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Fulton Community Theater’s ‘Golden Age of Broadway’ to debut Friday

Members of the Fulton Community Theatre rehearse for their upcoming performances in the group’s latest production in the Evening On Broadway Series, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart.” Standing from left are Joyce Cook, Renee Fenske, Marsha Preston, Liam Fitzpatrick, Zoe Bolio, and William Edward White.  Seated at the piano is Musical Director Abel Searor.
Members of the Fulton Community Theatre rehearse for their upcoming performances in the group’s latest production in the Evening On Broadway Series, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart.” Standing from left are Joyce Cook, Renee Fenske, Marsha Preston, Liam Fitzpatrick, Zoe Bolio, and William Edward White. Seated at the piano is Musical Director Abel Searor.

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” will open Friday, June 21 with a 7:30 p.m. performance in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Featuring some of the Broadway’s greatest songs from many of its most famous composers, “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart”, will debut Friday, June 21 with additional performances scheduled for Saturday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 23 at 2 p.m.

According to director Kathy DeGolyer, the show will also support the Fulton community.

“In addition to presenting an entertaining evening of great Broadway songs, Fulton Community Theatre will also be supporting Catholic Charities food pantry,” she said. “We are asking those who attend to please bring a donation of non-perishable food items as we will be collecting donations for the food pantry.  There will also be a drawing for a dinner and movie package with all proceeds benefiting Catholic Charities food pantry as well.”

The Futon Community Theatre’s “The Golden Age of Broadway: The Music of Porter, Kern, Gershwin, Cohan, Berlin and Rodgers & Hart” will continue the following weekend with performances to be held Friday, June 28 and Saturday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 30 at 2 p.m.

All performances will be held in Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo Street in Fulton.

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

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Fulton’s annual art show winners announced

The Fulton Art Association held its 40th annual art show and competition in May at the Fulton Municipal Building. Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Morning Graze.”
The Fulton Art Association held its 40th annual art show and competition in May at the Fulton Municipal Building. Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Morning Graze.”

The Fulton Art Association held its 40th annual art show and competition in May at the Fulton Municipal Building.

Twenty-four artists from Fulton, Oswego, Baldwinsville, Syracuse and Mexico participated in the show.

The show displayed 90 entries this year in 11 medium categories: Acrylics, Digital Photography, Drawing A, B, and C, Computer Graphic Art, Painting Mixed Media, Oils, 3-D, Watercolor, and the special category of “Dogs,” according to President, Kathy Mihalek.

Charlotte Arcadi, an instructor for Cayuga Community College and retired art teacher for Phoenix Central School District was the judge for this year’s show. All prizes awarded are the discretion of the judge.

Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Morning Graze.”

Awards in each of the medium categories were as follows:

• Acrylics: First place, Jody Pike of Baldwinsville for “Dorothy”; second place (tie) Barb Erwin for “A Beautiful Place” and Tim Ames for “Winter Home.” Honorable Mentions were given to Barb Erwin for “Eruption,” “Sunset” and “Who Me?”

• Computer Graphic Art: First place to Lisa Davis of Fulton for “Spring Wildflowers” and second place for “Fairy Congregation.”

• Digital Photography: First place, Alex McCombie of Fulton for “Walker.” Second place (tie) went to Deborah Engelke of Oswego for “Gucci Blues #1” and Ellen Landphere of Mexico for “Essence of Valor.” Honorable Mentions were awarded to Deborah Engelke for “Small Boat in Deep Water” and Ellen Landphere for “Sweet Rewards.”

• Drawing A (pencil, charcoal):  First place, Jody Pike of Baldwinsville for “Peony Festival.” Second place went to Margaret Leach of Fulton for “Willow” and Honorable Mentions went to Kathryn Mihalek of Fulton for “Coffee Break” and Margaret Rusaw for A Calm Day.

• Drawing B (colored pencil/Prismacolor): First place to Margaret Rusaw of Fulton for “The Farm.” Second place (tie) went to Margaret Leach of Oswego for “Ginger” and “Two Tanagers.” Honorable Mentions went to Margaret Leach for “One Swan Swimming” and Kathryn Mihalek of Fulton for “Horse Heaven.”

Drawing C (pen/ink): First place to Bonnie McClellan of Fulton for “In The Tree.”

Oils:  First place to Jeremy Thurlow of Fulton for “Flowers on the Pond” and second place to Nick Iamaio of Oswego for “Panoramic View” and Jeremy Thurlow for “Serenity.” Honorable Mentions went to Susan Lane of Fulton for “Iris,” Bonnie McClellan of Fulton for “Mountain Serenity” and “Swan Lake At Night.”

• Painting Mixed Media: First place was awarded to Michelle Southgate of Oswego for “Drydock.” Second place went to Virginia Cook of Fulton for “Inspiration” and Rhoda Cunningham of Oswego for “Rending the Veil.” Honorable Mentions went to Rose Besch of Oswego for “Flotsam and Jetsam” and Virginia Cook for “Season Worker from Mexico – No Green Card.”

• 3-D: First place, Jeffrey Rusaw of Fulton for “Free Bird” and second places to David Salvetti of Fulton for “Rustic End Table” and “Rolling Pin – French Style” as well as an Honorable Mention for “Rustic Stool.”

• Watercolor: First place, Theresa Carbone of Oswego for Dream Walk. Second place went to Rose Besch of Oswego for “On the Road Again” and Robert Canfield of Oswego for “104A North Scene.” Honorable Mentions went to Theresa Carbone for “Harvest Time” and “Kissed By the Rain” and Rhoda Cunningham of Oswego for “Ascent to the Embryo.”

• 2013 Special Category – Dogs:  First place was awarded to Jeremy Thurlow of Syracuse for “Family.” Second place went to Tim Ames of Oswego for “My Best Friend” and Peggy Boyd of Baldwinsville for “Maddy.” Honorable Mention was awarded to Nick Iamaio of Oswego for “Hofmann.”

The raffle winners of artwork donated by FAA artists were also announced.

“Moments of the Sea” by Kathryn Mihalek was won by Jody Pike.  “Ready for Work” by Rhoda Cunningham was won by Virginia Cook. “Split Rock” by Kathryn Mihalek was won by James Fredette.

“Four Flowers” by Lisa Davis was won by Sarah Dahar. “Light on the Point” by Kathryn Mihalek was won by Ruth Barry.

“Happy in Haiti” by Rhoda Cunningham was won by Peggy Boyd. “Deer” by Margaret Rusaw was won by Sarah Dahar. “Owl” by Margaret Rusaw was won by Anola Gowin.  “Upon a Rivers Bend” by Bonnie McClellan was won by Anola Gowin. “Spring Blossoms” by Janet Coons was won by Mark Davis.

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Fulton seniors to receive art and photography awards

The Fulton Art Association will award two scholarships to two graduating G. Ray Bodley High Schools. The 2013 Art Award is awarded to Mariah Munger (right) and the 2013 Photography Award is awarded to Alexandra Boyce.
The Fulton Art Association will award two scholarships to two graduating G. Ray Bodley High Schools. The 2013 Art Award is awarded to Mariah Munger (right) and the 2013 Photography Award is awarded to Alexandra Boyce.

The Fulton Art Association will award two Fulton seniors for their achievements in art and photography at their graduation ceremony Saturday, June 22.

G. Ray Bodley High School teachers Sara Koblentz and Meredith Williams selected the recipients of the two $100 scholarships.

The 2013 Art Award is awarded to Mariah Munger and the 2013 Photography Award is awarded to Alexandra Boyce.

Williams said, “I have been Mariah Munger’s teacher for the past two years. Mariah is a senior at G Ray Bodley and an excelled art student. Mariah has taken Ceramics 1, 2, and 3, an Independent Study in Ceramics, and Foundation in Art. Mariah has also taken every art class offered by the other high school art teacher.

“Mariah is very talented and will be continuing her study in the art field at New Paltz College,” she added. “She is enthusiastic and hardworking and will do amazing things in the art field.”

Koblentz said, “I have known Alexandra for just this past year in studio in art. She was a photography student with Ms. Star Matteson previously. Alexandra recently told me Studio in Art was her first art class since junior high. If she had known what she now knows she wishes she had started sooner than her senior year. I wish she had started sooner as well.

“Alexandra has demonstrated her considerable ability in studio in art, always going beyond class expectations, doing at least one more drawing or painting to develop her skills. She comes in an additional class period each day to work independently and recently to help photograph and mat artwork, earning community service credit.

“Her work can often be seen in showcase displays outside the Art rooms. In Alexandra’s words, ‘As each piece I create comes to life, it sends a feeling of relaxation and joy through me.  Art lightens up my world.’”

Here photography was recently part of the Fulton Art Association’s High School Invitational Art Show held in March, 2013. She will be attending Syracuse University to major in photography.

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 www.CNYArtsCenter.com 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 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.