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More than 60 classic tractors will line up for this year’s Tractor Fest, representing several manufacturers including Farmall, Ford, Case, Oliver, Moline and John Deere. (Photo courtesy of The Farmers’ Museum.)

News Briefs Part 2: October 5, 2023

FCO To Present ‘Aeolian Dance’ October 14

COOPERSTOWN—Conductor and Artistic Director Maciej Żółtowski will lead the Fenimore Chamber Orchestra in a concert titled “Aeolian Dance” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 14. It will be performed at Christ Church. The program includes George Enescu’s Decet for Winds, Op. 14, Mozart’s Serenade No. 12 K.388 in C Minor, and Camille Saint-Saëns’ Baccanale from Samson et Dalila. Tickets are available from Eventbrite. The concert will be repeated at 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 15 at Walton Theatre, 30 Gardiner Street in Walton.

Farmers’ Museum Tractor Fest Returns

COOPERSTOWN—More than 60 classic tractors will line up for The Farmers’ Museum’s annual Tractor Fest on Saturday and Sunday, October 7 and 8. The festival is open during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and is included with admission. There will be machines from several manufacturers and a collection of classic tractors, small engines, and other machinery to illustrate the growth and evolution of agricultural technology. Several local tractor clubs will participate. There will be a parade on Sunday and tractors at work in the fields both days, as well as wagon rides and a children’s tractor pull on Saturday at 2 p.m. For more information, visit

Garden Club Announces Guest Speaker

RICHFIELD SPRINGS—The Garden Club of Richfield Springs announced that Sarah Coney of the Catskill Regional Invasive Species Partnership will address the club at its next regular meeting, at 6:30 p.m. in the Memorial Room of the Richfield Public Library on Thursday, October 19. The lecture is free and open to the public. CRISP is a stewardship program which has worked closely with the Canadarago Lake Improvement Association. Coney deals primarily with aquatic invasives, but will also discuss land species. She will talk about CRISP’s work to turn the tide on invasive species in the Catskill area and necessary next steps to combat their spread in Canadarago Lake.

Super Heroes To Hold Fall Rummage Sale

ONEONTA—Super Heroes Humane Society will host a fall rummage sale and raffle from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, October 14 and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, October 15. It will be held at the site of their future shelter home, 160 Pony Farm Road in Oneonta. SHHS will accept donations from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 1, Tuesday, October 3, Thursday, October 5 and Saturday, October 7. Pet food and supply donations will also be accepted for the animals in the shelter.

Grand Oneonta Opry Tickets Selling Fast

ONEONTA—Helios Care announced on Thursday, September 28 that tickets for its 2023 Grand Oneonta Opry fundraiser are selling fast. Tickets are $20.00 in advance and $25.00 at the door, if any remain. The country music concert will take place at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center from 7-10 p.m. on Saturday, October 21, with doors opening at 6 p.m. The Driftwoods will headline, with other artists including Jason Wicks, The Stoddard Hollow String Band, Ken Wilber, Beth Patella, Krystal Poole, Linda Thompson and Nate Gross. There will also be a silent auction and cash bar. Tickets can be purchased at All proceeds support palliative and hospice care in Otsego, Delaware and Schoharie counties.

Village Library to Hold Death Discussions

COOPERSTOWN—The Village Library of Cooperstown will host a “Let’s Talk About Death” discussion series at 4 p.m. on Thursdays in October. It is intended for all adults, not just seniors. Discussing and planning for death makes it possible to enjoy life more fully. The first session, on October 5, will concern health care proxies and other forms. The second, on October 12, is titled “How to Die Well in an Institutional Setting.” Attorney Lauren Glynn will present on wills and trusts on October 19. The final session, on October 26, is titled “Tea and Cake with the Death Café.” Death Café is a movement that hosts and facilitates group discussions of death and mortality.

OCCA Collects Paper, Textiles

COOPERSTOWN—The Otsego County Conservation Association will hold a fall recycling event as part of the Cooperstown Fall Fling at the Clark Sports Center on Saturday, October 7. Papers to be shredded can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. There will also be a textile recycling drop-off through Helpsy from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.


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