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Christmas

For A Child Will Be Born To Us

‘For A Child Will

Be Born To Us’

If you were passing by the Main Street Baptist Church this evening, you may have noticed a delicate scene of tranquility on the corner of Main and Maple. An angel (Joshua Davidson), Mary (sister Evie Davidson) and Joseph (brother Ben Davidson) were looking after the newborn baby Jesus as part of a living manger the church puts on annually. The Nativity scene, usually on the Main Street side of the building, was moved to the corner after bushes had been planted in the spot formerly used for the set. The Nativity also featured shepherds with sheep, a horse, as well as chickens and ducks. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 24
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 24

Celebrate This Christmas Eve

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Christmas Eve

Chanukah begins at sundown.
CHRISTMAS DINNER – 12:30-2:30 p.m. Annual Friends of Christmas dinner. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Onoenta. Info, Ann Steen 432-1283 or Kelly Ahlqvist 432-1871

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 6:45 p.m. Includes a Living Nativity scene. Main St. Baptist Church, 333 Main St., Oneonta. Info, msbchurch.org/ or call 607-432-5712

CHRISTMAS EVE SERVICE – 7 p.m. Family Service with Childrens pageant followed by Christmas Tea and Candlelight service at 10. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Onoenta. Info, firstumc-oneonta.org

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 23

Game Night For Whole Family

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FAMILY GAME NIIGHT – 5-10 p.m. Bring Family and Friends to Board Game Night. Serenity Hobbies, 254 Main St, Oneonta. Info, serenityhobbies.com

CHRISTMAS DINNER DONATIONS – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Donations of food to the Friends of Christmas Dinner should be dropped off at First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Accepting baked pies, fruit breads, Christmas cookies, fresh fruit, apple and cranberry juice. Volunteers needed as cooks, drivers, servers and cleaning. Info, Ann Steen 432-1283 or Kelly Ahlqvist 432-1871

SOUTHSDIE MALL SANTA – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Southside Mall, 5006 State Highway 23, Oneonta.

COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 1-4 p.m. Christmas Cottage, Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/santas-house-in-cooperstown/

ONEONTA SANTA – 4-6 p.m. Muller Plaza, Main St., Oneonta.

MUSIC – 6-9 p.m. Come de-stress with Dan Schilling. Timber Creek Saloon and Restaurant, 2957 ST. HWY. 23, West Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/TimberCreekLLC

KARAOKE – 8 p.m. With DJ Donna. Empire House 136 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville. Info, www.facebook.com/theempirehouse

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 22

Practice Public Speaking

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TOASTMASTERS MEETING – 6-7 p.m. Improve speaking and leadership skills and have fun in supportive Toastmasters club. Green Earth Natural Foods, 4 Market St., Oneonta. Info, oneonta.toastmastersclubs.org

SOUTHSDIE MALL SANTA – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Southside Mall, 5006 State Highway 23, Oneonta.

COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 1-4 p.m. Christmas Cottage, Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/santas-house-in-cooperstown/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DEC. 20

 Public Welcome To Attend

Revitalization Committee

 

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CITY MEETING – 1-3 p.m. Oneonta Downtown Revitalization Initiative Planning Committee meeting. All welcome. Opportunity for public comment. 2nd floor, Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info, City Clerk’s office (607)432-6450

COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 1-4 p.m. Christmas Cottage, Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/santas-house-in-cooperstown/

KNITTING GROUP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar

CFEE MEETING – 5-6 p.m. Cooperstown High School Library Media Center, 39 Linden Ave, Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org/juniorsenior-high-school/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 18

‘Christmas Carol’ Staged

At The Farmers’ Museum

happenin-logoTHEATER – 3 p.m. The Farmers Museum presents Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol.” 5775 Rt. 80, Cooperstown. Info, www.farmersmuseum.org/A-Christmas-Carol

NATIVITY SCENES SHOW – 1-5 p.m. Calvary Hill Retreat Center, 290 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, Jerry Kabat 432-4926

MUSIC – 7 p.m. Featuring “the Howlin’ Brothers,” a string band from Nashville. B-Side Ballroom, 1 Clinton Plaza Drive Oneonta. Info, bsideballroom.com/agenda-calendar/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 17
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 17

Fokine Ballet Company Performs ‘The Nutcracker’

NUTCRACKER – 7 p.m. The Fokine Ballet Company’s 29th production of “The Nutcracker.” Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info/Tickets (607)432-6290, deckerschool@hotmail.com

WRITERS PROGRAM – 1:30-3 p.m. Group to host author Shannon Delaney. She will talk about her writing process and journey through publishing. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org

THEATER – 2 p.m. The Farmers Museum presents Charles Dikens’ “A Christmas Carol.” 5775 Rt. 80, Cooperstown. Info, www.farmersmuseum.org/A-Christmas-Carol

CONCERT – 4 p.m. The Voices of Cooperstown to sing “Handel’s Messiah”. Tickets $20 Adult, $10 Child. Christ Episcopal Church, Fair St., Cooperstown. Tickets available at Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown or Riverwood, 88 Main St., Cooperstown or Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, 31 Chestnut St., Cooperstown.

CONCERT – 7:30 p.m.. “Darlingside” performs live at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-1812, info@cooperstownconcertseries.org, cooperstownconcertseries.org/darling.html

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 16

Dance An Irish Ceili For Christmas

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CHRISTMAS CEILI – 7 p.m. A full Irish dance performance by the Iona Troupe. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstownart.com

STANDING ROCK FUNDRAISER – 4-7 p.m. Includes a raffle. Donations go to help the Water Protectors of Standing Rock against future pipeline atempts. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta.Info, www.firstumc-oneonta.org

SOMMELIER SERIES – 6 p.m. Join Sommelier Chad Douglas for his monthly wine tasting class. This months theme is “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” an Italian Christmas eve tradition. Cost $50/person. Info, Chad Douglas (607)544-2573 or visit www.otesaga.com/events

JAZZ HARMONIA CONCERT – 8:44 a.m.-10 a.m. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 15

Create Your Own Christmas Ornaments

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3-D PRINTING – 10-11:30 a.m. Make a 3-D ornament in this workshop Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org

COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 3-6 p.m.Christmas Cottage, Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/santas-house-in-cooperstown

3-D PRINTING – 4:30-6 p.m. Make a 3-D ornament in this workshop Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org

MIND BODY SPIRIT – 6 p.m. Mind Body Spirit Collective meeting. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, www.firstumc-oneonta.org

WRITERS SALON – 7:30-9 p.m. Kirby Olsen, contemporary of Allen Ginsberg and Gregory Corso, will read from his poetry collection titled “Christmas at Rockefeller Center.” Book signing to follow. CANO, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.canoneonta.org/event/writers-salon-kirby-olson/

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Holiday Cheer By The Bus Load

Holiday Cheer By Bus Load

If you saw a packed OPT bus making it's way around residential streets this evening, rest assured they weren't lost! The bus, driven by Paul Patterson, was taking residents of Nader Towers on a city-wide tour of Christmas lights. D.J. Wooden and Julie Pitell, seen in the foreground, lent their vocal talents by singing Christmas songs with the riders to get everyone in the spirit. The event, organized by Carla Balnis, was so popular that she intends to expand it for next year to include rides for Academy Arms and Peaceful Flatts. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
If you saw a packed OPT bus making its way around Oneonta’s residential streets this evening, rest assured they weren’t lost! The bus, driven by OPT Director Paul Patterson, was taking Nader Towers residents on a city-wide tour of Christmas lights. D.J. Wooden and Julie Pitell, seen in the foreground, lent their vocal talents to singing Christmas songs with the riders to get everyone in the spirit. The event, organized by Carla Balnis, was so popular that she intends to expand it for next year to include rides for Academy Arms and Peaceful Flats. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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