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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.

AllOtsego People: Local radio legend announces retirement

AllOtsego People

Local radio legend announces retirement

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

‘Big Chuck’ D’Imperio, seen at a recent book signing, is retiring from local radio after more than 50 years.

After 32 years, local radio legend Chuck D’Imperio turned off the microphone on his WDOS morning show for the last time Tuesday, June 29.

The retiring radio host got his start in 1988 at what was then Hastings Broadcasting in Oneonta. The best offer owner Gordon Hastings had for D’Imperio was an unpaid position changing tape reels and monitoring the station during three-hour broadcasts for the Boston Pops.

D’Imperio said the time around the station early on was enough to further his radio interest.

Soon after, Hastings sold the broadcast company to Jan Laytham and paid opportunities for D’Imperio emerged. There was mutual respect between the two, and D’Imperio soon became the morning host on AM 730, WDOS.

Laytham coined D’Imperio’s radio name “Big Chuck.”

Hometown 4th: Oneonta to revive holiday celebration

Hometown 4th: Oneonta to revive holiday celebration

By PATRICK DEWEY • Special to

ONEONTA — The Hometown 4th Festival will return to Oneonta’s Neahwa Park to celebrate the July Fourth holiday next weekend, with a theme of honoring essential workers.

The goal is to honor the workers, including grocery store staff, teachers, police officers, firefighters and healthcare workers, who took risks for the community good during the coronavirus pandemic, according to festival officials.

“We wanted to do everything we could to let them know that the First Night Board and the whole community appreciates them,” First Night Board Chair Carol Mandigo said.

The celebration will kick off at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 2, in Neahwa Park, with a free concert by country artist Michael Christopher.

At noon, Sunday, July 4, the parade will line up at Foothills Performing Arts Center on Market Street.

Best Bets: June 24, 2021

Best Bets

Oneonta architectural tour,
the circus, jazz concert at Origins

Explore the architectural gems found in the city of Oneonta. Trolley tour will be led by Dr. Cindy Falk, professor of material culture at SUNY Oneonta, and will visit the historic districts of Downtown Oneonta and Walnut Street, featuring examples from the first European settlement to the boom of the Victorian era, when the railroad came to town, and more. Registration, masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required. The cost is $10 per person. Presented by Otsego 2000. Pick-up is at the Riverside Elementary School parking lot at 39 House St. in Oneonta. Tours are at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 27. Call 607-547-8881 or visit for information.

Museums to offer Pride Month discount

Museums to offer
Pride Month discount

Two Cooperstown area museums are offering discounts to celebrate the end of LGBTQ Pride Month.

Anyone who shows a piece of rainbow flare, be it a clothing item, a keychain or anything else at the admission kiosk for both The Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum, will receive $2 off a regular adult admission, Wednesday, June 30. People 19 and younger are admitted free to the Fenimore through Sept. 6.

Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a mini-meet-and-greet at 4 p.m. on the Fenimore Art Museum’s lawn.

The Pride Month discount includes admission to the Keith Haring exhibition at Fenimore Art Museum:
The exhibit features an extensive collection of more than 100 works from a private collection including lithographs, silkscreens, drawings on paper, and posters, representing the full arc of Haring’s short but prolific career. The exhibit serves as “a tribute to this iconic artist and his dedication to social justice and the betterment of youth worldwide.”

An icon of the LGBTQ community, Haring’s work reflects his fervent activism and democratic beliefs. He spent his career making posters, public art, and charitable commissions in support of nuclear de-escalation, civil rights, child welfare and AIDS aware-ness, among other vital efforts.


Amos retrospective, Black art series on display in Utica

Amos retrospective, Black
art series on display in Utica

UTICA — In honor of Saturday’s Juneteenth celebration, Utica’s Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute opened two exhibits dealing with the Black experience, “Emma Amos: Color Odyssey,” and “Call & Response: Collecting African American Art, according to a media release.

“Emma Amos: Color Odyssey,” which will be on view through Sunday, Sept. 12, is a major retrospective of the artist’s distinguished six-decade career. The exhibition features more than 60 artworks Amos created from 1958 to 2015.

“Call & Response: Collecting African American Art” which will be on display through Sunday, Nov. 28, showcases the MWP’s 30-plus years of collecting and displaying Black art.

Historically, works by Black artists have been marginalized, neglected, or ignored, said Mary Murray, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art. “Call & Response” will reveal the extraordinary depth and richness the works have brought to the collection through early and sustained efforts to diversify its holdings, she said.

This Week—June 17, 2021


The Freeman’s Journal • Hometown Oneonta

June 17, 2021


Moana, right, played by Yana King, gets caught by the crab Tamatoa, played by Claire Smith, with Dalilah Synan as the left claw and Taryn Brockway as the right claw, in a scene from ‘Moana Jr.’ Student actors practice during a dress rehearsal of Moana Jr., produced by Orpheus Theatre’s Starstruck Players at Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta on Monday, June 14. The show, which opens Friday, June 18, will be the first live performance by Orpheus in more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Michael Forster Rothbart/


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Bound Volumes: June 17, 2021

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Cooperstown and Around & The City of the Hills: June 17, 2021

Cooperstown and Around & City of the Hills

Juneteenth to be celebrated Saturday in Oneonta

Juneteenth, a celebration of the emancipation of African-Americans during the Civil War, will be celebrated at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 19, in Neahwa Park in Oneonta.
There will be music, food and art.
Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig will speak at 5 p.m., before an introduction to Juneteenth from Jonathan Brown.

School merger passes first hurdle

According to officials at both schools, the Board of Educations at Worcester Central School and Schenevus Central School have both unanimously voted Tuesday, June 15, to approve a potential merger. The plan will now go to a non-binding community straw poll Sept. 22, followed by a binding resolution Dec. 3.

Curtain’s up again on live theater in the region

Curtain’s up again on
live theater in the region


ONEONTA — It has been a dark time for theater in Otsego County.

In 2020, the Glimmerglass Festival and Fenimore Art Museum each canceled its summer performance seasons because of the coronavirus pandemic.

In Oneonta, Foothills Performing Arts Center went 14 months without a live show, according to Operations Manager Geoff Doyle.

High schools and both Oneonta colleges experimented with streaming virtual theater, performed live without an audience. Local troupes such as the Catskill Puppet Theater and Orpheus Theatre cancelled shows, while Stuff of Dreams Productions pre-recorded performances for later broadcast.

This summer, stage by stage, the lights are back on and theaters are reopening — albeit with some modifications for COVID safety. Theaters have been operating at 33% capacity, with mask requirements in place, but that will change going forward, with an easing of most pandemic requirements from the state.

The Smithy to present first exhibition of the gallery season
Air is the theme for the first gallery of the season.

The Smithy to present first exhibition of the gallery season

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Smithy art gallery at 55 Pioneer Street in Cooperstown is opening for its first showing, running through July 27.

The exhibition, entitled ‘Air’, will feature artwork by both members and guests of the Smithy.

The theme of ‘Air’, as the title suggests, is all about capturing the “invisible force in our daily lives” the Smithy wrote in an email. “Apart from its literal importance, our artists have been able to take inspiration from the many things we have come to associate with AIR.”

Some of the artists featured include Joyce Cabral, Willie Marlowe, Colleen O’Hara, Kathy Van Loan and more.

The gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday.

Go to for more information.

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival to return, announces new concert dates

Cooperstown Summer Music Festival
to return, announces new concert dates

STAFF REPORT • Special to

The Cooperstown Summer Music festival announced in a press release Tuesday, June 15, that the summer concert series would be returning in August and September for live chamber music, after being on hiatus for more than a year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

A free outdoor concert will be given at the Fenimore Art Museum Lawn by the CSMF Musical Kaleidoscope on Tuesday, Aug. 10, which will be led by Kyle Price of the Caroga Arts Ensemble, going through different types of music, including jazz and bluegrass.

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

Other performances will include a Sunday, Aug. 15, concert from Imani Winds at the Otesaga Resort Hotel; the Verona Quartet at 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 22, at the Farmer’s Museum, Brazilian jazz group Trio de Paz, Monday, Aug. 30, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel and the final event in the concert series will be violinist Danbi Um and guitarist Jiji at 4 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 19, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel.

Limited capacity will be available and restrictions on masks and social distancing will be enforced.

Go to for more information and tickets.

Bound Volumes: June 10, 2021

Bound Volumes

June 10, 2021

Compiled by Tom Heitz/SHARON STUART, with resources
courtesy of The Fenimore Art Museum Research Library


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