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Farmer’s Museum

One Perfect Day, Another One Due

FARMERS’ MUSEUM HARVEST FEST:

One Perfect Day,

Another One Due

Juggling burning sticks, Dickens the Clown was performing again today at The Farmers’ Museum Harvest Festival, as he has for years.  Sitting on the bench behind him are the Micelli family of Glenville, near Schenectady, which has come to the annual event for 16 years since Katelyn Micelli, left, was a baby.  Inset, the sounds of Milford’s B.J. Baker’s violin serenaded festival goers at the entrance of the museum’s Historic Village.  Today’s weather was perfect, mild temperatures under a clear blue sky.  More of the same is expect tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 22, when the festivities – music, food, displays and free rides for festivalgoers on the Empire Carousel – continue from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, AUGUST 19, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, AUGUST 19

Learn Photography While

Visiting Farmers’ Museum

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PHOTO EXCURSION – 6-8 p.m.  Walk through The Farmers’ Museum with photographer Kevin Gray and learn tips on composition, lighting and camera techniques, and return home with your own beautiful pictures of Otsego Lake and the museum’s historic village at sunset. Bring lenses, camera battery, tripod (if you have one). Cost, $17/non-member. Fenimore Art Museum & Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 17, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 17

Landscape Art Fest On The Lake

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ART EXHIBIT – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Art By The Lake 12th annual juried art exhibit celebrating relationship between artists and landscape. Also features artist demonstrations, food by Origins Cafe, music, more. Lake front Lawn, Fenimore Art Museum, Coopersotwn. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org

Lost Art Of Blacksmithing Lives At Farmers’ Museum

Lost Art Of Blacksmithing

Lives At Farmers’ Museum

…well, not completely lost, as Lucas Novko, Oneonta, (top photo) a blacksmith/interpreter at The Farmers’ Museum, demonstrates this afternoon during the first day of the Blacksmithing Weekend.  Inset, John Patterson, New Lisbon, describes how the functions of blacksmiths (making useful and decorative tools)  and ferriers (shoeing horses) separated after World War II, when workhorses were phased out, and horseback riding for pleasure moved to the fore.  Listening are David Martin and Melissa Nekrase, visiting from Pittston, Pa.  Behind them are Taylor Tripp and ferrier Jeremy Scudder, Town of Maryland, who were about to set up his forge next to Martin’s.  Blacksmithing Weekend continues 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 12, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, MAY 12

Mother’s Day At The Museums

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FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mothers, grandmothers, and mothers-to-be get free admission to the Fenimore Art Museum and Farmers’ Museum. Free glass of wine to mothers & or grandmothers w/purchase of food item in Fenimore Café from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 NY-80 & Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-1472

 450 Contenders, Families In County For History Day

FARMERS’ HOSTS STATEWIDE CONTEST

 450 Contenders, Families

In County For History Day

Ethan Na, an eighth-grader from Jericho, L..I.,and mom Kim check the tally board outside The Farmers’ Museum’s Louis Jones Center a few minutes ago to see how his project, exploring the Flu Pandemic of 1919, is faring in competition.  He was one of 450 students from around the state in Cooperstown today for New York History Day, where projects are judged by 100 historians to determine the best of the best.  The awards ceremony is at 5 p.m. today in Cooperstown High School’s Sterling Auditorium; with judging about to end, exhibits are also open to the public.  Inset, Fenimore Membership Director Kate Morgan, right, was assisted by Gretchen Keister in handing out T-shirts to participants. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Warning Lifted, Crowds Flow To Syruping Sunday

Warning Lifted, Crowds

Flow To Syruping Sunday

With the Winter Warning lifted at 10 a.m. and the ice melting from roadways, pancake fans were flowing into The Farmers’ Museum’s Syruping Sundays, a March tradition for decades now. They included, top, Steve Hofelich of Cooperstown, cutting up pancakes for son Fox Murphy, 2, accompanied by Cait Murphy and other son Rowan, 5.  Inset, volunteer Jessica Zinger, Leonardsville, serves a group hungry breakfasters who had just arrived from Oneonta, including Diane Williams, Catskill Symphony Orchestra board chair, just off last night’s record-breaking CSO Cabaret Concert.   Pancakes, scrambled eggs and sausage are served until 1 p.m., with the blacksmith shop, old-fashioned syruping over an open fire and other activities continuing until 2.   The activities continue Sundays, March 17 and 31.(Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Light Snow, Candlelight May Draw Record Crowd

Light Snow, Candlelight

Entices Record Crowd

The Decker family’s horse-drawn carriage, top photo, looked like it was in Central Park during The Farmers’ Museum’s Candlelight Evening Saturday, as cars were stacked bumper-to-bumper up West Lake Road. The Hotaling family of Fly Creek – from left, mom Dara, dad Jim and daughters Sophia and Jill – all volunteered to serve hot cider to visitors. Lower right, Kenneth Root and Karrie Larsson, formerly of Cooperstown, now visiting from Brooklyn, warmed their hands by the bonfire on the Village Green in front of the Bump Tavern. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Quality, Quality, Quality Will Lure Customers, Brewers Say
5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FOOD, FARMING

Quality, Quality, Quality Will

Lure Customers, Brewers Say

“The absolute best” is what local breweries must shoot for to achieve continued success, declares the Red Shed’s David Olson, right. With him are, from left, Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, Hartwick College’s Aaron MacLeod and Council Rock’s Roger Davidson. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Drink beer from a glass “to produce its full aromatic potential,” MacLeod tells the audience at the Louis Jones Center.

COOPERSTOWN – Asked today for “key factors to success,” four panelists from the local brewing industry spoke as one:  Quality, quality, quality and quality.

Ommegang President Campbell keynoted.

“It all starts with quality,” said Roger Davidson, Council Rock Brewery founder.  “It is fun … (but) I try to do the best I can every single day for consistent quality.”

“If quality isn’t the top of mind, you shouldn’t be a brewer,” said Ommegang’s Phil Leinhart, who has been cited in international competition as the “best in the world” of brewmasters at mid-size operations.

Aaron MacLeod, director of Hartwick College’s Center for Craft Food & Beverage, expanded that to include “the value chain” — hops, barley, malt, all the products that go into beer making.

NY Ag Chief At Conference Emphasizes Safety, Quality
5TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE ON FOOD, FARMING

In Cooperstown, NY Ag Chief 

Emphasizes Safety, Quality

More Than 1,000 Breweries Now In State, Ball Adds
After delivering this morning’s Update from Albany at The Farmers’ Museum fifth annual Conference on Food & Farming, the state’s Ag & Markets commissioner, Richard Ball, Cobleskill, right, chats with Extension Agent David Cox, Cobleskill, center, and Farm Bureau Field Advisor Todd Heyn, Jefferson.

By JIM KEVLIN • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Madison County Extension Agent Steve Miller, “Mr. Hops,” delivers this morning’s hops keynote.

COOPERSTOWN – He began by noting there are now more than 1,000 microbreweries in the state, but Ag & Markets Commissioner Richard Ball’s focus this morning was the Cuomo Administration’s efforts to continue expanding the diverse offering and reach of the New York farms.

We may be familiar with the Pride in New York brand (now being phased out), and Taste NY, the shops that have been opening in rest areas on the Thruway and other Interstates.  But Ball told how he and state Health Commissioner Howard Zucker were called out by Governor Cuomo about standards at a cabinet meeting several months ago.

What are quality standards for New York crops, the governor asked, and how can we apply “better standards to a marketing campaign?”

Despite Rains, Spooky Kids Haunt Museum

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Despite Rains, Spooky

Kids Haunt Museum

The spooky Hopkins sisters of Schenevus, top – Serenity, left, and Nadia – are among the trick-or-treaters this afternoon at Cooperstown’s Farmers’ Museum, taking advantage of the Empire Carousel rides and such activities as dramatic readings of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” until 4 p.m. today. The Romans of Oneonta – Aaron, 5, and his little sister Luciana, 2 (they allowed dad to come along too) – await the start of a spooky tour at 2 p.m. in the schoolhouse, to be repeated at 3 and 4. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 20

Pony Palooza!

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PONY PALOOZA – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Horse rescue opens doors for family friendly celebration. Includes pony hugs, tours, games, local vendors, rides, food, face painting, more. Rosemary Farm, 1646 Roses Brook Road, South Kortright. 607-538-1200 or visit www.facebook.com/RosemaryFarm/

HOPS FOR HISTORY – 2 – 8 p.m. Downtown venues offer food pairings with local beers. Tickets, $30 day-of. Available only at Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

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