Seven things to do in the Rome region this week


1. Father’s Day Character Breakfast event will be held today, Sunday, from 9 - 11:30 a.m. at Utica Children’s Museum, Main Street, Utica. Tickets $25. Doors open at 8:45 a.m., 9:15 a.m. breakfast is served, 9:45 a.m. Superhero Training Camp, Temporary Tattoos and Crafts and Superheroes greet each table; 10:45 a.m., professional photos with Superheroes ($5). Children (and parents) are encouraged to dress up as their favorite superhero. Call 315-724-6129, visit

2. Craobh Dugan, the local branch of Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann, hosts a traditional Irish music session Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Stockdale’s, 103 River St., Oriskany. Free, open to all musicians who play acoustic traditional instrument such as fiddle, guitar, pennywhistle, accordion, mandolin, and tenor banjo. Visit

3. Jervis Pubic Library has resumed tours of the historic Jervis residence. Tours will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Thursdays June 21, July 19, and Aug. 23.  Tours begin at the information desk and last about an hour. John Bloomfield Jervis (1795-1885) personally designed his North Washington Street home in the Greek revival style, and bequeathed the property to the city of Rome on his death for use as a public library. Visit, call 315-336-4570.

4. The BBC Band will perform Thursday, June 21, at 7 p.m. at the Stanley in Utica. Tickets $25. This concert is part of the St. John’s Day weekend events at Masonic Care Community, 2150 Bleecker St., Utica, and funds raised benefit The Masonic Medical research Laboratory. Featuring the music of The Beatles, British Invasion, and top hits from the 60s. Call 315-724-4000, visit

5. A new three-day celebration — Summer Fest — will be held in downtown Utica from 4:30 to 8 p.m. June 21 - June 23. The free, family-friendly event will bring in performers, musicians and street vendors, according to organizers with The Event Company. Genesee Street from Elizabeth Street to Blandina Street will be closed to regular traffic, as well as Devereux Street. Visit

6. Rome Lamplight Summer Tours Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. A 90 minute tour of Old Rome, a ghost story or two, and a look back to the life and times of people who have gone before us. Tours depart from Francis Bellamy Park, next to St. Peter’s Church on North James Street. Arrive early. All tours are roughly two miles. This is a walking tour, so please be prepared to walk the distance of the tour.

7. Cinema Capitol screens “The Leisure Seeker” Friday and Saturday, 4, 7 p.m.; Sunday 1 and 7 p.m. Tickets $7, $5 members, students. The film stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland as a runaway couple going on an journey in their faithful old RV: The Leisure Seeker. As the couple travels from Boston to The Ernest Hemingway Home in Key West they recapture their passion for life and their love for each other. Rated R. Call 315-337-6277, visit


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