Cooperstown Winter Carnival


In Memoriam: Julianne Sharratt

HARTWICK—Julianne (Juli) Sharratt, 65, who owned Beaver Valley Campground with her late husband, Dwaine, and their children, passed away Friday night, November 3, 2023, at her home in the Town of Hartwick following an unexpected diagnosis of cancer in July 2023.
Born December 11, 1957 in Webster, Massachusetts, Juli was the daughter of Julian Paul (“Peewee”) Kaczynski and Rosemarie (Neeser) Kaczynski. She spent her early years in her father’s barber shop, flying to Florida in his plane, and going to “too…


Carnival Committee Begins Planning

Carnival Committee Begins Planning COOPERSTOWN—Sunshine and warm weather has returned, but planning is already underway for the 2024 Cooperstown Winter Carnival. The planning committee met on Saturday, April 15. Most 2023 members returned, joined by several new volunteers, and committee members will be reaching out to last year’s carnival participants in the coming weeks. Meanwhile, the date for next year’s event has been set for February 1-4 and designation of the first weekend of February as the permanent date of…


Carnival Capers

CARNIVAL CAPERSMary Margaret Kuhn, top, enjoys a stop at the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market during Winter Carnival 2023. Above, Winter Carnival Committee members Claire Kepner and Caspar Ewig, Iron String Press contributing writer, check diners in at the Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. The Winter Carnival returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Photos by Molly Seidl…


Carnival Committee: It Took a Village… a Very Special Village

Letter from the Cooperstown Winter Carnival Committee It Took a Village… a Very Special Village 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…



HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 5 Winter Walk To Learn The Solar System With Otsego County Conservation Association WALK THE PLANETS—10-11:30 a.m. Journey to the farthest reaches of our solar system with Bill Ralston. This thousand-yard walk models our solar system at a scale that makes the reality of our neighborhood in space both understandable and awe-inspiring. Common objects such as bowling balls, peppercorns, and walnuts are used to represent the sun and planets—our feet are the rockets that will get…



HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 4 Meet Your Local Heroes This Winter Carnival MEET YOUR LOCAL HEROES—9 a.m. to noon. Come meet the heroes of our local emergency services. The morning will include a chance to put out a “real” fire, tours of the fire trucks, a scavenger hunt, demonstrations, and a visit from Elsa and Anna of the Snow Sisters with The American Hero. Free fun for children of all ages. Cooperstown Fire House, 24 Chestnut Street, Cooperstown.  Visit…



HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 3 ‘Race To The Top’ At The Clark Sports Center ROCK CLIMBING—1-8 p.m. All are invited to enter the “Race to the Top: Rock Climbing Competition” from 3 – 5 p.m. See if you can reach the top and do it before anyone else, for free. Followed by Family Open Climb from 5-8 p.m. All are welcome but non-members need to have a signed waiver (by parent or guardian, if underage) on file to participate. Clark…


Editorial: The Party Continues and You’re Invited

Editorial The Party Continues and You’re Invited Those familiar, fluffy white flakes are falling peacefully on Cooperstown and surrounds Monday night as we write this editorial. Their arrival is just in time for the return of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival later this week, following a two-year hiatus prompted by the pandemic. Will there still be snow on the ground when the Hot Cocoa Kickoff rolls around on Thursday night? Maybe, maybe not—no matter, because the 55th Cooperstown Winter Carnival begins…

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