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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.

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

We’re headed out of the building for a few weeks with our float in the Memorial Day parade. United We Stand for our country, our community and the arts! Look for us in our best patriotic costumes and smiles on our faces.

The following week, 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, will be held. Come visit, take a walk through, enjoy Marcella Slater on the harp from 2 to 4 p.m., and see the display of some of the finest art in the heart of CNY.

The official ribbon cutting will be held 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 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hours are subject to change.

The third annual Arts Fest will be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the War Memorial Community Center Ice Rink. There will be crafters and artists, entertainment, a talent competition, art projects for kids, food, and prizes. There will be more than vendors to browse.

Talent is still being sought for the talent competition to be held during Arts Fest from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 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.

A six-week Digital Photography 101 class will be making a return to the center June 4 at 6 p.m. Students can take one or all six classes and learn the basics of taking photographs with a digital camera. A single lens reflex 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.

une 4 is another Ink Class with Bonnie McClellan from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Students will work on buildings and scenery, using Fulton’s history as models.

June 9 brings the monthly Writer’s Café from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 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.

A new class is coming June 15, Woodworking for Beginners, for 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.

The center is located in the lower level of State Street 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 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.

Fulton Community Theatre to present ‘Alone Together’ in June

Love and marriage and the nuclear family take a comic turn this June as Fulton Community Theatre proudly presents Lawrence Roman’s “Alone Together.”

The play, part of FCT’s 23rd season, will run weekends June, 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Saturday night performances are at 8 p.m.; the Sunday matinees are at 2 p.m. Tickets may be obtained by calling 598-7840.

The comedy, directed by Michael A. Bolio, explores the problem of what are parents to do when their baby birds fly back into the nest? This is the dilemma facing George and Helene Butler Dreams of carefree days and passion-filled nights are quickly shattered when oldest son Michael, quickly followed by middle brother Elliot, return home and take up residence in the bedrooms of their youth.

Add to the mix college freshman Janie, who shows up seeking temporary lodging, and Helene and George have a real situation on their hands.

The youngest son, Keith, was the last to leave. Will he also be the last to return?

Featured in the cast are the talents real life husband and wife Robbie and Brenda Brown as George and Helene Butler.

The rest of the cast includes Donald Crowe as Michael, Jacob Louria and Elliott, Mark Parry and Keith, and Marlina Beebe as Janie.

“Alone Together” is produced by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc. The play contains some mature content and language that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Those seeking more information may visit FCT’s website at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.

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Fort Ontario to open for the season today

Fort Ontario State Historic Site opens today, May 18, and will host a variety of special events, including a French and Indian War living history event June 29 and 30. This year marks the 250th anniversary of the end of the French and Indian War, and the beginning of Pontiac’s Rebellion which ended at Oswego in 1766 with the Treaty of Fort Ontario. Re-enactors from around the United States and Canada will converge on Oswego to recreate the failed French attack on Fort Ontario in 1759 which helped seal the fate of France’s North American Colony.
Fort Ontario State Historic Site opens today, May 18, and will host a variety of special events, including a French and Indian War living history event June 29 and 30. This year marks the 250th anniversary of the end of the French and Indian War, and the beginning of Pontiac’s Rebellion which ended at Oswego in 1766 with the Treaty of Fort Ontario. Re-enactors from around the United States and Canada will converge on Oswego to recreate the failed French attack on Fort Ontario in 1759 which helped seal the fate of France’s North American Colony.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site will be open to the public today, May 18 to Sunday, Oct. 13.  Visiting hours will be Wednesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The fort will be open seven days a week during the peak of tourist season from June 26 through Labor Day. Admission prices will remain the same as last year.

A wide range of special events are planned at the fort this year including a guided tour of the Post Cemetery today, May 18 at 1 p.m.

Curator Jennifer Emmons has been researching the lives and deaths of the 77 soldiers, officers, and civilians buried in post cemetery, which was moved to its current location in 1903.

The history and personal stories of those buried in the post cemetery reflect Fort Ontario’s significant role in world events from the French and Indian War through World War II.

Fort Ontario’s active role in military history continues today as the 444th Engineer Company, 479th Engineer Battalion, maintains a United States Army Reserve Center on the 75-acre Fort Ontario Military Reservation National Register District.

After World War II, the military reservation was divided into five sections; one part went to New York State to be developed as a historic site, a section to the Fitzgibbons Boiler Works, a small section to Lakeshore Trucking (railroad sidings), a parcel to the Army Reserve, and a large section to the City of Oswego on a 99-year lease to be used for educational, transportation, and recreational purposes only.

Recently, Historic Park Manager Ron Healt joined the fort’s management team and will oversee maintenance and major infrastructure improvement projects at Fort Ontario projected to continue through 2016.

Work in 2013 will focus on the two officer’s quarters and involve replacing or repairing window sash and cases, storm windows, shutters, doors, floor joists, sills, chimneys, roofs, gutters, revetments, and drainage.

Officers Quarters Two will be furnished this year, but Officers Quarters One will remain mostly unfurnished as building rehabilitation continues.

Having completed improvements in the two underground stone rifle galleries facing Oswego Harbor, for the first time since the early 1950s, all three underground stone rifle galleries and two artillery casemates will be open to the public.

Stone for the galleries, casemates, and walls of the fort came from a quarry located near the location of the post cemetery.

Contrary to popular opinion, the fort’s stone walls were not destroyed in battles. In reality, improvements begun in 1863 ended in 1872 when Congress ceased funding expensive construction on Great Lakes posts when Canada and the United States signed a treaty calling for an unarmed border.

In May 1872, the civilian workmen under contract to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers packed up their tools and left the fort’s walls unfinished.

Over the winter the Friends of Fort Ontario purchased reproduction tin plates, cups, bottles, knives, forks, spoons, faux foods, crockery, utensils, and other items to recreate a U.S. Army kitchen-mess room as it may have appeared at Fort Ontario in 1868.

This new period room interpretation will be unveiled on opening day.

On most U.S. Army posts of the 19th century, kitchens and mess rooms (dining areas) were located in separate rooms in a barracks, but at some older posts such as Fort Ontario, cooking and eating functions were combined.

The 1868 kitchen-mess room, with its reproduction benches and tables, is designed so that it may be converted into an audio-visual room for power point lectures and programs in minutes.

The room will also be used for school group lunches and historic food-related programming and fund-raising events.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego, New York.