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Foothills Performing Arts Center

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

Otsego Chamber Hosts

State Of The State Panel

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STATE OF THE STATE – 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hear from your elected officials in local, county, state, federal government on the State of Otsego County. Learn about legislation & initiatives that may impact your business. Featuring Antonio Delgado, James Seward, John Salka, others. Cost, $40/non-member. Otsego Grill, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta. 607-432-4500 or visit otsegocc.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

Auction To Benefit Wigs & Wishes

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FUNDRAISER – 5:30 – 8 p.m. Support Tracy Abrams to provide wigs to local community members who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. Enjoy Quarter Auction, food, drink, preview items. Partnered with 501c organization Wigs & Wishes. Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-287-4294 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaVetsClub

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JANUARY 19, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JANUARY 19

Celebrate The Life Of

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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CELEBRATION – 2 – 4 p.m. Celebrate the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with NAACP featuring songs from the Civil Rights movement, speech from Gary Herzig, NY Attorney General Letitia James, the ‘I Have A Dream’ speech, more. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Visit www.facebook.com/Oneonta-Area-NAACP-183152115619038/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 17, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 17

Audubon Presentation

‘An Australian Adventure’

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PRESENTATION – 7:30 p.m. Join Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society to hear from Kathryn Davino about the amazing birds on Heron Island & Lamington National Park on her 2018 trip to Australia. Free, open to public. Refreshments will be served. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-397-3815 or visit www.facebook.com/DelawareOtsegoAudubonSociety/

YOUNGS: Now, Foothills Major Driver Of Economy

REPORT FROM THE ATRIUM

Now, Foothills Major

Driver Of Economy

By BILL YOUNGS • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.COM

As I start my sixth year as the director of Foothills I’d like to thank the Oneonta community and the entire region for their support again in 2019.

I am proud to report that we hosted 314 events which included everything from the Grand Oneonta Opera, a Vet’s tribute with Jerrod Niemann, a Rolling Stones tribute, Tusk- a Fleetwood Mac tribute, the Oneonta Concert Association, the Ornament holiday show, The Not Too Far From Home Comedy Tour, Mario the Magician, a Wedding Expo, the Tri-Cities Opera for children, live broadcasts of the Met Opera, the Bolshoi Ballet and local dance companies, Orpheus, Star Struck Players, Bigger Boat and Stuff of Dreams theater groups, our annual October fundraiser, a health expo, First Night, SUNY Oneonta alumni events, Little Delaware Youth Ensemble, weddings, private parties, business and organizational conferences, job fairs, high school proms, Red Cross blood drives, and we’re the local voting location. The list goes on!

Believe it or not, we did all of this with only three fulltime employees!! Geoff Doyle (Operations Manager), Shane LoBuglio (Facilities Manager) and Alicia Hanrahan (Event Coordinator). A very big Thank You to them!

Also, please keep in mind, Foothills is funded solely by donations, event sponsorships and facility rentals. We are very fortunate to have so many loyal supporters. We thank you all.

But what the businessman inside of me is most proud of is the 27,000 attendees who walked through our doors for those events. What a boost to the local economy! While we are busy fulfilling our mission as a center for the arts; we feel we have also become a major economic driver for the city and the region.

Imagine what those 27,000 people spent while in the area on hotel rooms, restaurants, books stores, gift shops, etc. Many business people have told me they see a positive impact each time we host an event. That makes us very proud! A stronger community can only help us in our goal to achieve our mission. I feel we are starting to be recognized for that vital role we play in the city and region.

We are continuing this trend in 2020. We are excited to say that several months’ weekends are already booked! We also have several exciting projects we are working on….stay tuned!

Thank you all for your support. PLEASE spread the word: YOUR Foothills is making a difference in our community. Please show your support by buying tickets, making a donation or just by spreading a good word!!

Thank you and Happy New Year!

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15

Showing ‘Yesterday: What If No One

Remembered The Beatles But You?’

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FILM SOCIETY – 7 p.m. Cooperstown film society presents ‘Yesterday: What if no one remembered the Beatles but you?’ (2019) with long time rock tour manager John Draper welcoming all to the third season of Film Society. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/FilmSocCoop/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31

Parade, Poetry, & Party

To Celebrate New Year

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New Years Eve!

CELEBRATION – 5 p.m. Start a safe & sober New Years celebration with parade down Main St. followed by poetry readings, festival featuring live music, games, dancing, & special guest Anthony Eardley, Oneonta’s American Ninja Warrior. Then first ever talent show featuring $1000 prize at 7:30, then black-light after-party featuring entertainment by Cosmic Karma Fire Spinners. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit www.facebook.com/FNOneonta/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

Fun Ugly Sweater Holiday Run

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HOLIDAY RUN – 10 a.m. Race through Cooperstown in your ugliest holiday sweater. Runners receive free coffee/hot chocolate upon completion. Registration 8:30 – 9:30. Cost, $25/individual. Start at Santa’s house, Pioneer Park, Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-2800 or visit www.clarksportscenter.com/events/2019-rockin-around-cooperstown-ugly-sweater-runwalk/

Home SWEET Home!

Gingerbread Jubilee, Tree Fest At Foothills

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Just because it’s Christmas doesn’t mean it can’t be a little spooky! Here, Henry Ahearn, 4, is dazzled by a gingerbread rendition of a scene from “The Nightmare Before Christmas” by the Amish Barn Company at the Gingerbread Jubilee at Oneonta’s Foothills Performing Arts Center this afternoon. “We like to come and see all the work everyone has put into it. This year is particularly amazing,” said mom Kim. This year’s theme was Favorite Movies, and winners of the jubilee will be selected to have their gingerbread designs displayed throughout town. But the Gingerbread Jubilee wasn’t the only thing going on at Foothills, a right,  Jayden Zakala holds up his cousin, William Bryan, 3, as he reaches for a toy car on a Christmas tree decorated by Destination Oneonta. 30 local organizations donated to the The Festival of Trees, which will donate the trees to a local family in need of some Christmas cheer. (James Cummings/AllOTSEGO.com)

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