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Destination Oneonta

Art, Music, & Sales Fill Oneonta Weekend

Downtown Sales Kick Off

Arts And Music Weekend

Stephanie Walls, Cherry Valley and Tom Driscoll, Roseboom, browse through the shoe sale selections at McLaughlan’s Shoes in Oneonta on Friday afternoon. Deals at this and other downtown businesses can be found throughout the weekend as part of the annual Sidewalk Sale, now partnered with The City Of The Hills Arts & Music Festival, which runs tomorrow 10am-4pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Latin Food Arrives With Opening Of Trendy Foods

Latin Food Arrives With

Opening Of Trendy Foods

Above, owners Deggie Monroy, husband Antonio, and mother Elvira Nieves cut the grand opening ribbon alongside their extended family and Mayor Gary Herzig as they celebrate the official opening of Trendy Foods on the corner of Muller Plaza in Oneonta this evening. At right, Elizabeth Karson, Oneonta, brings out colorful menu selections for the public to sample during following the opening.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Destination Oneonta Crowns Oneonta Wing King

Destination Oneonta Crowns

Oneonta Chicken Wing King

The title of Oneonta’s Best Chicken Wings was on on the line tonight during as judges Doug Brenner, Janet Hurley-Quackenbush, Aron Fried, Barbara Ann Heegan and Randy Mowers put taste to the test as they sampled chicken wings from sixteen area eateries. Here, destination Oneonta’s Katrina Van Zandt and Rachel Jessup stand with a plate of wings and the Prize Chicken trophy before the announcement of the winners; 1st: Nina’s, 2nd: Doblers and 3rd: Jay’s place. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MAY 19

Catch An Art Walk & Car Show

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FABULOUS FRIDAY – 5-8 p.m. Take an Art Walk through the galleries of Oneonta, hear from the artists and view the car show by Tom and Doug’s Cruise-In. Main St., Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/oneontafabulousfridays/

MUSIC SHOWCASE – 7 p.m. Singer and Songwriters show their talents. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Info, foothillspac.org

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Balnis Honored By Destination Oneonta

Destination Oneonta Honors

Carla Balnis’ Volunteerism

Carla Balnis, left, is recognized for outstanding volunteer contributions by Destination Oneonta Treasurer Rachel Jessup at DO’s annual meeting  Wednesday evening Roots Brewing on Main Street.  Carla, a member of the DO Events Committee, helps plan free public events like First Night, Fabulous Fridays, the Susquehanna Balloon Fest, holiday parades, the tree lighting ceremony, the gingerbread house competition and more. “She is full of great ideas that take our Events Committee above and beyond so we don’t become stale.” said Jessup. “She always is giving her time without question. If I am in need of a performer, she knows somebody. She does so much and she volunteers her time for it all.”  Destination Oneonta also announced its new officers; Dave Weaver (Gordon Roberts), president; Faith Teimann SUNY Oneonta, vice president; Kirsten Oehl (Hartwick College), secretary, and Rachel Jessup (Bank of Cooperstown), treasurer. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Sauced Named Oneonta’s Best Meatball

Judges Name Sauced’s

Meatballs Oneonta’s Best

Judges "Big Chuck' D'Imperio and Hartwick College president Margaret Drugovich took the task of sampling 13 meatballs from Oneonta restaurants very seriously, naming Sauced the winner of Destination Oneonta's Best Meatball contest. Late afternoon showers moved the Fabulous Friday event. which also featured beer tastings, face paintings and music by Buffalo and Brandy, to the Foothills Performing Arts Center. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Judges “Big Chuck’ D’Imperio and Hartwick College president Margaret Drugovich took the task of sampling 13 meatballs from Oneonta restaurants very seriously, naming Sauced the winner of Destination Oneonta’s Best Meatball contest. Late afternoon showers moved the Fabulous Friday event. which also featured beer tastings, face paintings and music by Buffalo and Brandy, to the Foothills Performing Arts Center. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Destination Oneonta Office Now Open

Destination Oneonta Opens

Tourists’ Welcome Center

The first Fabulous First Friday of 2015 returned to Oneonta, with the opening of the new Destination Oneonta office at 2 Dietz St. Here, D.O. board members Julia Goff, Nancy Scanlon, Colleen Brannan, Rachel Jessup, Tim Masterjohn, Kristen Oehl, Louisa Montanti, Caroline Lewis and Sophie Richardson pose for a group photo beneath the new sign (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)

The first Fabulous First Friday of 2015 returned to Oneonta, with the opening of the new Destination Oneonta office at 2 Dietz St.   At the opening were, from left, DO Executive Director Julia Goff and board members Nancy Scanlon, Colleen Brannan, Rachel Jessup, Tim Masterjohn (president), Kristen Oehl, Louisa Montanti, Caroline Lewis and Sophie Richardson. The office will act as a focal point for visitors where they can get information about places to eat, shop and explore in the Oneonta area.(Ian Austin/allotsego.com)

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Destination Oneonta Unveils New Wesbsite Plans

Destination Oneonta Unveils New Website

Oneonta City Manager Martin Murphy, left and Mayor Russ Southard listen to Wayne Carrington, owner of the B-Side Ballroom explain the new website for Destination Oneonta (Formally Main Street Oneonta) at the annual meeting hosted by the Roots Brewing Company this evening.  The website, when launched, will serve as a hub for Oneonta businesses, restaurants and hotels. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
Oneonta City Manager Martin Murphy, left, and Mayor Russ Southard, center, listen to Wayne Carrington, owner of the B-Side Ballroom, explain the new website for Destination Oneonta (formerly Main Street Oneonta) at its annual meeting at Roots Brewing Co. this evening. The website, when launched, will serve as a hub for Oneonta businesses, restaurants and hotels. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
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LEAF, Dankievitch Family Take Top Gingerbread Prizes

LEAF, Dankievitch Family

Take Top Gingerbread Prizes

Susan Phillipe, Julian Chauncey and Jessica Phillipe, Oneonta, peer in the Key Bank window at the Winter Wonderland Gingerbread houses.
Susan Phillipe, Julian Chauncey and Jessica Phillipe, Oneonta, peer in the Key Bank window at the Dankievitch family’s “A Woodland winter Wonderland” (Ian Austin/allotsego.com).

ONEONTA – LEAF’s “Life Enjoyed in a Winter Wonderland” took first prize in the adult category of Destination Oneonta’s annual Gingerbread House contest.  This year’s theme was “Winter Wonderland.”

SUNY Delhi’s Gingerbread team took Best in Show with “Delhi Painted Lady,” and Michele & Matthew Dankievitch, Oneonta, won first prize for “A Woodland Winter Wonderland.”

Other winners included:

ADULT CATEGORY

• Jennifer Zachow,  “Frozen Ice Castle”

• Hampshire House,  “Grandma’s House”

Honorable Mention

• Kelly Calhoun, “Woodland Treehouse”

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Induction Business ‘Inundates’ Oneonta, With More To Come

Induction Business ‘Inundates’ Oneonta, With More To Come

By LIBBY CUDMORE

The Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary weekend didn’t just stay confined to the streets of Cooperstown.

“It had a very positive impact on our local merchants,” said Barbara Ann Heegan, executive director, Otsego County Chamber. “The restaurants were filled, the mall was very filled.”

“We were super busy,” said Red Caboose owner Tim Masterjohn, who also serves as the board president of the newly formed Destination Oneonta. “When you have that many people coming into an area, it’s inevitable that hotels and restaurants will be packed.”

The induction of former Yankee manager Joe Torre, a local favorite, plus Atlanta Braves pitchers Tom Glavine and Greg Maddux, and manager Bobby Cox, and White Sox Frank Thomas and manager Tony LaRussa brought an estimated 48,000 people into the county, the third-largest crowd in Hall of Fame history. Only the seven-member 1999 class (50,000) – George Brett, Orlando Cepeda, Nestor Chylak, Nolan Ryan, Frank Selee, Joe Williams and Robin Yount – and Ripken/Gwynn in 2007 drew better (75,000).

And it’s only going to get better, or at least stay as good. Next year, Randy Johnson will be on the ballot, and in 2019, Derek Jeter could bring record numbers of fans to the streets of Cooperstown – and Oneonta. Multiple MLB stars will become eligible in the years in between. “People are sharing that they want to come back,” said Heegan.

The Clarion, Courtyard by Marriott and Holiday Inn were completely booked almost a year ago, but still the calls came in. “The week of, people were calling the chamber, trying to see if we could refer them to a hotel room,” said Heegan.

The sunny weather helped. “Everyone I know was just inundated with customers,” said Masterjohn. “Everyone was out walking around, and traffic was definitely noticeable.”

And, seeing that Oneonta still has so much more to offer, many of those visitors have decided to stay for a little while longer to enjoy the start of the Otsego County Fair on Tuesday, July 29. “When they heard we had the fair in town, some people extended their stay,” Heegan said. “It’s such a positive to have those two events back-to-back.”

It’s part of what Destination Oneonta hopes to do in the future. “Induction weekend took the cake,” said Masterjohn, “but our mission is to bring people back even when it’s not an induction – whether to go shopping, visit a brewery or a winery, or just take a day trip. We need to highlight ourselves and show what a great town this is.”

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