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Upstate Arts, Crafts,  & More


ARTISAN FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Artists, Crafters, Makers from throughout the region come together to sell their works. Find handmade jewelry, textiles, soap, furniture, glass art, pottery, photography, more at Otsego County Campus, 197 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9983 or visit

FAMILY SATURDAY – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Field trip for families features hands-on activities for kids, guided tours, demonstrations of the water-powered sawmill, the gristmill, and woodworking shop. Admission, $9/adult. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Call 607-278-5744 or visit

Fenimore Hosts Art On The Lake

Fenimore Hosts Art On The Lake

Pat Donnelly, Cooperstown, talks with artist Michael McBane about his colorful paintings at the annual Arts On The Lake this afternoon at The Fenimore Art Museum. Works from 21 artists from around the region were on display, ranging from sculpture, to paintings and photography. At right, Linda Tracz, Roseboom, accept her award from Fenimore President Paul D’Ambrosio for the top award in photography. (Ian Austin/


Cold Outside, Chili inside

Cold Outside, 

Chili Inside

Above, Members of the Delhi culinary team Jessica Shultis, Juli Chavez, Carly Yezzo, Peter Blayne, Alex Johnson and Dan Hess of the Delhi Culinary Team took top honors with their beef and duck chili in both People’s Choice and Firefighter’s choice this year at the 14th Annual Chili Bowl held at CANO this afternoon. Chili fans could sample nearly thirty different chilies that ranged from sweet to spicy. At right, Tim Gargash, Oneonta receives his Most Artistic Bowl award from CANO President Jim Maloney for his winning bowl  that depicted a sculpted octopus climbing over a ship.  As popularity of the event grown, so have the crowds. To help elevate the issue, CANO moved some of the chili contestants to an outdoor tent, thereby providing guetst with some much appreciated elbow room. (Ian Austin/

Craft Lovers Flock To Cooperstown Artisan Festival

Craft Lovers Flock To

Cooperstown Artisan Festival

Anna Fredriksen, Utah, Stacey Grady and Amanda Chase, both of Cooperstown, look through stationary by Laura Bremer at Paper Wolf Designs during the first Cooperstown Artisan Festival, going on today and tomorrow on the lawn of the Otsego County offices. Also ongoing throughout the weekend is the Cooperstown Art Association’s Art on the Lawn festival at 22 Main Street. (Ian Austin/

Arts and Artisans


FINE ARTS SHOW – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Outdoor sale of fine are by over 40 CAA members includes art in oil, photography, printmaking, water color, pen & ink, drawings, pastel, more. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Visit

COOPERSTOWN ARTISANAL FESTIVAL – Open to the public, area artisans will show and sell their work. Craft demonstrations will be ongoing and training for both adults and children will be available. Outside the Otsego County Office Building, 197 Main St, Cooperstown. Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce (607)547-9983. Visit

Painting Rocks!

Painting Rocks!

Michael Morton, general sales manager at Country Club Nissan, stops in to see how his wife, Jessica (holding son Colton), is doing over-seeing her Oneonta Rocks community painting day hosted at the Nissan dealership this afternoon. Painting are Michael Keenan, Oneonta, Eileen Mugford, Oneonta; Xander Roefs and mom Justine, Oneonta, and daughter Rynn.  In left photo, Madison Coberly, South Kortright, works on her psychedelically patterned rock. Attendees could bring their own rocks but others were supplied as well as the paint, brushes and varnish. Once dried, artists could take their creations to hide out in the community as part of the Oneonta Rocks chapter of the Kindness Project. If you see a rock, or find one, post it to the Facebook group, then re-hide it for others to discover! (Ian Austin/

Stagecoach Run Art Festival Showcases Local Talents

Stagecoach Run Art Festival

Showcases Local Talents

Artist Joseph Kurhajec, Treadwell, shows William Austin some of his new artwork made from pieces of quilts at the Treadwell Museum of Fine Art and Annex in Treadwell as part of the annual Stagecoach Run Art Festival. Now in its 22nd year, the event features artwork from 68 local artists spread across 23 venues throughout Franklin and Treadwell. The event runs through 5pm. Sunday. (Ian Austin/



This Christmas, Support The Arts


We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.

HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE – 4-6 p.m. Opening reception showcasing The Smithy Clay Studio Artists & Visiting Ceramicists. The Smithy, 1 Otsego Court, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-8671 or visit

MUSIC – 6-11 p.m. Featuring Vinnie Caruna. Hunt Union Waterfront, 108 Ravine Pkwy, Oneonta. Info,



Second Mandigo Mural Unveiled at GOHS

GOHS Unveils 2nd Mural 

The Laskaris Mural, installed on the side of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society, was unveiled at 6pm today by artist Carol Mandigo and Bob Brzozowski. The mural is the second in a series tracing the history of businesses that have occupied 183 Main St. since the 1800's. (Ian Austin/
“Laskaris,” a mural depicting the candy store that used to be in 183 Main St., now home to the Oneonta History Center, was unveiled at 6 p.m. today by artist Carol Mandigo and Bob Brzozowski, executive director of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society.  The mural is the second in a series tracing the history of businesses that have occupied 183 Main St. since the 1860s. (Ian Austin/
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