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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 01-27-23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 27

Go ‘Into The Woods’
With Orpheus Theatre

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THEATER—7:30 p.m. The Starstruck Players youth troop of the Orpheus Theatre presents “Into the Woods,” which brings together the classic fairytales from Rapunzel to Little Red Riding Hood for an adventure with a Big Bad Wolf, a princess festival, and a quest. Tickets, $15/adult. Held at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, Oneonta. (607) 432-1800 or visit facebook.com/OrpheusTheatre/

BLOOD DRIVE—1-6 p.m. Save up to three lives with the American Red Cross. Otego Community, 5 River Street, Otego. Register at redcrossblood.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 01-20-23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 20

Comedy Performance at the
Foothills Performing Arts Center

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COMEDY—7-10 p.m. Enjoy an evening of stand-up comedy from the North Country Comedy Tour, featuring laughs, cocktails and a roaring good time. Tickets, $20/person. Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, Oneonta. foothillspac.org

BLOOD DRIVE—Noon to 5 p.m. Save up to 3 lives with the American Red Cross. Springbrook, 103 County Highway 44, Oneonta. Register at redcrossblood.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 01-14-23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JANUARY 14

‘Fedora’ Streams Live
From The Met Operahouse

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OPERA—12:55-4:30 p.m. View live performance of the Metropolitan Opera, streaming live in Oneonta. This week the Met presents “Fedora” by Umberto Giordano, about a 19th-century Russian princess who falls in love with her fiancé’s murderer. Cost, $20/adult. Lunch available for purchase separately from Soda Jerks. Showing at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, Oneonta. (607) 431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 01-04-23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4

Figure Drawing with
the Art Association

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FIGURE THIS—6-9 p.m. Practice drawing from life in the studio with nude models and professional artist Jonathan Pincus on hand to answer questions. $15/session. Cooperstown Art Association. (607) 547-9777 or visit cooperstownart.com

BLOOD DRIVE—Noon to 5 p.m. Save up to three lives with the American Red Cross. Fox Care Center, 1 Fox Care Drive, Oneonta. Register at redcrossblood.org

BLOOD DRIVE—1-6 p.m. Save up to three lives with the American Red Cross. Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, Oneonta. Register at redcrossblood.org

Gift Wrapping for a Sound Cause

Gift Wrapping for a Sound Cause

ONEONTA—The Catskill Symphony Orchestra Council will host a Gift-Wrapping Fundraiser on Saturday, December 17, 2022.

Volunteers will be at the Oneonta Farmers’ Market between 9 a.m. and noon to wrap gifts large, medium and small.

Later, stop in at the Atrium of Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, Market Street in downtown Oneonta, and volunteer wrappers will make your special gifts as beautiful on the outside as they are on the inside.

Donations for gift-wrapping will be accepted to benefit the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. For information, visit catskillsymphonyorchestra.org.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 12-16-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16

‘A Roadhouse Coup’ Premiers at
Foothills Performing Arts Center

PREMIER —7-10 p.m. See the premier of local true crime film, “A Roadhouse Coup,” about the life and crimes of Eva Coo, a 1930s Oneonta tavern owner convicted of the murder of one of her charges and executed for this crime. Filmed locally with many local faces. Tickets, $20 general admission (plus fees if reserving online). Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, Oneonta. (607) 431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

*Due to the winter weather advisory, please check weather conditions before choosing to travel. Visit https://www.facebook.com/OtsegoSheriff or your prefered weather service for updates.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 12-14-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 14

Gift Wrapping with the Library

GIFT WRAPPING—5-7 p.m. Come out to the library to get the gifts wrapped away from prying eyes with some unique holiday paper. Paper and supplies provided; donations welcome. Village Library of Cooperstown. (607) 547-8344 or visit facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

BLOOD DRIVE—1-6 p.m. Save up to three lives with the American Red Cross. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Register at redcrossblood.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 12-09-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9

Cabaret at Foothills

CABARET—6:30-9 p.m. Enjoy an evening of fun, music, dancing and holiday cheer with the Stan Fox Trio. The FUNdraiser is to support the community activities held at Foothills. Party is in the Production Center of The Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center, Oneonta. (607) 431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

BE AN ANGEL – The community is invited to adopt a family and then find Christmas gifts for each of the children listed. Gifts are due unwrapped and without tags to either the office of The Freeman’s Journal at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Church at 25 River St. in Oneonta. Visit allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 11-26-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

It’s Thanksgiving in the Historic Village

THANKSGIVING – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walk off the Thanksgiving meal with a stroll through the Historic Village. Visit the turkeys, see tools made at the blacksmith shop, and watch food be prepared on an open fire at the Lippitt Farm House. Saturday only, enjoy a telling of the history of Thanksgiving from the Native American perspective from Onondage storyteller, Perry Ground. Free admission with donation. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit farmersmuseum.org/event/thanksgiving-at-the-farm/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 11-20-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 20

Autumn Concert ‘Diversions’ With
The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble

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AUTUMN CONCERT—3 p.m. The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble presents their Fall Concert. The theme is “Diversions” and will be conducted by Andrew Pease and Amy Hoxie. Free, open to the public. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Visit catskillwinds.com

BE AN ANGEL – The Angel Tree Program has returned. The community is invited to adopt a family and then find Christmas gifts for each of the children listed. Gifts are due unwrapped and without tags to either the office of The Freeman’s Journal at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Church at 25 River St. in Oneonta. Visit allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details

Opera Streaming Service Off to Good Start at Foothills

Opera Streaming Service
Off to Good Start at Foothills

By CASPAR EWIG

Death, both as the tragic end to a love story and as the culmination of a lover’s revenge, marked the start of the 2022-2023 Metropolitan Opera’s “Live in HD” streaming series at the Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center.

Ironically, the streaming series narrowly avoided near tragedy itself before it had even begun. The Foothills needed to update its receiving equipment to accommodate a change in the Met’s transmission, the cost of which would have amounted to half of the expected ticket sales. When added to the 50 percent of ticket sales the Foothills pays as the price for receiving the stream, it would have meant the series would not have netted any income.

‘Salute to Veterans’ Concert is Sunday

‘Salute to Veterans’ Concert is Sunday

The Oneonta Community Concert Band will honor veterans with marches, melodies, and more at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in downtown Oneonta at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 13.

Conductor Andrew D. Pease will lead the traditional Salute to Veterans concert of patriotic music. The program will feature familiar historic marches and medleys along with newer pieces.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: 10-22-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22

The Met Streams First
Performance of ‘Medea’

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PRE-OPERA TALK – Noon. Enjoy discussion of the Opera ‘Medea’ which was performed by the Glimmerglass festival in 2011 and is now being performed for the first time by The Metropolitan Opera House. Upstairs Theater, 2nd floor, Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta.

OPERA – 12:55 p.m. View live performance of the Metropolitan Opera, streaming live in Oneonta. This week the Met presents ‘Medea’ the story of the sorceress and her vengeance when her husband Jason of Argonauts fame attempts to cast her aside. Cost, $25/adult. Lunch available for purchase separately from Soda Jerks. Showing at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org

CSO Returns for Its 69th Season

CSO Returns for Its 69th Season

New Concerts and New Leadership
Kick Off Orchestra’s Next Chapter

By Ian Kenyon

Catskill Symphony Orchestra Chair Sarah Patterson cites the Russian writer, Alexander Blok: “With your whole body, with your whole heart, with your whole conscience, listen to the Revolution…This is the music everyone who has ears should hear.”

With this excitement, the CSO announced its return for a blockbuster 69th season at 6 p.m. on Saturday, October 15 at the Foothills Performing Arts Center in Oneonta. After halting concerts during the pandemic and successfully completing a thoughtful return in 2021, the 2022-23 season presents a brand-new concert series carefully crafted under the direction of Maestro Maciej Żółtowski, now in his third season with the CSO.

Saturday’s concert, “The Revolutionaries,” opens the CSO’s next chapter with an invigorating celebration of the “Great Revolutionaries,” Ludwig von Beethoven, Charles Ives and Luigi Cherubini—Beethoven, a brilliant composer who never gave up on the ideas of human liberty, fraternity, and equality; Cherubini, highly acclaimed for his work for the young French Republic; and Ives, the great American Modernist who purposely left “The Perennial Question of Existence” unanswered.

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