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Pumpkin people
Cullen Pumpkin Farm offers u-pick and back-of-the-truck sales, plus supplies much of the region with wholesale pumpkins. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego)

Pumpkin people

Farm minutes from Otsego County
is famous for providing October’s
favorite fruit to region
and offering fall, family fun as well

By GREG KLEIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

CULLEN — In September and October, the delivery trucks stop at Cullen Pumpkin Farm and its twin Shypski Farm nearly every day to load up on pumpkins.

“We certainly hope so,” said Barbara Shypski. “September and October are only two months, so there is a lot of pumpkins to get out.”

Just north of Otsego County, in the town of Columbia, in the hamlet that gives the farm its name, Cullen Pumpkin Farm has been supplying central New York with pumpkins for four, going on five, decades.
Brothers Tom, Richard and John, with help from Tom’s wife, Barbara, and other family members, have been carrying on the family tradition begun by their father, Nester.

Connie Jean (Truex) Bennett Lifelong West Exeter resident, artist, Mets fan, grandmother.

In Memoriam

Connie Jean (Truex) Bennett

Lifelong West Exeter resident,
artist, Mets fan, grandmother.

Connie Jean (Truex) Bennett passed away peacefully on July 22 with her family by her side.

A lifelong resident of West Exeter NY, Connie was a loving mother and doting grandmother to seven beautiful grand daughters whom were the entire world to her.

She raised her family with her husband of 25 years, Rick Bennett at the family home that was the center of activity for family and friends through the 80’s, 90’s and 00’s.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Fly Creek Area Historical Society Returns 06-23-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23

Fly Creek Area Historical Society Returns

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HISTORICAL SOCIETY RETURNS – 7 p.m. The Fly Creek Area Historical Society returns for its first meeting in about a year. They haven’t been idle though. Come see how they’ve updated the exhibits, what they’ve done to their building, and there’s more to talk about. Refreshments available, doors open for circulation. Social distancing observed, masks optional. Free, open to public. The Old Grange Building, Cemetery Rd., Fly Creek.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Audition for performance, ‘The Haunting of Hill House’ 06-14-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 14

Audition for performance,
‘The Haunting of Hill House’

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FLAG DAY!

AUDITIONS – 7 p.m. Women between 25 & 55 are invited to audition for lead and supporting roles in October production of ‘The Haunting of Hill House.’ Presented by Stuff of Dreams Productions. Held at Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/GEStevensOneonta/

Master Gardeners to return May 29

Master Gardeners to return May 29

After a long hiatus, the Master Gardener Plant Sale will return Saturday, May 29.

Locally grown annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs will be featured at the Master Gardeners of Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego County Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at its outreach center at 123 Lake Street in Cooperstown.

Master Gardener volunteers have begun growing many of the plants featured at the sale, some of which are “cultivated unusual, hardy, and some hard-to-find selections, including heirloom and blight-resistant tomato varieties” according to a press release.

Hand-dug perennials, repotted in a sterilized potting mix, will also be available.

Because of COVID, the plant sale will require social distancing and face masks. Customers will also need to check in before entering the sale. In addition, there will be no early preview of plants prior to the sale.

All proceeds will benefit The Master Gardeners Volunteer Program of Otsego County and the Grow with Cornell Cooperative Extension.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Garden Workshop With ‘The Queen Of Beans’ 04-14-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14

Garden Workshop

With ‘The Queen Of Beans’

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LUNCH & LEARN – Noon. Learn all bout growing beans with our local ‘Queen of Beans’ master gardener Fiona Dejardin. Learn the process of growing, harvesting a wide variety of beans and the challenges that come with them. Presented by the Cornell Cooperative Extension. 607-547-2536 ext. 228 or visit cceschoharie-otsego.org/events/2021/04/14/-beans-beans-beans-growing-a-variety-of-different-beans-in-upstate-new-york

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Women Business Owners Round Table Discussion 03-30-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MARCH 29

Women Business Owners

In Round-Table Discussion

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BUSINESS ROUNDTABLE – 8:30 a.m. Women business owners gather online to discuss their adventures in entrepreneurship. Includes how they got started, resources they used to get off the ground, what they had known beforehand, and how they pivoted during the Pandemic. Free, registration required. Presented by Otsego County Chamber of Commerce. 607-432-4500 or visit otsegocc.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Composers Discuss Conservation With Hanford Mills Museum 03-25-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MARCH 25

‘Ashokan Farewell’ Composers

Featured At Hanford Mills Talk

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CONSERVATION – 7 p.m. Join the museum for discussion with Jay Ungar and Molly Mason, traditional musicians and co-founders of the Ashokan Center whose composition “Ashokan Farewell,” became the musical hallmark of Ken Burn’s “The Civil War” on PBS. Presented by the Hanford Mills Museum, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org/interactions/

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