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June 30, 2015

Free Sunset Yoga on Fort Ontario's Ramparts

OSWEGO - Friends of Fort Ontario will host a free sunset yoga class on the windswept ramparts of the historic stone Fort Ontario fortification at 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 15. Yoga instructor Carissa Gaylord will lead the class, which will be taught at a beginner level with intermediate variations available to those with more experience. Participants are asked to bring their own yoga mat or towel.

Fort Ontario State Historic Site is located at the north end of East Fourth Street in the City of Oswego.

In 1812, American Major John Lovett, military secretary to General Stephen van Rensselaer, described the panoramic view of Fort Ontario: "The site of this fort is on a promontory on the east side of the Oswego River, to the north and west the eye cannot command the sight of land. Here the Sun set in majesty: bidding adieu to earth, he sinks as it were in the western main. Without visiting these regions no living mortal can conceive the majesty with which nature has painted…"

AmeriCorps Staffer Shannon Cilentocreates programs at Fort Ontario to conjoin fitness and history as part of the mission of thefort'sinterpretive program. Gaylord, a recent graduate of SUNY Oswego, is an intern at Fort Ontario conducting historical research and exhibit development.

The class is free and open to the public. There is plenty of free parking available in the main parking lot.For more information, contact Cilento at (315) 343-4711, or [shannon.cilento@parks.ny.gov].

All ages and abilities are welcome to experience yoga on the ramparts of Fort Ontario Wednesday evening, July 15. Pictured clockwise, from front, are instructor Carissa Gaylord, Hank Dewey, Joshua Evans, Shannon Cilento, Audrey Booker, Isabel O'Brien, Frank Soranno, Chad Cook, and Mary Katherine Clerkin.


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