OSWEGO, NY – Organizers say this is going to be “the biggest and hottest Warm Up Oswego Festival ever!”
It’s so hot in fact, that it has been listed on the I Love NY website this year – http://www.iloveny.com/What-To-Do/Events/Warm-Up-Oswego-Festival/13999.aspx
The 2011 edition of Warm Up Oswego boasts more than 35 vendors in the Oswego YMCA Armory, 265 W. First St., on Saturday, according to Mary Vanouse, community development director.
“We’re launching Warm Up on Friday night with a special dance at the McCrobie Building for kids of all ages,” she said. “The fun starts at 7 p.m. when the Contra dancers give a little tutoring on how to do these dances – Virginia Reels and square and circle dances. It’s going to be a lot of fun! Everyone will get their hearts pumping with this kind of country and old time bluegrass American music.”
The official kickoff for the festival will take place on Saturday at noon in front of the YMCA Armory.
At 12:10 p.m., the Hot 2k Race begins.
“Then, the kids dive into the snow to hunt for treasure right in front of the Armory. We have Boy Scouts roasting hot dogs outside and many hot and spicy taste treats inside the Armory,” Vanouse said.
Members of the cast of Oswego High School’s production of Oliver will present highlights of the upcoming musical. Meanwhile, representatives of SUNY Oswego’s Theatre Department will present highlights from Grease.
Also, we have New York State Energy Research and Development Authority presenting Energy Smart and Energy Star, Vanouse noted
The Central New York Regional Planning and Development will be at Warm Up Oswego from noon to 5 p.m., at the Oswego YMCA Armory.
Participants will be encouraged to take the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star Pledge, which challenges people to take simple steps to save energy at home, at work and in the community.
In addition, attendees will receive valuable information on what resources and incentives are available to property owners at the state and federal levels for using less energy to help save money and help the environment by combating climate change.
The first 25 households to take the pledge will receive a free compact florescent lightbulb.
Irish dancers from the Kinlough Academy of Irish Step Dancing will perform at the Armory. Also in the Armory there will be karate and gymnastics demonstrations as well as a foul shooting contest.
There will also be an Air Hop and arts and crafts.
Novelis and several other sponsors and vendors will have plenty of items to present to visitors throughout the day, Vanouse said.
Dan Kamin, The Pantomime Man, will perform at 3 p.m. at the McCrobie Building.
Also at 3 p.m., one of the most popular events is scheduled – the Crazy Costume Sled Race. It takes place on West First Street, near the Armory.
The Hot Scavenger Hunt gives participants the opportunity to visit several local businesses from noon to 4 p.m. Those who visit all 25 shops along the scavenger hunt will be eligible to enter the $300 drawing.
The Pyrotecnico – Vitale Family Fireworks display take place over the Oswego River at 6 p.m. (www.Pyrotecnico.com).
Things won’t cool down after the fireworks, either.
Participants are urged to visit all the Warm Up Hot Spots: Red Sun Fire Roasting Company, G.S. Steamers, Old City Hall, Thai Rose, Canale’s and The Sting.
And then, at 8 p.m., visit the Music Hall to dance with the Gypsy Jazz group Babik at the McCrobie Center, 41 Lake St.
For more information, visit www.warmuposwego.com