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Cooperstown Winter Carnival

Grilled Cheese Fundraiser For Otsego 2000 Packs ‘Em In

2019 COOPERTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL

Grilled Cheese Fundraiser

For Otsego 2000 Packs ‘Em In

The Rev. Joe Perdue, Cooperstown Baptist Church, and his wife, Julia, left, flank the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, First Presbyterian Church, at Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause, which drew 250 supporters of Otsego 2000 Sunday evening to The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market. The event, $30 a head, was the closing event of the 2019 Cooperstown Winter Carnival. Mel’s at 22, the Ommegang Café Alex’s World Bistro, Doubleday Café and Rock Hill Farm created exotic sandwiches; Marjorie Landers and The Otesaga provided desserts. The wine came from Pail House Vineyard, Fly Creek, and the beer from Ommegang. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Attending Since Beginning, Bill, Carol Waller Remember Cooperstown Carnival Heyday

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OF HOMETOWN, FREEMAN’S

Attending Since Beginning,

Bill, Carol Waller Remember

Cooperstown Carnival Heyday

Bill Waller, who is still active in the Cooperstown Winter Carnival – this year, he devised the clues for AllOTSEGO.com’s $500 Medallion Hunt – shows off memorabilia on the site of the early celebrations – atop frozen Otsego Lake. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Editor’s Note: This feature story first appeared in the AllOTSEGO.life section of Hometown Oneonta and The Freeman’s Journal published last Thursday and Friday.  This year’s 52nd annual carnival ends this evening.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • For AllOTSEGO.life

Cars race on Otsego Lake during an early Winter Carnival.

COOPERSTOWN – If you looked out and saw cars out on Otsego Lake today, you would probably call a tow truck.

But in 1974, when Bill Waller was Cooperstown Winter Carnival chairman, it was all part of the fun.

“We had all sorts of events on the lake – Just as long as the ice was 18-inches thick,” he said.

Back then, chief among the favorite activities was the annual gymkhana, where cars would race through cones across Otsego Lake’s ice.

“When we came up for the first Winter Carnival in 1969, I saw all these cars out on the ice,” said Waller. “I took my car out, but I had the wrong tires on, so I didn’t do very well.

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Soup R’ Chili Served ’til 2 As Festive Weekend Starts

2019 COOPERSTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL

Soup R’ Chili Served ’til 2

As Festive Weekend Starts

As it has for more than a quarter-century, the Cooperstown Winter Carnival begins when Dick Sliter declares, “Soup’s on!”  The carnival’s traditional first event, the Soup R’ Chili luncheon at the First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., is underway until 2 p.m.  (and again 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday).  Sliter, a retired pastor who came out of retirement in the past year to fill in at the Columbus Community Church, west of  West Edmeston, has been head cook at this event for 26 years now.  Inset is Dick’s wife Gail, who has a lot of heart, including heart-shaped cookies, also available. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)

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Bassett Exec Finds Winter Carnival Medallion

Bassett Executive Finds

Winter Carnival Medallion

Frank Panzarella, Network Vice President & COO, Bassett Medical Group, found the Cooperstown Winter Carnival medallion last night in Badger Park. With him is his son, Frankie, who helped him located it near the skating rink, thanks to clues in The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta newspapers. This triumphant picture was posted on his Facebook account.
Cold Cash, Grilled Cheese Close Out Winter Carnival

2018 COOPERSTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL

$500 Check, Grilled Cheese

Close Out Winter Carnival

The Doubleday Cafe’s Tim Searles, above,  prepares specialty grilled-cheese sandwiches made with goat cheese and elderberry jam at Grilled Cheese For A Good Cause at the Cooperstown Farmer’s Market Sunday evening; the Otsego 2000 fundraiser wrapped up the 51st annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival.  Behind him Jim Hoffmann, Cooperstown, gets a bowl of soup from volunteer Susanna Membrino . The event  featured live music, ice cream and of course, grilled cheese made special by many area eateries.  In inset photo, Winter Carnival Committee chairman Rich McCaffery, right, congratulates  Katie Marvel of Oneonta and her boyfriend,  John Janitz, Jr. of Fly Creek, on receiving a $500 check for finding this year’s Winter Carnival medallion at Council Rock.  The presentation was made at Cooperstown Distillery; the medallion hunt is sponsored by The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta. The couple plans on going out to a nice dinner to celebrate. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Fireworks!

2018 COOPERSTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL

Fireworks!  

…And There’s More To Come...

As the crowd looks across Otsego Lake from Lakefront Park, the grand finale bursts over the Leatherstocking Golf Course a few minutes ago.  But another day of Cooperstown Winter Carnival Fun lies ahead, from a pancake breakfast at the Vets Club, 8-11:30, 60 Main St.; to  free-throw and three-point competitions at the Clark Sports Center at 11; to the Winter Carnival Ice Breaker, food and fun at the Cooperstown Distillery, 11 Railroad Ave., 2-4:30.  Tonight, enjoy bands at The Farmers Market, Cooley’s and the Pratt.  Check the calendar for details.  (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.11

Grilled Cheese For A Good Cause

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GRILLED CHEESE NIGHT – 5 – 7 p.m. Enjoy comfort food from local chefs as well as local beer, wine, cider, live music, more. Proceeds benefit Otsego2000 & Otsego Outdoors. Cost, $25/adult, $15/child. Cooperstown Farmers Market, 101 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8881 or visit www.otsego2000.org

SNOWSHOE WALK – 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Look for signs of life past, present and future with a guide from OCCA. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/winter-carnival-snowshoe-walk/

Action Now At Lakefront: Sledding, Horses, More

2018 COOPERSTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL

Action Now At Lakefront: 

Sledding, Horses, More

The sledding hill at Lakefront Park is packed as Cooperstown Winter Carnival fun shifts there this afternoon. Matthew Perrino, Max Koffer and Brenin Dempsey, top photo, join the fun; also available for sledding are large, inflatable sleds, with a giant Duck able to carry five kids at a time. At right, Owen Nolan, 9, tries out sugar on ice as Farmers’ Museum docent Pat MacGregor advises. Owen’s mom Stephanie and brother Aidan look on. There are also pony rides and wagon rides. The activities at Lakefront culminate with fireworks at 6, but bands and fun are planning throughout downtown this evening. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Following In Fire Chief’s Footsteps,Tallman Grandkids At Open House
2018 COOPERSTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL

Following In Fire Chief Footsteps,

Tallman Grandkids At Open House

Village Fire Chief Jim Tallman’s grandkids dipped their toes in the water this morning at the Cooperstown Fire Department “Heroes” Open House at the fire hall on Chestnut Street this morning, part of the 26th annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival. Visiting from the Albany area, Chief Tallman’s daughter-in-law Allison brought Claire, 4, and Nolan, 20 months, to witness firefighting demonstrations and other activities. The state police had a contingent, and the dean of the EMS squad, Fred Lemister, was demonstrating the Autopulse, a new apparatus that allows CPR to be administered automatically in the ambulance en route to the emergency room. How often has it been used? “Too often,” Lemister replied with his characteristic dry wit. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)
Frank Wilsey Claims Laurels At Annual Bob Smullens 5K

2018 COOPERSTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL

Frank Wilsey Claims Laurels

At Annual Bob Smullens 5K

A determined Alexander Kahn (108) led runners off the starting line at this morning’s Bob Smullens 5K Run, part of the 26th annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival. But it was Christian Hill’s Frank Wilsey (116), in red top, who crossed the finish line minutes ahead of the second-place winner.  In this day where there’s a 5K or more every weekend, Clark Sports Center Special Events Coordinator Doug McCoy, the official at today’s race, noted the Bob Smullens, under various names, is Cooperstown’s oldest 5K.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Soup ‘r’ Chili Luncheon Launches Weekend Fete

2018 COOPERSTOWN WINTER CARNIVAL

Soup ‘r’ Chili Luncheon

Launches Weekend Fete

For the 25th year, Cooperstown’s Dick Sliter pours broccoli and cheddar chowder at the Soup ‘r’ Chili celebration underway until 2 at Cooperstown Baptist Church, Elm Street. Sliter, a local businessman who has also acted as interim pastor for the local Baptists, first began ladeling at the event in 1993. The chowder, he said, contains 8 pounds of broccoli and 8 pounds of potatoes. The luncheon is the traditional start of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival, which has events planned throughout the weekend.  Soup ‘r’ Chili will also be served 11 a.m-2 p.m. Saturday at the Baptist Church.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEB.6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, FEB.6

Carnival Free Throw

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CHILDREN’S FREE THROW – 3-4 p.m. Elementary Free Throw contest for the Winter Carnival. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2800 or visit www.facebook.com/clarksportscenter

FAMILY COOKING – 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. Learn to cook “Valentine Desserts” with Executive Chef Jim Perillo. Cost $99/adult + 1 child. Includes all materials. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-9931 or visit www.otesaga.com

Steaming Hots Wings At Farmers’ Market

50th WINTER CARNIVAL • WEEKEND II

Steaming Hots Wings

At Farmers’ Market

If you hustle down to the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market – right now! – you still may help judge the best chicken wings in Baseball’s Mecca.  The competition, a perennial hit at the Cooperstown Winter Carnival, which winds up today, continues until 4:30 p.m.  Serving the wings are, from left, Josh McMahon, Georgia Hren-Saphier, Claire Kepner, John Saphier and Shirley Tyler.  In right photo, Parker Davidson, 7 months, on mom Marassa’s lap, seems in awe of a new delicacy.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

 

Soup, Chili Inaugurate 2nd Carnival Weekend
50th WINTER CARNIVAL •  WEEKEND II

Soup, Chili Inaugurate

2nd Carnival Weekend

For a 23rd year, Dick Sliter is stirring the pot at the Soup & Chili Luncheon underway until 2 p.m. at the Cooperstown Baptist Church on Elm Street.  The event launches the second weekend of the 50th Anniversary Winter Carnival.  In the background, Marge Schellhammer is sorting desserts.  Sliter just finished a stint as the church’s interim pastor with the arrival of the Rev. Joseph Perdue, who succeeded Rev. Douglas Deer, who retired in 2014. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

CHECK OUT THIS WEEKEND’S CARNIVAL EVENTS

Chicken Dinner Raises $4,430 For Animal Shelter

Chicken Dinner Raises

$4,430 For Animal Shelter

Organizer Mary-Margaret Sohn, left, poses with Sue Markusen ahead of the Susquehanna Animal Shelter’s Brooks Chicken Bar-B-Q, held Friday, Jan. 27 social hall of the Christ Episcopal Church. Within 45 minutes, 375 chicken dinners had been sold, and $4,430 raised towards the shelter’s operating costs.
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