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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 www.CNYArtsCenter.com 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 www.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 www.CNYArtsCenter.com 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.

Youth Bureau sponsors several Arts in the Parks performances

The Oswego City-County Youth Bureau will sponsor several performances in July through the Traveling Arts in the Parks series. Each event is free and open to the public.

Wade Live performs at 10 a.m. July 10 at the Fulton War Memorial and at 1:30 p.m. at the David C Webb Memorial Park at Taft Bay, Constantia. Wade Live is a comedy magician traveling the country performing a unique blend of hijinx, comedy, magic and illusion. Wade is trained in many forms in the magical arts with a variety of shows ranging from close up and sleight of hand to large stage productions.

Doug Rougeux brings his Bubble Mania to Goettel Park, Central Square, at 10 a.m. July 15. Rougeux is a full-time professional entertainer who has been performing Bubble Mania to rave reviews since the early 90s. He also coined the phrase “Soap bubbles bigger than your head.” His show has wit and a gentle, goofy way with kids of all ages. His professionalism on and off stage has kept Bubble Mania in high demand year after year with repeat performances at many venues.

The Magic of Virgil appears at East Park in Oswego July 17 at 7 p.m. Virgil uses a combination of dynamic illusions and nonstop interaction that commands his audience’s attention.  He has performed thousands of shows nationwide as well as in Bermuda, London, Mexico, and Russia. He has trained his hands extensively over the last 20 years to create a flawless ballet of magical sleight of hand.

Jeff the Magician appears at the Granby Community Center July 20 at 1:30 p.m. and at the Palermo Town Park July 22 at 1 p.m. Jeff dazzles audiences with a one-of-a-kind magical experience and great balloon creations, kids’ magic show, and balloon animals. His performances are appropriate for all ages.

Traveling Arts in the Parks is funded by Oswego County, the Oswego Children’s Board, the New York State Office of Children and Family Services, and participating town and city municipal programs.

Summer Sunset Concert Series continues in Oswego

The third concert in the Oswego Summer Sunset Concert Series will be held Wednesday, July 10 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. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs.

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Second annual Arty Day Camp to be held July 15-19

Creative works – Children enjoy creating works of art at CNY Art’s Center Arty Day Camp. The second annual camp is accepting students for July 15-19 and August 19-23. Children can choose from art, writing, dance or theater.
Creative works – Children enjoy creating works of art at CNY Art’s Center Arty Day Camp. The second annual camp is accepting students for July 15-19 and August 19-23. Children can choose from art, writing, dance or theater.

CNY Arts Center’s second annual Arty Day Camp will run July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23 at the State Street Methodist Church in Fulton.

The camp will offer students a choice of art, writing, dance and theatre classes along with lunch and afternoon group art projects from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Art classes with Kendra Matott and Ken Blount will deliver unusual art lessons. Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator has a love of magic and fantasy and creates a variety of classes and workshops, including storytime art to different ways to draw, including drawing with your feet.

Blount has pioneered a textured, collage art technique which he will share with art students during the week.

Students will disassemble objects before turning them into unique pieces of art.

His work is on exhibit along with Kendra’s at CNY Arts Center’s Arts in the HeART gallery at 47 S. First St., Fulton.

Writing classes boast the talents of a professional writer leading students to explore writing concepts and nurture the love of writing.

Mary Slimmer, retired from the Oswego City School District after 25 years, has written many eclectic articles for newspapers and recently completed her first novel for young adults.

This adventuresome story follows a group of elementary school friends through some challenging and scary events.

“The characters in the book are fictional,” said Slimmer, “but they were inspired by the many children I worked with over the years.”

She has also been recently published in a book of poetry.

Dance classes with Jennica Vehrs will provide students with the opportunity to experience lyrical/contemporary and jazz dancing.

Throughout the course of the week, students will learn and participate in stretches to improve flexibility, across-the-floor exercises to improve technique, and both a lyrical/contemporary routine as well as a jazz routine to implement the components of these dance styles.

Vehrs recently completed her master’s in literacy from SUNY Oswego where she also holds a bachelor’s degree in childhood education.

Drama, improv, theatre games and props will be the order of the day for students interested in theater classes.

Students will be led through exercises to expand awareness of the physical environment, learn the “who, what, where and why” of acting, polish stage presence and discover the tools to create believable characters!

Classes will be taught by Adam Schmidtmann, who recently portrayed the role of Fred in CNY Arts Center’s production of “Helen Keller.”

Schmidtmann began working with CNY Arts Center as stage manager for “Yes, Virginia, The Musical” and was co-director of Kids Onstage production of “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.”

He will be co-teaching Kids Onstage again this fall.

Students will receive morning instructions with these professionals followed by lunch, which is provided, then group activities.

Fees apply for instruction in art, writing, dance and theater and scholarships are available made possible with funds from the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Registration is available online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

CNY Arts Center is also designated as a Summer Meal Site to offer free lunches to community children 18 and under during the week of ARTY Day Camp.

Children who attend the lunch will be included in afternoon art projects at no charge. Children in the afternoon program should also pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Those seeking more information may visit the web site or call the center at 592-3373.

Fulton Library offers children’s writing program

“What Do Your Words Say About You?” is the latest class for young writers being offered by the Fulton Public Library.

For youth ages 8-13, the week-long program will feature engaging activities for those who love to write and want to improve their skills.

The program will take place at the library from July 29 through Aug. 2 from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. daily.

Instructors for the class are Karen Burke and Jim Farfaglia.

Burke is a former teacher from the Oswego City School District and Farfaglia is retired from the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau. Both have spent recent years developing their own writing as well as sharing their ideas with others by leading classes.

“We are happy to have Karen and Jim back to provide programming for young writers,” said Betty Maute, director of the Fulton Public Library.

Burke said. “Writing, teaching and working with young people is a winning trio for me. I’m excited about the opportunity to spark interest in young writers and to enjoy the enthusiasm that young people bring to a new experience.”

Farfaglia said, “It is always a pleasure to work with young people who love to write. Karen and I are planning an interactive program, with lots of activities to stir creative minds and inspire good writing.”

There is no fee for this program. A snack will be served each day. There is a limited number of slots available for the class and those interested should call 315-592-5159.

Once registered, participants will have their name put in a lottery. The class will be selected randomly from all names submitted.

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Oswego Independence parade and celebration set for tomorrow

Memorable moments – The tradition of the Oswego Independence Parade has been around for 50 years and created many memorable moments. Pictured is one favorite from years past, the late Len Ponzi, riding down the parade route in his Lake Shore Plumbing shower. The 50th Annual Oswego Independence parade will be held tomorrow, July 7 beginning at 1 p.m from. the Oswego High School and ending at the East Seventh Street tunnel at Fort Ontario.
Memorable moments – The tradition of the Oswego Independence Parade has been around for 50 years and created many memorable moments. Pictured is one favorite from years past, the late Len Ponzi, riding down the parade route in his Lake Shore Plumbing shower. The 50th Annual Oswego Independence parade will be held tomorrow, July 7 beginning at 1 p.m from. the Oswego High School and ending at the East Seventh Street tunnel at Fort Ontario.

When the Oswego Independence Parade steps off at 1 p.m. tomorrow, July 7 from the corner of Liberty and West Mohawk streets, it will be the 50th time the Oswego tradition has brought a sense of patriotism and celebration to the city streets.

While Oswego had hosted many parades on different occasions, it was during the early 1960s that friends and fellow Jaycee members Bill Greene and Bill Gregway decided that Oswego needed a bigger celebration for the nation’s birthday than just a fireworks display.

Thus, the tradition of the Oswego Independence Day Parade was born. The original parade had a budget of approximately $600 and started by the Oswego Hospital, traveling East to Fort Ontario.

Through the years, the Jaycees and Jayncees evolved the parade to an increased route and a celebration that included a drum corps show, originally held at Fort Ontario, then later moved to Wilbur Field at Leighton Elementary School.

When the local Jaycees group disbanded, several local service organizations stepped in to keep the tradition alive, and eventually the City of Oswego asked the local chamber of commerce to take over organizing the event.

For over 30 years, local businessman Jim Bushey and a group of volunteers spent countless hours designing, constructing and decorating floats. This year, Bushey plans to reconstruct a float he still has parts of in storage.

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Independence Celebration Committee decided the most fitting way to celebrate the 50th installment of the parade was to invite the people who worked to bring the parade together over these many decades to be honored as the grand marshalls.

All members of the Jaycees, Jayncees, civic groups, chamber members and all volunteers are welcome to participate. Grand marshalls can choose to walk the parade route or ride on trolleys provided by Allen Chase Enterprises.

Those seeking to participate are asked to gather at the corner of Liberty and W. Mohawk streets by the Oswego High School by 12:30 p.m. Sunday, July 7.

Following the parade, NBT Bank will be sponsoring the annual Independence Celebration Concert. The Oswego High School Jazz Band will take the stage at Breitbeck Park at 7 p.m., followed by the Oswego City Band, which will play from 8:30 p.m. through the fireworks display, which begins at 9:45 p.m. over the Oswego Harbor. There will be food vendors and Good Times of Oswego will have several bounce houses available in the park during the concert.

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

Allyson Reynolds and Autumn Warring enjoy art projects at Arty Camp last summer. The CNY Arts Center’s Arty Day Camp this year will be held July 15-19. Scholarships are available.
Allyson Reynolds and Autumn Warring enjoy art projects at Arty Camp last summer. The CNY Arts Center’s Arty Day Camp this year will be held July 15-19. Scholarships are available.

Save the dates for these exciting summer time happenings:

Story Time Art for four to seven year olds continues Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. July 9 with Kendra Matott. Each week children will listen to a story then create an art project inspired by the story.

The class will read “Harold and the Purple Crayon” and help children imagine and see what they can make with a magic purple crayon! More great titles and fun art projects are bringing summer fun. Don’t miss out. Please pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com

Leslie Paice will start a six week series with Introductory Stained Glass. It will meet Thursdays, July 11 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, learn glass selection, cutting, grinding, soldering, framing, and hanging and patina techniques. Some patterns provided or help adapting your custom design.

Open Studio debuts at the center July 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. All skill levels are welcomed to join other artists to practice life drawing/painting from still life. Chat with friends and just have fun! We’ll go outside some days (weather permitting). Bring your own materials or use some of ours. Artist facilitator will be on site. Artists can get practice drawing/painting from life and go home with a finished work. Come early, stay late!

Writer’s Café July 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. is free and open to all writers to come and share their work. Contact Jim Farfaglia at 402-2297 or sjimf903@twcny.rr.com to share your work.

Kids have lots to choose from next week with Arty Day Camp, July 15-19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. With scholarship money available, no child should miss out. Choose from art, writing, dance or theatre, enjoy lunch and group art projects in the afternoons. Please register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Writers on the Road 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. in downtown Fulton. Instruction will be provided to guide participants as they write short pieces inspired by the artwork on display at the Gallery.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com for more information or call 592-3373 for details and updates.