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GOAT-ober Festival a Rollicking Success

GOAT-ober Festival
a Rollicking Success

By Vanessa J. Pellegrino
GOAT-oberfest’s yoga session ended with “goat bridges.” (Photo by Emily W.)

It was a beautiful autumn day. The sun was shining, the air was crisp, and the views of the rolling hills filled with shades of reds, yellows, oranges, and greens were breathtaking. Folks were excited to experience the local buzz of Gilbertsville Farmhouse and their infamous goats!

On Sunday, October 9 from 3-6 p.m., more than 70 GOAT-oberfest attendees practiced their yoga, enjoyed the company of 19 baby Nigerian dwarf goats and strolled the farmhouse grounds at 336 Coye Brook Road, South New Berlin, owned by Sharon and Aldo Boustani.

While sitting in a chandelier-lit barn on a yoga mat, the goat yoga instructor told us that it was totally okay to get lost in the presence of adorable baby goats, to have fun, be present, and to go with the flow!

‘Ponies, Pumpkins and Puppies: Oh, My!’

‘Ponies, Pumpkins
and Puppies: Oh, My!’

By Anneliese Gilchrest
Nathan Mosher visits with four-legged friends at the Athelas Fall Festival last weekend. (Photo by Allison Mosher)

The crisp smell of autumn, combined with sizzling Liam’s Hot Dogs and delicious grub from S&S Café of Bainbridge, filled the air at Athelas Therapeutic Riding Inc.’s Fall Festival on Saturday, October 1. More than 200 people gathered to support the cause while enjoying the weather and seasonal festivities at Athelas, located at 1179 County Highway 5, Otego.

Inside the large indoor facility at Northfield Farm LLC, therapy ponies Powder and Chance were a huge attraction as they gave rides to giggling children. The bouncy house had a steady line of participants who jumped and bounced the afternoon away. More than 125 pumpkins, donated by Frog Pond Farms of Bainbridge and Hager Farms of Bloomville, were painted and carried home by kids and adults alike.

Historical Association Fetes Autumn with Festival

Historical Association
Fetes Autumn with Festival

The Town of Middlefield Historical Association will host Middlefield’s annual Fall Festival on Sunday, October 2 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Old District No. 1 Schoolhouse in the hamlet of Middlefield.

Visitors touring the 1875 historic Schoolhouse can view an assortment of handmade quilts, with quilters on hand to explain their workmanship and discuss the heritage and family stories of their creations.


Explore Fall Festivals


GARLIC FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. At this festival it’s all about the garlic. Will include garlic food, garlic merchandise, garlic tasting, a garlic class with CCE expert Crystal Stewart-Courtens from Noon – 3 p.m. and much more. Presented by the Susquehanna Valley Garlic Festival and held at Wood Bull Antiques, 3920 St. Rt. 28, Milford. 607-638-9016 or visit

HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Welcome the fall season and celebrate the local farmers and artisans of Upstate New York. Will feature specialty foods, makers, farmers, artisans, music, a pumpkin patch, and more. Village of Sharon Springs. Visit

CITY OF THE HILLS – Noon – past Midnight. Celebrate the return of the City of the Hills arts festival after a 3 year pandemic pause. The new and expanded festival will feature a mural unveiling, a drum circle, craft beer garden (21+), live music, vendors, and more. Festival is free, open to public.Presented by the Community Arts Network of Oneonta. Main Street, Huntington Park, and 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Visit


Autumn Networking With YPN


YPN NETWOKING – 6-8 p.m. Bring your business cards and have fun with the Young Professionals. Includes donuts, cider, bonfire, pumpkin carving station, presentation by Phil Wright of Benson Agency about the process of purchasing your first home and the options available. Cost $5. Oneonta Sports Park, 132 Co. Hwy. 37, Oneonta. Call (607) 432-4500 or visit

READING SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Author of “The Perpetual Now,” writer for, and editor at The Scientific American Michael D. Lemonick reads at the Red Dragon Reading Series. Craven Lounge, Morris Conference Center, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3446 or visit

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