BIKE RACE – 10 a.m. 8th Annual Drops to Hops Bike Race. Ride 43 miles or 23 miles followed by party at the finish line for races, families. Cost, $55/person after 9/26. Brewery Ommegang, 656 Co. Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2019-drops-to-hops/
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.”
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.”
CELEBRATION – 3–4:30 p.m. Celebrate the first day of summer w/popsicles, Corn Hole and Giant Jenga. Free. Front lawn of Clark Sports Center. 124 County Hwy 52, Cooperstown. Info, 607-547-2800, ext. 103 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com
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.
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 www.farmersmuseum.org/fiber-weekend
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 susquehannaanimalshelter.org/on-the-rails-for-tails/
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.
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.