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In Memoriam Jeanne S. B. Viek, 93 March 22, 1928 – January 22, 2022
In Memoriam

Jeanne S. B. Viek, 93

March 22, 1928 – January 22, 2022

Jeanne “Jeje” Stone Barrett Viek

COOPERSTOWN – Jeanne “Jeje” Stone Barrett Viek, 93, passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home in Cooperstown on January 22, 2022. 

She was born on March 22, 1928 in Bryn Mawr, PA, the daughter of Albert Oliver and Lisbeth Beatrice (Stone) Barrett.  She grew up in Devon, PA.  Most weekends the family went to their farm on the eastern shore of Chesapeake Bay, Maryland.

Jeje attended the Baldwin School in Bryn Mawr, PA, a private school for girls.  Those who know Jeje won’t be surprised to hear she was pushed ahead two grades, and she was also a bit of a mischief-maker (but never malicious)!  She attended Smith College where she majored in Science (and was well-known for her prowess at arm wrestling).  She was also on the All-Smith Crew team.  Jeje later went to West Chester State College (now University) to become a teacher.  She eventually earned two Master’s Degrees at West Chester – one in Science Education and one in Reading.

In Memoriam Mary M. McGowan, 85

In Memoriam

Mary M. McGowan, 85

August 13, 1936 – July 2, 2022.

Mary Martha McGowan

COOPERSTOWN – Mary Martha McGowan passed away on July 2, 2022, surviving her beloved husband Victor Salvatore, Jr by 18 months.  Universally known as Martha, she was born August 13, 1936 in St. Paul, Minnesota.  After attending the College of New Rochelle and graduating with an art degree from the University of Minnesota, she moved first to Chicago and then to New York City in 1966. 

In New York she worked at the Associated Council of the Arts, the South Street Seaport project, and for the Brooklyn Academy of Music, of which she authored a history.  When she met and married Victor Salvatore, Jr, she began to spend time at their home Swanswick in Springfield Center, New York. 

In Memoriam Robert B. Schlather, Esq., 75 May 3, 1946 – April 27, 2022

In Memoriam

Robert B. Schlather, Esq., 75

May 3, 1946 – April 27, 2022

Robert B. Schlather, Esq.

COOPERSTOWN – Robert Bernard Schlather, Esq., Cooperstown lawyer, CPA and philanthropist, died Wednesday afternoon, April 27, 2022, at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown as a result of a brain tumor diagnosed in June 2020. He was 75.

Born May 3, 1946, in Olmsted Falls, Ohio, Bob was the second eldest of thirteen children of Bernard Paul Schlather and Helen Virginia Bilskey. Raised in Elyria, Ohio, he graduated in 1964 from Elyria Catholic High School. He went on to attend and graduate magna cum laude with a BA in Accounting from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, and earned his Juris Doctorate and graduated cum laude from University of Notre Dame Law School in South Bend, Indiana. In addition, he was awarded a Certificate in English and American Law from the University of London as part of the Notre Dame Law School curriculum. He successfully completed the New York State Bar and Certified Public Accountancy Exams in 1971 and commenced work in the tax department of Price Waterhouse & Co, in both New York City and London.

On July 14, 1973, Bob married his best friend, Karen Ruth Hammer in a ceremony at Saints Philip and James Roman Catholic Church in St. James, Long Island. They moved to Cooperstown in 1976.

Jill Stauffer Maney November 19, 1964 – July 10, 2021

In Memoriam

Jill Stauffer Maney

November 19, 1964 – July 10, 2021

Jill S. Maney

SPRINGFIELD – Jill Maney passed away on Saturday, July 10 in Springfield, with Jonathan Maney, her loving husband of 33 years, at her side. She is also survived by her parents, James and Dora Stauffer, her brother, Donald Stauffer, sister-in-law, Fiona Stauffer, and nephew and niece, Henry and Margot Stauffer, all of Rochester, New York.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Jill graduated from Amherst College summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa. She earned a Master’s Degree in English at the University of Utah and a Ph.D. In English at the University of Rochester. She taught at a variety of schools, including Keuka College, Finger Lakes Community College, and SUNY Cobleskill. She also received a postdoctoral fellowship to teach at Cornell University.

In Tribute Kellogg’s passion for opera

In Tribute

Kellogg’s passion for opera,
arts brought success to
Glimmerglass, Cooperstown, region

Paul Kellogg’s love of opera transformed Otsego County’s summer tourism season by making Springfield Center a destination for world-class performances, as the Glimmerglass Opera and now as The Glimmerglass Festival.

Editor’s Note: Glimmerglass Opera Artistic Director Emeritus Paul Kellogg died April 28, 2021, at age 84. As a tribute, his friend, our editorial board member, Lin Vincent wrote about what he meant to arts in the region, and to what is now known as The Glimmerglass Festival in Springfield Center

By Lin Vincent

Soon after Paul Kellogg and his partner, Raymond Han, moved into a potentially elegant 19th-century stone house in Pierstown, with sweeping views across the upstate hills to Cherry Valley and on beyond to the Adirondacks, and a Christmas tree farm to boot, we met.

They had discovered Cooperstown earlier, having visited their friends Sam and Hilda Wilcox, whom Paul had met in Austin, Texas, in the 1950s, Now, in 1975, they had decided upon a quieter life, away from New York City, in which to hone their skills with paint, pen and peonies. We were immediate fast friends.

Here’s Evidence That The ARts Can Be Entrepreneurial, Too
EDITORIAL

Here’s Evidence That The Arts
Can Be Entrepreneurial, Too

When the going gets tough, the entrepreneurs get going.

At the first “Coffee With Coop,” Glimmerglass Festival’s Francesca Zambello outlines plans for the Andrew J. Martin-Weber Lawn Stage, which will ensure a robust 2021 season, despite COVID.

A corollary: The entrepreneurial spirit isn’t limited to entrepreneurs. (Per Merriam-Webster: “A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater-than-normal financial risks in order to do so.”)

So it was telling to watch the Cooperstown Chamber’s first “Coffee With Coop” panel discussion via Zoom last Friday, March 19. Kudos to the Chamber, and Executive Director Tara Burke, who was also an adept emcee.

It was a little disheartening to hear a recitation of all the Hall of Fame cancellations, although the scope of its undertakings – an estimated 80,000 fans were expected at Derek Jeter’s Induction – make them particularly fraught, not to mention dangerous, in Time of COVID.

And yet, the entrepreneurial spirit lived in presentations by, first, Fenimore President/CEO Paul D’Ambrosio and then, in Glimmerglass Opera General & Artistic Director Francesca Zambello.

Glimmerglass Plans 4 Shows On Lawn

Glimmerglass Plans 4 Shows On Lawn

Opera will be back on Otsego Lake’s shores this summer.

The Glimmerglass Festival announced today it will build an outdoor stage on the festival grounds, where it will present four operas.

The 2021 season will run July 15 through Aug. 17 with performances of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” Offenbach’s “Songbird” (La Périchole), and the world premiere of “The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson,” a new play with music about the founder of the National Negro Opera Company.

“We have re-imagined the Glimmerglass experience for the 2021 season,” said Francesca Zambello, Festival artistic & general director. “While this move outdoors is primarily for the health and safety of our company members, audience members and community, it is in harmony with what people love about Glimmerglass – innovative art and performances in a beautiful location.”

GLIMMERGLASS PLANS TO OPEN IN SUMMER 2021

GLIMMERGLASS

PLANS TO OPEN

IN SUMMER 2021

4 Outdoor Operas Offered

This is an artist’s rendering of The Andrew J. Martin-Weber Lawn Stage, the centerpiece of this summer’s Glimmerglass Festival offerings.

COOPERSTOWN – Opera will be back on Otsego Lake’s shores this summer.

The Glimmerglass Festival announced today it will build an outdoor stage on the festival grounds, where it will present four operas.

The 2021 season will run July 15 through Aug. 17 with performances of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute,” Verdi’s “Il Trovatore,” Offenbach’s “Songbird” (La Périchole), and the world premiere of “The Passion of Mary Cardwell Dawson,” a new play with music about the founder of the National Negro Opera Company.

Trustees Votes to Strengthen Anti-Bigotry Proclamation

Trustees Votes to Strengthen

Anti-Bigotry Proclamation

By JENNIFER HILL• Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

Sternberg

COOPERSTOWN –Two weeks after high school boys allegedly attacked another student and shouted homophobic slurs, the Cooperstown Board of Trustees voted in its meeting this morning “unanimously and loudly” to strengthen a 2016 proclamation that the village welcomes people of all backgrounds and does not tolerate acts of bigotry.

“I think it’s important to reiterate how much we in Cooperstown deplore racist and homophobic behavior,” said Richard Sternberg, one of the Trustees who spearheaded the action and vote.  “I found it very heartening we did this.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6

Violin Concerto With

Catskill Symphony Orchestra

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CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. Start performance season with award winning Violinist William Hagen performing Violin Concerto by Felix Mendelssohn with Catskill Symphony Orchestra. Ballroom, Hunt College Union, SUNY Oneonta. 607-436-2670 or visit catskillsymphony.net/news-events/upcoming-events.html

TRACTOR FEST – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Explore world of tractors, from through exhibits, demonstrations, activities for young and old, more. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Tractor-Fest

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 5

Par For Paws Golf Fundraiser

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GOLF TOURNAMENT – 8:30 a.m. Par for Paws 18-hole tournament invites players, sponsors to support the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. Great for golfers who love the game, animals, historic setting. Registration, $300/team. Otsego Golf Club, 144 Pro Shop Dr., Springfield Center. 607-547-8111 or visit www.facebook.com/Susquehanna-Animal-Shelter-121696841223218/

FESTIVAL OF COLORS – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 24th annual quilt show features works by area quilting clubs Fenimore quilt club, “Winter Wonderland” quilt guild, “It’s A Mystery” ladies of sew nice. Includes demonstrations of various quilting skills. See 250+ examples of fine quilts, support historic, tudor style inn. Admission, $5 donation. The Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com

Opera Lovers Flock For Stewart At Otesaga

Opera Lovers Flock

For Stewart At Otesaga

Opera lovers gathered in the ballroom of the Otesaga hotel on Saturday morning to hear author James Stewart speak with Francesca Zambello about Opera uniqueness as an art form, and how Glimmerglass is branding their performance experience to their customers while moving the medium forward into the future.  The talk also included various musical numbers by guest singers. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 2

Young Artists In The Park

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CONCERT – 7 – 8 p.m. Glimmerglass Opera Young Artist Quartet performs mix of opera, classic musical theater, including selections from West Side Story. Huntington Park, Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/

THEATER – 1:30 p.m. Showing “Silent Night.” About the Christmas Eve Truce between German, Scottish, French soldiers during WWI. Cost, $26-$126. Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2255 or visit glimmerglass.org/events/silent-night/

Zambello’s “Little Prince” Debuts in Cooperstown

Glimmerglass’ ‘Little Prince’

Features Local Performers

Playing The Little Prince, Holden Browne stands and sings on top of a prop plane, the centerpiece of the set for  Francesca Zambello’s production of “The Little Prince.”  Zambello, Glimmerglass general & artistic director, recruited members of the Washington National Opera to perform in major roles, and brought in local children to perform in the children’s choir for the opera. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

Jacqueline Talilaferro Amols, 1st Opera President, Dies At 91
IN MEMORIAM

Jacqueline Taliaferro Amols,

1st Opera President, Dies At 91

Jacqueline Taliaferro Amols, whose view of Otsego Lake from her home when she lived in Cooperstown can be seen over her right shoulder.

COOPERSTOWN – Word has been received that Jacqueline Taliaferro Amols, the first president of Glimmerglass Opera, who lived in Cooperstown for 40 years before moving to New Orleans in 2010, passed away quietly on Aug. 26, 2017.  She was 91 years old.

Jacqueline grew up as a member of a military family, residing on many different posts both in the U.S. and abroad.  Her father, Army Col. Edward H. Taliaferro, Jr., born and raised in Bunkie, La., served his country first in World War I, then again in World War II.

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