For the third year in a row, Skaneateles hosted the New York State School Music Association Major Ensembles Festival. Groups ranged in size from 12 to 108; districts small (Southern Cayuga) and large (Liverpool) attended. In total, 30 different music groups performed.
With the arrival of spring, Skaneateles’ First Friday art walk continues its “May to December Romance” of the arts. First Friday, now in its seventh year, returns from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 3 with art openings, wine tastings and entertainment throughout the village.
Trumpeter and middle school teacher Dave Wilber named jazz educator of the year
After more than 30 years in the Skaneateles Central School District and more than 20 years at the helm of CNY Jazz Central’s scholastic programs, Wilber has been named outstanding jazz educator of the year by the CNY Jazz Arts Foundation.
A Skaneateles resident has created a documentary film that criticizes the Syracuse Post-Standard. The film, titled “The Post Standard and the Reader,” will be shown at Skaneateles High School on Saturday, April 27, at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
Up-and-comers in the Central New York music scene will compete for prizes as well as the coveted title of “Best Band” this weekend, and they’ll support a good cause at the same time. Stand Against Suicide will host its inaugural Battle of the Bands on Saturday, April 20, at the SRC Arena at Onondaga Community College. Doors open at 11 a.m. and bands begin competing at noon. Tickets are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Eighteen bands will compete for a chance at the title as well as prizes.
Jesse Hoselton, of Skaneateles, has been teaching English to third, fourth, fifth and seventh grade students in Zhangjiagang, China for almost two years. She has also been helping teach Irish dance to students at the school; a skill she honed through years of lessons in Skaneateles.
Artist and entrepreneur Patience Brewster will be the first guest in a new series of Creative Conversations presented by the Skaneateles Area Arts Council (SKARTS).
Skaneateles native Greg Wanamaker will be presenting his chamber-music tribute to the late Libba Cotten at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse on Feb. 24.
The Skaneateles High School Drama Club will present Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” next week. There will be five performances of the musical this year starting Thursday Feb. 28. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and there will be a 2 p.m. matinee performance on Saturday and Sunday.
Friends and family of Dominic and Patricia Rossi of Cicero will again host a dinner to honor Dom and Pat’s memory and raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Patricia Rossi served as the town clerk of Cicero from 1993 to 1998. Dominic served as a foreman in the Cicero Highway Department from 1975 to 1995. The St. Jude seventh annual Dominic and Patricia Rossi Memorial Dinner will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Saturday, March 16 at the Welch Allyn Lodge in Skaneateles. New York Times best-selling author and former NFL star Tim Green will be this year’s special guest. Previous dinner special guests have been SU greats Floyd Little, Dan Conley and Kris Joseph, as well as Vincent Pastore of the television series “The Sopranos.”
WCNY has launched a new effort aimed at helping local nonprofits. “Won’t You Help a Neighbor?” uses the public broadcast station’s many media resources and connections to promote causes near and dear to Central New York residents.
More than 20 years after losing her mother to cancer, Kristin Atkinson is channeling her grief into helping other women. Atkinson of Cicero, Kristin Johnson of Cicero and Tara Polcaro of North Syracuse started The Molly Project as a way to provide comfort to women affected by cancer and their families. Named after Atkinson’s late mother, The Molly Project got its start a year ago when Johnson’s sister called her, looking for a way to help a co-worker with cancer.
There has been a slow, steady and excited buzz permeating Cazenovia in recent weeks that can all be boiled down to the fact that the nationally-known “Fabulous Beekman Boys” — bestselling authors, farmers, entrepreneurs and recent winners of television’s “The Amazing Race” — are coming to town on Saturday, Jan. 26. The two-hour event, sponsored by the Historic Cazenovia Business District committee of the chamber of commerce, will feature Josh Kilmer-Purcell and his partner Brent Ridge giving a special book signing of their “Beekman 1802 Heirloom Cookbook” and Kilmer-Purcell’s New York Times best-selling nonfiction book, “The Bucolic Plague: How two Manhattanites became gentleman farmers: An unconventional memoir,” from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at the Lincklaen House on Albany Street.
Once again, Skaneateles Sunrise spearheads Skaneateles WinterFest, the community celebration of the snowy season. The project combines entertainment, food, community service and fundraising in an event which has become an annual fixture on the village calendar, encouraging families, friends and visitors to come out and celebrate winter.
Judging began this week for the annual Central New York Scholastic Art Awards, the largest annual student art competition in the United States. More than 4,500 works of art from 90 junior/senior high schools in 13 Central New York counties participate in the event, which takes place in the Atrium of Whitney Applied Technology Center, Onondaga Community College, 4585 West Seneca Turnpike, Syracuse.