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Friends, Neighbors, Food At Oneonta Potluck Dinner

Friends, Neighbors, Food

At Oneonta Potluck Dinner

Above, Molly Swain, Oneonta puts out a dish of apples on the table at the inaugural Oneonta Potluck dinner held on Dietz Street Saturday afternoon. Friends and neighbors brought a dish to pass as they enjoyed conversation, warm weather and live music by Joe and Joann Chmielowski. The event was hosted by Destination Oneonta and hopes to become and annual event. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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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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