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A Renaissance Man, Bill Isaac, 81, Founded Gallery, Artworks, LEAF

IN MEMORIAM

A Renaissance Man,

Bill Isaac, 81, Founded

Gallery, Artworks, LEAF

In 2011, Bill Isaac shows off a rare A-shaped forge he saved during his restoration of the Old Blacksmith Shop on Route 28, Schuyler Lake, which he then ran as a art and crafts gallery. (AllOTSEGO.com)

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.

Bill Isaac

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.

READ ABOUT SCHUYLER LAKE SMITHY RESTORATION

 

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

Candlelight & Carols

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

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 Branch Gallery To Close At Year’s End

Cherry Branch Gallery

To Close At Year’s End

A painting by Richard Saba and sculpture by Chris Duncan in a 2015 exhibit at the Cherry Branch Gallery.

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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 3

Day Of The Dead Celebration

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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/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12

‘Renaissance Men’

Vocal Ensemble Performance

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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.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Tribute Concert To Fleetwood Mac

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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

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 3

Lighting The Christmas Tree

14-19eventspage Give the gift of Christmas to children in need. To participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program CLICK HERE!

TREE LIGHTING – 1:30 p.m. Catskill Area Hospice lights a tree to remember our family, friends, loved ones who have passed. Donate to place a heart shaped ornament with a loved ones name. Front Lawn, Cooperstown Village Library. Call 607-432-6773 or visit www.facebook.com/Catskill-Area-Hospice-Palliative-Care-85107712366/

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/

Interiors, Exteriors On Display 

Interiors, Exteriors On Display 

The exhibiting artists gathered this evening at the Cherry Branch Gallery, Cherry Valley, where “Artistic Reflections: Interior & Exterior,” opened.   Seated are Linda Suskind, Fly Creek, foreground, and Linda Tracz, Roseboom. Standing, from left, are Mary Nolan, Fly Creek, Elizabeth Schula, Cherry Valley, Mark Mastroianni, Cherry Valley, Bob Buck, Fort Plain, and Marc Pelletier, who maintains a studio in New York. The exhibit features 11 artists and and runs through Oct. 29, said Tamara Saba, the gallery director.  The gallery is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Thursdays through Sundays. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JULY 8

See The Art Of Dance

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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

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 6

Festival In The Park

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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/

FLOWER SHOW – 5-7 p.m. Opening reception of The Cherry Valley Flower Show on display to June 4. The Cherry Branch Gallery, 25 Main St., Cherry Valley. Info, call (607)264-9530 or email info@cherrybranchgallery.com or visit cherrybranchgallery.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 8

Join Red Cross Fire

Prevention Campaign

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HOME FIRE PREVENTION CAMPAIGN – 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Volunteer with the local Red Cross to install free smoke alarms, complete fire safety checklists, and create personalized fire escape plans with local families. Sign up @ www.redcross.org/local/new-york/eastern-new-york/home-fire-safety or call (315)733-4666

HEALTH SUMMIT – 1:30-4 p.m. Dr. Kevin P. Hill, Harvard University Medical School, presents “Marijuana: The Unbiased Truth about Medical use and Legalization.” Free and open to the public. Room 202 Johnstone Science Center, SUNY Oneonta. Info, www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-college-2017-health-summit-focus-marijuana/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 2

Spring Music & Crafts

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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

HAWKEYE REVUE – 2 p.m. CCS Students and guest faculty members perform musical numbers. This years theme is “Songs from Shows We Won’t Do.” Each performance will be accompanied by a large student orchestra with a few professionals. Open to the public. Suggested donation, $10 adult, $5 children. Cooperstown High School Auditorium. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org/hawkeye-revue-returns-to-cooperstown-csd-on-april-1-and-april-2/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7

Protecting Your Four Legged Family

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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

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