Thirsty Ragtime Trio performs free concert June 13

The Thirsty Ragtime Trio will perform a free concert of rags, stomps and boogie-woogie on Thursday, June 13, at 7:00 p.m. at Oneida Public Library. The trio features pianist Dave Liddy, guitarist Steve Quenneville and drummer Dave Pallas. Together, they will be playing the ragtime works of Scott Joplin, Charles L. Johnson, Tom Turpin and others plus selected stomp and boogie-woogie tunes from the early 20th century.

Liddy has studied ragtime music and its special syncopated style with the famous ragtime pianist and concert performer Bob Milne. He and Quenneville have been performing together for more than 40 years, starting with the Moss Back Mule Band and continuing on with the String Bee, which has performed a number of times at the OPL in recent years.
The Thirsty Ragtime Trio is coming to Oneida Library Thursday evening, June 13, featuring (l. to r.) Steve Quenneville on guitar, Dave Liddy on keyboard and Dave Pallas on drums.

OPL hosts reception for train-enthusiast
and photographer R. Wilson June 12

Oneida Public Library invites community members to a reception on Wednesday, June 12, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. to meet and greet the professional photographer Renee Wilson and view a selection of her photographs of railroad structures and trains now on show at the library during the month of June.

Wilson is a professionally trained photographer and painter who has recently returned to Oneida after living for many years in California. Her original interest in art was sparked by her art teachers in Oneida High School, Eugene Palma and Patricia Zeke. She later studied both fine art and photography at Santa Monica College in Santa Monica, Ca., and studied under California photographer Paul Wenzel.

Adirondack Scenic Railroad at Thendara (photograph by R. Wilson)

Wilson’s fascination with trains and railroads lies rooted in her childhood in Oneida. She was brought up in a house facing the New York Central tracks that ran through the center of town, dividing “north” from “south” Oneida. As a toddler, she saw a woman hit by a train. At age 14, she ran like many other residents to view the aftermath of a horrific train wreck near the Main Street crossing. She was there to witness the mangled remains of her stepfather, Paavo Siivonin of the Oneida Fire Department, being rolled into an ambulance. Siivonin had been on the fire truck that was crossing the tracks at Main Street just as a train was speeding down.

Wilson has exhibited her photography extensively in Southern California and won, among other awards, several honorable mentions for her work shown at the 2011 and 2012 International Photography Awards in Los Angeles. Most recently, Wilson has shown her work at the gallery on Farrier Avenue and in the spring and holiday art shows at the CAC in Sherrill.

The reception June 12 is open to the public. For more information, stop by the Oneida Library, 220 Broad St., or call 315-363-3050.

OPL Board next meets June 26
The Board of Trustees of Oneida Public Library will hold its next regular meeting on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. in the library’s Local History Room, 220 Broad St., Oneida. The public is invited to attend. The History Room permits barrier-free access to the physically handicapped.

The OPL has Oneida High School yearbooks online Oneida High School yearbooks from 1936 through 2018 have been successfully digitized, electronically indexed and, as of today, posted online at the web site of New York Heritage, thanks to a Regional Bibliographic Databases Program grant to the Oneida Public Library from the New York State Library, as administered by the Central New York Library Resources Council in Syracuse. Those interested in exploring the yearbooks online can go directly to the New York Heritage site at: https://nyheritage.org/collections/oneida-yearbook-collection 


EXTRA! EXTRA! READ ALL ABOUT IT!  More 19th-century Oneida newspapers have been added to the Digital Archives of the Oneida Public Library,  thanks to the generosity of the Friends of Oneida Public Library. The library holdings now include the weekly Oneida Dispatch, January 7, 1876-December 27, 1878; January 3, !879-December 30, 1881; January 4, 1884-December 25,1885; and April 2, 1886-April 1, 1887. New and old users of the Digitial Archives web site should check out the expanded, more sophisticated search options. 

John Taibi on the N.Y. Central’s Adirondack Division
Jun 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

That notable chronicler of Upstate railroads, John Taibi, will present in words and photographs, both old and new, the history of the New York Central’s Adirondack Division, the subject of his upcoming book “Silver Rails through the Heart of the Park.”