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B’ville Theatre Guild’s ‘Young Frankenstein’ captures lightning in a bottle

Electrifying performances breathe laughable life into the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s presentation of Mel Brooks’ punny parody of “Frankenstein,” the 1930s-era fright-film franchise. Directed by the Heather Jensen and produced by Jay Burris, the monstrous musical “Young Frankenstein” showcases three of Central NY’s best performers, Henry Wilson, Leila Dean and Josh Taylor.

The Adventures of Frankie: Birthday boy

Frankie’s mouth was still hanging open as Mom took his shoulders to turn him back around. Now his eyes were bulging as well. Dad was standing in front of the counter with Mr. Geddes stretching to look over his shoulder. All of Frankie’s friends had turned to see as well.

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B’ville Community Band has been showcasing local musicians for 35 years

In December 1979, Phill Sterling and a few friends founded the Baldwinsville Community Band so local musicians could jam with each other and perform for the greater Baldwinsville area. Thirty-five years later, the band numbers about 60 members and has a repertoire of more than 550 songs.

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Sharkey’s to host country music festival for Clear Path for Veterans

Too often, veterans returning home from combat zones aren’t getting the support they need. That’s especially true if they suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), an often silent disability triggered by a traumatic event. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event. While PTSD can happen to anyone who has experienced trauma, it’s particularly common in veterans; while it occurs in approximately 7 to 8 percent of the general population, 11 to 20 percent of Afghanistan or Iraq vets, 10 percent of Gulf War vets and 30 percent of Vietnam vets suffer from PTSD. In order to support these veterans, a group of volunteers has organized a benefit called the Victory for Vets Country Music Festival to take place Aug. 16 at Sharkey’s in Liverpool. The proceeds from the event will go to Clear Path for Veterans, a nonprofit based in Chittenango that provides support for returning veterans, including peer-to-peer support, classes, service dogs and more.

LEON Festival to offer free fun, information to keep summer safe for kids

An afternoon and evening of fun and fireworks, featuring a performance by the national singing sensation Kidz Bop, will highlight the LEON Festival to take place from 5 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, June 25 at Onondaga Lake Park. Admission to the event is free. The event celebrates the halfway mark to the winter holidays and the start of summer.

Baldwinsville Community Band releases concert dates

The Baldwinsville Community Band is pleased to announce its Summer Concert Season for 2014. The band is completing its 35th year of performing concerts under the direction of founder and conductor Phill Sterling, for Baldwinsville residents. The concerts are free to the public and usually performed on Wednesday evenings. All you need to bring is your own seating, unless the concert is scheduled for indoors, then seating is provided. In case of rain or extreme heat, outdoor concerts will be cancelled and posted on our website, or you can call 635-1235 for information.

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Peony Fest returns June 7

Peony Fest returns to the Canton Street grounds of The Museum at the Shacksboro Schoolhouse from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 7. The annual event celebrates Baldwinsville’s historic peony industry and the museum’s heritage peony project.

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Great Seneca River Duck Race tickets on sale now

Also seeking ‘Anything That Floats’ contestants

The Rotary Club of Baldwinsville’s 20th annual Seneca River Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sat

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Put ‘Zing in Your Spring’ spring this Saturday

Baldwinsville will welcome spring with extra zest this Saturday as village merchants put “Zing in Your Spring,” a daylong event featuring street musicians and entertainers, door prizes, open houses, specialty shopping and unique promotions.

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‘Scoundrels’ scores

Searle and Anderson click as competitive gigolos in BTG musical-comedy

The con is on when two disparate gigolos compete for the affections – and assets – of wealthy women at a French Riviera casino, in the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild’s musical production, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” which opened here April 25. Written by Jeffrey Lane with songs by David Yazbek, “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels” was first produced on Broadway in 2004, based on the 1988 movie of the same name starring Steve Martin and Michael Caine.

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WCNY-FM offers special radio service for blind and visually impaired

For more than three decades, WCNY-FM has been serving the blind and visually-impaired residents of Central New York with a special radio service called READ-OUT.

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Local artist blooms in Baldwinsville

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.

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‘Les Mis’ luminescent!

B’ville Theatre Guild stages a sensational version of the classic musical 

Few musicals engage the mind and excite the senses as does “Les Misérables.” Even more rarely does a community theater group expertly blend the epic story, the grand spectacle and the soaring music to deliver a seamless and sensational show. Director Korrie Taylor, music director Abel Searor and producers Mark and Sandy Baker, however, have done just that with the current Baldwinsville Theatre Guild production of “Les Mis,” running through Feb. 8.

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Brrr...ing on the ‘Big Chill’!

... and jump in on the fun

Already in its seventh year, the two-day event is back. Sign up for the annual Poker Bear Express, plunge into the Seneca River, then prepare to top off the weekend with whole lot of good food at the Best in Bowl Cook-Off.

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‘Les Mis’ opens Friday

More than three dozen area performers are featured in a full-scale production of “Les Misérables” now being produced by the Baldwinsville Theatre Guild.

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