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Harvest Festival Returns to The Farmers’ Museum’s Fall Lineup

Harvest Festival Returns to The
Farmers’ Museum’s Fall Lineup

After a two-year hiatus, celebrate the bounty of fall as the Harvest Festival returns to The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown on Saturday and Sunday, September 17 and 18, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Since 1978, this family-friendly event has grown to become a regional favorite, bringing together a wide variety of performers, artisans, and vendors,” said Todd Kenyon, Director of Marketing. “We are excited it is returning.”

The festival is on the museum’s picturesque grounds near Otsego Lake. “We have the perfect blend of new attractions and trusted favorites,” Mr. Kenyon said. “Two days of live performances, music by folk singer and songwriter Kevin McKrell both days, and the museum’s Templeton Players will be on stage with two performances.”

Coop Rotary plans Fall Fling for Saturday

Coop Rotary plans Fall Fling for Saturday

by CHAD G. WELCH • Special to

The Rotary Club of Cooperstown is hosting the Fall Fling fundraiser at the Clark Sports Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday Oct. 9.

Fall Fling is replacing Spring Fling. which the club has hosted annually in May since 2017, event chairperson Sydney Sheehan said. It was canceled in 2020 and postponed this year.

“We decided to hold this event in the fall because we felt that a fun and festive fall event might be just the thing to bring everyone together,” Sheehan said. “Cooperstown has so much to offer in the autumn and year-round and it’s a great time to celebrate our community.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Last day of the 2021 Otsego County Fair! 08-08-21

Last day of the 2021
Otsego County Fair!


OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come out for the Final of the 6 best days of summer featuring livestock shows, rides, games, food, Demolition Derby, Chainsaw art auction, ice cream social, open western show, much more. Otsego County Fairgrounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit

Best Bets: August 5, 2021

Best Bets

August 5, 2021

The Otsego County Fair features
tractor pull, demolition derby

The Otsego County Fair has opened. Stop by for rides, games, food, livestock shows and more. Events include the demolition derby, tractor pulls (antique and NYTPA), horse shows, karaoke and more. Check the website for the full list and schedule. At the Otsego County Fairground, 469 Mill St. in Morris. From 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 5 to Sunday, Aug. 8. Call 607-263-5289 or visit

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: ‘The Villains Moustache’ Premiers 05-14-21

‘The Villains Moustache’ Premiers


PUPPET THEATER – 6:30 p.m. Get out to enjoy an old-time melodrama performed with puppets ‘The Villain’s Moustache.’ Set in the heyday of hobos, railroads, heroines in distress, and moustache twirling villains. Audience participation, from booing the villain to giving advice to the heroes, is encouraged. Tickets required. Presented by the Catskill Puppet Theater. Showing at Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit

Puppet theater to return to Oneonta

Puppet theater to return to Oneonta

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to

Carol Mandigo poses with some of her puppets in this undated photo.

A puppet theater with local roots will perform an old time musical with a modern message in Oneonta on Friday, May 14 and Saturday, May 15.

The Catskill Puppet Theater, which has been around since the late 1970s, will be performing “The Villain’s Mustache,” which is described on their website as a “lively musical” and a “traditional old-time melodrama.”

“The play is fast paced and exciting enough to hold the attention of even the youngest children but contains enough real drama and good music to grab the audience as well,” said the website description.

“It’s a cool show for Oneonta because it’s about the old railway,” Carol Mandigo said, co-founder of the Catskill Puppet Theater.

Little Nell, the show’s young heroine, struggles when her family falls on hard times. They come to the city in order to make money where she meets a ragtime piano player named Moe and a hobo named Curley.

Audiences are encouraged to get involved by cheering, shouting advice or booing at the characters.


Garden Party For Mom


GARDEN PARTY – Noon – 3 p.m. Celebrate mom with a party featuring tea, treats, and a first look at the restored carpet, curtains, walls in the dining room. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass St. Park Rd., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5098 or visit

PERFORMANCE – 11 a.m. Presenting “The Lions Whiskers” a performance by the Catskill Puppet Theater. Free family friendly performance for Mother’s day weekend. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit

Catskill Puppet Theater To Perform In Cooperstown

Catskill Puppet Theater To Perform In Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN – The Catskill Puppet Theater, the first program this season of the Friends of the Village Library, will present “The Lion’s Whiskers” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday (rain date is Sunday) on the lawn in front of the Cooperstown Library at 22 Main St.

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