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CNY Arts Center launches Volunteer of the Month program

Ken Blount, CNY Arts Center’s first Volunteer of the Month, is pictured working on the set for the center’s upcoming production of “Helen Keller.”
Ken Blount, CNY Arts Center’s first Volunteer of the Month, is pictured working on the set for the center’s upcoming production of “Helen Keller.”

The CNY Arts Center, an organization located in Fulton that strives to engage people of all ages with all arts, has announced its volunteer recognition program.

The program’s purpose is to acknowledge the many hours of work done by the people who make the center’s activities and events happen.

“Volunteers are truly the heart and soul of our organization,” said Alice Lamb, program coordinator and volunteer recognition coordinator for the center. “We are a young community center, with limited funding, so we rely heavily on our volunteers to assure our programs can be realized.”

The Volunteer of the Month for April is Ken Blount, who has been instrumental in CNY Arts Center’s success from its beginning.

“Ken was a leader in the process to clean and organize the facility where we present our programs,” said Nancy Fox, the center’s director. “He put in countless hours in preparing the space that we are renting from the State Street Methodist Church, who have been a great host for our Center. In fact, Ken has worked so closely with the church that he now volunteers for them as well!”

Blount is a native Fultonian who has always been interested in art and drama. He continues to work on his own studio art, often creating work from common household articles. He has donated his artwork to the Center for various events.

“Ken has also painted stage sets, provided some of its furniture and is the go-to guy for anything having to do with the facility, often covering the office for after-hour events,” continued Fox. “He maintains the look of our entrance and takes out the garbage every week.” 

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What’s happening at CNY Arts Center?

Sophie Greene portrays Helen Keller in the compelling story of Helen Keller, and her teacher Anne Sullivan. “Helen Keller” opens April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.
Sophie Greene portrays Helen Keller in the compelling story of Helen Keller, and her teacher Anne Sullivan. “Helen Keller” opens April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m.

The compelling story of a deaf/blind child takes center stage this weekend in this fresh adaptation of the classic story of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan.

“Helen Keller” will preview with a pay-what-you-can final dress rehearsal April 25 at 8 p.m. and then open April 26 at 8 p.m. The show continues April 27 at 8 p.m. and April 28 at 2 p.m. The second weekend starts May 3 at 8 p.m.

Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. is Fulton Lion’s Club-sponsored performance night. Helen Keller closes May 5 with a 2 p.m. matinee.

Things around the house — a child’s toy, a favorite cup/spoon, a treasured memory — can become a treasured work of art bringing back memories for years to come with the newest class at CNY Arts Center.

Textured Memories with Ken Blount will teach students to create art using common household items; things you just can’t bring yourself to toss can be turned into art with a little paint and glue. Mementos become treasure keepsakes when displayed as DIY art in this class being offered one day only, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. for ages 15 and up.

Tuesday, April 30, the public is invited to join the growing artist community at this event designed to get artists together for the love of art! Bring your portfolio to share, meet other artists of all skill levels, mediums and interests; exchange ideas and feedback; enjoy talking with other artists. Come, bring a friend and hear about the new ARTs in the heART Gallery opening in Downtown Fulton very soon.

Talent is being sought 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.

Registration is open for the second annual ARTY Day Camp. 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.

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St, Fulton. “ARTs in the HeART” Art Gallery will be located at 47 S. 1st St in Fulton. Artists can apply for gallery space online.

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.

Oswego County Tourism Office to hold photo contest

Photographers and outdoor lovers can have their photos featured in the next Oswego County Visitor Guide, which is due out this summer.

The Oswego County Department of Community Development, Tourism and Planning is sponsoring a photo contest for the visitor guide, which will be distributed at trade and travel shows, travel information centers, festivals, events, and businesses over the next two years.

“We’re looking for photos that capture the beauty of Oswego County — our sunsets, history, outdoor recreation, businesses and attractions,” said David Turner, department director. “We want prospective visitors to see photos of people experiencing and enjoying the many great qualities of Oswego County.”

Members of the tourism staff will judge the contest. Photos should be in one of the following categories: history; animals and agriculture; art, music and theater; family fun (including festivals, events, golf, bowling, racetracks, etc); fishing and hunting; more fun in the outdoors (parks, beaches, trails, boating, hiking, biking, skiing, snowmobiling, camping, etc); accommodations (hotels, motels, lodges and b and b’s); dining and restaurants; shopping, flea markets and antiques; and weddings. Tourism-related businesses are encouraged to submit photos of their properties.

All winners will receive a prize and all submitted photos will be featured on the Oswego County Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/visitoswegocounty.

Businesses and attractions who receive first prize in their category will receive a $200 advertising credit, equivalent to the size of a 1/8-page advertisement, in the visitor guide.

The contest is open to residents and non-residents, as long as the photos are taken in Oswego County within the past three years. Each person can submit up to five photos, in color or black and white. Only digital photos will be accepted. Photos must be a minimum of 300 dpi and at least 5 by 7 inches in size.

The deadline for the photo contest is 5 p.m. Friday, May 17. Winners will be notified shortly after.

Those seeking complete rules and entry forms may call the Tourism Office at 349-8322 or visit www.visitoswegocounty.com.

Circus comes to the Oswego County Fairgrounds

Walker’s Circus returns to the Oswego County Fairgrounds for two shows Friday, May 5 at 5 p.m. and at 7:30 p.m.

Walker’s Circus is a part of Walker International Events from Sarasota, Fla. The shows will take place at the Fairgrounds on Ellisburg Street in Sandy Creek.

The circus will be the first of many events planned for the Oswego County Fairgrounds.

Activities include a machinery auction, a Boy Scout Jamboree, a motorcycle event, a horse show and the Oswego County Fair, which will be held July 3 to 7.

There will be no charge for parking or admission to the grounds.

Friends of History in Fulton to hold chicken barbecue

The Friends of History in Fulton will hold its first chicken barbecue for 2013 Sunday, May 5 at the pavilion at Bullhead Point, Route 3 West, Fulton.

Serving will begin at 11:30 a.m. and will run until all is sold out.

Pre-sale tickets for the fund-raiser, which will guarantee a dinner, may be purchased at the Pratt House Museum, 177 S. First St., Fulton, Wednesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All pre-sale dinners must be picked up by 1 p.m.

The barbecue is prepared by Fricken Chicken and includes half a chicken, salt potatoes, macaroni salad, roll and a brownie.

Those seeking additional information may call the Friends of History at 598-4616.ç

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

Flower pot cookies, oil painting, photography, young writers and life drawing techniques are all on tap for the busy weekend ahead with a full day of classes Saturday, April 20.

Spring Treats will teach how to make flower pot cookies and more. Acrylics, oil painting, and life drawing all present classes for any skill level running throughout the day.

Two more writing programs debut with a writer’s workshop titled How Digital Photography Can Help Writers Reach Readers and an afternoon for young writers age 8 to 15 with Write Away! Registration for classes is open until 6 p.m. the day before a class starts. Students are asked to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

The third annual Arts Fest to be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the War Memorial Ice Rink is filling with artists and Crafters.

Tom Eagan and Christine Tupe will both perform onstage following the third annual Talent Competition.

This event offers handmade original art and crafts and promotes the performing arts with a talent competition featuring prizes in several categories. Talent and vendors can register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

The second annual ARTY Day Camp registrations are available with full details on the web site. 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.

Classes, live theatre, festivals, Arty Camp, and an art gallery opening soon delivers all arts for all ages and interests at CNY Arts Center.

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

“ARTs in the HeART” Art Gallery will be located at 47 S. First St. in Fulton. Artists can apply for gallery space online.

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.

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Lions Club to participate in production of ‘Helen Keller’

Annie finger-spells into Helen’s hand in this scene from “Helen Keller,” a new adaptation of the classic story. Annie is played by Taylor Hamer and Helen is portrayed by Sophie Greene. The play runs April 26 through May 5 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.
Annie finger-spells into Helen’s hand in this scene from “Helen Keller,” a new adaptation of the classic story. Annie is played by Taylor Hamer and Helen is portrayed by Sophie Greene. The play runs April 26 through May 5 at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.

Lions Club International will team up with CNY Arts Center to sponsor the May 4th performance of “Helen Keller,” a new stage adaptation of the classic story.

The play opens April 26 at 8 p.m. and runs through May 5 at CNY Arts Center, which is located in the State St. Methodist Church in Fulton.

Born in Tuscumbia, Alabama in 1880, Helen Keller developed a fever at 18 months of age that left her blind and deaf.

With the help of an exceptional teacher, Anne Mansfield Sullivan of the Perkins School for the Blind, Helen learned sign language and braille.

A few years later, she learned to speak.

As an adult, she became a tireless advocate for people with disabilities. And in 1925, she attended the Lions Clubs International Convention and challenged the Lions to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.”

In a speech delivered June 30, 1925 at the International Convention in Cedar Point, Ohio, Keller sought help for the American Foundation for the Blind, which was in its infancy at the time.

Considering her early days as a child without sight, sound or verbal communication, she spoke before the international assembly of Lions Club members with eloquence and ease.

Her appeal asked the members to pretend what it felt like to be blind.

Helen challenged the Lions to foster and sponsor the work of the American Foundation for the Blind. The Lions accepted her challenge and its work ever since has included sight programs aimed at preventable blindness.

Those efforts will now sponsor a performance of the new “Helen Keller” production, which will be the CNY Arts Center’s third mainstage production since moving into their new facility located in State St. Methodist Church at 357 State St. in Fulton.

Eyeglass collection boxes will be available at the May 4th performance along with information about the Lions Club International and all the philanthropic work the group does.

“Helen Keller” opens April 26 at 8 p.m. and continues April 27, May 3 and May 4 at 8 p.m. with Sunday matinees April 28 and May 5 at 2 p.m.

Those seeking more information about the production may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

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Fulton Community Theatre to present ‘The Fantasticks’

Donnie Williams and Marlina Beebe are featured as the moonlight struck young lovers Matt and Luisa in Fulton Community Theatre’s production of the classic musical “The Fantasticks.” The production runs weekends April 19 through 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton.
Donnie Williams and Marlina Beebe are featured as the moonlight struck young lovers Matt and Luisa in Fulton Community Theatre’s production of the classic musical “The Fantasticks.” The production runs weekends April 19 through 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, Fulton.

A timeless story of love lost and won will once again take to the stage as Fulton Community Theatre presents the musical “The Fantasticks.”

The production, FCT’s first full-stage musical since its return to active production in 2010, will play one weekends, April 19, 20, 21, 26, 27, and 28 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are at 7:30 p.m. The two Sunday matinees will begin at 2 p.m. Tickets reservations may be made by calling FCT at 598-7840.

Debuting in 1960, “The Fantasticks,” with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, has been called “the world’s longest running musical.”

It features the songs, “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You” – all which have become popular standards.

The story centers on Matt and Luisa, two young lovers, and their meddling parents who contract with the mysterious El Gallo to ensure a happy ending. Life, however, is more than just a love song under the moonlight.

The eight member cast features Douglas McCall as El Gallo, Marlina Beebe as Luisa, Donnie Williams as Matt, Marguerite Beebe as Bellomy, Renee Fenske as Hucklebee, Brian Pringle as Henry, Stephfond Brunson as Mortimer, and Zoe Bolio as The Mute.

The production is directed by Kathleen DeGolyer with musical direction by Abel Searor.

For DeGolyer and FCT, “The Fantasticks” is a reunion with an old friend. The musical was featured in the theatre’s fifth season in 1994 with DeGolyer playing the role of Hucklebee.

“It is a piece that stays with you,” said DeGolyer. “I’ve wanted to reprise it for the last several years, and now because of the cooperation of the church and our sponsors the work we have put into our theatre space, we have come back around again.”