Patrick Hosken


Patrick Hosken is a graduate student in the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications studying in the Goldring Arts Journalism program.

A native of Rochester, N.Y. and a proud alum of St. Bonaventure University, Patrick has interned with WXXI Public Broadcasting and written for The Chautauquan Daily, among other local publications both in print and online. While in college, he helped his college station, WSBU, reach the No. 1 spot in the nation by running its monthly entertainment magazine. Patrick fully believes in the mission of public radio, but past that, he just think it's fun to be a part of.

Patrick Hosken

On Sunday, thousands gathered on Westcott Street between Concord and Dell to take in the sights, sounds and smells of the Westcott Street Cultural Fair. Intermittent downpours started around 1:30 but couldn't kill the party. Performers still sung and danced in the rain while crowds huddled and watched from the Recess Coffee porch or from the windows of the packed Petit Branch Library. According to the fair's website, nearly 8,000 people come out each year to enjoy the festivities.


This weekend, Westcott Street will harken back to its hippie history.

The Westcott Street Cultural Fair, which takes place Sunday, Sept. 21 from noon to 6:30 p.m., began in 1991 after a group of arts-minded neighborhood residents sought to celebrate their surroundings. Westcott Street was once called the "Greenwich Village of Syracuse" for its commitment to local culture, fair organizer Sharon Sherman said.


One of Syracuse's biggest jazz success stories is likely one of its most unknown.

In the 1930s, Edward Chester Babcock, a Cazenovia College graduate, changed his name to Jimmy Van Heusen and headed for a bigger city: New York. Van Heusen started penning hit songs, eventually co-writing the top Frank Sinatra hits "Come Fly with Me" and "Love and Marriage" and winning four Academy Awards and one Emmy.

Patrick Hosken

As the rain fell outside, a pair of imposing, lanky puppets slumped silently in the corner of the Castle-like building at 518 Prospect Avenue. The edifice's main tenant, Open Hand Theater, had changed its plans in light of Saturday's ugly morning downpours.

The International Arts and Puppet Festival took place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sept. 13, though many of the events and performances scheduled to occur on the closed-off North Salina and Ash streets had to be moved indoors. Others, like Open Hand's giant puppet circus, were canceled entirely.

Patrick Hosken

Wednesday's Jazz in the City event, held at Perseverance Park at Salina and Fayette streets, was kind of blue. In the jazz realm, that's always a good thing.

This year's Skaneateles Festival has taken fans of chamber music to the Orient, serenaded them with strings and dazzled them with traditional gypsy tunes. In its final week, titled "Encore!," the festival is looking toward the future.

The East Coast Chamber Orchestra, known as ECCO, and string trio Time for Three will bring their contemporary takes on classical music to Skaneateles Lake beginning Wednesday, Aug. 27.