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Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions for fall shows

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its October and November productions of “The Mercury Theatre’s War of the Worlds and Dracula” and Bettine Manktelow’s comic murder mystery “Curtain Up On Murder.”

The joint auditions will be held Monday and Tuesday, July 22 and 23 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

No preparation is necessary. Auditioners will be asked to read scenes from the scripts. Both productions will play on FCT’s Jubilee Hall stage at Holy Trinity.

Directed by FCT Artistic Director William Edward White, “War of the Worlds” is a staged recreation of the Mercury Theatre’s 1938 terror broadcast adaptation of H.G. Wells’ science fiction classic.

The radio play, written by Howard Koch, relocated the invasion from London to the New York metropolitan area, leaving millions of listeners convinced that America was under siege by a vanguard from Mars.

The production, which will feature live sound effects and music, will play for one performance only, Oct. 30, the 75th anniversary of the original broadcast.

Coupled with the classic Koch script, the evening will feature as a second act John Houseman’s adaptation of Bram Stoker’s “Dracula,” which debuted the Mercury Theatre’s radio anthology series on CBS July 11, 1938.

White is looking for a versatile cast of seven men and two women to recreate the Mercury Theatre On The Air.

All 18 roles in both plays, with the exception of Orson Welles and Professor Pierson, are open, including the roles of Dracula, VanHelsing, Seward, Harker, Lucy, and Mina.

“Curtain Up On Murder,” directed by M. Marie Beebe, tells the deadly comic tale of an amateur dramatic company are rehearsing a thriller in a theatre at the end of a Pier when they find they are locked in and gradually the members are being killed off.

Is it one of their numbers or is there somebody else locked in the empty theatre who will not stop till they are all dead?

The murder mystery, which will wrap up FCT’s 23rd anniversary season, will run Nov. 9, 10, 16, and 17. The production calls for a cast of five women and three men. All roles in the production, except for Ginny, are open and will be auditioned.

Those seeking more information may contact Fulton Community Theatre via e-mail at fultoncommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

Fulton Community Theatre’s ‘Golden Age of Broadway’ returns this weekend

The Fulton Community Theatre’s latest production in its Evening on Broadway series, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart” returns this weekend with performances scheduled for today and tomorrow in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

According to Director Kathy DeGolyer, the show opened last weekend to enthusiastic audiences.

“Those in attendance told us how much they appreciated and enjoyed the show,” she said. “Many of them were singing along as our cast performed some great songs from the golden age of Broadway.”

The Futon Community Theatre’s “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart” will continues with encore performances today, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. and tomorrow, June 30 at 2 p.m.

As the show also serves as a fund-raiser for the food pantry at Catholic Charities, those attending are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food items.

There will also be a drawing for a dinner and movie package with all proceeds benefiting the pantry.

All performances will be held in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish.

Ticket reservations, which are strongly suggested, can be made by calling DeGolyer at 598-7840.

‘American Pickers’ stars to appear at State Fair

That thing you’ve got stored in the attic because you think it might be worth something?

Bring it to the Midway Music Series State at the Great New York State Fair Friday, Aug. 30 at 7:30 p.m. and cast members from the History Channel’s “American Pickers” will tell you whether they think it’s “treasure or trash,”

Frank Fritz, one of two antiques hunters who travel the country looking for items to restore, and office manager, Danielle Colby Cushman, will talk about their experiences, show bloopers from the program, take questions from the audience and, after the stage portion of the show, will sign autographs and say hello to fans.

The heart of the appearance, however, will be the opportunity to have an item checked by Fritz for its potential value.

If you are among those “Picked,” he will not tell you what your item is worth or attempt to buy it from you. Instead, he will deliver a simple verdict – it’s either “treasure or trash.”

Items brought to the Fairgrounds for possible consideration cannot be larger than two-foot-by-two-foot. Weapons of any kind will not be allowed on the grounds. Not everyone who brings an item to the show will be chosen for the on-stage review.

The New York State Fair runs from Aug. 22 through Sept. 2.  The Fair’s theme is “Sharing the Bounty and Pride of New York.”

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

A brand new roster of classes for July and August has just been created for summer art fun.

A brand new class for 4-7 year olds, Story Time Art, will start meeting Tuesdays from 6 to 7 p.m. July 2 with Kendra Matott.

Each week children will listen to a story then create an art project inspired by the story.

The first class will read “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and construct a book of things we can see.

Over the seven week series, “Harold and the Purple Crayon” will help children imagine and see what they can make with a magic purple crayon.

The popular “Fancy Nancy” will get children designing their own Fancy outfits and “Where the Wild Things Are” will guide the children to draw their own “Wild Thing” to take home! These and more great titles and fun art projects are bringing summer fun for children in an age group often overlooked! Don’t miss out. Please pre-register at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Also starting Tuesday, July 2 is the first of Bonnie McClellan’s painting classes with acrylics painting a wetlands crane from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.

More classes to come with McClellan include oil and ink drawing – a class every other week throughout the summer.

Leslie Paice will start a six-week series with Introductory Stained Glass Thursdays, July 11 through Aug. 29 for ages 16 and up.

Coming July 23 is a new class for kids ages 8 to 15, Art of Heroes: Learning to draw Super Heroes.

In addition to the monthly Artist Meet-up at the new Arts in the HeART Gallery at 7 p.m. on the last Tuesday of each month, a new open studio will be offered at the center July 11 and Aug. 8 from 6 to 9 p.m. All skill levels are welcomed to join other artists to practice life drawing/painting from still life. Bring your own materials or use some of ours. An artist facilitator will be on site. Artists can get practice drawing/painting from life and go home with a finished work.

New writing programs are on tap with Showing and Telling from Carol Thompson meeting selected Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. starting June 25 or 27 (call the office for latest details, 592-3373).

This class will teach writers how to begin, plot and end a novel by showing and telling, while avoiding tense confusion and disruption of flow. Bring any work in progress or finished. Be prepared for class interaction and lots of learning fun! This class starts this week. Get registered right away!

Brittney Jerred offers Journal Entries – On a Personal Note as a one-time workshop July 22 from 4 to 8 p.m. while Jim Farfaglia takes Writers on the Road July 20 with a one day class open to all writers to explore how artwork can inspire and prompt our work.

The program will take place at CNY Arts Center’s “Arts in the Heart” Gallery, located at 47 South First Street in downtown Fulton. Instruction will be provided to guide participants as they write short pieces inspired by the artwork on display at the Gallery.

Writer’s Café July 14 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. is open to all writers to come and share their work.  Author Spotlight July 17 from 7 to 9 p.m. 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.”

Exciting things are also planned for August.

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.

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Leighton’s solar paintings featured in upcoming exhibition

Preparing for an exhibition to open Friday, July 12 at Oswego State Downtown, Oswego artist Bert Leighton displays “Such Joy” (2012), one of her watercolor artworks made utilizing the sun’s power to rapidly evaporate water. The exhibition will run through Sept. 14 at the SUNY Oswego store and gallery at the corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego.
Preparing for an exhibition to open Friday, July 12 at Oswego State Downtown, Oswego artist Bert Leighton displays “Such Joy” (2012), one of her watercolor artworks made utilizing the sun’s power to rapidly evaporate water. The exhibition will run through Sept. 14 at the SUNY Oswego store and gallery at the corner of West First and Bridge streets in Oswego.

The solar paintings of Oswego artist Bert Leighton will shine in a free exhibition July 12 to Sept. 14 at Oswego State Downtown.

An opening artist’s reception will take place from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 12 at the SUNY Oswego store and gallery at the corner of West First and Bridge streets.

The exhibition, titled “It’s Only Natural,” will feature watercolor artwork Leighton calls solar painting, a technique she learned from others that harnesses the sun’s power to speedily evaporate water.

“These are created by laying watercolor paper in a large tray covered with a small amount of water,” said Michael Flanagan, assistant director of SUNY Oswego’s Tyler Art Gallery. “Then natural items such as twigs, leaves, vines and so on are arranged on the paper. Watercolor paint is dripped, poured and spattered over the natural objects. On a good sunny day when the tray is placed in direct sunlight, the water will evaporate in 6 to 10 hours leaving the images ‘painted by the sun’.”

Leighton showed her paintings at the View, formerly the Old Forge Art Center, in spring 2012. She has lived in Oswego most of her life, and is a 1949 graduate of SUNY Oswego. She was a founding member of the Oswego Art Guild in 1960.

Oswego State Downtown is open noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday during Oswego Farmers Market season, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Those seeking more information may call 216-4985.

Photography competition to be held in Fulton

The Fulton Art Association is hosting its first “Photography Competition” Saturday, Aug. 3 and Sunday, Aug. 4 in the Community Room at the Fulton Municipal Building, 141 S. First St., Fulton.

Photographers are welcome to register up to four entries in the following categories: nature/landscapes, people/portraits, animals, and a special category: black and white only

Entries in categories one and two may be color or black and white, film or digital.

Entries are required to be matted, not framed, from 8×10 size print up to prints three-feet-wide. There is an entry fee or a membership fee.

Registrations and entry fees must be received by July 19.

Registration forms and prospectus rules may be obtained by contacting Kathy Mihalek at cakesklm@aol.com.

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What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

Karen Perry is standing next to the over-size grand prize basket given at CNY Arts Center’s Art Fest held June 8 at the War Memorial Ice Rink. The basket held prizes and gifts valued at more than $200. The arts organization offers all arts for all ages and summer art camp for children.
Karen Perry is standing next to the over-size grand prize basket given at CNY Arts Center’s Art Fest held June 8 at the War Memorial Ice Rink. The basket held prizes and gifts valued at more than $200. The arts organization offers all arts for all ages and summer art camp for children.

We’re celebrating a prize-winning third annual Arts Fest last week with 50 vendors and hundreds in attendance.

Prizes were awarded to three winners, including two gift baskets each with a variety of gifts from the vendors and a collection of art supplies for a budding artist.

We also had a ribbon cutting and open house at the gallery downtown with Tunes in June as our backdrop.

We’re turning our focus now to summer fun with Arty Day Camp, July 15-19.

“Charlotte’s Web” rehearsals are getting started for an Aug. 16-18 performance weekend.

We’ve kicked up the pace on our Community Mural Project to be ready for your help painting at the next Harborfest, July 26-28 and we have new plans for a Plein Air Art Competition in mid-August. Details about that coming soon!

There are only two more Digital Photography 101 classes: Tuesday June 18 and 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. They are taught by Kendra Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator and mixed media artist.

June 18 get in “Focus!” Learn how and where to focus in a photograph and learn about depth of field (how your aperture affects what is in focus).

June 25 wrap up with “Composition Tips.” Learn some tips about composing good photos and improve your basic snap shots! Classes are held at CNY Arts Center, 357 State Street church, Fulton. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Author Spotlight this month, June 19 from 7 to 8:30, will host Lisa Buske presenting her new book “Where’s Heidi?” Author Spotlight is open to the public and meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp promises lots of fun with instruction in art, writing, dance and theater. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will also provide free lunch and afternoon art projects open to every child in the community age 5 and up during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23.

Scholarships are available for morning classes.

CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer and registrations are coming in every day. Children need to register even for lunch and art projects. Go to the web site to register for all day or afternoon only.

Sign-ups for “Charlotte’s Web” will close June 22. The children’s classic will perform Aug. 16-18 and all children are welcome. There is no charge to participate but attendance at all rehearsals is expected. For more information, visit 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.

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.

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 www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Pie eating contest, baby show and senior citizens events at Oswego County Fair

The Oswego County Fair will once again sponsor a pie eating contest (open to all ages) Saturday, July 6 at 3 p.m. Anyone who wishes to enter may sign up in the office that morning.

The Baby Show will start at 10 a.m. July 5. The show will be held in the Entertainment Building, and those interested can sign up before the show begins. Children ages newborn to 24 months can enter.

After the Baby Show, the Senior Citizen Spelling Bee and Oreo Stacking Contest will begin. Senior Citizens Day will finish up with the ever-popular Black River Fiddlers.

The Fiddlers are scheduled to perform from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. in the Entertainment Building.

The Skillet Toss will be held July 4 at 1:30 p.m., and the all new Frozen T-Shirt contest will be held the same day at 3 p.m. There will also be a second one Sunday, July 7 at 2 p.m.

Those seeking more information may visit the fair’s website at www.oswegocountyfair.com. The fair offers free admission and parking.