LIBBY’S BEST BETS • THINGS TO DO
By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
It’s the biggest weekend of the year, as the Boys of Summer return to Cooperstown for their Induction – the 80th – into the Hall of Fame at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in the field next to the Clark Sports Center. The induction is free; bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfortable viewing. Info www.baseballhall.org
In the Parade of Legends at 6 p.m. Saturday on Main Street, welcome Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, Harold Baines and the family of the late Roy Halladay – as well as dozens of Hall of Famers – to Baseball’s Mecca. The parade runs from Doubleday Field, up Fowler Way, down Chestnut Street to Main, and up Main to the Hall of Fame. Info www.baseballhall.org
But it’s not just players who get in. Announcer Al Helfer will posthumously receive the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence and Jayson Stark will take home the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Doubleday Field.
You’ll need something to eat over the weekend, and a Brooks Chicken BBQ – complete with homemade salads, sides
and desserts – may hit the spot! Take home or eat under the big tent. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Coopers-town. Info 607-547-5782.
There’s more to Hall of Fame weekend than the Big Game, and The Church presents “The Night They Lit Up Wrigley” which tells the story of Rita “Slats” Meyer, the Peoria Redwings baseball player who helped inspire “A League
of their Own.”
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 18-20, The Church, 2381 Route 205, Mount Vision. Info 607-638-5119.
The Arc Otsego’s 15th Annual Voice! a juried art exhibition of work by artists with developmental disabilities opens with a free public reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building of SUNY Oneonta. During the reception, over $1,500 in prize money will be awarded, and visitors may vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.
Butternuts Beer & Ale hosts a weekend-long festival featuring Northern Outlaws, Cousin Jake and others. Day pass, $10. Opens 2 p.m. Friday, July 20, 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21. Butternuts Beer & Ale, 4020 Route 51, Garrattsville. Info 607-263-5070.
Take in a little music under the stars as the Pathfinder Village summer concert series continues with Blues Maneuver. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Pathfinder Village, Route 80, Edmeston. Info 607-965-8377 Ext. 126.