Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

Gospel singer to perform at Sterling UMC

Gospel singer Dan Schall will perform Friday, June 14 at 7 p.m. at the Sterling United Methodist Church.

The church is located on Route 104A.

According to his web site, “Dan Schall shares his music ministry in many crossroad towns throughout the eastern states. Through his music, he conveys his love for Jesus Christ and his concern for his fellow man’s eternity. Dan stutters when he speaks, but the Lord has granted him a singing voice to share the Lord’s words through music. He made his commitment to share the gospel message, after hearing someone sing the song, ‘He Touched Me.’

It continues, “The anger that he had stored up for many years of his youth was released by knowing that Jesus Christ died for all the trials that he had gone through. He had difficulty in being able to share what Christ meant to him in spoken word, so he began to share what Christ meant to him in song. Through his concerts, he is able to reach out in a simple way to help move others to realize what God has given them.”

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

A full day is on tap for all ages Saturday, June 15 with three classes on the calendar starting with Woodworking for Beginners from 1 to 5 p.m. Students will make a flower box and learn about proper tool safety and woodworking techniques. All materials and tools are provided, ages 10 and up, please.

Textured Memories with Kenneth Blount will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m, using things around the house: a child’s toy, a favorite cup/spoon, a treasured keepsake to create a lasting work of art bringing back memories for years to come. Participants are asked to bring items to make a collage. Pre-registration is necessary.

Oil Painting with Bonnie McClellan will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class for all skill levels will paint “Abandoned Cabin,” a landscape full of colors. All materials are provided and students will leave with a completed painting.

The focus is also on children June 15 from noon to 2 p.m. with sign-ups for the summer play “Charlotte’s Web.”

Rehearsals will start June 29 and the play will run Aug. 16-18 at the Arts Center. Children should be prepared to tell their favorite story or funny joke.

Wednesday, June 19, the monthly Author Spotlight will be on Lisa Buske’s new book, “Where’s Heidi?” Author Spotlight is open to the public and meets from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

Digital Photography 101 taught by Kendra Matott, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator and mixed media artist, continues Tuesday June 18. Matott was featured artist opening month at Arts in the HeART Gallery, 47 S. First St. Digital Photography 101 runs Tuesdays through June 25 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at CNY Arts Center.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp is ready for days of fun. This summer camp for ages 5-15 will offer instruction in art, writing, dance and theater, lunch provided with group art projects. Lunch and afternoon art projects are free and open to every child in the community age 5 and older during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23. Scholarships are available for morning classes.

The CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

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

Heritage Foundation of Oswego to hold antique show

The annual Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s antique show will be held Harborfest weekend. The event will be held in the Historic Oswego YMCA Armory at 265 W. First St., Oswego, Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The annual Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s antique show will be held Harborfest weekend. The event will be held in the Historic Oswego YMCA Armory at 265 W. First St., Oswego, Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The annual Heritage Foundation of Oswego County’s antique show will be held Harborfest weekend.

The event will be held in the Historic Oswego YMCA Armory at 265 W. First St., Oswego Saturday, July 27 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 28 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Show goers will find antiques being sold by dealers from central New York. Many of the dealers are also interested in buying and when available will evaluate pieces brought by the public.

There is adjacent free parking, and the event is on the trolley route so it’s easily accessible from any of the Harborfest events and designated parking areas.

There is an admission fee with all proceeds to benefit the Heritage Foundation of Oswego County. Food and drink will be provided by the Oswego Sunrise Rotary Club.

New this year, Heritage Foundation will operate a consignment booth at the show. Items can be donated or consigned with Heritage Foundation receiving 25 percent of the sale price. Items must be at least 50 years old and in saleable condition.

Those who are seeking more information may call the Heritage Foundation office at 342-3354 by July 24 to arrange pick-up of items.

Show Coordinator Austin Wheelock said the event has more to offer than just antiques.

“Being one of the only indoor attractions during Harborfest, it allows visitors an opportunity to beat the July heat or escape the rain and become immersed in different periods of our history,” he said.

Heritage Foundation of Oswego County, Inc. is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to promote and protect the historic and architectural landmarks of Oswego County. 

Moe Harrington selected as lead in ‘Mame’

Director Inez Manor Parker has cast Moe Harrington as the lead in the Oswego Players’ 75th anniversary season musical, “Mame.”  

Although Harrington is making her debut with the Players, she is no stranger to local theatre, being well-known particularly in the Syracuse area.

Harrington said she is thrilled to be under the direction of Parker with whom she shared a stage in the Oswego Summer Theatre production of “Anything Goes,” playing the part of Reno Sweeney.

She is the associate development director for the Q Center, a safe place for LGBTQ youth; a state licensed massage therapist for 18 years; and a board member at the Redhouse Theatre in Syracuse.

She has toured the east coast extensively, with favorite credits including “The Graduate,” “Funny Girl,” “Pete ‘n Keeley,” “The Unsinkable Molly Brown,” “Romance/Romance” and her SAMMY nominated one-woman show, “One Moe Time,” with music director, Jeff Unaitis.

Harrington has appeared in the original cast of Jeff Kramer’s “Lowdown Lies” and “Reaching for Marsby.”

Skilled also as a director, Harrington’s credits include “Torch Song Trilogy,” and “Blue Plate Special,” starring Oswego Players producer and actress, Tammy Wilkinson.

In addition, she has appeared in over 20 titles for Full Cast Audio and is the voice of Rosethorn in the “Circle of Magic” book series, written by New York Times Bestselling author, Tamora Pierce.

The show is scheduled for production July 5, 6, 7, 12 and 13 at 8 p.m.; July 14 matinee at 2 p.m.

Ticket information may be obtained by visiting Oswego Players’ website at

Porch Party at the Pratt House

The Officers and Directors of the Friends of History in Fulton will host their annual “Porch Party” fund-raiser to be held at the John Wells Pratt House June 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Chairs will be placed on the front lawn and Rick Bush will provide live music from the front porche. Hot and cold hors d’oeuvres, desserts, wine, beer and non-alcoholic punch will be served.

Reservations are requested and can be made by calling 598-4616. The event will be held rain or shine.

Family Fun Arts Fest next Saturday

CNY Arts Center’s third annual Arts Festival will be held Saturday, June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Fulton Community Center Ice Rink on Broadway.

The event brings artists and crafters together with handmade original art on display for show and sale along with food vendors Tavern on the Lock, Treat Me Sweet Desserts, and Upper Landings.

Art projects for older kids including an unique painting experience still being developed and fabric art for all ages making hand-decorating canvas shopping bags. There will be a grand prize for festival attendees who register at the festival.

Tom Eagan and Christine Tupe will each perform onstage in the afternoon beginning at 1:30 p.m.  Tupe is a local singer/songwriter with a new group named Lois Dixon and the Olives, which is comprised of Tupe, Hannah Doerrier, and Emily Plummer.  Tupe was a winner of the first Arts Fest Talent Competition who will also serve as a judge for this year’s talent competition.

Eagan, known as Blackstone Acoustic and Art, is an artist, guitarist and auctioneer who also plays dobro and blues harp.

He started playing as a young teenager in garage rock bands, mostly southern rhythm and blues styles.

He has played with many local known talents in the CNY and Syracuse area, including the Georgia Pickers and Cotton Blue.

Also scheduled to appear at 1 p.m. is Butler Sheehan Academy of Traditional Irish Dance. The Syracuse-based group includes members from Oswego and Fulton.

The festival also promotes the arts with a talent competition featuring prizes in several categories. Talent of all ages and types will compete in age categories for those under 12, 12-20, and 20 plus. A new category has been added for garage bands or amateur youth bands just getting started with minimal public appearances.

Actors, singers, dancers, comedians, storytellers, all family friendly acts are encouraged to register and showcase their talents. Kristin Cook, actor and vocalist, will be returning for the third year as Emcee of the event.

“We’re so thrilled to be offering our third annual festival to showcase the wonderful arts in CNY,” said Nancy Fox, CNY Arts Center director. “Who knew when we first started in downtown Fulton we would grow to a large venue with over 50 vendors and such wonderful talent? This festival is becoming a much anticipated event for the local arts and we’re proud to offer this opportunity.”

There is still time to register your talent and more room for more artists and crafters.  Talent and vendors may register online at or call 592-3373 for more information.


Local author publishes second book in ‘Scandalous Life’ series

Central New York author and one-time archeologist Jo Ann Butler has just published “The Reputed Wife,” a historical novel based on the true-life escapades of one of colonial New England’s most notorious women.
Central New York author and one-time archeologist Jo Ann Butler has just published “The Reputed Wife,” a historical novel based on the true-life escapades of one of colonial New England’s most notorious women.

Central New York author and one-time archeologist Jo Ann Butler has just published “The Reputed Wife,” a historical novel based on the true-life escapades of one of colonial New England’s most notorious women.

Herodias Long married unwisely and far too young, as did the famed Scarlett O’Hara, and both women blustered their way through life with charm and bravado. And both “The Scarlet Letter” and “The Reputed Wife” explore the harsh treatment dealt by Puritans to those who broke society’s rules.

Herodias was whipped and she faced a hostile crowd sheltering her infant in her arms, just like Hester Prynne. However, unlike Hester and Scarlett, Herodias Long was real.

Butler depicted Herodias’ early life and the hectic founding of New England in her award winning debut novel, “Rebel Puritan.” Now she explores Puritan repression and Herodias’ messy domestic affairs in The Reputed Wife.”

“JoAnn Butler brings her spirited heroine to life in a beautifully wrought tale with as much drama as a soap opera, but built on a solid historical foundation.” Ginger Myrick, award-winning author of “Welsh Healer” and “El Rey.”

Butler tapped court records and heart-breaking accounts of religious intolerance to bring her tough-as-nails ancestor to life.

She said, “Herodias Long was known as Herod Gardner in 1658 when she was stripped to the waist and flogged by Puritans. She carried her infant daughter 60 miles through wilderness to defend Quaker freedom of speech and religion, fully aware that she risked the lash. Quakers faced far worse, including the gallows.”

One of those Quakers was the famed Mary Dyer, who was hanged in 1660.

“Most researchers assume that Herodias was a Quaker because she was whipped for a Quaker cause,” she added. “Herod was not in the Rhode Island Friends’ records, so if she ever identified herself as a Quaker, it wasn’t for long.”

Butler explained that the Society of Friends were scornfully called “Quakers” by the Puritans.

“Herod was a woman of conscience and a friend of Quakers, but I don’t believe that she was actually a Friend,” Butler said.

Butler noted that George Gardner, who rescued Herod after she was abandoned by her first husband, was tried for adultery and that he and Herod were hiding a secret, which could get them whipped in their home town of Newport, Rhode Island.

But when asked to explain, Ms. Butler smiled and said, “You’ll just have to read the book.”

The Reputed Wife is the sequel to “Rebel Puritan,” the first volume in a series about Herodias Long. It explores the limited rights of women in a restrictive society, seen through the eyes of a child-bride trapped in a disastrous marriage.

“The Golden Shore” will conclude the “Scandalous Life” series. Butler plans to publish it in 2015.

Those seeking more information about the book may visit

The book is also available at the river’s end bookstore at 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego, and at Backstreet Books and Bistro at 201 Oneida St., Fulton.

The Fulton Public Library is hosting  Butler for a talk about the book June 4 and other events are coming soon. 

Hannibal Senior Band to premiere ‘For Those First Called’

The Hannibal Senior Band will premier “For Those First Called,” in honor of first responders, by Syracuse composer Kevin Mixon June 4.

Mixon is an accomplished composer and arranger with several works for band and orchestra published by Carl Fischer, Kendor Music, and Alfred Publishing.

In addition, he is a National Board Certified Teacher, was an instrumental music teacher for several years, and is currently the director of fine arts for the Syracuse City School District.

He is in frequent demand as a conductor and clinician for festivals and conferences, such as the International Society for Music Education Convention, the Midwest International Band and Orchestra Clinic, National Association for Music Education events, and state and regional music conferences.

He is author of “Reaching and Teaching All Instrumental Music Students” and co-author of “Teaching Music in the Urban Classroom.”

This composition commissioned by the senior band is dedicated to the memory of past Music Booster President Ed “Skeeter” Carvey, whose died in a tragic accident in 2011.

The concert will begin at 7 p.m. in the Hannibal High School Lockwood Auditorium with the Jazz Band.

Graduating seniors Nicole McMahon, Ashley Moberg and Brooke Zapanta will be honored by the Hannibal Senior Band as well as foreign exchange students, Jakub Schinko and Monica Kollar in this send-off celebration.

As is tradition, alumni and friends will be invited to join the band on the final two selections, “Lexington March” and “A Tribute to Neil Diamond.”

A reception sponsored by the Hannibal Music Boosters will take place in the cafeteria following the performance.