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The Fulton Music Association recently presented the 2012 Senior Music Awards at the 15th Celebration of Community Music concert. G. Ray Bodley High School seniors Nathan Deavers (far left) and Nicholas Abelgore each received a $500 Outstanding Senior Music Award. Dallaslyn Lamb received a $300 Special Achievement in Music Award.

Fulton Music Association presents senior music awards

The Fulton Music Association recently presented the 2012 Senior Music Awards at the 15th Celebration of Community Music concert. G. Ray Bodley High School seniors Nathan Deavers (far left) and Nicholas Abelgore each received a $500 Outstanding Senior Music Award. Dallaslyn Lamb received a $300 Special Achievement in Music Award.

The Fulton Music Association presented the 2012 Senior Music Awards during the 15th Celebration of Community Music concert May 19.

G. Ray Bodley High School seniors Nathan Deavers and Nicholas Abelgore each received a $500 Outstanding Senior Music Award. Dallaslyn Lamb received a $300 Special Achievement in Music Award.

Deavers, an accomplished vocalist, will attend SUNY Brockport this fall where he plans to pursue a degree in business administration.

Abelgore, who is proficient on trombone, piano and guitar, will attend Syracuse University where he will major in music performance.

Lamb, a cellist, will attend the Rochester Institute of Technology where she will major in film and video production.

The FMA also helps sponsor Fulton’s summer concert series, said President Steve Chirello said. FMA annually brings special performances to Fulton by the U.S. Army’s 10th Mountain Div. Band and cooperative programs with SUNY Oswego as part of its ongoing activities.

Square dance club to hold fund-raiser

The Shirts ‘n Skirts Square Dance Club is hosting a fund-raiser Saturday, June 2 from 2 to 10 p.m. at the Kenney Middle School on Cayuga Street in Hannibal to benefit The ALS Association.

The event is in honor of Elaine Eno, a graduate of Hannibal Central School and a long-time dancer who was diagnosed with the disease early in 2010 and died in March of 2011.

Modern western square dancing and cued round dancing will be offered by several area callers and cuers who will be donating their time. Dancers from Central New York area clubs are expected to attend and dance in the main gym at the school.

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Poetry Corner: The Gauchos

by Jim Farfaglia

The Gauchos

Memorial Day Weekend, 1968.

A 9 year old boy leans against his bicycle,

waiting in anticipation,

just across the street

from the Nestles parking lot.

 

He watches them prepare for the parade:

tuning their horns,

strapping on their drums,

shining their wooden rifles,

 

then follows them through their whole route:

first to the cemetery,

where their Taps echoes through gravesites,

then to the Sealright Parking lot,

over to City Hall

and on across the Broadway Bridge.

 

He listens to tune after tune:

Windy

Lawrence of Arabia

Oye Como Va

and their crowd pleaser

Blueberry Hill

 

which brings them to the War Memorial,

where all of them stand tall

in black bell-bottomed pants,

white shirt and gloves, red cummerbund

and atop each head, a sombrero.

 

And the boy imagines himself

someday wearing that uniform,

of someday belonging to that family:

The Ambassadors For Our City.

The Pride of Fulton, New York.

Derek Hart (standing) leads a music therapy session at the Step By Step Wellness program. A program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Step By step Wellness program offers a variety of services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness.

Music lifts Step By Step Program participants

Derek Hart (standing) leads a music therapy session at the Step By Step Wellness program. A program of Catholic Charities of Oswego County, the Step By step Wellness program offers a variety of services to adults diagnosed with a mental illness.

Participants in the Step By Step Wellness program are discovering the joy and power of music.

Established by Peer Generalist Derrick Hart, the program’s new music therapy sessions have been a welcome addition to the programs and activities that the Step By Step Wellness program offers its participants.

Since joining the Step By Step Wellness program, Hart, who himself is a musician, has been anxious to begin a music program.  It is a program that he has built from scratch with Hart contributing some instruments and leading the sessions.

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Writing class for adults to be held in June

The CNY Arts Center will hold a class for adult writers entitled “Building Your Writing Muscle.”

Instructor Jim Farfaglia will teach this six-week class for beginning writers or experienced writers who are looking to develop better writing skills.

The class will be taught for six consecutive Thursdays beginning June 7. Class time will be from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and will take place at the Fulton Public Library.

Topics to be discussed during the class include “Finding The Time To Write,” “How To Edit and Improve Written Work,” and “Strategies for Becoming a More Creative Writer.” Some time for students to share their writing will be provided.

There is a fee for the class. Information about the fee and how to register for the class may be obtained by visiting the center’s web site at http://www.cnyartscenter.com.

Those seeking information about the class can contact Jim Farfaglia at sjimf903@twcny.rr.com or at 402-2297.

Fulton Community Band and Dixieland Band to perform

The Fulton Community Band formed twenty years ago in February of 1992.

Paul Sherman, an art teacher at G. Ray Bodley High School and a performer of many musical instruments, sent out a notice to all teachers hoping to form a faculty band.

Due to lack of interest and available talent, Sherman talked to Carol Fox about the possibility of forming a community band and thus there was a beginning.

Community bands, over the past many years, have been springing up all over the country — such as in late l800s, early l900s with Sousa bands, etc.

In the immediate area, there are community bands in Baldwinsville, Red Creek, Phoenix and Fulton. Some of the performers play in all the groups.

Members of the Fulton Community Band are from Red Creek, Oswego, Phoenix, Chittenango, Cicero, Liverpool, Fairhaven, Parish, Baldwinsville and Fulton. Included are active and retired teachers, people from all walks of life ranging in age from high school students thru those in their 70s.

The band is active all year and has performed at local functions such as Memorial Day Salute, church bazaars, annual Christmas concert, historical society ice cream social, community band festivals, Bishop Commons and the new Pavilion Summer Series of Concerts.

The Fulton Community Band will take the Memorial Day Salute stage at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

An offshoot from the Fulton Community Band is the Dixieland Band, which is composed of seven members. They have performed several concerts at venues such as Memorial Day Salute, Snowfest at city hall and they are part of the Summer Series performing at the downtown gazebo.

The Fulton Dixieland Band will be playing at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, May 26.

Oswego Players to stage ‘Once Upon a Mattress’

Oswego Players Director Inez Manor Parker has announced completion of casting for the Players’ summer musical, “Once Upon a Mattress,” based on the fairy tale story of, “The Princess and the Pea.”

Cast members are Marsha Preston (Queen Aggravain), Richard Mosher (Wizard), Julia Preston Fulton (Minstrel), Molly Brown (Winnifred the Woebegone), Adam Schmidtmann (Prince Dauntless the Drab), and Erin Chetney (Jester).

Also, Shane Gabriele (Sir Henry), Beth DeRosie (Lady Larkin), Erin Delaney (Princess #12), Norman Berlin, III, (Sir Luce), Brie McIntosh (Lady Luce), Taylor Hamer (Lady Beatrice and Pantomime), and Jennifer Butler (Lady Merrill).

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Second annual May Festival to be held in Fair Haven

The Fair Haven Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its second annual May Festival in the Village Park in downtown Fair Haven Saturday, May 19 beginning at 11 a.m.

The Village Park will be bustling with vendors, demonstrations and games celebrating spring’s arrival.

The event kicks off at 11 a.m. with a parade. Adults and kids should come dressed as fairies, woodland creatures, or gnomes and join the parade through the streets of Fair Haven. The parade line up is at 10:45 a.m.

Afterwards, there will be a family scavenger hunt through the village, a poker walk, food, free games and crafts for the kids, and music.

There will be a bike rodeo in front of the library at noon.  The kids are invited to bring their bikes and helmets.

At 1 p.m., the local band “Hattie Lewis” will be playing at the Bandstand in the park.