COOPERSTOWN – Dana Spiotta, whose novel “Eat the Document” was a National Book Award finalist while she was co-proprietor the Rose & Kettle restaurant in Cherry Valley, will be back in Otsego County at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, to give a talk at the Village Library of Cooperstown.
Spiotta is the author of three other novels, “Innocents and Others” (2016), winner of the St. Francis College Literary Prize and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; “Stone Arabia” (2011), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and her first, “Lightning Field” (2001).
CHERRY VALLEY – A memorial service for Thomas Krietsch will be at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley, followed by a gathering of family and friends at Sherman’s Tavery, The Hotel Pratt, Cooperstown.
CHERRY VALLEY – John Richard Hurley, who retired after a 39-year career at Remington Arms, passed away unexpectedly on Aug. 19, 2017. He was 62.
Known to his friends as “John Boy,” he was born in Manhattan on Feb. 9, 1955. John spent his summers in Cherry Valley until permanently moving here in 1971, graduating from Cherry Valley Central in 1973.
CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT – 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Experience a civil war encampment with the 125th and 61st New York Regiments. Includes Civil War weaponry, tactics, drills, and firing demonstrations. Also a concert and a battle reenactment. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. Call (607) 547-5098 or visit hydehall.org/event/civil-war-weekend/
HOPS FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn and celebrate the local history of hops in the Cooperstown area. Includes family friendly activities, an exhibit, visiting with the tradesmen to learn how hops were incorporated into daily life. There will be opportunities to brew and taste craft bears. Finish the day with some food and drink with your friends on the Bump tavern green. Tickets, $12 adults, $10.50 seniors, $6 juniors. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. www.farmersmuseum.org/Hopsego
HARVEST FESTIVAL – 3-6 p.m. Celebrate the bounty of summer with the Butternut Valley Alliance and the Morris Farmer’s Market. Guy Rathbun Park (behind the firehouse), 117 Main St., Morris. Visit butternutvalleyalliance.org
NATURE WALK – 6-7:30 p.m. Walk through Riddell State Park with Patricia Riddell Kent and Steve Kent. Visit historic structures, fields, and forests along the Schenevus creek and learn the history of the land. Meet at the Main Entrance of the Robert V. Riddell State Park, Riddell Rd., Davenport. Call (607) 547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/nature-walk-robert-v-riddell-state-park/
PADDLE & PULL – 1-3 p.m., Bring your Canoe or Kayak and enjoy a leisurely paddle on Goodyear Lake. OCCA has been working to remove invasive Water Chestnuts and now you can enjoy the benefits. If you find any stumps, OCCA will pull them up. Bring water, sunscreen, and a hat. Meeting at the Portlandville Fishing Access site on Rt. 28. occainfo.org/calendar/paddle-pull-goodyear-lake-2/
SW BIRTHDAY – 1-3 p.m. Celebrate the 30th birthday of the Swart-Wilcox House Museum. Features “Remembrances” by the Friends of Swart-Wilcox, music by Kathy Shimberg and Local Seisiun Trio, and a birthday cake. Free and open to the public with informal tours. Bring your own lawn chair. Swart-Wilcox House, Junction of Wilcox Ave. & Henry St., Oneonta. swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com
PARADE – 11 a.m. Celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence at the 103rd Springfield 4th of July parade. Followed by a party with live music, Brooks chicken bbq, 4th of July Quilt Show, a Revolutionary War display by the Fort Plain Museum, the Utica Zoomobile, a bounce house, games, raffles, and more. Free parking. Springfield Community Center, 137 Co. Rt. 29A, Springfield Center. wskg.org/event/springfield-4th-of-july-parade-and-celebration-2/
FREEDOM – Noon. Listen to Frederick Douglas’ famous “History is a Weapon” speech about what freedom means to a slave as performed by one of the Templeton Players. Followed by a reading of the Declaration of Independence on the Tavern Green at 1 p.m. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. www.farmersmuseum.org/Independence-Day-July-4th-Celebration
WRITERS CAMP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join Jen and the HML Writers Group for a NaNoWriMo style weekly workshop. Jen will present prompts and other activities to get you writing. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. hmloneonta.org/calendar/
WORLD CUP SOCCER FESTIVAL – 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Come to the 4th annual Play for Peace soccer festival for food, fun, music, and soccer. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. www.facebook.com/KESsoccer/
OUTDOOR GAMES – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Athletes from across the NE compete to see who’s best. Includes a bbq contest and tasting, and the Stihl Timbersports NE Qualifier. Watch the finals of the women’s competition, and the final outdoor games. Alden Field, Cherry Valley Community Center. www.facebook.com/northeastqualifier/