Arts performance, instruction and appreciation enliven the year at RACC


The Rome Art and Community Center is looking forward to a busy 2019.

Enrollment has begun for youth programs: Artletics Summer Camp and The Owl & The Silver Moon pre-school for 2019-2020 school year.

Artletics runs from July 1 to Aug. 22, Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. “After Camp” until 5 p.m. will be available again this year.  

The center plans an enhanced program with two weeks of advanced art this summer. Artletics helps children develop their artistic skills; athletics, which will teach campers how to be team players while getting healthy and fit; and drama, which will help campers build self-esteem and social skills.

This program is for children ages 5 to 12. Cost is $1,600 or $200 per week for non-members, and $1,400 or $175 per week for members. Multiple-child discounts are available. Tuition assistance is available for Rome residents who qualify. 

The Owl and The Silver Moon is a Montessori style pre-school. In September, it entered its second year of operation. This program runs concurrent with the Rome City School District year and accepts children ages 3 to 5. Currently, the session runs from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., however, an afternoon session will begin as the enrollment dictates.  Call the center for cost and more information on enrollment.

Other events for 2019:

March 30: Mighty Craig Concert, 2 p.m., free to the public.

April 27: 2nd Annual Sip Into Spring, 5 to 8 p.m.  $20 per person in advance, $25 at the door.

May 18: Murder at the Masquerade — a murder mystery cocktail party, 6 p.m.  Performed by the Butler Did It Players, attendees are encouraged to dress for the occasion. Cost is $30.

Feel like you need more theater in your life? Scripteaser, a script reading book club, meets once a month at the RACC. This come-as-you-are group is led by Susan Lincoln, NYS certified English teacher and local actor-director. Meetings are scheduled for March 11, April 15 and May 13 at 6:30 p.m.

On Thursday evenings from 6 to 7:30 p.m. during April, Holly Amidon will teach cooking classes: April 4 – Appetizer (Buffalo Chicken Wing Dip); April 11- Vegetarian Soup (Hearty Vegetable & Pasta Soup); April 18 – Main Course (A Seafood dish); and April 25 Dessert (Bourbon Bread Pudding). Fee: $20 per class.

Other workshops planned for spring include Lorna Deily from Piles of Crafts will teach a stamping class, and Just Breathe Yoga will be hold outdoor yoga sessions when the weather permits

Summer Outdoor Music Series: Last Wednesday of the month in June, July and August.

Classical at the Center: Alliance Classical Players present Beer Music on June 15, Classical Youth Chamber Music Festival July 15 through July 20, Alliance Classical Players present music of Downton Abbey on Aug. 10.

Halloween House will be held Oct. 11, 12, 18 and 19 from 6 to 9 p.m.; the Holiday House will be held in early November.

For more information on any events at the center, call 315-336-1040 or go online to or


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