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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.

CNY Arts Center auditions continue for ‘Helen Keller’

The search continues for actors to fill roles for CNY Arts Center’s production of “Helen Keller,” a new adaptation of the true story of Annie Sullivan’s work with the deaf/mute child, Helen.

The next round of auditions will be held today, Feb. 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. at CNY Arts Center’s new facility in State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Parts will be cast immediately after auditions and the first read through of the play will take place following the auditions.

The play runs April 26 through May 5.

A few roles for women and several children are still open, including a 7-9 year old girl to play the demanding title role as a deaf/mute child able to communicate only through her physical behavior.

The role of Captain Keller, Helen’s father; his older brother Frank, an embittered Civil War soldier; and Mr. Anagnos, director of the Perkins institute are roles also being cast.

“It’s like sorting the pieces of a puzzle to get just the right balance of characteristics, body types, stage presence, and acting strength coming together to create a cast,” said Nancy Fox, CNY Arts Center director. “When it fits together, the production makes a powerful impression on the audience.”

Those seeking audition information may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call Fox at 592-3373.

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Lakeside Artisans to sponsor wood turning demonstration

As part of its second anniversary celebration, Lakeside Artisans in Oswego is sponsoring a demonstration of wood turning on the lathe by member John Ruttan. The demonstration will take place in Lakeside Artisans’ shop in Canal Commons Saturday, March 2 from 1 to 3 p.m.
As part of its second anniversary celebration, Lakeside Artisans in Oswego is sponsoring a demonstration of wood turning on the lathe by member John Ruttan. The demonstration will take place in Lakeside Artisans’ shop in Canal Commons Saturday, March 2 from 1 to 3 p.m.

As part of its second anniversary celebration, Lakeside Artisans in Oswego is sponsoring a demonstration of wood turning on the lathe by member John Ruttan.

The demonstration will take place in Lakeside Artisans’ shop in Canal Commons Saturday, March 2 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Ruttan spent many years selling his woodturned bowls, vases, pens and other items at craft fairs in the CNY region before becoming a member of the artists’ co-op, Lakeside Artisans.

He is also a member of CNY Woodturners and Saw Dust Woodchips, two regional groups of woodturner enthusiasts and has performed many demonstrations, including at the NYS Fair, with both groups.

Those seeking more information on the plans to celebrate Lakeside Artisans’ anniversary may call 342-8880.

CNY Arts Center plans benefit cabaret March 2

Blue skies, purple summers, a little rain, and some California dreaming on a winter’s day set the stage for CNY Arts Center’s first winter cabaret.

“Songs of the Seasons” will entertain audiences March 2 at 8 p.m. in a benefit to support programming at the center’s new facility, located in State St UMC, at 357 State St., Fulton.

The cabaret will feature the talents of area entertainers seen locally on stage and on screen while audience members sample an array of desserts and take chances on a host of raffle items donated from local merchants and artists.

CNY Arts Center gift certificates for memberships, programming and camp scholarships will be among the raffle items.

Cabaret Director Marguerite Beebe has assembled a cast of singers with a wide range of vocal and acting talents, including Adam Schmidtmann with stage credits from several theatre companies in CNY and roles in major musicals such as “Anything Goes,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

As the stage manager for CNY Arts Center’s recent premiere of “Yes, Virginia…the Musical,” Schmidtmann embraced the production side of live theatre and is currently serving as assistant director for the Kids Onstage production of “Tom Sawyer.”

Carly Farfaglia is returning for her third appearance with CNY Arts Center, having debuted with “Godspell,” followed by “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.” With performance background in “Secret Garden,” “Wizard of Oz,” regional vocal competition and a local worship band, Farfaglia will also share her talents on the guitar.

Noel Christine Beebe is back in town and back on stage after a three-hiatus in LA where she recently worked as a background actor for NBC’s “Community,” HBO’s “True Blood,” and the box office hit, “I am Number Four.”

She was also the model for CWTV’s “Shedding for the Wedding.”

Back home in New York, Beebe is studying Cosmetology at the Continental School of Beauty.

Marlina Beebe is also making her third appearance with CNY Arts Center fresh from the debut production of “Godspell” and the premiere of “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.”

Most recently seen in “The Drowsy Chaperon” for the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild, Beebe has been performing since she was six years old and lends her vocal talents on many songs.

Marguerite Beebe rounds out the family trio with her own impressive list of stage and screen accomplishments. A Le Moyne College graduate, she is the director of Encore Presentations, a frequent lighting designer and stage manager, was last seen in the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperon” and debuted with CNY Arts Center in “Godspell” and “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.”

When not working onstage, Marguerite Beebe pursues her love of acting on the set of various movies, both student and independent. Most recently she was in “Savage Christmas” for Mad Angel Films.

Tickets and reservations for Songs for the Seasons may be found online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 592-3373.

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‘Lucky 13’ Bowl-A-Fun features raffle prize drawing

Members of OCO’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun Committee are shown holding bunches of tickets ready to be sold for the “Lucky 13” Raffle that will help raise funds for homeless services. Seated from left are Residential DD/IRA Program Manager Colette Nellis and OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier. Standing from left are Controller Support Clerk Debra French, Information and Compliance Assistant Diane Wood, and OCO Training Coordinator Christine Prevost.
Members of OCO’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun Committee are shown holding bunches of tickets ready to be sold for the “Lucky 13” Raffle that will help raise funds for homeless services. Seated from left are Residential DD/IRA Program Manager Colette Nellis and OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier. Standing from left are Controller Support Clerk Debra French, Information and Compliance Assistant Diane Wood, and OCO Training Coordinator Christine Prevost.

You don’t have to be a bowler to support OCO’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun fund-raiser.

The event includes a raffle for three prizes.

“We have three exciting prizes,” said OCO Executive Director Diane Cooper-Currier. “First prize is a gift package of camping gear and goodies, contributed by OCO Residential Services employee Chris Minor. Second prize is a getaway overnight stay at Vernon Downs Casino; complete with a Jacuzzi room and sumptuous buffet dinner. Third prize is a relaxing, scenic three-hour dinner cruise on your choice of the Erie Canal or Skaneateles Lake, courtesy of Mid-Lakes Navigation.”

Raffle tickets go on sale Feb. 13 — exactly two months from the bowling tournament event on Saturday, April 13. Only 413 raffle tickets will be sold.

Drawing for all three prizes will take place at the Bowl-A-Fun, which is being held at Lakeview Lanes on Route 3 West in Fulton.

Registration is now open for five-person teams. There will be two flights of bowling from noon to 2:30 pm and 3 to 5:30 p.m.; slots are filled first come, first served basis.

Registration forms are available at the OCO main office, 239 Oneida St., Fulton; the Midtown Plaza office on E. Bridge and E. First streets, Oswego; and online at www.oco.org.

Businesses and individuals are invited to donate door prizes for the raffles and silent auction, and major sponsors are being solicited as well.

“This year’s proceeds will benefit services for the homeless, now and in the future,” Cooper-Currier stated. “Homelessness continues to be a problem throughout Oswego County, and it impacts consumers of every service we provide.”

In addition to support for existing services, OCO will set aside a percentage of the Bowl-A-Fun proceeds to build financial resources for the future.

“There is a vision for a homeless shelter in Oswego County,” Cooper-Currier said. “As the community action agency for Oswego County, we strongly support this vision because it aligns perfectly with OCO’s mission.”

Those seeking registration or sponsor information or to donate a door prize may call OCO at 598-4717.

CNY Arts Center plans benefit cabaret March 2

Blue skies, purple summers, a little rain, and some California dreaming on a winter’s day set the stage for CNY Arts Center’s first winter cabaret.

“Songs of the Seasons” will entertain audiences March 2 at 8 p.m. in a benefit to support programming at the center’s new facility, located in State St UMC, at 357 State St., Fulton.

The cabaret will feature the talents of area entertainers seen locally on stage and on screen while audience members sample an array of desserts and take chances on a host of raffle items donated from local merchants and artists.

CNY Arts Center gift certificates for memberships, programming and camp scholarships will be among the raffle items.

Cabaret Director Marguerite Beebe has assembled a cast of singers with a wide range of vocal and acting talents, including Adam Schmidtmann with stage credits from several theatre companies in CNY and roles in major musicals such as “Anything Goes,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.”

As the stage manager for CNY Arts Center’s recent premiere of “Yes, Virginia…the Musical,” Schmidtmann embraced the production side of live theatre and is currently serving as assistant director for the Kids Onstage production of “Tom Sawyer.”

Carly Farfaglia is returning for her third appearance with CNY Arts Center, having debuted with “Godspell,” followed by “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.” With performance background in “Secret Garden,” “Wizard of Oz,” regional vocal competition and a local worship band, Farfaglia will also share her talents on the guitar.

Noel Christine Beebe is back in town and back on stage after a three-hiatus in LA where she recently worked as a background actor for NBC’s “Community,” HBO’s “True Blood,” and the box office hit, “I am Number Four.”

She was also the model for CWTV’s “Shedding for the Wedding.”

Back home in New York, Beebe is studying Cosmetology at the Continental School of Beauty.

Marlina Beebe is also making her third appearance with CNY Arts Center fresh from the debut production of “Godspell” and the premiere of “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.”

Most recently seen in “The Drowsy Chaperon” for the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild, Beebe has been performing since she was six years old and lends her vocal talents on many songs.

Marguerite Beebe rounds out the family trio with her own impressive list of stage and screen accomplishments. A Le Moyne College graduate, she is the director of Encore Presentations, a frequent lighting designer and stage manager, was last seen in the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s production of “The Drowsy Chaperon” and debuted with CNY Arts Center in “Godspell” and “Yes, Virginia…the Musical.”

When not working onstage, Marguerite Beebe pursues her love of acting on the set of various movies, both student and independent. Most recently she was in “Savage Christmas” for Mad Angel Films.

Tickets and reservations for Songs for the Seasons may be found online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or by calling 592-3373.

Fulton Community Theatre offers ‘Hate Mail’ for Valentine’s Day

Fulton Community Theatre will present the Central New York debut of “Hate Mail,” an unromantic, romantic comedy by Bill Corbett and Kira Obolensky, this month.

The play, which opens FCT’s 23rd season, will run weekends Feb. 16, 17, 23, and 23 on the Jubilee Hall stage of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Curtain times for the Friday and Saturday night performances are at 8 p.m.; the matinee Sunday, Feb. 17 is at 2 p.m.

Tickets may be obtained by calling 598-7840.

“Hate Mail” tells the caustically funny of Preston Dennis, Jr., a spoiled rich kid who meets his match in Dahlia Markle, an angst-filled artist. Their worlds collide when Preston sends a complaint letter that gets Dahlia fired from her job and then there’s no turning back.

The play stays with their increasingly crazed correspondence as they move from hate to love and then right back again. In between, the lines of battle and love are drawn that include broken snow globes, cross-country sales trips, millennial religious cults, stolen jeeps, and dead lizards sent through the mail.

FCT’s production features the talents of Jim Uva as Preston and Kasey McHale as Dahlia. It is being directed by William Edward White, FCT’s artistic director.

The comedy was written by Corbett and Obolensky in 2004, partly as a parody of A.R. Gurney’s epistolary play “Love Letters,” but primarily as a correspondence between two writers, each writing in character – Corbett as Preston and Obolensky as Dahlia.

“Hate Mail” is produced by special arrangement by Playscripts, Inc. The play contains some mature content that may not be suitable for all audiences.

Those seeking more information may visit FCT’s website at www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net.

War of 1812 Symposium returns to the Port City

The Oswego War of 1812 Symposium returns to the Port City for its third year.

It runs from Friday, April 5 to Sunday, April 7 at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, 26 E. First St., Oswego.

The event continues the bicentennial commemoration of the historic war that firmly established America’s independence from Great Britain and confirmed its national identity.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site Superintendent Paul Lear is the chairman of the Oswego War of 1812 Symposium Bicentennial Steering Committee and will emcee the event.

“The symposium has grown significantly in size and scope over the last two years, leading us to relocate and expand the program to better accommodate participants,” said Lear. “Once again, we will offer a distinguished panel of speakers to discuss a variety of themes about the war and its effects along the New York-Canadian border.”

The weekend kicks off with a meet-and-greet social with cash bar, a presentation of the painting of the U.S. Brig Oneida by Oswego artist Tim Ames, and early registration from 6 to 9 p.m.

Saturday, the day begins at 9 a.m. with a welcome from emcee Paul Lear and a presentation by nationally-acclaimed historical marine artist Dr. Peter Rindlisbacher, “In the Wake of the Few: Portraying 1812 Marine History on Canvas.”

Dr. Timothy Abel, historian and adjunct professor of anthropology at Jefferson Community College and SUNY Canton, presents “The Days are Cold and the Nights Much Colder: the Archaeology of Colonel Zebulon Pike’s 1812-1813 Winter Encampment at Plattsburgh.”

Dr. Gary Gibson, noted historian and author, makes his third appearance at the symposium. This year, he discusses “Target of Opportunity: The Two Battles of Sackets Harbor.”

There will be an hour break for lunch, followed by a presentation about War of 1812 shipwrecks such as the Hamilton and the Scourge from Jonathan Moore, senior underwater archaeologist with Parks Canada’s Underwater Archaeology Service. Col. Clayton Nans returns to the symposium with a new talk about the U.S. Brig Oneida and the establishment of the U.S. Navy on Lake Ontario.

Award-winning author and noted historian Sandy Antal offers his perspective, “For Want of a Strategic Horseshoe: How Isaac Chauncey Won the War in the West,” as Dennis Connors, author and curator of history at the Onondaga Historical Association, closes out the day with his presentation, “You Never Know Where a Cargo of Salt Will Lead You: Daniel Dobbins, Salt Trader and the War of 1812 on Lake Erie.”

Sunday, Lt. Col. Michael McGurty, superintendent of New Windsor Cantonment and Knox’s Headquarters New York State Historic Sites, begins the day at 9 a.m. with, “Lambs Prepared for Slaughter: General Winfield Scott’s Training Camp at Buffalo, Spring 1814.”

Matthew MacVittie, assistant curator of history for the Onondaga Historical Association, also returns to the symposium with a new presentation, “Spy vs. Spy: Cross Border Espionage on Lake Ontario During the War of 1812.”

Sackets Harbor Battlefield State Historic Site Manager Constance Barone presents a talk about daily life during the War of 1812 in the North Country, followed by a speaker’s roundtable discussion, “Winning and Losing the War of 1812,” before the event closes at noon.

“The Great Lakes and northern U.S. border were major theatres of action during the War of 1812,” said Lear. “This year, the seminar was expanded to give an overview of the important role that these areas and their people played during the war.”

There is a registration fee to attend. The registration fee includes Saturday’s lunch and workshop materials. One day registration is also available.

Advance registration is required and may be paid by check or credit card through the Friends of Fort Ontario at 343-4711.