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EDITORIAL: Amy Schumer Proves It –

Editorial, June 8, 2018

Amy Schumer Proves It

Cooperstown-Oneonta Market

CAN Support Top Acts.

Study Should Underscore That

Amy Schumer filled Foothills.

Amy Schumer’s almost-instantaneous sellout performance Tuesday, May 29, at Oneonta’s Foothills Performance Arts Center proves it: There is a demand for top-rated entertainment in Otsego County.
The remaining question: What’s the price point?
As Schumer proved, $20 – a true bargain – is fine. So is probably $30. Maybe $40. Certainly, at $50 a seat there will probably be some audience erosion, but how much?
At $20, Foothills grossed an estimated $14,000. At $40, it would have been $28,000, not a bad gate, plus bar sales.
It was quite a story. Foothills Manager Bill Youngs looked up from his desk the Friday afternoon before and there was Amy Schumer herself, one of the nation’s top comics (and a niece of our U.S. senator, Chuck Schumer.)
Having recently moved to the area, she wanted to do a benefit in four days, to test out the material in her upcoming “Amy Schumer And Friends” national tour.
Youngs and his office manager, Geoff Doyle, rose to the occasion, setting up an online ticket office in short order and getting the word out over social media. Overnight, the 650 tickets were sold. (Well done, guys!)
The line that evening extended up South Market Street almost to Main, an unprecedented sight in the City of the Hills. Since Gordon Lightfoot reopened Foothills in 2010 to great excitement, there’s been only one other sellout.
Now, no doubt, Youngs and his board members are sharpening their pencils and looking at their performance list to see how Amy’s hit evening might be duplicated, and triplicated, and quadruplicated … and so on.

Still, the whole question of what Greater Oneonta, and that includes Cooperstown, can afford in the way of entertainment is still up in the air, despite notable successes in the market. Another example: retiring Catskill Symphony Orchestra maestro packed SUNY Oneonta’s Dewar Arena April 28 for his final concert.
That question mark looms lately in the mind of anyone who may walk past the historic Oneonta Theater, and to see its front doors plywooded over despite the best efforts of its owner, Tom Cormier, over a decade.
Happily, Mayor Gary Herzig can report, FOTOT – the Friends of the Oneonta Theater – in collaboration with the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, has been awarded $60,000 from the city’s Downtown Redevelopment Fund to answer that question.
FOTOT/GOHS has contracted with New York City’s Webb Associates, the foremost arts-center consulting firm in the country, to finally conduct a market survey to determine how much entertainment Greater Oneonta can afford, and what type.

Foothills declined to participate in seeking the city grant, but Mayor Herzig says it’s now agreed to provide consultant Duncan Webb whatever information he may need to come up with a sound conclusion on the arts scene as a whole.
“That’s important,” said Herzig, “because you can’t talk about restoring the Oneonta Theater without talking about Foothills. They have to work together. They have to have a defined market niche. We’re not looking to build up one at the expense of the other.”

The queue of fans waiting to get into the Amy Schumer concert at Foothills Tuesday, May 29, demonstrates quality entertainment can fill theaters locally. Photo by Hannah Bergene

Webb is expected to start work in early July – very exciting, particularly since City Hall, leveraging $10 million from the Cuomo Administration in Downtown Revitalization Initiative (DRI) funding, now has the money to act on Webb’s best recommendation.
“That’s exactly what we need to know,” Herzig said. And right now, we don’t.

According to Herzig, in addition to a market survey, the $60,000 will be used to determine what it will cost to renovate the historic theater back to its original glory. (Cormier put a new roof on it, so – fingers crossed – damage won’t be structural.)
“The outcome of this study may be there’s not enough support in Onoenta. Or the engineering study may say it just costs too much,” Herzig continued. “FOTOT understands this could be the outcome.” But at least everyone will have given it “their best shot.”
The mayor – and all arts fans, who enjoy Foothills today and enjoyed the Oneonta Theater, even under its latest struggling incarnation under Cormier – have to hope both very different facilities can finally thrive, particularly with the 2008 recession fading and a sense that better times are arriving.
As a good omen, Herzig points to Catskills Hospice contracting with ZZ Top, the beard-toting, guitar-driving band that’s been packing houses for almost a half-century now, to perform at its annual fundraising concert Saturday, Aug. 25, at the Sixth Ward Athletic Club field.
Tickets, he pointed out, will be as much as $250, and it’s sure to be a sellout.
It’s a benefit concert, sure. But a sellout would again show the draw of top quality, as Gordon Lightfoot and Judy Collins and Loretta Lynn did almost a decade ago now.
In the baseball region, let’s say with some confidence: If we book it, they will come. It being quality, which entertainment fans will certainly appreciate and, we can hopefully anticipate, support.

 

Comedian Amy Schumer To Perform At Foothills

Comedian Amy Schumer

To Perform At Foothills

Comedian Amy Schumer, shown here as part of Comedy Central’s “Night of Too Many Stars” in 2015, will perform at Foothills on Tuesday. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)

ONEONTA – Stand up comedian and “I Feel Pretty” star Amy Schumer announced that she will perform at Foothills on Tuesday, May 29.

According to New York Upstate, Schumer allegedly walked into Foothills on Friday and offered to perform. Tickets for the event at $20 and all proceeds will go to local charities.

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Fans Line Up Block For Amy  Schumer

Fans Line Up Block

For Amy Schumer

Fans are lined up Oneonta’s South Market Street a block and a half from Foothills’ entry at this hour, awaiting admission to comic Amy Schumer’s sold-out show to benefit Opportunities for Otsego’s domestic violence program and Foothills itself. Schumer reportedly bought a house in Delhi and was exploring the area when she happened on Foothills last Friday and offered to do the show.  Tickets were $20; Foothills seats 600 — 700 with overflow, meaning the event might raise $14,000. The curtain rises at 8. (Hannah Bergene photo for AllOTSEGO.com)

FOR COMPLETE DETAILS, SEE THIS WEEK’S 

HOMETOWN ONEONTA,  FREEMAN’S JOURNAL

Insure Crops Brewers Need, Senator Schumer Says Here

Minority Leader Visits Hartwick

Insure Crops Brewers Need,

Senator Schumer Says Here

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is introduced at Hartwick College today by Dr. Michael Tannenbaum, provost & vice president of academic affairs.

ONEONTA – At Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage, U.S. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-NY, today announced he is asking the USDA to approve a specialized crop insurance to protect farmers growing crops for the state’s expanding farm breweries.

“It is imperative that the USDA takes the necessary steps towards offering the malt barley endorsement (MBE) throughout these (44 Upstate) counties to provide further protection for our growers while continuing to promote the businesses that rely on this important crop,” Schumer said in a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue that was released here today.

Schumer Supports Small Breweries

At Ommegang, Schumer

Supports Beer Tax Cuts

Paying a visit to Brewery Ommegang this afternoon, New York Senator and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer announced that he was joining a bipartisan effort to lower taxes for breweries across the nation, including smaller breweries like Brewery Ommegang. “Small breweries throughout the Southern Tier, like Brewery Ommegang, not only brew great beer, they also pour jobs into the community,” said Senator Schumer. “By cutting taxes for breweries and increasing the number of federal inspectors to approve basic things like new beer labels, we can help breweries like Brewery Ommegang buy new equipment, hire more employees, and truly allow them capitalize on the growing craft beer culture in the Southern Tier.” After speaking, Schumer toured the brewery’s new $2 million renovations, and enjoyed a beer at the bar. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Reports On Amy Stock Memorial Dedication

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Reports On Amy Stock Memorial Dedication

Kim Robinson of Prolifiq Signs, which did the graphics on the Amy Stock Memorial trailer, hugs Amy's sister Eileen Anania, who led the effort to turn a tragedy into teaching moments, as Tuesday dedication ceremony was about to begin. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Kim Robinson of Prolifiq Signs, which did the graphics on the Amy Stock Memorial trailer, hugs Amy’s sister Eileen Anania, who led the effort to turn a tragedy into teaching moments, as Tuesday dedication ceremony was about to begin. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

WAMC-logo_1 (1)In today’s weekly radio report on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), describes the dedication of the Amy Stock Memorial, a travelling exhibit that dramatizes the pain that can results from DWIs.

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Senator Schumer In Oneonta, Touring Market Street Sites

Senator Schumer In Oneonta,

Touring Market Street Sites

U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is in Oneonta at this hour, about to tour sites of the prospective Upper Susquehanna Agricultural Center and entertainment district planned at Market and Chestnut streets, around Foothills Performing Arts Center. Here, Schumer makes preliminary remarks at Otsego Now's headquarters on the fifth floor of 189 Main. At right are Mayor Gary Herzig, county Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and Otsego Now President Sandy Mathes. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., is in Oneonta at this hour, about to tour sites of the prospective Upper Susquehanna Agricultural Center and the entertainment district planned at Market and Chestnut streets, around Foothills Performing Arts Center. Here, Schumer makes preliminary remarks at Otsego Now’s headquarters on the fifth floor of 189 Main. At right are Mayor Gary Herzig, county Board Chair Kathy Clark, R-Otego, and Otsego Now President Sandy Mathes. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
In Death, Victim Joins DWI Fight

In Death, Victim

Joins DWI Fight

Wreckage Of Amy Stock’s Car

To Warn Students Of Dangers

ONC BOCES students built and traveling display that will dramatize the dangers of drunk driving to students across New York State. It will be unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the county's Meadows Office Complex.
ONC BOCES students built this traveling display that will dramatize the dangers of drunk driving to students across New York State. It will be unveiled Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the county’s Meadows Office Complex.
Amy Stock
Amy Stock

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN – A travelling memorial exhibiting the wrecked car of Amy Stock, the sister of a Cooperstown woman killed by a drunk driver last July, will be unveiled on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in hopes that it might warn students of the dangers of drinking and driving.

The dedication ceremony will be at 1 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the county Emergency Service garage in The Meadows Office Complex, off Route 33 south of Cooperstown.

Stock, a  professor and environmentalist, was killed while driving home from babysitting on July 19, 2015, when her car was struck by a man driving 65 mph down an Albany city street.  His BAC was .27, more than three times the legal limit, and he had a previous DWI conviction.

Senator Schumer Calls for Shorter Waits for Distilleries

Schumer Backs More Inspectors,

Shorter Waits For NY Distilleries

Standing in the production room at the Cooperstown Distillery, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, left, this afternoon called for additional funding for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau to hire more inspectors to review and approve permits for  distilleries.  Despite the growth in the craft brew and distillery industry, the inspector corps has been reduced, and some businesses are waiting as long as 200 days for permits, he said.   Welcoming the senator, a contender for Senator Democratic with Harry Reid’s pending retirement, is Cooperstown Distillery Proprietor Gene Marra, center, and Steve Harris, an investor in the Railroad Avenue operation.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Standing in the production room at the Cooperstown Distillery, U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY, left, this afternoon called for additional funding for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol & Tobacco Tax & Trade Bureau to hire more inspectors to review and approve permits for distilleries. Despite the growth in the craft brew and distillery industry, the inspector corps has been reduced, and some businesses are waiting as long as 200 days for permits, he said. Welcoming the senator, a contender for Senator Democratic with Harry Reid’s pending retirement, is Cooperstown Distillery Proprietor Gene Marra, center, and Steve Harris, an investor in the Railroad Avenue operation. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
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