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Downtown After Dark: Wars rage, and cries for peace continue

One Black Voice, a.k.a. guitarist Jacques Thomas, will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the 41st annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival, at Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St.

One Black Voice, a.k.a. guitarist Jacques Thomas, will perform at 1 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 4, at the 41st annual Plowshares Craftsfair and Peace Festival, at Nottingham High School, 3100 E. Genesee St.

— Shopping there solidly supports the local economy since none of the money is outsourced and none of its profits support exorbitant salaries (take note, Occupy Wall Street). A 2009 Civic Economics study found that purchases at locally-owned stores support local economies at double the rate of big box store purchases.

Plowshares crafts include jewelry (glass, gemstones, precious metals), ceramics, woodworking, photography and handmade clothing and exotic items such as rainsticks, origami, Native American stone-carving and herbal tinctures.

Live entertainment and tasty food make Plowshares a sensual event. Admission costs $2 to $5 and is free for folks ages 15 and younger or 65 and older.

Entertainment will be as varied as the voices that cry out for peace worldwide. From belly dancers to One Black Voice, from Merry Mischief to My Fusion Flow, performers will enliven the craftsfair with music and movement.

Here’s the schedule:

Saturday, Dec. 3

11:30 a.m. Young & Talented Dance Co.

1 p.m. Syracuse Community Choir

1:30 p.m. Maya Tribe belly dancers

3 p.m. Colleen Kattau and Some Guys

Sunday, Dec. 4

1 p.m. One Black Voice

2 p.m. Merry Mischief

3 p.m. Mark Zane

4 p.m. C-Jack Productions

Other Plowshares performers include Nottingham Steel Drum, Jesse, Savannah Juvanis, My Fusion Flow, Crow ‘n Bow, and the wandering minstrel, Ribbonsteel Rapper.

For festival info, dial 472-5478; or visit peacecouncil.net.

Dark days at Sparky Town

Sparky Town went suddenly dark on Nov. 21 when owner Linda “Sparky” Mortimer died unexpectedly while she slept at her Sedgwick home. She was 57 years old.

Sparky was well-nicknamed. Whether stirring an Irish stew or greeting a guest, the lady invariably radiated warmth.

In early-2008, Mortimer and her partner, Lauren Bristol, opened Sparky Town at 324 Burnet Ave, on the corner of Catherine Street, former location of the old New Central Café.

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