From wine tasting to mystery theater and cooking classes, Rome Art and Community Center, 308 W. Bloomfield St., has an array of special events and activities planned for the spring and early summer months ahead.
• On Wednesday, April 24, The Owl and the Silver Moon preschool will host its first Art Opening in the Peach Lynch Library at 5:30 p.m. This will be followed by an open house /registration night that will run until 8 p.m. Potential students and their families will have opportunities to see the classroom, meet the teacher, Kathy Bruno, and learn about the pre-school program. The art opening and open house are free.
“It will be a great opportunity for parents to register their children for next year,” said RACC Executive Director Jean M.
• The following Saturday, April 27, from 6-9 p.m., RACC will host its second annual Sip Into Spring — an adult beverage and food tasting fundraiser. Guests may also purchase their favorite beverages and snacks to purchase from the vendors.
Tickets are $20 pre-sale or $25 at the door. Music will be provided by The Old Main and the first 70 people through the door get a souvenir wine glass.
Vendors are to include Copper City Brewery, Thousand Island Winery, Coyote Moon Vineyards, Old Home Distillers, Dikin’ Durt Distillery, So Sweet Candy Café, Sweet Escape Candy Shop, Squeezers Lemonade & The Kettle Corn Truck, Piles of Crafts, Prichard’s Pies and Pastries and Sarita’s Food Truck. Lowville Cheese producers are also donating chocolate cheese.
“Piles of Crafts is planning to bring her chai tea and pepper jelly,” Lieber said, commenting on some of the goodies available at the event.
• Thursdays in May are full of evening classes, Lieber said. From May 2-23, local cookbook author Holly Amidon will host cooking classes at 6 p.m. The classes are $20 each or $72 for all four classes.
Each week she will teach students how to prepare a different portion of a meal — appetizer, soup, main course and dessert.
• And from May 9-30 at 5 p.m., Just Breath Yoga will be back on the lawn doing their Outdoor Yoga. Cost is $10 per class.
Another concert has been added to the art center’s musical schedule. Irish musician Donal Clancy will perform at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4. Local Irish music group Craobh Dugan is putting on the performance. Cost is $15 with tickets available on Eventbrite.
• RACC will also host a special Mother’s Day event — The Mad Hatter’s Mother’s Day Tea Party — from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11. Mothers and kids are invited to come dressed in their best tea hats. Cost is $10; and $5 for children under age 12.
“We plan to have the event upstairs in our ‘Alice in Wonder Land’ room,” Lieber said.
• Saturday, May 18 RACC, along with The Butler Did It Players of Canton, will host the Murder at the Masquerade event, a murder mystery cocktail party. The night is sponsored by Eggan Excavating and Equipment. The murder mystery will be performed starting at 6 p.m. Tickets are $30.
“We’re even encouraging people to come dressed in their gowns and black ties if they want to, as if they’re attending a masquerade ball,” Lieber said. “Everyone is going to wear a mask and those who don’t have their own, masks will be provided.”
Attendees will first need to figure out who’s who before figuring out “whodunit.” Each year, the owner of the local opera, Lee Romaine, hosts the Party of the Year, inviting the best, the brightest, and the most well known to woo them.
His bottom line? Woo them in order to help promote the theater and help the opera make money. This is a chance to show off their style and make connections (business and personal) that could prove to be beneficial in the upcoming year.
None of the attendees will be 100 percent sure who the others are or if they know each other. But someone attending the party hasn’t been invited. They are hiding behind their mask and they have other plans for the evening. Who is the masked marauder and what are they after?
The mystery will be who is the cold-blooded killer and who is the victim?
• Then on May 21 RACC will host the Rome City School District art show opening. This will run from 4-6 p.m. The entire show will run until Friday, June 7. There will be works on display ranging from elementary to high school-aged students.
• And on Saturday, June 15, the first of three summer classical concerts will be held. The Alliance Classical Players will perform “Beer Music” at 7 p.m., and admission is free. Additions to the Summer Concert Series are in the works, and more information will be available in the upcoming months.
• Also coming in the spring, RACC, with the help of city Public Works employees, will install its Sound Garden on the lawn. Lieber said the Rome Community Foundation provided funding to start a Sound Garden. Large metal flowers have already been purchased.
“There will be a hammer attached, and the pedals on the flowers will make different sounds,” Lieber explained. “We want to add a different musical piece each year, and the flowers are bright and colorful. We thought they would be a great starting-off point. The closest area to have something like this is Rochester, and hopefully it keeps growing.”