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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.

Class on ‘Writing Through Grief’ to be held

A program about how writing can help people understand and work with their grief is being offered at the CNY Arts Center in Fulton.

Writing instructor Jim Farfaglia will share a variety of writing activities that offer a different way to interpret grief and new approaches to accepting it.

“People deal with grief in many ways,” Farfaglia said. “For some, writing can be a powerful tool to begin understanding and accepting our grief. This class should not be seen as a form of therapy or counseling, but as a comfortable and safe setting to begin looking at how writing our thoughts and concerns can help in the healing process and  how it can give us a new perspective on our challenging times.”

The class will offer participants examples of how others have written about their grief, and will include writing prompts for both in-class and outside of class. No previous writing experience is necessary.

It will be offered as a four-week class and will run the following Fridays: March 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants need to be 18 years of age or older.

There is a fee for the class. Those seeking more information or to register may call the CNY office at 592-3373. The CNY Arts Center is located at 357 State St., Fulton.

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Dana and Susan Robinson to perform at the Music Hall

The Oswego Music Hall will host Dana and Susan Robinson — and their blend of original songs of the American landscape and old time Appalachian mountain music — Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m.
The Oswego Music Hall will host Dana and Susan Robinson — and their blend of original songs of the American landscape and old time Appalachian mountain music — Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m.

The Oswego Music Hall will host Dana and Susan Robinson — and their blend of original songs of the American landscape and old time Appalachian mountain music — Saturday, March 2 at 8 p.m.

With ties to both the Northwest and New England, the duo has hail from Asheville, N.C.

Their music has the sound and feel of bedrock America, with these two guitar-playing, banjo-frailing, fiddle-sawing, and harmony-singing interpreters of the American experience.

Their blend of contemporary songwriting and traditional Appalachian music bring to their performances a deep understanding of America’s musical heritage.

A native of the Pacific Northwest, Dana relocated to New England where he discovered both a thriving songwriters scene and the deep well of traditional mountain music. In the early 1980s, he settled in northern Vermont and built a house “off the grid” (no electricity and phone) on 30 acres near the Canadian border.

There he founded a popular bakery, café and folk music venue.

He launched into full-time touring after the release of his 1994 debut CD, “Elemental Lullabye” and after receiving a request to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York City for Putumayo’s Shelter benefit project.

Sue grew up in a musical family in New England. She studied piano, oboe, and Scottish fiddle before meeting Dana in 2002. She was working in the environmental field in California when she met him at a house concert.

Upon moving to North Carolina a short time thereafter, she launched into studying with many of the great old time musicians in the Asheville area, and naturally adapted to the on-the-road lifestyle.

The music hall, also known as the Ontario Center for Performing Arts, is located in the McCrobie Civic Center, 41 Lake St., Oswego. 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 feature the trio We’re About 9, opened by the duo IlyAIMY, March 16.

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CNY Arts Center welcomes musician to cabaret lineup

Douglas McCall joins cabaret lineup for “Songs of the Seasons” March 2 at 8 p.m. at CNY Arts Center benefit, located in State Street UMC, 357 State St., Fulton.
Douglas McCall joins cabaret lineup for “Songs of the Seasons” March 2 at 8 p.m. at CNY Arts Center benefit, located in State Street UMC, 357 State St., Fulton.

CNY Arts Center announced the addition of Douglas McCall as pianist/accompanist to the line-up for its upcoming benefit cabaret, “Songs of the Seasons,” which will be held March 2 at 8 p.m. at State Street UMC, 357 State St., Fulton.

McCall holds degrees in music education from SUNY Potsdam and Ithaca College and has been a middle school and high school choral teacher for the past 15 years. He has directed theatre at both the middle school and high school level.

His directing credits include “Annie Jr.,” “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.,” “Into the Woods Jr.,” “The Music Man,” “My fair Lady,” “The Wiz” and many others.

“Songs of the Seasons” will present an evening of song and poetry with seasonal themes, desserts and an array of raffle items from local artists and area businesses.

The fund-raiser will benefit arts programming at CNY Arts Center committed to promoting the arts throughout Central New York.

“We’re excited to present this first cabaret – a nice evening with familiar songs and a relaxed intimate atmosphere,” said Nancy Fox, CNY Arts Center director. “We’re making use of our facility for all interests and artists. This is an opportunity for our performing artists to share their vocal talents singing the songs we know and love.”

Tickets may be obtained online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 592-3373.