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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 9

Celebrate Christmas, Victorian Style

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

VICTORIAN HOLIDAY – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Celebrate the holidays in the Victorian style. Main St., Sharon Springs. 518-860-5513 or visit sharonspringschamber.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DECEMBER 8

Candlelight & Carols

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ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.

CANDLELIGHT EVENING – 3 – 7 p.m. Experience magic of Christmas season with a candlelit museum covered in Christmas greenery, horse-drawn sleighs, carolers, bonfires, wassail, theater performances, more. Tickets available at door. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/Candlelight-Evening

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2

Christmas At The Schoolhouse

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FESTIVAL – 1 – 4 p.m. Celebrate Christmas at the Schoolhouse, featuring wagon rides, Cookie Walk, Santa Claus, craft vendors, more. Admission, canned food for foodbank. Old Middlefield Schoolhouse, Co. Hwy. 35, Middlefield. E-mail tmhawebmail@gmail.com or visit www.middlefieldhistorical.org/calendar

YOUTH PROGRAM – 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. “Exploring The Past” session topic focuses on learning about the past through small forgotten items. All Welcome. Cooperstown Village Library. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 10

Holiday Open House & Food Drive

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OPEN HOUSE – 3-5 p.m. Holiday event featuring baked goods, refreshments, a performance by Gerry Falco, Steve Fabrizio & Friends. Also collecting non-perishable items for the food pantry & Susquehanna Animal Shelter. St. James Manor, 9 St. James Pl., Oneonta. Call 607-436-9974 or visit www.facebook.com/St-James-Manor-Retirement-Community-394485027409541/

MEET & GREET – 3-5 p.m. Congressional Candidate Patrick Ryan presents a brief outline of his positions, followed by Q&A session, followed by a meet&greet with the public. Free, space limited. Village Hall Ballroom, Cooperstown. RSVP, 607-547-7011 or e-mail melindaghardin@gmail.com

Snow Falls as Santa Lights Oneonta Tree

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Santa Lights Oneonta Tree

With Oneonta Town Supervisor Bob Wood to his left, and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig to his right, Santa Claus admires the City of Oneonta’s Christmas Tree just after it was lit this evening in Muller Plaza.  As if scripted in a movie, snow began to fall just as the tree’s lights came on for the very first time.  Christopher Brashear, pictured at right, and the Klipnocky Clangers handbell choir played holiday tunes to help get everyone in the holiday spirit.  After the lighting, Santa occupied his cottage and began hearing youngsters’ Christmas wishes.  (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)

VFW Auxiliary Packs Boxes for Soldiers Overseas

VFW Auxiliary Packs Boxes

For Soldiers Overseas

Mary Welch, Fran Novak,, and Martha Sherwood, from left, pack boxes with gifts for local soldiers who are spending this year’s Christmas season overseas. While the Cooperstown VFW Auxiliary has been shipping gift boxes to soldiers since the Vietnam War, these three have been involved in the project for the past 10 years. This year, the women are filling nine boxes with candy, local news papers, and other assorted mementos, including copies of The Freeman’s Journal, to remind the soldiers of home. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com).
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, FEB. 2

Design, Print 3-D Valentine’s Gift

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Check back at 5 p.m. for tomorrow’s events.

3-D PRINTING – 10-11:30 a.m. Design a keepsake heart box for someone special. Fee based on weight Registration required. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/calendar/

YPN NETWORKING – 6-8 p.m. Come meet young professionals from the Otsego area. The topic for this evening is community involvement. The Beverage Exchange, 73 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/YoungProfessionalsNetworkYPN/

FUNDRAISER – 7 p.m. Live music will be performed. The public may donate for the opportunity to perform. Donations go to the Cooperstown Lion’s Club fund to support area residents to lessen financial stress. Mel’s at 22, Cooperstown. Info, www.facebook.com/Melsat22/

Holiday Cheer By The Bus Load

Holiday Cheer By Bus Load

If you saw a packed OPT bus making it's way around residential streets this evening, rest assured they weren't lost! The bus, driven by Paul Patterson, was taking residents of Nader Towers on a city-wide tour of Christmas lights. D.J. Wooden and Julie Pitell, seen in the foreground, lent their vocal talents by singing Christmas songs with the riders to get everyone in the spirit. The event, organized by Carla Balnis, was so popular that she intends to expand it for next year to include rides for Academy Arms and Peaceful Flatts. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
If you saw a packed OPT bus making its way around Oneonta’s residential streets this evening, rest assured they weren’t lost! The bus, driven by OPT Director Paul Patterson, was taking Nader Towers residents on a city-wide tour of Christmas lights. D.J. Wooden and Julie Pitell, seen in the foreground, lent their vocal talents to singing Christmas songs with the riders to get everyone in the spirit. The event, organized by Carla Balnis, was so popular that she intends to expand it for next year to include rides for Academy Arms and Peaceful Flats. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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