrassing classroom moments, first crushes, etc.

The class begins Sept. 12.

“We have so much emotion stemming from our school years,” said Jim Farfaglia, writing instructor.

“It was a time when our minds and bodies were rapidly developing and we were learning new things — both in and out of the classroom,” he said. “By tapping into our school-related memories, we can discover how those years continue to inform who we are today — and we can have a little fun remembering.”

Class time will be spent participating in activities to rekindle memories and inspire writing.

Each week, the class will focus on a different aspect of school and participants will have the opportunity to share the stories they have written. No previous writing experience is necessary.

The class will be held at the bookstore, West Second and Bridge streets in Oswego, and will run for six Thursdays, beginning Sept. 12 and continuing through Oct. 17.

Class time will run from 6 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. There is a fee for the class.

For more information, or to register, contact the river’s end bookstore at 342-0077, or visit Farfaglia’s website at jimfarfaglia.weebly.com and click on “Writing Classes.”

Calling all amateur ham radio operators

Fulton Amateur Radio Club is pleased to announce another free amateur radio entry level technician course starting 7 p.m. Sept. 16 in the County Building, Fulton, across from Mimi’s.

The only cost to students will be the purchase of the study guide.

The technician class license is designed for beginning level hams. This is where you will open the door and go inside to the exciting world of Ham Radio and learn more about Amateur Radio as you progress. It authorizes you all ham radio privileges above 30 Megahertz (MHz).

1500 watts of power and these privileges include the very popular 2-meter band. Many technician licensees enjoy using small 2-meter hand-held radios to stay in touch with other hams in their area or operate from just about any vehicle, boat, etc.

Imagine sending live TV in real time over the air or just still pictures over the air! Technician class Hams may operate FM voice, many digital modes including packet (computers), television, single-sideband voice and several other interesting modes.

As a technician class ham radio operator, you can even make international radio contacts via ham radio satellites, and actually communicate directly to hams aboard the International Space Station using relatively simple and inexpensive equipment.

Imagine the thrill of talking to the astronauts, many of whom are licensed ham radio operators, aboard the space station, talking directly to ham radio satellites in space that relay your signals to earth far beyond your horizon, or just around the block or around the world using your own licensed station and equipment!

Using the computer and ham radio, you can “talk” using your voice or the keyboard to ham friends or make new ones literally around the world using less power than a 100 watt light bulb! Hams know how to do this!

Our goal is to provide comprehensive, regular training for the ham radio community around Oswego County. We primarily conduct licensing courses, but we seek ideas for other types of training as well.

If you would like to become a licensed amateur radio operator, contact Fred Koch at 652- 8441 or Rick Boutell at 963-3814 to register.

Quilting in the woods weekend retreat starts Oct. 11

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County announces the eighth annual Quilting in the Woods Retreat to be held at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center.

This retreat will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 11 and run through noon Oct. 13.

Whether a participant is an experienced quilter who has been making quilts for years or is just discovering the rewards of quilting, this retreat is perfect.

It’s packed full of great projects, quilting instruction, good food and lots of fun.

Saturday evening is social time with games and prizes. Participants will make new friends while spending the weekend quilting with people who share the same interests and love for quilting.

Workshops for the weekend include: Trade Winds (pinwheel), Piece of Cake, Zig a Zag table-runner or bed scarf from Quilt in a Day; and Take Five Quilts the Takes a Tumble pattern.

The weekend will end on Sunday with a mini-workshop including continuous bias binding, and measuring for borders.

Quilting in the Woods Retreat also includes a break from the sewing machine with a nature walk on the trails at Amboy with an environmental educator.

If they are unable to attend the whole weekend, quilters can attend individual workshops. Registration deadline with payment is Sept. 23. Materials lists will be sent after registration and payment are received.

For more information, or to register,  call the Oswego County 4-H office at 963-7286, ext. 302 or email mmm65@cornell.edu.

Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

CNY Arts Center’s Arts Market returns

It has become a popular event for vendors, crafters, flea market enthusiasts, and early Christmas shoppers and it’s here again.

CNY Arts Center’s third annual Arts Market is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 14 in the old Nestlé parking lot on Fay Street in Fulton.

“We’re getting a record response from vendors this year with nearly 50 booths already reserved,” said Nancy Fox, director.

“We have a great variety of handmade original art, crafts, food, jewelry, pottery, household goods, vintage items, pet products,” she said. “We will have prize baskets of items donated from each of the vendors, typically a $200 to $300 value, available for raffle.

“There are several food merchants lined up and with such a big parking lot, there’ll be plenty of room for shoppers to stroll among the vendors in the biggest annual outdoor market in Fulton. We will have an area for children to have fun with sidewalk art and bubble fun,” Fox continued.

“One vendor will have face painting and we’re even anticipating a sidewalk artist whose work was seen in the recent Syracuse Sidewalk Art Festival to come and share his unique art with us,” she said.

The annual event raises funds to support the multi-arts nonprofit organization with programming in studio and fine arts, writing arts, culinary arts and performing arts.

The center offers classes in all arts for all ages. Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theater and Arty Camp are held in CNY Arts Center, in the lower level of State Street United Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton.

CNY Arts Center also maintains an art gallery in downtown Fulton. Arts in the HeART Gallery is located across from the gazebo at 47 S. First St.

It exhibits the work of nearly 30 local artists with a featured artist every month and Artist Meet-up on the last Tuesday of every month inviting local artists to meet and exchange techniques and ideas.

For more information on the group’s  events and activities, visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.