ONEONTA—The St. James Mission Team will host a “Grand Breakfast” fund-raiser on Saturday, November 19 from 8 a.m. to noon, in order to raise funds for much-needed medicine.
St. James Episcopal Church is located at 305 Main Street, Oneonta. The pancake and sausage breakfast event is by donation.
By TED MEBUST
Otsego County residents Sheila Serbay and Neil Riddell were recognized by New York State’s Office for the Aging at a celebration of Older New Yorkers’ Day on November 4. The pair, along with 92 others from around the state, received honors for their volunteerism and service to older adults in their communities.
“These are two individuals who unselfishly give up their time, resources, and skills in order to make someone else’s life a little better, and we are proud to have such genuine volunteers representing Otsego County in this statewide recognition,” stated Tamie Reed, director at the Otsego County Office for the Aging.
Letter from Elaine Bresee
The Friends of the Oneonta Theatre is proud to announce the start of the stabilization and revitalization of the Oneonta Theatre, with the help and guidance of Thomas Cormier, who knows the theatre’s workings very well.
As we celebrate this historic event, we raise a glass to FOTOT Board Members. We are thankful for their hard work and dedication.
Thanks to our community and its support that we treasure beyond measure. You have donated generously, supported our fundraisers and volunteered in so many ways.
For now, let us celebrate! For our city and our region, the future looks brighter with The Oneonta Theatre in it.
FOTOT Vice President
Film festivals have been around for a century, and now, in the 21st, they have come into their own. They are meeting places for filmmakers and audiences who are interested in the world in its variety, different approaches to life and in film as an art form, a medium and a tool of social expression. Global digitalization has given film festivals an exceptional tool for crossing the communication channels from the most distant places and, with multiple languages, films now present a rich diversity of voices, aiding communication in an increasingly polarized world.
ONEONTA—Tanner Sorbera of Burlington Flats was one of nine students from SUNY Oneonta who participated in the college’s first Sophomore Service Day event on Saturday, October 15. From 1-4 p.m., the students washed the outside of nearly every Main Street storefront window, with additional help from three volunteers from the college’s wrestling team. This event was the first service day specifically for sophomores, allowing the participating students to acquaint themselves with the community while making a difference. Sorbera is studying Criminal Justice at SUNY Oneonta.
By CASPAR EWIG
Death, both as the tragic end to a love story and as the culmination of a lover’s revenge, marked the start of the 2022-2023 Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” streaming series at the Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center.
Ironically, the streaming series narrowly avoided near tragedy itself before it had even begun. The Foothills needed to update its receiving equipment to accommodate a change in the Met’s transmission, the cost of which would have amounted to half of the expected ticket sales. When added to the 50 percent of ticket sales the Foothills pays as the price for receiving the stream, it would have meant the series would not have netted any income.
The Oneonta Community Concert Band will honor veterans with marches, melodies, and more at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in downtown Oneonta at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.
Conductor Andrew D. Pease will lead the traditional Salute to Veterans concert of patriotic music. The program will feature familiar historic marches and medleys along with newer pieces.
COOPERSTOWN—Art exhibitions have been a feature of Glimmerglass Film Days for nine of its 10 years, and this year’s exhibition at The Smithy extends to storefronts in the Village of Cooperstown.
“Luminosity/Luminous Streets” will run from November 5-19. “Luminosity” is a four-person show at The Smithy featuring light sculptures by Daniel Buckingham and contemporary video art by Ariana Gerstein, Yeon Jin Kim, and Tomonari Nishihara. The video artists are each on the art faculty at SUNY Binghamton, and Buckingham is a professor at PrattMWP College of Art and Design in Utica. In addition to The Smithy show, “Luminous Streets” will feature light sculptures and video art in 13 Cooperstown storefronts along Main and Pioneer streets. This ambitious project includes light sculptures from the Quest for Light Collective, curated by Buckingham, and video works curated by Kim.
By IAN KENYON
COOPERSTOWN—For 45 years, Val Paige has been in the center of activity at the Clark Sports Center. Spanning a career that began within the walls of the Alfred Corning Clark Gymnasium—now home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s executive offices—and moved in 1986 to the CSC’s current home on Susquehanna Avenue, Paige’s story and that of the sports center are very much intertwined.
“What we have in the Clark Sports Center and the role it serves in our community, it’s really so special and so amazing, and people really appreciate it,” Paige noted.
A longtime member of the Clark Sports Center team, Paige began her CSC career as assistant aquatics director. She later served as the aquatics director, program director, associate director and, ultimately, as director of the sports center from 2012 to 2022.
By TED MEBUST
Cooperstown’s boys soccer program is riding an impressive 11-game win streak into their upcoming state semifinal match against Maple Hill this weekend. Following their second sectional title in two years and a regional win against Spencer-Van Etten, the team is now just two games from a Class C state title.
“We’re prepared for this weekend because many of our boys were here last year,” said Head Coach Frank Miosek.
By TED MEBUST
COOPERSTOWN – Local hairdresser and caregiver Paula Rudloff voted for the first time on Tuesday after receiving her citizenship this past March.
“I woke up this morning with tears in my eyes because I believe it’s so important to participate these days,” she said of the experience.
The process of receiving her citizenship, she explained, took a long time, yet she loved studying and learning the necessary information.