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UGLY SWEATER SLIDE SHOW

UGLY SWEATER SLIDE SHOW

 

Cooperstown Chamber Applauds Director’s ‘Ugly Sweater’ Success

Cooperstown Chamber Applauds

Executive’s ‘Ugly Sweater’ Success

Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce President Ken Meifert, center, leads the applause for chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard, left, in the wake of Saturday's successful second annual Ugly Sweater 4K Walk/Run. It drew 110 participants compared to last year's 30-ish. Other, from left, are
Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce President Ken Meifert, center, leads the applause this evening for chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard, left, after Saturday’s successful second annual Ugly Sweater 4K Walk/Run.   The event drew 110 participants, compared to last year’s 30.  The occasion was the chamber’s annual Christmas party, held at Brewery Ommegang.  Others, from left, are chamber staffer Hannah Bergene, consultant Mike Stein and his wife, Doris Motta; Matthew Zalachin from the Rangjung Yeshe Gombe retreat in Pierstown; chamber board member and Bassett VP/Operations Frank Panzarella, and Otsego 2000 Executive Director Ellen Pope.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Ice Delays Ugly Sweater Race For Week

Ice Delays Ugly Sweater Race For Week

A disappointed Jim Hill, Cooperstown, nonetheless shows off his ugly sweater at Pioneer Park this morning on learning Cooperstown Chamber executive director Matt Hazzard, fearful of icy conditions, delayed 12:30's Ugly Sweater Race for a week, hoping for more cooperative weather on the 13th.  However, Bourbon & Branch will be performing 1:30-3 p.m. at the Smithy Pioneer Gallery those in the festive mood.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
A disappointed Jim Hill, Cooperstown, nonetheless gamely shows off his ugly sweater at Pioneer Park this morning on learning that, at 10:15, Cooperstown Chamber executive director Matt Hazzard, fearful of icy conditions, delayed 12:30’s Ugly Sweater Race for a week, hoping for more cooperative weather on the 13th. However, Bourbon & Branch will be performing 1:30-3 p.m. at the Smithy Pioneer Gallery those in the festive mood. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Sweaters REALLY UGLY At This Year’s Holiday Race

Sweaters REALLY UGLY

At This Year’s Holiday Run

Brian Wrubleski and a team from Mel's won a top prize in today's third annual “Rockin Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run and Walk”Ugly Sweater 2K and 4K race this afternoon from Pioneer Park through the village to Lakefront Park, sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and the Clark Sports Center. Front row, from left, are Natalie Wrubleski, Santa (Steven Zabroski), Jamie Brinkman and Alex Coffey. Back row, from left, are Emma Ryanmiller, Natha n Tweedie, Brian Wrubleski, Hannah Bergene and Shirley Tyler. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Brian Wrubleski and a team from his Mel’s at 22 Restaurant won a top prize in this afternoon”s third annual Rockin’ Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run & Walk from Pioneer Park through the village to Lakefront Park, sponsored by the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and the Clark Sports Center. Front row, from left, are Natalie Wrubleski, Santa (Steven Zabroski), Jamie Brinkman and Alex Coffey. Back row, from left, are Emma Ryanmiller, Nathan Tweedie, Brian Wrubleski, Hannah Bergene and Shirley Tyler. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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UGLY Comes To Cooperstown

UGLY Comes To Cooperstown:

87 Runners, Walkers, Plus Sweaters, Vie For Ugliest

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal

Edition of Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

COOPERSTOWN

The fastest female, Melissa Swislosky, Mount Upton, finishes the Ugly Sweater 5K in 27:24; Oneonta’s Kyle Breier took top honors at 25:41. (The Freeman's Journal)
The fastest female, Melissa Swislosky, Mount Upton, finishes the Ugly Sweater 5K in 27:24; Oneonta’s Kyle Breier took top honors at 25:41. (The Freeman’s Journal)

It was a wooly and wild weekend in Cooperstown. Things got pretty ugly for a bit, but everyone still had a great time.

Some 90 runners and walkers, plus spectators aplenty, attended the belated Rockin’ Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run Saturday, Dec. 13, bringing out their Santa Snuggies, reindeer sweatshirts and sweaters bedecked with bows, jingle bells and even working Christmas lights. “We had a great turnout,” said Matt Hazzard, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce executive director. “We had a community that rallied behind the event, despite the weather – because people are interested in new things here.”

Though the race had been originally scheduled for the Saturday before, ice forced Hazzard to delay the event for a week.

Originally, the run had been planned as an all-day event, with music, a pug kissing booth, sleigh rides and a competition for who had the ugliest sweater, judged by The Farmers’ Museum’s own Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.

The contest did happen, and Hazzard’s wife Stephanie won ugliest sweater prize for a white Santa cardigan, and the downtown fun ended just in time to piggyback onto The Candlelight Evening at The Farmers’ Museum.

Kyle Breier, Oneonta, won the 5K in 25:41. The fastest female was Melissa Swislosky, Mount Upton, who finished in 27:34.

Christmas About To Become Ugly – For Fun Of It

Christmas About To Become Ugly – For Fun Of It

By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal

Edition of Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Matt Hazzard gets in the spirit of the season (Jim Kevlin/The Freeman's Journal)
Matt Hazzard gets in the spirit of the season (Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal)

Matt Hazzard still thinks fondly on the Ugly Sweater That Got Away.

“It had Winnie the Pooh and Tigger in Christmas hats next to a tree,” he said. “It was fantastic.”

It didn’t survive the trip from Colorado to Cooperstown, but it is in that holiday spirit that the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce and the Clark Sports Center have teamed up for the Rockin’ Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Walk/Run and Downtown Celebration on Saturday, Dec. 6 – aka St. Nick’s day.

“Ugly sweaters have come back into style,” he said. “It’s a retro thing. We all have them, and now we have an opportunity to put them to good use.”

He’d heard of similar races, but after doing some research, he saw the nearest one was in New York City.
The four-mile run and two-mile walk will start at 12:30, (and Main Street will be closed from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. to encourage pedestrian activity.) Participants will each get a Santa hat and bells, “So they can jingle all the way around Cooperstown!” said Hazzard.

Participants also get a coupon for a free coffee or hot chocolate from Stagecoach Coffee or a free Ommegang beer from Cooley’s. “It helps brings supporters to local businesses and restaurants,” he said.

More than 100 have already registered for the race, but Hazzard expects more will register the day of. And when the race is over, there’s still plenty to do, including sleigh rides, a pooch kissing booth benefiting the SSPCA, music by Bourbon & Branch and Scattered Flurries, and the annual Pathfinder Village bell choir concert at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

But don’t think you can take off that ugly sweater when the race is run – the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, taking time off from their performances of “A Christmas Carol” at the Farmers’ Museum, will be on hand to judge who’s sweater reigns supreme.

“We had Santa last weekend and Light Up Cooperstown the weekend after,” said Hazzard. “Having this means we have three wonderful weekends to celebrate the holiday season here in Cooperstown.”

But he has a tough choice to make this Saturday. “I’ve got an ugly sweater, but I also have an entire one-piece pajama outfit!” he said. “I’ve got an important decision to make.”

IT’S LOOKING A LOT LIKE… Christmas In Cooperstown

IT’S LOOKING A LOT LIKE…

Christmas In Cooperstown

It was beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Cooperstown today. Getting in the mood for the Ugly Sweater Race, top photo, are Andi Gullota on Matt Gullota shoulders, both ar from Hartwick; others, left to right, are Sarah Dorwart, Cooperstown, and Jenette and David Lyons, Fly Creek.  Lower left photo, Carabella Amodeo, 3, of New Jersey and Fly Creek, gets to know a goat at the Cooperstown Fire Department’s Children Party.  At right, meeting with Santa at the Hall of Fame after the Pathfinder Village bell choir were, from left, Collin, Erika and Brodee Miller, and Brodee’s grandmom, Barb Frank of Mohawk.  (AllOTSEGO.com photos by Tara Barnwell and Jim Kevlin)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 2

Home For The Holidays Parade

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HOLIDAY PARADE – 10 a.m.-Noon. Join area businesses, organizations, as well as Santa, Elsa, and Anna for a fun parade. Line up at 10, parade begins 11. Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2941 or visit www.destinationoneonta.com/events/2017/12/2/home-for-the-holidays-parade

HOLIDAY RUN – Noon. Pull out your ugliest holiday sweater. It’s the Rockin’ Around Cooperstown Ugly Sweater Run/Walk. Check 10:30-11:30 a.m. Enjoy a hot chocolate or beer upon completion. Cost $25/individual. Begin at Santa’s House, Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2017-rockin-around-cooperstown-ugly-sweater-runwalk/

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