OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate opening of exhibits “Made In New York: The Art Of Wood” and solo show “Keeping It Real: Hand Drawn Stone Lithography in the 21st Century” by Amy Silberkleit. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Coopersotwn. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com
CONCERT – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Local singer/songrwriter Khalil Jade performs original works at the Major’s Inn. Free will donations. Proceeds go to inn’s restoration. 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
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
It was colors, colors everywhere as art lovers flocked to the annual Art On The Lake, featuring plein air art (painted out of doors) this afternoon on the lawn behind The Fenimore Art Museum. Above, David “R.C.” Oster, a pen-and-ink artist from Utica, shows a piece he is working on to Tariq and Rafat Hussain, Norwich, and Becky Gretton, Richfield Springs. At right, artist Chris Wakefield, who operates Wildwood Woodworking Edmeston, showed for the time and won the Audience Choice Award for his wood carvings. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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
CIVIL WAR WEEKEND – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Experience civil war encampment complete with soldiers in authentic uniforms drilling/performing tactical maneuvers, performing period songs. Continue Saturday, Sunday. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Cooperstown. 607-547-5098 or visit hydehall.org/events-2/
FAMILY SATURDAY – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Bring kids for fun tour featuring hands-on activities for kids. Enjoy family concert by Dave Ruch featuring sing-a-longs, movement songs, more at 1. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org/programs/events/family-saturdays/
THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Performance “Billy Bishop Goes To War.” Set in 1914, follows journey of underachieving Billy Bishop on his journey to become a great fighter pilot. Explores complexities of heroism, cost of war, Britain’s colonial past. Free admission. Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin. 607-829-3700 or visit franklinstagecompany.org/events/billy-bishop-goes-to-war/
THEATER – 7 p.m. Classic metatheatrical play “Our Town” by Thornton Wilder portrays everyday live of residents of the fictional Grover’s Corner. Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
MUSIC FESTIVAL – 1 – 8 p.m. Celebration of Local Musicians features performances by 5 local bands, myriad individuals musicians. Donations support Gary Johnson Memorial Music Scholarship Fund. at Maple Street Park, Oneonta. 607-431-1001 or visit www.facebook.com/CleinmanNetwork/
EVENING PROGRAM – 6 p.m. Welcome Dan the Snakeman for an ‘Amazing Reptile Event’, learn about these amazing creatures. Front Lawn, Village Library, Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org
THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Set in 1839, “Possessing Harriet” portrays the enslaved Harriett Powell escaping from a hotel, finding refuge with an abolitionist and his young cousin Elizabeth Cady. Free admission, suggested donation $20/person. Reservation strongly recommended. Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin. 607-829-3700 or visit franklinstagecompany.org/shows-events/this-season/
COOPERSTOWN – Even before the Herb Ritts exhibit arrived from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to The Fenimore Museum, the institutions shared a commonality.
“Ahmet Ertegun, who co-founded the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, was Gene Thaw’s roommate in college,” said Greg Harris, president.
The Herb Ritts photography exhibit, on loan from the Rock & Roll Hall through Labor Day, is on display across from the Thaw collection.
Harris was on hand for this year’s rock-themed Fenimore Museum Gala on Friday, July 12, where he gave a keynote speech about the relationships between music and art. “He went back in time and touched on a lot of things,” said Todd Kenyon, director of marketing.
The gala also included a live auction with auctioneer Don Raddatz, with grass-fed beef items from the Green Cow, Templeton Hall rentals and Bump Tavern dinner parties.
FAMILY PROGRAM – 6 p.m. The Dancing Bear Puppet Theater with Melanie Zimmer presents “Race To The Moon” featuring Roquefort the Mouse. Front Lawn, Village Library, Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org