CONCERT – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Local band The Butternut Valley Boys perform mix of country, gospel, bluegrass, more to benefit inn’s restoration. Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
LECTURE – 10 a.m. Learn from Dr. Diane Lewis “The Great Healthy Yard Project” how you can help keep drinking water safe while maintaining a healthy yard. Free, open to public. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. 201-410-2514 or visit www.lakeandvalleygc.org/whats-in-your-water
COOPERSTOWN – The Fenimore Art Museum today announced the publication of “Your Obedient Servant: The Letters of Alexander Hamilton & Aaron Burr,” built around the 35 letters between the two Founding Fathers leading up to their fatal duel on July 11, 1804.
“Your Obedient Servant” includes 10 of the most significant letters that have never been illustrated. The text of the letters has not appeared collectively in a single volume since “Interview in Weehawken” (1960).
By LIBBY CUDMORE • The Freeman’s Journal & Hometown Oneonta
COOPERSTOWN – At the Fenimore Art Museum, there’s a whole room dedicated to Madonna.
Not “Giotto” or “Pieta” – The Material Girl.
“Herb Ritts photographed her 36 different times,” said Todd Kenyon, director of communications. “The first time he shot her, she swore she’d never work with him again – and then she saw the pictures.”
“Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits” opened this past Tuesday, April 2. A collaboration between the Fenimore, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and the Herb Ritts Foundation, the exhibit includes 100 of Ritts’ iconic rock photography, as well as related artifacts from the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
“It’s a little different than we’ve done in the past,” said Paul D’Ambrosio, Fenimore president. “We’ve always had photo exhibits, but this is a whole different feel, a whole different experience.”
The show was curated in collaboration with the Herb Ritts Foundation, which advised on layout. “They were the ones who suggested Madonna have a separate space,” said D’Ambrosio. “When we put it all up on the wall, we realized they knew what they were talking about.”
COOPERSTOWN – “Puzzles of the Brain,” an exhibit that traces the artistic development of Lonni Sue Johnson after she suffered brain damage, will open tomorrow (Oct. 13) at The Fenimore Art Museum.
The museum is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, except Mondays.
Lonni Sue created New Yorker covers and art for other national publications from her home outside Middlefield Center before being stricken with viral encephalitis in 2007. While living locally she was an avid pilot, and published a column, “Aerial Perspective,” every other week in The Freeman’s Journal.
Jane Forbes Clark told Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce members this morning that the village’s downtown, which lost the CVS and Cooperstown General Store in recent months, is at a crossroads, and she adopted the chamber’s 2018 of “togetherness” as a way toward a solution. The Hall of Fame chairman said store rents – as high as $7,000 a month – are “too high” to achieve mixed retail offerings, and that there are too many baseball stores. While suggesting no specific solutions, she detailed the hundreds of thousands of visitors Clark entities – The Hall, The Fenimore and The Otesaga among them – attract to Cooperstown annually, potential customers for downtown establishments that can figure out how to bring them in the doors. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
COOPERSTOWN – You may have noticed: 450 middle and high school students – plus family members and teachers – from around the Empire State are in Cooperstown today for New York History Day, organized by The Fenimore Art and Farmers’ museums.
History Day uses space at numerous Cooperstown venues for students to present their papers, documentaries, exhibits, websites and performances – in addition to the two museums, the Baseball Hall of Fame and The Otesaga. The awards ceremony is at Cooperstown High School at 5.