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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.

CNY Arts Center February classes and events

CNY Arts Center warms up February with a nod to Valentine “chocolates” and desserts featured in Give the Gift of Food Feb. 9 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will learn to make a cookie picture frame and a box of min-cupcake “chocolates” in a heart shaped box.

Cooks will get a second helping with Create with Crescent Rolls Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon. Students will learn to make three desserts and three hors d’ouerves with crescent rolls. Students must pre-register for Culinary Arts classes; no walk-ins accepted please.

Our program for writers serves up a feast for February starting with Writer’s Café Sunday, Feb. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The Writers’ Café is a venue for local writers to share their work with others. People who want to read their work and people who enjoy listening are welcome! All types of writing are welcome: memoirs, flash fiction, poetry, fantasy, etc.

Saturday Writer’s Club for ages 8-15 will take place Saturday, Feb. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. This club for kids of all skill levels led by Jim Farfaglia and Karen Burke meets monthly.

Coming later in February is a triple header starting Feb. 19. Across the Generations: Co-Authoring Our Stories is a great new writing class bridging the generation gap in a new way for ages 8 to 60 and older. Meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 19, 20 and 21, this class taught by Mary Slimmer will bring generations together to learn about each other’s lives, develop story ideas and write them together. No writing experience is necessary for this awesome new class.

The triple header continues Feb. 20 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. with our next Author’s Spotlight featuring Art Tirrell’s newest book, “The Wind from Entouhonoron,” an adventure set on Lake Ontario during the War of 1812. From the mid 1900’s, Tirrell’s family spent summers on the shore of Lake Ontario. For Art, the draw of the lake never diminished. He has always written, and in 2007, his debut novel, “The Secret Ever Keeps,” was released. A second novel, a baseball yarn titled “The Vitaman Effect,” was released in 2010.

In addition to his novel writing, he is the owner of LakeOntarioObserver.com, where he reports on news of interest to boaters and others who value this amazing resource, and also occasionally publishes an opinion piece. “The Wind from Entouhonoron” begins in the aftermath of a great storm that reunites a family and opens painful secrets of their past that have great consequences of their future.

Feb. 21 rounds out the triple header with Poetry Writing Challenge, a new poetry class being taught by Amy Price Thursdays from Feb. 21 to March 28 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Students in this class will tackle a weekly challenge in a specific theme and style of poetry, then write a poem using the challenge for the next class.

More great art classes will return for March, along with artist café and artist spotlight. We’ll host our first benefit Cabaret March 2 while rehearsals are in full swing for two spring productions, “Tom Sawyer,” our first ever all-youth production, and “Helen Keller,” the classic story in a fresh adaptation. Both shows will debut in April.

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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Elizabeth Ladd to play ‘Margot’ in ‘Dial M’

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Elizabeth Ladd

“Dial M for Murder,” directed by Troy Pepper, will be the kick-off show for the Oswego Players’ 75th year of continuous operation.

“Dial M” is a 1950s era chiller. Cast as the unsuspecting victim, Elizabeth Ladd is rehearsing her second role with the Players. She was “Vicki” in last summer’s, “Caught in the Net.”

Ladd holds an associate’s degree in theatre from Niagara Community College and is set to continue work toward her BFA in theatre and costume design next fall.

She works with the Acme Mystery Company in Syracuse, most recently in “Death Takes a Cruise” and “Tomb with a View.”

The AMC is an interactive theatre environment, usually in dinner theatre format. It gives actors the challenge of “thinking on their feet” and adjusting to changing circumstances.

Other cast members include Zane Leo, Kyle Walton, Nathan Wescott and Paul Michael Callahan.

Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The matinee will be Sunday, Feb. 17 at 2 p.m.  Tickets are available at the Players’ box office at 343-5138.

Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions for ‘Fantasticks’

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for its April production of the musical “The Fantasticks” Tuesday and Wednesday, Feb. 5 and 6 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the Bishop’s Hall of Holy Trinity Parish, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Debuting in 1960, “The Fantasticks,” with book and lyrics by Tom Jones and music by Harvey Schmidt, has been called “the world’s longest running musical.”

It features the songs, “Try to Remember,” “Soon It’s Gonna Rain,” and “They Were You” – all which have become popular standards.

The story centers on Matt and Luisa, two young lovers, and their meddling parents who contract with the mysterious El Gallo to ensure a happy ending. Life, however, is more than just a love song under the moonlight.

FCT’s production will be under the direction of Kathleen DeGolyer with musical direction by Abel Searor.

Auditioners are asked to prepare 32 bars of a Broadway song and will read scenes from the libretto.

The production will run weekends, April 19 through 28 on the stage of Jubilee Hall at Holy Trinity Parish.

In the past, productions of the musical have featured the two parents, Hucklabee and Bellomy, as fathers, while others productions cast them as mothers. DeGolyer and Searor will be double-casting the parental roles, and doing both the fathers and mothers versions of the musical in rotation during the run of the show.

The characters of “The Fantasticks” are as follows:

• The Mute (any age): Non-speaking character who provides props, moves furnishings around, and mimes some action.

• El Gallo (Male, 25 – 40): Dashing, sophisticated, and the narrator of the story. Needs a strong baritone voice.

• Matt (Male, 18-25): Young romantic lead. Idealistic and looking for adventure and love, he finds that both are available literally in his own back yard. Needs strong tenor/baritone voice.

• Luisa (Female, 18-25): Young romantic lead. In love with the idea of being in love, she discovers that beautiful appearances can disguise horrible things. Needs strong soprano voice.

• Hucklebee, Bellomy (40 plus, either gender): Loving parents who try to influence their children’s futures and are distressed to find out their meddling has unanticipated consequences. Need baritone/mezzo soprano voices.

• Henry, (Male, 50 plus): An aging actor past his prime who often breaks out in monologues that he can’t quite remember. No singing required.

• Mortimer (Male, Any age): Henry’s acting companion, whose main claim to fame is dying on stage. Both Henry and Mortimer are used to carry out the pretended abduction. No singing required.

Those seeking more information may call 598-7840 or email fultoncommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

Quirk’s Players to stage ‘Hello, Dolly!’ in March

Quirk’s Players of G. Ray Bodley High School will present the classic Broadway musical “Hello, Dolly!”

Performances are scheduled for Thursday, March 7; Friday, March 8; and Saturday, March 9 in the high school auditorium. Curtain time is set for 7:30 p.m. each evening.

Additionally, there will be a 2 p.m. matinee Saturday. Tickets will be available at the door.

“Hello, Dolly!” opened at the St. James Theatre on Broadway Jan. 16, 1964 and became an instant success. It played for 2,844 performances and won a record 10 TONY Awards — a feat unmatched until Mel Brooks’s “The Producers” captured 12 TONY Awards in 2001.

Based on Thornton Wilder’s play “The Matchmaker,” the show tells the story of widowed Dolly Gallagher Levi who is determined to find a new wife for Horace Vandergelder, the well known half-a-millionaire.

In the process, Dolly helps romance blossom for several couples and allows herself to stop mourning her late husband and re-enter the world of the living.  Set in New York City and Yonkers, NY in the 1890s, “Hello, Dolly!” is an audience favorite.

On Broadway, Carol Channing played the role of Dolly Levi; it became a career defining performance for her. With such a formidable character as the lead, well known actresses later assumed the role as the show continued on Broadway.

During the six-year run of “Hello, Dolly!” Ginger Rogers, Pearl Bailey, Phyllis Diller and Ethel Merman all played the meddling matchmaker.

In 1969, a movie version of “Hello, Dolly!” opened featuring Barbra Streisand as Dolly.

The production features a score that includes such memorable numbers as “Call On Dolly,” “It Takes A Woman”  “Elegance,”  “Put On Your Sunday Clothes,”  “Ribbons Down My Back,”  “Before The Parade Passes By,” and “Hello, Dolly” to name a few.

Starring in GRB’s production of Hello, Dolly! is senior Alexis Pawlewicz as Dolly Gallagher Levi. Mitchell Lalik, also a senior, will play the grumpy and lonely Horace Vandergeler.  Vandergelder’s two store clerks, Cornelius Hackl and Barnaby Tucker will be played by Brad Crofoot and Logan Carvey, respectively.

The widow Irene Molloy will be played by Amanda Trombly and Mikaela Houck will play Minnie Fay, Molloy’s millinery shop assistant.

Vandergelder’s niece, the whining Ermengarde, will be played by Laura Perwitz.  Her love interest, artist Ambrose Kemper, will be GRB Junior Mark Parry.  The scene stealing Ernestina Money will be portrayed by Katelyn Caza.

Brandon Webb will be Rudolph Reisenweber at the Harmonia Gardens Restaurant, and Grace Trepasso will be play the role of Mrs. Rose.

Additionally, Shane Lacey, a faculty member in the G. Ray Bodley High School Math Department, will appear as the judge.

Members of the ensemble include Lexi Abelgore, Gina Babcock, Zach Barker, Kennedie Coyne, Victoria Eckhard, Abby Field, Tabor Freeman, Alexis Gage, Michael Gerth, Markus Harter, Jeremy Herlowski, Stephen Heywood, David Houck, Kaitlyn Kinney, Dannielle Kline, Rob Lagowski, Alex LaRock, Cecilia Leyva, Michael Mankiewicz, Steven McDougall, Erica Perwitz, Bayley Raponi, Katie Salmonsen, Yann Taddei, Christina Teetsel, Zachary Vaccaro, Krista Vann, Quinn Webb and Max Wood.

Quirk’s Players’ production of “Hello, Dolly!” will also include a children’s ensemble, featuring a few younger students from Fulton elementary schools.  Members of the children’s ensemble include Julie Duval, Raiden Hansen and Abby Mainville from Lanigan Elementary; Mackenzie Hayden and Elena Ruzekowicz from Volney Elementary and Haiden Johnson, Sutter Lewin and Ean Stevenson from Granby Elementary.

Members of the technical crew include GRB students Austin Doyle, Maureen LaGrou, Maranda Mattiaccio, Joe McDermott, Taylor Rose, Jake Strauss, Jessica Suphan and Devyn Viscome.

GRB Junior Anthony Semeraro will play bass in the “Hello, Dolly!” pit orchestra.

The production is under the direction of Tom Briggs, theatre director at G. Ray Bodley High School and faculty advisor to Quirk’s Players.

Thomas Nami, a member of the GRB Music Department, is music director and will conduct the pit orchestra.

Rob Lescarbeau, an English teacher at Bodley, is the assistant director and will serve as technical director/stage manager.  Dances are being choreographed by Doreen Forbes, a teaching assistant at Volney Elementary School. Costumes are being designed by Debbie Ritchey of CNY Costumes. Karen Procopio will coordinate/design wigs, mustaches and hair pieces for the production.

Members of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club participated in the 2012 “OCO Bowl O’Gold” as the “Rockin’ Rotarians,” and received a Team Spirit Award for their enthusiasm. This year’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun is set for Saturday, April 13 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

OCO’s ‘Lucky 13 Bowl-A-Fun set for April 13

Members of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club participated in the 2012 “OCO Bowl O’Gold” as the “Rockin’ Rotarians,” and received a Team Spirit Award for their enthusiasm. This year’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun is set for Saturday, April 13 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.
Members of the Fulton Sunrise Rotary Club participated in the 2012 “OCO Bowl O’Gold” as the “Rockin’ Rotarians,” and received a Team Spirit Award for their enthusiasm. This year’s “Lucky 13” Bowl-A-Fun is set for Saturday, April 13 at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

Oswego County Opportunities will hold its 12th annual bowling tournament fund-raiser Saturday, April 13, at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton.

“This year’s event was dubbed the ‘Lucky 13’ Bowl-A-Fun because it is taking place Saturday, April 13, 2013,” said Diane Cooper-Currier, OCO’s executive director.

The Lucky 13 Bowl-A-Fun takes place from noon to 6 p.m. at Lakeview Lanes in Fulton. Registration opens Feb. 1 for five-person teams with choice of flights: noon to 2:30 p.m. or 3 to 5:30 p.m. (first come, first served).

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

“We chose the theme Lucky 13 Bowl-A-Fun because of the date, 4-13-13,” Cooper-Currier explained. “Participants will see the number 13 used in a variety of ways at the event!”

OCO holds this fund-raiser every spring to help support its programs and services.

“This year’s proceeds will benefit services for the homeless,” Cooper-Currier stated. “Homelessness is a growing concern in Oswego County, and this problem touches consumers of every service we provide.

“No home means no address, and without an address, it’s impossible to open a bank account, receive mail, apply for a job, or enroll a child in school – activities most of us take for granted,” she continued. “OCO strives to help people obtain a safe, affordable place to live and develop some stability, which is essential to overcoming poverty.”

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. We are an anti-poverty agency, and we fight poverty in many forms: lack of funds, lack of education, lack of resources to care for self or family; no job, no transportation, no health care; inability to afford or prepare nutritious meals, or find a safe place to live.

“Our communities have an increasingly important role to play in shaping the course of this future,” Cooper-Currier added. “Government funding continues to decrease while jobs continue to leave Central New York. We’re encountering more people in need, and we’re striving to meet those needs with fewer resources.”

Those seeking registration or sponsor information, or to donate a door prize, may call OCO at 598-4717 or visit the agency’s website at www.oco.org.

Planning Committee members for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County’s second Annual Chicken Wing and Micro-Brew Fest meet with some of the participating restaurants in final preparation for the event. Bottom from left are Greg Beasley of GS Steamers and CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm. Standing from left are Lee Victory of Cheap Seats Sports Bar & Grill; Eric Mills of Blowing Smoke BBQ; CAC board member Jake Mulcahey; and George Broadwell, Jr. of Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center.

Chicken Wing & Micro-Brew Fest set

Planning Committee members for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County’s second Annual Chicken Wing and Micro-Brew Fest meet with some of the participating restaurants in final preparation for the event. Bottom from left are Greg Beasley of GS Steamers and CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm. Standing from left are Lee Victory of Cheap Seats Sports Bar & Grill; Eric Mills of Blowing Smoke BBQ; CAC board member Jake Mulcahey; and George Broadwell, Jr. of Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center.
Planning Committee members for the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County’s second Annual Chicken Wing and Micro-Brew Fest meet with some of the participating restaurants in final preparation for the event. Bottom from left are Greg Beasley of GS Steamers and CAC Executive Director Karrie Damm. Standing from left are Lee Victory of Cheap Seats Sports Bar & Grill; Eric Mills of Blowing Smoke BBQ; CAC board member Jake Mulcahey; and George Broadwell, Jr. of Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center.

The menu is set and the beer’s chilling in preparation for the Child Advocacy Center’s second annual Chicken Wing and Micro-Brew Fest!

It will be held Friday, Feb. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Lake Ontario Event & Conference Center, E. First St., Oswego.

One of Warm Up Oswego’s official Fiesta Hot Spots, the CAC’s Chicken Wing and Micro-Brew Fest features chicken wings from a variety of Oswego County’s favorite eateries, including Cheap Seats Sports Bar & Grille, Canale’s Restaurant, End Zone, Greene’s Ale House, GS Steamers, Blowing Smoke BBQ, Kristen’s Kitchen at Battle Island, Larkin’s Restaurant, Lighthouse Lanes, O’Connor’s Main St. Pub, and Woodchuck’s Saloon.

The restaurants will compete for the CAC’s Blue Ribbon Award for the best tasting chicken wing as they offer samples of their signature chicken wings. Eagle Beverage will also be on hand to offer samples from a wide variety of micro-brews.

All proceeds from the event will benefit the CAC, a non-profit organization that works hand-in-hand with local law enforcement, prosecution, child protective services, medical providers, mental health providers, and victim advocacy professionals in Oswego County to protect and serve child victims of sexual and physical abuse.

Tickets include a sampling of each restaurant’s signature chicken wing and each micro-brew.

Those seeking more information or to purchase tickets may contact the CAC at 592-4453.