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Art association to hold spring exhibition, classes

Spring is arriving and it is time for creative renewal to begin at the Art Association of Oswego.

The AAO is located across from Fort Ontario overlooking Lake Ontario.

The purpose of this organization is to further art appreciation, art education and the cultural enrichment of the surrounding areas.

Exhibitions and workshops will begin the new season with the annual Statewide-Lakeside juried art exhibition opening reception March 23.

Many more events, exhibitions and workshops will be held throughout the summer and fall months.

Registration for the following workshops is handled by the instructors. Space is limited and participants should register in advance.

• Introduction to Stained Glass

Wednesdays, March 11 and 13 from 6 to 9 p.m. or Tuesday, April 9 and Thursday, April 11 from 6 to 9 p.m. Instructor is Laurie Kester, 343-6599.

This workshop is for 16 years and older to learn the craft of stained glass. All tools and materials will be supplied. There is a fee to register for the class.

• Stained Glass Window Panel

Wednesdays, April 17 through May 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a tuition fee. Instructor is Laurie Kester, 343-6599.

This is a six-week course for adults interested in designing their own stained glass window panel.

• Hand-Built Pottery Tuesdays April 2 through May 7 from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a tuition fee. Instructor is Sandra Dowie,   947-6000.

This is a six-week class and you will complete four projects.

• Fused Glass Pendant Necklace Tuesdays, May 14 and May 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a tuition fee. Instructor is Sandra Dowie, 947-6000. Design and create your own original fused glass pendant necklace.

• More Hand-Building Pottery Wednesdays, May 29 through July from 6 to 9 p.m. There is a tuition fee. Instructor is Laurie Kester, 343-6599.

• Log Cabin Quilt Saturdays, April 13 and 20 from noon to 4 p.m. There is a tuition fee. The instructor is Charlotte Arcadi, 593-6741. Complete a log cabin quilt top during this class. Must bring your own sewing machine.

• Painting on Slate Sunday, April 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. There is a tuition fee. Instructor is Sandra Dowie, 947-6000.

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Tri-County Singers to perform at local churches

Pictured is a recent rehearsal at the West Baptist Church in Oswego, with Michelle Pawlenko directing.
Pictured is a recent rehearsal at the West Baptist Church in Oswego, with Michelle Pawlenko directing.

The Tri-County Singers will be presenting “Upon This Rock” by Pepper Choplin at various local churches during this Easter season.

This cantata is a touching presentation of the Easter experience through the eyes of Peter. The combination of narration and music tell a story of doubt, passion, failure, forgiveness and faith through the use of both new and traditional Easter melodies.

The Cantata is presented free of charge, although an offering will be taken to defray costs of music and supplies.

The group is led by director Michelle Pawlenko, with her mother Terry Pawlenko assisting and accompanying on the piano.

Soloists this season include Dave Eamer, Michelle Canfield, Mike Pawlenko and Lonny Drake.

Performances are scheduled for Saturday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. at the Hannibal Methodist Church; Sunday, March 17 at 2 p.m. at West Baptist Church in Oswego; Saturday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. at Sterling Valley Community Church; and Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. at Red Creek Westbury UMC.

The entire performance is just under an hour in length. The Tri-County Singers is a variable collection of over two dozen Christian musicians from Oswego, Cayuga and Wayne counties.

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‘Living Stations’ set for March 22 at Fulton Education Center

The “Living Stations” will be presented Friday evening, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the G. Ray Bodley High School Auditorium. In last year’s presentation, Christina Teetsel portrayed Mary.
The “Living Stations” will be presented Friday evening, March 22 at 7:00 p.m. in the Fulton Education Center Auditorium. In last year’s presentation, Christina Teetsel portrayed Mary.

Continuing the 25-year tradition, “Living Stations” will be presented Friday evening, March 22 at 7 p.m. at the Fulton Education Center.

This dramatization of “The Way of the Cross” is the traditional Catholic prayer of Jesus’ passion as it portrays the final hours leading to His crucifixion.

In the “Living Stations” local youth take on the roles of the various people in the traditional 14 scenes of the Stations of the Cross.

Each scene features a series of readings and meditations and is a visual reminder of Christ’s suffering.

Mark Pollock will portray Jesus and Vanessa Langdon will portray Mary.

Choral works are under the direction of Dolores Walrath.

We’re About 9 to perform at Oswego Music Hall

The Oswego Music Hall is bringing the edgy, genre-bending trio, We’re About 9, to its stage Saturday, March 15 at 8 p.m.  With a sound that “colorfully blends acoustic guitar-backed harmonies with pop, blues, and coffeehouse rock, this trio from Baltimore delivers a positively enthralling performance,” according to Singer Magazine critic Robert Lindquist.

The show will be opened by another duo known for one of the most exciting sounds in today’s folk music scene: IlyAIMY (I love you And I Miss You).

Both groups have performed in venues up and down the eastern U.S.

The We’re About 9 trio — Katie Graybeal, Brian Gundersdorf, and Pat Klink — brings vocal harmonies and an outside-the-box songwriting approach to an upbeat, fun show.

The trio has been performing over 10 years ever since their open mic shows started flooding both floors of the coffee house in Ellicott City, Md.

We’re About 9 won the emerging artist showcase vote at the Falcon Ridge Folk festival in 2002. Within another two years, the band played the main stages at Falcon Ridge Folk Fest, Philadelphia Folk Fest, Clearwater Revival, Four Corners Folk Fest, Mountain Stage New Songs Fest, and many more.

In 2008, We’re About 9 released “Paperdust :: Stardust,” an album that shows off the duo (Katie and Brian) on some songs, the trio (Brian, Katie and Pat) on others, along with special guests.

Their second release, “Amalgam,” came out in 2010.

ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You) is a percussive acoustic rock duo hailing from Baltimore, Md. ilyAIMY mixes genres from rock to folk to soul to bluegrass and flavors as varied as jazz and hip hop.

Recently voted “Most-Wanted Artist” by the audiences at Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, ilyAIMY combines award-winning songwriting, male/female harmonies, slap-style guitar work, ukulele, djembe and a curiously Muppet-like stage presence into an exquisite package.

Tickets can be purchased on-line at http://oswegomusichall.org/ or at the River’s End bookstore, 19 W. Bridge St., Oswego.

The Music Hall’s next concert this season will be the Canadian acoustic pop star, Dala, April 6.

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‘Celtic Nights’ to celebrate Irish migration, influences in dance, song

SUNY Oswego’s Artswego Performing Arts Series will present “Celtic Nights: A Journey of Hope,” celebrating Irish heritage and migrants’ determination to carve out a place in a New World at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. Tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 312-2141.
SUNY Oswego’s Artswego Performing Arts Series will present “Celtic Nights: A Journey of Hope,” celebrating Irish heritage and migrants’ determination to carve out a place in a New World at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 12, in Tyler Hall’s Waterman Theatre. Tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 312-2141.

“Celtic Nights: A Journey of Hope,” a festive celebration of Irish music, dance and journey to a New World, comes to SUNY Oswego’s Waterman Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 12.

Sixteen of Ireland’s most accomplished singers, dancers and musicians make up the ensemble, which arrived in the United States last month and is on a 17-city tour from Texas to Maine.

“We were fortunate to arrange the only performance of Celtic Nights in Upstate New York,” said John Shaffer, director of arts programming at SUNY Oswego. “We’re offering it five days before St. Patrick’s Day — for those inclined to wear the green a little early.”

One of the notable Irish productions created since the international phenomenon of Riverdance in 1994, “Celtic Nights” tells the story of Irish emigration across the Atlantic, and traces the Celtic roots of North American music forms such as Appalachian folk and bluegrass.

The story unfolds through the lilting melodies and plaintive lyrics of the rich Celtic heritage, punctuated by the hypnotic rhythm of dancing feet.

Performers include Derek Moloney, who won Ireland’s televised “Search for a Tenor” contest and has performed in his home country with ensembles as diverse as Opera Ireland and The Chieftains.

Also on the tour are uilleann piper Stevie O’Connor, fiddler Ben Gunnery and seven accomplished Irish step-dancers.

Those who attend the Oswego performance will have an opportunity to greet the performers and to view the skills of aspiring dancers from two area studios — the Butler Sheehan Academy of Irish Dance and the Kinlough Academy of Irish Dance — showcasing their work before the show and during intermission.

Shaffer said the Artswego Performing Arts Series aimed to make one of the major Irish touring productions affordable for all ages. Tickets are available at all SUNY Oswego box offices, online at tickets.oswego.edu or by calling 312-2141.

Parking for this event is included in the cost of the ticket, and available in Lot E-6 in front of Culkin Hall and Lot E-18 south of Hart and Funnelle residence halls.

Patrons with disabilities needing assistance should call 312-2141 prior to the performance.

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Oswego Lions Club to hold annual wine and beer tasting event

Denise Constanza and Mike Henderson help with tastings at the Oswego Lions Club’s wine and beer tasting and silent auction event last year. This year’s event will be held Friday, March 22 at the American Foundry in Oswego.
Denise Constanza and Mike Henderson help with tastings at the Oswego Lions Club’s wine and beer tasting and silent auction event last year. This year’s event will be held Friday, March 22 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

The Oswego Lions Club will hold its 15th annual wine and beer tasting with silent auction Friday, March 22 at the American Foundry in Oswego.

The event is scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Pre-sale tickets are available at Cakes Galore or from any Lions Club member. Tickets will be available at the door. Each person will be provided a complimentary wine glass or beer mug at the door.

“The Oswego Lions Club is looking forward to the Wine and Beer tasting with silent auction again this year,” said Steve Jurivich, president of the local chapter of Lions International. “The event has truly become one that the entire community looks forward to each March.”

The annual event will once again showcase many of the area’s New York State wineries, including Fulkerson Winery, Americana Vineyards, Buttonwood Grove Winery, Anthony Road Wine Company, and Young and Somers Winery.

The silent auction will include many donated items from businesses throughout the area. If businesses would like to donate a silent auction item there is still time by calling Karen Hammond at 342-0043 or Bob Bateman at 342-9866.

“We appreciate the donations that the many local businesses within the community have provided again this year,” said Hammond. “The business owners and managers continue to recognize the important role our club maintains within this community, and their donations and sponsorships show their commitment.”

Complimentary appetizers will be provided and a cash bar will also be available.

All proceeds of the event will benefit The Oswego Lions Club and their active role within, and contributions to the community.

Anyone interested in more information may call Hammond or Bateman.

What’s Happening at CNY Arts Center?

February finishes out the month with an Artist Spotlight tonight, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. featuring the work of Ken Blount, CNY Arts Center’s studio arts coordinator.

Blount’s artistry finds the beauty in ordinary items when gathered on canvas in non-traditional ways – the inner workings of a VHS tape become a tree, the gears of a toy become a 3D scene depicting a space ship, the unseen parts of an old piano create a wall-hanging with sophistication and beauty. His art is unique and his technique is in the spotlight this month, open to the public at no charge, at 7 p.m. Find more information on our web site.

March comes roaring in with many great things to do at CNY Arts Center!

Friday, March 1 launches Writing through Our Grief. This workshop will offer participants ideas and examples of how writing can be used in the grieving process. No previous writing experience is necessary. For ages 18 and older, this four-week class will run Fridays in March from 1 to 3 p.m.

Saturday, March 2 our first benefit Cabaret debuts featuring Songs of the Seasons at 8 p.m. It will include familiar music, desserts and items for raffle throughout the evening. Gift certificates for area restaurants and local attractions, ARTY Cash, Camperships to Arty Camp, framed art and more will be up for raffle.

Each cabaret admission receives one free raffle ticket towards a gift item. Proceeds from this event will support programming and events at the Arts Center.

March 2 will also debut Texture, Foil and Acrylics from 9 a.m. to noon with Loie Mechetti. This class includes creating unusual, hang-able art with heavy duty foil, acrylics, and anything that will press shapes into the foil.

Tuesday, March 5 offers another new class with Digital Photography 101 is offering the basics of taking photographs with a digital camera for different skill levels. Students can sign up for one class or take all four that cover topics such as shutter speed vs. aperture; how and where to focus; composing good photos; and improving basic snap shots. Class will meet Tuesdays in March from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 6 and Friday, March 8 will see a return of the watercolor class Going with the Flow Again! from 1 to 4 p.m. No drawing skills are necessary in this class for beginners and for those who just want to brush up on their skills.

Saturday, March 9 rounds out the week with Ink Drawing Workshop from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m and Oil Painting Workshop “Upon a River’s Bend” from 1:30 to 5 p.m.  Instructor Bonnie McClellan will teach a wet on wet technique of landscapes with step by step instruction in a group setting. Students will start with a blank canvas and walk out with their very own painting!

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

CNY Arts Center is located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State S.t, 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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Rudy’s to be guest chef at Oswego County Salvation Army

Owner Jason Livesey is shown working at the cooking line on the final day of the 2012 season at Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-in Restaurant. Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-in will be serving the next Salvation Army Guest Chef dinner Tuesday, March 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The restaurant will open for its 67th season March 13.
Owner Jason Livesey is shown working at the cooking line on the final day of the 2012 season at Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-in Restaurant. Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-in will be serving the next Salvation Army Guest Chef dinner Tuesday, March 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. The restaurant will open for its 67th season March 13.

Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-in will be serving the next Salvation Army Guest Chef dinner Tuesday, March 5 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m.

The dinner will offer some of Rudy’s popular sea foods, including clams, scallops, and fish. Desserts and beverages will be provided by members of the Advisory Board.

The dinner will be at the Salvation Army Citadel, 73 W. Second St., Oswego.

The Guest Chef dinners are organized by the Advisory Board and offered to the community to raise funds for support of the services of the Army in Oswego County.

The Oswego County Salvation Army Corps is in its first year of service, having been formed through the joining of the former Fulton and Oswego Corps and several Service Units in other parts of the county.

Fresh-cooked meals are served in both Fulton and Oswego and many other services are provided to individuals and families in need throughout Oswego County.

Information about The Salvation Army or about serving as a volunteer is available at 343-6491 or at the office at 73 W. Second St., Oswego.