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
PICKLEBALL – Noon-2 p.m. Come learn the sport. Gymn floor, Clark Sports Center, 124 Cty. Hwy. 52, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com
CONSERVATION MEETING – 12:30-3:30 p.m. Discussion of manure spreading strategies to reduce nutrient runoff. A must for farmers spreading or storing manure this winter. Otsego County Meadows Complex, 140 Ct. Hwy. 33W. RSVP by 1/12, (607)547-8337 ext. 4. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
AUDITIONS – 3-6:30 p.m. Catskill Choral Society opens auditions for new members and potential Dox Apprentices. Unitarian Universalist Church, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 431-6060 to schedule and appointment.
ONEONTA – G. Roberts Kolb, Hamilton College director of choral activities, is the new music director and choral conductor for the Catskill Choral Society. An open house to welcome him is planned 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 12, at the First United Methodist Church.
He succeeds R. Colin Armstrong, Hartwick College’s choral director, who ended his tenure with the choral society with last month’s all-Bach concert. He accepted an academic position in Texas.