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CNY Arts Center to hold fall writing programs

The CNY Arts Center will have a slate of fall classes for writers at its new location in State Street Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton.

Writing Arts Coordinator Jim Farfaglia has planned several classes that cover a wide range of interests. Writers can choose from the following classes:

• “I Remember When…” — Instructor Brittney Fiorini Jerred’s class will focus on capturing memories.

She explained that the class will help participants produce short memoir excerpts. Participants are encouraged to bring in a photo or two of something from the past to share with the first class.

Writing tips and an essay structure will help keep essays focused. No writing experience required.

The class will run for three Fridays: Sept. 14, 21 and 28 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

• “Intro To Poetry” — Farfaglia will offer participants an introduction to the world of poetry.

Farfaglia stated that this class will be ideal for those who are curious about poetry but don’t always understand its style and use of language.

The class will include both reading poetry and instruction and guidance on writing.

The class will run for six Thursdays from Sept. 20 through Oct. 25 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

• “Launching Your Writing Journey” — Instructor Carolyn Dougherty will hold a one-day workshop for people who have always wanted to write but don’t know how to get started.

Dougherty explained that the class for beginning writers will include identifying and setting goals for projects, building confidence by reviewing basic elements of writing and sharing tips to stay motivated.

The date for the class is Saturday, Oct. 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Farfaglia is also launching a new venue called the Writer’s Café, an informal gathering for local writers and people who enjoy writing.

Once a month, the CNY Arts Center will host local writers who want to share their work with the community. Writings in all genres will be welcome.

The evening will run much like the “coffeehouse open mic” format. Writers should contact Farfaglia to sign up for a slot in the evening and to run their writing by him.

The first Writer’s Café will take place Sunday, Sept. 16 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. There is no charge for this event but a hat will be passed for the CNYArts Center.

During the Cafe refreshments will be available for purchase.

Hot coffees, teas, hot cocoa and spiced cider will be offered by Kiley’s Coffees and cookies and other pastries will be offered by Treat Me Sweet.

Those looking to read at the Writer’s Cafe or looking to obtain more information may call contact Farfaglia at 402-2297 or sjimf903@twcny.rr.com.

Those seeking to register for any of the classes please may visit www.cnyartscenter.com and click on the Writing/Literary Arts link.

Members of the First United Methodist Church are pictured getting ready for the first annual Strawberry Extravaganza, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

First United Church to hold Strawberry Extravaganza

Members of the First United Methodist Church are pictured getting ready for the first annual Strawberry Extravaganza, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The First United Methodist Church of Fulton will be holding its first annual Strawberry Extravaganza Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to the public and there is no admission fee.

The Strawberry Extravaganza will feature food and auctions.

For the adults, there will be a silent auction, a Christmas in September booth, a Granny’s Attic and a New-To-You booth, an Avon Treasure Chest, and a Mom’s Pantry of homemade goods.

For the children, there will be a Children’s Toy Chest, bounce houses, arts and crafts, face painting, free balloons and more.

Food will include a chicken barbecue, strawberry shortcake, an ice cream “Sundae School,” popcorn and penny candy.

The First United Methodist Church of Fulton is located at 1408 N.Y.S. Rte. 176 (Curtis Street), just across from the Fulton Junior High School.

Those seeking more information, may visit www.fultonfumc.org or call the church office at 592-7347.

Poopsie the cow checks out the Chevy Corvette that will be in the “Classic Car Show” portion of the Oswego Lions Club’s seventh annual Cow Chip Bingo event. It will be held Sept. 15 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

‘Cow Chip Bingo’ to be held

Poopsie the cow checks out the Chevy Corvette that will be in the “Classic Car Show” portion of the Oswego Lions Club’s seventh annual Cow Chip Bingo event. It will be held Sept. 15 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

The Oswego Lions Club will hold its seventh annual “Cow Chip Bingo” fund-raiser Saturday, Sept. 15 at Lighthouse Lanes in Oswego.

New to the event this year will be a “Classic Car Show” as well as a chicken barbecue by Lighthouse Lanes.

The “Cow Chip Bingo” portion of the event will run from noon to 3 p.m. “Deeds” are available to purchase. The proceeds from the “Cow Chip Bingo” will be used to support an annual scholarship in the memory of Harold “H” and Mary Dowd.

“Deeds” are available for purchase at Cakes Galore and More in Oswego and DeVine Designs by Gail in Fulton. “Deeds” are also available from any Oswego Lions Club member. Only 520 “Deeds” will be sold.

The classic car show will be from noon to 4 p.m. the day of the event. Prizes will be given out for the Oldest, Sharpest and People’s Choice.

Car owners may register their cars by e-mailing Karen.Hammond@live.com. The make, model and year of car should be included. There is no entry fee.

The chicken barbecue will run from noon until 5 p.m. (or sold out). The barbecue includes chicken, baked beans, salt potatoes, and a dinner roll.

The event will also feature live music by Lubricators, which includes band members John Luber, Ray Furniss and Dave Burritt.

The Lubricators will be playing from 1 to 4 p.m. and are sponsored by Fulton Savings Bank.

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Third annual Oswego County Harvest Dinner set for Oct. 12

Fall is just around the corner, which means Oswego County farmers are busy harvesting their bounty of fruits, vegetables and meats.

It also means planning is underway for the third annual Oswego County Harvest Dinner, which will take place Friday, Oct. 12.

The dinner will showcase the diversity of agriculture in Oswego County by featuring locally grown and sourced food.

The event is hosted by Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County with the support of local farmers and agriculture businesses at the American Foundry in Oswego.

Attendees will get to sample dishes utilizing locally grown food and prepared by some of the area’s top chefs.

The 2012 featured chefs are Emil Nymander from the American Foundry, Brian Girard of Blue Plate Seafood, and Bill Hubel from Blue Moon Grill.

Tickets for the event must be purchased ahead of time. Prepaid reservations may be made by contacting Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County at 963-7286 or e-mailing lkw39@cornell.edu. No tickets will be sold at the door.

The Oswego County Harvest Dinner will start with a social hour, including a sampling of Oswego County beverages.

Guests will be served a six-course meal showcasing Oswego County’s agricultural products followed by the guest speaker, author Tom Rivers.

There will also be a gift basket auction featuring Oswego County’s finest agricultural products and more.

Rivers, a reporter covering agriculture in Batavia, wrote a first-person newspaper series about farm work that won state and national awards.

With the series garnering so much success and attention, it was decided to compile it into a book with added background and information.

This book, “Farm Hands: Hard Work and Hard Lessons from Western New York Fields,” is now in its sixth printing.

Rivers will share his perspective as an agricultural journalist who “got his hands dirty” by actually doing the work that brings food from field to fork.

The diversity of Oswego County land allows for the growth of a variety of agricultural products including onions, apples, meat, cheese, wine, maple syrup, honey, berries, plums, peaches, and a wide variety of vegetables.

Within the county there are at least seven local farmers markets, with one open almost every day of the week.

The agricultural community in this county generates $39.4 million in annual revenue from 639 farms and supplies over 5,000 jobs.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced that two photos, including “Night Light,” of SUNY Oswego senior Ryan Schultz, a broadcasting and mass communications major and graphic design minor, will be among 14 works of art by students around the SUNY system chosen for Cuomo’s Washington, D.C. office.

Artwork of two SUNY Oswego students chosen for governor’s office

Gov. Andrew Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy Zimpher announced that two photos, including “Night Light,” of SUNY Oswego senior Ryan Schultz, a broadcasting and mass communications major and graphic design minor, will be among 14 works of art by students around the SUNY system chosen for Cuomo’s Washington, D.C. office.

Three pieces of artwork by SUNY Oswego students are among the 14 works of art by students from the 64-campus SUNY system that will hang in Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Washington, D.C., office, Cuomo and SUNY Chancellor Nancy L. Zimpher recently announced.

Two photographic prints by Ryan Schultz of Greene, a senior broadcasting major and graphic design minor at SUNY Oswego, were among those chosen, as was a silkscreen on watercolor monotype by Stephanie Gamboa of Bay Shore, a graduate student and May fine arts graduate of the college. Schultz’s prints are titled “Night Light” and “Graffiti.” Gamboa’s work is titled “Washington, D.C.”

“I am very honored to not only have my work selected to be displayed in Governor Cuomo’s office, but to have two works displayed,” Schultz said. “I would also like to congratulate the other students whose artworks were chosen.”

Gamboa, now pursuing a master’s degree in studio art at SUNY Oswego, agreed. “I am proud to hear that three of the 14 works chosen from various SUNY schools were from SUNY Oswego,” she said. “It shows how hard our students work and how dedicated we are to the program.”

Cuomo pointed to the welcoming nature of the display. “As visitors from across the country and around the world enter our Washington, D.C., office,” he said, “they will be greeted with a visual display that embodies the excellence and creativity of our state and the promise of a new generation of New Yorkers, all of whom are getting a world-class education through our renowned SUNY system. I commend these outstanding SUNY students for their hard work and am honored to display their artwork in my office.”

Zimpher praised artists around the State University system. “The 64 campuses of SUNY are home to many talented artists, whose work has flourished among our dedicated arts faculty and top-rated academic programs in the arts,” she said. “Governor Cuomo’s decision to showcase art created by our students is a testament to its quality and we are delighted and proud to have it on display in our nation’s capital.

A photo gallery of the artwork is available via Generation SUNY’s Facebook page, http://www.facebook.com/generationsuny.

The H. Lee White Marine Museum welcomes the traveling exhibit, “War of 1812: A Nation Forged By War,” now through Sept. 30. The display will be featured along with the Lois McClure during the Oswego Canal Festival over Labor Day weekend.

Oswego Canal Festival features U.S. Navy National Museum exhibit

The H. Lee White Marine Museum welcomes the traveling exhibit, “War of 1812: A Nation Forged By War,” now through Sept. 30. The display will be featured along with the Lois McClure during the Oswego Canal Festival over Labor Day weekend.

The H. Lee White Marine Museum is hosting a traveling mini-exhibit, “War of 1812: A Nation Forged By War,” from the National Museum of the United States Navy.

Now through Sunday, Sept. 30, the exhibit is on display in New York State Canal Derrick Boat No. 8 on West First Street Pier in Oswego.

“We are very fortunate to be able to present this display highlighting our county’s maritime history,” said Mercedes Niess, executive director of the H. Lee White Marine Museum. “Lake Ontario has played an integral role in U.S. and New York State history. It was significant during the War of 1812 as British and American forces battled for control of the lake and, by extension, the war.”

The temporary exhibit illustrates the role that military forces from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service played in securing European recognition of the U. S. as a truly independent nation.

Visitors will learn the heroic stories of ocean and Great Lakes battles as well as those that took place on land from Louisiana to Canada. Each panel contains a QR code with more details for those with smart phones.

Niess added, “This is really great timing as we continue our bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812 with the Lois McClure at the Oswego Canal Festival.”

The Oswego Canal Festival runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1 through Monday, Sept. 3 in Oswego’s Historic Maritime District on West First Street Pier.

“We encourage the public to come out and enjoy the festivities,” said Niess. “We’ll have a parade of boats along the pier and people can take walk-aboard tours. We’ll also have music, baked goods, crafts, games and more.”

Shoppers enjoy the fall crafts at last year’s CNY Arts Center’s Arts Market. The event will be held again at the former Nestle parking lot Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fulton.

Second annual Arts Market to be held next month

Shoppers enjoy the fall crafts at last year’s CNY Arts Center’s Arts Market. The event will be held again at the former Nestle parking lot Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Fulton.

The CNY Arts Center will hold its second annual Arts Market Sept. 15 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the former Nestle parking lot on Fay Street in Fulton.

Artists, crafters, antiques and food vendors may participate in the event.

“The Arts Market was a huge success last year with more than 40 vendors and a crowd of nearly 800 shoppers that stopped by throughout the day, which coincides with Fulton’s annual city-wide yard sale,” said event coordinator Kiley Casper.

“It’s a great way to wrap up a busy summer and give artists, crafters and other vendors one more chance to display their work to the general public. The large parking lot proved to be a popular location for this gathering with ample room for everyone. It is the one event from last year that people seem to remember the most!

“This is truly a market as opposed to an arts festival in the variety of vendors we’re accepting,” Casper continued. “We had several requests last year from independent consultants who work from home-selling commercial product lines. Because these small business owners can have a significant economic impact and need to reach a broader public, we’re accepting a limited number of vendors from this category along with hand-made original arts and crafts.

“We believe this will give shoppers a wide variety of items for every pocketbook,” she said. “In keeping with the theme of the city-wide yard sale, we’re also accepting a limited number of flea-market vendors.”

CNY Arts Center will also raffle a basket of goods donated from vendors participating in the event.

Activities for children will include sidewalk chalk art and bubble fun.

Food vendors will be on site at this year’s event, along with strolling minstrels Merry Mischief, who will make an encore appearance fresh from the Arts Fest held in Fulton’s War Memorial in June.

Those seeking more information may visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 216-8790 or 598-8812.

Arts, Crafts and Kite festival to be held at Fort Ontario

The Friends of Fort Ontario will host an Arts, Crafts, and Kites Festival on the spacious and historic grounds outside the old fort Saturday, Sept. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Oswego Valley Railroad Museum will set up a display of trains in the Enlisted Men’s Barracks.

Candles, pottery, face painting, goat milk soap, jewelry, weaving demonstrations, and music will be featured.

In addition, food and refreshments, including baked goods, will be available  and picnicking on the grounds is encouraged.

Space is still available for crafters, artists, and not-for-profits interested in setting up. Those seeking more information may contact Gail Goebricher at 343-6992 or joshcat@verizon.net.

Admission to the festival is free, but normal admission fees to the old fort will be charged.

Kite experts from around the United States and Canada, including noted kite historian Thom Shanken and the New York Kite Enthusiasts will be on hand to assist kite fliers of all ages and abilities with their kite flying.

Kites up to 450 square feet with 150-foot tails will be featured at the festival and will be visible from miles around.

The public may bring their kites to fly and take part in the Rokkaku Kite Battle, the Running of the Bols, and the kid’s favorite candy drop.

Kites, including micro kites (five inches diameter), rotating box kites, shaped kites, and balsa wood gliders, rubber band powered helicopters, parachute balls, and other nostalgic flying toys will be available for sale.

AmeriCorps staffers Ian Mumpton and Steve Woods will conduct a variety of historic activities and demonstrations for children as well as assist young kite fliers.

Tickets for the fort’s annual Ghost Tours Oct. 19 and 20 will go on sale at the Sept. 8 festival.