AUDITIONS—5 p.m. Love to sing? Have prior choral experience? The Catskill Choral Society is seeking new members for their 2023 performances. Upcoming dates include a concert of Brahms choral works to be performed April 21 and 23 as well as a collaboration with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra on famous Hollywood movie scores. Rehearsals are held from 7-9 p.m. Thursday evenings starting 1/26. Auditions are by appointment at the Unitarian Universalist Soceity Chapel, 12 Ford Avenue, Oneonta. (607) 435-7008 or visit catskillchoralsociety.com
GRAND & GLORIOUS FAIR – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Free community event featuring live music, garage sales, games, food, local arts & crafts, more. Presented by the Catskill Choral Soceity in Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Visit catskillchoralsociety.com
The Grand and Glorious Garage Sale has been a favored Oneonta fixture for 44 years. Previously presented on Main Street, the fair draws several thousand people and serves as the Catskill Choral Society’s annual fundraiser.
This year, the Grand and Glorious Fall Fair moves to Oneonta’s shady Neahwa Park and will have hometown vendors, family-friendly entertainment including a performance by the Oneonta Community Concert Band, addition performers on the bandshell, games, food, great fun, local arts and crafts, the traditional garage sale plus much more.
The Grand and Glorious Fall Fair takes place Sunday, September 11 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., on the first Sunday after Labor Day. All are welcome. Free and open to the public.
AUDITIONS – 5 – 6:30 p.m. Catskill Choral Society invites community members to try out to for the group. All voices are welcome, choral experience is helpful, sight-reading not required. Appointments required. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. E-mail CCS@catskillchoralsociety.com or visit catskillchoralsociety.com
MOZART CONCERT – 7 p.m. The Catskill Choral Society returns to the stage after a 2 year pandemic silence to celebrate 50 years of making music with their spring concert titled ‘How Can We Keep From Singing.’ The concert will feature the beloved Mozart Requiem accompanied by a full Orchestra. The program will begin with light choral pieces by such composers as Bernstein, Alice Parker, Samuel Barber, and Gwyneth Walker. Tickets, $25/adult. Available at The Green Earth, Oneonta, and Cooperstown Natural Foods. Hosted at The First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Visit catskillchoralsociety.com
MEDICATION TAKE-BACK-DAY – 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Got unused medication? Avoid the risk of having dangerous unused medications in the house and take them to a DEA take-back-location. Otsego County location is The Otsego County Sheriff’s Office, 172 Co. Hwy. 33W, Cooperstown. 607-547-4271 or visit www.facebook.com/OtsegoSheriff/?view_public_for=1219166834832301
OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate return of the Cooperstown Central School Art Exhibit after a 2-year hiatus. Works by students K-12 will fill the upstairs ballroom with color. CCS Students will also be performing music on the porch where the Art Association and Friends of Music will provide food and beverages. Art on show through 5/13. Free, open to the public. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com
AUDITIONS – 5 – 7 p.m. The Singers with some prior choral experience or talented high school or college students are invited to audition for the Catskill Choral Society’s spring concert of the Mozart Requiem. By appointment only. Full vaccination, booster, and masks are required. Rehearsals held Thursdays 7 – 9 p.m. UUSO’s Chapin Chapel, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. 607-435-7008 or visit catskillchoralsociety.com
FUNDRAISER – 5:30 – 8 p.m. Support Tracy Abrams to provide wigs to local community members who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. Enjoy Quarter Auction, food, drink, preview items. Partnered with 501c organization Wigs & Wishes. Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-287-4294 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaVetsClub
Music Director G. Roberts Kolb encourages the audience to sing along to “Deck the Halls” at a performance of the “Songs of Christmas” by the Catskill Choral Society at the United Methodist Church in Oneonta Friday evening. Kolb, a professor at Hamilton College, has worked with the Catskill Choral Society since 1997 and this is the 12th performance he has directed. Next year marks the 50th anniversary of the society, which brings in approximately 50-80 regional singers to perform a variety of choral pieces twice a year. At right, Mary Hall and her friend Jean Seroka applaud the singers. Hall, who’s been a member of the church for 15 years, attends every performance. “It wouldn’t be Christmas without the Choral Society Concert,” she said. “To me this starts the Christmas season.”
ONEONTA – For the first time in recent memory, the Catskill Choral Society is opening its rehearsal to the public at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 12 Ford Ave.
“This is the perfect opportunity for anybody who loves to sing to try the group on for size. There is no cost and no obligation for the open rehearsal,” said David Hayes, performer and spokesman for the society. “Sight reading is not required.”
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BAZAAR & BAKE SALE – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Find tree trimmings, crafts, knitted and crocheted and quilted items, a white elephant sale, more. Lunch available including soups, chilis, hot dogs, brownie sundaes. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-6552 visit elmparkumconeonta.org
SALE & LUNCHEON – 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Find wreaths, fresh arrangements, and a holiday bake sale by the Oneonta Federated Garden Club. Soup & sandwich luncheon also available. St. James Episcopal Church, 300 Main St., Oneonta. E-mail Angie.Eichler@oneonta.edu