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Dancers Dazzle At Fokine’s ‘The Nutcracker’

Dancers Dazzle At

Fokine’s ‘Nutcracker’

The Nutcracker (Caio Legname, right), and Clara (Julianna Brzezinski, left) dance with Sugarplum Fairy Maya Schonbrun  during the Fokine Ballet Company of Oneonta’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Saturday afternoon at SUNY Oneonta’s Goodrich Theater.  Inset, Mouse King Evan Clark and The Nutcracker lock in a duel of swords beneath the Christmas Tree. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Nutcracker Dazzles On Opening Night

Nutcracker Dazzles

On Opening Night

The Fokine Ballet opened it’s 30th year this evening with it’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic “The Nutcracker”. Above, dancers Sabrina Blacklock, Zherlin Ndudi, Sarah Vesterfelt, Chase Vining,Bel Pickering, Micheal Wozniak, Hilary Reiter, Joseph Oster, Natalia Chersia and Patrick Lennon fill the stage during one of the final numbers. Below, guests of the Silberhouse party marvel at the mechanical soldier dolls (Sariah Vesterfelt and Juliana Fauth). Performances continue tomorrow at 1pm & 7pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Merry And Bright

Merry & Bright

Tree Lighting Brings Out

Animals, Dancers, Food

Main Street was a flurry of activity as holiday revelers hit the streets to attend the annual Christmas Tree lighting this evening in Muller Plaza. Applause and cheers filed the air after a countdown by Mayor Gary Herzig, Town Supervisor Bob Wood and Santa Claus. Afterward,  Santa, seen above giving a high-five to Oneonta’s Avalon Hermann and her parents Brian and Loren, met with children in his holiday house to discuss their wish lists. Dancers Chase Vining and Sariha Vestefeld, right, and other members of the Fokine Ballet, could be seen twirling in windows throughout downtown promoting this weekend’s presentation of “The Nutcracker.” While children from local schools searched for their ornaments on the tree, local organizations served refreshments, sang carols, gave horse-drawn carriage rides, and gave out hand warmers.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 21

Luck Of The Draw Finale

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FUNDRAISER – 2 p.m. Final ticket drawing to win artwork from Luck of the Draw Exhibit. 80 tickets for $80, 80 pieces of art to win. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

TAILGATE 5K – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Walk/Run 5K to support 6th ward Athletic Association Foundation. Includes kids 100 yard dash, post race tailgate party featuring food, raffles, football viewing. 6th Ward Athletic Club, 22 W. Broadway, Oneonta. 607-436-9136 or visit www.facebook.com/6th-Ward-Athletic-Club-430579165622/

Fokine Ballet’s Nutcracker Opens to Packed House

Fokine Ballet’s Nutcracker

Opens To Packed House

Fokine Mice Scurry Throughout Downtown

Fokine Mice Scurry

Throughout Downtown

If your were in downtown Oneonta this morning, you may have noticed a lot of mice running around, but not to worry, it is not an infestation, they were taking part in the annual Mice On Main Street event promoting the Fokine Ballet’s upcoming production of The Nutcracker on December 8-9 at Goodrich Theater! The mice hid in various stores throughout downtown and if you found them all, you Above, Jillian Lifgren, Oneonta, plays with a train set at Monkey Barrel Toys while Julia Kropp, right, was found hiding behind the Bresee’s Santa at The Greater Oneonta Hisotrical Society. If you managed to find them all you win a free ticket to the performance. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Fokine Holiday Ballet Dazzles

Fokine Holiday Ballet Dazzles

The Nutcracker (Isabelle Cleveland) and Clara (Sariah Vesterfelt) watch as the crowd-pleasing Russian Dancers (Zherlin Ndudi and Zane Green) preform leaps and bounds for them in the second act of the Fokine Ballet Company's presentation of The Nutcracker in Goodrich Theater this after noon. Tickets are still available for the Sunday show at 7pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The Nutcracker (Isabelle Cleveland) and Clara (Sariah Vesterfelt) watch as the crowd-pleasing Russian Dancers (Zherlin Ndudi and Zane Green) preform leaps and bounds for them in the second act of the Fokine Ballet Company’s 29th annual presentation of The Nutcracker in Goodrich Theater this after noon. Tickets are still available for the Sunday show at 7pm. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Fokine Ballet Brings Magic Of The Nutcracker To Preschool

Fokine Ballet Brings Magic

Of  ‘Nutcracker’ To Preschool

The children of the YMCA's Universal Pre-K program at Jump Start got a special treat on Thursday afternoon as members of the Fokine Ballet Studio came in and preformed dances from their 29th annual production of The Nutcracker, which opens at Goodrich Theater this weekend. When the school show this afternoon sold out, the company decided that they would bring the performance to those who could not go! Here, Gabriella Basdekis reads the storybook of The Nutcracker, while Hannah Reynolds and Shiobhan Higgins preform "Waltz Of The Flowers". The show runs Friday at 7pm, Saturday at 1pm and Sunday at 7pm. Tickets are still available, but going quickly. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
The children of the YMCA’s Universal Pre-K program at Jump Start got a special treat on Thursday afternoon as members of the Fokine Ballet Studio came in and preformed dances from their 29th annual production of The Nutcracker, which opens at Goodrich Theater this weekend. When the school show this afternoon sold out, the company decided that they would bring the performance to those who could not go! Here, Gabriella Basdekis reads the storybook of The Nutcracker, while Hannah Reynolds and Shiobhan Higgins preform “Waltz Of The Flowers.”  Performances at  7 p.m. today and Sunday, and 1 p.m. Saturday.  Tickets are still available, but going quickly. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DEC. 16

Dance An Irish Ceili For Christmas

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CHRISTMAS CEILI – 7 p.m. A full Irish dance performance by the Iona Troupe. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstownart.com

STANDING ROCK FUNDRAISER – 4-7 p.m. Includes a raffle. Donations go to help the Water Protectors of Standing Rock against future pipeline atempts. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta.Info, www.firstumc-oneonta.org

SOMMELIER SERIES – 6 p.m. Join Sommelier Chad Douglas for his monthly wine tasting class. This months theme is “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” an Italian Christmas eve tradition. Cost $50/person. Info, Chad Douglas (607)544-2573 or visit www.otesaga.com/events

JAZZ HARMONIA CONCERT – 8:44 a.m.-10 a.m. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org

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