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Trinity Catholic School Sponsors Interactive Dinner Theater

OSWEGO, NY – Trinity Catholic School will be hosting Death in the Ivy Halls, an interactive murder mystery musical comedy dinner theater, on Friday, May 20, at the Oswego Elks Club.

The fun begins with a cocktail hour at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the show starting at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $50 per person and may be obtained at Canale’s Restaurant, Rudy’s Lakeside Drive-In, or at the school.

Tables may be reserved by large groups or corporate sponsors – call the school at 343-6700 to reserve your group’s table.

Death in the Ivy Halls will be performed by Private Eyes Unlimited, a professional theater group based in Seneca Falls.

Their unique blend of music, comedy and interactive “whodunnit” murder mysteries have won rave reviews from audiences throughout Upstate New York.

Death in the Ivy Halls is an interactive musical comedy with live music.

The audience is invited to join in the fun and even take the part of a character if they desire.

Suspicious characters will mingle with you during the cocktail hour.

Just when you think you’ve found out who the characters are and how they relate to each other, someone you’ve just met “dies!”

A detective (possibly a defective detective) leads the investigation, but the audience determines who the killer is.

During dinner, all the suspicious characters mingle about, joining you at your table. The action is fast and furious and the jokes fly non-stop.

The suspense is unbearable, and so are some of the jokes.

All proceeds from the show will help to support Trinity Catholic School.

Trinity Catholic, located at 115 E. Fifth St., serves students in pre-school through grade six.

For more information about the school or about the dinner theater, please call the school at 343-6700, e-mail Principal Joseph Lazarski at jlazarski@syrdiocese.org, or visit www.oswegotrinitycatholic.org

Salvation Army Guest Chef Dinner Set Wednesday

OSWEGO, NY – The next Salvation Army Guest Chef dinner will feature Minetto United Methodist Church members serving up a turkey dinner with all the fixings.

It will be held at the Salvation Army’s newly renovated building, 73 W. Second St.

The hours will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

The cost of the dinners is $8.50 for adults, $5 for kids and kids under 5 free.

Friends And Sweetheart Dinner Planned

NEW HAVEN, NY – Community Alliance Church located at 4175 State Route 104 will hold its annual “Friends and Sweetheart” dinner on Feb. 19 at the church.

The time will be from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m.

This year’s entertainment will be: “The Unusual Suspects” Quartet with “Battle of the Sexes Pictionary” to follow.

Menu choices are: chicken cordon blue or lasagna.

Ticket prices are $20 per person or $40 per couple.

To purchase tickets contact Frank Whiting at 963 – 0639 or Pastor Rick Sheets at 963-1467.

There will be door prizes given out throughout night.

Bring your friend or sweetheart and another set of friends for an evening of fellowship, laughter and good food by Aunt Mary’s.

Salvation Army Mystery Chefs To Prepare Dinner

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Salvation Army is hosting the final Guest Chef Dinner of the year on Dec. 1 from 4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

The Army’s famous “Roast Beef Dinner” will be served by the Mystery Chefs behind the Salvation Army curtain.

Mystery chefs to prepare meal

Mystery chefs to prepare meal

The public is invited to take a break from holiday shopping to meet the Mystery Chefs and to sit down and enjoy a delicious meal at the newly renovated Army facility at 73 W. Second St.

Take-out meals are also available for diners’ convenience.

The Mystery Chefs are “seen” behind their assistants: Paul Santore, newly elected advisory board chair; Queenie O’Neil Sands, advisory board member; and Captain Ken Hayes and Major Corrine Hayes.

The dinner event has become a popular fund-raising effort for the community and Army volunteers.

Each year, a special roast beef dinner is served.

The funds help support the operations of the local Citidal.

“This year the need is great.” noted Santore.

Dinner tickets are $8.50 each, $5 for ages 6-12 and children under 5 years old are free.

For more information contact the Salvation Army office at 343.6491.

Sold-Out Crowd Enjoys County Flavors At Harvest Dinner

There wasn't a vacant seat to be found at The American Foundry on Friday night.

There wasn't a vacant seat to be found at The American Foundry on Friday night.

By Samuel Weisman, Contributing Writer

OSWEGO, NY – A sold out crowd at The American Foundry enjoyed dinner made by some of Oswego’s finest chefs Friday evening.

The guests and chefs were part of the First Harvest Dinner, a celebration of local agriculture with more than 90 farms around Oswego County donating produce which has been freshly harvested. The dinner was a smash hit among guests who had the opportunity to try some exotic dishes such as roast elk with butternut squash and cranberry barbeque sauce and desserts like stuffed lady apples with amarena cheese.

The event sold out last week and with the overwhelmingly positive feedback the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County hopes to make it into a bigger and more delicious tradition in the future.

Check back later for more details.

Dinner Highlights The Flavor Of Oswego County

OSWEGO, NY – It’s like Thanksgiving – but, with a distinctly Oswego County flavor.

A cornucopia of locally grown products will be on the menu Friday for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County’s first ever Harvest Dinner.

The feast will be held at The American Foundry.

The Flavor Of Oswego County

The Flavor Of Oswego County

“It’s been done elsewhere. We decided to incorporate it into our fall harvest season,” explained ,” Valerie Walthert, agricultural economic specialist at Cornell Cooperative Extension of Oswego County.

Three Oswego chefs will create culinary delights freshly harvested fruit, meats and vegetables grown within Oswego County, Walthert said.

Taking part will be Chef Raymond Jock from La Parrilla, Chef Shawna Gallton from Kristi’s Restaurant and Chef Emil Nymander from The American Foundry.

“It wasn’t hard at all to get everyone onboard. They were all very happy to do something different and help the community as well,” she said. “All the chefs are in tune with what we want to do and will add their own special flavors to the event.”

She hopes to have more chefs involved next year.

“We have a great agricultural community in Oswego County. It’s their event. We’re showcasing foods that are very fresh – right out of the fields. Agriculture in this county generates $31.5 million in annual revenue. It is very important to the local economy,” Walthert said. “I was thrilled with the response I got. Everybody is excited about doing this.”

The funds raised will go toward the cost of the event and then to help continue the educational programs at Cooperative Extension.

“I hope this really takes off and becomes an annual event,” she said. “I hope it continues to grow over the years.”

The menu includes things like beef, pork, elk, potatoes, leeks, cabbage, carrots, onions, honey, apples, and dairy products.

“We tried to run the entire gamut of local products,” she explained. “Agriculture is still a big part of Oswego County.”

Farmers are unique, she said.

“When farmers do business in an area, they utilize all the services there. They hire local labor and buy products in their community. And, consumers in the community buy the farmers’ goods,” she said.

Farms are very vital to their communities and also tie into tourism, she added.

“Mucks, for instance, are a curiosity. Only a few places have them; we have the only cranberry farm in New York State. We’re very unique. People who don’t have orchards in their backyards come to this area in the fall to get their apples,” she pointed out. And when people visit a farm, they also frequent other area businesses, she added.

Julie Powell, author of the critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling memoir, “Julie & Julia: My Year of Cooking Dangerously,” will be the guest speaker Friday evening.

There will also be a gift basket auction. Proceeds will go to support Cooperative Extension’s educational programming throughout Oswego County.

The doors open at 6:15 p.m. There was close to 200 people already signed up as of last week.

To see if any tickets remain or for more information, call 963-7286 or email vsw2@cornell.edu or kmm@cornell.edu

Disco Fever Mystery Dinner To Benefit Parents Of Special Children

OSWEGO, NY – Last chance to boogie down in your disco digs for a great cause as the seats at the “Murder at Studio 45” Murder Mystery Musical Comedy presented by Private Eyes Entertainment are filling up.

The event “to die for” will take place Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. at the Bride Manor and will include door prizes, raffles, dinner and entertainment.

Tickets are $30 per person and include, dinner, tax, gratuity and show.

Tickets can be purchased at Flowers By Mr. John, the Bride Manor or by contacting Parents of Special Children Inc.

For the third year, the successful event will benefit the 22-year-old not-for-profit community agency that provides supportive services to families raising children and adults with disabilities.

Services include respite care, caregiver reimbursement, assistance with special requests, advocacy and recently the agency has organized and been host to a local group of parents of children with Autism called Connections.

The agency is supported by the New York State Office of Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities.

For more information about this event or the agency, call 598-7672.

October Salvation Army Guest Chef Dinner Features Vona’s Restaurant

OSWEGO, NY – The Oswego Salvation Army will be hosting the next Guest Chef Dinner on Oct. 13, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the newly refurbish Citadel at 73 W. Second St.

Salvation Army to host Guest Chef Dinner

Salvation Army to host Guest Chef Dinner

“We are so please to have Vona’s Restaurant as the featured restaurant this month. They are a generous business and have supported the local Army in the past,” noted advisory board chair Barbara Bateman.

Pictured from left are Mercedes Niess, Salvation Army Advisory Board member; Melanie Groff, Lesa Peterson and owner Joey Occhino from Vona’s Restaurant; and Barbara Bateman and Paul Santore, Salvation Army Advisory Board members.

Funds raised at the dinner support the I Believe Campaign Building Fund.

The dinner features Vona’s delicious lagsagna.

Also included will be salad, Italian bread, beverages and dessert.

The public is invited and dinners are available for take-out as well.

Dinners are $8.50 for adults, $4 for children and under 5 are free.

Call the Salvation Army at 343-6491 if you have questions or to place a take-out order.

Church Holds Friends And Sweetheart Dinner

NEW HAVEN, NY – The Community Alliance Church of New Haven held its annual “Friends and Sweetheart Dinner” on Feb. 20.

The evening was full of fellowship, food and great entertainment.

Gary Croniser II performs at Community Alliance Church.

Gary Croniser II performs at Community Alliance Church.

G2C, otherwise known as Gary Croniser II, shared in dinner and fellowship before sharing the Gospel message through humor, illusions and the “great rope of New Haven.”

Audience participation was key in the delivering of his message and the show’s success.

Croniser began studying the art of illusion when he was eight years old. After entertaining family and friends for years, he had his first professional show at the age of 13.

He has been performing since 1994 at fundraisers, variety shows, schools, libraries, business functions, churches and youth camps.

Community Alliance had its highest attendance this year and has already started planning for next year.

Community Alliance of New Haven is located at 4175 State Route 104 and invites you to join them for a Sunday service at 10:45 a.m., small group Bible studies on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, and the AWANA youth program on Sundays at 5:30 p.m.

If you would like more information, you can contact Pastor Rick Sheets at 963-1467 or pastorrick@truevine.net

Minetto Thanksgiving Feast Successful

Sarah Dahar and her mother, Mitzi Dahar, enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner at the Minetto Elementary School during the recent celebration.

Sarah Dahar and her mother, Mitzi Dahar, enjoy their Thanksgiving dinner at the Minetto Elementary School during the recent celebration.

MINETTO, NY – A Thanksgiving dinner was recently held at Minetto Elementary School for students and families.

The Minetto Home and School Association worked with Dennis Jerome the director of the Oswego School Lunch Program to serve 280 parents as well as the entire student body.

Principal Dean Goewey serves some turkey to Sue May, Dan May and their son, James May.

Minetto Thanksgiving Feast

Minetto Thanksgiving Feast

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