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Arts, Crafts, Kites Over Fort Ontario Festival

OSWEGO, NY – On Sept. 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Friends of Fort Ontario will host an Arts, Crafts, and Kite Festival on the spacious grounds outside the old fort.

AmeriCorps staffer Ian Mumpton will conduct 18th and 19th century children’s games and wooden musket drills while paranormal investigation groups staff tables and explain their activities.

Festival set at Fort Ontario

Festival set at Fort Ontario

There will also be food and beverages available for sale.

Grounds admission is free and normal admission fees to the fort will be charged.

The Friends of Fort Ontario are pleased to welcome back the kites and fliers of the New York Kite Enthusiasts (NYKE) including noted kite historian Thom Shanken.

These and other experts from all over the northeastern United States and southeastern Canada will provide advice to novice fliers and fill the sky with colorful kites of all shapes and sizes.

Bring your kite and take part in the public Rokkaku Kite Battle, the Running of the Bols, and the kids’ favorite Candy Drop.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in Oswego.

There is plenty of free parking at or around the fort.

No public vehicle access will be allowed to the overlook parking lot during the festival as a safety measure for kite fliers and children.

For more information on the festival or other events at the fort, email Paul.Lear@oprhp.state.ny.us

Families Make More Than Decorations at Granby’s Annual Make and Take Craft Night

Sydnie Harrington holds the Granby Gator pin she created at the annual Make It and Take It Craft Night at Granby Elementary School recently. The event, sponsored by the Granby Parent Teacher Group offered this craft to show school pride and was one of the most popular tables at the event.

Hard at work on the bell ornament at Granby Elementary School’s annual Make It and Take It Craft Night are Jeremiah Thompson and son Riley. More than 50 families participated in the craft night where they could create up to 10 different holiday-themed crafts and ornaments to take home. The annual event is a holiday tradition for many families and is sponsored by the Granby Parent Teacher Group.

Granby Elementary School recently held their annual Make It and Take It Craft Night at the school. The evening of fun and crafting was sponsored by the school’s parent/teacher group and enabled more than 50 families to attend and make memories with their children, along with many ornaments and decorations for the holidays.

Ten tables in the cafeteria were set up with different crafts including: a reindeer ornament that held reindeer food, a bell, a pipe cleaner wreath, beaded snowflake complete with artificial snow, pipe cleaner candy cane, present ornament, picture puzzle craft using a personal picture or photo, sparkle pipe cleaner star, Santa letter ornament and even a Granby Gator pin! Snacks and juice were also available to make the evening complete.

The make and take craft night has become a holiday tradition for many families in the school and each child attending went home with a shoe box full of homemade ornaments and crafts for the holidays, but more importantly each visitor left with a special memory spent with family and school friends that will last a lifetime.

Tie Dye Workshop at the Oswego Public Library

Submitted by the Oswego Public Library

The library will be offering a free Tie Dye workshop, August 12th, from 2:00-4:00 pm. The workshop will be taught by local artist, Daniel Leo.

The program will be held in the community room as well as outside of the library where we will use the dyes.

We ask participants to bring an item to dye, any piece of material as long as the item is practical and appropriate. (t-shirts, scarves, socks, pillow cases, baby items, etc.) Materials must be 100% cotton, silk, rayon, linen. (Items with a small amount spandex is acceptable)

Please contact the library at 341-5867 if you have any questions about this event.

Oswego Alliance to Hold Community Craft Day

Pictured are Judy Smith, with Pesto Spaghetti, a meal in a jar and Joanne Choate with the snowman decoration that she will be demonstrating and teaching at the Oswego Alliance Church “Make a Craft” day to be held Saturday, October 24.

Pictured are Judy Smith, with Pesto Spaghetti, a meal in a jar and Joanne Choate with the snowman decoration that she will be demonstrating and teaching at the Oswego Alliance Church “Make a Craft” day to be held Saturday, October 24.

Oswego Alliance Church holds it’s annual “Make a Craft” day on Saturday, October 24.

This year at the craft day there are seventeen different booths that can be visited. There will be many new gifts to choose from including a pine cone centerpiece, an advent calendar, Chai tea cup with white chocolate spoons, and a holiday pin. Some gifts that will be returning are glimmering gift blocks, a county snowman, and therapeutic corn bags. There will even be a booth where you can have French braids done. All crafts are designed for ages 7 to adult, and there is a slight fee to cover the cost of materials. As well as your completed craft item, you will also receive a set of directions so you will be able to make more at home.

Each craft should take an hour or less to complete and you may come at any time during the day and do as many crafts as you like. There will be many door prizes with a grand prize of a beautiful hand made quilt. Refreshments and lunch are available. Come and join us October 24, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Oswego Alliance Church on Thompson Road. For more information contact the church office at 342-5493.

Cooperative Extension Hosts Strip Stocking Class

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County will be hosting a Strip Stocking class on Tuesday, December 9 from 6:30 to 9:00 pm.  This project is quick for the experienced, but simple enough for beginners as the assorted scrap strips are stitched together in a couple of hours.  This project is a wonderful last minute gift for someone else or just a personal treat.  This hands-on program is open to adults and middle school aged youth and older.  An adult must accompany youth.  The program is held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County office at 3288 Main Street in the village of Mexico.

Pre-registration is required and due by Friday, December 5. There is an $8.00 fee per person for this program.  To register for this class and to receive a detailed list of supply needs, please call the 4-H Office at 963-7286, ext. 401.

Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

Wreaths for Wildlife

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The holiday decorating season is here, but not everyone remembers the feathered and furred friends around their homes during the preparations.  Well, it’s not too late to get started by attending the Wreaths for Wildlife Program at the Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center on Sunday, December 7 at 2:00 pm.  Participants will be constructing beautiful outdoor holiday evergreen wreaths that contain nutritious treats for cardinals, woodpeckers, squirrels and other wildlife.

The program will be hosted by the Center’s Environmental Educator, Pat Carney.  Mrs. Carney will be teaching adults and youth accompanied by a parent how to make these decorative and useful wildlife wreaths.  Carney will also give insights on how to attract different bird species by the type of food provided.  For example, suet attracts woodpeckers, cardinals favor sunflower seeds and squirrels are interested in everything.

There is a $6.00 program fee per wreath for this indoor, family oriented program.  A person attending the program but not constructing a wreath is requested to pay a $3.00 program fee.  Heavy pliers or needle nose pliers and a hammer will be needed.  Garden gloves are recommended.

Pre-registration is requested.  Space is limited for this program.  Please call Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County 4-H Youth Development Program, 963-7286 ext 401 to register for this wonderful program.  Amboy 4-H Environmental Education Center is located on State Route 183, between Routes 13 and 69 in Amboy, Oswego County.  Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County provides equal program and employment opportunities.  Please contact the office if you have any special needs.

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