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2020 winter carnival

Upstate Bar & Grill Hosts Packed ’20 Carnival Closer

MAC & CHEESE, KARAOKE & THANKS

Upstate Bar, Grill Hosts

Packed Carnival Closer

Dierdre Donley, right in top photo, congratulates members of the 2020 Cooperstown Winter Carnival Committee at the Carnival Closer and Mac & Cheese Contest that ended a few minutes ago at the Upstate Bar & Grill. Next to Dierdre are committee members Hannah Bergen, Jim Donley, George Hren Saphier, Kelly Montana and Molly Meyer. In front are Leila Harrington and Renni Montana. Brian Wrubleski’s Mel’s at 22 won the Mac & Cheese competition. Second row, left, Zoey Landon, 8, and her mom Kayla Shafer perform a number from “Frozen” at the Karaoke competition. Second row, right, Cali Paterno accepts the $500 check for finding the Winter Carnival Medallion (in Lakefront Park) from Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of The Freeman’s Journak/Hometown Oneonta, which sponsors the annual Medallion Hunt. The weekend’s annual event is Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause, 5:30-7:30 p.m at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market, Pioneer Alley, to benefit Otsego 2000, $30 per ticket, $15 for children 6-12; children under 6 free. (Jim Kevlin and James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)
Sun Brings Crowds To Carnival Events

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Sun Brings Crowds

To Carnival Events

Oneonta’s Tom Slicer Wins Smullens

Cooperstown looks like a crystal palace today, after yesterday’s snowfall was frozen on tree limbs. Today, temperatures rose into the 20s, bringing out crowds to a full schedule of events. Top, Oneonta’s Tom Slicer won the traditional Bob Smullens 10 this morning in 38:53, with Joseph Hempstead, Springfield Center, winning the 5K in 22:21. Running the 5K, Cooperstown’s Bradley Weldon was the first woman across the finish line. Inset, Gillian Spencer and daughter Adeline, 6, examine craft show offerings in St. Mary’s Parish Hall, which continues until 3:30. Action moves to fun and game for kids this afternoon at Lakefront Park. The Fenimore Quilt Club show continues until 4 at 22 Main, and again tomorrow, and there’s music and dancing tonight. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 8

Oldest Otsego County Race Continues

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WINTER CARNIVAL – All Day. Info at www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com

WINTER RACE – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Annual 5k/10k Bob Smullens Race through Cooperstown. Oldest continuously held race in Otsego County. Cost, $20/person. Registration 10:30 a.m. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800, ext. 111 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2020-bob-smullens-5k10k-race/

 

Otesaga Featuring Ice Bar To Kick Off Weekend Fun

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Otesaga Featuring Ice Bar

To Kick Off Weekend Fun

The Otesaga isn’t letting a little snow get in the way of Cooperstown Winter Carnival fun. A few minutes ago, Gordon Clarkson, the hotel’s director of special events, left, and Gene Marra, Cooperstown Distillery proprietor, were putting the finishing touches in the Ice Bar, which will be open for business 5:30-9 p.m. this evening next to the Fire Bar on the hotel’s back lawn, on the shores of Otsego Lake. Dinner is being served at the Hawkeye Grill, and you can also take in a round of wintertime miniature golf in the hallway. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)
Annual Soup ‘n’ Chili Kickoff Not Deterred By Today’s Snow

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Annual Soup ‘n’ Chili Kickoff

Not Deferred By Today’s Snow

The First Baptist Church of Cooperstown’s annual Soup ‘n’ Chili Luncheon, the traditional kickoff of the annual Winter Carnival, went off today as scheduled despite 3-4 inches of wet snowfall and occasional short power outages.  Above, Pastor Joe Perdue and wife Julie, right, chat with Jan McGraw, a member of the 21 Elm St. congregation.  In the background is Gail Sliter, overseeing the voluntary contributions.  Inset at right, Gail’s husband, Dick, stirs the soup for the 26th year in a row.  In addition to the broccoli & cheese soup, the luncheon featured Sliter’s signature chili, plus homemade cake and cookies for dessert.  If you missed today’s luncheon, try again tomorrow between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Most of today’s events have been cancelled, but the Brooks’ BBQ Dinner at Christ Church, 69 Fair St., to benefit the Susquehanna SPCA, is still planned, beginning at 3:30 p.m. (instead of 4:30), and it will continue until all the chicken is gone.  Also, the Ice Bar at The Otesaga, 5:30-9 p.m. Bruce Markusen’s Ghost Tours at 7 p..m. (and also 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday) are still on.   Today’s other events are cancelled, although the Clark Sports Center on Saturday will accommodate anyone who planned to bowl this evening.   Organizer Hannah Bergene said, as of now, all Saturday and Sunday events are on as scheduled.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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