The Early Owego Antique Center, at the corner of Lake and Main Streets in Owego, N.Y. will be holding a "Spring Fling" on Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. The fun begins on Friday evening when everyone is invited to "Meet the Dealers."

Early Owego is a multi-dealer antique and collectible sales room hosting over 80 dealers. Their staff is in charge daily, the dealers coming and going as need be. But on Friday evening, they have invited all of their vendors to talk a bit about pricing and valuation trends, answer your questions and take note of your wants. They have even asked that each dealer offer a favorite hors d'oeuvres, beverage or snack.

Adding to the fun and excitement will be a performance by "The Royal Blues" Big Band. This select group of 17 musicians enjoy playing all types of music from Glenn Miller to the Beatles. If you like your music just loud enough, a little brassy (four trumpets, a full complement of saxophones plus a Trombone, French Horn and Baritone) with keyboards and percussion, this band is for you; and all under the Direction of Don VanScoy, conductor. "The Royal Blues" will perform from 6:30 to 8 p.m. On the mezzanine, dancing is welcome!

On Saturday, the Early Owego Lecture Series continues with a presentation by Dr. Christopher Wright on the "Earliest Forms of Photography with a display of Period Cameras and Lenses." Dr. Wright holds many degrees including a Doctor of Divinity, and has had many occupations. Originally an academician, he tired of the 100 percent scholarly life and in 1978 he purchased a ruined farmstead and went to homesteading. Not that unusual, except that Dr. Wright, at 64, is the nation's oldest living survivor of Morquio's Syndrome, a rare connective tissue disease with a 95 percent infant mortality rate and that is severely disabling.

After an accident in which an old barn on the property collapsed on top of him, and as his disease progressed, he was led toward photography in the early 1980s. Although he tried to maintain both rough carpentry and his muse, the large format camera, by 1992, the strenuous physical activity had cost him numerous orthopedic surgeries and he was exiled from his wife and family. After recovering from amputation surgery in 1993, he moved to Ithaca, and started life over again. Already the recipient of grants from The National Endowment for the Humanities and the New York State Council for the Arts, Wright continued to apply for, and to receive grants to support his photographic work.

Doing nothing half way, he has helped revive some of the chemical and physical processes for most of the known very early photographic techniques. He is a Consultant to the Getty Museum's "Project for the Preservation of the Traditional Chemical/ Wet Darkroom", the owner of "Visions in Silver Photography" specializing in Large Format Fine Art black and white images, and the author of "Still Life-Still Living", a collection of photographs and essays describing the development of his spiritually-based aesthetics.

Dr. Wright will offer his talk and presentation of equipment at 2 p.m. on Saturday, at the Antique Center. You will not want to miss this fascinating individual who has truly overcome adversity through photography.

Submitted article.