Membership Monday

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Business Committee – Fulton (Tomorrow) 
Tuesday, August 9th
Cayuga Community College, Room F201
Speaker: Joe Fiumara from Fulton Community Development
Joe will give us an update on Lake Neatahwanta and the progress they are making
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Fulton Project Bloom Perc Club
Friday, August 26th
Downtown Gazebo on South First Street
Fulton NY
Stop down and thank our sponsors and participants for helping us beautify our downtown.
Refreshments will be served.
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It’s Coming! Oswego YMCA Dragon Boat Festival is August 19th and 20th. Teams are still being accepted.

Join us for the 5th Annual Oswego YMCA Dragon Boat Festival, Friday August 19th and Saturday August 20th 2016, overlooking beautiful Lake Ontario at Breitbeck Park in Oswego, NY.

The Oswego YMCA has partnered again with 22 Dragons from Montreal, Canada to bring dragon boat racing to Oswego. Community, corporate, and student teams will race 40 foot long authentic Hong Kong-style dragon boats along a 200 meter course in the Oswego Harbor,

The festivities will start Friday night with the ‘Awakening of the Dragon’ Opening Ceremonies followed by the Heroes Challenge starting at 5pm. After Military, Police, Fire, and EMS teams race in the Heroes Challenge there will be a 15 minute Fireworks show over Lake Ontario. Main event team racing will start at 9am Saturday morning and will run well into the afternoon. This is a spectator friendly event and you are encouraged to come out and support all of the teams and enjoy the festivities.

The Festival is a fundraiser for the Oswego YMCA. Money raised from this festival provides access to youth, families and seniors in the Oswego County community to YMCA programs such as Y Day Camp, SACC-School Age Child Care, swim lessons, membership, senior programming and more. In 2015 the Oswego YMCA provided $63,000 in program scholarships.

Teams are still being accepted. All skill levels and physiques can paddle, making it the ultimate team building sport, requiring synchronicity and finesse, more than power to win.Team categories include: Corporate, Community, and Student. Each team has 21 members. Teams are given 1 practice session the week leading up to the event. Additional practices are available for teams that reach specific fundraising goals.

There will be food and beverages available in the park with the support of Jimmie James BBQ including a Chicken BBQ fundraiser Friday night. Tickets for the BBQ can be purchased at the Oswego YMCA.

For more information regarding the Oswego YMCA Dragon Boat Festival, how to enter a new team, and to download a boat registration form visit www.oswegoymcadragonboatfestival.com

Photo credit Meem Andritsakis


New Horizons Chorus Brings Sweet Harmonies to The Gardens

– The Gardens Assisted Living Community in Oswego recently welcomed one of the area’s best kept musical secrets….The Oswego County Chapter New Horizons Chorus.  Part of New Horizons International Music Association the Oswego Chapter boasts a chorus of 45 members as well as a band and a full orchestra.

Established at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester the New Horizons Music program was designed to provide adults age 55 and over the opportunity to make music.  “Many of our members enjoyed playing and singing in school bands and choruses but never had the chance to continue making music with others.  New Horizons gives them a chance to once again experience the joy of making music with a group.  New Horizons also welcomes adults that have never been involved with music and allows them the opportunity to learn an instrument or discover that they do have a talent for singing,” said Assistant Director of the New Horizons Chorus Susan Comerford.

“Research as has shown that the challenge of learning music is an ideal form of exercise for our brains,” continued Comerford.  “Participation in New Horizons also offers the opportunity to forge new friendships and gives our members events to look forward to.”

New Horizons chorus, band, and orchestra has performed throughout Oswego County at a variety of venues including adult residences, nursing homes, retirement banquets, church festivals, and Oswego’s Harborfest.  “We love to share our music and are happy to entertain any group or organization that would like to host us.  Our performances are free of charge, but we do accept donations,” added New Horizons member Jeanette Heath.

“The New Horizons chorus is a great addition to our entertainment schedule,” said Jill Little, activities director at The Gardens.  “We offer our residents a wide variety of entertainment and activities but this was the first time we’ve hosted a group of this size.  Our residents enjoyed the performance and are looking forward to the groups return.”

Heath added that the New Horizons Chorus practices Tuesday mornings and the New Horizons Band and Orchestra practices Wednesday mornings at the United Methodist Church, 2433 County Route 8 in Minetto.  “All are welcome.  Stop in and find out how you can become a member of New Horizons!” said Heath.

Located at 132 Ellen Street in Oswego, The Gardens is a 106-bed assisted living community that provides an active living community and promotes independence while offering the support services necessary to assist individuals with health care need 24 –hours a day, seven days a week.  For more information, visit www.thegardensbymorningstar.com.

The Gardens Assisted Living Community recently hosted the Oswego County Chapter of New Horizons Chorus.  The 45-member group entertained The Gardens’ residents with a variety of songs based on its theme of “Sing for Our Supper.”  The New Horizons performance was one of the many activities and live entertainment that The Garden’s provides for its residents.  Seated above from left are James Howard, Mary Beth Cerklewich, Santa Miller, and Charles Miller. Standing from left are New Horizons members Frank Bickel, Assistant Director and Mistress of Merriment Susan Comerford, Gloria Bickel, Jeanette Heath, Dick Wheeler, and Al Downs.


Family Building Boat Workshop Offered
The H. Lee White Maritime Museum is partnering with the Department of Technology at SUNY Oswego and Raby’s ACE Home Center to offer a Boat Building Weekend in Oswego’s “Historic Maritime District”.

On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, August 12, 13 & 14, you and your family can join in an instructional, hands-on program that culminates in a completed boat for your family’s use.

This is our eleventh year offering this unique opportunity and there are four styles of boats to choose from. All materials are provided, but a limited number of kits are available. Compared to other boat building programs in the Northeast, this workshop is made more affordable thanks to the generous support of Raby’s ACE Home Center.

At least one responsible adult, parent or guardian over the age of 18 years, must be included in each family or group and there is an age minimum of 9 years old for the children due to the skills needed to complete the project. All participants must be prepared to work the entire workshop. Groups of at least two members are requested.

You must register as soon as possible and pre-payment is required. Space is limited, so participation will be on a first registered and paid basis.

Contact the H. Lee White Maritime Museum at 342-0480 for more information, or visit www.hlwmm.org.

Star Power Comes To Oswego Players’ Stage
The husband and wife team of Bob and Cathleen O’Brien Brown will take to the stage of the Frances Marion Brown Theater in the Oswego Civic Arts Center as the leads Don Quixote and Aldonza in the Oswego Players’ upcoming production of “Man of La Mancha.” The play is being directed by Inez Parker with musical direction by Abel Searor. Choreography is by Laurel Artz.

This will be Bob Brown’s first appearance with the Players. An international performer, he has been seen in roles as far away as Singapore. A 40 year veteran of the stage, he has sung lead roles in “I Do! I Do!,” “Camelot,” “Funny Girl,” “1776,” “Man of La Mancha” and numerous others. He is perhaps best known locally for his long-running role as Jesus in “Jesus Christ Superstar.” A well-known local radio personality he can be heard on Dinosaur 94.1 Monday through Saturday from 3-7 pm. He is the recipient of two Clio awards, was inducted in the Syracuse Area Live Theater Hall of Fame and is a SALT Lifetime Achievement winner.

Cathleen O’Brien Brown returns to the Players’ stage after a successful run as Mama Rose in “Gypsy” in 2014. She has appeared all over the world singing roles in “Camelot,” “Titanic,” The Sound of Music” listing some of her favorite roles in “Ragtime,” “Spamalot,” and “Company.” She is a multiple SALT Award winner appearing with numerous Central New York theater companies. She has also directed her husband in “Fiddler on the Roof” for the Salt City Center for the Performing Arts.

“Man of La Mancha” will be presented in the Frances Marion Brown Theater on Friday and Saturdays, Aug. 12, 13, 19 and 20 at 8 pm and Sunday, Aug. 21 at 2 pm. For ticket reservations, contact the Players’ box office at 343-5138.

“Man of La Mancha” is funded by CNYArts and is presented under special arrangements with Tams-Witmark Music Theater Library.

Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward has proclaimed the Fulton Jazz Festival, (FJF), Aug. 12-13, “Fulton Jazz Weekend, ” said event co-chair, Joe Cortini. In addition, the City of Fulton and the Tobacco Free Network of Central New York have partnered with the event to make it a “tobacco free” festival. The event is on the shore of Lake Neahtahwanta, behind the Fulton War Memorial on Route 3 and admission is free.
“New Orleans Cajun cuisine will be back this year from Blue Moon Grill,” Cortini said. “More traditional fare will be offered by Upper Landings and Kathy’s Cakes and Specialty Treats. So you can get whatever you’re craving— spicy or sweet—to go with the great lineup of performers we have on tap.
“The big bands are back this year surrounding headliner Jumaane Smith, lead trumpeter for internationally famous vocalist Michael Buble, who will be appearing Saturday night. In fact, during those two days, there will be more than 60 musicians from all across America in six different groups performing on the Fulton Savings Bank Stage.”
The lineup is as follows:
Friday, August 12
5:00 p.m. Salt City Jazz Collective
6:30 Longwood Jazz Project
8:30 Atlas
Saturday, August 13
4:00 p.m. FreeFall Jazz Orchestra
6:00 Headliner Jumaane Smith featuring Carmen Intorre on drums
8:00 Classified
For more information about the festival, call or text Cortini at (315) 760-5299, or [email protected] The event is also on Facebook under “Fulton Jazz Festival.”

Fulton Mayor Ronald Woodward has proclaimed the Fulton Jazz Festival, (FJF), Aug. 12-13, “Fulton Jazz Weekend, ” said event co-chair, Joe Cortini. In addition, the City of Fulton and the Tobacco Free Network of Central New York have partnered with the event to make it a “tobacco free” festival. Joining the mayor for the proclamation are, from left: Tony and Jan Rebeor, FJF committee; Bill Hubel, FJF co-chair; Mark Woodworth, recreation supervisor, Fulton Parks and Recreation; Woodward; Joe Cortini, FJF co-chair; Beth Dice, FJF committee; and Barry Ostrander, superintendent, Fulton Parks and Recreation.
Bridge Walk for Fun and Arts
CNY Arts Center joins Jazz Fest weekend with the 5th annual Arts Fest offering multiple art experiences around Fulton, August 12-14 including a Fun Walk around the city bridges to support the Arts along with arts and crafts vendors and theatre performances of Pollyanna at night.
The weekend begins with the family friendly summer musical Pollyanna running Friday night at 8pm at the Arts Center at 11 River Glen Dr. on the Cayuga College fulton campus.
Saturday art events take place at the Fulton Community Center Ice Rink where arts and crafts vendors will exhibit their handmade art from 10am to 7pm. Visitors who visit each booth and submit a completed “Artist Passport” will be entered to win a weekend stay at Chase Lake Lodge located in the Adirondacks, courtesy of McClellan Paint Company.
The Tale of Two Bridges Fun Walk will take-off from the Ice Rink Saturday at 10am. Individuals and teams of walkers who raise pledges will compete for prizes as they walk from the War Memorial to downtown, around both bridges and back to the Community Center Ice Rink. Prizes will be awarded for The Largest Community Group, Most Funds Raised (Individual & Group), Best Team Spirit, and Most Artistic/ Creative (Individual & Group). Fun is the theme for this event and prizes will be awarded at 1pm.
Food will be available from Tavern on the Lock and Treat Me Sweet desserts for shoppers until 3pm. Home Depot will host a children’s work station from 3-5pm for families to enjoy a woodworking project. At 5pm, Jazz Fest reopens with food and festivities that last into the night while Pollyanna lights up the stage at the Arts Center at 8pm again.
Festivities conclude Sunday with a 3pm matinee of Pollyanna and an art show and silent auction at the Arts Center for paintings of historical Fulton featured onstage during the musical.
“We’re celebrating our 5th anniversary in a big way by bringing these art events together in one weekend,” said Executive Director, Nancy Fox “pooling our efforts and our volunteers into one unforgettable weekend. We hope the community will come out to support the arts. With art activities from music to stage performances to local, handmade original arts and crafts, to the simple fun of walking the bridges, Fulton is the place to be that weekend.”

Teams or individuals interested in the Fun Walk can find more information and registration forms at www.CNYArtsCenter.com or call 315-598-ARTS (2787). Volunteers who would like to help can call or email [email protected]

The Children’s Museum of Oswego (CMOO) is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a $250,000 grant from the Shineman Foundation for the Build, Play, Grow Campaign. The funding will be used for the design, fabrication and installation of one of CMOO’s planned signature exhibits, the Cloud Climber. The climbing exhibit will span two floors, encourage active play and physical exercise as well as allow children to explore what it might be like to climb inside a cloud and learn about our region’s unique weather patterns. Visitors will also be able to climb down to overlook the first floor and control various aspects of weather, such as wind, which will give power to sail boats being built by children at the water table on the first floor.

“This grant is a tremendous stepping stone as we create continued momentum for our Build, Play, Grow Campaign,” stated Jillian Shaver, Executive Director of CMOO. “We are grateful for the commitment of the Shineman Foundation to invest in our children and our community”.

To date, the museum has raised $730,830.00, over 60 percent of its Celebration Goal of $1.2 million. The Build, Play, Grow Campaign stems from the museum’s strategic plan to expand exhibits and provide year-round learning and recreational opportunities for the benefit of children, families, educators and caregivers.
“The Shineman Foundation believes this is a wonderful opportunity for our community and we’re excited to support the museum as it develops opportunities for our children,” said Karen Goetz, Executive Director of the Shineman Foundation. “Together, we can significantly enhance the quality of life and educational opportunities for families in Oswego and the surrounding area. We hope the whole community rallies behind CMOO.”
The museum will host “Cocktails & Conversation” at its 7 West Bridge Street location on August 15 at 5:30 PM, August 23 at 7:00 PM, August 28 2:00 PM and September 8 at 6:00 PM. All are invited to attend to learn more about CMOO’s Build, Play, Grow Campaign. Please RSVP to [email protected] indicating the date you will attend.

Theatre Du Jour calling “all thespians” for their Murder Mystery Halloween Offering!

Director Sherri Metz will present “A Party to Murder” by Marcia Kash & Douglas E. Hughes in October and she needs a murderous dose of local talent! Three men and three women are called for for the show The Oxford Press says is “Enough to turn Dame Agatha green with envy.”!

Six people have come in secret on Halloween to play a murder mystery game at a rustic island cottage. Invited by writer Charles Prince, they appear set for a weekend of fun until ghosts from the past begin to haunt the proceedings and it becomes clear that all is not as it seems. The game takes on a sinister dimension when guests begin to die and the remaining players realize that they are playing for their lives. Tension rises. Secret passageways, incriminating letters, hidden compartments, bodies in the window seat and a twenty five year old unsolved mystery twist and turn toward the unexpected and terrifying conclusion.

Character Descriptions:
KONRAD/CHARLES – a successful mystery novelist; English, 40s to 50s; urbane, intelligent, well bred; the ultimate host.

ERNIE/WILLY – former football player; big, friendly, gregarious, good sense of humour; around 40.

EVELYN/MCKENZIE – fashion model, late 20s; witty, extroverted, with a tough exterior; Elwood’s girlfriend.

MRS. MCKNIGHT/VALERIE – early to mid-40s; Henri’s older sister; smart, savvy, used to getting her own way; very well turned out.

O’KARMA/HENRI (pronounced “Henry”) – late 20s, Valerie’s younger sister; shy, easily intimidated, dresses conservatively.

FATHER GERRY MERRYWEATHER/ELWOOD – mid-50s, corporate CEO type; confident, friendly, powerful, and he knows it.

Auditions are happening on Monday & Tuesday, August 8 & 9 at the Art Loft at 169 W 1st Street from 6-9.
Please be prepared to read from the script. The production will run in October as part of the Quality Inn & Suites Theatre Series, the Eis House Theatre Series and The Barnes Hiscock Theatre Series! Log on to dujourcny.comfor more info and ticket info!

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