Councilors Consider Warm-Weather Events

OSWEGO, NY – On one of the coldest nights of the year, the Common Council committees were looking ahead to summer events.

The Physical Services Committee gave a favorable recommendation to a request by John Deary, representing the Oswego Lions Club, for use of Veterans’ Memorial Park for the Lions’ annual Rivers Edge Craft Show on June 9.

The hours of the event would be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Last year, the event was held in the Bridie Square area. However, it was so successful, they are looking for a larger space, Deary explained.

The vendors were given surveys to fill out. “When we reviewed those, everything on each one of those was nothing but positive,” he told the committee. “We’d like to do it this year along Veterans’ Park; the reason for that is we need more space.”

Councilor Mike Myers pointed out that having a larger space would mean more vendors and more sales over all.

It’s not just the sales, Deary noted.

“Our whole vision of this is to promote what we have to offer in the community,” he said. “It’s to give the people of the city of Oswego something else to do.”

Councilor Shawn Walker agreed saying it was great idea to bring more people into Oswego to see what the Port City has to offer.

“Maybe somebody else will jump on board and do something else down there,” he said.

Established in 1917, Lions International consists of 45,000 Lions clubs worldwide with a membership of 1.4 million volunteers. Their mission is to support ongoing programs and services throughout the Oswego community for the visually and hearing impaired.

The Oswego Lions Club presents “Roar with Laughter” with headline comedian Jamie Lissow and warmup Shaun Murphy on February 1 at the American Foundry. Doors will open at 7 p.m.; show begins at 8 p.m.

Tickets will be available at the door the night of the event, or can be purchased prior to the show at: Cakes Galore and More, Oswego Auto Parts, Inc., DeVine Designs by Gail in Fulton for $12.

Mayor Tom Gillen received correspondence from Harbor Festivals requesting use of various areas of public space and waiver of fees, for the July 2013 event.

Among the things listed in their request are: the city bandstand at West Park, Breitbeck Park and the adjacent baseball field and parking areas, Franklin Square Park, Washington Square Park, use of the McCrobie Building, the Oswego river walks and various parking areas.

Councilor Fran Enwright said he didn’t have a problem with any of the sites, except the parking area near the Coast Guard station. That was taken out of the resolution so it could be discussed separately.

Also taken out was a request to use the Midtown Parking Garage, which the city no longer owns.

The Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce requested a parade permit for 2013 Independence Day Parade (50th), closure of Bridge Street and side streets on July 7; waiving of hawking and peddling ordinance, use of city bandstand; and use of Breitbeck Park on July 6 and 7.

Again, the parade will start at the high school, head north on Liberty Street and then east on Bridge Street and then north on East Seventh Street, ending at Fort Ontario.

They would also like to use Breitbeck Park on July 6 and 7 for a carnival, to celebrate its 50th anniversary, according to Beth Hilton, executive director of the chamber.

“The plan is for Saturday and Sunday, there would be just a small carnival, along the lines of the size of what we do for Pumpkin Fest. Nothing on a huge scale, but something a little extra special to commemorate the 50th anniversary.”

The parade would begin at 1 p.m. and the fireworks at 9:45 p.m. over the harbor.

The mayor also received a request from the chamber requesting use of the Veterans’ Memorial Park at RiverWalk West, as the venue for its summer concert Series on June 18, July 16 and August 20 from 7 – 9 p.m.

The concerts are open to the public.

The chamber also requested use of public space, city bandstand, and street closure for the Oswego Farmers’ Market, May 23 through October 10. And, they asked to use East Park for the annual Pumpkin Fest on October 5 and 6 as well as use of the city bandstand for 2013 Fulton Jazz Fest August 9 and 10.

At its meeting Tuesday night, the Administrative Services Committee recommended authorizing the mayor to sign the agreement with the Greater Oswego-Fulton Chamber of Commerce for its 2013 events.

They are requesting a total of $23,500.

Independence Day Parade: $12,375
A total of $8,000 will be put toward the fireworks. The rest will be used for the bands that participate. Sponsorships are no longer available from private or public sources. Without these additional funds, it will be difficult to maintain the event, the chamber director said.

Veterans’ Stage Concerts: $3,000
These funds will be used to book concerts and advertising for the concerts. Band costs and advertising expenses have increased substantially, the chamber director said.

Pumpkin Fest: $2,750
These funds are being used to offset some of the expense of tenting the event.

Taste of Oswego: $2,375
These funds are being used to offset some of the expense of tenting the event.

Project Bloom: $3,000
These funds are being used to offset landscaping expenses for the maintenance and supplies for the planters and parks.

Farmers’ Market:  $2,375
These funds will offset some of the entertainment and advertising costs of this event and make it an award-winning, state recognized farmers’ market.

The committees gave the requests favorable recommendations and sent them to the full council for consideration.