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A Wrinkle In Time

At The Sports Center


MOVIE NIGHT – 9 – 10:30 p.m. Screening of “A Wrinkle in Time” (2018) on the inflatable movie screen on the field. Bring snacks, beverages, chairs, blankets, bug spray, etc for added comfort. Free, open to the public. Outdoor Soccer Field, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit

THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Performance of “Brighton Beach Memoirs” by Neil Simon. A coming of age story about Eugene Morris Jerome, a teenage Polish-American immigrant during the Great Depression in Brooklyn. Tickets, $17/adult. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit

Oneonta Fireworks Go Off With A Bang

Oneonta Fireworks

Go Off With A Bang

Watching the fireworks from the top level of the Oneonta parking garage, Candy Rowley, Oneonta, showed her patriotism with her American Flag shirt. Rowley was one of several people watching from the parking garage, as fireworks were launched from Neahwa Park as part of Oneonta’s 4th of July celebration. (Parker Fish/



Sunday, July 1

PREVIEW – 3 p.m. Concert previewing the 2018 season. Benefit for Springfield Center 4th of July Committee. Tickets availble at Country Memories, Tom & Kelly’s. Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 St. Hwy 80, Cooperstown. Call 315-858-2691 or visit

►Tuesday, July 3

INDEPENDENCE DAY PARTY – 3:30 p.m. Bring the kids to learn about the 4th of July, hear stories, make independence day crafts. Arkell Museum, 2 Eries Blvd., Canajoharie. Call 518-673-2314 or visit

CONCERT – 7 p.m. Small Town Big Band features 14 piece band performing music from the ‘30s to present in the style of the Big Band Era. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5256 or visit

►Wednesday, July 4

Independence Day!
OPEN – 9 a.m. – Noon. This independence day learn about Adam Helmers run to warn the colonial army of an attack by the Indians and Tories. Find this and more about Edmeston’s early settlers. Edmeston Museum, 1 North St., Edmeston. Call 607-293-6635 or visit

COLOR RUN – 9 a.m. Fun 5K run for all fitness levels, ages, backgrounds. No winners or runtimes. All welcome. Cost, $25. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432-2031 or visit

CELEBRATION – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Old fashioned party features kids’ fishing derby, frog-jumping contest, homemade icecream (chilled with ice from the ice harvest festival), field day games, vendors, music, more. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Call 607-278-5744 or visit

PARADE – 10 a.m. Celebrate the independence of United States of America followed by a BBQ with musical entertainment at the Sharon Springs Central School. This years parade them is ‘Music of America.’ Start at Dairyland, 664 St. Hwy. 20, Sharon Springs. Proceeds west on Rt. 20 to the Athletic Field, Chestnut St., Sharon Springs. Call 518-860-5513 or visit

CELEBRATION – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Celebrate Independence day with the sites & sounds from the 1700s. Includes a militia muster, reading of the Declaration of Independence, food, traditional music. Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1450 or visit
PARADE – 11 a.m. Celebrate Independence day. Begins in Springfield Center. Followed by Patriotic celebration featuring live music, games, great food, the 4th of July Quilt Show, activities, more. Springfield Community Center, 6 Ann St., Richfield Springs. Call 315-217-1485 or visit

PARADE – Noon. Patriotic parade down Main St. to Neahwa Park. Lineup 11 a.m. at Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-432 0090 Ext. 106 or visit

FESTIVAL – 1 p.m. Celebrate Hometown 4th of July, features battle of the bands, live music, free Baseball game with the Oneonta Outlaws, arts & crafts, fireworks at 9:30 p.m. followed by after party on the main stage. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-432 0090 Ext. 106 or visit

CONCERT – 4 p.m. Independence day gathering in memory of founder Louise Porter Moore features program “Reminiscene’s & Reflections on West Side Store” featuring Maestro Charles Schneider. Potluck supper to follow. Bring a dish to share. Free-will donation, support the barn. Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009-2019 St. Hwy. 80, Fort Plain. Call 518-993-2239 or visit

BASEBALL – 6 p.m. Support the Oneonta Outlaws against Amsterdam Mohawks. Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-6326 or visit

CELEBRATION – 7:30 p.m. Concert featuring “Scattered Flurries” followed by 4th of July Fireworks at dusk. Glimmerglass State Park, 1527 Co. Hwy. 31, Cooperstown. E-mail



Independence Day Fireworks


FIREWORKS – Dusk. Celebrate the declaration of Independence. Lake Front Park, Cooperstown. Visit!event/2018/6/30/fireworks-in-cooperstown

BOOK FAIR – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find rare, interesting books and ephemera the Cooperstown Antiquarian Book Fair. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2800 or visit


Paddle Board Race


SUP RACE – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. All skill levels welcome to the 2 mile Stand Up Paddle board race. Demonstration available to 3 p.m. Brookwood Point, 6000 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Call 607-286-7349 or visit

MUSICAL PERFORMANCE – 8 p.m. Presenting LADAMA, a band of 4 women performing a blend of Pan-American Traditional music mixed with soul, R&B, & pop. Cost, $28 at-the-door. West Kortright Center, 49 West Kortright Church Rd., East Meredith. Call 607-278-5454 or visit


9th Annual Hall Of Fame Classic


HOF CLASSIC – Noon. Get hyped for the game with the Home Run Contest then enjoy the 9th Hall of Fame Classic Game. First pitch scheduled for 1:05 p.m. Doubleday Field, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-7200 or visit

LIVE AUCTION – 3 p.m. Find beautifully painted tables, chairs, and paddles for auction. General Clinton Park, 2507 Hinkley Ln., Bainbridge. Call 914-262-3216 or visit




…And There’s More To Come...

As the crowd looks across Otsego Lake from Lakefront Park, the grand finale bursts over the Leatherstocking Golf Course a few minutes ago.  But another day of Cooperstown Winter Carnival Fun lies ahead, from a pancake breakfast at the Vets Club, 8-11:30, 60 Main St.; to  free-throw and three-point competitions at the Clark Sports Center at 11; to the Winter Carnival Ice Breaker, food and fun at the Cooperstown Distillery, 11 Railroad Ave., 2-4:30.  Tonight, enjoy bands at The Farmers Market, Cooley’s and the Pratt.  Check the calendar for details.  ( photo)
Fireworks Finalize Family Fourth Festivities

Fireworks Finalize

Family 4th Festivities

The skies lit up with the fabulous fireworks display as the Hometown Fourth of July Festival came to a close this evening in Neahwa Park. Enjoying the finale were Doug Armstrong, above, as well as Bruce Von Holtz, Amanda Calkins, daughter Emma Collins, and Keshia Genzardi seen at left. Afterwards, the Mopar Cams kept the after-party hopping as Greg Lee, right, and the rest of the Cosmic Karma Fire Spinners entertained the crowds with their fiery antics. (Ian Austin/




Crowds Head To Springfield For Fourth Of July Festivitie

Crowds Head To Springfield

For Fourth Of July Festivities

Jim Weeks and Noel Dries, pals going back to their Springfield school days, are marshals at today’s parade.

SPRINGFIELD CENTER – Crowds are headed to Springfield Center from the county and around the country this morning for the 103rd Springfield Fourth of July Parade, one of the oldest in the nation, which begins at 11 a.m.

But that’s not all the Independence Day activity.

The parade ends a bit after noon at the Springfield Community Center, where patriot exercises, a Cooperstown Community Band concert, Brooks BBQ and hot dogs and hamburgers are annual staples.

In the evening, attending turns to Glimmerglass State Park, where the Kenesaw Mountain Boys are performing a free concert at 7:30 p.m., followed by fireworks at dusk.

…And in Oneonta, July Fourth Fun

ONEONTA – The City of the Hills’ Fourth of July parade marches down Main Street at noon, ending up in Neahwa Park for the annual Hometown Fourth of July for an afternoon of food, music and games, culminating with fireworks at dusk.

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