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Sounds of Brass to perform June 29 in downtown Fulton

The Sounds of Brass will be performing Friday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the South First Street gazebo in downtown Fulton. Pictured are members of the Sounds of Brass. From left are Natalie Sturr, Dick Harper, Frank Bickle, Ray Bratt, Jim Myers, and Dave Brown.

The Sounds of Brass will be performing Friday, June 29 at 6:30 p.m. at the South First Street gazebo in downtown Fulton.

The free concert is sponsored by the City of Fulton Department of Parks & Recreation.

Sounds of Brass engages their audiences through their upbeat, toe-tapping music as well as humorous commentary. Their varied repertoire includes swing, dixieland, polkas, patriotic selections and familiar favorites.

This year’s show will feature hits from the big band era, including those made famous by Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Harry James.

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The Do Good Swing Band kicked off the 2012 West Linear Park Summer Concert Series with a performance Tuesday at the Veterans’ Stage. The Do Good Swing Band, lead by Donald R. Goodness, director and lead trumpet, is a 17-piece Big Band exactly like those made popular in the 1930s and 40s.

Do Good Swing Band kicks off concert series

The Do Good Swing Band kicked off the 2012 West Linear Park Summer Concert Series with a performance Tuesday at the Veterans’ Stage. The Do Good Swing Band is a 17-piece Big Band like those made popular in the 1930s and 40s.

The Veterans’ Stage on West Linear Park in downtown Oswego will once again host a series of concerts this summer as the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, in collaboration with the City of Oswego, sponsors the West Linear Park Summer Concert Series.

“We are pleased to once again be working with the city to sponsor this popular music series,” said chamber Executive Director Beth Hilton. “The stage at West Linear Park provides us with a perfect location and the concerts will provide members of our community and visitors with the opportunity to listen to some wonderful music while enjoying a breathtaking view of the river and the Oswego harbor.”

The concert series began yesterday with the sounds of The Do Good Swing Band.

The concert series continues with performances by the Nick Sterio Orchestra Tuesday, July 17 and  the Domicolo-Barlow Band Tuesday, Aug. 21.

All concerts will be from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Veterans’ Stage on West Linear Park.

Poetry Corner: Garden Report

by Jim Farfaglia

 

No sign yet.

 

Just the mound of dirt I dug up,

slipped you into,

sprinkled with rain water

and proclaimed your home.

 

I stop by every day,

say my version of a prayer

and pull a few jealous weeds

snaking toward you.

 

You are nothing yet but my hope –

which means you are everything.

I gladly dream of the day

I will stop by and see

 

your first tiny hand

waving hello,

your green

all the riches I need.

Oswego Valley fiddlers to perform June 24

The Oswego Valley Chapter of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association will play a special concert of old time fiddle music Sunday, June 24 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Rd., Osceola. Pictured are members of the group.

Sunday, June 24, the Oswego Valley Chapter of the New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers’ Association will play a special concert of old time fiddle music, from 2 to 5 p.m. at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Rd., Osceola.

The Oswego Valley Fiddlers is noted for striving to vary their repertoire with new and different selections of old-time fiddle tunes. Each year, the group chooses a theme for its concerts and learns new tunes based on that theme.

This year’s theme will be “Old Time Radio” featuring music from some of their favorite Canadian fiddlers. They will “present” a show honoring the Don Messer’s Islanders Show, as well as other Canadian fiddlers, including Ivan and Vivian Hicks, Ned Landry, Andy DeJarlis and Graham and Eleanor Townsend.

The show will incorporate “skits” recalling the classic openings of many great Old Time Radio Shows.

The Oswego Valley Fiddlers are planning a trip to New Brunswick, Canada this summer to play music with the Sussex Avenue Fiddlers and Ivan and Vivian Hicks.

Those seeking more information may visit www.nysotfa.com or call 315-487-8806.

Fulton Community Theatre to hold auditions

Fulton Community Theatre will hold open auditions for the next production in its popular “An Evening on Broadway” cabaret series, which will spotlight the work of composer Stephen Sondheim.

Audition dates for “An Evening with Stephen” will be Tuesday and Wednesday, June 26 and 27 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the theatre’s home performance space, Jubilee Hall in Holy Trinity Church, 309 Buffalo St., Fulton.

Performance dates for the revue are Aug. 11, 12, 17, 18, and 19.

The production is under the direction of Kathy DeGolyer, with Abel Searor as musical director and accompanist.

The show will feature music from “Into the Woods,” “Sweeney Todd,” “West Side Story,” “Anyone Can

Whistle,” “Company,” “Follies,” “Sunday in the Park with George,” “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum,” “Gypsy,” “A Little Night Music,” “Merrily We Roll Along,” and “Dick Tracy.”

Auditioners are asked to prepare a song and bring sheet music.

Originated in FCT’s 1994 season, the “An Evening on Broadway” series is one of the theatre’s longstanding traditions. The August production will be its 11th edition.

Those seeking more information may visit www.fultoncommunitytheatre.net, or send an e-mail to fultoncommunitytheatre@gmail.com.

Preston and Fontana have royal roles in ‘Mattress’

Julia Preston-Fulton (Minstrel), Bobby Fontana (King) and Erin Chetney (Jester) rehearse a scene from “Once Upon a Mattress.” “Once Upon a Mattress” will take place in the Frances Marion Brown Theatre, Fort Ontario Arts Center in Oswego July 6, 7, 13 and 14 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. July 15.

Oswego Players director Inez Manor Parker has cast the royal leads in her upcoming “Once Upon a Mattress.”

Bobby Fontana is reprising the role of King Sextimus the Silent.

He played the same role several years ago in a children’s theatre presentation of the show.

Fontana has been a member of the organization since his debut in “Lend Me a Tenor” in 1995.

His contributions to the group are many and varied. As a director, he has successfully taken on such classics as, “To Kill a Mocking Bird,” and “One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”

Marsha Preston will play the nasty Queen Aggravain – thwarting her son’s (Prince Dauntless the Drab) every attempt at matrimony.

Preston is a Penn State Theatre Arts graduate and also holds a master’s degree in education.  She is a long time Players member, first performing in “Dear World” in 1988, and most recently in “Life with Father” in April.

Preston has been active with other groups such as the Red Creek Players, Fulton Broadway Theatre and Festival Chorus.

Multi-talented, she has written and produced children’s theatre with Hands on Theatre.

Talent appears to run in the family as her daughter, Julia Preston-Fulton, is also in the cast.

Fulton is a graduate of SUNY Oswego in zoology and just recently returned from tour-guiding in Yellowstone National Park.

With the Players, she assumed the role of Catherine Johnson in “Silent Night, Lonely Night” and recreated the Marlene Deitrich role from “Witness for the Prosecution.”

“Once Upon a Mattress” will take place in the Frances Marion Brown Theatre, Fort Ontario Arts Center in Oswego July 6, 7, 13 and 14 with a matinee performance at 2 p.m. July 15.

Tickets are available by calling the Players’ Box Office at 343-5138.

‘Book It!’ event planned for Phoenix library

“Book It!” is a 2.5-mile family fun walk event to benefit the Phoenix Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

This event is the brain child of Elizabeth Russell, a member of the JCB High School Honor Society, a long time volunteer at the library, and a supporter of the Summer Reading Program.

“Book It!” will be held Saturday, June 16. Registration begins at 10:30 a.m. at the Phoenix Public Library, located at 34 Elm St.

There is a donation per walker with all proceeds to benefit the Summer Reading Program.

The walk itself will be a 2.5-mile loop in the village beginning and ending at the Phoenix Public Library.

Poetry Corner: Father’s Day Gifts

by Jim Farfaglia

 

Sitting in the bleachers,

watching that 3-pointer leave your fingers,

after watching you practice it for hours

under our streetside basket.

Seeing it follow my hopes,

as it falls through the net.

 

Listening in the audience,

picking out your voice

from all your chorus mates.

Hearing it hit that satisfying high note

that you reached for, time and again,

rehearsing behind your bedroom door.

 

All the firsts –

that afternoon nap,

you a warm football against my chest,

listening to your baby’s breath rise and fall.

 

All the lasts –

that June morning,

you proudly robed in school colors,

watching as you walk into life.

 

And all the dreams,

once offered to you as gifts,

now sweetly returned

on this day.