HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 18
WILDFLOWER WALK – 10 a.m. – Noon. Jean Miller Memorial Wildflower Walk returns this year, led by local plant expert and DOAS member Connie Tedesco. Participants should dress for the weather, bring water, binoculars, & insect repellent. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd. Laurens. 607-397-3815 or visit doas.us/calendar/
BLOOD DRIVE – 2 – 7 p.m. Donate through May 19 for chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps eight. Laurens Fire Department, 34 Main St., Laurens. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 7
MOTHER’S DAY – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Come celebrate spring and choose a special gift from local vendors. Southside Mall, 5006 St. Rt. 23, Oneonta. 607-432-4401 or visit www.facebook.com/southsidemall/
BLOOD DRIVE – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Donate through May 19 for chance to win a travel trailer camper that sleeps eight. Briggs Hall, Main Street Baptist Church, 333 Main St., Oneonta. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org
LOVE YOUR PARK – 8 a.m. – Noon. Come clean up the trails, beach, campsites, mulch the gardens, paint, and much more to ready the park for the season. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd, Laurens. 607-432-2114 or visit www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day
LOVE YOUR PARK – 9 a.m. – Noon. Sign up to help plant flowers, general park clean-up, beautify the buildings, build bird houses, more. Volunteers should bring, work gloves, boots, leaf rakes and garden tools with owners name, etc. Dress for the weather. Betty and Wilbur Davis State Park, Davis Rd., Westford. 607-547-8662 or visit www.ptny.org/events/i-love-my-park-day
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MARCH 18
CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The Oneonta Concert Association presents a performance of the Lysander Piano Trio who won the Concert Artists Guild Competition and has been praised for “incredible ensemble, passionate playing, articulate and imaginative ideas, and a wide palette of colours.” Tickets, $25/person. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-433-7252 or visit oneontaconcertassociation.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MARCH 15
NATIVE PLANTS – 7 p.m. Learn about ‘Local Community Native Plant ‘How-To’ Project’’ in which a group of Delhi volunteers distributed 500+ native plants to residents of their area and educated the community about their benefits. Free, registration for Zoom required. Presented by Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. 607-643-5680 or visit doas.us/delhi-homegrown-national-park/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18
COMEDY – 7:30 p.m. Bigger Dreams Productions presents ‘A Comedy of Tenors,’ the sequel to Ken Ludwig’s ‘Lend me a Tenor.’ Cost, $20/adult. Masks, proof of vaccination required. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit www.biggerdreamsproductions.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 21
NATURE PRESENTATION – 7:30 p.m. Join award winning nature photographer, Scott Stoner, for online presentation ‘Unbroken Wings: A Story of Birds and the People Who Saved Them.’ Free, open to the public. Registration is required. Presented by the Delaware Otsego Audubon Soceity. Visit doas.us/unbroken-wings/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JANUARY 16
THEATER – 3 p.m. Enjoy theatrical production of ‘Honk Jr.’ as presented by the Starstruck Players youth troop. Cost, $15/adult. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-432-1800 or visit www.facebook.com/OrpheusTheatre/
The Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society holds its annual Christmas Bird Count for the 53rd year, with counts scheduled for different days during a three-week period.
Oneonta is up first, scheduled for December 18; Fort Plain follows on December 26, and Delaware County on January 2.
There are two ways to participate in the Christmas Bird Count — either out in the field or watching feeders from a stationary location. Those wishing to participate in the field count must contact the coordinator for the specific count at least one week in advance to ask if there is a need for additional counters. To participate in a feeder counter, visit https://arcg.is/1u5K4g0 and follow the appropriate links.
The National Audubon Society follows all
state and local health mandates, including social distancing and masking at all times. For more information about Christmas Bird Counts, visit www.audobon.org/conservation/ science/christmas-bird-count.
For information on the Oneonta count, contact Sandy Bright at firstname.lastname@example.org; contact Bob Donnelly at email@example.com for Fort Plain; contact Pam Peters at firstname.lastname@example.org for Delaware County.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 19
CHRISTMAS – Be an Angel. Sign up to give the gift of Christmas to local families in need with this years Angel Tree Program. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details.
BENEFIT AUCTION – 5:30 – 8 p.m. Come out for 15th annual auction for the Greater Oneonta Historical Society. Find cool items to bid on with auctioneer Kevin Herrick, and support this local historical society. Quality Inn, 5206 St. Hwy. 23, Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 21
OUTDOOR GAMES – 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Find more Lumberjack competitions (including a strongman competition), Archery, Tractor show, Tough Cookie 5k benefit walk, and much more. The Field, 2 Genesee St., Cherry Valley. email@example.com or visit cherryvalleyoutdoorgames.com.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JULY 9
NATURE – 8:15 p.m. Join the Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society to learn about the sights and sounds of nature at night. Learn about crickets, owls, bats, and fireflies. Will end with firefly catch and release so bring a container to hold them. Free, registration required for max of 20 people. All children must be accompanied by an adult. DOAS Sanctuary, Franklin Mountain, Oneonta. 607-397-3815 or visit doas.us/event/natures-symphony-and-fireworks/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 24
AUDUBON SOCIETY – 10 a.m. – Noon. Get your questions in Q&A session with the Delaware-Otsego Audubon society board members. Topics on everything from the society in general to birding to effects of lead ammunition. Presented as part of OCCA’s online Earth Festival. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/earth-festival/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21
ART IN THE DARK – 6:30 p.m. Tour museums galleries of folk art & fine art by Lantern Light with guides. Learn some of the mysterious, melancholy, untold stories behind the pieces & discover secrets with ultra-violet light. Limited to 8/tour. Cost, $14/non-member. Masks, pre-registration required. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16
GHOST TOURS – 5:30 p.m. Explore historic village by lantern light and learn about the ‘Things That Go Bump In The Night.’ Tours leave at half hour intervals to 8. For social distancing 8 people/tour. Reservation required. Recommended for people aged 10+. Cost, $17/non-member. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1534 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 17
WEBINAR – 4 – 5 p.m. Join the experts of Audubon Connecticut and Audubon New York to learn about what birds are nesting around us, what their behaviors are, how to identify them without disturbing them, how to become a citizen scientist by participating in the Breeding Bird Atlas. Visit www.facebook.com/DelawareOtsegoAudubonSociety/ for info.