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Art Instructor Bonnie McClellan teaches an oil painting class at CNY Arts Center. McClellan will be the featured artist Jan. 29 during Artist Spotlight at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.

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Art Instructor Bonnie McClellan teaches an oil painting class at CNY Arts Center. McClellan will be the featured artist Jan. 29 during Artist Spotlight at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.
Art Instructor Bonnie McClellan teaches an oil painting class at CNY Arts Center. McClellan will be the featured artist Jan. 29 during Artist Spotlight at CNY Arts Center, 357 State St., Fulton.

CNY Arts Center rounds out January with a full day of classes for a variety of arts.

The center will be hopping with activity Jan. 26 starting with Diane Sokolowski’s Create with Crescent Rolls from 9 a.m. to noon where students will learn to make three desserts and three hors d’ouerves with crescent rolls. Students must pre-register for this class; no walk-ins are permitted so the instructor can provide adequate materials for pre-registered students.

Also Jan. 26, Oil Painting from 10 a.m.- to 1 p.m. and Jewelry Making from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. with artist Bonnie McClellan offers a full day of creative fun. Take home your very own original oil painting and handmade jewelry piece!

Jan. 26 is also the date for a special writing workshop with guest author Susan Peterson Gateley that will help answer the question “Is Self-Publishing for You?” from 1 to 4 p.m. with discussion and Q&A. The workshop will cover self-publishing basics.

Artist Café returns Jan. 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. This informal event is open to local artists to bring their portfolio to share, meet other artists of all skill levels, mediums, and interests and exchange ideas and feedback.

The fun continues with Auditions for the play “Helen Keller” Jan. 29 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

The play will open April 26 and run through May 5. Information can be found on the Arts Center web site at CNYArtsCenter.com

January Artist Spotlight will feature a recurring Arts Center instructor Bonnie McClellan, Jan. 30 from 7 to 9 p.m. McClellan will share her technique and discuss her journey as an artist. She will be teaching again Feb. 2. Oil Painting from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Ink Drawing from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Those attending the Artist Spotlight will get a preview of those classes and be able to register at that time. The public is invited to attend.

Students are reminded to pre-register for all classes and workshops to avoid missing out. Classes and workshops include a modest fee.

Those seeking more information may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Oswego County Winter Carnival returns to Sandy Pond

The second annual Oswego County Winter Carnival will be held from dawn to dusk Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10 at the Sandy Pond Steakhouse on Wigwam Drive in Sandy Creek.

There will be the Sandy Pond Polar Bear Plunge at 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9. Participants are encouraged to come dressed in a family-friendly costume. First and second prizes will be awarded to the largest teams as well as to the individuals and teams who raise the most money.

“Best Plunge Attire” awards will also be given to the top two best-dressed individuals and teams.

The registration fee includes a free “I Survived the Sandy Pond Polar Bear Plunge!” hooded sweatshirt. Registration will be  from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. before the plunge at the Sandy Pond Steakhouse.

There will also be the Sandy Pond Ice Fishing Tournament, which will iclude separate divisions for youth and adults in the pike category and panfish combo.

Registration begins at 6 a.m. Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 9 and 10 at the Sandy Pond Steakhouse. There is a fee to participate.

Weigh-in takes place from 1 to 3 p.m. and prizes are awarded from 3 to 4 p.m. on both days.

Other activities include dog sled rides, a cross-country ski tour, and snowshoe beach walk.

There will also be the “Chillin’ Chili Cook-off” and the Snowmobile Lighted Night Parade presented by the Pulaski-Boylston Snowmobile Club.

Later, attendees can dance the night away with the John Glenn Band.

All proceeds will benefit the Salmon River International Sportfishing Museum on state Route 13 in Pulaski.

The museum has hundreds of historic items on display, including homemade antique fishing rods, rare lures, reels, tackle and a significant library of books, watercolors and prints.

These exhibits were once showcased at the Gladding Corporation’s museum, believed to be the nation’s first sportfishing museum.

Those seeking a complete schedule of activities and registration information may call 387-3001 or 298-9990 or visit www.salmonriverfishingmuseum.com.

Oswego High School to present ‘Secret Garden’

Everyone loves a good ghost story.

The Broadway musical “The Secret Garden” will bow at Oswego High School Friday and Saturday Feb. 8 and 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Robinson-Faust Theatre for the Performing Arts. The production features 40 high school actors and plenty of ghosts.

Fitzhugh Park Elementary music teacher and ‘Secret Garden ‘director Garrett Heater is thrilled to bring this musical to the Oswego community.

Heater said, “Oswego High School musicals, under the previous direction of Eve Phillips and Veronica Shaver, have consistently demonstrated the desire to bring a taste of Broadway to Oswego. Robert Dumas, the new high school music and choral director, and I strive to continue the standard of excellence set by our predecessors.”

This goal has manifested itself in the musical version of Frances Hodgson Burnett’s novella “The Secret Garden,” which was transformed into a musical by Lucy Simon and Marsha Norman.

Focusing on the tumultuous childhood of young Mary Lennox (played by middle-school student Emily Bradshaw), “The Secret Garden” invites the audience to experience the gothic romanticism of England in 1906.

The musical is full of mystical encounters: ghosts populate the manor home and remind Mary of her parents, her time in India, and her deceased Aunt Lily (Emily Hurlbutt).

The mystery of the garden and her new home are leavened with humor via the manor servants: chambermaid Martha (Kaela Shafer) and her brother Dickon (Joe Ruggio), who bring a sense of hope and earthly wonder to the depressed and prickly Mary.

Villainy takes the form of Dr. Craven (Zemiah Phrance), the brother of Mary’s uncle Archie, who wants nothing more than to send Mary away to a boarding school. She reminds him too much of his brother’s late wife, Lily, who holds an unrequited place in his heart.

The torrid love triangle spurs much of the drama in “The Secret Garden,” within which Mary finally transforms the residence of the manor.

Her cousin Colin (Riley School student Matthew Oldenburg), whom she has never met, has been shut away for 10 years, an unwilling recluse, and it is through her desire to see the secret garden flourish that Colin regains his will to truly live life.

Tickets for the production are available by calling 341-2270.

CNY Arts Center to hold auditions for ‘Helen Keller’

CNY Arts Center will be holding auditions for “Helen Keller,” a new adaptation of the true story of Annie Sullivan’s work.

Auditions will be held Jan. 29 and 30 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and Feb. 2 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. at CNY Arts Center in State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Fifty years ago this year, Director Nancy Fox saw her first live stage play – a production of the “Miracle Worker,” the traditional portrayal of the Helen Keller story.

“From the opening moments of the play, I was mesmerized by the drama unfolding and I knew without a doubt I would pursue theatre as my life’s work,” said Fox. “Since then I have been consumed with a passion for theatre that never quiets and I promised myself I would someday honor that memory by directing the play.

“This new version is a perfect reflection of our new stage and the new Arts Center and I think the time is finally right for this challenging production.”

An exhaustive search will be conducted for 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 Anne Sullivan will require an energetic actress between 16-25 who can demonstrate or learn manual sign language. CNY Arts Center is also recruiting a sign language expert to consult on the play and interpret for performances to be held April 26-28 and May 3-5.

Other roles being cast include Helen’s parents, Captain and Mrs. Keller, and several supporting adult roles including the role of Helen’s grandmother, uncle, a family friend and household staff.

Roles for Staff members of Perkins Institute for the Blind are also being cast along with a few roles for Helen’s playmates.

Actors are asked to register for auditions by choosing a date and time to attend. A one minute dramatic monologue is recommended for adults and some reading from the script will take place.

Children should be ready to read a favorite story with great expression.

Sign language teachers interested in working on the production are invited to attend auditions may call the Arts Center office at 592-3373 or e-mail the director at info@CNYArtsCenter.com.

Staff of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County meet with representatives from the Multi-Disciplinary Team to discuss details for the CAC’s second annual Chicken Wing & Micro-Brew Fest.  Seated from left are Stephanie Hammond, Karrie Damm, Stacy Austin-Root, and Tracy Henry. Standing from left are Paul LaBarge, Sara Buske, and Ed Lamb.

Chicken Wing & Micro-Brew Fest to benefit CAC

Staff of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County meet with representatives from the Multi-Disciplinary Team to discuss details for the CAC’s second annual Chicken Wing & Micro-Brew Fest.  Seated from left are Stephanie Hammond, Karrie Damm, Stacy Austin-Root, and Tracy Henry. Standing from left are Paul LaBarge, Sara Buske, and Ed Lamb.
Staff of the Child Advocacy Center of Oswego County meet with representatives from the Multi-Disciplinary Team to discuss details for the CAC’s second annual Chicken Wing & Micro-Brew Fest. Seated from left are Stephanie Hammond, Karrie Damm, Stacy Austin-Root, and Tracy Henry. Standing from left are Paul LaBarge, Sara Buske, and Ed Lamb.

The Child Advocacy Center will hold the second annual CAC Chicken Wing & Micro-Brew Fest Feb. 1 as part of the annual Warm Up Oswego celebration.

The CAC event will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center, located on East First Street in Oswego.

The second annual CAC Chicken Wing and Micro-Brew Fest will feature chicken wings from a variety of Oswego County’s favorite eateries.

Restaurants will offer samples of their signature chicken wings as they compete for the CAC’s Blue Ribbon Award for the best chicken wing.

Additionally, samples will be available for a wide selection of micro-brews, courtesy of Eagle Beverage of Oswego.

Executive Director Karrie Damm is looking forward to the event and is excited to once again be a part of Warm Up Oswego.

“Last year’s Chicken Wing and Mirco-Brew Fest was such a huge success that we have decided to make it an annual event,” she said. “We are looking to build on our previous success and make this year’s Chicken Wing and Micro-Brew Fest bigger and better than last year’s.

“Thanks to the efforts of our fundraising committee: Ray Cruz, Jake Mulcahey, Karen Perwitz, Elizabeth Fadden, Jolene Bechtel, Bonnie Farmer, Sara Buske, Stephanie Hammond, Jenny Donohue, Melanie Proper and Gail Godici, as well as our dedicated board members, we have added a number of eateries to the wing competition and moved the event to a much larger venue to provide our guests with a more comfortable atmosphere and the opportunity to enjoy even more choices of chicken wings and micro-brews. We are happy to be a part of Warm Up Oswego and are excited about holding the event at the beautiful Lake Ontario Event and Conference Center.”

In addition to the chicken wing and micro-brew tasting, the event will also feature an “Attitude Adjustment Hour” from 5 to 6 p.m. and live entertainment from 6 to 10 p.m.

All proceeds from the CAC’s Chicken Wing & Micro-Brew Fest will benefit the CAC and their efforts to serve children and their families affected by child abuse.

“The epidemic of child abuse continues to plague Oswego County,” said Damm. “With the support of concerned community members we can raise the awareness of child abuse and develop the resources necessary to allow the CAC continue its mission of responding to child abuse in ways that bring about healing and justice for children and their families, and working to reduce and prevent child abuse in our communities.”

Those seeking more information, including tickets, may call the CAC at 592-4453.

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‘Dial M’ actors to stage preview reading

Kyle Walton and Liz Ladd rehearse a tense scene from the Oswego Players first show of their 75th season: “Dial M for Murder.” Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The matinee will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.
Kyle Walton and Liz Ladd rehearse a tense scene from the Oswego Players first show of their 75th season: “Dial M for Murder.” Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The matinee will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

The Oswego Players organization will kick-off its 75th season with the play that spawned the classic Hitchcock film, “Dial M for Murder,” penned by English Playwright, Frederick Knot.

It caught the interest of Alfred Hitchcock, who set about adapting the play to film with stars Ray Milland, Grace Kelly and Robert Cummings.

Knot’s work often focused on women who innocently became the potential victims of sinister plots and “Dial M” is no exception.

Cary Grant had created the role of Tony on stage and was interested in doing the film, but was ultimately convinced that audiences would not accept him as a villain.

Director Troy Pepper’s cast includes Liz Ladd as the intended victim, Margot; Aaron Callahan as the plotting Tony; Kyle Cumby Walton as Max Holliday; Nathan Wescott as Captain Lesgate; and Michael Paul Callahan as the intrepid Inspector Hubbard.

Additionally, veteran actor Zane Leo portrays two characters (Thompson and O’Brien) with Julia Preston-Fulton a reporter.

There will be a preview reading and talk-back with the actors at River’s End Bookstore Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. The actors will be in costume and will perform scenes from the show.

Production dates are Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9 and 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. The matinee will be Sunday, Dec. 17 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Players’ box office at 343-5138.

Local authors featured at Fulton Public Library

Two local authors will be featured guests at a Fulton Public Library book reading to be held Wednesday, Jan. 30 at 6:00 p.m.

The authors, Craig Abbott and Joe Abbate, both from Fulton, have collaborated in writing Abbott’s autobiography, “Classified Terminally Ill: A Young Man’s Story of Beating the Odds.”

“Classified” is the uplifting and inspirational story of Craig’s life from shortly after birth, where his family was told that he would not live past the age of two, until today when he just celebrated his 23rd birthday.

It is a story of hope, faith, determination and humor in the face of overwhelming adversity.

The event will commence with interviews of the authors and the reading of several passages from the book. A question and answer period will follow that.

Afterwards, those in attendance will have a chance to meet the authors during a book signing time.

A preview of the book, which they label a “preography,” will be available for purchase for anyone who chooses.

There is no cost to attend, It is a free event sponsored by the Fulton Public Library, located at 160 S. First St., Fulton. Space is limited and the Library requests that those planning to attend to RSVP by calling 592-5159.

CNY Arts Center seeks artists for Community Mural Project

CNY Arts Center is seeking artists to submit original art for its next Community Mural Project to be recreated in recycled aluminum sheets and hung in a public location in Central New York.

The mural will be enlarged to 8’ by 12’ and graphed onto 3” by 3” aluminum squares. It will then be painted and strung on wires to swing freely in the wind, hence the name “Art in the Wind.”

The mural will be painted and assembled during this year’s Harborfest in late July. A panel of judges will be selected to choose the winning art work.

Artists are invited to submit a drawing, ink rendering or painting for juried art selection by a panel of judges.

“This aluminum mural will hang and move freely in the wind and catch the shimmer of light on the aluminum,” said Ken Blount, CNY Arts Center Studio Arts coordinator. “We’re looking for art that will have gaps and areas to expose the aluminum for full effect. These areas could represent background, foreground, images, or the color silver; grey or white. We’re excited to see what imaginations can create for this mural.”

Art work must be submitted by 5 p.m. Jan. 31. The winner will be announced Feb. 20 by a panel of judges chosen from area artists. CNY Arts Center is also inviting area artists to submit a resume and letter of interest to serve on a juried panel of five judges who will select from the entries received.

Judges are excluded from also submitting a piece for consideration.

Preliminary production will begin in March and actual painting and construction will take place during Harborfest, July 24-28 in Oswego.

The winning artist is invited and encouraged to help in the creation of the mural throughout the entire process and will receive recognition on a commemorative plaque mounted near the completed mural.

Last year’s mural, Van Gogh’s Starry Night was completed in stained glass with more than 2,000 glass bottles and hundreds of volunteers. The framed mural stands in Fulton’s Indian Point Park.

Those seeking more information about the project may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com, email mural@CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.