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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.

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CCC celebrates completion of the third Fitness Challenge

Just over eight weeks ago, Cayuga Community College student Jay Wornick challenged the campus community to keep up with him during the third annual Fitness Challenge.

Wornick, who received national media attention for losing 200 pounds in a bet with his wife Angela, shared advice about eating and exercising during the March kickoff event to the eight-week campus-wide fitness competition.

May 23, the college community celebrated the accomplishments of Wornick (who ended up winning the overall individual category by racking up 4,852.81 points) as well as the 180 people who participated in the challenge this year.

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Second Arts Fest to be held June 9 in Fulton

The second annual CNY Arts Center Arts Fest is scheduled for June 9 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Fulton’s War Memorial.

The event will host more than 40 artists featuring handmade, original art including vintage jewelry, handcrafted wood items, stained glass, recycled and upcycled art items, pottery, paintings, cigar box guitars, home décor, bird houses, crocheted and quilted items, books and portraits among other unique offerings.

A Native American group will present its unique style of art and dance. The children’s art project booth, a popular feature last year, will return with new art projects children can make on the spot or take home for later enjoyment. There will be food vendors.

Dave Hawthorn will headline the entertainment while Merry Mischief Minstrels, a costumed acoustic duo will stroll through the crowd and keep the atmosphere festive.

Day Ja Voo, Ron Richards, and Sean Martin, a young blue grass fiddler and popular CNY Arts Center performer, will also entertain.

Arts Fest will once again host a talent competition observed by a panel of guest judges.

“We’re excited to offer a talent competition that will recognize top performers in each age category – dancers, storytellers, comedians, and unique talents alongside musicians and singers,” said Nancy Fox, president of the organization. “Arts Fest is a celebration of all the arts we represent as an organization. We encourage everyone from the youngest to the oldest to come and share their family-friendly talent. This is a great opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

The new nonprofit arts organization formed last year to establish an arts center for all arts and all ages.

“We anticipate reaching that milestone in the very near future where we will begin offering classes and performances,” Fox continued. “We expect to announce the location and an exciting calendar of arts programming before the school year ends. We will finally have a place to offer classes and workshops in a variety of topics and projects. It’s going to be an exciting summer.”

Seth Glier to perform at Oswego Music Hall

The Oswego Music Hall’s season finale with 2011 Grammy nominee Seth Glier, Emerging Artists Showcase, barbecue dinner and more will be held Saturday June 2

“With five hours of music and good food throughout the evening, this is a party you won’t want to miss,” said Music Hall’s Artistic Director Ellen Wahl.

Special guest for the Sunset Reception will be world class guitarist Loren Barrigar.

Artists performing in the Emerging Artist Showcase include Lacey Lee (harpist, songwriter), Kristin & David (mountain dulcimer, guitar), Mick Dooley  (song writer, ukulele, guitar), Greg Hoover & Harlee Station (harp, bass, guitar), and Jane Zell (guitarist, singer, songwriter).

When Glier was scheduled for the Finale, his new album, “The Next Big Thing,” had not yet been nominated for a Grammy Award. While Glier didn’t win that major music award this year, the nomination was exciting, and it documents how swiftly this 22-year-old musician from tiny Shelburne Falls, N.Y. has been making a name on the national music scene.

Glier abandoned his studies at the Berklee College of Music after a year because he “decided I should be playing for people not for grades.”

His 2009 debut on MPress Records, “The Trouble With People,” drew comparisons to a young Billy Joel, Elton John and Paul McCartney.

Featured in The Boston Globe for his “100% Fan-Funded Tour,” Glier is already a seasoned troubadour playing 250 shows per year.

He was raised on the music of Joni Mitchell, Martin Sexton and Jeff Buckley, but considers his brother to be his greatest influence. “My brother is autistic and non-verbal,” he said. “I learned to communicate with words better once I realized how to communicate to someone without them.”

This season finale is a family-friendly party from 4:30 until after sunset at the usual Music Hall venue (41 Lake St. Oswego).

Those seeking more information may call 342-1733 or access the Music Hall web site at www.oswegomusichall.org.

The 37th season for the Oswego Music Hall will start Sept. 22.

CNY Arts Center still seeking artists for Arts Fest

With Arts Fest just a few weeks away, CNY Arts Center is looking for local talent to compete for prizes June 9 at Fulton’s War Memorial Community Center.

Prizes will be awarded in three categories according to age, under 12, 12-20 and 20 and older.

Event co-chair Kiley Casper said, “We want to encourage everyone from the youngest to the oldest to come and share your family-friendly talent, whatever it is. We know the region has many wonderful performing artists. Arts Fest is an annual celebration of all the arts and we hope to draw talent in multiple categories whether it is dance, vocals, musicians or bands, or even drama, storytelling or stand-up comedy.  This is an opportunity to appear before an audience and receive helpful feedback from our judges.”

Casper continued, “We expect this festival to grow each year and become a highlight of the summer. Being in the Community Center at the War Memorial gives us ample space for a stage, featured entertainers and a powerful talent competition along with art and food vendors – all in one accessible location. We hope the community will embrace this celebration of the arts and come out for a day filled with the best and brightest of Central New York.”

The talent competition will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon with prizes awarded by 12:30 p.m. Performers are invited to register online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 598-8812 for more information.

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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