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Damaschke Field

Ride ‘Em, Cooperstown Cowgirl!

Ride ‘Em!

Cooperstown Cowgirl Competes

Cooperstown’s own Krista Curpier, 20, races around a barrel during the Saturday Night Showdown rodeo at Damaschke Field. Despite some chilly weather, the stands were full for an evening of bull riding, team roping and even a couple rounds of steer wrestling by the American Professional Rodeo Association (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 29

Awards At Doubleday

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AWARDS PRESENTATION – 4:30 p.m. Features the presentation of the Ford C. Frick award for baseball broadcasting excellence and the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. Gates open 3 p.m. Followed immediately by the Parade of Legends Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. baseballhall.org/events/Awards-Presentation-2017?date=0

PARADE OF LEGENDS – 6 p.m. The Legends of baseball ride down Main St. to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. baseballhall.org/events/Parade-of-legends-17?date=0

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JULY 27

Community Concert In The Park

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SUMMER CONCERT SERIES – 7 p.m. Presenting “Oneonta Community Concert Band” at the Bandstand, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. www.oneonta.ny.us/departments/parks-and-recreation/summer-concert-series/

ART EXHIBITION – 5-7 p.m. The Arc Otsego’s 13th Annual Voice! exhibit celebrates Artists with Developmental Disabilities. Reception includes live music, refreshment, and art for sale. $1,500 prize will be awarded and guests can cast their vote for the People’s Choice award. Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta. Call (607)432-8595 or visit www.facebook.com/arcotsego/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 25

‘Wintergreen’

At The Lake Front

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LAKEFRONT CONCERT – 7 p.m. ‘Wintergreen’ folk trio performs a mixture of traditional and contemporary music from the British Isles and America. As well as their own compositions. Bandstand in the Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

ART CLASS – 1 p.m. Learn to use pen and ink in art with the Leatherstocking Brush and Palette Club. Fee, $10 members, $20 non-members includes free a free membership. Springfield Community Center. Call Janet Teschke @ (607)397-1770.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 21

Elvis Costello At Ommegang

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CONCERT – 5 p.m. Elvis Costello & The Imposters perform live. Show starts at 7 p.m. Brewery Ommegang, Cooperstown. www.ommegang.com/#!events

HISTORY READING – 7:30 p.m. Hear the letters of soldiers of the Civil War as ready by Wanda Burch, accompanied by original music written and performed by John Kenosian. Experience their loneliness, homesickness, and hope for survival. Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd., Cherry Valley. www.windfalldutchbarn.com

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City To Seek Demolition For Damaschke Grandstand
80-YEAR-STRUCTURE CLOSED

Damaschke Grandstand

Heading For Demolition

Common Council last evening approved an application for funding to demolish the 80-year-old Damaschke Field grandstand.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Oneonta Outlaws owner Gary Laing has been concerned for a few years about the safety of seating in the grandstand.

ONEONTA – With Damaschke Field’s box seats condemned and its supports rusting, Common Council voted tonight to apply for a grant to demolish the 80-year-old city landmark.

“It’s a touchy thing, but the building is old and it needs to come down,” said Gary Laing, Oneonta Outlaws owner. “We’ve been talking about it for a few years now, but it’s reached a critical stage.”

“It’s beyond repair,” said Mayor Gary Herzig. “It needs to be completely replaced.”

The grandstand was built in 1939 and seats 500. Earlier this season, the entire set of top boxes was condemned by the city. “That’s when it really came to the forefront,” said Laing. “It’s decrepit.”

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 11

History At The Hall

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HYDE HALL VIGNETTES – 6-9 p.m. Explore Clark family history through live vignettes. 1 hour tours, depart once every hour. Cost, $15. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Cooperstown. hydehall.org/event/explore-hyde-hall-history-with-live-vignettes/

LAKEFRONT CONCERT – 7 p.m. Cooperstown Community Band celebrates 156 years of patriotic marches, Broadway show tunes, dixieland, jazz, themes and other favorites. Bandstand in the Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 8

See The Art Of Dance

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DANCE DEMONSTRATION – 10 a.m. Informative demonstration in the art of dance presented by Jillian’s Dance Arts. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. foothillspac.org

ART RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. “Migration-Immigration: A Creative Depiction” opens depicting the arduous and dangerous path that has led many immigrant to the US throughout our history. Features the work of local artists working in water color, acrylics, oils, pen, ink, sculptures, and more. Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. cherrybranchgallery.com

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JUNE 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JUNE 30

Lasers In The Park

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LASER TAG– 8:30 p.m. Play Laser tag with Bases, Powerups, and Large-scale team oriented game play. Admission $10. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. www.facebook.com/tdlasertag/

FREE HEALTH SCREENING – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Get tested for HIV. It’s free, fast, and confidential. Family Planning of South Central NY, 37 Dietz St., Oneonta. fpscny.org

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 28

Book Signing At Hall Of Fame

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BASEBALL AUTHOR – 1 p.m. Richard Sandomir, author of “The Pride of the Yankees: Lou Gehrig, Gary Cooper, and the Making of a Classic,” comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame to discuss the book and take questions from the audience, followed by a book signing in the atrium. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame. baseballhall.org/events/author-series-Richard-Sandomir?date=0

FREE HEALTH SCREENING – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Get tested for HIV. It’s free, fast, and confidential. Family Planning of South Central NY, 37 Dietz St., Oneonta. fpscny.org

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