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Quilting Captured Jim Bryden

Jim Bryden, Quilter:

Fabric Arts Captivated Man

With 18 years experience, Jim Bryden, is this year’s featured quilter at
The Major’s Inn Silver Jubilee Quilt Show. The Bargello style quilt behind him uses strips of fabric sewn together to create the appearance of movement. (Jennifer Hill/AllOTSEGO.com)

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

GILBERTSVILLE – Jim Bryden is not fazed by the fact he is the first man to be the featured quilter for The Major’s Inn Foundation’s annual quilt show – the 25th anniversary one, no less.

“If they want to put up with me that’s their decision,” the 81-year-old Sidney Center resident said.
About 20 of Bryden’s quilts will be displayed, mostly in a room exclusively for his work, along with 300 others quilts at The Major’s Inn Silver Jubilee show this weekend. And 44 quilters whose work was displayed in the first show in 1994, then called “Butternut Valley Quilts,” will have quilts exhibited in the 25th one.

“All of our quilters at the first show were from Butternuts,” said Diana Heeman, a founder of the quilt show and a long-time foundation volunteer. “But now we have some quilters from far away – Virginia and Maryland.”

Heeman had attended a quilt show in McIntosh, Fla., in the 1990s, and when she returned to Butternuts, she shared her impressions of the show with Cece Rowe, now the foundation’s director. They agreed a quilt show would work well at The Major’s Inn and be a way to raise funds for the inn’s restoration, which has been ongoing since Alan Cleinman, Cleinman Performance Partners’ in Oneonta, began the foundation in 1980.

“We had about 240 quilters in the first show, all from our community,” said Heeman. “It exceeded our expectations.”

About 75 volunteers work to put on the show, which includes hanging and labeling the quilts, making the lunches for the event’s visitors on all three days, and breaking the exhibit down afterward. Rowe curates the exhibit, with her cousin and neighbor Pat Cleinman as her right-hand assistant. “I’m fussy and meticulous,”

Rowe said. “I want each piece to stand on its own and not outshine or be outshined by another one.”
“We’ve kept this a non-juried show,” said Heeman. “We want everyone to feel their quilts are worthy of being shown.”

“Many of the girls at our show are featured in magazines and have won awards at the state and local level,” Heeman said. “They’re very involved with their communities. They make lap quilts for patients in nursing homes and hospitals and raffle them off.”

It is Bryden’s first time exhibiting his quilts at The Major’s Inn event, but they have been displayed in about 25 shows since his foray into quilting 18 years ago. His style – vivid colors often in geometrical patterns on a black background because he wants “people to open their eyes and see it” – has attracted attention locally.

“I just go along with whatever it is, what people want,” said Bryden.

Bryden began quilting the year he retired from his profession as a stone quarry cutter, in 2001. “Doing stonework was getting too rough for me to do in the winter, so I decided to draw my Social Security and live at home that winter,” he recounted. “But a week of being a couch potato didn’t go over very well.”

He asked his wife, Joan, a lifelong quilter, if she would teach him to quilt. Under her tutelage, Bryden cut 6-inch squares and stitched them together, then used an “inside-out” method that does not require using binding for making the quilt.

“If I can do it, anyone can do it,” Bryden said.

The funds raised from the show will go toward renovation of The Major’s Inn.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2019
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 7

Food, Fun, & More

At Country Living Festival

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COUNTRY LIVING FEST – 1 p.m. Celebrate country life with vendors, cornhole tournament (1-6:30), pumpkin patch, farmers’ market, more. Includes demonstrations on backyard beekeeping, floral arrangements, fly fishing, cider pressing, metal detecting, more. Kallan Fields, Well’s Ave., Hartwick. 607-293-8123 or visit www.facebook.com/TownofHartwick/

Springfest A Hit At Copes Corners

Springfest A Hit

At Copes Corners

Above, little Evelyn Covington, Gilbertsville, gets her face painted by Annika Christensen, Gilbertsville, at Copes Corners Park Springfest in Gilberstville on Saturday afternoon. Visitors enjoyed meeting animals at the Utica Zoomobile, building and racing wooden boats, a fishing derby sponsored by Trout Unlimited, Live music, atlatl throwing, fireman’s competition, vendors, chicken BBQ, live music and an ice cream social.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCTOBER 4

Museum Members Art Showcase

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MEMBERS SHOWCASE – 5:30 p.m. Celebrate talented members of the Art Museum displaying their 2-D artworks. Reception includes food, beverages, secret ballot for member’s choice award. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1510 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/calendar-a

CAREER EXPO – 1 – 3:30 p.m. Businesses showcase organizations to Hartwick students seeking employment, internships. Registration required. Lambros Arena, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4064 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/hartwick-internship-career-expo-will-connect-students-and-employers/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28

Exhibit By Watercolor Society,

Art Assocaitions Luck Of The Draw

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RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening exhibit by Central New York Watercolor Society and Luck of the Draw exhibit, buy tickets, enter to win artwork, final drawing 10/21. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

RELEASE PARTY – 7 p.m. Celebrate first ever issue of The Green Zine, a collection of art & writing from local artists published by The Green Toad Book Store. Grab a copy, eat, drink, celebrate. Roots Brewing Company, 175 Main St., Oneonta. 607-433-8898 or visit www.facebook.com/TheGreenToadBookstore/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2

Fine Arts On The Lawn

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FINE ARTS – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Fine arts on the lawn features works for sale by local artists, members of CAA. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

WEST KORTRIGHT FAIR – Noon – 6 p.m. Celebrate regions agricultural bounty with afternoon of fun, music, food. Live music features PALEFACE, Richie and Rosie, The Big Takeover. Enjoy local food, group art show, silent auction, rummage sale, activities, local vendors, more. West Kortright Center, 49 West Kortright Church Road, East Meredith. 607-278-5454 or visit westkc.org/event/west-kortright-fair-2018/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22

Discover History

Of Brookwood Point

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HISTORY TOUR – 6 p.m. Learn about Brookwood Point from Native American era to the founding of Cooperstown, to present day with Ed Rowley. Brookwood Point, 6000 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2236 or visit otsegolandtrust.org/the-news/programs-a-events/417-brookwood-point-history-and-garden-tours

LECTURE SERIES – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Learn about new technologies to reduce heating costs, greenhouse gas emissions with Otsego County Conservation Association. Community Room, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/be-informed-lecture-series-heat-smart-otsego/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 4

City of Hills Art Fest Today

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ART & MUSIC – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Outdoor street festival featuring outstanding regional artists, crafters, musicians, writers, more. Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-2070 or visit cityofthehillsartsfestival.com

O-COUNTY FAIR – 8:30 a.m. – 8 p.m. See best Otsego County has to offer. Daily shows, rides, more. Highlights include equestrian Gymkhana, bicycle giveaway, truck pull, livestock parade of champions, Supreme Champion Showmanship, talent contest, more. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1

Benefit Concert By The

Butternut Valley Boys

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BENEFIT CONCERT – 6:30 p.m. Performance by The Butternut Valley Boys. Admission by free-will-offering toward on-going restoration. Lawn, Major’s Inn, Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com

O-COUNTY FAIR – 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. See best Otsego County has to offer. Daily shows, rides, more. Highlights include horse shows, tractor pulls, demonstrations, activities, music, more. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, MAY 5

Relive Senior Prom

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SUPER-SENIOR PROM – 8 p.m. – Midnight. Relive your Senior Prom like it’s the very first time. Features music from 1950-1999, prom attire encouraged. Cost, $10/couple. Production Center, Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-432-5407 or visit www.facebook.com/GEStevensOneonta/

SPRING FEST – 9 a.m. – Dark. Celebrate Spring, includes a visit from the zoomobile, a fishing derby, fire department competitions, kids’ boat-float contest, live music all day, more. Copes Corners Park, 620 St. Hwy. 51, Gilbertsville. Call 607-783-2203 or visit copescornerspark.org

Caryl B. Klingman, 81; Ran Adult Care Center

IN MEMORIAM

Caryl B. Klingman, 81;

Ran Adult Care Center

ONEONTA – Caryl B. Klingman, 81, who ran an adult care center out of her Gilbertsville home, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 23, 2018, at A.O. Fox Nursing Home in Oneonta.

Caryl was born on Sept. 19, 1936, a daughter of the late Harry and Anna (Loehr) Hutchens in Yonkers.

Caryl was once employed by the Clark’s Color Center in Oneonta and had a passion for sewing. She enjoyed doing various crafts and supporting many of the areas craft fairs. For many years, she ran an adult care center out of her home in Gilbertsville. She had a large heart and there was always enough room to help out another person.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 30

Classic Rock Concert

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CONCERT – 6:30 p.m. Tom Golden presents a selection of classics ranging from Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennet, Nat King Cole, and Elvis Presley. The Empire House & Restaurant, 136 Marion Ave., Gilberstville. Call 607-783-2859 or visit www.empirehousefinedining.com/

VIGIL – 5 p.m. The Feast of the Holy Family. Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 39 Walnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-3920 or visit www.stmarysoneonta.org

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