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Hope Fest comes to Fulton War Memorial June 7-9

A special event is coming to the Fulton War Memorial June 7, 8 and 9.

Hope Fest is an outreach presented by Christian churches throughout Oswego County that have come together in unity to provide opportunities for people to hear and see the gospel through music, messages, prayer and personal stories.

“The vision for Hope Fest is to bring the message of hope, joy, love and peace to so many in our area who are suffering with burdens of addiction, sickness, unemployment, abuse, and despair,” said John Palm, one of the founders of Hope Fest. “With Jesus Christ alive and active in peoples’ hearts and lives, we’ll see lives changed in powerful ways that will bless our entire community.”

Doors open nightly at 5 p.m. and the event gets under way at 7 pm.

Palm and his wife of 50 years, Mary Lou, were drawn to Oswego County in early 2012 after serving as missionaries to Australia.

“I was given a vision for ‘Oswego’ and we didn’t even know what or where ‘Oswego’ was,” Palm said. “We looked it up on a map, and we started writing letters to the churches in the Oswego area.”

The pastors from River of Life Assembly of God in Fulton and Martville Assembly of God in Martville both wrote back to the Palms.

Before long, the couple journeyed around the world to upstate New York because the vision that God shared with them was one for revival – something that these two churches as well as many others, have been praying for.

“We believe that revival is very close, and that it will be like nothing that has ever happened before in this area,” Palm said. “We’re very excited and we want to share what God has done already in so many lives.”

Palm will be the evangelist for two nights during Hope Fest, and his son, Joe Palm, who is a church pastor in Orlando, Fla., will fill that role on the remaining evening.

The other guest speaker is Julio Roque, former drug addict and gang member who now pastors Lighthouse Christian Center in Baltimore, Md, which is the Palms’ home church.

“There will be live music each night featuring worship bands from around Central New York,” according to Laurie Ludlow, event director for Hope Fest.

Also, shuttle bus service will be provided within the City of Fulton during each night of Hope Fest.

Those interested may check the event’s web site at www.hopefest2013.com for the schedule of stops and times, as well as more information about the event in general.

People who are seeking prayer for special needs, such as physical healing, restoration of broken relationships, freedom from addictions, will have the opportunity to receive prayer each night of Hope Fest, Palm stated.

“Mary Lou and I have seen many miraculous healings in our 40 years of ministry,” he noted. “We fully believe and expect to see more of them during Hope Fest.”

Local residents will be sharing personal testimonies during this event including Andy Henderson, who has been managing editor of The Valley News in Fulton for the past 13 years; and Norman “Jay” Foster, Fifth Ward councilor for the City of Fulton.

“We are very blessed to be able to present this event in Fulton,” Ludlow stated. “We are grateful to the many churches, businesses and individuals who are providing prayer, donations, and volunteer support. We look forward to seeing the Fulton War Memorial filled to overflowing each night of Hope Fest 2013.”

Hope Fest 2013 is a free community event being presented by the Fulton Evangelism Committee under the financial oversight of River of Life Assembly of God, 815 Oneida Street, Fulton, NY 13069.

Fulton’s annual art show to be held this weekend

The Fulton Art Association’s 40th annual art show and competition will be held Saturday, May 18 from 10 to 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 19 from noon to 4:30 p.m.

It will be held in the Community Room at the Fulton Municipal Building at 141 S. First St., Fulton.

A reception will be held Saturday evening from 6 to 8 p.m. The association’s artists range in age from high school to senior citizen and they come from all walks of life. They are residents from Fulton, Baldwinsville, Central Square, Cicero, Hannibal, Liverpool, Mexico, Oswego, and Phoenix.

During the weekend, all visitors to the show will receive a ballot to vote for their favorite entry in the show. The Viewer’s Choice Award will be tallied Sunday afternoon and the winner will be announced in the press with the award winners.

All raffle drawings at the show will take place on Sunday afternoon. Those participating do not need to be present to win.

Proceeds from the show raffles are designated for the High School Invitational show expenses.

Magical Mystery Tour headline Friday’s Memorial Day Salute set

Central New York’s only all-Beatles tribute, Magical Mystery Tour, will be the Friday night featured entertainment for Fulton’s 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute. The will perform May 24 at 7 p.m. From left are Tim Stone (Paul), Terry Quill (George, Rick Basha (Ringo), and Mike Fedorchuk (John).
Central New York’s only all-Beatles tribute, Magical Mystery Tour, will be the Friday night featured entertainment for Fulton’s 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute. The will perform May 24 at 7 p.m. From left are Tim Stone (Paul), Terry Quill (George, Rick Basha (Ringo), and Mike Fedorchuk (John).

Central New York’s only all-Beatles tribute, Magical Mystery Tour, will be the Friday night featured entertainment for Fulton’s 32nd annual Memorial Day Salute.

Magical Mystery Tour  is a group of four musicians who have come together with one common passion: the music of The Beatles.

All regional musicians, they’ve individually had experiences with several successful local and regional acts including the Back Alley Boys, The Joe Whiting Band, Mark Doyle & The Maniacs, Dr. Boogie, Mr. Slate, as well as vast theater and stage experience.

They bring the energy and witty humor of the Beatles to the stage. They will take the stage Friday, May 24 at 7 p.m.

Neil Diamond tribute to headline Memorial Day Salute

Rob Garrett, who presents “King of Diamonds,” a Neil Diamond tribute will headline Fulton Memorial Day Salute this year. Fulton Savings Bank will sponsor  this tribute band on the Community Center stage Saturday, May 25 starting at 8 p.m.
Rob Garrett, who presents “King of Diamonds,” a Neil Diamond tribute will headline Fulton Memorial Day Salute this year. Fulton Savings Bank will sponsor this tribute band on the Community Center stage Saturday, May 25 starting at 8 p.m.

Rob Garrett, who presents “King of Diamonds,” a Neil Diamond tribute will headline Fulton Memorial Day Salute this year.

Fulton Savings Bank will sponsor  this tribute band on the Community Center stage Saturday, May 25 starting at 8 p.m.

Garrett is a  long time Las Vegas performer and Legends in Concert alumni. From Las Vegas to Honolulu, to New York, to Berlin German, he has come to be known as the “King of Diamonds,” performing throughout more cities than any other celebrity impersonator in the business.

He manages to naturally capture the presence, passion, and energy of the legendary performer.

He was the recent recipient of   the “Male Musical Tribute Artist of the Year” award presented by the Entertainment Network at the Celebrity Impersonator Convention in Las Vegas.

Jim Myers, long-time entertainment chairman for the Memorial Day Salute, has released the complete entertainment schedule for the weekend.

Friday, May 24, the G. Ray Bodley High School Jazz band will perform at 5 p.m. Rick Bush will be on stage from 6 to 7 p.m.   followed by Magical Mystery Tour, a Beatles tribute band. They will play until the fireworks start at about 10 p.m.

Saturday, May 25, Oswego County’s largest parade will move down Broadway, from east to west, starting at 10 a.m.

This will be followed by several of the parade marching bands playing at a “Stand-In” on the Community Center stage from noon to 2 p.m. “Virgil The Magician,” will entertain the children and adults at 2 p.m.

The Fulton Dixieland Band will be on stage at 3:30 p.m. followed by Fulton Community Band at 5 p.m. and the music of Vince Markowsky at 6 p.m.

Garrett will take the stage at 8 p.m.

The Memorial Day Salute opens at 5 p.m. Friday and closes at 11 p.m. after the fireworks are over.

Saturday, the hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. During these hours, food and beverage and many rides will be available.

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Celebration of Community Music event dedicated to Bob and Sandy Weston

The Fulton Music Association’s 16th annual Celebration of Community Music featuring the Fulton Community Band and a  variety of local talent will be presented Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium. The concert is dedicated to Bob and Sandy Weston (pictured) and the winners of the 2013 FMA senior music awards will also be announced and each recipient will perform at the event.
The Fulton Music Association’s 16th annual Celebration of Community Music featuring the Fulton Community Band and a variety of local talent will be presented Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium. The concert is dedicated to Bob and Sandy Weston (pictured) and the winners of the 2013 FMA senior music awards will also be announced and each recipient will perform at the event.

The Fulton Music Association’s 16th annual Celebration of Community Music featuring the Fulton Community Band and a variety of local talent will be presented Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m. at the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium.

The concert is dedicated to Bob and Sandy Weston and the winners of the 2013 FMA senior music awards will also be announced and each recipient will perform at the event, said Steve Chirello, FMA president.

“Bob and Sandy are well-known as passionate supporters of music and the arts in Fulton,” Chirello said. “But that is only the tip of the iceberg. They enthusiastically support so many activities and organizations in our community.”

The concert will feature performances by the Cortini Brothers Jazz Experience, the Fulton Community Band under the direction of Carol Fox, and the Hamer Sing-Along group.

The community band will be performing “Burst of Flame March,” “Les Miserables,” “An American in Paris,” and “The Marriage of Figaro.”

“All concert participants are generously donating their time to help raise funds for FMA,” Chirello said. “In addition to helping high school students receive FMA awards this spring, FMA members will continue to help sponsor Fulton’s summer concert series, and bring special performances by the U.S Army’s 10th Mountain Div. Band right here to Fulton.

Bob Weston said, “We have lived in Fulton since 1962 and we fell in love with the Fulton community. We’ve raised three daughters — Cindy, Kelly and Alison — and we now have three granddaughters (Jill, Nikki and Sami) a grandson (Kaden) and a great-grandson (Nathan).

“The driving force that keeps us involved is our commitment to making Fulton a better place for our family to live, work and play,” Sandy Weston said. “We appreciate the Fulton Music Association, the Fulton Community Band, and others who continue to provide our community with music that our community truly enjoys.”

The Westons frequently write letters to the editor of local media to express their support, and they will often be seen at most community activities.

Among these are 10th Mountain Div. Veterans Concert, Tunes in June, high school plays, concerts at Bullhead Point, Fulton Community Theater and CNY Arts presentations, Fulton Art Association and Friends of History events, plus fundraisers and events sponsored by our local, service organizations.

“Most importantly,” Bob Weston said, “we appreciate the hard work and dedication of all the participants. If they are working hard and devoting their time to organizing an event, the least we can do is support their efforts and enjoy being in the company of so many great people.”

Bob Weston served on the Fulton City Council for 16 years. He presently serves on the city’s Recreation Committee and with the Fulton Community Revitalization Corporation. He is past president and a member of the Fulton Lions Club and past president of the Fulton Booster Club.

Sandy Weston is the co-founder of an environmental organization formed to address water quality and hazardous waste issues within the city. She is past president of the Fulton Booster Club and served on the Fulton City Planning Commission for 11 years during which she was chairperson for five years.

She served on the New York State Superfund Management Board where she was appointed by both governors Cuomo and Pataki. She was nominated for State Senator Patty Richie’s Women of Distinction Award in 2011 and presently serves as a board member of the Open Doors Neighborhood Center (First United Church of Fulton) and as a member of the Children and Families team.

They received the Fulton Rotary Club’s Community Service Award in 2005. In addition, Bob Weston received the Fulton Police Benevolent Association Award in 2010 and Sandy Weston received it in 2011.

Tickets for the event can be purchased at the door.

Those seeking further information may call Carol Fox at 591-3392 or Chirello at 592-9778.

Talent sought for third annual Arts Fest

CNY Arts Center is looking for local talent to compete for prizes during the third annual Arts Fest June 8 at Fulton’s War Memorial Community Center.

Prizes will be awarded in four categories according to age, under 12, 12-20 and 20 and older and a new separate category for bands.

Focused on discovering hidden talents, event co-chair Kiley Casper said, “We want to encourage everyone from the youngest to the oldest to come and share your family-friendly talent, whatever it is. We know the region has many wonderful performing artists. Arts Fest is an annual celebration of all the arts and we hope to draw talent in multiple categories whether it is dance, vocalists, musicians or bands, or even drama, storytelling or stand-up comedy.  This is an opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

Casper continues, “We’re especially excited to add a specific category for garage bands this year – groups just emerging or performing only part time for the joy of the music. We have had a good response from local bands and we want to encourage their participation by giving them a separate competition category that better suits their talents.

“We expect this festival to grow each year and become a highlight of the summer,” she added. “Being held at the Community Center at the War Memorial gives us ample space for a stage, featured entertainers and a powerful talent competition all in one accessible location. We hope the community will embrace this celebration of the arts and come out for a day filled with the best and brightest of Central New York.”

The talent competition will be held from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. with prizes awarded by 1:30 p.m. Performers may register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373 for more information.

Oswego County Fair seeks local authors

One of the goals of the Oswego County Fair Association is to promote what is great about the county. Recently, several local authors have been published. The Fair Association would like to offer a place where these authors can display their work and meet the general public.

In keeping with this plan, there is a specific space set aside for local authors to come to the fair. Authors are invited to bring their work and may also autograph copies.

There will be four tables set up in the Horticulture end of the Domestic Arts Building on July 3, 4 and 5. Published authors that would be interested in coming to the fair should call the fair secretary Anne Gibbs at 298-5686.

The 2013 Oswego County Fair will be held July 3 to July 7 at the Fairgrounds in Sandy Creek. Some of the activities include a Hell Drivers show, two demo derbies, a local street legal, truck pull, Magical John and much more.

There is free parking and admission for the event.

What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

A new month kicks off with the soft opening today of our new gallery “Arts in the Heart” located at 47 S. First St. in Fulton.

Local artists will have their work on display for browsing and for sale. On your lunch hour, when you take an evening walk, or whenever you’re downtown make time to see what’s new at Arts in the Heart Gallery. Call 216-8790 for gallery hours.

In our main facility located in State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., classes are still being offered along with theatre productions, and casual group meetings such as Writer’s Café and Artist Meet-up.

Creative Blockbuster starts off with a class May 4 from noon to 3 p.m. Students will learn how to work through creative blocks and get your creative juices going again with a variety of activities.

Oil Painting is also on tap May 4 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bonnie McClellan will guide you to paint a relaxing beach scene and take home a completed painting.

Closing weekend of “Helen Keller” running Friday and Saturday, May 3 and 4 at 8 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 at 2 p.m.

Sunday’s performance will be signed for the hearing impaired. Those seeking reservations may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Start making plans now for Girls Night Out Thursday, May 9 from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. This will be a fun-filled evening between friends. Share a little wine and light snacks while you spruce up your jewelry line, or add a little bling to an old pair of shoes. Bring in an old pair of pumps or plain shoes, even canvas flats. We’ll dazzle them up! Make a necklace or entire set. Treat yourself to some fun and take home something new when you leave.

We need your talent for the third annual Arts Fest Talent Competition to be held June 8 in the War Memorial Ice Rink. Tom Eagan and Christine Tupe will both perform onstage following the Competition offering prizes in several categories.

This event also offers handmade original art and crafts from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with over 50 vendors to browse. Talent and vendors can register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp is open for registration. 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 up during the weeks of camp, July 15-19 and Aug. 19-23. Sponsorships are available for morning classes. CNY Arts Center wants every child to have an art experience this summer.

All arts for all ages and interests at CNY Arts Center with classes, live theatre, festivals, Arty Camp, and an art gallery opening May 1.

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

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 happenings at CNY Arts Center.