OSWEGO, NY – Just as it took more than 100 men and boys to carry the 10,000-pound rope from Sandy Creek to Sackets Harbor 200 years ago, the presentation of The Great Rope Play on August 2 at 6 p.m. at Fort Ontario requires the partnership of more than a dozen businesses and organizations to mount the outdoor spectacle.
“Sponsorships and collaborations are at the heart of every event that reminds the community of its rich heritage,” said Mercedes Niess, producer. “Natural partners like the Marine Museum, Fort Ontario, SUNY Theatre Department and CNY Arts Center need the support of fiscal partners and in-kind collaborators. This event is sponsored by the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, CNY Arts, NBT Bank, Wayne Drugs, Oswego Lions, Stewarts Shops, Elks Lodge #271 and Oswego Printing.”
The collaboration continues with local businesses as sites for ticket sales including the river’s end bookstore, Man in the Moon Candies, Arts in the Heart Gallery in Fulton, H. Lee White Marine Museum and Fort Ontario Historic Site with tickets at $5 for adults, $2 for teens and age 12 and under free.
“The outdoor event will be a treat for audiences on the beautiful parade grounds using the Mess Hall as a backdrop for the drama,” Niess continued. “We hope for a gorgeous summer evening and an exciting recreation of this historic event which would not be possible without the generosity and support of so many.”
For more information, visit www.hleewhitemarinemuseum.com, www.fortontario.com or www.CNYArtsCenter.com