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Best Bets: Art by the Lake returns

Best Bets
Art by the Lake returns

After being cancelled in 2020 and delayed until Autumn this year, the Art by the Lake Festival celebrating local artists and Otsego Lake is finally going ahead. The outdoor festival will feature regional artists showing and selling in mediums from watercolor to sculpture, oil to pottery, photography, printmaking, and more. There will also be artist demonstrations, tastings from The Cooperstown Distillery and more. Come celebrate art and enjoy the fall colors on the lake. On the lawn at The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. For info: 607-547-1400 or

Go to Foothills Performing Arts Center for the Fifth Annual Play It Forward concert.
This year will feature Ian Flannigan who was in the top three on NBC’s “The Voice,” has a top release with Blake Shelton, opened for country singer Trace Adkins, and is from Saugerties.
The Upstate musician will be back to his roots to perform, hang out, and be a part of the Play It Forward legacy.
Proceeds go to the Play It Forward Scholarship to be granted to two Oneonta students going into the music industry.
Tickets are $15/person. At Foothills Performing Arts Center, in Oneonta. At 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. For info: 607-431-2080 or visit

Come see artwork by artists of Upstate New York. In Gallery A of the Art Association the Central New York Watercolor Society will be holding its annual Members Only Juried Exhibition.
Also on show will be the solo exhibit by wood artist Emilie Rigby.
Opening reception to be held at the Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St. in Cooperstown from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, Oct. 1. For info: 607-547-9777 or visit

Get in the mood for the Halloween season with a theatrical production of “The Haunting of Hill House” by Shirley Jackson. Follow the twists and turns as John Montague investigates the psychic activity in the long empty house with the help of three young people. What happens as the house begins to affect them in this creepy and frightening show? Cost is $20/adult. At Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta. 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 1, 2, 8 and 9 and matinee shows at 2 p.m., Oct. 3 and 10. For info:

The SUNY Oneonta Planetarium is back. Stream a presentation about the night sky in Autumn, and learn about deep space through the lens of the Hubble space telescope. Join the SUNY Oneonta students and faculty to explore the universe. Registration required. Presented through Microsoft Teams by the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center, SUNY Oneonta. At 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1. For info: 607-436-2011 or visit

Come enjoy delicious baked goods and support a local fire department. At Hartwick Seminary Fire Department, 4877 State Route 28 in Hartwick Seminary from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 2.

Get ready for the winter reading season and support a local library. Kinney Memorial Library is sponsoring a community book sale at the Hartwick Community Center, 450 County Route 11 in Hartwick from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2. For info: 607-293-660.

Best Bets by Larissa Ryan: Ride for Sept. 11

Best Bets by Larissa Ryan:
Ride for Sept. 11

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of 9/11, ride your motorcycle with the Legion and the Red Knights, Chapter 44. All proceeds go to scholarships for the children of veterans since the 9/11 attacks. Cost is $20/participant. At the American Legion, Post 259, 279 Chestnut St. in Oneonta. Registration is from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m., with kickstands up at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 11. For info: 607-547-0494 or visit

What’s fun in Otsego County: Best Bets 8-26-21

What’s fun in Otsego County: Best Bets 8-26-21

Family Farm Day is back! Hop in your car and explore about 40 local farms throughout Schoharie, Otsego and Delaware counties. The farms will offer tours, tastings and more. Learn about everything farming in our corner of Upstate, including beekeeping and fish farming. The guide is available from participating farms, local farmers’ markets, libraries and online. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. For info: 607-547-2536 or visit

Experience scenic Route 20 on foot. Come out for The Falling Footsteps Road challenge, featuring a 5K run or a 1K walk down the scenic byway. All proceeds go to support the local Community Center. Event will include prizes and post-race hot dogs. Cost, is $20/person for the 5K. Registration required. Health guidelines will be followed. Begins and ends at the Richfield Springs Community Center, 6 Ann St., Richfield Springs, 9 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. For info: or visit Richfield
Springs Community Center on Facebook.

Seniors are invited for a fun afternoon of ice cream and bingo. Hosted by the Otsego County Office for the Aging. All people aged 60+ and a guest are welcome. At Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park, 133 Davis Rd. in Schenevus from 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 26. For info: 607-547-4232 or visit facebook.
Enjoy a pancake breakfast with eggs, sausage, applesauce and more, and support the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company. Masks are required for the unvaccinated. Cost is $10 per adult. Held at the Fly Creek Firehouse, 832 County Hwy. 26, Fly Creek from 7:30 to 11 a.m. or until sold out. For info: 607-547-5469 or Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company on Facebook.

When was the last time you spent some time on your porch? When was the last time you played music on your porch? Well the day is coming. It’s “Play Music on the Porch Day,” where the entire world is invited to go outside and enjoy/play some tunes. Please remember to practice COVID safety while you are having fun. From 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 28. For info:

Upstate poets and writers can attend a fun, thoughtful afternoon of reading poetry and fiction with the Central NY Writers Workshop. Free, donations welcome for the upkeep of the barn. Refreshments will be available. At the Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd. in Cherry Valley. For info: 518-774-0134 or

Best Bets: August 12, 2021

Best Bets

August 12, 2021

Summer Music Festival returns,
Hartwick to host tractor pull

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival is back with the Grammy -nominated wind quintet “Imani Winds.” They are known for dynamic playing, adventurous programming and outreach programs, which have inspired audiences of all ages and backgrounds. The cost is $30/person. At The Otesaga in Cooperstown at 7 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 15. Call 877-666-7421 or visit for information.

Best Bets: August 5, 2021

Best Bets

August 5, 2021

The Otsego County Fair features
tractor pull, demolition derby

The Otsego County Fair has opened. Stop by for rides, games, food, livestock shows and more. Events include the demolition derby, tractor pulls (antique and NYTPA), horse shows, karaoke and more. Check the website for the full list and schedule. At the Otsego County Fairground, 469 Mill St. in Morris. From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 to Sunday, Aug. 8. Call 607-263-5289 or visit

Best Bets: July 29, 2021

Best Bets

July 29, 2021

Art in the park, car show,
more planetarium shows!

Come down to the park and make art with (mostly) natural materials. These items will be left in the park for others to find and enjoy. Pre-registration required, children must be accompanied by an adult. Come prepared to get messy. Presented by the Oneonta World of Learning. At Fortin Park, 167 Youngs Rd. in Oneonta at 10 and 11:30 a.m., Saturday, July 31. Call 607-431-8543 or visit Oneonta World of Learning on Facebook.

Best Bets: July 22, 2021

Best Bets

July 22, 2021

Baseball Hall of Fame awards,
Oneonta outdoor concert, more.

Calling all baseball fans!
Tune in for the 2021 awards ceremony live on the MLB Network. The ceremony will include the Ford C. Frick Award winner for broadcasting excellence, Al Michaels; the 2020 Frick Award winner, Ken Harrel-son; the 2021 Baseball Writers’ Association of America Career Excellence Award winner, Dick Kaegel; the 2020 BBWAA Career Excellence Award winner, Nick Cafardo; and the 2020 Buck O’Neil Lifetime Achievement Award winner, David Montgomery.
Presented by The National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown on Saturday, July 24. Call 607-547-7200 or visit

Best bets for local dining

Best bets for local dining

Larissa Ryan
Business Manager
The Inside Scoop
Walk down Main Street in Cooperstown and turn right at the flagpole and you’ll find this cozy little shop. Inside the same building as Slices Pizzeria, which I reviewed last year, turn right instead of left and you’ll find the perfect spot to order your ice cream and peruse the collection of baseball cards on view as you enter the sitting area.

There are tables inside and out and a wide variety of flavors to choose from. I got the Minty Moose Trail, a soft-serve mint ice cream with large chunks of chocolate and streaks of gooey chocolate fudge. You can even get some hot fudge poured over top of your ice cream if you want (like I did).

Other flavors included raspberry, coffee, chocolate, rocky road, and many more. A great spot just off the
main path in downtown Cooperstown.

The Inside Scoop
46 Pioneer Street

Best Bets: July 8, 2021

Best Bets

July 8, 2021

The Friends of the Oneonta Theater are hosting a benefit car show to raise funds to purchase the historic theater. Come see 100 custom and vintage cars, enter the bucket and silent auctions, and enjoy live rockabilly music by Mark Pawkett and the Mopar Cams. Breakfast and lunch are available for purchase from Soda Jerks. Admission and parking are free. Action Lube Car Repair, 458 Chestnut St. in Oneonta from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, July 10. Call 607-287-8483.

Best Bets: July 1, 2021

Best Bets

Celebrate Independence Day
with concert, fireworks, parade!

Start your Independence Day celebrations with the Hometown Heroes kick-off concert dedicated to the essential workers who have given so much during the pandemic. The concert will feature the Michael Christopher country band performing their greatest hits. Free admission. Presented by Hometown 4th at 7:30 p.m., Friday, July 2, at Neahwa Park in Oneonta. Visit for information.

Best Bets: June 24, 2021

Best Bets

Oneonta architectural tour,
the circus, jazz concert at Origins

Explore the architectural gems found in the city of Oneonta. Trolley tour will be led by Dr. Cindy Falk, professor of material culture at SUNY Oneonta, and will visit the historic districts of Downtown Oneonta and Walnut Street, featuring examples from the first European settlement to the boom of the Victorian era, when the railroad came to town, and more. Registration, masks and proof of COVID-19 vaccination are required. The cost is $10 per person. Presented by Otsego 2000. Pick-up is at the Riverside Elementary School parking lot at 39 House St. in Oneonta. Tours are at 1:30 and 3:30 p.m., Sunday, June 27. Call 607-547-8881 or visit for information.

Best Bets: June 17, 2021


Run for the Susquehanna SPCA,
Celebrate Juneteenth, more.

Run to support the Susquehanna SPCA. This year the shelter is partnering with three local breweries to raise funds for animals in need. The 0.5K Fun Run is a kid-friendly event beginning at 8:30 a.m., the 5K at 9:15, and the 10K at 9. There will also be a pet parade with prizes. Cost is $10 for ages 13+ in the 0.5K, $30 for adults in the 5K and 10K. Age-appropriate drinks will be provided to the runners. Winners will have an adoption sponsored in their names. Starts at Brewery Ommegang, 656 Co. Hwy. 33, near Cooperstown, on Saturday, June 19. Call 607-547-8111 or visit

Celebrate the liberation of the last enslaved people in the U.S. this Juneteenth. Live music, free food, art from local artists, speeches, and more. 3 p.m. Neahwa park, Oneonta. Saturday, June 19. Visit

Hang out at Fire Pit Friday with friends and enjoy The Beadle Brothers live performance of modern country music, from 7 to 10 p.m., at Brewery Ommegang, 656 county Route 33, near Cooperstown. Friday, June 18. Call 607-544-1800 or visit

Get the teens out of the house for fun game of Fizzball with the Teen Center and Otsego Pride Alliance. Bring a garbage-bag smock, goggles and get ready to have some fun. New players are welcome. At 7 p.m., Friday, June 18. Meet at The Skatehouse, Neahwa Park in Oneonta. Call 607-441-3999 or visit

The Oneonta Outlaws will host the Amsterdam Mohawks. Children 18 and under get free admission, sponsored by SFCU. 7 p.m., Thursday, June 17. Damaschke Field in Oneonta.

What’s Fun In Otsego County: Virtual Theater, Celebrate Pride, Or Go Camping
What’s Fun In Otsego County

Virtual Theater,

Celebrate Pride,

Or Go Camping

Libby Cudmore is managing editor of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and

It’s a virtual night at the theater as the Fenimore Art Museum presents the Glimmerglobe Theatre’s 2019 performance of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Friday, June 5, The Fenimore Art Museum.

Now that the weather is nicer, take a guided walking tour of Oneonta and learn the history of the Oneonta Hotel, The Fairchild Mansion and other buildings. Afterwards, tour some of the History Center’s past

Celebrate Pride 2020 in an online event with an opening ceremony,
speeches, musical performances and more, all with the theme “Colors of Pride.” 2 – 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6,

Make a delicious, old fashioned maple cake, just like they did in the Historic Village with a recipe from The Farmers’ Museum’s farmhouse cookbook.

Spend a night under the stars as Glimmerglass State Park and Gilbert Lake State Park open for camping. Please observe social distancing protocols; on beach, only wading allowed. Reservations,

First Friday goes virtual with themed cocktails, live music by Tyler Westcott of the band Folkfaces, an Art Talk, illustration instruction and more. 6 p.m. Friday, June 5, YouTube, mwpaimobi, Facebook, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.

Honor The Fallen, Color Works of Art, Or Ride Your Bike

Honor The Fallen,
Color Works of Art,
Or Ride Your Bike

Libby Cudmore is managing editor of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and

Though they are intended to be private, Veterans Clubs around the county will still honor the fallen on Monday, May 25, while enforcing social distancing.

In Oneonta, the local chapter of the American Legion and the Boy Scouts will lay wreaths on the monuments on the Veterans Memorial Walkway, as well as play “Taps” and give a three-round volley at 11 a.m. in Neahwa Park, Oneonta.

In Cooperstown, members of the Veterans’ Club will pay tribute at four sites – The World War I monument on Pine Blvd., The Fly Creek Firehouse, The Lakeview Cemetery and the Soldiers and Sailors monument in Lake Front Park. 9:30 a.m. Veterans Club, Main Street, Cooperstown.

Former big leaguer Al Oliver talks about his career playing with the Pittsburgh Pirates and, later, as a motivational speaker. Free, registration required. 11 a.m. Friday, May 22. Visit https:// for details.

You can be a museum-worthy artist with a free, downloadable coloring book from the Fenimore Art Museum, featuring colorable versions of pieces from their American Folk Art collection, including “The Horse With the Longest Hair in the World” and “Liberty and Washington.”

Warm weather means it’s time to go for a bike ride! Trails throughout the county are open for cyclists of all skills and preferred trail types. Info

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