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)
HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2-day fest featuring live performances, music, family activities to celebrate the seasons bounty. Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Harvest-Festival
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
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
LIVESTOCK SHOW – 9:30 a.m. The Farmers’ Museum Annual Junior Livestock Show features best livestock and youth exhibitors from a nine-county region. Iroquois Farm Showgrounds, County Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-1461.
FATHER’S DAY TALK– 1-3 p.m. “The Man of the House” program offers Henry Wilcox’s 1867-1911 diaries’ excerpts to show drastic changes in that role since. Refreshments, house tours. Swart-Wilcox House, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta.
…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)
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
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)
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)
COOPERSTOWN – Asked today for “key factors to success,” four panelists from the local brewing industry spoke as one: Quality, quality, quality and quality.
“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.
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?”
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)
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