Syracuse Symphoria performs holiday pops concert Dec. 15 in Oswego

The Syracuse Symphoria Holiday Pops Concert is scheduled for 3 p.m. Dec. 15 in the Oswego High School auditorium.

The concert is sponsored by Oswego Health.

Members of the community will be able to enjoy the sounds of the holiday with their family and friends at the concert, which will include the music of the Syracuse-based symphony.

Returning as the evening’s conductor will be accomplished musician Sean O’Loughlin, a native of Syracuse, while the vocal soloist will be Nick Ziobro

Tickets are available through a new arrangement this year. Community members wishing to attend the concert can purchase tickets online at experiencesymphoria.org.

Tickets can also be arranged by calling 299-5590, ext. 225.

4 local writers plan “Author’s Spotlight”

The CNY Arts Center of Fulton has announced its next Author’s Spotlight, an ongoing program where community members can meet local writers who have recently published a book.

The event will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at the Art Center’s Arts in the HeART Gallery. Four authors will share the stage: Jo Ann Butler, Lisa Davis, John Mercer and Susan Peterson Gateley.

“The evening promises to be a diverse one,” said Jim Farfaglia, writing arts coordinator for the Center.

“Jo Ann Butler writes historical novels, weaving real-life characters into creative stories. Her latest book is Rebel Puritan. Lisa Davis’s book, Fairies in My Flowerbeds, is a magical combination of her poetry and artwork, which she creates using flowers from her garden and a computer software program.

“John Mercer used his experience as a sixth-grade teacher to create a young adult novel entitled They Call Me Zombie, a story about a boy who dies and comes back to life. Susan Peterson Gateley has written several books about life in the Lake Ontario area. Her most recent book, Legends and Lore of Lake Ontario, immerses the reader in long-ago stories of our area’s great lake.”

During the Spotlight program, each author will explain how they wrote their book, read excerpts from it and take questions from the audience.

Afterwards, attendants can meet the authors and purchase a signed copy of their books. Refreshments will be served. There is no cost to attend the program.

For more information about the event, call the CNY Arts Center at 592-3373 or visit its website at http://www.cnyartscenter.com.

Poetry Corner, by Jim Farfaglia

Landlady, by Jim Farfaglia

 

Just a hair under five feet tall,

her mug of coffee ever present,

she’d show up each day

to wash the dirty dishes

nine college boys had stacked high.

 

When I’d stop by with my rent

she’d invite me in to listen

as she played piano;

toe tapping the rhythm of her youth,

fingers waltzing through the years.

 

When we were sick,

she’d offer home remedies;

when we were short on cash,

she’d lend quarters for the laundry—

I can’t remember if I ever paid her back.

 

She was as devoted to us—

her boys, as we were known—

as she was to her husband,

her piano,

her dishes.

 

Oh, how she filled her life to the brim;

the first time I’d seen it done so well.

 

What’s happening at the CNY Arts Center?

Thanksgiving is over and Christmas is less than a month away.

Our Gingerbread House contest kicks off the holiday season for us. Gingerbread creations made by teams or individuals are now on display at the Arts in the HeARTS gallery, 47 S. First St., Fulton. Stop in from now until Dec. 14 to vote for your favorite gingerbread creation.

The winners will be announced at our Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 14 at the Arts in the Heart Gallery, 47 S. First St.

Following our Dec. 14 open house, that evening we are planning a lovely dinner – Gifts of the Season Dinner Cabaret. This is a capital fundraising event. We will be serving roast beef and chicken, mashed potatoes, a vegetable and dessert. Entertainment will be provided throughout the evening. Tickets are $25/person; $45/couple. Tickets are available at the gallery or online.

Managers, why not buy a table of eight for your hard-working employees. This is a great way to have your Christmas party with no work on your part!

Have someone on your list who is hard to buy for? Consider giving a piece of art or an art class. A membership in CNY Arts Center is a thoughtful gift that also benefits your community.

Saturday, Dec. 7 will be a full day of art fun. Take part in holiday goodies from 9 a.m. to noon; holiday crafts from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and watercolors from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.

All classes require pre-registration. Classes and workshops charge a modest fee.

Visit www.CNYArtsCenter.com  for all the latest details and updates or call 592-3373. All classes are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton unless otherwise noted.

Remember we bring all arts to all ages at two separate locations. Classes, Writer’s Café, Author Spotlight, live theatre, and Arty Camp, are held in CNY Arts Center located in the lower level of State St. Methodist Church, 357 State St., Fulton. Use the Park Street entrance.

Arts in the HeART Gallery is located at 47 S. First St., in downtown Fulton across from the gazebo for local artists who want to display their artistry. Monthly artists’ meet-ups and TH3 Happy Hour also takes place at the gallery. Artists can apply for gallery space online at www.CNYArtsCenter.com.

Diane Marie Kimball, enjoyed gardening, crafts

Diane Marie Kimball, 61, of Oswego passed away Tuesday Nov. 26 at home surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born in Camp LeJeune, N.C., a daughter to Joan Lavey and the late, Robert Barker and was a life resident of Oswego.

Diane was a homemaker who enjoyed gardening, crafts and spending time with her family.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a great-granddaughter, Aubrey Buxton Borrow, who died Sept. 25, 2013.

Diane is survived by her husband of 20 years, Bruce Kimball; four children, William (Laurie) Buxton of Fulton, Tracy (Cory) Jones of Sterling, Christine (Jordan) Eells of Hannibal and Brian Buxton of Mexico; her mother, Joan (Paul) Lavey of Oswego; one sister, Kathy Lavey of Oswego; three brothers, Robert (Joanne) Barker of Florida, Timothy (Shelley) Barker of Oswego and Richard (Tammy) Barker of Charlotte, N.C.; 13 grandchildren; one great granddaughter as well as several nieces and nephews.

A calling hour and services were held Dec. 2 at Foster Funeral Home, 910 Fay St., Fulton.

Gordon Chappell, longtime employee of the Fulton Traffic Division

Gordon D. Chappell, 79, of Fulton died Friday Nov. 22 at home.

Mr. Chappell was born in Chateaugay, NY to the late Victor and Nellie (Pickeron) Chappell.

He retired from the City of Fulton Traffic Division after 30-plus years of service.

Mr. Chappell loved to walk. He would walk more than 5 miles every day.

Mr. Chappell is survived by his wife Darlene Chappell of Auburn, NY; three children, Victor Gordon Chappell of Fulton, Christopher (Kelly) Chappell of Fulton, and Nicole (Douglas) Finley of Auburn, NY; one  brother, Maynard (Betty) Chappell of SC; 13 grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

There will be no funeral service.  Burial will be held privately.

Calling hours were Saturday Nov. 30 at the Sugar Funeral Home, Inc., 224 W. Second St. S., Fulton.

Janette L. Hubbard, potato farmer

Janette  L. Hubbard, 58, of Granby passed away Wednesday Nov. 27, 2013 at St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center, Syracuse.

Born in Syracuse to her late mother, Beverly (Landers) Cramer and her surviving father, Cyril Cramer on Feb. 15, 1955.

She was a graduate of the J. C. Birdlebough High School class of 1973 in the Phoenix Central Schools, Phoenix.

Janette was a potato farmer. She and her husband Tom, raised potatoes on their many acres of land and for many years at their farm in Granby.

Janette enjoyed gardening and country life with her grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a son, Heath G. Hubbard, 1977.

Surviving are her husband of 38 years, Thomas G. Hubbard; her son, Colton Hubbard; her daughter and son-in-law, Meghan and Jerry Boothe; her father, Cyril Cramer; two grandchildren, Isabelle Boothe and Madeline Boothe; several brothers and sisters, nieces and nephews, cousins.

A calling hour will be from 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday Dec. 4 (today) followed by a 12:01 p.m. service with the Rev. Terrence E. Millbyer officiating, at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, 431 Main St., Phoenix, NY.

Charles E. Harris, owned and operated Harris Drywell in Oswego

Charles E. Harris, 88, of Seneca Hill, Oswego, died the morning of Friday Nov. 29 in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Syracuse.

Mr. Harris was born in Fulton the son of the late Charles and Ethel (Wells) Harris.

Mr. Harris owned and operated Harris Drywell in Oswego for many years until his retirement in 1997. He was predeceased by his daughter Suzanne Monroe in 1998, his brother Ward Harris, and his sister Evelyn Woodard.

He is survived by his wife Madalyn A. Harris of Seneca Hill, Oswego; his daughter Roxanne Falise of Colorado; son-in-law Phil Falise of Colorado; sisters Madalon Howland of Oswego and Charlotte Porter of Fulton; three grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.

A celebration of Mr. Harris’s life will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday Dec. 7 at Mimi’s in Fulton.

The arrangements are in the care of the Sugar & Scanlon Funeral Home 147 W. Fourth St., Oswego.

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