Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Scrabble Fest to benefit Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County

In the game of Scrabble, the word literacy is worth 13 points. In real life, it’s priceless.

Friday, Sept. 20, Literacy Volunteers of Oswego County will hold its seventh annual Diane Falise Memorial Scrabble Fest.

One of Oswego County’s most entertaining fund-raisers, Scrabble Fest offers devotees of the game Scrabble the opportunity to enjoy an evening of friendly competition, and more.

“Scrabble Fest is much more than just another fund raiser,” said Meg Henderson, coordinator of OCO’s Literacy Volunteers Program.

“Scrabble Fest is also a way to raise awareness of LVOC and our efforts to combat the issue of illiteracy in Oswego County.  Currently, approximately 15-17 percent of the adult population of Oswego County cannot read above the 5th grade level,” she added.

“The majority of LVOC students are between the ages of 19 and 59, with the fastest growing age group entering the program being between 18 and 29,” Henderson continued. “It is an issue that needs to be addressed, as these individuals are unable to do what many of us take for granted such as reading newspapers, medication labels, recipes and most books.  LVOC offers the opportunity for them to gain the literary skills and computer skills necessary for daily activities and more.”

Operating under the auspices of Oswego County Opportunities, LVOC provides confidential tutoring services at no cost to the student.

Tutoring includes basic literacy (reading and writing), English literacy to improve English speaking, reading and writing skills, and some simple math and computer skills

Scheduled for Friday, Sept. 20, the Scrabble Fest will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Oswego Elks Lodge #271.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m., welcome is at 6:15 p.m., and games begin promptly at 6:30 p.m. Teams of four will compete against each other in four 20-minute rounds.

Team scores will be tallied and the top three teams will be awarded prizes.

To add to the fun of the event, there will be prizes for the team and individual who bring in the most pledges.

“Whether you’re playing, or just rooting on your favorite team, Scrabble Fest is a great opportunity to get your friends, family or co-workers together for an evening of fun for a very worthwhile cause that may have a tremendously positive impact on a person’s life,” added Henderson.

In addition to the Scrabble  competition, Henderson said that there will be a silent auction featuring some great items donated by local merchants who support LVOC, and a 50/50 drawing.

Entry fee for a team of four is $100 and includes light refreshments. The cost for individuals wishing to attend but not compete in the event is $15 (this fee includes light refreshments).

All proceeds from Scrabble Fest will benefit LVOC.

Those seeking more information may call 342-8839 or visit

CNY Arts Center offers writing classes

The CNY Arts Center of Fulton has announced its latest writing classes.

“Journal Entries – On a Personal Note” will be offered Monday, July 22, from 4 to 8 p.m. Instructor Brittney Jerred will introduce writers to the concepts of voice, colorful writing, and showing, not telling.

All will complete a writing project in class — either by hand or by word processing — that will be published on the internet for participants to share with friends and the public.

A link will be provided at class.

“I look forward to meeting our local talented writers at this workshop and reading their submissions,” said Jerred. “We will have a finished product to share at the end.”

Those who prefer to write on a laptop computer may do so, but traditional pen-and-paper writing is also welcome.

The class will be held at the CNY Arts Center, located at 357 State Street in Fulton

Participants should bring a bagged lunch.

“Writers On The Road” is a class that will take place at the Arts Center’s “Arts in the Heart” Gallery, located at 47 S. First St. in downtown Fulton.

The program will take place July 20 from 1 to 4 p.m.

Instructor Jim Farfaglia will explore how artwork can inspire and prompt work. Instruction will be provided to guide participants as they write short pieces inspired by the artwork on display at the Gallery.

“Writing and creating studio art are related at a basic level,” said Farfaglia. “They are different ways to express ourselves, but when experienced together, they can further inspire us. Not only is this class a great way to see the exciting artwork being created by local artists, but to look deeper into what the artists are expressing through our writing.”

Both classes are open to writers of all levels of experiences. There is a fee for the classes.

Those seeking more information about the fees and other class details, or to register, may call the CNY offices at 592-3373.

Phoenix receives grant funds to continue Friday night concert series

The Village of Phoenix has been awarded $975.00 from CNY Arts, formerly the Cultural Resources Council, under the 2013 Community Arts Grants Program.

Community Arts Grants provide support for arts and cultural projects to community-based organizations, groups, collectives, and artists in Cortland, Herkimer, Madison, Oneida, Onondaga and Oswego counties that meet certain criteria.

Funds are provided by the State and Local Partnership Program of the New York State Council on the Arts through its Decentralization initiative.

“The Village of Phoenix is very excited to receive another grant for the Friday Nights of Fun concert series,” said Mayor Anthony Fratto. “Due to the overwhelming support for this program, we have expanded this year’s concert series to include seven performances by some of Central New York’s most talented musicians.

“One of our many goals of the Village of Phoenix is to enhance the quality of life for our residents and visitors,” Fratto aded. “We accomplish this goal by generating and supporting cultural experiences, such as the concerts in Henley Park.”

The Village of Phoenix will use the grant funds to continue the Friday Nights of Fun Concert Series, which was started in 2012.

The concert schedule has been finalized and will feature performances by Flat Face and the Shemp-dells July 12, Stone River Band July 19, Vote for Pete July 26, Hendry Aug. 2, Western Swing Aug. 9, Clean Slate Aug. 16 and Nite Life Aug. 23.

All performances will be held at Henley Park and begin at 6 p.m.

In addition to funding from CNY Arts, the continuation of this concert series would not be possible without the financial contributions of the Village of Phoenix, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Michelle’s Baskets and Bows, Dunn and Sgromo Engineers, Gingersnap Bakery, Leon Vickery, Inc/Vickery Insurance and KL Consulting Services, along with many generous donations from members of the community.

The Town of Schroeppel has also received a grant from CNY Arts for the Monday Night concert series that will be held in Henley Park.

The concert schedule is as follows: July 15 – Joe Whiting, July 22 – Susan Taylor Trio, July 29 – Weekend Pass, Aug. 5 – DeSantis Trio, Aug. 12 –  The Custom Taylor Trio, and Aug. 19 – Phoenix Community Concert Band.

The rain location for both the Monday and Friday night concerts will be at the Phoenix Fire Station.

The Phoenix Community Band performance will be cancelled if the weather is bad.

‘Art in the Wind’ mural takes flight

CNY Arts Center is ready to launch its next community mural project titled “Art in the Wind.”

The 8-foot-by-12-foot mural will invite visitors to Harborfest’ Novelis Family Park July 26-28 to paint recycled aluminum squares as a portion of a larger painting.

Pieces will then be baked, strung on an aluminum frame, and hung in a permanent location in the CNY region.

“We are excited to present another community mural project for Harborfest visitors,” said concept creator Leslie Paice. “Last year’s stained glass mural of Van Gogh’s Starry Night was a crowd pleaser. The completed mural using nearly 2,000 cut glass bottles was erected in Fulton at Indian Point Park.

“This year’s mural is the exact opposite in terms of lightweight construction.” Paice added. “It is bigger and calls for more than 600 individual aluminum squares to be painted and assembled like a giant puzzle.”

The original art entitled “Wings” is the creation of Angela Arrey-Wastavino whose artwork was chosen in a juried competition earlier in the year.

“We are delighted with this selection for the mural,” Paice noted. “It is inspirational and uplifting and with the metal exposure will capture the sunlight beautifully drawing the eye and making spirits soar. The art evokes feelings of freedom and joy, a perfect depiction of what the mural intends to convey.”

Arrey-Wastavino is a versatile multi-disciplinary artist and academician whose work has exhibited internationally in Europe and Latin America.

She is currently president of Onondaga Art Guild and leads public relations for Associated Artists of Central New York. Her international life style and multiethnic background have inspired her creativity in the field of visual arts developing concepts with particular attention to details.

The artist will be in attendance during Harborfest to help with the project, accompanied by students and family members coming from Europe to participate in the historic event.

“This is another example of the arts bringing the community coming together, an international community in this case, to create a lasting legacy for all to enjoy,” said Paice.

Those seeking more information on the group may visit or call 592-3373.

Heritage Foundation to offer appraisal service, consignment booth

Ever wonder what your prized family heirlooms might be worth? You will have the opportunity to find out at the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s Annual Antique Show & Sale.

The event, the Heritage Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year, will be held Harborfest weekend July 27-28.

The show will be held indoors at the Oswego YMCA Armory at the corner of West First and West Utica streets.

Sunday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., attendees will have the opportunity to bring in their treasured antiques and have them professionally appraised.

“We are honored to be able to provide this valuable resource to Oswego,” said committee Chairperson Austin Wheelock. “Mr. Edward Becker Jr. of Colony Shop Antiques & Art in Fayetteville is a certified appraiser with almost 40 years of experience whose expertise includes Asian, European, and American antiques, American and European furniture, as well as paintings, sculpture, and other artwork.

“Our attendees will appreciate the wealth of knowledge and unique insight on the world of antiques and art that Mr. Becker has to offer.”

Appraisals will have a per item charge. Proceeds of the appraisals will be donated by Becker to the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County.

The antique show will also feature a special Heritage Foundation booth offering consigned or donated antiques and collectibles.

“The antique show is a great opportunity to sell these items with Heritage Foundation doing the work and the owner getting paid,” Wheelock said. “It’s a wonderful experience for those who may not otherwise participate in antique shows.”

The antique show will be open Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The show is within walking distance of the Harborfest activities or attendees can take the trolley to the front entrance.

There is limited adjacent free parking for antique show visitors.

Those interested in more information on consigning items or reserving a vendor booth may contact Wheelock at 532-1277 or leave a message at the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County office at 315-342-3354.


Concert and fireworks planned for July 14 in Mexico

Brass band – The Mexico Brass Band will be one of the performers during Mexico Point Park’s “A Lakeside Concert and Fireworks,” which is set for Sunday, July 14 at 6 p.m.
Brass band – The Mexico Brass Band will be one of the performers during Mexico Point Park’s “A Lakeside Concert and Fireworks,” which is set for Sunday, July 14 at 6 p.m.

Mexico Point Park will present “A Lakeside Concert and Fireworks” Sunday, July 14 starting at 6 p.m. The event is free.

The Mexico Summer Jazz Ensemble and Vocal Jazz Choir, Mexico Brass Band and the fiddling Futures will perform. Charrie Hanson Lehman, a Mexico graduate, will open with the “Star Spangled Banner” and continue with more entertaining musicals selections.

Omen Sade, another Mexico graduate who just returned from a year of study at the Jacques Lecoq School of Theater in Paris, will also entertain with Mary Aston Spearon. Food by Garafolos and Barlows will available for sale and the Mexico Public Library will be selling ice cream. The evening will end with a fantastic display of fireworks by Young Explosives.

Nuclear Entergy Northeast sponsors Concert in the Park. Attendees are encouraged to bring a blanket and flashlight. Those seeking more information may call 963-3891, 963-8216, or 963-7657.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center? July 10, 2013

It’s time for ARTY Day Camp, which starts this Monday, July 15 and runs through Friday, July 19. We still have spots open and scholarship funds available for this camp each day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for ages 5 to 15.

Participants may choose from art, writing, dance or theater and spend five days exploring their favorite art, have lunch and create special group art projects in the afternoon. Friday, parents will join us for a special presentation. Camp takes place at the State Street Methodist Church in Fulton. Find us on the Park Street side of the church.

Visit for more information.

Art classes continue with Oil Painting Wednesday, July 17 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Taught by Bonnie McClellan, this class will paint “Sunset Geese” and students will go home with a completed original painting.

Author Spotlight, also July 17 from 7 to 9pm, will introduce Jim Farfaglia’s newest book, “People, Places & Things, the Powerful Nouns of My Life.” As CNY Arts Center’s writing coordinator, Farfaglia will share excerpts from his latest book of poetry; will talk about his process of writing; and will also work with those in attendance to create a “group poem.”

Leslie Paice continues her Introductory Stained Glass series Thursdays, July 18 through Aug. 29 for ages 16 and up from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Make a stained glass panel using the leaded method; be introduced to copper foil method; andlearn glass selection, cutting, grinding, soldering, framing, hanging and patina techniques. Some patterns provided or help adapting your custom design.

Writers on the Road, set for July 20, is a one-day class for all writers to explore how artwork can inspire and prompt their work. The program will take place at CNY Arts Center’s “Arts in the Heart” Gallery, located at 47 S. First St., downtown Fulton. Instruction will be provided to guide participants as they write short pieces inspired by the artwork on display at the Gallery.

Brittney Jerred offers Journal Entries – On a Personal Note as a one-time workshop July 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. Learn voice, colorful writing, and “showing – not telling” writing journal entries based on real-life experiences. Bring a lunch and be ready to write! Writing projects (blog) will be published on the internet. Bring laptop or pad and paper.

Kids get ready to draw your favorite super hero July 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in a great new class for ages 8 to 15: Art of Heroes: Learning to draw Super Heroes! Learn the basic steps to drawing comic book super heroes and creating your own super hero with Frank Reis. Story Time Art for 4-7 year olds returns Tuesday, July 23 from 6 to 7 p.m. with Kendra Matott. The class will read “Fancy Nancy” and design their own fancy outfits!

More great titles and fun art projects are bringing summer fun. Don’t miss out. Please pre-register at Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates and remember we bring all arts for all ages at two separate locations.

Dayja Voo to perform in downtown Fulton

The band, Dayja Voo, will be appearing this Thursday, July 12 at the Canal Landing Gazebo on South First Street at 6:30 p.m. as part of the ongoing Free Summer Concert Series.

Programs for the Summer Concert Series are available at the City of Fulton Parks & Recreation Office and the City Clerk’s Office at 141 S. First St. Those seeking more information may call 592-2474.

The free summer concerts are sponsored by local area merchants.