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The Rome Chamber presents...

The 40th Annual Rome Home & Recreation EXPO
"Inside & Out...Getting Ready...Gearing Up!"

Saturday, April 25 (9am-5pm)
and Sunday, April 26 (10am-4pm)




Check out the EXPO's Exhibitors!

Thanks to our sponsors:

Entertainment Tent Sponsor:

Media Sponsors:

John F Kennedy Civic Arena

Get Directions 500 West Embargo Street, Rome,NY


Registration Form & Floor Plan

Register now! Download and submit the
2015 Rome Home & Recreation EXPO Registration Form.

Check out the
2015 Home & Recreation EXPO Floor Plan
to pick your location.

If you have any questions,
please contact Alexa Drake, 337-1700.


7 Inch Kindle Fire for Kids

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook (10.1 inch)

1 ticket for $5, 3 for $10. Ticket sales end Sunday at 2:30pm, winner to be announced Sunday at 3pm; need not be present to win.

Plus: 50 - 50 Raffle Saturday & Sunday

One drawing each day (Tickets sold Sat are not good for Sunday) 1 ticket for $1, 3 for $2 or an arm's length for $5.
Ticket sales end Sat at 4pm, winner announced at 4:30pm.
Ticket sales end Sun at 3pm, winner announced at 3:30pm.


The Rome Home Show Committee includes:
Laurie Fusco (chairman), Rocco Garro, John Mazzaferro, Kylie Pierce, Roberta Cavano.


EXPO Entertainment, Demonstrations and Attractions

The Rome EXPO Entertainment Tent, a new feature sponsored by R-Tronics, will be busy with great sounds and delicious aromas through the weekend:

  • Singer-entertainer and comedic host CJ Colt performs pop-country favorites 11am-noon on Saturday.
  • CJ turns "Comedy-Chef" on Saturday (3-4pm) and Sunday (2-4pm), inviting EXPO attendees to see what kind of healthy trouble she'll be cooking up next, during the live taping of these two segments for "The Sassy Lass Cook" web broadcast. (See more about CJ, below.)
  • Also performing (Sunday 12N-1:30pm), Derrick Horton and the Jay Street Band, a pop R&B band from the Capital Region (See more about Derrick Horton, below.)


  • Lowe's Build & Grow Clinic for Kids (day & time, TBD) — Last year, children and parents built birdhouses to take home. What will this year's project be? Check back for details!

Check back soon as we add to our list of demonstrations.


About CJ Colt -Entertainer

CJ is a live wire "off-the-cuff" performer with a quick wit and magnetic personality. Her rich contralto voice encompasses signature pieces of Pop to Country Classics from The Great American Songbook and beyond...

CJ's stage presence soon reveals a consummate show woman who will engage you forward in your seats with her "One Girl-One-Mic-One Dress" show. No audience is safe from her high humor and mesmerizing sound!

Originally from the Hudson Valley area in Upstate New York, CJ's career officially started under the guidance of Porter Wagoner and Dan Wilson of CBS-Tree International in Nashville. Her "sungwith" list reads like a who's who of American popular music. She's performed on Television and Radio, at International Conventions, Castles and Military Bases, in Big City Hotels and Small Roadhouses throughout the Country.

April 25th and 26th, CJ will be singing all of her Country favorites at The Rome Home and Recreation EXPO held at Kennedy Area.

CJ is also a gifted educator teaching and inspiring those who wish to use their talents. She donates her time to entertain at benefits like The Wounded Warrior Project, Hospital Foundations and Animal Charities. Miss Colt is an active Patriot Guard Rider and has a heart for all and helps wherever she can.

For more info, visit cjcolt.co.


From CJ Colt — The Sassy Lass Cook

Once upon a time there was a little towhead girl born May 19th 1959 in Upstate New York to an Irish Police Officer and my Jewish Mother. Little did Mom know that I...this 7 lb cross eyed hematoma-headed child...was destined to the principal's office and The Comedic Stage! So for 17 long years I was unrelentingly crafting my trade as Class Clown. How they all survived my brilliant ideas is still a mystery to this day!

As a Singer-Entertainer and Comedic Host for over 35 years, I decided while approaching my 2nd Childhood with extra baby fat, I was going to be a Singing COMEDY Chef! So with my Mom in tow as my Sous Chef and Co-Host, the stories will be flying, and so might the food!

My Celtic Cuisine follows my own 3-A's of cooking..."Available" "Affordable" and add "Alcohol". The dishes will take you on delicious journeys that are designed to be Healthy and Kosher and Treat You Right!

You will never be bored and always be prepared for the unexpected whenever I am around. So come along and join me on this new found venture and see what kind of trouble I will be cooking up next!"

I am CJ Colt "The Sassy Lass Cook"

For more info, visit www.thesassylasscook.com.


Derrick Horton & The Jay St. Band

Derrick Horton & The Jay St. Band are a a pop R&B band from the Capital Region, and part of a Motown-styled media company, HDH Entertainment, brainchild of Dr. Hayward Derrick Horton at SUNY Albany. They continue to grow their legacy of giving back to charitable causes in the Capital District, while giving their audiences an evening of family-friendly fun. In March 2015, they will bring their "Motown and More" Show to benefit Ronald McDonald House of Albany. Other causes include the HIV Program at Whitney M. Young Health Center.

[Excerpts from timesunion.com, September 19, 2014 article, "Building a new kind of Motown"]

Derrick Horton knows what he wants, and it's no small thing.

He wants to create a multimedia entertainment company in the Capital Region. He wants to combine television broadcasts, film production and a music label. He wants to perform and record, singing soul and pop classics and his own originals. He wants to find new talent, sign it, nurture it, promote it, record it and get it out there. He wants to make stars.

In other words, he wants to be the next Berry Gordy.

"My dream is to have my own Motown," says Horton, a University at Albany sociology professor who goes by his first name (Hayward) in the lecture hall and his middle (Derrick) when making music. "There's so much talent in this area — so much talent. And yet it's not really being tapped into. And so I said, 'Why, I want to create my own multimedia version of Motown. And I'll start with the Motown house band.' And so that's what I've done."

"The group is a diverse lot, he says — "in all kinds of ways. Diverse in terms of race and ethnicity. Diverse in terms of age and gender." Ages range from 17 to the 60s; influences range the pop-rock spectrum. He envisions the same for his label: soul, rap, you name it. "I want a heavy metal band on my label. I also want a country band on my label."

A native of Norfolk, Va., Horton sang with bands throughout high school and college, but set music aside to pursue his career in academia. After earning his bachelor's degree from Norfolk State University and his Ph.D. from Penn State, he spent stints at the University of Central Arkansas and Iowa State University before pulling his U-Haul upstate in 1995.

Part of his job as teacher and mentor is training young professionals — and because of that, he says, he's acquired the skill set required for a Motown-style impresario. "I have the patience to nurture. ...I'm looking for those diamonds on the rough."

There are too many reasons to push ahead, he says: the music, the joy of performing, the chance to found a company with the potential to foster youth and bolster the community. The upcoming benefit [for the HIV program at the Whitney M. Young Health Center] reflects this mind-set: "This is my way of giving back. Also, in a way, I'm building a company with a conscience."

All of this fits naturally, he says, with his role as a public sociologist and his mission to take his work beyond the ivory tower and into the world at large. "I teach it. I preach it. I live it," he says.

For more info, visit www.facebook.com/DHJSB.