Rome Arts and Community Center Hosts “Music, Arts and Stories” Summer Events on Saturdays – Oneida Dispatch

Rome, NY – Free, fun, and unique art events for kids take place at the Rome Art and Community Center, 308 West Bloomfield St., Rome, the first Saturdays in June, July, and August.

“Music, art and stories! is a series of five events that combine music, a familiar children’s story, and an instructor-led multi-age art experience. Each event includes a lively family concert with kid-friendly pops, marches and storytelling music, followed directly by a concert-themed art project.

The concert and story are presented by the Classical Players Alliance of Rome, while the art project is led by RACC instructor Kathy Bruno. The dates, times and featured stories are:

June 4 at 10:30 a.m. – “Ferdinand the Bull”

June 4 at 12:30 p.m. – “Alice in Wonderland”

July 2 at 10:30 am – “Aesop’s Fables”

July 2 at 12:30 p.m. – “Fish is Fish”

August 6 at 10:30 am – “Neverland – the story of Peter Pan”

The concerts each contain different programs and include the musical stories listed above, as well as other lively selections such as themes from “Harry Potter”, “Happy”, “What a Wonderful World”, “The Sound of Music ” and many others.

July 2 events will feature additional music with a patriotic theme, including several marches from Sousa, Yankee Doodle and America the Beautiful. The concerts are performed by musicians from Alliance Classical Players, including Corni Brewster, flute; Jan Bookhout, oboe; Colleen O’Neil, clarinet; Judy Marchione, bassoon; Claire McKenney, french horn; and Beth Evans, narrator.

Each event lasts approximately 75-90 minutes in total, including the concert and the art project.

Children from preschool through elementary school will enjoy “Music, Art and Stories!” All children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the entertainment. Attendees can attend as many events as they want, and all events are free. Reservations are appreciated, but not required; RACC has plenty of room for everyone who attends.

People attending the morning and afternoon events on the same day are welcome to bring their own picnic to enjoy on the grounds of the Art Center, if they wish. For more information, please call the Rome Art and Community Center at 315-336-1040.

“Music, art and stories! is made possible by funds from the ReStart NY Regrants Program, a grantmaking program of the New York State Council on the Arts with support from the Office of the Governor and New York State Legislature and administered by CNY Arts.

Alice P. Darby