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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.

Kali Magnarelli with pen in hand and Samantha Familo holding the original set about enlarging a small photo of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” into a 9 foot by 10 foot mural. The artwork will become a stained glass mosaic assembled by local artists during Harborfest in West Park as part of Showcase Oswego Arts.

Oswego County comes together to create art

Kali Magnarelli with pen in hand and Samantha Familo holding the original set about enlarging a small photo of Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” into a 9 foot by 10 foot mural. The artwork will become a stained glass mosaic assembled by local artists during Harborfest in West Park as part of Showcase Oswego Arts.

In recent weeks, Hannibal High School students have been working on their part of the county-wide art project that will be presented at this year’s Harborfest.

The project, spearheaded by the CNY Arts Center, will be a stained glass mural of Van Gogh’s famous painting “Starry Night” and will consist of various colors of glass bottle fragments. The mastermind behind the concept and creation of the mural is Arts Center member Leslie Paice.

The Hannibal math students of Sally Kingsbury’s class have developed an equation for enlarging the painting, to determine the approximate number of bottles and jars needed for the mural. Using the dimensions of the mural frame, and the average size of the bottles being used, they determined that approximately 3,260 bottles will be needed to complete the mural.

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Tickets are still available for the 11th annual Jamboree Fund-raiser to benefit Parents of Special Children. The event will be held Sunday, June 10 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Scriba Fire Department. Pictured are Jake, Claudia and Alex Chetney gearing up for some family fun.

Annual Jamboree Fund-raiser to be held June 10

Tickets are still available for the 11th annual Jamboree Fund-raiser to benefit Parents of Special Children. The event will be held Sunday, June 10 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Scriba Fire Department. Pictured are Jake, Claudia and Alex Chetney gearing up for some family fun.

Tickets are still available for the 11th annual Jamboree Fund-raiser to benefit Parents of Special Children.

The event will be held Sunday, June 10 from noon until 4 p.m. at the Scriba Fire Department.

The family event, which will include spaghetti dinner, live entertainment by Bloodline, door prizes, 50/50 raffles, and children’s activities, is organized by the Parents of Special Children staff and board members.

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The City of Oswego’s Peace Garden, newly planted with fresh marigolds, cannis and geraniums, will be formally dedicated as the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Saturday, June 16, at 4 p.m. The garden is located at 158 E. First St. near the Leotta-Seaway Trail Park.

Oswego 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden to be dedicated

The City of Oswego’s Peace Garden, newly planted with fresh marigolds, cannis and geraniums, will be formally dedicated as the War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden Saturday, June 16, at 4 p.m. The garden is located at 158 E. First St. near the Leotta-Seaway Trail Park.

The War of 1812 Bicentennial Peace Garden, located near the Leotta-Seaway Trail Park at 158 E. First St., Oswego, will be officially dedicated at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16.

The garden was originally developed in 2003 by City Engineer Anthony A. Leotta, the Jay Saternow family, and several volunteers from the community. It was named a “Peace Garden” by the late Frank Clavelli Sr., former member of the Oswego Common Council.

Leotta, the City Department of Public Works, and a group of volunteers have cared for and maintained the garden for the past several years.

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‘Frolicking With Frogs’ program scheduled

The Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center will be presenting a public program called “Frolicking With Frogs” Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m.

A rain date has been set June 17 at 1 p.m.

Participants will explore the different frogs and where and how frogs live. The program will be followed by a trek through the wetlands.

After the program light refreshments will be provided.

“Frolicking With Frogs” is a program designed for people of all ages. There is a fee per person. Children under 3 are free.

Registration fees will be collected on the day of the program.

Pre-registration is preferred but not required. Those seeking to register may call 963-7286, ext 400.

“Frolicking With Frogs” is designed for individuals and families, not organized groups.  To arrange a guided group program, call the Oswego County 4-H Program at 963-7286, ext. 400.

Amboy 4-H Environmental Educational Center is located at 748 Rte. 183 between Routes 13 and 69 near Williamstown.