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News Briefs: August 3, 2023

Rotary To Hold Wine Tasting Fundraiser

ONEONTA—The Oneonta Rotary Club announced that it will hold a summer wine tasting fundraiser from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, August 18 at Social Eats Café-Project 607, 546 Main Street in Oneonta. Guests will try a five-course wine tasting, or can opt for non-alcoholic specialty mocktails. Tickets are $75.00 and must be ordered in advance. All proceeds benefit the club and its activities. To register, visit the Oneonta Rotary Facebook page or call (607) 431-4808. Founded in 1922, Oneonta Rotary Club promotes lasting, positive change in the community. Its service projects include winter coat drives, Rotary Youth Exchange, grants to local nonprofits, scholarships, personal care, food and school supply drives, and little free library maintenance. For more information, contact

Community Farm Seeking Volunteers

WEST EDMESTON—The Unadilla Community Farm will host a volunteer herb transplanting day from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, August 5. Up to 20 people are needed to transplant, water and mulch a variety of mint plants. Each person will receive a potted mint plant of their choice. Volunteers are asked to register using the form on

Unatego District To Provide School Supplies

OTEGO—Unatego Central School District announced on Thursday, July 27 that it will provide basic school supplies to all students pre-K through grade 12 during the 2023-2024 year. According to a release, many local families are struggling due to rising prices and a stagnant local economy. Students will still need to provide backpacks, sneakers for gym classes and smocks for elementary-level art classes. All other basic supplies, such as paper, notebooks, pens and pencils, will be provided once school starts on Thursday, September 7. More information will be released later. Unatego will also continue to provide breakfast and lunch without charge to all students, regardless of family income.

OLA Annual Gathering Set for August 12

OTSEGO—The Otsego Lake Association will hold its annual gathering at the Otsego Sailing Club, 5992 State Route 80, on Saturday, August 12. The event is free and open to the public. It will feature updates on harmful algae blooms, lake water quality, fishing and no-wake zone buoys. There will also be awards presentations and scientific research posters by SUNY Oneonta students. Coffee, treats, merchandise, membership renewals and a silent auction will be available at 8:30 a.m. The meeting and presentations will begin at 9 a.m. and are expected to end by 11. Participants are encouraged to bring a chair and a friend. For the full program, visit

Fenimore Will Spotlight Regional Artists

COOPERSTOWN—Fenimore Art Museum will present its 16th annual “Art by the Lake” event to celebrate local and regional artists from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, August 12. A wide range of art will be available for view and purchase on the lakeside lawn. The event will feature artist demonstrations, food for purchase from the Fenimore Café and tastings from Cooperstown Distillery. “Art by the Lake” is a juried competition featuring 25 artists and judged by noted artist Nancy Callahan. Six cash prizes and two additional prizes sponsored by Golden Artist Colors will be awarded at a 1:30 p.m. ceremony. Proceeds will benefit the Fenimore’s educational programs. For more information, visit

Roseboom Antique Power Days Return

ROSEBOOM—Roseboom’s annual celebration of antique trucks, tractors, cars, and machinery will return on Saturday and Sunday, August 19 and 20. The 21st annual Antique Power Days will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the old grange hall on Beaver Street. There will be a pancake breakfast from 8 a.m. to noon both days. Sunday will feature a Chinese auction, an outdoor church service at 10 a.m. and a tractor parade at 1 p.m. Exhibitors are invited to a dinner on Saturday night and are asked to bring a dish to pass. New displays are welcome. For more information, call (607) 264-3015 or (607) 282-2735.

CV Artworks Announces Variety Show

CHERRY VALLEY—Cherry Valley Artworks will present a night of musical theater, jazz and improvisational comedy at Star Theatre, 44 Main Street, from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, August 12. The 2023 Cherry Valley Variety Show is produced by Cristina Van Valkenburg and David “Big Dave” Mattey. Pokémon composer and renowned musician Ed Goldfarb will visit from San Francisco to serve as musical director and pianist. Doors open at 7 p.m. and the show begins at 7:30; tickets are $15.00 and may be purchased at the door or online. Credit cards are accepted.

SHHS Sets Low-cost Spay/Neuter Clinic

ONEONTA—Super Heroes Humane Society will hold its next low-cost spay and neuter clinic for cats on Thursday, August 17. The cost is $130.00 per female, $95.00 per male and $95.00 per feral cat. The fee includes a rabies vaccination. Cats must be dropped off at 160 Pony Farm Road between 6 and 6:15 a.m. and picked up between 6 and 6:30 p.m. They must be in an individual hard-sided carrier and feral cats must be in a trap. The fee must be paid in cash. Each person is limited to three cats per clinic. There is a $25.00 non-refundable deposit due at the time of drop-off. To register, visit the Super Heroes Humane Society Facebook page.

Art Garage To Host Helen Quinn Artist Talk

MIDDLEFIELD—Helen Quinn, of Queens and Treadwell, will discuss three of her bodies of work at the Art Garage in Middlefield at 6 p.m. on Thursday, August 10. Featured in the exhibition “Passages: Creatures and Curiosities,” her work includes outsized silk-screen prints exploring the “floating worlds” she creates from subway observations. The work is influenced by her residency in Japan as a Luce scholar. She will also discuss her glazed ceramic “face-pot” vessels, inspired by indigenous ceramic heads she saw during a residency in Oaxaca, Mexico, and her “circus Rorschach” works on paper. The galleries will open at 5 p.m. and there will be light refreshments. Reservations are recommended, as seating is limited. Admission is free. Call or text (315) 941-9607 to reserve a spot.

Otselic Fishing, Heritage Offers Free Concert

NORTH PITCHER—The Otselic Valley Fishing and Heritage Association will host a free concert by the Vestal Mountain Dulcimer Players at the North Pitcher Episcopal Church, 1069 State Route 26, at 2 p.m. on Sunday, August 6. Dulcimers are a class of string instruments popular in many folk music traditions, especially in Appalachia. Vestal Mountain’s repertoire includes Celtic, Irish, folk, hymnal and country music. Kandi’s Kitchen food trailer will provide food. The OVF&HA is a nonprofit organization that promotes and protects the natural and historic resources of the Otselic River region in Chenango County.

Fenimore String Quartet To Return

CHERRY VALLEY—One of the most anticipated local concerts of the year will return to Star Theatre, 44 Main Street in Cherry Valley, on Sunday, August 6.
Led by violinist and Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra Concertmaster Ruotao Mao, the Fenimore String Quartet will perform from 7-9:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the door or online via the Cherry Valley Artworks Facebook page.

Program To Highlight Oneonta Vets

ONEONTA—On Thursday, August 17 from 5-7 p.m., the Greater Oneonta Historical Society will host “History After Hours: Hometown History!” A talk by co-creator of the new World War II fallen database and website Jim Greenberg will be featured, and the GOHS printed brochure of Oneonta’s veterans honored on the Hometown Heroes banners found on Main, Chestnut, and River streets will be debuted. All History After Hours events at the Oneonta History Center, 183 Main Street, feature activities and stories for children, and all events are free and open to the public.

County’s Hazardous Waste Day is Saturday, Aug. 26

MIDDLEFIELD—Otsego County Household Hazardous Waste Day will take place from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 26 at the Meadows Office Complex, 140 County Highway 33. The day’s schedule is divided by last name; residents with names beginning A-H are set for 8-9:30 a.m., I-Q names are welcome 9:30-11:30 and R-Z should arrive 11:30 to 1 p.m. Paints, pesticides, solvents, mercury, chemical cleaners, batteries, antifreeze, hobby and pool chemicals, fluorescent light bulbs, electronics, pharmaceuticals, and other classes of hazardous waste will be accepted. Motor oil, explosives, ammunition, tires, electric vehicle battery cells, propane tanks and microwaves will not be accepted.


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