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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, AUGUST 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, AUGUST 20

‘Bon Appetit!’

Opera Cooking Show

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OPERA – 7:30 p.m. Mezzo soprano Samantha Malk perform’s Leo Hoiby’s Bon Appetit!, one woman opera show based on Julia Child’s cooking show, while baking a cake. Ticket’s, $25/adult. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 800-838-3006 or visit www.cooperstownmusicfest.org

PHOTOGRAPHY – 6 – 8 a.m. Sunrise on Glimmerglass Photo Excursions. Walk behind Fenimore Art Museum with photographer Kevin Gray, capture sunrise over Otsego Lake. Cost, $17/non-member. Lawn, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 19

Antique Power

Days Tractor Show

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ANTIQUE TRACTORS – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Antique tractors, engines, working exhibits on display. All brands, sizes, shapes, colors, conditions accepted. Fun for all. Roseboom. 607-264-9327 or visit www.farmershotline.com/farm-events/18th-annual-roseboom-antique-power-days

ART LECTURE – 2 p.m. “Leonardo Davinci and the Human Body, Earthly and Divine” investigating Davinci’s anatomical studies when he pursued knowledge through observation/experimentation, and his iconic paintings where he tried to portray an ideal beauty of man that related to God. Cost, $11/non-member. Auditorium, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 18

Hops History Festival

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HOPSEGO – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Family friendly festival featuring activities, fun, games, opportunities to learn local history and craft brewing. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Hopsego

ANTIQUE TRACTORS – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Antique tractors, engines, working exhibits on display. All brands, sizes, shapes, colors, conditions accepted. Fun for all. Roseboom. 607-264-9327 or visit www.farmershotline.com/farm-events/18th-annual-roseboom-antique-power-days

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

Demolition Derby, Chain Saw

Art, Desserts, More At Fair

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O-COUNTY FAIR – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. See best Otsego County has to offer. Daily shows, rides, more. Highlights include demolition derby, cake walk, chain saw art auction, goat show, dessert contest, more. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org

MUSIC FESTIVAL – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy music by world renowned jazz guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli with Mike Karn, bass, and Andy Watson, drums. Trio performs works by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, others. Ballroom, The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 800-838-3006 or visit www.cooperstownmusicfest.org/events/

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KUZMINSKI: On Playing The Race Card

Column by Adrian Kuzminski for July 27, 2018

On Playing The Race Card

Adrian Kuzminski

There was a time not so long ago when the ideal on racial issues was to be color-blind, presuming the equality of all.
When that proved not to effectively
address the underlying problem of racism, affirmative action became the order of the day. It played an important role in bringing minorities, especially blacks, out of the ghettos and into prominence in the professions, the media and middle-class life.
But, at the same time, life for most blacks in the inner cities continued to deteriorate in a downward spiral marked by increasing crime, police repression,
drugs and desperation.
This is the world which gave us rap and hip hop.
Antonio Delgado’s early hip-hop recording, “Painfully Free,” has come to dominate the opening stages of the race for the 19th Congressional District.
According to the New York Times, the lyrics of his CD, made in Los Angeles when he was 28, “include frequent use of a racial epithet common among black rappers, and criticize some of the founders as ‘dead presidents’ who ‘believe in white supremacy.’”
His opponent, Congressman Faso, was quick to jump on the issue, claiming, according to the Times, that Delgado’s lyrics are “inconsistent with the
views of the people of the 19th District and America.”
Delgado shot back at once, saying of Faso, according to the Times: “In his dated mind-set, he thinks it’s accurate to suggest that if you’re black or if you’re of a certain race, you can’t be of this community.”
In an earlier interview with his alma mater, Colgate University, reported by Hybrid Magazine, he discussed his CD, saying, “Hip Hop is misunderstood.” “Hip hop is a philosophy to live by … Hip hop is its purest form conveys the plight of the underprivileged.”

The Freeman’s Journal – Antonio Delgado confers with Adrian Kuzminski at last week’s candidates’ forum in Cooperstown, hosted by Sustainable Otsego.

Delgado, a product of a middle-class upbringing in Schenectady, and of Colgate, Harvard Law and Oxford University, hardly grew up a desperate ghetto kid. But
he did give voice to the plight of the underprivileged, as he says, and used their idiom to do so.
The world of inner city ghettos represents a festering wound in America, and its unsettling, provocative language is an unpleasant reminder to the rest of us of a major failure of our society – something we still need to fix.
No matter how uncomfortable it makes us, we should respect not condemn hip hop for the challenge it poses.
The rappers are telling us that racism, far from being something we can ignore, has been built into our culture, and thereby into how we think.
Delgado is saying that we’re not color-blind, that we’re all racists on some level. This is meant not to condemn us, but to invite us to acknowledge a common problem, which is the first step to overcoming it – like an alcoholic admitting he or she’s an alcoholic.
Like an addict in denial, Faso pretends to be color-blind. But he betrays his own prejudices by cynically stooping to play the race card against Delgado.
I’m not a racist, he insists, but Delgado must be
because he has the audacity to remind us of the truth of our tragic history.
By insisting that Delgado’s lyrics are un-American, when they are in fact as American as apple pie, Faso only deepens the racial divide. To exploit racism for votes is despicable demagoguery.
Luckily, the voters will have a choice in November of either giving in to their racism, or beginning to
transcend it.

Adrian Kuzminski, retired Hartwick College philosophy professor and Sustainable Otsego moderator, resides in Fly Creek.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JULY 9

5K Fundraiser For YMCA

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5K RACE – 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Oneonta Outlaws Race to benefit the Oneonta YMCA. Damaschke Field, James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0010 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaFamilyYMCA/

DISCUSSION – 5 p.m. New York Center for Agricultural Medicine & Health leads discussion with the 4-H Junior Livestock Show on safe spaces on the farm. Followed by awards for best posters displayed in visitors tent. Iroquois Farm Showgrounds, 1659 Co. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1452 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Junior-Livestock-Show

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 25

Exhibit ‘Earthly Possessions’

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OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Exhibit “Earthly Possessions” focusing on the items significant to us that can’t be taken when we die. The Smithy, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.smithyarts.org

COMMUNITY GARDEN – 4 – 6 p.m. Families plant mini-gardens to be donated to local food pantries. Large Pavilion, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-8006 or visit www.allforgood.org/projects/78eaBV8p

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 26

9th Annual Hall Of Fame Classic

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HOF CLASSIC – Noon. Get hyped for the game with the Home Run Contest then enjoy the 9th Hall of Fame Classic Game. First pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events/classic-18?date=0

LIVE AUCTION – 3 p.m. Find beautifully painted tables, chairs, and paddles for auction. General Clinton Park, 2507 Hinkley Ln., Bainbridge. Call 914-262-3216 or visit www.jerichoarts.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 25

History Exhibit: State Militia

& National Guard in Oneonta

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EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 2 p.m. “Oneonta’s Own: The State Militia & the National Guard in Oneonta, 1812 – 2003” features Oneonta-related items on loan from NYS Military Museum, & from the collections of GOHS, Hartwick College. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

JURIED ART SHOW – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening reception of the 27th annual regional show, the exhibit “A Singularity of Vision,” by E.A. Pilbeam, and The Leatherstocking Brush & Pallette Club Fine Arts Exhibit. Awards at 6 p.m. Cooperstown Art Association. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 27

Art & Poetry Opening Gala

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ART & POETRY – 6 p.m. Contest to explore the beauty of living life free from the negative impacts of addiction. Opening Gala in the CANO Gallery, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0090 Ext 106 or visit www.facebook.com/LEAFArtContest/

SPRING SUMMIT – 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. Event for Youth Food Movement featuring film, school garden discussion, Disco soup, live music, seed starting, internship/job info, Community Building. Cooperstown Farmers Market, 101 Main St., Pioneer alley, Cooperstown. Call 607-437-2862 or visit www.celebrateorigins.com/yfm

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