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Farmer’s Museum

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

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, OCTOBER 2

Print Halloween Window Decals

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TINKERING TUESDAY – 3:30 – 4:45 p.m. Design, print Halloween Window Decals. Material fee applies. Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/

KNIT ALONG – 6 p.m. Join library to knit fingerless gloves, messy bun hat. Richfield Springs Public Library, 102 Main St., Richfield Springs. 315-858-0230 or visit www.facebook.com/Richfield-Springs-Public-Library-1068210423236404/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30

Community Potluck Dinner

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HARVEST SUPPER – 4 – 7 p.m. Community potluck supper to celebrate autumn. Bring a dish to pass, tableware, beverages, enjoy meal with friends. Features live music by Stoddard Hollow String Band, games for kids on library lawn. Main St. between River & Fair St., Cooperstown. E-mail kristen mgriger@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/GrowingCommunityCooperstown/

BENEFIT BREAKFAST – 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. Pancake breakfast, raffles to support Corena Martin, who has worked as Laurens School Nurse and volunteered with Laurens Fire & Emergency Departments, as she battles deals with health problems. Laurens Central School, 55 Main St., Laurens. 607-432-2050 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegonyfirewire/

Community Enjoys Free Admission To Area Museums

Fiber Fest & Free Admission

At Cooperstown Museums

At the Fiber Arts Festival, Garry Aney, master interpreter of textiles at the Farmer’s Museum in Cooperstown, removes a batch of Wool from a copper cauldron in preparation for dying. Black eyed susans and gloriosa daisies are then added to the water for half an hour, then the wool is added back into the bath to be dyed yellow. Today is also Community Day and the general public can enjoy free admission to the Farmer’s Museum, the Fenimore Art Museum and the Baseball Hall Of Fame. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16

Harvest Fest, Day Two!

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HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Event features music, performances, activities, workshops, meet the animals, learn about old-time trades, participate in the harvest. Entry, $12/adult. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Harvest-Festival

HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Celebrate the season with vendors, live music, demos, meet & greet with artisans, a tour of Beekman farm, a beer garden, food trucks, more at family friendly events. Sharon Springs. 888-801-1802 or visit beekman1802.com/events/harvest-festival/

Under Sunny Skies, Harvest Fest Booms

Under Sunny Skies,

Harvest Fest Booms

Defying all predictions of rain, the 40th annual Harvest Festival at The Farmers’ Museum is attracting a big crowd under sunny skies. The food booths were busy around The Green, with Hannah Decker, 10, of Burlington (with cousin Charlie Decker, 3) partaking of the popular sweet corn. Lower left, Luis Reitz, Richfield Springs, shows off his prize-winning Mr. B at the Parade of Champions. Lower right, Chris Lawson of Unadilla (an operating room technician at Oneonta’s Fox Hospital) shares a laugh with a customer of his fine woodworking offerings.  The Festival continues until 5 p.m. today, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 15

Celebrate The Harvest Season

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HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 2 days of music, performances, activities, workshops, meet the animals, learn about old-time trades, participate in the harvest. Entry, $12/adult. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Harvest-Festival

BENEFIT JAM SESSION – 3 – 10 p.m. “Play it Forward” all day jam session with musicians from Florida, Long Island, Brooklyn mix with local musicians. All instruments, genres, vocalists invited. Enjoy raffles, BBQ, music. All proceeds go to American Legion Legacy Run, helping children of fallen heroes since 9/11. Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-0494 or visit www.alrpost259.org/legacy

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14

Tales From The Empire Hotel

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THEATER – 7 – 8:30 p.m. Performance by Tom Morgan “Tales from the Empire” telling the story of the Morgan family, former owners of The Empire Hotel in Gilbertsville. Adapted from autobiographical stories in newspaper columns, radio show “Moneytalk.” Cost, $15/adult. Auditorium, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

TEDX ONEONTA – 6 – 9 p.m. Locally organized evening of lectures on topics from exercise, genocide, happiness, child rearing in the digital age, the opiod epidemic, more. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta. www.tedxoneonta.com

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