Tuesday, 21 June 2016 12:20

'Stamp' Your Calendar for Bicentennial Weekend!

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Pictured are members of the Ogdensburg Free Academy Marching Band in the 2015 parade. Pictured are members of the Ogdensburg Free Academy Marching Band in the 2015 parade. Celestial Blue photo

Bring the whole family to Oswego to celebrate Independence Day and the county's bicentennial! The Oswego Stamp Club kicks things off on Saturday, July 2 with an official postal imprint ceremony and reception to mark the 200th anniversary of Oswego County.

The event runs from noon to 3 p.m. on the parade grounds in Fort Ontario State Park, 1 E. Fourth St.

"We are honored to work with county's bicentennial committee and to be able to produce an item that emphasizes this special occasion," said James McAdam, member of the Oswego Stamp Club. "Our group was able to create three separate identities for the cachets and chose two different stamps which will be cancelled by Oswego Post Office at the event."

The three cachet images, or artistic renderings, include the Oswego County bicentennial logo, an 1832 map of the county, and the H. Douglas Barclay Courthouse in Pulaski. Each cacheted cover, or envelope, will be affixed with a stamp depicting either an American flag or the New Orleans' War of 1812 commemoration.

Samples will be on display throughout the stamp cancellation ceremony and attendees can choose the cacheted cover and stamp they would like to have cancelled. There is a charge of $2 for each piece or $5 for the set of three.

This is one of the many events the Oswego Stamp Club has been involved with. The group has created cachets to commemorate Oswego Town resident Dr. Mary Walker, the Kingsford Bell in Breitbeck Park in Oswego, and Oswego's Harborfest.

The club was started during the winter of 1947 to 1948 to serve the community and assist people with an interest in stamp collecting. In addition to pictorial stamp cancellation events, the group, led by club president Leigh LeClair, also provides guidance about the various methods of collecting and exhibiting. The club participates in the Syracuse Stamp Show which is scheduled every other year and is a member of the American Philatelic Society as well as the Federation of CNY Philatelic Societies.

Oswego Stamp Club Secretary John Cali said, "Being able to have a significant role in marking the county's bicentennial is a real high point for us. One of the main goals of our group is to find ways to serve to our community and commemorate its past. We hope that other people or groups will keep us in mind and let us know if we can help with their tributes."

For more information, call 315-592-4441 or e-mail [email protected] The Oswego Stamp Club meets at 6 p.m. on the fourth Monday of the month, September through June, at the Faith United Church on Mark Fitzgibbons Drive just off West Fifth Street in Oswego.

The Oswego County Bicentennial celebration continues on Sunday, July 3 with the Oswego Independence Day Parade from 1 to 3:30 p.m. The parade begins at the Oswego High School and continues along Bridge Street before finishing at Fort Ontario State Historic Site. In honor of the bicentennial, the grand marshals of the parade will be Oswego County Legislator John Proud, District 7; his wife Allie of the Mexico Historical Society; and Barbara Dix, historian for the town of Schroeppel and village of Phoenix.

Follow the parade to Fort Ontario and join in the bicentennial community picnic! Visit with local historians and enjoy displays, food and family fun. Jeff the Magic Man will perform at 4 and 5 p.m. and the Oswego Players' will present their children's play, "Trouble in the Magic Wood" at 6 p.m. Kids in grades three and above are welcome to participate. They need only to meet at the gypsy wagon at 5 p.m. to get a costume and instruction.

Young adults will enjoy festivities at Breitbeck Park on Lake Street which features a variety of bands, food and vendors. The park opens at 5:30 p.m. where visitors will hear performances from the Oswego High School Jazz Band; Downbeat Percussion, the drum line for the Buffalo Bills; and Joe Driscoll. Later, everyone will celebrate with a fireworks spectacular by the Young Explosives over the Oswego Harbor at approximately 9:30 p.m.!

All parks and festivities are free and open to the public. For more information about the Oswego County Bicentennial, call 315-349-8322.

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