Oneonta Program Has Spooky Side

Oneonta Program Has Spooky Side On Thursday, October 20 from 5-7 p.m., the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s “History After Hours!” series at the Oneonta History Center will feature ghost stories and unsolved mysteries, spooky treats, “cup cooking,” a reading of “The Chocolate Chip Ghost” in the Sally Mullen Children’s Corner, and arts and crafts including paper jack-o’-lantern baskets and ghost ornaments. This “Haunted History!” event for adults and children of all ages is free and open to the public. GOHS…


Students & Merchants Adorn  Downtown With Scarecrows

Students, Merchants Adorn Downtown With Scarecrows Downtown Oneonta was filled with seasonal flair this afternoon as Hartwick and SUNY students gathered with merchants to stuff and hang “branded” scarecrows from light poles as part of the Town-Gown Work Group collaboration. Above, Hartwick Student Government Association members and college seniors Jennifer Paszko, and Lydia Mateney, work at filling the body of a scarecrow with newspapers outside of GOHS. At right, members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity Dalton Wooder helps Betsy Cunningham,…


4 Bresee Elves Return To Oneonta

4 Bresee Elves Return To Oneonta By JIM KEVLIN • Special To ONEONTA — A quarter-century after Otsego County’s department store closed, the Magic of Christmas is still the Magic of Bresee’s. Four of Bresee’s automatic elves plus two does – one ironing, the other mending Santa’s cap – are on display behind the Oneonta History Center’s plate-glass windows through Monday, Dec. 9, and “it’s been great,” said Bob Brzozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director. “You see people…


Treasures Abound At GOHS Auction

Treasures Abound At 13th GOHS Auction Hand-sewn quilts, sterling silver tea sets, maps, furniture and more were all up on the auction block at the 13th annual GOHS Auction held at the Quality Inn Friday evening. Above, Marcella Drago, left, and daughter-in-law Kathy Drago look over a Bible from 1847 that was part of the silent auction. At right, Grace Smith and Claire Smith show off some Hitchcock chairs to the crowd after the main auction got under way. (Ian…


1st Detective ‘Talkie’ Begins Philo Film Series

1st Detective ‘Talkie’ Begins Philo Film Series Fr. Kenneth Hunter welcomes viewers to the opening night of the Philo Vance film series at GOHS with a showing of “The Green Murder Case” from 1921. The film features William Powell (of ‘The Thin Man’ fame) during a turning point in his career, as Philo Vance. The film was also the first detective movie to feature audio dialogue as pictures moved away from the silent film era. Paul Jensen, right, a retired…


River Street House Where Fictional Det. ‘Philo Vance’ Was Born Is Endangered

River Street House Where Fictional Det. ‘Philo Vance’ Was Created Is Endangered Salvation Army Plans To Raze It, But GOHS May Object To Plans By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to ONEONTA – Hidden behind a row of overgrown trees on River Street is a literary legacy. As S.S. Van Dine, Willard Huntington Wright (1888-1939), wrote 12 novels starring dandy detective Philo Vance – and Bob Brzozowski, Greater Oneonta Historical Society executive director, believes that they were written here. “We…

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