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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

Watch For Birds, Get In Shape, Or See A Photo Show

Watch For Birds
Get In Shape, Or
See A Photo Show

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

If you went a little crazy buying seeds and now don’t know what to do with them, The Farmers’ Museum has got you covered with a video tutorial on seed starting.

What does a red cabbage have to do with acidity and the blue sky? The AJ Read Science Discovery Center will answer all these questions with a kitchen science lesson. BYOC – Bring Your Own Cabbage! 2 p.m. Thursday, May 7,

Get in pitch-perfect shape with a Spring workout centered around the soundtrack from the “Pitch Perfect” movies. 7:15 p.m. Thursday, May 7,

There’s still time to find some birds as part of the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society’s Bird Scavenger Hunt! Download the form, grab your binoculars and see how many you can identify before the deadline on Friday, May 8.

Photographer Leila Durkin takes her “Twenty Years Later” show online, with new photos taken of past participants displayed alongside their photos in previous shows.

Inspired? The Cooperstown Art Association is still seeking entries for their 85th Annual National Juried Art Exhibition through Saturday, May 30.

Treat Mom to a double bill at the Metropolitan Opera with a free livestream of Mascagni’s “Cavalleria Rusticana” and Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci.” 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 10,

Tour The Rock Hall, A Virtual Talent Show And Learn Photography


Tour The Rock Hall,

A Virtual Talent Show

And Learn Photography

See Michael Jackson’s sequined glove, Slash’s top hat, some great guitars and other rock & roll memorabilia with a virtual tour of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. www.rockhall/your-tour

Tune in for a talent show of Shakespearean monologues, short fiction, opera and original songs, presented by the Fenimore Art Museum. Thursday evening, April 30. And on Saturday, May 2, check out a virtual play reading of “K.P” by Peter Reich and Linda Crawford.

The National Theatre streams productions from their archives every Thursday. This week, Benedict Cumberbatch and Johnny Lee Miller star in “Frankenstein” 2 p.m. Thursday, April 30,

Develop a new skill in lockdown as photographer JW Johnston offers a three-part class ‘Notion of Motion’ hosted on Zoom. Registration required. 10 a.m. Saturday, May 2,

Mix your favorite drink and enjoy an
online happy hour with Munson Williams Proctor Arts Museum. Live music, artbreak talk and craft instruction. 6 a.m. Friday, May 1.

Join MLB Network studio host Brian Kenny for discussion of his book “Ahead of the Curve: Inside the Baseball Revolution,” Free, registration required. 11 a.m. – Noon, Friday, May 1, www.

Clark, Y At Home, Yoga For The Kids And Dance Parties


Clark, Y At Home,

Yoga For The Kids

And Dance Parties

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

If the weather is lousy or you just don’t feel like going outside, there are plenty of low-cost (or free!) online fitness classes, from Zumba and yoga to chair workouts and cardio, from kids to grandparents.

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

The Clark Sports Center offers Pound classes, chair and at-home workouts and even a series for kids on their YouTube channel, all taught by your favorite instructors.

Zoe Curtis is offering her Fitness With Zoe Zumba and Pound classes over Zoom. Classes are by donation, RSVP on
Facebook for class invite.

Oneonta YMCA members can check out a variety of online classes, including Y 360, five-minute 12 Burst exercises and Silver Sneaker workouts for seniors. Check in with your Y membership for full access!

If your kids have been watching movies,
obsessively, give them a break from the TV with yoga themed around “Frozen” “Trolls” “Harry Potter” and more from CosmicKids.

Have a party and get fit! Plyojam is offering a 30-day free trial of all their dance-inspired workouts.

Planet Fitness is offering a daily class, taught by fitness celebrities and personal trailers, all over Facebook Live. You
don’t even need to be a member! 7 p.m.

Barry’s trainers are also offering classes twice a day over Instagram.

BEST BETS: Grand & Glorious Sale Back


Grand & Glorious

Garage Sale Back

t’s big! It’s beautiful! It’s good stuff galore as the annual Grand & Glorious garage sale’s a bargain hunter’s dream. There’s music and food too, including the famous “Walking Taco.” 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Main Street, Oneonta.

The machines of the past comes to life at 36th annual Dan Rion Memorial Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest. Steam power demos, music, BBQ, activities, more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Info (607) 278-5744.

Country living is where it’s at! Celebrate good life with vendors, cornhole tournament, pumpkin patch, farmers’ market, demonstrations on backyard beekeeping, fly fishing, cider pressing and more. 1 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Kallan Fields, Well’s Ave., Hartwick. Info (607) 293-8123.

Honor heroes, veterans, families and first responders of 9/11 with a 5k, 10k and kid’s fun run. Runners, walkers of all ages, abilities welcome. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 7, Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company, 832 Co. Hwy. 26, Fly Creek. (607) 547-2800.

The Oneonta Concert Association presents Evidence Dance Company, fusing contemporary dance and spoken word. 7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, Goodrich Theater, Fine Arts Building, SUNY Oneonta. (607) 433-7252.

Play tennis to support regional Junior Tennis Scholarship. Cost, $20/person. 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, continues Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 7-8, Oneonta Tennis Center, 32 Rose Ave., Oneonta. Info (607) 432-0700.

Dramatic Arts Rule At Renaissance Fair, ‘Our Town’, More


Dramatic Arts Rule

At Renaissance Fair,

‘Our Town’, More

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Lords and ladies fair are invited to attend the 11th annual Medieval Renaissance Fair, where Celtic dancers, magicians and more will perform throughout the day. Food, vendors and a Chinese auction – and make sure to come in costume! $5. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 10-11, Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Road Cherry Valley. Info 518-993-2239

Kids can learn for themselves what life was like in the old days as Hanford Mills Museum hosts a day of hands-on, family-friendly activities. Enjoy family concert by Dave Ruch featuring sing-a-longs, movement songs, more. 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. 607-278-5744.

The Glimmer Globe Theatre continues its production of Thornton Wilder’s classic, “Our Town.” 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9, Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400.

The hands-on fun continues as Shannon Delany hosts “On Paper Wings: Building Paper Birds Workshop” to create multi-dimensional birds on a background that can be put in a shadowbox frame. Cost, $67/members, $75/non-member. 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Fenimore Art Museum,
Cooperstown. 607-547-1400.

Oneonta’s poet Gianluca Avanzato reads from his debut collection “City of the Hills,” with signing to follow. 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, Stella Luna Ristorante, 58-60 Market St., Oneonta. 607-433-7646.

Enjoy a free chamber music concert by Glimmerglass Festival Musicians. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Pierstown Grange Hall, 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Road, Cooperstown. 607-264-3069.

Learn how time and the elements have shaped the land of Otsquago Creek with a Geology Walk lead by Dr. Les Hasbargen, Geology professor at SUNY Oneonta. 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Robert Woodruff Learning Center Owen D. Young Central School, St. Rt. 80, Van Hornesville. 607-282-4087.

The Franklin Stage company also has an opening this week, “Billy Bishop Goes To War.” Set in 1914, follows journey of under-achiever who becomes great fighter pilot. Free admission. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 9-10, 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 11, Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin. 607-829-3700.

What A Weekend Of Festivals, Picnics, Music, Drama, Art!


What A Weekend

Of Festivals, Picnics,

Music, Drama, Art!

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Festivals for music, for beer, for Classical music abound this weekend around Otsego County!

Start at the first annual Summer Fest as the Red Shed Brewery celebrates good weather, good friends and, most importantly, good beer! Cornhole tournaments, food trucks, karaoke and beer marionette planned. 12 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Aug. 2-4, 709 County Highway 33, Cooperstown. Info,

Oneonta is alive as the annual City of the Hills Art & Music Festival fills downtown with artisans, live performances and more. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, Main St., Oneonta. Info,

The Cooperstown Summer music festival opens with the Bill Charlap Trio, one of the country’s premier jazz ensembles. Tickets, $25/adult. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, The Otesaga, Cooperstown. Info, (877) 666-7421

Celebrate natural world and Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) culture with song, dance, & storytelling by Kay Olan and the Ahkwesahsne Women Singers. Listen to traditional stories of Native peoples, participate in dance, music, kids make Iroquois-themed take-home craft. 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1472

Enjoy an afternoon in one of Otsego County’s hidden gems as the Otsego Land Trust hosts a picnic at Brookwood Point. Tours, boat rentals, food and a concert by the Glimmerglass Young Artists ($30/person). 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, Brookwood Point, 6000 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-2366 ext. 108

It’s two plays – and a picnic! – for the price of one! First, Shakespeare in the Valley presents an evening of theater featuring original play “Monster Mic” followed by community picnic, then teen theater performance of Macbeth. Cost, $12/adult. 6 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Aug. 2-3, West Kortright Centre, 49 W. Kortright Church Rd., East Meredith. Info, (607) 278-5454.

Celebrate our great local bands with the annual Music Festival, supporting the Gary Johnson Memorial Music Scholarship Fund. 1-8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, Maple Street Park, Oneonta. Info, (607) 431-1001.


Even After Fourth, Lots To Do Here – And Fireworks, Too


Even After Fourth,

Lots To Do Here –

And Fireworks, Too!

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Just because the festivities on the Fourth of July may be done by the time you pick up this edition, that doesn’t mean the fun is over! This weekend is filled with arts, music and celebration all over the county.Even the fireworks aren’t over yet!

Fireworks will be shot over Otsego Lake Friday, July 5, with viewing from Brookwood Point, courtesy of the Otsego Land Trust.
Beginning at 7 p.m., bring a blanket and chairs, and enjoy music and free ice cream. $5 suggested donation, Brookwood Point, Route 80, Cooperstown. Info 607-547-2366

The annual Stagecoach Run Arts Festival invites art lovers to view open studios and galleries, meet with artists, and bring home some new artwork! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 6-7. Start at Bright Hill Literary Center, 94 Church St., Treadwell. Info

The Hartwick Fire Dept. Co. #1 Emergency Squad celebrates 50 years of saving lives with a party! Enjoy refreshments, honor the members of the company and check your health with free tests. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 3088 County Highway 11 , Hartwick. Info 607-293-7530.

Ever dance on a moving train? Now’s your chance, as the Cooperstown Blues Express hosts a train dance with music by the Horseshoe Lounge Playboys. $20. 6:30 – 10 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Milford Train Depot, 136 East Main Street, Milford. Info, 607-432.2429,

Get MOOOO-ving to The Farmers’ Museum Annual Junior Livestock Show, featuring best livestock and youth exhibitors from a nine-county region. Opens w/barbecue dinner and ice cream social and continues through Tuesday, July 9, with showcases and prizes. 5 p.m. Sunday, July 7, Iroquois Farm Showgrounds, County Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Info 607-547-1461.

The Swart-Wilcox House Museum wants to thank all donors and supporters with an open house featuring live music, games, tours and cake. 1-3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, Wilcox Ave, Oneonta. Info 607-287-7011

There’s nothing like music under the stars and Pathfinder Village is ready to play! The opening show of their annual concert series features the Sidney Community Band performing popular music, showtunes. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Pathfinder Village, 3 Chenango Rd., Edmeston. 607-965-8377 Ext. 126

Celebrate the opening of the “Watercolors and Ink Drawings: A Dialogue” art exhibit. 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, July 5, West Kortright Center, 49 W. Kortright Rd., East Meredith. 607-278-5454

Get Ready For Fourth’s Parades, Fireworks, Concerts, More


Get Ready For 4th’s

Parades, Fireworks,

Concerts, Boats!

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Independence Day is Thursday, July 4, but it’s not too early to start making plans for how to celebrate! There are parades on land and water, old-fashioned farm fun,
music, games and, of course, fireworks!

Oneonta’s annual Hometown Fourth of July starts with a 5K Color Run at 9 a.m. and ends with fireworks at dusk – with plenty of fun in between! The annual parade is at noon, followed by an afternoon of fun in the park, including music, bounce houses, a baseball game, and a visit from Oneonta’s own Ninja Warrior, Anthony Eardley, all free of charge. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Info, schedule

The second-oldest Fourth of July parade in the country is right here in Springfield Center, with fancy floats, a fife and drum corps, a flag-raising ceremony and Revolutionary War display, as well as games, food and live music to follow. Stick around for fireworks and a community concert in the evening! 11 a.m.-dusk, Springfield Community Center, 129 County Route 29A, Springfield Center, Info, schedule, “Springfield 4th of July Parade and Celebration” on Facebook.

Remember what Independence Day is all about with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at The Farmers’ Museum, complete with a traditional militia muster. Then stick around for tintype portraits and a tour of the 19th-century celebrations on the farm. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. Info, schedule

If fireworks are too loud, head out to the Windfall Dutch Barn for the annual Quiet Concert for the Fourth, featuring a program of classical Indian music. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy a potluck supper! 4 p.m., Windfall Dutch Barn, Salt Springville. Info 607-436-3419.

But Independence Day isn’t just for the Fourth of July! In Cooperstown, the annual patriotic concert and fireworks display will be held 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, in Lakefront Park. Start your weekend with a bang!

Parades aren’t just for the streets! The annual Boat Parade. This year’s theme is “Red, White & Blue,” so decorate up your boat and try to win a prize. 4 p.m. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Info 518-542-6630

And don’t take off the decorations just yet! There’s a second boat parade at Canadarago Lake, with fireworks to follow. 6 p.m. Saturday, July 5, Canadarago Boat Launch, Richfield Springs.

Best Bets: From Rock ‘n’ Roll To Ninjas Warriors


From Rock ‘n’ Roll

To Ninjas Warriors

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Summer has OFFICIALLY arrived in Otsego County! Celebrate the best time to be here with games, theater and a major rock band coming to town!

“I Will Possess Your Heart” hipsters Death Cab For Cutie will perform their soulful indie rock on the Ommegang stage with Jenny Lewis opening. All-ages show, $45, Camping +$15. 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown,

There are games and sweet treats at the Clark Center as it celebrates the first day of summer with giant Jenga, Corn Hole and free popsicles! 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, Clark Sports Center.  124 County Hwy 52, Cooperstown.  Info, 607-547-2800, ext. 103.

If it’s not sunny enough for you here, why not take a trip to Agrabah? The Orpheus Theatre Starstruck Performers perform “Aladdin Jr.” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 21-22, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta,  Info, 607-287-1288

Find some tranquility in a performance of “Peace Tales around the World,” an original production by LEAF, Inc. and Mountains View Wellness Center’s Theater Arts Troupe. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta.  Info, (607)433-1714 ext. 201,

Take the whole family out to the ballgame at historic Damaschke Field as the American Legion teams play a game. 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Info,

The Oneonta Community Concert Band welcomes summer with “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss,” “National Emblem March,” and more. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a free concert! 3 p.m June 23, Pavilion, Wilber Park, Oneonta. 607-437-0152.

Oneonta has our very own Ninja Warrior, Anthony Earley, and you can help cheer him on during a big-screen watch party of “American Ninja Warrior.” 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info,


Regatta, BASE Race, Hall of Fame Classic Weekend Highlights

Regatta, BASE Race,

Hall of Fame Classic

Weekend Highlights

It’s a wet and wild weekend
as the annual General Clinton Canoe Regatta brings everyone out to the shores – and waters – of the Susquehanna River. Though races run all weekend, the big one kicks off at 6 a.m. Monday, May 26. Follow the racers down the river, then enjoy a barbeque in
Bainbridge. Brookwood Point,
6000 State Hwy 80, Cooperstown.

The 11th annual Hall of Fame Classic has six HOF legends and players from all 30 MLB teams playing a 7-inning game. Tickets $11-12.50. Pregame Home Run Derby at noon. Afterwards, kids can do the Doubleday Dash around the bases. 1:50 p.m. Saturday, May 25, Doubleday Field. Info 607-207-9519,

Live music and delicious food and wine parings from local restaurants, all to benefit the Catskill Symphony. 7 – 9 p.m. Saturday, May 25, Oneonta Country Club, 9 Country Club Dr, Oneonta. Info

The best way to show you support healthy lifestyle choices is to run a 5K race! The annual BASE race benefits the Baseball Hall of Fame’s “Be A Superior Example” programs. Registration begins 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 25. Info 607-547-0329

Bring paper to shred and help support the Cooperstown Food Pantry, then stay to enjoy Barnyard Swing and Mini Golf activities. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25, 4604 State Hwy 28, Milford. Info 607-547-8330.

LIBBY’S BEST BETS: Relay, Fling, Woodstock


Relay For Life;
Woodstock, Baby,
And Spring Fling

Rain or shine – hopefully shine – the annual Relay for Life will celebrate cancer survivors, remember lives lost and raise money for the American Cancer Society with family fun, raffles, fireworks, as well as a Survivor Walk and the lighting of luminaria. 4-10 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Wilber Park, Milford.

It’s not really spring until the Cooperstown Rotary Club throws their Annual Spring Fling! Plenty of vendors, live music, food and more. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, May 17, Clark Sports Center, 124 Co. Rd. 52, Cooperstown.

It’s the 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and you can relive those groovy days at “Documenting Woodstock: Festival Photographs
from the Bethel Woods Archives.”
2 p.m. Saturday, May 18, Fenimore Arts Museum, 5798 Route 80, Cooperstown. Info

It’s 4.4 miles from Council Rock to Council Rock Brewery in a race to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Kid’s Camp. Registration 9 a.m., Race 11 a.m, Saturday, May 19, Council Rock Park, Lake & River Sts., Cooperstown .
Info 607-547-2800, ext 111.

A history lesson on “Before and After the Deluge, the Story of Clinton’s Dam 1779” by Dr. Starna, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, SUNY Oneonta. 3 p.m. Sunday, May 19, Village Meeting Room, 22 Main St. Cooperstown.

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