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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 www.oswegoplayers.org.

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 www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373 for more information.

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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 www.rebelpuritan.com.

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.

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

A new month brings lots of weekend events, starting with the very first Saturday of the month. June 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., an open house for our new gallery “Arts in the Heart” located at 47 S. First St., Fulton. Come visit, take a walk through, enjoy Marcella Slater on the harp from 2 to 4 p.m.; see the display of some of the finest art in the heart of CNY. Get a free “ARTs in the HeART” bracelet while supplies last. The public is also invited to the official Ribbon Cutting set for June 5 at 11 a.m. just before Tunes in June.

We’ll also be open during Farmer’s Market every Saturday so stop by when you’re at the market, on your lunch hour during the week or whenever you’re downtown.

Make time to see what’s new at Arts in the HeART Gallery open Tuesday and Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours are subject to change.

The second Saturday finds the third annual Arts Fest June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the War Memorial Community Center Ice Rink. This annual event is growing in popularity each year. Crafters and artists, entertainment, a talent competition, art projects for kids, food, prizes, and family fun. With more 50 vendors to browse, this event will offer the best local handmade original art and crafts. Make it a day to celebrate the arts in CNY.

We still need performers for the talent competition to be held during Arts Fest from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Butler-Sheehan Irish Step Dancers are scheduled to perform during judges deliberations.

Lois Dixon and the Olives and Tom Eagan will each perform onstage following the Competition which awards prizes in three age categories plus a new category for bands just added. And there is still room for vendors. Talent and vendors can register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Our focus is on kids the third Saturday, June 15 from noon to 2 p.m. with sign-up for our summer play “Charlotte’s Web.” The play is open to all children from ages 5-15 and we’ll find a part for everyone. There is no charge to participate.

The play will run Aug. 16-18 at the Arts Center located in the 357 State Street church. Children should be prepared to tell their favorite story or sing a song. For more information visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Digital Photography 101 series kicks off our class schedule June 4 and you can attend any or all of the six classes meeting on Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Learn the basics of taking photographs with a digital camera. A single lens reflex (SLR) digital camera is recommended, but not required. The class is taught by Kendra Matott, studio arts coordinator and Featured Artist of the Month at Arts in the HeART Gallery.

Sunday, June 9 brings our monthly Writer’s Café from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the center. This informal gathering for local writers and people who enjoy writing is the perfect place to share your writings and enjoy the work of others like yourself. All genres welcome. Contact Jim Farfaglia at 402-2297 or sjimf903@twcny.rr.com.

Three great classes are on the calendar for Saturday, June 15 with Woodworking for Beginners, ages 10 and up 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.

Textured Memories with Kenneth Blount will run from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. You’re going to love this one using things around the house…a child’s toy, a favorite cup/spoon, a treasured memory that becomes a treasured work of art bringing back memories for years to come. Bring items to make a collage. Please pre-register.

Oil Painting with Bonnie McClellan returns from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. This class will paint “Abandoned Cabin” full of colors! All materials are provided and students will leave with a completed painting.

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 look for us here every week with the latest classes and events.

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Oswego Music Hall to hold gala season finale with Jacob Johnson

The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, pictured, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.
The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, pictured, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.

The Oswego Music Hall’s gala season finale show will be held Saturday, June 1 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

The year-end show will featurs performer, singer and songwriter Jacob Johnson, who is developing a loyal following for what he describes as “neo-acoustic folk/funk” music.

This five-hour extravaganza includes two sets from Johnson, an Emerging Artists Showcase that highlights area musicians, and a complimentary sunset reception on the deck featuring gourmet desserts.

Dinner is available for purchase. Non-alcoholic drinks will also be available for sale.

Tickets are required for the dinner, but all performances and the sunset reception are free for Music Hall members. There is a fee for non-members. Tickets are available online or at River’s End Bookstore.

Johnson is coming to Oswego between gigs in Portland, Maine and Ocracoke, N.C. at the Ocrafolk Festival. He has shared stages with songwriters such as Edwin McCain and David Wilcox, and hangs out with guitarist such as Tommy Emmanuel and Tim Reynolds, who is the right-hand man to Dave Matthews.

The Emerging Artists session will include Cameron Caruso, Christopher Battles, Christine Tupe (and friends), Gary Carpentier, and Kholton Pascal.   These singers all hail from Oswego except Kholton, who’s from Syracuse and Auburn

Those seeking more information may call-342-1733.