Two years ago, in a May 2020 “Mayor’s Message” in the Village Voices newsletter, I wrote this:
“The residents of the Village of Cooperstown should be proud of the way they have responded to this unprecedented health crisis. Recommendations to stay home, to physically distance from others and to wear a mask when not possible to distance, have all been willingly adopted and are successfully reducing the impact locally of the COVID-19 pandemic.
At the same time, our community has doubled down on what makes us so special – we sincerely care and support one another – that consideration has never been more evident. We provide meals for Bassett Hospital essential
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 24
STATE OF THE STATE – 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hear from your elected officials in local, county, state, federal government on the State of Otsego County. Learn about legislation & initiatives that may impact your business. Featuring Antonio Delgado, James Seward, John Salka, others. Cost, $40/non-member. Otsego Grill, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta. 607-432-4500 or visit otsegocc.com
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 13
SESQUICENTENNIAL – Noon – 9 p.m. Celebrate 150th anniversary of Cooperstown-Charlotte Valley Railway with golden spike, speeches, music, celebratory train ride followed by cannon shoot, ice cream social, historical presentation, fireworks, more. Cost, $30/adult. Depart Milford Depot, 136 E. Main St., Milford. 607-432-2429 or visit www.facebook.com/cacvrr/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 1
SUNRISE SERVICE – 6:30 a.m. Ecumenical service. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9555 or visit www.christchurchcooperstown.org
EASTER SUNDAY – 8:30 a.m. Festival Easter Sunday Service with Holy Communion. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 98 W. Main St., Richfield Springs. Call 315-858-1121 or visit www.stjohnsrichfield.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 20
SPRING FLING – Noon-5 p.m. 2-day event featuring farmers, crafts-people, food vendors, and live music. Doubleday field parking lot, 1 Doubleday Ct., Cooperstown. Info, www.thisiscooperstown.com/events/spring-fling-street-fair
RELAY FOR LIFE – 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Support the search for a cure to cancer, remember the dead, and support the living. Wilber park, 1-19 S. Main St., St. Hwy. 28, Milford. Info, Lauren.Ferraro@cancer.org
BROOKWOOD POINT REOPENING – Noon-5 p.m. Enjoy food, lawn games, music, kayaking, demonstrations, and more at Brookwood Point, 6000 State Highway 80, West Lake Rd., Cooperstown. Info, otsegolandtrust.org
HISTORY REMEMBERED – 1 p.m. Unveiling Cato Freedom historical marker. In memory of Cato Freedom who gained his freedom due to his service in the Revolutionary War. Butternut Valley Cemetery, Co. Hwy. 16, Burlington Flats. Info, Deb Mackenzie, President Otsego County Historical Association, (607) 293-6635.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 11
MUSIC AT THE MANSION – 6:30-8 p.m. Free event features open mic for solo and small ensemble musicians followed by an intermission and then a featured performance. Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.canoneonta.org/calendar/
HISTORY PROGRAM – 6:30 p.m. Dr. John Davis, retired physician & hospital historian, presents on Dr. M.I. Bassett & The History of Bassett Hospital. Kinney Memorial Library, Cty. Hwy. 11, Hartwick. Info, www.facebook.com/OtsegoIsHistory/ , Deb Mackenzie, (607) 293-6635, Harriett Geywits, (315) 858-2575.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, MAY 1
COOPERSTOWN CRITERION CLUB – 7:30 a.m. May Day Breakfast. Cost, $16. Upstairs dining room, The Otesaga, Cooperstown. Reservations, Barbara @ 547- 8942 or Jean @ 547-8235
DRAWING GROUP – 7-9 p.m. Come practice drawing with a live model. $10 donation. To attend call the Cooperstown Art Association, (607)547-9777
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 29
MEMORIAL CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The Oneonta community remembers “Hans & Edith Wilk.” Features the combined voices of the Hartwick College Chorus and SUNY Oneonta Concert Choir performing Mozart’s Symphony #35 Haffner and Requiem with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, catskillsymphony.net/news-events/upcoming-events.html
SPIRITUAL ARTS & PSYCHIC FAIR – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2 day fair featuring reading by psychics, vendors, and workshops to help you heal, and find direction in your life. Oneonta Holiday Inn, 5206 State Highway 23, Oneonta. Info, www.shiftnewyork.com
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 2
SPRING CRAFT SHOW – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come find unique items for gifts from the many vendors. Includes drawings for door prizes and a basket raffle. FoxCare Center, 1 FoxCare Drive, Oneonta.
VIOLIN RECITAL – 1 p.m. Performance by Imad Rajib Altaha with free will offering to benefit the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. Mr. Altaha received his Bachelor of Music Arts from Bagdad Univeristy in 1994 and has played the violin for 30 years. Inlcudes light refreshments, open to the public. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, call 547-8401
HAWKEYE REVUE – 2 p.m. CCS Students and guest faculty members perform musical numbers. This years theme is “Songs from Shows We Won’t Do.” Each performance will be accompanied by a large student orchestra with a few professionals. Open to the public. Suggested donation, $10 adult, $5 children. Cooperstown High School Auditorium. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org/hawkeye-revue-returns-to-cooperstown-csd-on-april-1-and-april-2/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 1
EMPTY BOWLS – Noon-2 p.m. Serving homemade soup in your choice of bowl crafted and donated by local potters. Cost, $15 to benefit the local food pantry. Christ Church Parish Hall on Fair Street, Cooperstown. Info, cooperstownchamber.org/calendar-of-events/#!event/2017/4/1/empty-bowls. To volunteer or donate call (607)547-2627
SOUTH AFRICAN BANQUET – 6-9 p.m. The Mali Education project presents a South African benefit bazaar, dinner and documentary fill titled “Taking Root: The Vision of Wangari Maathai,” about the founder of the Green belt Movement in Kenya and winner of the 2004 Nobel Peace Prize. Tickets, $15 adults, $10 children over 5. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave, Oneonta. Reservation, call (607)434-3303 or email email@example.com. Info, uuso.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 4
Enjoy Final Day-Long Celebration
Of Coop’s 50th Winter Carnival
FUN IN THE SNOW! Final day of the 50th anniversary Cooperstown Winter Carnival features snowman building, soup’n’ chili, soccer slushing in Pioneer Park, the “Fatty Bumppo” bike race ghost tours, wine tasting, a chicken wing competition, the Fire & Ice Bar at The Otesaga, Annie & The Hedonists concert, and the carnival closer. For full schedule of events, see www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com/event-schedule
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JAN. 3
STATE BREAKFAST – 8-10:30 a.m. Annual State of the State Breakfast. Come meet your elected officials and learn about government initiatives affecting our county. Registration Required. Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine pkwy, Oneonta. Info, otsegocc.com
KNITTING GROUP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar
PLANNING BOARD – 2 p.m. CVS preliminary site plan review workshop. Village Office Building, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
PLANNING BOARD – 5 p.m. Zoning Board of appeals. Village Office Building, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
COMMUNITY DISCUSSION – 7-8 p.m. Village resident Terry Bliss discusses his 2016 hike of the Pacific Crest Trail. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org/calendar
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 10
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.
CANDLELIGHT EVENING – 3-7 p.m. Participate in a beloved holiday tradition. The museum is decorated with greenery and candles with wagon rides, a dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol”, arts & crafts for the kids, visits with Saint Nicholas, complimentary wassail, a bonfire on the Tavern Green, and Caroling by the Catskill Chamber Singers. The Farmers Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, www.farmersmuseum.org/Candlelight-Evening
WASSAIL WEEKEND – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Demonstration on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday dring. Savory spices blended with sweet cider at The Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Info, 1-800-505-6455, flycreekcidermill.com
OPERA – 12:55 p.m. “L’Amour de Loin.” The Met streaming live in HD. Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Cost $18/seniors, $20/adults, 10/students. Season pass $200. Box Office: (607) 431-2080, foothillspac.org/index.php/shows/metropolitan-opera-in-hd
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 3
To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.
UGLY SWEATER RUN – There’s still time to take in the Ugly Sweater Run: It departs at 3 p.m. from Pioneer Park in downtown Cooperstown. (The listing incorrectly reported 1:30 p.m.) Info, clarksportscenter.com/events/rockin-around-cooperstown-ugly-sweater-run-walk/index.php
CONCERT – 7 p.m. Juice Newton performs her greatest hits. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St. Oneonta. Info, foothillspac.org List to “Angel in the Morning.”
HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. featuring quality, handmade crafts by local and regional crafters. Free admission. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine pkwy, Oneonta.
PTA HOLIDAY BREAKFAST/MARKET – 8 a.m.-Noon Cooperstown Elementary School, 21 Walnut St, Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOV. 19
To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.
ONEONTA SANTA PARADE – 11 a.m., Main Street, Oneonta. For more info visit the FACEBOOK page.
CRAFT SHOW – 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fox Care Center, 1 Foxcare Dr, Oneonta
GINGERBREAD CONTEST – Noon-3 p.m. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. signedevents.com/united-states/oneonta/gingerbread-contest/ , (607)432-2941
PAINTING CONTEST – 10 a.m. 3rd annual winter windowland painting contest. Enter, vote, or spectate. Main St., Richfield Springs, Info, www.richfieldspringschamber.org/
WORKSHOP – 9 a.m.-noon Learn to Sew a decorator style pillow with $5 fee. Cooperative Extension Center-Schoharie, 173 South Grand St., Suite 1, Cobleskill. Info, registrations, (518) 234-4303, ext. 121, cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2016/11/19/4-h-sewing-workshop