Cooperstown Graduate Program Director Gretchen Sorin briefs a packed house a few minutes ago on “Driving While Black,” portions of which are being screened for the first time at Glimmerglass Film Days, which began last evening and runs through Monday. With her is Ric Burns, Ken Burns’ brother, who is producing the film for PBS. It is based on Sorin’s 2009 thesis on “The Green Book,” a guide for black tourists and travelers during the Jim Crow Era. At right in inset photo is Otsego 2000 Executive Director Ellen Pope, an organizer of the annual event. Today’s crowd filled all 126 seats in The Fenimore Art Museum Auditorium, and folding chairs lined the aisles and across the front of the room. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com
Some 90 Oneontans – including, above, Ad Van Buren, Oneonta, Bill Van Buren of Sidney and his wife Julie, and Bruce Van Buren, Oneonta – rallied in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza this evening in solidarity with the Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller investigations into 2016 campaign irregularies. At right, as passing cars honk in support – and a few against, Betsy Holland, Oneonta, stands with fellow protesters along Main Street with her sign that states “Trump is not above the law!” The Defend The Mueller Investigation protest, started by Moveon.org and organized locally by Amy Pondolfino, began in response to suspicions that President Trump will be firing Robert Mueller, who is currently investigating Russia’s interference in the 2016 Presidential election, or Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who overseers Mueller’s work. Mueller’s efforts have already garnered 20 indictments and several guilty pleas. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Dave Bliss, Republican chair of the Otsego County Board and a Rotarian, pours coffee for state Sen. – and candidate – Jim Seward, R-Milford, a few minutes ago at the traditional Cooperstown Rotary Club Election Day pancake breakfast at the Vets’ Club. With the senator are, from his left, daughter-in-law of two months Kelly Ann, daughter Lauren, wife Cindy and son Ryan. Seward is being challenged today by Democrat Joyce St. George, Margaretville area. Inset, Democratic kingmaker Richard Sternberg joined the Republican table that includes, at left, county Sheriff Richard J. Devlin, Jr. and County Clerk Kathy Sinnott Gardner; at right is Republican County Chair Vince Casale, who is also a top adviser to Republican Marc Molinaro’s campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Devlin is being challenged by Republican Bob Fernandez, a retired state trooper who appears on the Democrat line. Sinnott Gardner is unopposed. “I like these people,” said Sternberg. The polls are open across Otsego County until 9 p.m. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg will once again be on hand to speak about her passion for opera and her perspective on law in the arts at The Glimmerglass Festival next July.
This is Justice Ginsburg’s sixth time presenting at The Glimmerglass Festival. She last appeared in 2017, when she spoke following a performance of Derrick Wang’s opera Scalia/Ginsburg. Her talk will also feature members of the Glimmerglass Young Artists Program enacting selected scenes that deal with law and justice.
The Catskill Symphony Orchestra held a Veterans Day performance this afternoon in the Hunt Union Ballroom at SUNY Oneonta. Above, guest Conductor Timothy Perry, Binghamton, leads the orchestra and the audience in “The Star Spangled Banner” as a salute to upcoming Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. At right, Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich, right, and Beth Steele, the college’s director of Advancement Communications, watch Dave Irvin, East Meredith, play the double bass during the opening number. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
In addition to getting a jump on your Christmas gifts, the Southside Mall’s annual Craft & Vendor Show seemed to be a great way to run into people you haven’t seen in awhile, evident in the big hug, top photo, that Jan Hendrickson of Oneonta gives to Laurens’ Genesis Bushnell, 14, who was there with mom Amie Bushnell. They were in front of the bright lights of the K&C Crafts booth, tended by Oneonta’s Katrina Van Zandt. Inset at right, sisters Barbara Ungerland and Anne Marrie Winchester of Oneonta offer a surprising array of Christmas decorations made from the most usual things at the CBEUsedBlues booth. They and other vendors reported steady business. The fair continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)