Seven things to do in the Rome region this week
1. “The Welsh in Central New York” will be presented by Jay G. Williams III at the Clinton Historical Society, 1 Fountain St., at 2 p.m. Sunday. The program is free. Williams’ talk will include the importance of the chapel as a focus in Welsh community life. He will show photos of former local Welsh churches as they look today. Williams is a long-time member of the Clinton Historical Society and a local attorney.
2. The annual Dr. Martin Luther King Prayer Breakfast and Service will be held at Zion Episcopal Church, 140 W. Liberty St., Monday at 8 a.m. The keynote speaker will be Rev. Maritza Perez, Pastor of Maranatha Church. Cost $ 8 and $5 for children grades K-12. Children under five are free. The Rome Free Academy Black History Club will also be participating in the program. The event is co sponsored by the Rome NAACP and Kiwanis Club. Call 315-271-7703 with any questions.
3. Craobh Dugan, the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, will hold a traditional Irish music session at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday at Stockdale’s, 103 River St., Oriskany. The event is held on the third Tuesday of each month. The session is free and open to all musicians who play acoustic traditional instrument such as fiddle, guitar, pennywhistle, accordion, mandolin, and tenor banjo. On the net: www.uticairish.org
4. The Illusionists — Live from Broadway will be presented by Broadway Utica at the Stanley Theatre on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $24-$70 and are on sale now at the Broadway Utica offices located at 258 Genesee St. at Court Street, at BroadwayUtica.com, or by calling 315-724-7196. The Illusionists — Live from Broadway is produced by Simon Painter, Tim Lawson and MagicSpace Entertainment.
5. The Utica Comets are home for American Hockey League foes the Rochester Americans on Wednesday and the Syracuse Crunch on Saturday. Puck drop for both games is at 7 p.m. at the Utica Memorial Auditorium. Fans are encouraged to utilize the ticket exchange website, StubHub!.
6. “Dolly Parton’s 50-Year Career: From Appalachia to Nashville & Back,” a talk by Hamilton College music professor Lydia Hamessley, will take place at 7:30 pm. on Wednesday at The Other Side, 2011 Genesee St., Utica. The talk is free to the public. For information call 315-735-4825 or email email@example.com.
7. The Oneida Library, 220 Broad St. will host “Pushing the Limits,” a grant-funded monthly reading and discussion program for adults. The four-session program will begin on Thursday at 6 p.m. with Prof. Jen Herzog leading a discussion on Anna Smaill’s dystopian novel “The Chimes.” For the second year in a row, Herzog, assistant professor of biology at Herkimer County Community College, will lead the discussions in the four-book series, from January through April. During the talks she will introduce cutting-edge science and environmental topics related to the books’ themes. For more information, stop by the library or call 315-363-3050.