Seven things to do in the Rome region this week

Published Sep 14, 2018 at 6:00am

1. City Fiddle Band — the husband and wife team of Phil and Gretchen Banaszak, plus multi-talented performer Chris Panfil — will offer a blend of acoustic traditional and original music from 2-5 p.m. Sunday at the North American Fiddlers’ Hall of Fame and Museum, 1121 Comins Road. The concert and parking are free and all the facilities are handicapped accessible and enclosable in bad weather. For directions, visit or call 315-599-7009 and leave a message.

2. The Mount Vernon Glass Company in Vernon, 1810-1846, will be the subject of a presentation Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Oneida County History Center, 1608 Genesee St., Utica. Doors open at 5 p.m. Admission is free; donations are encouraged. For more information on the program, contact the center at 315-735-3642 or go online to

3. Lunch & Learn at the Ava Dorfman Senior and Community Center, 305 E. Locust St., will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday. The presenter this month is Nancy Best, author of children’s books and cookbooks. She will do a presentation on the Adirondacks. The menu for the program is a pulled pork sandwich, French fries, coleslaw, dessert, coffee and tea. Reservations must be made by Monday, Sept. 17. To make a reservation, call the center at 315-337-8230.

4. The First United Methodist Church of Rome, 400 N. George St., will host a fellowship gathering for youth and adults every Wednesday starting Sept. 19. At 5:45 p.m. there will be a common food such as soup or salad to share. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dish to pass. Praise and Prayer program will start at 6:15 p.m., including a song of praise, prayer and a short scripture teaching. Bible study will be held from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Discussion is suitable for both children and adults. For more information, call 315-336-1740.

5. Hamilton College Performing Arts will present an evening of traditional music with Molsky’s Mountain Drifters on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Wellin Hall, Schambach Center. Tickets for the event are $20 for adults, $15 for senior citizens, and $5 for students. All seating is general admission. Tickets are available by calling the box office at 315-859-4331 or visiting

6. The Oneida Community Mansion House will offer free admission to its museum to all patrons with a Smithsonian Institution voucher on Saturday. Vouchers are available online for free. Guided tours of the mansion will be given at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., and a special tour of the grounds focused on the complex’s architecture will be given at noon. Self-guided tours are available throughout the day.

7. The fourth annual Central New York Royalty and Rogues Festival will be held 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 22 and 23, at the Stittville Firemen’s field, 8920 Route 365. Admission is $5. Accompanied children age 10 and under enter for free. This is a new venue for the festival, which was originally held at the Utica Maennerchor.