Kids ages 8 through 14 are invited to the Cazenovia Public Library from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 21, to celebrate the half-day of school with “Art For Kids – The Artist Within.” Join Pat Hill and Jenna Wright for the fifth installment of this successful series while enjoying a tour of the art gallery and a close-up look at five pieces selected from the library’s extensive art collection.
On March 6, Liverpool Public Library Executive Director Jean Armour Polly announced to her staff that she would retire 30 days later, on April 6. Polly, 61, was appointed director in July 2009. Prior to that, from 2002 to ’09, she was assistant director of the library in charge of its systems and technology department. She previously worked at the library from 1976 to 1992, when she left to pursue Internet-related projects and write books.
The historic Hillcrest Jephson estate on Ridge Road is protected by deed restrictions and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, and now seven acres of the estate as well as the four buildings on the property have been preserved against future development through an easement that the current owners have donated to the Cazenovia Preservation Foundation. The easement means that the appearance of the landscape and exterior architecture of the estate buildings will remain unchanged for future generations.
Cazenovia’s popular Joint Youth Recreation Program is preparing for the 2014 season with a new adult supervisor, some new programs, a community service project and the opportunity for community businesses to support and participate in the program through sponsorships.
When you walk into Baldwinsville’s Canal Walk Cafe, you’re surrounded by the talents of local artists in a variety of media: culinary, crafting and paintings just to name a few. What you may not know is that one of those artists responsible for the eclectic and eye-catching decor is also involved in dishing up your palate’s preference. Meet your server, Jackie Colello, a gifted painter whose passion involves another kind of palette: color.
Stewards for the Gerrit Smith Estate National Historic Landmark invite the public to the annual Gerrit Smith birthday party at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 8, to learn of Peterboro in 1864.
Marylee Manson Armour knew how to turn a phrase. She was one of Liverpool’s most gifted writers ever. Her crowning achievement was a book about a Fourth Lake mail-boat captain, “Heartwood: The Adirondack Homestead Life of W. Don Burnap.” Marylee died Feb. 20 at age 89, but she had continued journaling up into her 87th year, this time in the form of a blog. Her favorite topics were nature, spirituality and homespun Hoosier humor. Born in Terre Haute, Ind., Marylee had resided in Liverpool since 1947, spending summers at the family camp at Fourth Lake.
In marking another year of achievement, President Casey Frazee and the trustees of The Friends of Lorenzo invite the public to attend the 39th Annual Meeting of the Friends of Lorenzo at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 18, at the Lincklaen House in Cazenovia.
Susanna and David Harper receive Reister Award at board of directors’ annual meeting
Cazenovia’s Stone Quarry Hill Art Park had an excellent year in 2013 with more than 15,000 visitors, a new permanent sculpture by an internationally acclaimed artist and the recommendation to be added to both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, according to the SQHAP board of directors, which held its annual meeting on Feb. 27.
Skaneateles High School students will be giving six performances of this year’s musical, “The Secret Garden,” this week in the high school auditorium. Following a senior citizen performance Wednesday afternoon, performances will be at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, 7:30 p.m. on Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.
Cazenovia Artisans has announced that Celeste Friend Designs will be the featured member for the month of March. The artisans will host a show and reception for Friend from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 9, at the Cazenovia Artisans shop located at 39 Albany St.
As controversies over Common Core and mandated standardized tests become more and more prevalent, many parents are choosing a new option in educating their children: homeschooling. Once the sole province of the very religious, homeschooling is becoming more popular every day, with a growth rate of 7 to 15 percent per year. Nationwide, about 2 million children learn at home instead of in a brick-and-mortar school, up from about 1 million in 2003. According to the U.S. Department of Education, about 88 percent of U.S. homeschool parents express concern about the school environment, citing drugs, negative peer pressure and general safety.
Fayetteville native to run Boston Marathon on behalf of children’s bereavement center
Kay Rossi fell in love with running during her years playing lacrosse at Fayetteville-Manlius High School. And now, 15 years later, she’s hoping to achieve her long-time goal of running the Boston Marathon - and at the same time, she’ll be raising money for The Children’s Room, a Boston-area children’s bereavement center close to her heart.
Children ages 4 and older with their families are invited to join Jenna Wright in the Cazenovia Public Library Community Room on Saturday, March 1, from 10:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. for “A Birthday Celebration for Dr. Seuss.”
There are still many good seats left for Cazenovia High School Drama Club's spring musical, “Beauty and the Beast.” The show will be presented at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, and at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 7 and 8, at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $10 each and may be reserved by calling 655-5309 or visiting the Drama Club web page (“HS Musical 2014”) at caz.cnyric.org.