FIELD TRIP – 2 p.m. Celebrate Jackie Robinson Day and learn about this Hall of Fame infielder & Civil Rights Pioneer. Learn about Branch Rickey, the bigotry Robinson faced, his successes on & off the field, and his career after baseball in the Civil Rights Movement. Free, registration for Zoom conference required. Hosted by The Baseball Hall of Fame. Visit baseballhall.org/events/virtual-field-trip-Jackie-Robinson-Day?date=0
GLIMPSE – 5:30 p.m. Enjoy first look at ‘From The Diary of Sally Hemmings’ a dramatic song cycle that imagines the experience of Sally Hemmings, who was the slave of Thomas Jefferson, as told through fictional diary entries. Presented by Glimmerglass Festival. Visit glimmerglass.org/events/glimpse-from-the-diary-of-sally-hemings/ for info.
COVID-19 TESTING – 9 a.m. – Noon. Healthy individuals are invited to drive-thru testing for Covid-19, free to Otsego County residents courtesy of the Otsego County Department of Health. Registration required. Greenie’s, 2591 St. Hwy. 7, Otego. 607-547-4279.
ART IN THE DARK – 6:30 p.m. Tour folk art exhibit by Lantern Light, learn some of the mysterious, melancholy, untold stories behind the pieces. Limited to 15/tour. Cost, $14/non-member. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
CONCERT – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Local band The Butternut Valley Boys perform mix of country, gospel, bluegrass, more to benefit inn’s restoration. Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
DUCK DERBY – 10 a.m. Help launch a flock of rubber duckies at the headwaters of the Susquehanna. Support Cooperstown Leo Club on day trip to the United Nations in NYC. Cost, $5/duck or $20/5-ducks at Otesaga, Mel’s @ 22, others. Finish line just South of Main St. Bridge, Cooperstown. 607-282-2956 or visit www.facebook.com/CooperstownLionsClub/
A heavy downpour didn’t keep throngs of music lovers from cramming the tents to support the Oneonta YMCA at the fundraising concert featuring 38 Special at the Sixth Ward Athletic Field Thursday evening. Above, guitar and vocalist Don Barnes, left, and guitarists Jerry Riggs performing their hit, “Hold On Loosely”, after they took to the stage. Special guests Jackson Michaelson and Dylan Schneider warmed up the crowd. Rndy Mowers, Oneonta, inset right, acted as auctioneer for the evening, as guests had a chance to bid on sports memorabilia and even a tour of the ESPN studios. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Fans are already streaming into the Sixth Ward Booster Club field to sample goodies at the food truck festival and claim their spot for tonight’s ZZ Top concert to benefit Catskill Area Hospice. Above, Bob Deeb, Franklin, gets his tickets at the gate from event volunteer Craig Gelbsman and Ellen Shufelt, both of Oneonta, before entering the event area. At right, Emily and Sam Ackerman show off their salt and vinegar fries and “sin burger” from one of the many food trucks on site. Many craft brews from the area are also on site in the tasting tent. The evening’s events include a food demonstration from BBQ Pitmaster Myron Mixon, Magic by Jim Snack, and music by The Summit before ZZ Top hits the stage at 9 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
ART LECTURE – 2 p.m. “Leonardo Davinci and the Human Body, Earthly and Divine” investigating Davinci’s anatomical studies when he pursued knowledge through observation/experimentation, and his iconic paintings where he tried to portray an ideal beauty of man that related to God. Cost, $11/non-member. Auditorium, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a
WALKING TOUR – 7 p.m. Downtown Revitalization Then & Now along Main & Market Streets with Gary Wickham & Bob Brzozowski. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
ART CLASS – 3 – 4 p.m. Entertaining class for kids to learn Mask Making based on Thaw Gallery Yup’ik masks. Free. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a
MANSION TOURS – 7 – 8 p.m. Tour historic Fairchild Mansion with Bruce Van Buren and other Masons. Cost, $3/non-gohs-members. Enter through Portico on west side of lodge. Oneonta Free Mason Lodge, 322 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/upcomingevents.htm
FAMILY PROGRAM – 6 – 6:45 p.m. Ross Park Zoomobile presents sit down program featuring opportunity to learn about, handle exotic animals. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
BENEFIT CONCERT – 6:30 p.m. Performance by The Butternut Valley Boys. Admission by free-will-offering toward on-going restoration. Lawn, Major’s Inn, Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
O-COUNTY FAIR – 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. See best Otsego County has to offer. Daily shows, rides, more. Highlights include horse shows, tractor pulls, demonstrations, activities, music, more. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org
STARSTRUCK – 7:30 p.m. Local teens perform classic Broadway hits from plays like Annie, Wicked, Matilda, more in Starstruck Summer Cabaret. Tickets, $15. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call (607) 432-9392 or visit www.orpheustheatre.org
ART RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening reception for the Fine Art invitational exhibit showing the work of Upstate New York artisans working in wood and the Solo Exhibition in Watercolor by Patrice Downes Centore. Cooperstown Art Association. www.cooperstownart.com
MILFORD – The Elm Inn of Milford will be hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party and benefit from 11 a.m. – midnight this Friday to raise money and donations for the Milford Food Pantry, which was destroyed in the United Methodist Church fire on Sunday, March 12.
The Stoddard Hollow String Band will play from 7-10 p.m., and though there is no cover charge, guests are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable food or a check for the Milford Food Pantry.
A special menu including corned beef and cabbage, Reuben sandwiches, fish fry, turkey and pastrami, salads and tavern fare will be served all day.