Daniel Clifford Bertrand was born in 1958. He graduated from Rome Free Academy where he designed his senior class ring for the bicentennial class of ‘76. He also created the artwork for his senior yearbook. He received an Associate’s Degree in Advertising, Design and Production from Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC).
Growing up in Lee Center, Dan’s artwork is featured in that community on the original sign at the Lee American Legion, the original Hulk Firefighter on the Lee Center Fire Department water tanker and the original sign in front of St Joseph’s Church. His design for the Lee Town flag was also used for the sign at the new Lee Center town hall. Dan created drawings for Lee Center’s Centennial celebration flyers. He painted scenery for St. Joseph’s Church plays and created a colored-pencil drawing of St. Joseph and the baby Jesus which hangs in the Parish Center. His drawings of St Joseph’s and St Paul’s churches have graced the cover of past combined church bulletins.
Since October, 1979, Dan has worked for The Franklin Press covering many aspects of the business, ranging from pressman to customer service. Dan has been a member of the Rome Art Association (RAA) since 1979, serving as corresponding secretary and recording secretary. He was instrumental in designing a mural for a fence along Rome’s West Dominick Street for a city-wide celebration. Dan and his mother have drawn portraits at special events at the Rome Art and Community Center (RACC). He has won awards in RAA membership shows and MVCC Alumni shows. Dan volunteered drawings and design for the World War I, World War II and Korean Conflict monument in Utica. His art designs have been applied to the M & L Trucking eighteen-wheeler “The Spirit of Rome, NY” serving as a traveling billboard for Rome and the annual Honor America Days parade.
Dan participated in the Capitol Theatre’s “Hard Hat Show”. His work has hung in the Rome Community Theatre’s lobby. He shared an art show with the late artist, Ethan Seymour in Camden’s Public Library. He has staged a solo art exhibit at RACC and one at the Fusion Art Gallery. Dan’s art depicts many topics centering on but not limited to movie-themed pieces, portraits and unique caricatures. His distinctive style on actresses and actors blends images of their movie roles and life into the shadows. He also works in colored pencils and comic book art. Dan has donated artwork to benefit Rome Catholic Schools and the Syracuse McMahon/Ryan Child Advocacy Center.
ANTHONY “TONY” DIPAOLO
Tony was born October 27, 1933 in Introdacqua, Italy. He came to the United States at age 13 and immediately found his passion for the silver screen. He attended Rome Free Academy and spent his free time at the Capitol Theatre. He became part of the Kallet Film Company where he learned the skills of a projectionist and those of a stage and film technician. In 1947, he worked for WKAL Radio with Dick Clark.
Tony served in the US Air Force from 1952 through 1956 as a civil engineer. After active service, he returned to Rome and worked as a master electrician as a civilian employee at Griffiss Air Force Base from 1957 until 1985. Simultaneously, he worked as a TV technician at WKTV. During this time, he also started working as the projectionist and electrician for the Capitol Theatre, a position he maintained until 2008.
He loved the Capitol Theatre so much that when the theatre was closed between 1975 and 1985, he maintained the building for the Kallet Company and made sure the theater was ready for any public events, shows or special movies that occurred from time to time. Tony was the film technician for The Sterile Cuckoo with Liza Minnelli which was filmed in Central New York in 1968 and 1969. Between 1970 and 1986, he also worked as a projectionist for the original Rome Cinemas on Black River Boulevard and the West Rome Drive-In.
In 1969, Tony became a member of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees (IATSE) Local 474. He served as business agent for IATSE Local 474, and as president from 1992 to 2000. Additionally, between 1990 and 1998 he was a member of IATSE Local 52 NYC Motion Studio Technicians.
In 2014, Tony received a RFA diploma under the New York State Operation Recognition program which recognizes the devotion and sacrifice of veterans who left school early. In 1998, Tony was presented an
award from the Capitol Theatre in grateful appreciation of his many years of excellent service.
When Tony heard the Capitol Theatre was going to reopen in 1985, he took great pride in his part in this accomplishment which would preserve the theater for generations to come. Even though he retired in 2010, he still goes for rides to make sure the theater “looks good”.
DENISE BOREK MORGANTI
Denise was born in Fulton, New York. In June 1973, she was an Honors Graduate of G. Ray Bodley High School in Fulton with a major in mathematics. Denise was chosen for All Eastern and All American Choirs while attending high school. She received a B.S. Cum laude in Speech Pathology and Audiology and an M.S. in Speech Pathology from Ithaca College. She moved to Rome in January 1977, and served as a Speech/ Language Pathologist for the Rome City School District until her retirement in June, 2013. She is currently a role player for the Department of Homeland Security.
Her acting career is extensive. She has been an actress/singer in 52 productions at Rome Community Theater. She has also performed with Utica Players, Outcast Theater, Chatham Theater Company, Ilion Little Theater, North Country Stage, Capitol Theatre’s Gilbert and Sullivan operettas, Rome Art and Community Center’s Shakespeare in the Garden, B Sharp Musical Outreach Program, and special productions at other venues. She has directed at Rome Community Theater, Rome Art and Community Center’s Shakespeare in the Garden, and in Fulton. She was also assistant director for Rome Community Theater and Players of Utica. She has performed in Germany and Austria with St. Joseph’s Choir in 2004; in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland for Outcast Theater in 2015 and 2017; and in Stuttgart, Germany for Outcast Theater in 2017.
Denise has held many positions at Rome Community Theatre. She is currently secretary for the Board of Governors, chairperson of the play reading committee and a member of the calendar committee. Her past positions include chairperson of the membership committee, chairperson of the house managing/ usher committee and chairperson of the nominating committee. She has also held positions with the Rome Teachers Association.
Denise has been recognized by the Theater Association of New York State (TANYS) with awards for acting, directing and scenic design. She has also received four Henry awards for acting from Rome Community Theater.
Denise is currently completing training with TANYS to become an adjudicator. All in all, she lists her major accomplishments as “her two sons”.
JACK PALMER, Jr.
Jack Palmer, Jr. was born in 1935 in Rome NY, and began his lifelong career on drums at age five. By age ten, he had appeared on the Ed Hurley show and the Arthur Godfrey show. Jack was influenced and schooled by Frank Sinatra, Harry James and Jackie Gleason among others. As a teenager, he played at many Catskill mountain resorts, as well as performing as a regular drummer for many of the greats from Vaudeville and Hollywood at various resorts throughout the region.
At age 20, he played for three international tours on the Cruise ship SS America. In the 1960s Jack played throughout the South, and then traveled North to play the iconic Copacabana Club in New York City with famed crooner, Al Astone.
As his family grew, Jack decided to move back home to Rome where he quickly became the regular drummer for countless shows at Dominick Bruno’s beach house in Sylvan Beach. Simultaneously, he anchored the house band at the Palmer House in Rome from 1970 to 1975.
Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Jack performed with Al Martino, Frankie Lane, Tiny Tim, Gene Krupa, Carmel Quinn, Don Cornell, Lou Monte, Milt Trenier, Lenny Lavett and many others. He also backed comedians, Foster Brooks, Rodney Dangerfield, and Pat Cooper. regular with many local standout musicians including Scott Rutledge, Joe Yozzo, and Johnny Salerno as well as his own group, the Jack Palmer Trio.
In the 1980s, continuing through the early 2000s, Jack played drums for premiere big bands in Upstate New York; the Stan Colella orchestra, the Sal Alberico big band, and the No Name Band. Jack was a regular with many local standout musicians including Scott Rutledge, Joe Yozzo, and Johnny Salerno as well as his own group, the Jack Palmer Trio.
Jack maintained an active drum studio in Rome for over 30 years. He was the primary percussion instructor for the award winning YCCA (YMCA Center for the Creative Arts) from 2004 through 2008, where he performed with New Orleans artists Trombone Shorty, Topsy Chapman, Jewel Brown and Mark Braud. Most recently, Jack has appeared with Christian bands “Whitestone” and “Burn” and his own trio. He regularly gives back to the community he loves with appearances at various nonprofits, nursing homes, and churches. Jack lives in Rome with the love of his life, his wife Rosario.
Scott was born in Rome in 1957. He attended Westmoreland Schools, graduating in 1976. Scott received his A.A.S. in Music from Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, NY and his B.A. from the Crane School of Music at Potsdam. Scott was a member of the Olympic Symphony Orchestra for the 1980 Winter Olympics in Lake Placid, NY and director for the Crane School of Music Jazz Band ll in 1981. Throughout the 1990s Scott was the featured vocalist and trumpeter on various tours for Carnival and Norwegian Cruise Lines.
Scott has shared the stage with many world renowned artists, including: Earth, Wind and Fire, The Temptations, Rare Earth, KC and the Sunshine Band, Benny Mardones, The Commodores, The Pointer Sisters, the Elders and many more. He has recorded with, conducted, or was an assisting artist for a myriad of jazz icons including: The Yellowjackets, Dr. John, Ellis Marsalis, Jane Monheit, Jason Marsalis, Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, The Brubeck Brothers, Gap Mangione, Maynard Ferguson and Rick Montalbano. He has also performed with many Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
In August of 2003, he co-founded the YMCA Center for the Creative Arts (YCCA) in Rome, New York with CEO Henry “Hank” Leo. The arts school was the first of its kind in the nation hosted at a YMCA. As director of the award winning YCCA Wind and Jazz Ensembles, Scott guided the young musicians to over two dozen competitive championships. In October 2007, Scott directed the Harlem Boys and Girls Choir Alumni Ensemble and the YCCA Wind Ensemble in concert.
As director of music at Holy Cross Academy in Oneida, NY, Scott garnered over a dozen vocal choir championships, including three consecutive grand championships and a high scorer among all choirs at the 2013 Darien Lake Festival held In Buffalo. Scott regularly performs with Rome Arts Hall of Fame 2015 inductees “Classified”, the Syracuse University Brass Ensemble, the Syracuse Suds Jazz Orchestra and All About Soul: A tribute to Billy Joel; as well as playing trumpet for Motown the Musical and the musical Chicago. Scott is currently in his 34th year as director of music at St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church in Lee Center, NY having guided them to singing tours of Germany, Austria and Ireland in 2004 and 2008. He is also choir director at St. John the Baptist Church in Rome.
Philippa Schrader was born and raised in England. Her husband, Gary, was a member of the US Air Force. During his deployments, Philippa took evening classes on fabric collage and free machine embroidery which released her creativity. She continued working in fabric, making children’s clothes with appliqués, often using the children’s own artwork as inspiration. She also created elaborate framed pictures. On the death of their youngest child, Philippa concentrated on making character mice and was known as “The Mouse Lady”. She organized a group for similar “stay at home” mothers to encourage quality crafts. She also organized several successful craft fairs.
When the family moved to Rome, she took a course in acrylic painting and another in paper making at the Rome Art and Community Center (RACC) and with a pile of paper she began to experiment. Her paper jewelry and pictures led to the establishment of her business, Linden Street Paper in 1992. Her membership in the Rome Art Association (RAA), provided the opportunity to listen to visiting critics and artists. This proved to be a significant help in fine tuning her art. She held several RAA board positions before being elected president. Philippa has taught many workshops at RACC and at Utica College. She also became a member of the RACC board. She is a member of the Foothills Weaving and Fiber Arts Guild where she has served on several committees and held the office of president.
She has won many awards for her craftwork with several Best of Show ribbons and a Crafters’ Choice Award of which she is especially proud. She has also won Best of Show awards and numerous ribbons at various art shows. She has had several one woman shows in New York and one in Ohio. Her work is in collections in several states including Illinois, Massachusetts, Ohio and California.
It is difficult to describe Philippa’s style. She loves to experiment. Her paintings can be wildly abstract or very realistic, although the latter are usually of places that have personal meaning to her. Her collages range from a fabric depiction of the Mona Lisa to a glitzy and textured, gold and sequin, view of outer space. She loves to create artwork from scraps, to make use of even the tiniest pieces. There is no deep angst or hidden meaning to her work. It is pure love of creating and if she can communicate that feeling to others, she is happy.
Carol was born in Akron, NY. She moved to Herkimer, graduated from Herkimer High School, and was united in marriage to Robert Stack. Carol and Robert worked shoulder-to-shoulder on their family farm and, for many years, as co-owners of Stack’s South Rome Equipment. Carol attended Syracuse University, where she studied with world-renowned soprano, Helen Boatwright. Carol also studied and sang with professional musicians all over the United States and the world including Great Britain, Switzerland, France, and Spain.
She sang principal roles with the Utica Opera Guild in the 1970s and was a frequent soloist with the Utica Symphony, the Con Amore Orchestra, the Civic Musical Society, the Civic Community Chorus, the Upstate Lyric Theatre, the Rome Civic Band, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. She was a founder and conductor of the Messiah Singers at the chapel of the former Griffiss Air Force Base in the 1970s. She subsequently established the Messiah Sing at the Zion Episcopal Church in 1986. The Messiah Sing is now an Oneida County Christmas celebration tradition, thanks to Carol’s continued dedication and efforts.
Carol was also an accomplished organist and active member of the American Guild of Organists, Central New York Chapter, for decades. She was organist and choir director for Zion Episcopal Church in Rome for over 40 years. She was also treasurer of the B Sharp Musical Club, a member of the Eastern Star, the National Business and Professional Women’s Association, the Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, and the Fort Stanwix Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). While a member of DAR, she served on several committees and once chaired the chapter’s flag of the United States committee. She was devoted to the annual flag essay contest and was on the DAR’s board of directors, at the time of her passing.
Carol A. Stack passed away peacefully in February of 2016. She was a remarkable, independent woman who touched many souls in her 84 wonderful years as a wife, mother, music lover, singer, organist, organizer, and educator. Despite her passing, she lives on, forever, as an inspiration to all who truly knew her and loved her.