Ari Ajakh, left, and Lily Vilacky, top photo, both of Cooperstown, are a little leery of the kittens available at Saturday afternoon’s Festival of Cats at the Susquehanna Animal Shelter in Hartwick Seminary. Because this is the kitten time of year, the shelter was overloaded, and Executive Director Stacie Haynes came up with the idea of waiving the adoption fee to find as many homes as possible for the strays. Hot dogs and other goodies added to the attraction. At right, the Fauths of Oneonta – mom Kristin and daughter Juliana – are tempted to take a kitten home, as Charlotte DeGarmo of Jefferson looks on. The shelter serves all Otsego County. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
OPEN HOUSE – Noon-3 p.m. Talk to representatives of The American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, The Ladies Axiliaries, Amvets, Sons of the the American Legion, and others. Cooperstown Veterans Club, 60 Main St., Cooperstown.
GARDEN PARTY – 1-4 p.m. Treat Mom to a garden party that includes tea and treats on the veranda, a maypole and live music for dancing, activities, and a first look at a new exhibit by the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Free, all welcome. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Springfield. Info, hydehall.org/event/celebrate-mom-garden-party/ or call (607) 547-5098
K-12 ART & MUSIC NIGHT – 5-7 p.m. An exhibit of the art by Cooperstown students. The library will also be open with a craft program for children and a preview of the Library’s Summer Program. Cooperstown Art Association. Info, www.cooperstownart.com
EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening the Lake Exhibit by the Cooperstown Graduate Program. Free and open to the public. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Cooperstown. Info, hydehall.org/events-2/
COOPERSTOWN – It’s going to be big, but not as big as the maximum build-out in the Hotel & Leisure Advisors market study.
H&LA’s report, released on Wednesday, estimated a year-’round waterpark development planned in Hartwick Seminary could fill 400 rooms. Jeff Hyman is planning 200 rooms, the principal of Hyman Hemispheric, the development firm, said in an interview and on-site tour this afternoon.
H&LA concluded the market can support an 80,000-square-foot indoor waterpark. For now, Hyman is planning 30,000-35,000 square feet, about the size of Six Flag’s operation near Lake George. (Because of Dreams Park’s seasonal demand, another 5-8 acres of water park is planned outdoors.)
So the H&LA estimated $1 billion of economic impact on the county over the next 10 years, and $16 million in annual taxes, will be somewhat less. But Hyman estimates the impact will be greater than the proportionate size, since the initial development will be more profitable than the potential build out.
HARTWICK SEMINARY – State Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, hosted a press briefing behind the Cooperstown Fun Park here this morning to draw attention to a 14-pond wildlife enhancement project now underway.
The project was initiated by Fun Park owner Bob Hickey and his father, also Bob, who passed away in June, on 20 acres of former farmland between Route 28 and the Susquehanna River.
The project is a collaboration between the Hickeys, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s Phoenix Mills office and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Upper Susquehanna Coalition and Ducks Unlimited.