MUSIC ON THE MEADOW – 7 p.m. Come out for free music by John O’Connor and his Fellow Travelers performing Classic Folk. Bring a chair and blanket, sit in your car, or roam the trails. Enjoy a relaxing evening out. Meadowlinks Golf Course, 476 Co. Rd. 27, Richfield Springs. 607-432-4026 or visit www.facebook.com/Oneonta-Musicians-Association-AFM-443-281548775389405/
ONEONTA TOUR – 7 p.m. Join Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig on walking tour with Bob Bob Brzozowski and learn about the results and plans of the Down Town Revitalization Initiative. Admission by donation. Presented by Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/index.htm
Fred Hickein wanted to make sure his heirloom muskets stayed in good hands, so the 93-year-old Oneonta resident made a major donation to the Greater Historical Society of Oneonta on Wednesday, April 21.
Hickein and his wife, Eleanor, and several of his colleagues from the Oneonta American Legion Post 259, presented GOHS with two family treasures Wednesday,: an English smooth bore rifle, circa 1800, which Hickein believes was brought to the area by an ancestor of his, Solomon Yager; and a Civil War training musket owned and used by another relative, Edward Brewer.
An Oneonta High School and Hartwick College graduate and a Navy veteran, who served in both World War II and Korea, although never overseas or at sea, Hickein said he wanted the heirlooms to be in good hands and he trusted GOHS to honor his family’s history.
“I wanted to do it before I died,” he said. “I wanted to make sure they were in a good place.”
GOHS Executive Director Marcela Micucci said the group’s history center at 181 Main St. will soon have a permanent display and it will include one or both of the musket donations.
UTICA – Nearly half (16 percent very likely and 30 percent somewhat likely combined) of likely voters believe the country will have another civil war, while 42 percent (24 percent very unlikely and 18 percent somewhat unlikely combined) did not think we were headed for another civil war.
Eleven percent of survey respondents were not sure.
“It’s quite astounding that nearly half of voters think we are headed for bloodshed,” commented John Zogby, who conducts national polls from his base in Utica. “If we are to judge by the last four years of divide and vitriol, among, voters then maybe it’s not too surprising.
PERFORMANCE – 9 – 10:30 p.m. ‘Step Afrika’ performs dance that uses the human body as an instrument as practiced by traditionally African American fraternities, sororities and incorporates song, story telling, audience participation. Admission, $3/person. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta.
Experience a Civil War-era encampment featuring soldiers in authentic uniforms, battle drills and performing tactical maneuvers as Hyde Hall’s Civil War Weekend continues today. Above, 15-year veterans of reenactments, Jacob Manley and his father Richard, Hartwick, show off a Civil War era tent. At right, re-enactor Tim Walker, Cooperstown, holds one of his prize artifacts, a certified unexploded 12-pound cannonball from Little Round Top at Gettysburg. In the heat of battle, soldiers would load cannons quickly, sometimes dropping a cannonball, earning them the name “drops.” Battle simulations at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m., free and open to the public. Concert of Civil War era songs performed by Ma’alwyck at 7 p.m., cost $10. Reservations recommended.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
PIANO CONCERT – 3 p.m. Tim Horne piano pieces from Oneonta’s music history on this last day of the Oneonta Music History Exhibition. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Call (607)432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT – 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Experience a civil war encampment with the 125th and 61st New York Regiments. Includes Civil War weaponry, tactics, drills, and firing demonstrations. Also a concert and a battle reenactment. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. Call (607) 547-5098 or visit hydehall.org/event/civil-war-weekend/
HOPS FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn and celebrate the local history of hops in the Cooperstown area. Includes family friendly activities, an exhibit, visiting with the tradesmen to learn how hops were incorporated into daily life. There will be opportunities to brew and taste craft bears. Finish the day with some food and drink with your friends on the Bump tavern green. Tickets, $12 adults, $10.50 seniors, $6 juniors. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. www.farmersmuseum.org/Hopsego
FABULOUS FRIDAY – 2-9 p.m. Take an Art Walk through the art galleries of Oneonta including the Community Arts Network of Oneonta, the Oneonta History Center, the Artisans Guild, and more. Call (607)432-2941 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontafabulousfridays/
CIVIL WAR REENACTMENT – 4 p.m.-9 p.m. Experience a civil war encampment with the 125th and 61st New York Regiments. Includes Civil War weaponry, tactics, drills, and firing demonstrations. Also a concert and a battle reenactment. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. Call (607) 547-5098 or visit hydehall.org/event/civil-war-weekend/
COOPERSTOWN PARADE – 5-6 p.m., Line up in Cooper Park, parade down Main St., Cooperstown.
ONEONTA TREAT & PARADE – 3-6 p.m., 7 p.m. parade. Trick of Treat on Main St. Participating businesses will have signs in their storefronts. 7 p.m. parade through downtown Oneonta. Line up on Elm St. 6:15-6:45 p.m.