Recognize this print from Art’s Barber Shop?
By Marissa Amoni For Sun-Times Media October 24, 2013 2:34PM
Left, Robert Wyngard, executive director of Oswegoland Seniors Inc., and Phil Siedlecki, pose with one of the prints from Art's Barber Shop, donated by the owner Jim Mayer. It will be raffled Nov. 18 at the Oswego Senior Center. | Submitted
Updated: November 28, 2013 6:26AM
The Oswego Senior Center is raffling a bit of Oswego history next month. Three art prints that once hung on the wall’s of Art’s Barber Shop on Main Street in downtown Oswego will be raffled to benefit programs at the center.
When Jim Mayer shuttered his barber shop before he departed for Oklahoma, Phil Siedlecki with the Oswego Knights of Columbus suggested that Mayer donate the familiar prints to the Oswego Senior Center.
“Siedlecki convinced him,” said Pat Feeley, center manager at the Oswego Senior Center.
They had hung on the walls of the shop for more than 50 years.
The first print depicts five trains in a “Parade of Progress” and is 20-by-18 inches; the second is of a freight and passenger train passing each other and is also 20-by-18 inches; and the third print is of AJ Weber’s Blacksmith Shop about the turn of the century — the original was done by Paul Detlefsen and is 5-by-3 feet.
The prints are on display at the Oswego Senior Center, 156 E. Washington St., downtown Oswego.
Raffle tickets are available at the senior center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Tickets also will be sold at the Oswego Senior Center’s booth during the Oswego High School craft fair Nov. 2, and the Senior Center Craft Show on Nov. 16 at the senior center.
“These are great American prints that hundreds of us have seen monthly from the barber shop chair since we were kids,” Feeley said.
Proceeds will go toward programs at the senior center, such as the meal program that started in 2007. Only about 40 percent of the twice-a-week program is funded; the rest comes from donations and fundraisers.
The senior center, which opened in 2009, also offers a variety of activities for seniors older than 55, including exercise classes, bean bag baseball, sign language classes, and more.
“The mission is to keep seniors active and get them out of their homes. Many seniors tend to sit at home and do nothing,” Feeley said. “It’s the sociability. Just to get them out of the house and be sociable and active; it’s what keeps you going longer.”
Each of the three prints will go to separate winners. The drawing will be at noon Nov. 18 at the Oswego Senior Center. Winners need not be present. Tickets are $2 each or six for $10.
For more information, visit www.oswegoseniorcenter.org or call 630-554-5602.