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Local, national acts take stage at Christian music fest

The SOS Fest 3 is now an amazing memory for hundreds of Central New Yorkers. The SOS Fest is a three-day Christian music festival sponsored by the Cabin 3 youth group based in God’s Vision Christian church in Hannibal and was held July 19–21 at the Hannibal Firemen’s field.

All genres of music were enjoyed. Friday night started off with two local bands, The Sent Forth from Central New York and Second Story from Fulton.

The night was closed out with National recording artists the Brothers McClurg (aka Relevant Worship) and special guest speaker Wes Aarum, both from Buffalo. A wind and thunderstorm moved over the festival, but it hit right between two bands and only produced a small delay.

Saturday’s music had all ages pleased with many bands playing all evening. The Good Fight from Mexico kicked off the day followed by Molly’s Way from Utica, The 7 Thunders from Long Island, Against The Slate from Pennsylvania, Life Band from Rome, Grant Woell from Michigan and Everyday Sunday from Ohio.

Inspirational speakers included David Hayner from the New Life Church in Herkimer and Jonnie Nickles from Rome.

There was a free water slide set up as well as a variety of sale and display booths. Present at the festival was a booth sponsored by the Hannibal Community Park.

The Fowlers had a maple products booth with treats such as maple cotton candy. Cabin 3’s booth sold jewelry, T-shirts and more. The SOS Fest had a booth selling shirts and drawstring bags. World Vision’s booth displayed cardboard houses, and the American Baptist Men New York state had a display booth with PowerPoint presentations.

Other booths included a college student who is a missionary in China had a booth, Vintage Truth ministry from Buffalo, a Christian college from the Utica area, the Another Level youth group. Kingdombound Music Festival had a booth and The Field Of Miracles festival from Niagara Falls were represented as well. Many of the bands also had tables selling compact discs, T-shirts and other merchandise. The SOS Fest had a food booth selling pizza, subs and drinks.

Many other organizations had signed up to have a booth but due to the weather and other factors could not attend.

Plans are already underway for The SOS Fest 4. If any Central New York nonprofit would like to run a booth or game, contact Erik at 564-6133 for details. There is no cost to nonprofits. Vendors and crafters also are welcome. Details can be found at cabin3ministries.org.

Phoenix Community Band to perform

The Phoenix Community Band will perform Saturday, Aug. 3 at Henley Park in Phoenix.

Other bands will be performing from 1 to 6 p.m. as well.

In order of appearance will be hear the Oswego New Horizons Band, CNY Alphorns, Syracuse Brigadiers Alumni, Mexico Brass, and the Phoenix Community Band, under the direction of Dave Frateschi.

Each band will have roughly an hour to set up and perform. These bands play a wide variety of music.

In the event of rain, the performance will be curtailed or cancelled, depending upon when the weather turns bad.

Last call for ‘Fulton Idol’

The deadline for registration to take part in the “Fulton Idol” vocal music experience is set for tomorrow, Aug. 1.

“Fulton Idol” will take place from 6 to 8:30 p.m., Aug. 5–9, at First United Church of Fulton, 33 S. Third St.

“Fulton Idol” is designed for youth ages 10 to 15 as an opportunity to develop and display vocal performance by individuals and by groups.

There is no charge to participate. Qualified voice coaches will work with vocalists.

A performance is scheduled for Friday evening, Aug. 9.

Significant cash prizes will be awarded to the top three entries. Every participant will receive some reward.

Those seeking to register may contact First United Church at 592-2707 or prairieborn@aol.com.

This event is sponsored by the Open Doors Neighborhood Center.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

With another successful Harborfest mural project wrapping up, CNY Arts Center turns its focus to a great lineup of classes, ARTY Day Camp and “Charlotte’s Web” in August.

The Oil Painting a Western Scene class is scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 1, from 5:30 to 9 p.m. with Bonnie McClellan, who will lead students to create a western scene in oils.

Facebook Workshop Promotion for the Arts returns Saturday, Aug. 3, from 1 to 4 p.m. 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 and clients by updating statuses, adding pictures and posting events.

All skill levels are welcome, so whether you already have a page or have never used Facebook before, this workshop can help you.

Collage Making — held Aug. 3 from 9 a.m. to noon — is for ages 8 and older. This is a great way to recycle materials around the house and turn them into art. Magazines, newspapers, photos, string, cardboard, fabric — you name it!

Bring your own or use the provided materials to create collages using different techniques. All skill levels are welcome.

Story Time Art for 4- to 7-year-olds continues Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. with Kendra Matott. “Green Eggs and Ham” will have kids create new wacky colored foods! More great titles and fun art projects are bringing summer fun. Don’t miss out. Please pre-register at CNYArtsCenter.com

Introductory Stained Glass series, Thursdays from 6:30 to 8 p.m., is expected to return Aug. 1 for ages 16 and up. Call the office at 592-3373 for updates.

Saturday, Aug. 10, will be day to enjoy your favorite art medium starting with Bonnie McClellan’s Oil Painting “Mountain Reflection” from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., or another workshop on Collage Making with Kendra Matott from 9 a.m. to noon, followed by her popular Different Ways to Draw class from 1 to 4 p.m.

The Arts in the HeArt Gallery is hosting a Café Exchange for writers, studio artists, actors and culinary artists Sunday, Aug. 11, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 47 S. First St. It is free and open to the public and should be a great night of socializing and sharing the arts. Bring a friend and join us!

“Charlotte’s Web” opens Aug. 16 for three performances only: Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. Tickets and reservations for this kids-only cast of more than 30 are available at CNYArtsCenter.com.

ARTY Camp was so much fun in July and more great things are being planned for our next session, Aug. 19–23. There is still time to register your child. Scholarships are available — no child will be turned away. Visit CNYArtsCenter.com for information.

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.

Fifth in Oswego Summer Sunset Concert Series to be held tonight

The fifth concert in the Oswego Summer Sunset Concert Series will be held tonight, July 31, at 7:30 p.m. at Breitbeck Park in Oswego. These concerts are provided free to the public by the City of Oswego and the Musicians Union of Oswego County. The 17-piece Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Stan Gosek, will be performing this week. Popular selections from all eras of Big Band music will be featured.

A unique experience is coming to Fulton

Tuesday, July 23 at 7 p.m., the Divisi Children’s Choir of Valencia, Spain will be performing at the Fulton Alliance Church.

They will do a variety of sacred and secular music. This choir of “voces blancas” has performed around the world, most recently in the Vienna’s Golden Hall at the United Nations World Peace Concert and in Dorog, Hungary.

Two of the choralists are daughters of a former Fulton resident Renee Rice, and granddaughters of Richard and Joyce Rice of Fulton.

Sofia and Raquel have been members of the choir for six years and have performed in Romania, Macedonia, Hungary, Austria, and are proud to bring their choir to Fulton.

Their U.S. tour will begin in Washington, D.C. singing at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. They will then travel to New York to sing in the Casa Galicia, Astoria, Queens.  hey then will travel to Boston to sing with the PALS Children’s choir.

While in the Fulton area, they will sing a Latin mass by Diericx at St. Mary’s Church in Auburn Sunday, July 21, at 9:45 a.m.

The concert is free and an offering will be taken for the choir.

The Fulton Alliance Church is located at 1044 N.Y.S. Rte. 48 South.

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Summer concerts continue at Phoenix’s Henley Park

Elvis at the park – Tom Gilbo (Elvis) gives sash to women in the audience at the Tom Gilbo & The Blue Suedes Concert. Summer concerts are continuing along side the Oswego River Canal in Henley Park in Phoenix.
Elvis at the park – Tom Gilbo (Elvis) gives sash to women in the audience at the Tom Gilbo & The Blue Suedes Concert. Summer concerts are continuing along side the Oswego River Canal in Henley Park in Phoenix.

Summer concerts are continuing along side the Oswego River Canal in Henley Park in Phoenix.

This year, the Town of Schroeppel is joining forces with the Village of Phoenix, which also received funding, to promote a concert series that includes both Monday and Friday nights for the months of July and August.

The goal for all involved is to encourage a greater appreciation of arts and culture in the area.  This is done by promoting, supporting and celebrating arts and culture locally.

By popular request, this summer’s Monday night concert series will feature a variety of music, especially country and oldies.

The concerts will take place at Henley Park, on State Street in Phoenix, from 6 to 8 p.m.

The remaining concert schedule is as follows:

• July 22 – Susan Taylor Trio (variety)

• July 29 – Weekend Pass (country)

• Aug. 5 – DeSantis Trio (variety)

• Aug. 12 –  The Custom Taylor Trio (Popular current country)

• Aug. 19 – Phoenix Community Concert Band

The Village of Phoenix’s grant from CNY Arts for the “Friday Nights of Fun” concert series, will feature a variety of musical styles performed by some of the most talented musicians in Central New York, and it will be held on Friday nights at 6 p.m. at Henley Park as follows:

• July 19 – Stone River Band

• July 26 – Vote for Pete

• Aug. 2 – Hendry Band

• Aug. 9 – Western Swing

• Aug. 16 – Clean Slate

• Aug. 23 – Nite Life

The rain location for all of  the concerts, except the Phoenix Community Band, will be at the Phoenix fire station (Route 57).

The Phoenix Community Band concert will be canceled in the event of bad weather.

 

 

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Mexico Point Park to hold Severin Bischof art show

Art show in Mexico – Friends of Mexico Point Park are hosting an art show featuring Severin Bischof’s watercolors and wood cuts. Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. will be opening night with a wine and dessert gala. There will be an admission fee. The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. There is an admission price as well.
Art show in Mexico – Friends of Mexico Point Park are hosting an art show featuring Severin Bischof’s watercolors and wood cuts. Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. will be opening night with a wine and dessert gala. There will be an admission fee. The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. There is an admission price as well.

Friends of Mexico Point Park are hosting an art show featuring Severin Bischof’s watercolors and wood cuts.

Friday, Aug. 9 at 7 p.m. will be opening night with a wine and dessert gala. There will be an admission fee.

The show will continue Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 10 and 11 from 1 to 4 p.m. There is an admission price as well.

This is a fund-raiser for the maintenance and restoration of Casey’s Cottage. Those seeking reservations may call 963-7657 or email Betty at bj2green@aol.com.

Bischof, a master painter, was born in 1893 in Germany where he apprenticed and began is art career. He learned to restore religious paintings and worked in the great cathedrals in Europe.

He also learned the art of cutting glass and was a decorative painter of furniture.

In 1928, Bischof was an art student at Syracuse University, and later worked for Syroco, an ornamental woodworking company.

While at Syracuse University, he met Dr. William Casey and began what became a lifelong friendship.   Dr. Casey, a sociology professor at Columbia University, summered at Mexico Point Park.

The unused carriage house at Mexico Point was transformed into Casey’s Cottage by the two close friends. Casey provided the means and Bischof provided the designs.

The art show will feature the artwork of Bischof including his woodcuts and pastels of his vision for transforming the carriage house into Casey’s Cottage.

According to John Bischof, the artist’s son, “The cottage was a work of love, a place of beauty, friends, companionship and good conversation only.”