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)
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.
THANKSGIVING – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walk off holiday meal on scenic stroll through historic village with your loved ones. Admission by donation. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org
It didn’t take long. With temperatures in the 60s today for the first time since last fall, the Cooperstown Volunteer Fire Department was responded to the first brush fire of the season, near the intersection of Route 33 and Kraham Road just north of the Village of Cooperstown. No damage was reported. But be sure, more brush fires are to come. (Bill Waller/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – In all, six business, including the Baseball Hall of Fame, the Cooperstown Farmers Market and Stagecoach Coffee were selected from 25 finalists to be the 2019 inductees into the Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce’s 2019 Chamber Business Hall of Fame.
Also named to the Hall of Fame were Pathfinder Village, The Cooperstown Bat Company and the Cooperstown Fire Department.
EARTH DAY FESTIVAL – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Celebrate Earth Day, have fun, and learn about your environment at fun interactive exhibits, workshop, and more. Milford Central School, 42 Main St., Milford. Call 607-547-2536 Ext 0 or visit occainfo.org/earth-festival/
CIDER RUN – 10 a.m. 5K/10K run open to children and adults to benefit the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Call 607-547-9692 or visit www.flycreekcidermill.com
OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate the opening of “An Artistic Discovery,” featuring works by 100 Otsego County students. Displayed thru 3/31. Cooperstown Art Association. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com
FILM SERIES – 7 – 10 p.m. Race Matters Film Series features a screening of a major motion picture, followed by discussion led by community/religious leaders. This months film is “Get Out” (2017). Rated R. Rescheduled from 3/2. Free. The Community room, near JC Penny, Southside Mall, Oneonta.
Give the gift of Christmas to children in need. To participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program CLICK HERE!
THANKSGIVING FUN – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tour the farm, watch interpreters bake treats at the farmhouse, visit the blacksmith, more for this special holiday weekend. Admission by donation. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org
VIKING FORGE – 5 p.m. Prepare for battle with BORAN who will teach how to make foam weaponry. Bring 1-3 rolls of duct tape to share. All other materials provided. The Oneonta Teen Center, 4 Academy St., Oneonta. E-mail OurOTC@gmail.com