Ariella Lapre, 5, prepares to share her wish list with Santa Claus, who paid his annual visit this afternoon to the Schenevus Fire Department’s Christmas Party at the fire hall, organized by the department’s auxiliary. She’s the daughter of Steve and Sandy Lapre, Westford. As many as 100 youngsters were expected including (inset, right) Jade Jaquish, 1, who was excited about meeting Santa, but then wasn’t too sure when she saw the Big Guy in his sled. She’s the daughter of Liam and Samantha Jaquish, Schenevus. The annual holiday highlight features food and Christmas cookies, and the Schenevus Central Dragon Tones were scheduled to sing at 4, according to Auxiliary Vice President Christina Snyder, one of the organizers. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 10
CHRISTMAS PARTY – 6 p.m. Celebrate the season with Cherry Valley Artworks featuring live music, hors d’oeuvres, and cash bar. Free, all welcome. The Rose & Kettle Restaurant, 4 Lancaster St., Cherry Valley. 607-264-3080 or visit www.facebook.com/cherryvalleyartworks/
80-YEAR TRADITION STILL STRONG
Now you see it, now you don’t! It’s magic, in evidence this afternoon at the Cooperstown Fire Department’s annual kids’ Christmas Party. Delighted by the mystery are, from left, Haley Kehoe, 14, and sister Natalie, 8, from Hartwick, Angelo Martinez, 8, Hartwick, and Alex Pernat, 11, Fly Creek. Inset, Abigail Pierce, 3, is determined to win a contest of skill. The annual Christmas party has been a Cooperstown FD tradition since 1940, according to Joe Carentz, who joined the department in the 1960s. He and Bob Satriano said the party used to begin in Smalley’s Theater, a half block away, then end up at the fire hall on Chestnut Street. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 7
HOLIDAY PARADE – 3 p.m. Celebrate the holidays on Main St. Line up at 3, parade at 4. Main St., Oneonta. Visit www.foothillspac.org
TREE FESTIVAL – 3 – 7 p.m. View Christmas Trees beautifully decorated by area individuals, businesses. Production Center, Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit www.foothillspac.org
TREE LIGHTING – 5:30 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Muller Plaza, Oneonta.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DECEMBER 20
PIANO CONCERT – 6 – 8 p.m. Sing-a-long to player piano performing holiday carols, other favorites. Includes seasonal refreshments. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
Santa (Paul Bedworth) and Bob Cratchit (Bob Satriano) await the arrival of a couple of hundred youngsters Saturday afternoon at the Cooperstown fire hall on Chestnut. The firefighters annual Christmas party for local children also including county Correctional Officers Rich Mann and Lynda May, who were fingerprinting youngsters as part of the sheriff’s department Safe Children ID Program. (Patrick Wager/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, DEC. 21
JEWELRY SHOW & SALE – 5-8 p.m. Lynn & Dale Price display their rings, pins, & bracelets made from vintage buttons, bakelite, and coins. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
CHRISTMAS PARTY – 9:30-11:30 a.m. Get the kids dressed-up in their holiday finest for this pre-school party. Bring a snack for them to share with their friends and parents too. Santa arrives at 10:30 a.m. The Gym Floor, The Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com
The American Legion and Kiwanis Club held their second annual Christmas Party this afternoon in the ballroom of the American Legion in Oneonta. Children and their families were treated lunch, cookies, and of course free photos with Santa Claus by Jamie Novick Photography. Above, Santa made sure each child he met with received a present. Here, Zachary Stall, Oneonta, receives his gift, while Cindy Cecil, Oneonta keeps a grip on her grandson Michael Phillips, who is enamored with the jolly old Elf upon his arrival. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DEC. 7
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