Local youth spin performance of ‘Charlotte’s Web’

Just two weeks from opening night, more than 30 children are rehearsing to bring the classic story of “Charlotte’s Web” to the stage at CNY Arts Center at the State Street Methodist Church in Fulton.

Performances are set for Aug. 16 to 18. The cast includes many children with no stage experience and multiple families involved in the action from the smallest gosling to the artistic staff.

“We are excited to work with these children,” said director Rebecca Fox. “It is great to have siblings together in the play that can help each other learn lines and find their place on stage. The lessons they learn from this experience will carry over into other aspects of their education as they develop stage presence and a sense of accomplishment being part of something bigger than their individual selves …even better to share it as a family.”

Fox, the daughter of Nancy Fox, executive director of CNY Arts Center, is visiting for a few months from Los Angeles, where she has pursued her acting career with appearances on “Glee,” “Mind of Mencia” and the reenactment TV series “I Didn’t Know I Was Pregnant,” among others.

The beloved tale is the classic E.B. White story of two friends and a barnyard full of animals who work together to keep Wilbur from the butcher’s block. Charlotte, a beautiful spider, spins words of glowing comment over the pig’s pen.

As onlookers gather and marvel at the miracle overhead, Wilbur is deemed too valuable for an ordinary outcome. The story is adapted for the stage by Joseph Robinette and presented by special arrangement with Dramatic Publishing.

“This extremely large cast has worked hard to grasp the demands and commitment necessary to bring this story to life on stage. It is a new experience for most of them, parents included,” Fox continues. “We are grateful for their commitment to faithfully bring the children to rehearsals all summer long, coach them to learn their lines and help pull props and costumes together. The end result will be a great memory for all of us.”

“Charlotte’s Web” will run for three performances only: 7 p.m. Aug 16, 2 p.m. Aug 17 and 2 p.m. Aug 18. Use the Park Street entrance. For tickets, reservations or more information, visit CNYArtsCenter.com or call 592-3373.

Linda Diane Pelkey: Supervisor at Carrier Corp.

Linda Diane Pelkey, 60, of Phoenix passed away Aug.

She was born in Lowville to her late parents, Flossie (Walker) and Bernard Bailey, Oct. 2, 1952.

She was a supervisor for Carrier Corp., Syracuse.

Linda was a member of the New Vision Spiritualistic Center. She was an avid gardener.

Besides her parents, she was predeceased by her brother, George “Slugger” Bailey in 1969.

Surviving are her loving husband of 23 years, Richard J. Pelkey; one son, Ronald (Lindsay) Theobald of Rochester; one stepdaughter, Kimberly Rudge of Minden, WV; one grandson, Maxwell Brayden; one sister, Sally Abare of Orlando, Fla.; one niece, Tammie Abare of Orlando, Fla.; several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services were Aug. 6 in the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home, Phoenix, with the Rev. Diane Bradshaw Kimpland officiating.

Burial will be at a later date at the convenience of the family.

Calling hours were Monday at the funeral home.

Contributions in Linda’s memory may be made to Hospice of Central New York, 990 Seventh North St., Liverpool, NY  13088, or visit hospicecny.org/donate.

Margaret J. Wilkinson: School cafeteria manager

Margaret J. Wilkinson, 85, of Phoenix passed away Aug. 2.

She was born in Fulton to her late parents, Margaret E. (Ludington) and Carl E. Morehouse, on Aug. 18, 1927.

Margaret was a cafeteria manager for Phoenix Central Schools. She completed 22 years of service.

Margaret spent most of her life in Phoenix. She belonged to the First Baptist Church;  Order of the Eastern Star, No. 172, Phoenix; Phoenix Fancy Hats; Phoenix Nutrition Site; Phoenix Senior Citizens; the OCVI, Oswego; and the Pioneer Horseshoe Club, Syracuse.

Margaret was predeceased by her husband of 58 years, Harlan F. “Harky” Wilkinson, on April 30, 2005, and her twin sister, Marjorie  J. Schenck, on Sept. 19, 2003.

Surviving are her children, David H. Wilkinson (Helen Mensinger) of Wayland, Dale A. (Sharon) Wilkinson of Pennellville, and Margaret R. (Rod) Sayles of Phoenix; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; one niece, one nephew.

Calling hours were Aug. 6 with a brief   OES No. 172 service at the Allanson-Glanville-Tappan Funeral Home. Phoenix.

Services will be 10 a.m. today, Aug. 7, at First Baptist Church, 16 county Route 57A, Phoenix, with Pastor J. Scott McElyea officiating. Burial will be in Greenlawn Cemetery, Warners Road, Warners.

Contributions in Margaret’s memory may be made to the Phoenix Area Food Pantry, 43 Bridge St., Phoenix, N.Y. 13135 or Friends of Oswego County Hospice, P.O. Box 102, Oswego, N.Y.  13126.

Jerry’s Journal

Editor’s note: Due to an editing error, a copy of an advertisement was left out of Saturday’s Jerry’s Journal. Below is the ad, along with information about it from Jerry. The Valley News regrets the omission. 

By Jerry Kasperek

Please note the accompanying advertisement. It’s where Mike and I bought our first car, a maroon, 1949 Plymouth two-door coupe. It was in 1954, and what a bargain: we paid $800 for it!

OP Jerry 8-3

Naomi Durfey: Always sent birthday cards

Naomi Durfey, 82, of Fulton, passed away Aug. 1 at Morningstar Residential Care Center in Oswego.

Naomi was born in Fulton, a daughter to the late Raymond and Anna Kerfien and she lived all her life in the Fulton-Volney area.

She had worked at Comstock Foods and Birdseye Foods before becoming a homemaker.

Naomi always sent birthday cards to her family and this is a tradition that will be dearly missed.

She was a member of the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church and active with the women’s groups. Naomi was an avid bingo player and a former member of the Mount Pleasant Grange.

She was predeceased by three daughters, Norma in 1960, Irene in 1972 and Betsy in 1998; two sons, George in 1967 and Lawrence in 2003; and by her husband, Steven A. Durfey, who died in 1994.

Naomi is survived by her daughter, Della (Scott) Daniels of Fulton; siblings, Dianna Reynolds of Tennessee, Alton Kerfien of Fulton, Sheila Schliecher of Fulton and Linda (Daniel) Jodway of North Carolina; seven grandchildren, 10 great grandchildren along with several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Calling hours were Aug. 4 at Foster Funeral Home, Fulton. Funeral services were Aug. 5 at Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church, Volney. Burial will be in Mount Pleasant Cemetery.

Contributions in memory of Naomi may be made to the Mount Pleasant United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 2996 county Route 45, Fulton, NY 13069.

OCO Community Service Center to host Mexico Farmers Market

Residents in Mexico and surrounding areas will have the opportunity to enjoy the goodness of fresh fruit and vegetables as Oswego County Opportunities’ Community Service Center, 5871 Scenic Ave., will host the Mexico Farmers Market.

An initiative of the Nutrition Collaboration of Oswego County, the Mexico Farmers Market will be held 4 to 7 p.m. today, Aug. 7.

According to Amy Roland, director of OCO Nutrition Services and a member of the Nutrition Collaboration, a variety of vendors will be offering a selection of in-season local produce. Nonprofits will display their services and Garafalo’s food truck will be on hand.

“We are excited to be bringing a Farmers Market to Mexico,” said Roland.  “The Nutrition Collaboration has been working on the concept of a farmers market in Mexico for more than year. Making fresh fruits and vegetables readily available fits nicely with the Nutrition Collaboration’s mission of promoting proper nutrition.

“The focus of the Nutrition Collaboration is to increase individuals’ knowledge of nutrition and educate them so that they may make informed decisions about proper nutrition for themselves and their families,
Roland continued.  “Our members work together to positively affect nutrition, wellness and hunger in Oswego County.”

The Mexico Farmers Market will promote local agriculture and the many types of produce and products that are grown and harvested in Oswego County.

In addition to the variety of vendors, the market will host food tasting and demonstrations during each market and the committee is currently planning on having entertainment on hand as well.

For more information on the Mexico Farmers Market or how to join the market as a vendor, contact Roland at 598-4712, ext. 1811.

Port City Roller Derby to host Black Diamond Dames

Port City Roller Derby, sporting a four-game winning streak, will look to keep the momentum rolling at its next home bout, Aug. 17, against the Black Diamond Dames’ Dolls of Destruction in Oswego’s Crisafulli Rink.

Doors will open at 5 p.m. with a 6 p.m. whistle for the fourth home bout in the league’s third season.

In its most recent competition, Port City’s Breakwall Bombshells traveled to Canada for a 245-160 win over a Kingston Derby Girls Disloyalists squad, ranked in the top 40 Canadian Travel/B teams.

Port City has never faced the Dolls of Destruction, comprised of skaters from Northern Pennsylvania and New York’s Southern Tier.

A portion of proceeds will support the Stuff A Bus program that helps children in Oswego County who need school supplies. Attendees are encouraged to bring new school supplies as well to bolster the effort.

Advance tickets, available from any league member, cost $10 for adults, $5 for children ages 5 to 12, with children 4 and under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the door but will cost $12 for adults. Attendees interested in trackside seating are encouraged to bring their own chairs.

Port City Roller Derby is produced by Oz Roller Girls Inc., a member-run nonprofit organization dedicated to athletic competition, empowerment and supporting its community.

The group always seeks skaters, referees and other volunteers for its adult (18 and over) and juniors (ages 10 to 17) teams, and will provide training.

For more information, visit www.portcityrollerderby.org or email portcityrd@gmail.com.

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