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Town of Hartwick to have Halloween events

Town of Hartwick to have Halloween events

STAFF REPORT • Special to

There will be two Halloween events on Saturday, Oct. 30, in the Town of Hartwick.

In conjunction with the Hartwick Historical Society, there will be a “spirited stroll” through the Hartwick Cemetery where knowledgeable guides will speak about legends, folklore and history from Hartwick. This will be a 3 p.m.

Best Bets: Art by the Lake returns

Best Bets
Art by the Lake returns

After being cancelled in 2020 and delayed until Autumn this year, the Art by the Lake Festival celebrating local artists and Otsego Lake is finally going ahead. The outdoor festival will feature regional artists showing and selling in mediums from watercolor to sculpture, oil to pottery, photography, printmaking, and more. There will also be artist demonstrations, tastings from The Cooperstown Distillery and more. Come celebrate art and enjoy the fall colors on the lake. On the lawn at The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. For info: 607-547-1400 or

Go to Foothills Performing Arts Center for the Fifth Annual Play It Forward concert.
This year will feature Ian Flannigan who was in the top three on NBC’s “The Voice,” has a top release with Blake Shelton, opened for country singer Trace Adkins, and is from Saugerties.
The Upstate musician will be back to his roots to perform, hang out, and be a part of the Play It Forward legacy.
Proceeds go to the Play It Forward Scholarship to be granted to two Oneonta students going into the music industry.
Tickets are $15/person. At Foothills Performing Arts Center, in Oneonta. At 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. For info: 607-431-2080 or visit

Come see artwork by artists of Upstate New York. In Gallery A of the Art Association the Central New York Watercolor Society will be holding its annual Members Only Juried Exhibition.
Also on show will be the solo exhibit by wood artist Emilie Rigby.
Opening reception to be held at the Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St. in Cooperstown from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1. For info: 607-547-9777 or visit

Get in the mood for the Halloween season with a theatrical production of “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson. Follow the twists and turns as John Montague investigates the psychic activity in the long empty house with the help of three young people. What happens as the house begins to affect them in this creepy and frightening show? Cost is $20/adult. At Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta. 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2, 8 and 9 and matinee shows at 2 p.m., Oct. 3 and 10. For info:

The SUNY Oneonta Planetarium is back. Stream a presentation about the night sky in Autumn, and learn about deep space through the lens of the Hubble space telescope. Join the SUNY Oneonta students and faculty to explore the universe. Registration required. Presented through Microsoft Teams by the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. At 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. For info: 607-436-2011 or visit

Come enjoy delicious baked goods and support a local fire department. At Hartwick Seminary Fire Department, 4877 State Route 28 in Hartwick Seminary from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2.

Get ready for the winter reading season and support a local library. Kinney Memorial Library is sponsoring a community book sale at the Hartwick Community Center, 450 County Route 11 in Hartwick from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. For info: 607-293-660.

Destination Oneonta plans October concert, Harvest Party

Destination Oneonta plans
October concert, Harvest Party

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

With the arrival of fall, many organizations are being innovative, hosting events safely despite the rise of the Delta variant. Destination Oneonta is no exception.

Friday, Oct. 15, at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, D.O. will host a concert with the Legendary Wailers and the Cooperstown-based band Hanzolo.

On Oct. 16, they will hold a “Harvest Party” at Oneonta’s Neahwa Park.

Calendar September 2, 2021

►Thursday, Sept. 2
New York STATE FAIR – From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. A 13-day showcase of agriculture, entertainment, education and technology. At the Great New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. in Syracuse. For info: 315-487-7711 or visit

B Side to reopen for live music, with Nashville singer, Sheehan, on Sept. 5

B Side to reopen for live music, with Nashville singer, Sheehan, on Sept. 5

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

After being closed for a year because of the coronavirus pandemic, the B Side Ballroom in Oneonta’s Clinton Plaza will offer live music again starting at 7 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 5.

The first show will be by acoustic singer-songwriter Trae Sheehan.

Sheehan is touring in support of his new album “Hello from the End of the World,” which will be released Aug. 27.

“It’s very much a look into my mind,” Sheehan said.

Best Bets: August 12, 2021

Best Bets

August 12, 2021

Summer Music Festival returns,
Hartwick to host tractor pull

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is back with the Grammy -nominated wind quintet “Imani Winds.” They are known for dynamic playing, adventurous programming and outreach programs, which have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The cost is $30/person. At The Otesaga in Cooperstown at 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15. Call 877-666-7421 or visit for information.

Cooperstown & Around: August 5, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

August 5, 2021

State grants include Coop Concert Series

The Cooperstown Concert Series was awarded $10,000 through a state grant to support live music or theater performances. Other groups that got $10,000 include the Glimmerglass Festival, Chenango River Theatre, Franklin Stage Company and the Catskill Symphony Orchestra.

CAA invites artists to submit for ‘Fine Arts on the Lawn’

Artists are invited to participate in the Cooperstown Art Associations’ Fine Arts on the Lawn event Labor Day weekend in Cooperstown. Artists are allowed to display up to five works or apply for and maintain a 10′ x 10′ tent. Go to for more information.

Best Bets: July 29, 2021

Best Bets

July 29, 2021

Art in the park, car show,
more planetarium shows!

Come down to the park and make art with (mostly) natural materials. These items will be left in the park for others to find and enjoy. Pre-registration required, children must be accompanied by an adult. Come prepared to get messy. Presented by the Oneonta World of Learning. At Fortin Park, 167 Youngs Rd. in Oneonta at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 31. Call 607-431-8543 or visit Oneonta World of Learning on Facebook.

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival to open with free lawn show Aug. 10

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival
to open with free lawn show Aug. 10

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival will open its 23rd season with a free outdoor community concert featuring the Caroga Arts Ensemble, led by cellist Kyle Price, at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 10, on the lawn behind the Fenimore Art Museum.

The concert, entitled CSMF Musical Kaleidoscope and sponsored by NBT Bank, will feature a repertoire of bluegrass and classical to jazz and pop in a musical variety show.

“CSMF is thrilled to be partnering with the Caroga Arts Ensemble for our return to the stage,” said Festival Founder and Artistic Director Linda Chesis in a media release. “We wanted our first concert to be a gift to the community so that everyone can experience the joy of music after such a difficult year.”

Best Bets: July 22, 2021

Best Bets

July 22, 2021

Baseball Hall of Fame awards,
Oneonta outdoor concert, more.

Calling all baseball fans!
Tune in for the 2021 awards ceremony live on the MLB Network. The ceremony will include the Ford C. Frick Award winner for broadcasting excellence, Al Michaels; the 2020 Frick Award winner, Ken Harrel-son; the 2021 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Career Excellence Award winner, Dick Kaegel; the 2020 BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner, Nick Cafardo; and the 2020 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner, David Montgomery.
Presented by The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown on Saturday, July 24. Call 607-547-7200 or visit

LIMITI: I identify as an anime character; and that’s OK with me

I identify as an anime character, and that’s OK with me

Kevin Limiti

Some things never change, which includes my spending weekends watching anime in my apartment alone.

Two and a half months since I’ve moved to Oneonta, I find myself curiously identifying with anime protagonists with a target audience of pre-pubescent boys.

People may raise their eyebrows at me, perhaps think I’m crazy, but I consider anime to be one of the greatest things in life. Nothing has the ability to bend reality like good animation.

Although in America, most people seem to feel like animation is kid’s stuff, that opinion is starting to change thanks to the weird rise of geek culture, making something that used to get you stuffed into a locker into something that could land you a date.

Not that I’ve been able to land a date since moving here, but I will say that when I do, I’m sure my extreme knowledge of anime, indie comics and obsessive attention to the price of Dogecoin and foreign news will likely impress them.

For this reason, I’m neither ashamed nor embarrassed by my penchant for consuming unholy amounts of anime, but I do think that maybe I ought to take more cues from anime as opposed to being a passive observer.

One example is Deku from “My Hero Academia,” an anime where practically every human has a special “quirk” that can make them a super hero.

Cooperstown & Around: July 8, 2021

Cooperstown & Around

Village to host concert series at Lakefront Park

Cooperstown will host the Lakefront Concert series, which began Tuesday, July 6, and will take place every Tuesday from 7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Attendees are encouraged to bring chairs, blankets and non-alcoholic beverages. The next concert will be Tuesday, July 13, and will feature the Kennesaw Mountain Boys.

Richfield to host concerts in the park

The Richfield Springs ‘Concert in the Park’ series, a free event, will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesdays on state Route 20, starting Wednesday, July 14.
Attendees should bring a blanket or chair.
The first event will feature classic country from the Nelson Brother’s Band.

Best Bets: July 8, 2021

Best Bets

July 8, 2021

The Friends of the Oneonta Theater are hosting a benefit car show to raise funds to purchase the historic theater. Come see 100 custom and vintage cars, enter the bucket and silent auctions, and enjoy live rockabilly music by Mark Pawkett and the Mopar Cams. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase from Soda Jerks. Admission and parking are free. Action Lube Car Repair, 458 Chestnut St. in Oneonta from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 10. Call 607-287-8483.

A local favorite returns to the Globe mainstage
From left, Jason Francey, Michael Henrici and Danielle Henrici star in The Glimmer Globe Theatre and Fenimore Art Museum’s production of ‘The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)’ which opens at the Fenimore’s Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater on Wednesday, July 14. (contributed)

A local favorite returns to the Globe mainstage

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Growing up on Long Island, Danielle Henrici said she knew she wanted to be an actor when she saw a performance of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)”.

“I loved it so much I went back and I saw it five more times,” she said, “including taking all my girlfriends back at my birthday party.”

Flash forward to a decade ago, Henrici — then known by her maiden name, Newell — had moved to Cooperstown and established The Glimmer Globe Theatre while working at The Smithy. She was teaching acting classes and had staged a Shakespeare workshop when a Cooperstown native with acting chops and training, Michael Henrici, signed up.

“Michael signed up for the Shakespeare workshop, not because he needed it, but because he wanted to meet me,” she said.

The rest was not just personal history, but dramatic history, too. Finding a local actor who already knew the Bard gave her confidence she could produce the show in Cooperstown, she said. The show became one of the first mainstage Glimmer Globe productions and it proved to be so popular, the company
brought it back for four more seasons.

“Who doesn’t love a show that makes you laugh until you cry,” she said.

Henrici directed that show, but she said she always wondered if she could play one of the characters, too.
Flash forward to the coronavirus pandemic era. As co-artistic directors of Glimmer Globe, now working with Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum, the Henricis have been the theater couple in
Cooperstown for a decade.

Their troop has grown into a community of friends who they have trained, directed and gathered several times of year for big-cast professional theater that doesn’t exist in many places. Since they are both classically trained, their productions are summer stock level shows, including summer performances at the Fenimore’s Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater.

City of the Hills: July 8, 2021

City of the Hills

Concert series to begin Thursday at Neahwa Park

A summer concert series will begin Thursday, July 8, in Neahwa Park in Oneonta.
The series will feature performances every Thursday between 7 and 8 p.m.
The first event will feature the Driftwoods.

Common Council accepts grain grant

Oneonta’s Common Council passed a motion Tuesday, July 6, to accept a state grant of $180,000 for the Hartwick College Grain Innovation Center. The city’s plan is for the center to become part of the eventual Lofts on Dietz Street.
The council met in person at City Hall for the first time since March 2020, at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Meetings had been taking place via Zoom and were broadcast on YouTube. However, the July change in state COVID laws opened the meetings up again.

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