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Oldest Otsego County Race Continues


WINTER CARNIVAL – All Day. Info at

WINTER RACE – 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Annual 5k/10k Bob Smullens Race through Cooperstown. Oldest continuously held race in Otsego County. Cost, $20/person. Registration 10:30 a.m. Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800, ext. 111 or visit


Concerts Return To Ommegang As Avett Brothers Play Induction Weekend


Avett Brothers Play 2 Shows

For HoF Induction Weekend

Grammy-nominated folk rock band the Avett Brothers will return to Brewery Ommegang for two shows Thursday-Friday, July 23-24, ahead of Baseball Hall of Fame Induction Weekend. The shows hail a return of the Ommegang concert series, which was put on a partial hiatus last year. Additional shows will be announced in the future; tickets for the Avett Brothers go on sale 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15.
Anti-Fracking Pioneer Retires At Ommegang Over 15 Years Larry Bennett Also Led ‘Thrones’ Campaign

Anti-Fracking Pioneer

Retires At Ommegang

Over 15 Years Larry Bennett

Also Led ‘Thrones’ Campaign

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Larry Bennett has retired after 15 years as Ommegang’s creative director. (Ian Austin/

COOPERSTOWN – Larry Bennett called his career at Brewery Ommegang, which included helping launch Otsego County’s anti-fracking movement, “serendipity.”

“When my wife and I moved up here in 2001 from Raleigh, N.C., I was working at the West Kortright Center to try and meet people,” he said. “I got talking with someone and told them I’d worked in advertising for 25 years, and they mentioned that Brewery Ommegang was looking for someone to do exactly that!”

On Friday, Sept. 15, Bennett retired as Ommegang’s creative director, a position he held for 15 years. “I’ll miss the people, the business and the free beer,” he said.

When he joined, his first goals were to expand the sales force and diversify the beer line. “We wanted to make different, interesting kinds of beers, and also short runs of more esoteric ones,” he said. “We were riding the wave of the craft industry. We weren’t the point of the spear, but we were certainly on the sharp edge.”

After 15 Years, Larry Bennett Retires From Ommegang

After 15 Years, Bennett

Retires From Ommegang

As of this evening, Larry Bennett, the creative director responsible for reviving Belgium Comes to Cooperstown and helping to establish branding with HBO and other national brands, has retired from Brewery Ommegang as their creative director. In addition to his work at the famed brewery, Bennett was instrumental in spearheading the local anti-fracking movement, which gained state and nationwide attention. (Ian Austin/

Springbrook Names SUNY President, Ommegang CEO To Trustee Board

Springbrook Foundation

Names SUNY President,

Ommegang CEO To Board

The Springbrook Foundation named their 2019 Board of Trustees on Friday, Aug, 30.  At left is Stacey Grady, Springbrook Foundation director of development.  Then, from left, are the Springbrook Foundation Board of Trustees: Patricia O’Brien, Jim Kelsey, Doug Campbell, Patricia Kennedy, Amanda Mirabito (vice president and secretary), John Anderson (board president), Patrick Prior (board treasurer), and Barbara Jean Morris.

MILFORD CENTER – SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris and Ommegang CEO Doug Campbell are among the new board members of the The Springbrook Foundation, the fundraising affiliate of Springbrook NY Inc.

Dr. John Anderson, former Millersville University president and past Hartwick College provost, was named as board president. “One of the most rewarding experiences of my career was serving over 12 years as a board member, and at times an officer, of Springbrook,” he said. “This new opportunity is a tremendous honor. I am absolutely delighted that I can help support Springbrook in this new position.”

Death Cab For Cutie Opens Ommegang Summer Concert Series

Death Cab For Cutie Opens

Ommegang Concert Series

Death Cab For Cutie will bring its brand of indie rock to Brewery Ommegang on June 21.

COOPERSTOWN – Indie-rock sensation Death Cab For Cutie has been announced as the first band in Brewery Ommegang’s summer concert series, playing the outdoor amphitheater at 7 p.m. Friday, June 21.

Formed in Bellingham, Washington in 1997, the band is composed of Ben Gibbard, Nick Harmer, Jason McGerr, Dave Depper, and Zac Rae.

17 Bound For Ommegang, But Tragedy Intervened

17 Bound For Ommegang,

But Tragedy Intervened

COOPERSTOWN – Brewery Ommegang has confirmed it was the destination for the 17 members of the birthday party who were killed in the Schoharie limo crash that claimed 20 lives on Saturday, Oct. 6.

“As names of the victims have been released by the media, we learned that a member of the party did have a reservation at the brewery for Saturday at noon,” the Brewery said in a statement on its Facebook page.


Explore World Of Fiber


FIBER ARTS FEST – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore world of natural fibers through demonstrations, exhibits, hands-on-activities showing how they’re harvested, processed, transformed to wearable, utilitarian, and decorative items. Included with admission, $12/adult. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit

GARLIC FEST – 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Features locally grown garlic for planting or cooking. Sample products like cheese, honey, garlic recipes, more from local vendors. Free parking, admission. Sunnycrest Orchards, 7869 St. Rt. 10, Sharon Springs. 518-284-2256 or visit


Ride The Rails For Tails


FUNDRAISER – 5:30 – 10 p.m. Enjoy a train ride, live music to support The Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Meet the dogs. Cost, $40/person. Cooperstown Charlotte Valley Railroad, 136 Main St., Milford. 607-547-8111 or visit

ANNIVERSARY – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Celebrate 80th anniversary of Fairy Spring Park. Features local funk band Hanzolo, Stewarts’ ice cream floats, silent auction of painting of the park by local painter, May-Britt Joyce. Free admission, donations welcome. Fairy Springs Park, 136 Co. Rd. 31, Cooperstown.

Puppy Love!

Puppy Love!

So many puppies to choose from! Azalea Lorber, Davenport Center, wanted to take them all home, but her parents Ashley and John were more discerning in their choices. (Ian Austin/
Blake Lorber, Laurens, at right, looks in on a carrier full of black and white lab puppies anxious for a new home.

HARTWICK SEMINARY – A line of families gathered outside the Susquehanna Animal Shelter this afternoon to foster the 33 puppies brought up from Saving Grace, an animal rescue organization based out of North Carolina, which seeks to relocate dogs from high-intake kill shelters across the south.

The Susquehanna Animal Shelter will de-worm, spay/neuter and vaccinate the puppies before putting them up for an adoption during an event on Saturday, Aug. 4 at Petco on Southside in Oneonta. Dog Wild also took several adult dogs from the organization, and will host an adoption event 6-9 p.m. Friday, July 20 at Brewery Ommegang.


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