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September 22, 2018

Bemelman’s Festival Focus of Rotary Meeting


OSWEGO – Rick Sivers was a recent guest at Oswego Rotary to promote the upcoming Bemelman’s Festival, May 12 – 20.

 Pictured are: Rick Sivers and club president Danielle Hayden.


Pictured are: Rick Sivers and club president Danielle Hayden.

You ask what is a Bemelman? Ludwig Bemelman was the author of the “Madeline” series of books.

Bemelman was also a Private in the US Army and was stationed at Fort Ontario in 1917.

At the core of the festival will be Sivers’ new comedy, “My War with the United States” adapted from Bemelman’s own hilarious account of his exploits while stationed at Fort Ontario.

At the time, Fort Ontario was the largest Army hospital in the United States with the 19-year-old Bemelman serving as an orderly in hospital units and at other locations around the fort.

The Oswego Players’  production will be staged in the Frances Marion Brown Theater in the Oswego Civic Arts Center on May 13, 14, 20 and 21.

For additional information: Oswegoplayers.org or [email protected]

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