Dr. Nancy Kleniewski, President of SUNY Oneonta, applauds the class of 2017 at the conclusion of the 128th Commencement Ceremony for Social Sciences at the Alumni Field House this morning. She commended the class on being instrumental in helping SUNY become a green school. At right, Scott Conrad, Oneonta, is all smiles as he takes to the stage to accept his Bachelor of Science degree. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 13
OPEN HOUSE – Noon-3 p.m. Talk to representatives of The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Ladies Axiliaries, Amvets, Sons of the the American Legion, and others. Cooperstown Veterans Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown.
GARDEN PARTY – 1-4 p.m. Treat Mom to a garden party that includes tea and treats on the veranda, a maypole and live music for dancing, activities, and a first look at a new exhibit by the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Free, all welcome. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Springfield. Info, hydehall.org/event/celebrate-mom-garden-party/ or call (607) 547-5098
COOPERSTOWN – Warming up for its summer season, The Glimmerglass Festival is bring a world-premiere hip-hop opera, “Stomping Grounds,” to Otsego County and Upstate New York over the next few weeks, beginning at 7 p.m. Monday, May 8, at SUNY Oneonta’s Center for Multi-Cultural Experiences.
Another local performance will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at the Cooperstown Farmers Market. No tickets are required for either show. Performances are also planned at Cherry Valley-Springfield and Cooperstown central schools, and Oneonta Middle School.
KINGSTON – Daniel E. Coons, who coached football at Cooperstown Central and taught at SUNY Oneonta before going on to a career at Delaware State University, passed away at his home on May 3, 2017, surrounded by family.
A flying enthusiast, he was a founder of and an inductee in the Delaware Aviation Hall of Fame.
He was born Oct. 6, 1932, in Kingston, to Russell T. and Mildred A. (Rittie) Coons. He was raised in Stamford, and graduated from Stamford Central School. He attended Champlain College before receiving his bachelor’s degree from Harper College (SUNY Binghamton). He received his master’s degree and doctorate of education from SUNY Albany.
He served in the Army overseas during the Korean War era.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 29
MEMORIAL CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The Oneonta community remembers “Hans & Edith Wilk.” Features the combined voices of the Hartwick College Chorus and SUNY Oneonta Concert Choir performing Mozart’s Symphony #35 Haffner and Requiem with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, catskillsymphony.net/news-events/upcoming-events.html
SPIRITUAL ARTS & PSYCHIC FAIR – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2 day fair featuring reading by psychics, vendors, and workshops to help you heal, and find direction in your life. Oneonta Holiday Inn, 5206 State Highway 23, Oneonta. Info, www.shiftnewyork.com
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 23
GYMNASTICS CHAMPIONSHIPS – 9 a.m. 225 gymnasts from across New York State meet to show their skills. SUNY Oneonta. Info, call Oneonta YMCA (607)432-0010 or visit www.oneontaymca.org/programs_pages/gymnastics/ymca-nys-gymnastics-championships.html
MUSIC – Noon. The Binghamton Morris men and friends welcome spring back to the northeast with a live performance. The Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Avenue, Gilbertsville. Info, www.facebook.com/binghamton.morris/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 22
INTERFAITH COMMUNITY GATHERING – 3 p.m. Program titled “With Malice Toward Non: Honoring America’s Legacy of Religious Inclusion.” Affirming America’s principles of democracy, religious freedom, compassion, and unity for people of all faiths. Temple Beth El, 83 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, Ken Sider, email@example.com or visit www.templebetheloneonta.org/2017/04/with-malice-toward-none/
EARTH FESTIVAL – 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. 13th annual festival featuring interactive exhibits, activities, vendors, and entertainment. Milford Central School, 42 W. Main St, Milford. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/earth-festival-2017/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 19
THEATER – 8 p.m. “Peter and the Starcatcher” presented by SUNY Oneonta. Tells the backstory of JM Barrie’s ‘Peter Pan’ as imagined by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Info, oneonta.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event_listings.asp
AMAZING AMPHIBIANS – 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Get your elementary aged children out and learn about the amphibians that are waking up from winter and explore Thayer farm to learn which ones live there. Meet at Upland Interpretive Center at Thayer Farm, 7027 State Highway 80, Springfield. Info, occainfo.org/calendar/get-kids-amazing-amphibians/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 18
THE GATHERING PLACE – 2-4 p.m. Learn about the habitat and feeding of the Baltimore Oriole and Ruby Throated Hummingbird as they return to our area this spring. Also touches on the patterns of other migratory birds. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St,. Cooperstown. Info, Karen Cadwalader @ 607-547-0600 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/
CLIMATE LECTURE – 6 p.m. Learn about issues in climate change with Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch, author of Foodopoly and Frackopoly. Hunt Union, Red Dragon ballroom, SUNY Oneonta.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, APRIL 13
HISTORY PRESENTATION – 6:30 p.m. Tom Heitz opens history season with some stories from WWI about shell shocked aviators recovering at Bassett Hospital and the good-natured hijinks they got into with the Cooperstown community. Event is free and open to all. Includes light refreshments. Kinney Memorial Library, Co. Rt. 11, Hartwick. Info, Deb Mackenzie, President Otsego County Historical Association, (607)293-6635
ART RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening of “Off Your Walls: A Tribute to Lisa Rodewald” and “The Fabric of Life: Textiles From
Around the World” art exhibits. Cooperstown Art Associeation. Info, www.cooperstownart.com