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Local writer to present new book

Local author and writing instructor Jim Farfaglia has released his second book of poems, “People, Places & Things: The Powerful Nouns of My Life.”

A reading from the book is planned for April 11 at 6 p.m. at the river’s end bookstore.

“This book takes a different look at life than my first poetry collection, ‘Country Boy’,” Farfaglia stated. “That book was a testimonial to my rural upbringing and extended family of muck farmers. This book has a wider perspective, taking a look at the people, places and things that have influenced my life. Like the first book, it is a book of gratitude, but it also addresses some of the life’s challenges.”

Farfaglia’s career as a writer began when he retired from his job with the Oswego City-County Youth Bureau, where he oversaw the operation of Camp Hollis, a residential camp located on Lake Ontario in Southwest Oswego.

Toward the end of that career, he co-authored a book about the longstanding recreational program entitled “Camp Hollis: The Origins of Oswego County’s Children’s Camp.”

“By helping with that book, I realized I wanted to spend more time writing and assisting others who want to write,” Farfaglia noted. “In addition to my reading at the river’s end, the evening will also feature three new writers, Ali Martin, Margaret Nichols and Diane Sokolowski, who have taken a class from me and have shown excellent writing skills.”

The program at the river’s end will also be announcing a series of classes Farfaglia will teach at the bookstore; the first class is entitled “Doorways: How to Turn Memories into Memoirs.”

Auditions set for Harborfest musical

Area students ages 8 through 16 will have the opportunity to audition for a part in a youth musical to be presented during Harborfest 2013.

The production this year is “Ellis Island…The American Dream” by Cheryl Kemeny. The musical follows the adventures and struggles of European immigrants who are searching for a better life in “the land of the free.”

The musical will be under the direction of Bobbie Palange and Rocky Farden.

“The musical will entertain and delight our audiences while reminding us all of the heroic people, our own ancestors, who built this great country,” said Farden.

“The storyline follows several families and young people from Italy, Ireland, Germany and Russia. They endure storms at sea, hunger and discomfort on the voyages and then are faced with a final hurdle; the scrutiny of the American officials at Ellis Island.

“Who among them will pass through the gates at Ellis Island and realize the American dream? The production includes songs and dances, humor and drama,” added Farden.

Farden said that the production requires between 45 to 50 performers and features several speaking parts, singing and dancing.

Auditions for interested children in grades 3-10 will be held April 15 or 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the McCrobie Building, 41 Lake Street in Oswego.

Children will be asked to sing “America” and “Happy Birthday” as well as do a little reading.  Previous theater experience is not required.

“Ellis Island…the American Dream,” which features an array of colorful costumes and scenes, will be performed Friday, Saturday and Sunday of Harborfest with performances on the Children’s Stage at West Park.

Times of the performances are still being finalized.

The play is part of the entertainment to be presented at the Children’s Park during Harborfest 2013.

Those seeking more information may call Farden at 272-7805 or Palange at 343-9595.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

CNY Arts Center offers an exciting spring line-up of classes for all arts and all ages starting April 6 with Kids Onscreen from 2 to 4 p.m. for kids ages 6 and up; oil painting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and ink drawing from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and Introduction to Writing from 1 to 4 p.m.

Information on these classes can be found at www.CNYArtsCenter.com

A Critique Workshop for Writers will take place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month starting April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and the next Writer’s Café, April 14 at 6:30 pm will spotlight the work of Art Tirrell and his book “The Wind from Entouhonoron,” an adventure set on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Writer’s Café is open to the public.

For these and more classes in the month of April, the web site has all the latest news and updates.  Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out.

Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. 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 classes and events.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” the center’s first all-youth production produced by Kids Onstage, will run for two performances only: April 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets and reservations are available online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 592-3373.

“Helen Keller” follows two weeks later April 26-28 and May 3-5.

Artists are being sought for the new Art Gallery opening in downtown Fulton early May.  Art work from drawings, ink work, mixed media, paintings, photography, charcoal, glass, pastels, wood, fabric, stained glass or sculpture will be featured in the galley and artists are encouraged to reserve exhibit space.

The gallery will be open for downtown shopping and browsing most evenings and weekends including Saturday mornings during Farmer’s Market.

Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions for June comedy

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its June production of “Alone Together” — a comedy about a not-so empty nest by Lawrence Roman.

Auditions will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 8, 9, and 10 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the theatre’s meeting and rehearsal room at Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St.

Those auditioning are asked to enter through the Buffalo Street school entrance and go upstairs to the top floor.

No preparation is necessary. Those auditioning will be asked to read scenes from the script.

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?

The production will run for three weekends, June 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, and 16. All roles for the production are open. Age range for George and Helene are 50 to 55, with the children roles ranging from late teens to 30. Character descriptions are as follows:

George Butler: Age 50-55 (or capable of playing older); a generally likeable father of three, loving husband. Always trying to be a great conciliator, wants to see everyone happy all the time, but knows in his heart of hearts he is failing miserably in every attempt.

Helene Butler: Age 45-50 (or capable of playing older); a vibrant happy woman confidant of herself and her talents, looking forward to being an empty nester. She starts to show her dark side as the story lingers on and travels the full range of emotions through the          performance.

Michael Butler: Age 25-30; oldest of the Butler children. Works as a math professor at MIT.  Appearance is generally disheveled, but Michael really doesn’t care. Both confident in his mathematical skills and afraid of failure at the same time.

Elliot Butler: Age: 21-23; the Butler’s middle son. An insufferable womanizer, who fails to see any connection between his actions and his wife throwing him out. Very much lost in himself.  Ever the huckster always seems to have a get rich quick scheme under way.

Keith Butler:  Age 18-19; the youngest to the Butler boys, seems to be the most well-adjusted of the three, and is actually looking forward to going to college.

Janie Johnson: Age 17-19; an unsuspected house guest at

the Butler Home. She seems to ooze teenage sexuality, but doesn’t seem to notice her effect on men. Janie is very confident in her little world, yet is worldlier then she lets on.

Those seeking more information, may call 598-7840 or visit www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.

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High school art show’s Viewers’ Choice Award presented

The Viewers’ Choice Award, determined by the public’s vote during the Fulton Art Association’s 2013 High School Invitational Art & Photography Show held March 2-3, was tallied at the end of the competition. The winner was Jeff Rusaw, a senior from G. Ray Bodley High School, for his 3D Metal eagle, with a 4’ wing span, entitled “Free Bird,” which also won first place in the 3D category.
The Viewers’ Choice Award, determined by the public’s vote during the Fulton Art Association’s 2013 High School Invitational Art & Photography Show held March 2-3, was tallied at the end of the competition. The winner was Jeff Rusaw, a senior from G. Ray Bodley High School, for his 3D Metal eagle, with a 4’ wing span, entitled “Free Bird,” which also won first place in the 3D category.

The Viewers’ Choice Award, determined by the public’s vote during the Fulton Art Association’s 2013 High School Invitational Art & Photography Show held Saturday and Sunday, March 2-3, was tallied at the end of the competition.

All individuals who attended the high school show were provided the opportunity to vote for their favorite art or photography entry in the show.

The winner of the Viewers’ Choice Award for 2013 receives a ribbon comparable to Best of Show and a check for $50 sponsored by Fulton Savings Bank.

The winner of the Viewers’ Choice Award for the 2013 high school show was awarded to Jeff Rusaw, a senior from G. Ray Bodley High School, for his 3D Metal eagle, with a 4’ wing span, entitled “Free Bird,” which also won 1st place in the 3D category.

The artwork with the second highest number of votes was “Disney,” a pencil drawing by Karly Hotaling, a senior at Phoenix.

Third place tally was Nikki Baker-Lanning, a junior at Fulton, for her ceramics entry, “Jack & His Hill.” Fourth place was taken by William Hollis, a Fulton senio for his computer graphic art entry entitled “Galaxy.”

Fifth place was a five-way tie:  Kayla Volkomer, an Oswego sophomore for her mixed media painting called “Birds in Winter”; Ashley Pitters, an Oswego senior for his drawing pencil entry, “CATastrophe,” which took the judges’ Best of Show Award; Jake Baker, a Fulton senior for his 3D metal entry, “Crush”; and Allie Dennison, a Hannibal junior, for her oils painting titled “Daisy.”

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

A brand new slate of classes and events are taking off in April with an exciting spring season planned.

Kids Onscreen, the only local film class for kids ages 6 and up launches April 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. This six-week class will help children create a script for a 10-15 min. short film, and then shoot the film together. Students will learn and enjoy basic scriptwriting process, acting, and the experience of filming a movie to produce a finished DVD to take home.

Oil painting and Ink Drawing classes with Bonnie McClellan will also take place April 6. The oil painting class will be from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and will guide students to paint a “Cape Cod Lighthouse” while the ink drawing class from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. will teach students techniques for drawing wildlife.

Introduction to Writing, a class for beginning writers, joins the April roster with a monthly class looking at basic elements of all types of writing from fiction to memoirs to poetry. No writing experience is necessary for this class that meets April 6, May 4 and June 1 from 1 to 4 p.m. with Jim Farfaglia.

A Critique Workshop for Writers will take place on the second and fourth Saturdays of each month starting April 13 from 2 to 4 p.m. and the next Writer’s Café, April 14 at 6:30 p.m. will spotlight the work of Art Tirrell and his book “The Wind from Entouhonoron,” an adventure set on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. Writer’s Café is open to the public.

“The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” our first all-youth production produced by Kids Onstage will run for two performances only: April 12 at 7 p.m. and April 13 at 2 p.m.

“Helen Keller” follows two weeks later April 26-28 and May 3-5.

Much more than classes and theatre are taking place at CNY Arts Center with the announcement of an Art Gallery opening early May in downtown Fulton.

This great opportunity for artists will create exhibit space and a new audience for a variety of art work from drawings, ink work, mixed media, paintings, photography, charcoal, glass, pastels, wood, fabric, to sculpture.

Coupled with an art exhibit in Cicero, art on display in offices around the region, and work begun on the Community Mural Project,   CNY Arts Center’s commitment to artists is playing out in a variety of ways. Artists are encouraged to find out how they can participate in these great opportunities at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Artists and Crafters can register for the third annual Arts Fest to be held June 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the War Memorial Ice Rink.

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

Time is drawing to a close to register for Harborfest Showcase Oswego through CNY Arts Center where vendors can receive a member’s only discount. Booths must be prepaid by April 5 to take advantage of this offer.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee. 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 classes and events.

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Moody McCarthy to headline Fulton Lions Club comedy night

The Fulton Lions Club has announced that it will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr will also perform.
The Fulton Lions Club has announced that it will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. Comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr will also perform.

The Fulton Lions Club will be hosting its first “Roar With Laughter” comedy night with nationally known comedian Moody McCarthy Friday, April 12 at 8 p.m. at the Fulton Polish Home, said David Dingman, Fulton Lions president.

“In addition to Moody McCarthy, we’ll also have comedians Matt Wayne and Matt Rohr in what is sure to be a fun, entertaining night for all,” Dingman said. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Advance sale tickets may be purchased at Devine Designs, Fulton, the Fulton Medicine Place, or by calling Gail Holmes at 592-4245.

Tickets will be available at the door.

“Our host is Matt Rohr, who actually lived in Fulton for a few years as a youngster,” Holmes said. “Come see if you still recognize him. Matt first performed comedy in Rochester where he was emcee of the Comedy Block Party. He tours clubs and colleges all over the country and always reminds people to tip the wait staff. He now shares a New York City apartment with his wife and an unknown number of mice.

“Our second comic, Matt Wayne, is originally from Buffalo and has performed all over the country. He resides in New York City where he hosts a popular monthly show. Matt has performed at famous comedy venues like Caroline’s on Broadway and the Upright Citizens Brigade (UCB).

“He has also been featured in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, Ore.,” she added. “Matt can be seen in the up coming web series, Guy’s Guide, alongside Iron Chef Marc Forgione.

“Moody McCarthy, our headliner, has performed on David Letterman, Jimmy Kimmel, Last Comic Standing and Star Search, He grew up in Syracuse and now lives in New Your City with his wife and step-dog.

“After six years upstate, McCarthy moved to New York City where he was told by his fans that he’d be a star in no time. After more than 20 years honing his craft, he steadily gained the respect of his peers and audiences everywhere.”

He’s known for unpredictable material, a disarming presence, and in-the-moment chops where he thrives in any venue from pubs to country clubs.

The Fulton Lions Club, also known for its Lions Loot Sweepstakes and Labor Day Duck Derby, provides financial assistance for those in need of eyeglasses, eye exams and hearing aids to residents in the Greater Fulton area.

CNY Arts Center to open new art gallery in City of Fulton

With a successful start to programming and events in its State Street facility, CNY Arts Center is preparing to expand their community presence with the opening of an art gallery in downtown Fulton.

The new space will give artists an opportunity to exhibit their artwork in the public hoping to generate awareness, sales and demand for regional art.

“We are stepping out with the idea that if we provide this affordable opportunity for artists to participate, the economic potential for all artists will grow along with an increased appetite for the arts,” said Nancy Fox, director of the CNY Arts Center.

“The arts as an industry will have a significant impact when we harness that potential and bring it right to the community,” she added. “Through the arts center programming, we are discovering artists of all mediums. Providing this public space to exhibit their art is a giant step forward for many of them.”

Artists can apply for space in the gallery which will be located on First Street across from the city gazebo.

“With farmer’s market and events happening in the gazebo and along the river all summer long,” said Bonnie McClellan, project lead for the art gallery expansion, “we felt confident this prime location would be a great place to generate the necessary foot traffic as we introduce these artists to the community. And it will be a nice addition for downtown shoppers, employees and restaurants.”

There will be space for artists with drawings, ink work, mixed media, paintings, photography, charcoal, glass, pastels, wood, fabric, and sculpture or 3D design.

No crafts will be considered. Adjustments are being made to accommodate as many artists as possible.

Artists will be spotlighted on a rotating basis in one of two distinct display areas while monthly social events will allow the public to meet and mingle with the artists. The gallery will also be available to artists for private exhibits.

In addition to a modest fee and sales commission, artists will be asked to work in the art gallery a few hours each month as part of the all-volunteer staff. The nonprofit CNY Arts Center is run entirely by volunteers.

Not limited to Fulton, Artists from the CNY region are encouraged to apply and will find more information at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 592-3373.

Gallery opening is scheduled for early May.