Seven things to do in the Rome region this week


1. Day 3 and the final day of the 2018 Canalfest gets underway at noon Sunday and runs until 6 p.m. at Bellamy Harbor Park sponsored by Rome Rotary Club. There will be a Water Ski Show on the Erie Canal at 11 a.m., Everything but a Boat Race at 3:30 p.m. Rides are open from 1 to 5 p.m.

2. The Bud Light Rome Summer Concert Series continues Monday with music from Caution from 6-8 p.m. on the Griffo Green at City Hall, 198 N. Washington St.

Also beverages available for purchase, food trucks, games and giveaways. For information, contact the City of Rome Parks & Recreation, 315-339-7656.

3. The Holland Patent Free Library will host an ice cream social on Tuesday at 6 p.m. on the library’s front lawn. Sundaes will be available for $1 each, and guests will be entertained by bluegrass band “Cincinnati Creek.”

As the event is on the lawn, attendees should bring folding chairs or blankets to sit on.

The Holland Patent Free Library is located at 9580 Main St., Holland Patent. For more information, call 315-865-5034.

4. The Rome Chamber Annual Golf Tournament event begins at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at Rome Country Club. Check in is from 8:30-9:30 a.m.; shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. Fees/admission is $500 per foursome. For more information, contact Rome Chamber of Commerce at 315-337-1700 or email

5. The Men’s Breakfast Buddies Club at Ava Dorfman Center, 305 E. Locust St., will be held 8:30-9:30 a.m. Wednesday. Guest speaker will be Dick Petroski from the Rome Veterans of Foreign Wars post who will talk about the organization.

Cost is $3 or $4 for non-members. Scrambled eggs, home fries, bacon, coffee and juice will be served. To make a reservation, call the center at 315-337-8230.

6. Oneida Public Library will hold a community drum circle and picnic on Thursday at 6 p.m. in Allen Park on Broad Street.

Attendees should pack a picnic dinner and a blanket or lawn chairs, and are encouraged to bring their drums or to sing along. Games and treats will be available for children.

The drum circle will be led by Ibrahim Samura, Breyt Coakley, and Marco Rodegher, each musician bringing a unique rhythm to the ensemble. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit or call 315-363-3050.

7. The Boonville Concert Band’s summer concert series continues in the Little Village Park on Friday at 7 p.m. Attendees should bring lawn chairs or a blanket for seating. The concerts are free and open to the public. The concert’s setlist is to include traditional hymns, marches and patriotic standards, as well as some contemporary and novelty tunes.

Conducting this season will be Adirondack High School band director Martin Ischia. The band is comprised of an array of instrumentalists from Sauquoit to Watertown. As the band is sustained financially through support from community benefactors, donations are welcome.


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