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Rice Creek Associates invites the public and campus community to a weekend of art and music at Rice Creek Field Station, as part of SUNY Oswego's Family and Friends Weekend. All events are free and open to the public. 


Live acoustic music, refreshments and children's art activities as well as a guided nature walk complement the main event: the silent auction.


At the auction, a variety of artistic media and creative interpretations will be represented, with all works fitting the theme "Inspired by Nature." The auction features works donated by local artists and collectors, and proceeds will support the installation of a commissioned sculpture in the Ruth Sachidanandan Herb Garden by SUNY Oswego art student Kayla Kitchener. Kitchener’s mosaic work entitled “Harmony” depicts the variety of lifeforms found on the site including mammals, birds, insects, and plants, and will be dedicated on November 12th.


Visitors are welcome to enjoy these offerings Friday, October 21st, 2-5 p.m. and Saturday, October 22nd, 1-5 p.m. Bidding ends at 4 pm on Saturday. The full schedule is below. Pickups can be made Saturday from 4-5 pm, Sunday 1-3 pm or the following week from 8 am - 4:30 pm. Payment (cash or check) is due at the time of pickup. 



  • Silent auction: Fri 2-5pm & Sat 1-4pm
  • Children's art activities: Sat 1-4pm, drop-by activities for "littles" (ages 2-6) led by our amazing volunteer Kathy King, and leaf printing for older children by Rice Creek Naturalist Linda Knowles
  • Guided Nature Walk: Sat 11am
  • Live music: Friday 2-4pm, Rose & the Amateurs will provide songs from many genres, especially the singer-songwriter tradition. Saturday 2-4pm, Syracuse Irish Session will share the dance music of Ireland presented in a traditional style.
  • Refreshments: Ongoing. Complimentary refreshments including coffee, tea, cider, and cider doughnuts
  • Payment and pickups: Sat 4-5 pm, or Sun 1-3 pm, or the following week as needed. Payment by cash or check only.


Virtual Bidding

For those who cannot come to the field station in person, bids can also be placed over the phone by calling 315-312-6677 during the event hours. A link to view artworks and real-time current high bids is available on the Silent Auction website


Transportation & Parking

A van shuttle will be available for students interested in attending the event. Students can request a shuttle pickup by calling 315-312-6677 or emailing


For those driving to the event, we encourage you to park at Fallbrook for overflow parking. A van will be running back and forth to this parking area.


Rice Creek Field Station is located at 193 Thompson Road in Oswego, 1.5 miles south of the main SUNY Oswego campus. For more information, please visit

Event Details

Visit the Silent Auction Website to see artworks and real-time high bids. Bids can be placed by calling 315-312-6677 during the event hours.


Image: Bird on the Horizon, painting by Micahel Flanagan. Image provided by the artist.

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