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Cooperstown Winter Carnival

Past, President Carnival Chairs Share Ideas For Upcoming 50th

Past, Present Carnival Chairs

Share Ideas On Upcoming 50th

winteer-carnivalPast and present organizers of the Coopers- town Winter Carnival are meeting at this hour in the Hall of Fame’s Bullpen Theater  to share ideas on making the 50th anniversary carnival, coming up in February, a distillation of the best of past such events.  On left, from back, are Hanna Bergene, current committee chair;  Chamber Executive Director Matt Hazzard,  and committee members Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray and Mary Lynne Bridger.  On right, from back, are past chairs Margaret Savoie and Bill Waller, Deirdre Donley and Colleen Donnelly.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Runs, Run, Food Punctuate Carnival

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Runs, Fun, Food

Punctuate Carnival

Surrounded by four-legged participants and their two-legged owners, Susquehanna Animal Shelter Executive Director Stacie Haynes reviews the rules for the Susquehanna Animal Shelter's dog show, a highpoint of today's Wiinter Carnival events. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Surrounded by four-legged participants and their two-legged owners, Susquehanna Animal Shelter Executive Director Stacie Haynes reviews the rules for the Susquehanna Animal Shelter’s dog show, a highpoint of today’s Winter Carnival events. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Soup’R Chili Lunch Launches 49th Cooperstown Winter Fest

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Soup ‘R Chili Lunch Launches

49th Cooperstown Winter Fest

Retired CCS teachers Rena Lull, right, and Dawn Dietz were among the first to partake in today's Soup'r Chili Luncheon at Cooperstown Methodist Church, the traditional kick-off event of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival, underway through Sunday. Attendees include the Rev. Douglas Deer, the church's retired pastor. Servings continue through 2 p.m. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Retired CCS teachers Rena Lull, right, and Dawn Dietz were among the first to partake in today’s Soup’r Chili Luncheon at Cooperstown Methodist Church, the traditional kick-off event of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival, underway through Sunday. Attendees include the Rev. Douglas Deer, the church’s retired pastor. Servings continue through 2 p.m. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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Winter Carnival Winners

Bocca Osteria, Cooperstown Teachers

Big Winners At Cooperstown Carnival

It’s all over!  Smiling with relief at Roald Dahl’s Carnival Closer Sunday the 8th at Mel’s are co-chairs Marissa Davidson and Josh McMahon and, back row from left, committee members Shirley Tyler, Brian Wrubleski and Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
It’s all over! Smiling with relief at Roald Dahl’s Carnival Closer Sunday the 8th at Mel’s are co-chairs Marissa Davidson and Josh McMahon and, back row from left, committee members Shirley Tyler, Brian Wrubleski and Brenda Wedderspoon-Gray. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)

COOPERSTOWN – The return of the Lip Sync brought victory to the CCS teachers, who took first prize with their performance of “Tootsee Roll” by the 69 Boyz, complete with Tootsie Roll costumes, in Cooperstown Winter Carnival competition.

Bocca Osteria won the drink contest with their “Everlasting Gobstopper,” which was available for customization with green,  purple, white or red.

Other winners included:

Fireworks Hail Winter Carnival’s Start

Fireworks Hail Winter Carnival’s Start

Revellers cheers from the veranda of The Otesaga a few minutes ago as the grand finale begins of the fireworks display that hails the beginning of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival.  (allotsego.com photo)
Revellers cheers from the veranda of The Otesaga a few minutes ago as the grand finale begins of the fireworks display that hails the beginning of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival.  In the ballroom inside, the CCS Cabaret continues for another hours. (allotsego.com photo)
Soup’s On, Chili’s On, Meaning Winter Carnival Now Underway

Soup’s On, Chili’s On, Meaning

Winter Carnival Now Underway

John and Jean Finch, left, and Pete Collins and Angie Harrington, right, partake of Soup 'R Chili during the noon hour at Cooperstown Baptist Church.  It's the annual unofficial launch of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival.  (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
John and Jean Finch, left, and Pete Collins and Angie Harrington, right, partake of Soup ‘R Chili during the noon hour at Cooperstown Baptist Church. It’s the annual unofficial launch of the Cooperstown Winter Carnival. (Jim Kevlin/allotsego.com)
Old habits are hard to break:  former Cooperstown Baptist Church Pastor Douglas Deer drove over from Cortland with wife Susan for the Soup'R Chili luncheon, as they have for years now.  Here, Deer confers with the Rev. Bob Turner, his interim successor.
Old habits are hard to break: former Cooperstown Baptist Church Pastor Douglas Deer. left, drove over from his  Cortland retirement home with wife Susan for the Soup’R Chili luncheon, as they have for years now. Here, Deer confers with the Rev. Bob Turner, his interim successor.
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COOPERSTOWN – You know when the Cooperstown Winter Carnival is officially underway when the aroma of chili and soup starts wafting from the basement of Cooperstown Baptist Church on Elm Street, as it did leading up to 11 a.m. today.   If you missed the Soup ‘R Chili Luncheon today, it’s on again Saturday, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

In what’s becoming a tradition, the gang from Glimmerglass Festival drove down the lake from the opera house to partake.  And, this year, Homer Osterhoudt, who has attended 67 of the 70 Baseball Hall of Fame Inductions (there were no Inductions during WWII), had a table full of memorabilia to share with attendees.

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Brittany LeSavoy-Smith, Merrit Schifano Find Carnival Medallion, To Win $500

Brittany LeSavoy-Smith, Merritt Schifano

Find Carnival Medallion, Will Win $500

A team from The Glimmerglass Festival, Brittany LeSavoy Smith, left, and Merritt Schifano, found the "Cooperstown & The Chocolate Factory" Winter Carnival Medallion this morning and will win the $500 prize awarded by The Freeman's Journal & Hometown Oneonta Sunday afternoon at the Carnival Closer at Mel's restaurant, Main and Chestnut.  (Tara Barnwell/allotsego.com)
A team from The Glimmerglass Festival, Brittany LeSavoy-Smith, left, and Merritt Schifano, found the “Cooperstown & The Chocolate Factory” Winter Carnival Medallion (ini the shape of a chocolate bar) this morning and will win the $500 prize awarded by The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta Sunday afternoon at the Carnival Closer at Mel’s restaurant, Main and Chestnut. (Tara Barnwell/allotsego.com)
Find the Carnival Medallion, Win $500

Find Winter Carnival

Medallion, Win $500

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COOPERSTOWN – The hunt for the Cooperstown Winter Carnival Medallion – and the $500 prize – is on!  The first clue is in the new edition of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands by 3 this afternoon.

This year’s carnival, on the theme “Cooperstown and the Chocolate Factory,” is Friday-Sunday, Feb. 6-8.

 

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