A heartfelt thank you to the more than 100 individuals, businesses and organizations that participated in or generously donated to the 2023 Cooperstown Winter Carnival. Hundreds of residents and visitors alike braved frigid temperatures to attend a host of Winter Carnival activities, from the Hot Cocoa Kick-Off at The Otesaga Resort Hotel to the sold-out Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause event at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market and all events in between! The winter doldrums were certainly alleviated!
The Cooperstown Winter Carnival is produced under the umbrella of the Cooperstown Lions Club and we thank them for their continued support of this beloved carnival weekend. Thank you to Mayor Ellen Tillapaugh and the Village of Cooperstown for their participation and assistance as well.
The 55th Cooperstown Winter Carnival was a success due to ALL OF YOU! Thank you to all who came out and supported the cause.
It took a village and our village did not disappoint!
ONEONTA—This light installation, created by Jeff Powell on behalf of the Oneonta Lions Club, is just one of the fabulous displays featured at this year’s Festival of Lights in Neahwa Park. Powell’s creation, which represents the Lions’ Club Trout Fishing Derby, is programmed to simulate a fly-casting fisherman with a fish jumping and water splashing. A separate part of the display presents a fish jumping from one splash to another. “It’s quite the display and Jeff worked on setting it up for six hours in the cold as he was recovering from the flu. He figured out how to program it, too. It’s the most animated of our displays and won first prize in the first year of our contest,” said Hill City Celebrations Vice Chair Carol Mandigo. The Festival of Lights can be viewed now through January 1.
The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market and the Cooperstown Lions Club are marking their third year of providing food-insecure individuals and families with easy access to healthy local food.
People shopping with SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) at the Farmers’ Market can buy vegetables, fruit, cheese, meats, and other items, such as vegetable plants. The Cooperstown Lions Club funds SNAP Match, which provides up to $15 in matching funds to shoppers using SNAP.
“SNAP is an amazing opportunity to try a variety of nutrient-dense foods,” said Carrie Edsall of Black Willow Pond Farm, a year-round vendor at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. “They can explore farms for a variety of
The Cooperstown Lions Club wants to bring back the Winter Carnival in 2023 and is looking for the public’s input on how best to do it.
The Club will host a public interest meeting for the Cooperstown Winter Carnival at Upstate Bar and Grill, 5418 State Highway 28, Cooperstown, Saturday, April 2, at 2:00 pm. Club members will discuss the recent history of the Winter Carnival and the challenges and experiences of previous committees, with an end goal of constructing a committee for the 2023 Cooperstown Winter Carnival.
The Cooperstown Lions Club welcomes all stakeholders and community members to participate in this meeting to help shape the vision of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival for the future. Please sign up with Lions Club President Peter Deysenroth by calling 607-547-8231 or emailing email@example.com by Thursday, March 31.
The Cooperstown Lions Club meets the first and third Wednesdays, September through June, 6:30 pm at Upstate Bar and Grill. The Club conducts many fund development endeavors to enhance life in the Cooperstown area for various groups, families and individuals. The mission of Lions Clubs International is to create and foster a spirit of understanding among all people for humanitarian needs by providing voluntary services through community involvement and international cooperation. For more information about Lions Club, visit www.lionsclubs.org or the Cooperstown Lions Club’s Facebook at facebook.com/CooperstownLionsClub/.
Give the gift of Christmas to children in need. To participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program CLICK HERE!
WREATH FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. See what’s Adorning the Doors this Christmas season. Place bids on your favorites. Enter the raffle for the “Dinner’s On Us,” a weeks worth of gift certificates to local restaurants. Cooperstown Art Association. www.cooperstownart.com
PARENTING WORKSHOP – 6-8 p.m. 2-dy, “Kids in the Middle” workshop for single parents/caregivers, co-parenters, children involved in their lives. Includes childcare, refreshments. Continued 10/25. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Register, 607-432-2870 or visit www.facebook.com/thefamilyserviceassociation/
SQUARE DANCE – 7:30 p.m. The Doubleday Dancers invite the community to a free introduction to Modern Western Square Dancing. Have fun, meet new people, exercise. Dress casual, wear comfortable shoes. Cooperstown Elementary School. Call (607)264-8128, (607)547-8665, (607)264-3000.
SCHOOL TOUR – 6 p.m. The community is invited to tour the improvement and upgrades from the 2014 Capital Project. Followed by the BOE Meeting at 7. Cooperstown Elementary School. Call (607)547-5364 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org
MAMMO VAN – 8:30 a.m. Free cancer screening services available. Southside Mall, Oneonta. Call 1-888-345-0225 or visit www.bassett.org/csp
WRITERS CAMP – 1:30-3:30 p.m. Join Jen and the HML Writers Group for a NaNoWriMo style weekly workshop. Jen will present prompts and other activities to get you writing. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. hmloneonta.org/calendar/
3-D PRINTING – 10-11:30 a.m. Design a keepsake heart box for someone special. Fee based on weight Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/
YPN NETWORKING – 6-8 p.m. Come meet young professionals from the Otsego area. The topic for this evening is community involvement. The Beverage Exchange, 73 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/YoungProfessionalsNetworkYPN/
FUNDRAISER – 7 p.m. Live music will be performed. The public may donate for the opportunity to perform. Donations go to the Cooperstown Lion’s Club fund to support area residents to lessen financial stress. Mel’s at 22, Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/Melsat22/