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Carol Fisher to perform at St. Mary’s Bazaar in Oswego

The musical stylings of Carol Fisher will kick off St. Mary of the Assumption’s annual Parish Bazaar with a performance Friday, July 13 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Fisher, a singer and songwriter, will be performing a variety of songs from her nine albums, including her latest album, “Singing the Psalms!”

In addition to her music ministry, Fisher hosts a daily talk show on a Christian radio that is heard throughout Central New York on 103.9 FM, 98.1 FM, 95.3 FM as well as on line at www.CatholicFamilyRadio.org.

“Music is a big part of our ministry,” said Fisher. “By putting prayers, scriptures and the beautiful truths of our Catholic Faith in joyful songs, along with secular music but with positive messages of faith and family.”

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Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Theatre of the Macabre.”

Fulton art show award winners announced

Alex McCombie of Fulton won Best of Show with his digital photo, “Theatre of the Macabre.”

The Fulton Art Association held its 39th annual art show and competition in May at the Fulton Municipal Building.

Twenty-nine artists from Fulton, Oswego, Baldwinsville, Hannibal and Mexico participated in the show.

The show displayed 117 entries this year in 13 medium categories – Acrylics, Digital Photography, Drawing A, B, C and D, Computer Graphic Art, Printmaking, Painting Mixed Media, Oils, Three-D, Watercolor, and the Special Category – Still Life, according to President Kathy Mihalek.

William DeMott, an art instructor for Cayuga Community College (Fulton), SUNY Oswego, and Monroe Community College in Rochester was the judge for this year’s show.

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Tamara Thomas yarn bombs a telephone pole outside of the new CNY Arts Center at State Street United Methodist Church. Thomas brought the idea of yarn bombing to CNY Arts Center members. With the help of two other women, she started the Yarn Crusaders.

Fulton has been yarn bombed

Tamara Thomas yarn bombs a telephone pole outside of the new CNY Arts Center at State Street United Methodist Church. Thomas brought the idea of yarn bombing to CNY Arts Center members. With the help of two other women, she started the Yarn Crusaders.

by Nicole Reitz

If you’ve seen the knitted bench near Kinney Drugs in Fulton, don’t worry, it’s not cold.

It’s been yarn bombed.

Yarn bombing is a term to describe a type of graffiti or street art that uses colorful displays of knitted or crocheted yarn. Instead of spray painted graffiti that damages property, yarn bombing is meant to create interest and beautify a city.

Three women, members of the CNY Arts Center, are responsible for the guerilla knitting seen in spots around the City of Fulton.

The group calls themselves the Yarn Crusaders and their goal is to reclaim and personalize sterile public places in town. Their eye-catching yarn installations are non-permanent and can be removed if necessary.

Monday night, members of the group met after the CNY Arts Center meeting to yarn bomb poles outside of the group’s location at 357 State St., the Park Street entrance of State Street United Methodist Church.

The Yarn Crusaders are in their infancy and are looking to meet regularly to create pieces for the project.

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Pictured are Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin and Dan Luria in “Sullivan and Son,” a new situation comedy premiering Thursday, July 19 at 10 p.m. on Turner Broadcasting System. Benjamin is an Oswego native.

Oswego native premiers in new comedy series on TBS

Pictured are Steve Byrne, Owen Benjamin and Dan Luria in “Sullivan and Son,” a new situation comedy premiering Thursday, July 19 at 10 p.m. on Turner Broadcasting System. Benjamin is an Oswego native.

Oswego native Owen Benjamin is featured in a new situation comedy, “Sullivan and Son,” premiering Thursday, July 19 at 10 p.m. on Turner Broadcasting System.

“Sullivan & Son,” starring popular comedian Steve Byrne, is set in a popular pub in a working-class Pittsburgh neighborhood.

“Sullivan & Son” is executive-produced by Vince Vaughn (“The Break-Up”), Peter Billingsley (“Iron Man”) and show-runner Rob Long (“Cheers”).

In “Sullivan & Son,” Byrne plays Steve Sullivan, a successful corporate attorney from New York who brings his girlfriend, Ashley (guest star Brooke Lyons of “2 Broke Girls”), home to meet his parents.

Steve’s timing is impeccable, however, since his Irish-American father, Jack Sullivan (Dan Lauria of “The Wonder Years”), and Korean mother, Ok Cha (Jodi Long of “Beginners”), are preparing to sell the family business, a bar known as Sullivan & Son.

Filled with locals and regulars, Sullivan & Son is the unofficial “town hall” for the neighborhood. Within moments of his arrival, Steve reconnects with his best friend, Owen (Owen Benjamin); gets accosted by his long-suffering, under-appreciated younger sister, Susan (Vivian Bang of “Yes Man”); endures offensive comments from gruff barfly Hank (Brian Doyle Murray of “Groundhog Day” and “Saturday Night Live”); and gets hit on by tipsy cougar Carol (Christine Ebersole of “Royal Pains” and “Amadeus”).

He even feels a rekindled romantic spark with his former sweetheart, Melanie (Valerie Azlynn of “Tropic Thunder”).

It doesn’t take Steve long to realize that what he really wants out of life is to return to the old neighborhood and take over Sullivan & Son, even if it means giving up a lavish Manhattan lifestyle with the gorgeous Ashley. And so begins Steve’s quest for a more meaningful and rewarding life away from the courtroom but behind the bar.

Benjamin started his comedy career in music. While majoring in history at SUNY Plattsburgh, Owen honed his comedy skills. Owen was a regular on MTV’s “Punk’d,” E!’s “Chelsea Lately”, Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” and Late Show with Jimmy Fallon.

Benjamin has had his own special “Comedy Central Presents Owen Benjamin.” He’s a regular on Nick Swardson’s “Pretend Time” as well as over ten appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Owen’s feature credits include “I Now Pronounce You Chuck and Larry” and “The House Bunny,” where he played Marvin the Butler. He starred in “All’s Faire in Love,” with Christina Ricci and appeared in “Born to Be a Star,” with Nick Swardson and “Jack and Jill,” with Adam Sandler.

He has done stand up at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, a nationwide 18 city tour with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as well as clubs and colleges across America, including SUNY Oswego and Owen’s alma mater, SUNY Plattsburgh.

His short films and web series have accumulated over 10 million hits.

Fulton to begin summer concert series tomorrow

The City of Fulton will once again present free summer concerts beginning tomorrow, June 28 with the Fulton Community Band at Bullhead Point pavilion at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 29, the Sounds of Brass will be playing at the Canal Landing Gazebo beginning at 6:30 p.m. in downtown Fulton.

Schedules for the summer concert series are available at the Fulton Parks and Recreation Office and the city clerk’s office at 141 S. First St., Those seeking more information may call 592-2474.

The men and women of the Oswego Fire Department march through the streets of Oswego during the 2011 Independence Celebration. The 49th annual Independence Parade and Celebration will take place Sunday, July 1 in Oswego.

Oswego’s Independence Celebration to be held Sunday

The men and women of the Oswego Fire Department march through the streets of Oswego during the 2011 Independence Celebration. The 49th annual Independence Parade and Celebration will take place Sunday, July 1 in Oswego.

One of the official signs of summer in Oswego is the Independence Celebration, which will be held Sunday, July 1 beginning with the 49th annual Independence Parade at 1 p.m.

Last year, the parade route was returned to the original direction, which was heading East on Bridge Street. The route will be slightly shorter this year.

The starting location will remain the same with the parade beginning at Oswego High School on Liberty Street and will end on East Seventh Street at the tunnel leading into Fort Ontario.

The concert that evening at Breitbeck Park will begin with Oswego High School Jazz Band at 7 p.m. and Oswego City Band following.

Good Times of Oswego will be celebrating its 10th anniversary by bringing all 10 of their inflatables to Breitbeck Park that night.

Food vendors Garafalo’s, Barlow’s Concessions and Ma & Pa’s Kettle Corn will also be in the park.

The evening concludes with a fireworks display over the Oswego Harbor beginning at dusk.

Those seeking more information about the Independence Celebration may call the chamber at 343-7681.

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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.