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Cooperstown KOA to stage outdoor summer movie series

Cooperstown KOA to stage
outdoor summer movie series

By GREG KLEIN • Special to

Cooperstown KOA Journey will host a summer movie series beginning Saturday, June 12.

The campground, which is about 20 miles north of Cooperstown, just outside of Otsego County in the town of Warren, Herkimer County, and about a mile from the Route 20 and 80 crossing, will provide socially distanced spaces for families to enjoy outdoor movies during the late spring and summer.

There are six movies in the series, and they will be shown every other Saturday through August. All movies will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The series was programmed by 2014 Cooperstown Central School graduate Joey Katz, who lives in Buffalo, but is the assistant programmer for Cooperstown’s Glimmerglass Film Days and the Boston Jewish Film organization.

Katz said he missed the film-going experience and wanted to find something where coronavirus protocols could be followed. When he found Cooperstown KOA owners Kaaren and Kate were interested in summer events, he said he felt he had to find a way to make the series work.

This Weekend, Watch 27 Movies For $50

This Weekend, Watch

27 Movies For $50

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.


COOPERSTOWN – Whenever Gretchen Sorin does an interview for film “Driving While Black,” she likes to consult her own copy of The Negro Motorist Guide aka The Green Book.

“I like to see if there are any places listed where I’m doing the interview,” she said. “But so few of them are extant.”

In Albany, she found, an entire neighborhood had been hidden, buried underneath the Empire Plaza.

“There was Dorothy’s Restaurant and a barber shop on Van Trumpet. I’d never heard of that street.”

Sorin’s film, “Driving While Black” will be one of the 2020 Glimmerglass Film Days free films, screening 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 6, through 9:59 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 8. The film debuted on PBS in October.

“I’ve gotten an enormous amount of fan mail from people – black and white – sharing their experiences with travel. It’s all so compelling, I could write a whole other book!”

This year’s festival, held online, is themed around “The Road Less Traveled,” and films may be viewed on your device from Thursday, Nov. 5, to Thursday, Nov. 12. You can watch individual films for $4 each, or you can buy a $50 pass and watch all the films.

“There’s been so much upheaval in 2020, so highlighting people who go off the beaten path really has become more relevant,” said Ellen Pope, executive director, Otsego 2000, which puts on the festival. “And since we’re not able to travel, we can still see all these interesting places.”

In addition to Sorin, Otsego County is well-represented in this year’s Glimmer-glass Film Days.
Oneonta native Peter Hutchison returns with “Healing from Hate: Battle for the Soul of a Nation” which follows reformed white supremacists.

Another film features Cooperstown Graduate Program alumnus and folklorist Henry Glassie.

Both will speak following the films.

The COVID-19 pandemic forced the Film Days to move to a virtual format, where ticketholders are given a passcode to watch each movie on a streaming device of their choice.

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The 27 films will be available for 48 hours, starting with the Film Days opening film, “The Seer and the Unseen,” screening from 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5 – Saturday, Nov. 7.

“The downside is that we don’t have a chance to socialize,” said curator and founder Peggy Parsons. “But you do have a chance to see more films.”

There are ways, Pope said, to bring the festival atmosphere home. A “Film Days in a Box” was prepared, containing popcorn, movie-theater candy and local goodies, including a Film Days mask.

“It gives it a fun, festive feeling,” said Pope.

The boxes quickly sold out, but don’t worry if you didn’t get one – Tin Bin Alley is packing up boxes of old-fashioned movie theater candy, and the Green Toad Bookstore will be offering a digital pop-up shop, where you can buy books related to the festival, including “Driving While Black.”

And Alex’s World Bistro and the Hawkeye Grill are offering special themed dinner-for-two menus, including Mexican for “Diana Kennedy: Nothing Fancy” and Japanese food for Werner Herzog’s “Family Romance, Inc.”

Film Days Goes Online For 2020

Film Days Goes Online For 2020

COOPERSTOWN – The annual Glimmerglass Film Days will be presented online this year, with a slate of films scheduled for Nov. 5-11.

“Curator Peggy Parsons and the Film Days Steering Committee are building a slate of films you’ll want to watch, ponder, and discuss,” the committee wrote in a press release. “You’ll meet mavericks, pioneers, dreamers, and doers and hear stories of revival, perseverance, injustice, and the human spirit. We also plan to offer filmmaker talks, a hallmark of Film Days.”


Film Days Finale


FILM DAYS – Fall film fest features films on theme “Adaptations.” Includes films:
‘Fantastic Mr. Fox’ – 10 – 11:30 a.m. Film for the kids. Village Hall Ballroom, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
Kids Hike – 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Get the kids out for ‘adaptations’ themed hike. Follows Susquehanna River from Main to Mill Street. Village Hall Ballroom, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
‘Under The Palace Wall’ 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Village Hall Ballroom, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ – 1 – 3 p.m. Village Hall Ballroom, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Final day. Visit


Veterans Day Tribute Concert


TRIBUTE CONCERT – 5:30 p.m. Celebrate our nations veterans with featured performer Jerrod Niemann. Features VIP veterans reception in Wright-Wilber Bank Atrium. Show begins at 7 p.m. Cost, $25 at door. Free to vets, active duty military personnel. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit


Glimmerglass Film Days

Celebrates Opening Night


FILM DAYS – Fall film fest features films on theme “Adaptations.” Includes films:
‘Anthropocene: The Human Epoch’ – 6 – 7:45 p.m. Grand Stand Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown.
Opening Party/Exhibit – 8 – 9:30 p.m. The Smithy, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown.
‘The Unchanging Sea.’ 9:30 – 10:30 p.m. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Runs through 11/11. Visit

Glimmerglass Film Days To Feature Youth

Glimmerglass Film Days

To Feature Local Youth

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

COOPERSTOWN – This year, Glimmerglass Film Days wants to make sure that they’re reaching the next generation of filmmakers.

“We have a brand-new program at the high school for young students interested in filmmaking,” said curator Peggy Parsons. “Directors Bill Morrison and Aube Giroux will spend the whole afternoon answering questions about their careers in filmmaking.”

“Joanne Gardner has been a volunteer with Film Days and she’s always wanted to get kids involved,” said Ellen Pope, Otsego 2000 executive director.

Giroux, who lives in Fly Creek, made her Film Days debut last year with her documentary “Modified,” and will be part of a screening of her “Kitchen Vignettes” series, while Morrison will once again be showing one of his films, “The Unchanging Sea,” – a version of D.W. Griffith’s 1910 short film reconstructed from the original damaged nitrate stock – each as part of the seventh annual Glimmerglass Film Days, Thursday-Monday, Nov. 7-11. This year’s theme is “Adaptation.”

And the students themselves will have a chance to show off their work as the Cooperstown Cinema Collective screens “Utica: A Town That Loves Refugees,” their award-winning short film, during the popular “Shorts + Cake” series on Monday.

The short won a gold medal in the 2018 Robert F. Kennedy “Speak Truth to Power” Video Contest and Best Documentary award in the 2018 Rod Serling Film Festival for student films.

The talk, which will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in the CCS auditorium, will also include a screening of the film and is open to all students.

David MacDougall, brother of Village Historian Hugh MacDougall, will also make his Glimmerglass Film Days debut with “Under the Palace Wall” on Monday, Nov. 11.

With 22 feature-length films and 15 shorts, this year’s Film Days is the largest ever hosted. “It keeps growing in spite of us!” said Pope.

Because the festival goes over Veterans Day, two of the films were selected to tell the stories of the men who fought. “We’re showing Peter Jackson’s ‘And They Shall Not Grow Old’ at 1 p.m. Veterans’ Day,” said Parsons. “He took documentary footage of soldiers during World War I, added sound and colorized it. It’s very powerful, and it allows an audience to see footage that they would have never seen.”

The second film “The Atomic Soldiers,” will be shown right after, as part of “Shorts + Cake,” and tells the story of the soldiers who witnessed the atomic testing in the 1950s and were then sworn to secrecy about what they had seen. “Some of them survived it,” said Parsons. “And they are still around.”

But it’s not just straight documentaries. “We have a lot of what I like to call ‘creative non-fiction,’” said Parsons.

CGP Grad Rob Katz’s Photo Picked For Film Fest Poster

CGP Grad Rob Katz’s Photo

Picked For Film Fest Poster

Rob Katz’s photo catches the theme, “Adaptions,” the Glimmerglass Film Fest judges decided.

COOPERSTOWN – Rob Katz of Coopertown’s photo of a tree and its roots growing along and over stone steps has won the Glimmerglass Film Days Poster Image Contest as best representing the 2019 Film Days theme, “Adaptations.”

The seventh annual film festival will be  Nov. 7-11 in multiple Cooperstown locations. The films, selected by the Film Days Steering Committee led by Peggy Parsons, will show how nature, society, and individuals react and adapt in the face of change.


Holiday Shows & Sales


HOLIDAY MARKET – 5 – 7 p.m. Opening reception for holiday show & sale featuring opportunity to find unique gifts by local, regional member artists. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit

HOLIDAY BAZAAR – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Find beautiful gifts from jewelry, handmade ornaments, glassware, more. Support historic Tudor style Gilbertsville Inn. The Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit


Glimmerglass Film Days

Opening Night Party


OPENING NIGHT PARTY – 8 – 10 p.m. Traditional opening night bash for Glimmerglass film days. Features buffet, complimentary beverage, cash bar, chance to meet artists, filmmakers. Enjoy video, sculpture exhibit by Ted Lott and Yeon Jin Kim. The Smithy, Cooperstown. 607-547-8881 or visit

VISITING WRITERS – 7 p.m. Kick off writers series with fiction writer Stephanie King, interim coordinator of Hartwick’s Writing Center, award winning author. Celebration Room, Shineman Chapel House, Hartwick College, Oneonta. 607-431-4921 or visit


Day Of The Dead Celebration


FAMILY PROGRAM – Noon – 2 p.m. Celebrate Latino Heritage month with Day of the Dead event. Make paper flowers, learn about Mexican traditions, listen to story time, more. Participants encouraged to bring photo of loved one who’s passed away. Designed for children aged 4-12 + family. Light snacks provided. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit

FUNDRAISER – 10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Construct you cat a cardboard castle with Superheroes in Ripped Jeans. Materials provided. Bring goods or monetary donation. 3rd floor, Community Room, Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit

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