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Elks Club

Deliveries Up At Annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner

Happy Thanksgiving!

Deliveries Up At Annual

Community Thanksgiving Dinner

The Oneonta Elks Club enjoyed another full house at this year’s annual community Thanksgiving dinner, serving hundreds of guests and delivering nearly 300 meals to locals! Above, Ambrose Santiago gets a laugh thanks to Ed Leone’s turkey hat as he ladles up gravy for his turkey. Whether your preference is  white or dark meat, event volunteers Janet Quackenbush and Debra Berrios , right, had you covered. Guests could also enjoy selections of sweet breads, pies, as well as produce and Chobani yogurts. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com

Thanksgiving Chef Preps Final Thanksgiving Meal

Since A Teen, He’s Served His Community

Thanksgiving Chef Preps

Final Thanksgiving Meal

Oneonta’s Nick Carpenter, is seen above preparing gravy base for tomorrow’s community Thanksgiving dinner at The Elk’s Club, which will mark his final night as head chef of the event. Nick has been a part of the dinner since he was twelve years old, and two years ago took over as head of the kitchen with help from sisters Molly, Maddie and father Neil. “The numbers of people have been rising every year. Last year we served around 550 people. Coming out and seeing is a mood lifter, it puts a smile on your face for sure!” Out in the ballroom 260 take-out dinner pre-orders were being assembled by  volunteers including Leigh Briscoe-Dwyer, Laurens, right, seen here scooping coleslaw. Dinner will be served tomorrow with all the trimmings starting at 12:30pm – 2:30pm on Thanksgiving Day. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 27

Fall Guitar Fest Concert

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GUITAR CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Headline concert of Classical Guitar Fall Festival features The Newman & Oltman Guitar Duo performing de Falla, Rossini, Moravec, more. Fine Arts Building, SUNY Oneonta. 607-865-8775 or visit cgsuny.org

CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Open 49th Cooperstown Concert series featuring Molly Tuttle, performing distinctly original works. Ballroom, Village Hall, Cooperstown. 607-547-1812 or visit cooperstownconcertseries.org/molly-tuttle-saturday-october-27/

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

St. Mary’s and the Lord’s Table hosted their annual community Thanksgiving dinner at the Elk’s Club, who donated their ballroom for the event this afternoon. 200 people came through to enjoy turkey with all the trimmings alongside family and friends with over 100 take-out orders and deliveries enjoyed as well. Above, volunteer Deborah Grundleger, Gilboa, offers a selection of sweetbreads to Fred Packer and Joan Wenck of Portlandville, while Juliette Bergin and Emilia Greco, visiting from long Island, cleared plates and brought them to the dishwasher. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Sing A Song Of Broadway To Offer Musical Review

Sing A Song Of Broadway 

To Perform Hits At Elks

Stephen Wilkins, a guest singer from New York City, today rehearses “Free At Last” from Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Big River,” for Sing A Song Of Broadway & Co.’s “Once More With Feeling” at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Oneonta Elks Club. Area talent will join Wilkins in performing more than 20 songs, from “Hello Dolly”, “Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat”, “Gypsy” and other Broadway hits. Cost is $15, $10 for students and $5 ages 10 and under. Reception with cast follows the show.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Elks Club Packed For Community Thanksgiving

Elks Club Packed For

Community Thanksgiving

Mary Ann Hartmann, West Oneonta, who has been volunteering at the Elks Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for 20 years, was in her element preparing plates of food for dinner guests this afternoon. Volunteers and organizers worked through the night preparing food for the event, sponsored by The Lord's Table and St. Mary's Food Bank,  before delivering 225 meals around the area and serving hundreds in the Elks social hall. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Mary Ann Hartman, West Oneonta, who has been volunteering at the Elks Annual Thanksgiving Dinner for 20 years, was in her element preparing plates of food for dinner guests this afternoon. Volunteers and organizers worked through the night preparing food for the event, sponsored by The Lord’s Table and St. Mary’s Food Bank, before delivering 225 meals around the area and serving hundreds in the Elks social hall. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
GOHS Auction Draws Antique, Art And History Lovers To Elks Club

GOHS Auction Draws Antique,

Art, History Lovers To Elks 

Bidding was aplenty at the GOHS fundraising auction this evening at the Elks Club. Among the items were a steeple, a complete bound set of the works of James Fenimore Cooper, Ommegang beer, art and a spot to ride on the maiden ride of the new GOHS elevator. Here Alicia Fish, Dave Lubell, Michelle Sheer, Karen Anderson and Betty Qiu look over the goods and set their bids. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Bidding was aplenty at the GOHS fundraising auction this evening at the Elks Club. Among the items were a steeple, a complete bound set of the works of James Fenimore Cooper, Ommegang beer, art and a spot to ride on the maiden ride of the new GOHS elevator.  From to back, Alicia Fish, Dave Lubell, Michelle Sheer, Karen Anderson and Betty Qiu look over the goods and set their bids. (Ian Austin/ AllOTSEGO.com)
Elks Award Citizen of the Year

Carla Balnis Elks’ Citizen of the Year

Exalted Ruler of The Elks Club Barbara Ann Heegan, right, gives Carla Palmer Balnis, Oneonta, the Elks Citizen of the Year Award during a ceremonial dinner on Wednesday evening. Other award winners were Elk of the Year Robert Pondolfino, Jr. , Officer of the Year Nancy Bates, with JoAnn LaMonica and Patrick Pidgeon both receiving the Grand Exalted Ruler Award. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
Exalted Ruler of the Oneonta Elks, Barbara Ann Heegan, right, gives Carla Palmer Balnis, Oneonta, the Elks Citizen of the Year Award during a ceremonial dinner on Wednesday evening. Other award winners were Elk of the Year Robert Pondolfino, Jr. , Officer of the Year Nancy Bates, with JoAnn LaMonica and Patrick Pidgeon both receiving the Grand Exalted Ruler Award. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
Elks Maintain Principles At 100

Elks Maintain Principles At 100

To the Editor:

Saturday, Sept. 6, the Oneonta Elks Lodge #1312 had an evening celebrating a Century of Charity, Justice, Brotherly Love, and Fidelity. Our centennial – one of the most exciting times in the history of our lodge – provides a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to tell the Elks’ story, share what we have done over 100 years and reveal our plans for the future.

A special “thank you” to the community, Oneonta Mayor Richard Miller, Jr. and to the Elk members for attending the dinner and making it a memorable evening.

Today, Oneonta Lodge #1312 is 430-members strong and growing, with programs that give back to the community. The cumulative value of our local lodge’s contributions in terms of cash, donated items, hours of services and miles driven exceed on a national level $30 million yearly, bringing comfort, cheer and necessities to veterans and active personnel throughout the United States and abroad. In so doing, we fulfill our solemn pledge: So long as there are veterans, the benevolent and protective order of Elks will never forget them.

A highlight of our history was receiving, through the assistance of then-officers Maria Kelso and Debra Crampton, the state grant from state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford. This grant has helped us in numerous ways to enhance the structural integrity of this building that serves as a location for community events such as Red Cross blood drives, Wednesday night dinners open to the public, Thanksgiving dinners and fundraisers for school events and sporting teams.

Therefore, it was my honor – in this our 100th year – to present a community service award to Senator Seward for his dedication to community and for modeling the principles of the Elks.

In Elkdom,
BARBARA ANN HEEGAN
Exalted Ruler

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