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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

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.

Libby Cudmore Headshot
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.


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