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Farmer’s Museum

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

Celebrate Community At Fall Potluck

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COMMUNITY POTLUCK – 4 – 7 p.m. Celebrate our community at 8th annual community harvest supper. Bring a dish to pass, cutlery, plates, beverages, pull up a chair and enjoy the company of your neighbors. Includes games on the Library Lawn for the kids. Main St. between River & Fair Sts., Cooperstown. E-mail kristenmgriger@gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/GrowingCommunityCooperstown/

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, who have come to the annual event for 16 years, since 16-year-old Katelyn Micelli, left, was a newborn.  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 SUNDAY, JUNE 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 16

Father’s Of The Past

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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.

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)
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