CHERRY VALLEY – William Gordon “Bill” Isaac, a Renaissance man and a beloved member of the greater Cherry Valley community, best known recently for operating the Cherry Branch Gallery, died on May 5, 2019, at his home here with his beloved partner, Willow Partington, by his side along with her children and son-in-law.
Born on May 3, 1938, in Aurora, Ill., Bill was the son of Helen and Gordon Isaac, of Downers Grove. Bill’s mother was Chippewa (Ojibway).
Bill attended Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, receiving the S.C. Johnson Award in Chemistry. He left in May 1958 without a degree, and worked as a chemist in Allied Chemical’s uranium refining plant in Metropolis, Ill., where he worked with radioactive materials. In 1960, Bill moved to New Orleans where he worked as a picture framer and began oil painting, selling his works in Pirates’ Alley and local galleries. He was drafted into the Army in 1961, and worked at Fort Detrick, Frederick, Md.. In 1963, he received an honorable discharge.
CHERRY VALLEY – Bill Isaac, proprietor of the Cherry Branch Gallery who also restored Schuyler Lake’s historic smithy, passed away yesterday morning. A full obituary will be forthcoming. Arrangements are with the Ottman Funeral Home, Cherry Valley.
CANDLELIGHT EVENING – 3 – 7 p.m. Experience magic of Christmas season with a candlelit museum covered in Christmas greenery, horse-drawn sleighs, carolers, bonfires, wassail, theater performances, more. Tickets available at door. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Candlelight-Evening
CHERRY VALLEY – After 15 years, the Cherry Branch Gallery is closing at the end of the year, proprietor Bill Isaac announced today.
The gallery is currently exhibiting a ceramics exhibition entitled: “From the Ground Up: Clay Forms,” which continues to Dec. 2.
It will participate in the village-wide Holiday Market with a two-day, all-day open house Dec. 8-9, featuring Christmas gifts. The Holiday Market will continue until Dec. 20, the gallery’s last business day.
“My intention in starting the gallery was to provide a venue where local artists could exhibit and market their work,” Isaac recalled.
FAMILY PROGRAM – Noon – 2 p.m. Celebrate Latino Heritage month with Day of the Dead event. Make paper flowers, learn about Mexican traditions, listen to story time, more. Participants encouraged to bring photo of loved one who’s passed away. Designed for children aged 4-12 + family. Light snacks provided. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
FUNDRAISER – 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Construct you cat a cardboard castle with Superheroes in Ripped Jeans. Materials provided. Bring goods or monetary donation. 3rd floor, Community Room, Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Boston’s premier vocal chamber ensemble “Renaissance Men” perform vocal music from all periods, by many composers. Tickets, $25 general admission. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St.,Oneonta. 607-433-7252 or visit oneontaconcertassociation.org
SQUARE DANCE – 7:30 p.m. Dance with friends at Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Clubs Fall All Plus Dance. Features Keith Harter as Plus caller, Jeanne Harter as Cuer. Admission, $5/person. Cooperstown Elementary School. 607-264-8128.
FLEETWOOD MAC – 7 p.m. Performance by Tusk, Fleetwood Mac Tribute band, performing some of their greatest hits. Cost, $35 in front half of theater. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org
THEATER – 7 p.m. Performance by Tom Morgan “Tales from the Empire” telling story of the Morgan family, former owners of The Empire Hotel in Gilbertsville. Adapted from autobiographical stories in newspaper columns, radio show “Moneytalk.” Cost, $15/adult. Auditorium, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a
HOLIDAY MARKET – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Holiday exhibition open house featuring local artists. Perfect place to find that perfect gift. Choose from arts in everything from oil to acrylic, pencil, pastel, photography, collage, more. All welcome. Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. Call 607-264-9530 or visit www.facebook.com/cherrybranchgallery/
DANCE DEMONSTRATION – 10 a.m. Informative demonstration in the art of dance presented by Jillian’s Dance Arts. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. foothillspac.org
ART RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. “Migration-Immigration: A Creative Depiction” opens depicting the arduous and dangerous path that has led many immigrant to the US throughout our history. Features the work of local artists working in water color, acrylics, oils, pen, ink, sculptures, and more. Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. cherrybranchgallery.com
SPRING FEST – 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Features music and events including the Ross Park Zoomobile and a Fishing Derby by Trout Unlimited. Copes Corner Park, on Rte. 51 between Gilbertsville and Mt. Upton. Info, www.townofbutternuts.org/copes-corners-park/
SPRING CRAFT SHOW – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Come find unique items for gifts from the many vendors. Includes drawings for door prizes and a basket raffle. FoxCare Center, 1 FoxCare Drive, Oneonta.
VIOLIN RECITAL – 1 p.m. Performance by Imad Rajib Altaha with free will offering to benefit the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees. Mr. Altaha received his Bachelor of Music Arts from Bagdad Univeristy in 1994 and has played the violin for 30 years. Inlcudes light refreshments, open to the public. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, call 547-8401
We still have 6 families in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program in need of a benefactor this holiday season. CLICK HERE to learn how you can help them.
RABIES CLINIC – 4-6 p.m. Free rabies vaccination for cats, dogs, ferrets. Previous certificate must be presented for 3-year booster. Dogs on leash; cats and ferrets in pillow case or carrier. Limit of 15 pets per person. Susquehanna Animal Shelter, 4841 NY 28, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-4230 or CLICK HERE to visit the susquehanna animal shelter website.
HOLIDAY MARKET – 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Open house, art display, and handmade gifts. Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. Info, cherrybranchgallery.com
WINE TASTING – 6 p.m. Sampling of fine wines paired with a plate of food to compliment. Stella Luna Ristorante. 58-60 Market St, Oneonta. Info, www.stellalunas.com