Category Archives: Arts & Entertainment

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.

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.