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Spring Fling

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 19

Ring In The Spring

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SPRING FLING – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Find crafts, vendors, food trucks, live music, a gift basket auction, more. Doubleday Parking Lot, Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/cooperstownrotaryclub/

DUCK DERBY – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Family festival features games, bounce house, music, food, cake walk, vendors, more. Duck Derby begins 12:30 p.m. Cost, $5/duck or $25/6 ducks. Fortin Park, 167 Youngs Rd., Oneonta. Call 607-432-4592 or visit www.destinationoneonta.com/events/2018/5/19/rubber-duck-derby-and-family-festival

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Auction Action!

Action, Auction!

If you hurry down to the Cooperstown Farmers Market, you can still partake of the bargains to be had at the Cooperstown Rotary Club’s “Spring Fling” Live Auction, which began just a few minutes ago. Chief Auctioneer Gary Kuch is assisted by Rotarians Bob Schlather, right, and, from left,, Cathy Andrews and Teresa Gorman. (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
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With Live Auction Due At 1, Rotary Crew Ready To Go

With Live Auction Due At 1,

Rotary Crew Ready To Go

With the Cooperstown Rotary “Spring Fling” Live Auction due to begin at 1 p.m. today in the Cooperstown Farmers Market building, Rotarian Margaret Savoie, top photo, gives last-minute marching orders to her crew, including, clockwise from right, Rotarians Ellen Tillapauugh, Helmut Michelitsch, Jayne Guchone, Patti Grady, Judy Steiner, Teresa Gorman and Melissa Manikus.  At left, Kate Pina draws the “auction here” sign at the entrance to Pioneer Alley, as husband Phil advises.  From 4-7 this afternoon in the Doubleday Field lot, a Sunday dinner, featuring stuffed baked potatoes, is planned.  An Ecumenical sunset service at 7:30 in Lakefront Park ends two days of festivities.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Perfect Day For Spring Fling – And There’s More Tomorrow

Perfect Day For Spring Fling

– And There’s More Tomorrow

What a perfect day – blue skies and temperatures 70-ish – for Cooperstown Rotary’s expanded Spring Fling? The Cronin family from Albany – twins Emilie and Gavin, 3, dad Ed, sister Avalynn, 5, and mom Lauren (granddaughter of Cooperstown’s Sally Tarr) – were among the hundreds of Fling-goers who browsed among the 60 vendors or partook of the various food stalls. Sunday, there’s a live auction at 1 p.m. (preview at 11 a.m.) in the Cooperstown Farmers Market building. Plus Sunday dinner, 4-7, featuring stuffed baked potatoes, and a sundown Ecumenical service at 7:30 p.m. in Lakefront Park. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSESGO.com)
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Spring Fling! Begins At Doubleday Field

Spring Fling! Begins

At Doubleday Field

Cooperstown Mayor (and Rotarian) Jeff Katz cuts the ribbon a few minutes ago at the entrance to the Doubleday Field Parking Lot, signaling the beginning of the club’s Spring Fling, expanded this year into a two-day event. Some 60 vendors are selling goodies, crafts and specialty items through 5 p.m., with entertainment on the hour, beginning right now with the Z Man in the entertainment tent. Tomorrow, a live auction begins at 1 p.m. in the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market building. (Preview begins at 11). A Sunday dinner, featuring stuffed baked potatoes, is 4-7 in the Doubleday lot, followed by an ecumenical sunset prayer service at 7:30 p.m in Lakefront Park. Rotarians in photo, from left, are Bob Birch, Pat Szarpa, Bill Glockler, Tom Lieber, Georgia Whitney, Spring Fling chairs Jim Howarth and Karen Katz, and Barbara Ann Heegan.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20

Spring Street Fair & Market

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SPRING FLING – Noon-5 p.m. 2-day event featuring farmers, crafts-people, food vendors, and live music. Doubleday field parking lot, 1 Doubleday Ct., Cooperstown. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/spring-fling-street-fair

RELAY FOR LIFE – 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Support the search for a cure to cancer, remember the dead, and support the living. Wilber park, 1-19 S. Main St., St. Hwy. 28, Milford. Info, Lauren.Ferraro@cancer.org

BROOKWOOD POINT REOPENING – Noon-5 p.m. Enjoy food, lawn games, music, kayaking, demonstrations, and more at Brookwood Point, 6000 State Highway 80, West Lake Rd., Cooperstown. Info, otsegolandtrust.org

HISTORY REMEMBERED – 1 p.m. Unveiling Cato Freedom historical marker. In memory of Cato Freedom who gained his freedom due to his service in the Revolutionary War. Butternut Valley Cemetery, Co. Hwy. 16, Burlington Flats. Info, Deb Mackenzie, President Otsego County Historical Association, (607) 293-6635.

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6

Festival In The Park

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SPRING FEST – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Features music and events including the Ross Park Zoomobile and a Fishing Derby by Trout Unlimited. Copes Corner Park, on Rte. 51 between Gilbertsville and Mt. Upton. Info, www.townofbutternuts.org/copes-corners-park/

FLOWER SHOW – 5-7 p.m. Opening reception of The Cherry Valley Flower Show on display to June 4. The Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. Info, call (607)264-9530 or email info@cherrybranchgallery.com or visit cherrybranchgallery.com

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BIG CROWD at Spring Fling

BIG CROWD at Spring Fling

There's a big crowd on closed-off Railroad Avenue right now for the Cooperstown Rotary Club's "Spring Fling," the third annual such street fair. Among them are Hartwick triplet's, from left, Lucas, Noah and Hunter O'Brien, 19 months, with sister Hanna, 4, and mom Elizabeth, the family of Hartwick Town Supervisor Rob O'Brien. Lower right, Milo Stewart, right, and Ed Badgley anchor the Small Town Big Band. Food, music, vendors, plus tons of local folks, will be on hand for the rest of the afternoon. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
There’s a big crowd on closed-off Railroad Avenue right now for the Cooperstown Rotary Club’s “Spring Fling,” the third annual such street fair. Among them are Hartwick triplets, from left, Lucas, Noah and Hunter O’Brien, 19 months, with sister Hanna, 4, and mom Elizabeth, the family of Hartwick Town Supervisor Rob O’Brien. Lower right, Milo Stewart, right, and Ed Badgley anchor the Small Town Big Band. Food, music, vendors, plus tons of local folks, will be on hand for the rest of the afternoon.   The fun continues until 5. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Rotary’s ‘Spring Fling’ Auction Starts At 5:30 On Railroad Ave.

Rotary’s ‘Spring Fling’ Auction

Starts At 5:30 On Railroad Ave.

Would-be bidders review the offerings at the Cooperstown Rotary Club's "Spring Fling" Auction, due to begin at 5:30 p.m. today at One Railroad Ave.  In the foreground, Rotarians Tom Lieber and Ellen Tillapaugh examine a set of dishes.  Behind them are Lynn DeLong, visiting from Mayfield, with Gail Olin, Fly Creek, and her dog Teddy.   Tickle Me Pink barbecue and Red Shed brewery are offering refreshments.  The main event, the "Spring Fling" festival, begins at noon Saturday.  Railroad Avenue will be closed off for the occasion.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Would-be bidders review the offerings at the Cooperstown Rotary Club’s “Spring Fling” Auction, due to begin at 5:30 p.m. today at One Railroad Ave. In the foreground, Rotarians Tom Lieber and Ellen Tillapaugh examine a set of dishes. Behind them are Lynn DeLong, visiting from Mayfield, with Gail Olin, Fly Creek, and her dog Teddy. Tickle Me Pink barbecue and Red Shed brewery are offering refreshments. The main event, the “Spring Fling” festival, begins at noon Saturday. Railroad Avenue will be closed off for the occasion. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Rotarians Prepare 65 Baskets Of Goodies For Friday Auction

Rotarians Prepare 65 Baskets 

For ‘Spring Fling’ Silent Auction

Cooperstown Rotarians – from left, Marge Landers, Margaret Savoie, Karen Cadwalader and Joan Badgley – pack one of 65 baskets of goodies that will be auctioned off at 5 p.m. Friday at 1 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown, a “warm-up” to Saturday’s “Spring Fling.” Gary Kuch and Bob Schlather will be auctioneers. Food and refreshments available. The auction is a preview to Saturday’s main in event – from noon to 5 p.m., a festival of music, food, games and other fun in the middle of Railroad Avenue. Highlights include the Spurbeck’s Market 75th anniversary, and samples provided by the Beverage Trail. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstown Rotarians – from left, Marge Landers, Margaret Savoie, Karen Cadwalader and Joan Badgley – pack one of 65 baskets of goodies that may be bid on during a Silent Auction Saturday at the club’s “Spring Fling” festival on Railroad Avenue.   The festival begins with an actual auction at 5 p.m. Friday at 1 Railroad Ave., Cooperstown, a “warm-up” event; Gary Kuch and Bob Schlather will be auctioneers. Food and refreshments available. Saturday, the “Spring Fling” will be noon-5 p.m. along closed-off Railroad Avenue, featuring not just a silent auction, but food, games and music throughout the afternoon.  Highlights include the Spurbeck’s Market 75th anniversary, and samples provided by the Beverage Trail. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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