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Hyde Hall

Approach history differently at Hyde Hall with block party and drag show

Approach history differently
at Hyde Hall
with block
party and drag show

Hyde Hall, at Glimmerglass State Park, hits the ground running with the “Hyde Hall and Glimmerglass State Park Block Party and Opening Day” from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 28. The history-filled mansion invites the community for a day of crafts, food, animals and music to kick off an exciting 2022 season, and the park will have camp safety programs, a band on the beach, birdhouse building and a bird hike/tour.

“I think you’ll see a lot of changes at Hyde Hall this year,” said John Aborn, Marketing Manager. “We’ve got some really great, new innovative events planned throughout the year.”

The Hall’s board of directors adopted a new, condensed mission statement: Preserve and share Hyde Hall; promote research, and develop inclusive educational programs and events that help diverse audiences to explore, understand, and appreciate history.

“We’ve been able to introduce a number of programs this season that are going to allow us to keep to our new mission,” Mr. Aborn said.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Springfield Library Celebrates Valentines Day & Chinese New Year 02-23-22
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 23

Springfield Library Celebrates
Valentines Day & Chinese New Year

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SPRINGFIELD READS – 4:30 p.m. Celebrate Chinese New Year and Valentines Day together with stories, snacks, and crafts with members of the Springfield community. Sponsored by Hyde Hall. Springfield Community Library, 129 Co. Rd. 29A, Springfield Center. 315-858-5802 or visit hydehall.org/springfield-reads-feb-23-2022/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Adorn-A-Door Wreath Festival 11-27-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Adorn-A-Door Wreath Festival

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CHRISTMAS – Be an Angel. Sign up to give the gift of Christmas to local families in need with this years Angel Tree Program. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details.

WREATH FESTIVAL – 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Stop by and place a bid on holiday wreaths created by community members and businesses. Will also include holiday raffle, silent auction, and holiday cheer. Fundraiser benefits the association and the Art Association Scholarship Fund. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Main Street Halloween Parade 10-31-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, OCTOBER 31

Main Street Halloween Parade

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HALLOWEEN PARADE – 5 p.m. Celebrate Halloween in style. Bring out your best costume, bring the kids in theirs, and march down Main St. Mask and Social Distancing required. Organized by Cooperstown PTA and the Cooperstown Library. Participants will be gathering on the Library Lawn, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Jack-O-Lanterns in Huntington Park 10-29-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 29

Jack-O-Lanterns in Huntington Park

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PUMPKIN GLOW – 6 – 7:30 p.m. Take a stroll through the park, lit by Jack-O-Lanterns on the Friday before Halloween. Admire the creativity of your neighbors and vote on your favorite. Carved pumpkins must be dropped off before 5 p.m. The theme this year is ‘your favorite spooky story.’ Participants receive prizes for the People’s Choice Award and the best pumpkin that fits this the theme, and a chance to win a $50 gift card. You can also request a free pumpkin to carve and display in the park. Huntington Park, Oneonta. 607-432-1980 or visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Hyde & Shriek Tour 10-22-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22

Hyde & Shriek Tour

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GHOST TOUR – 6 – 7:30 p.m. Take guided lantern tour through 200 year old mansion full of spooky stories and restless souls. Cost, $20/adult. Extended walking and stair climbing is part of the tour. Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Rd., Cooperstown 607-547-5098 or visit hydehall.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Legendary Wailers concert with guest stars Hanzolo 10-15-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 15

Legendary Wailers concert
with guest stars Hanzolo

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CONCERT – 6 p.m. Get out for fun concert featuring The Legendary Wailers and guest starring Hanzolo. All ages welcome. Tickets, $10/person. Proof of full vaccination or negative C-19 test required. Masks will also be required. Foothills Performing Art Center, Oneonta. 607-432-2941 or visit www.facebook.com/DestinationOneonta/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Explore Butternut Creek with OCCA 09-10-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 11

Explore Butternut Creek with OCCA

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BUTTERNUT CREEK FLOAT – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Join the Otsego County Conservation Association for a leisurely paddle on the creek where you will learn about the natural and human history of our region, take in the sights, and have fun. Bring your own craft or reserve one of OCCA’s. Please come dressed for the weather with food, water, etc. Free, registration required. Bailey Rd., Gilbertsville. 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/butternut-creek-float/

Hyde Hall holds history close to its heart, mission
Hyde Hall is 22,000 square feet and was built in the 19th century. (Kevin Limiti/AllOtsego.com)

Hyde Hall holds history
close to its heart, mission

The haunted mansion exudes an atmosphere
that is unlike any other in Otsego County

Hyde Hall brings to mind Shirley Jackson’s famous opening for the Haunting of Hill House. Only in this case, the house stood for more than 200 years and will probably stand for 200 more.

Hyde Hall is something of an anomaly. It’s a relic of the past, which does not exist anymore and was unusual even for the time, at least in Otsego County.

The breathtaking scenery surrounding Hyde Hall is enough to warrant a visit. At the top, where the house stands, you can look down at Otsego Lake and see all the way to Cooperstown.

The limestone house has a cold, intimidating demeanor, which is why it is a surprise the interior of the house feels warmer and much more decorative. Marketing Manager John Aborn describes it as an oyster with a pearl inside.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO: Rodeo, horseback games, Butternut Valley Grange singers, more at County Fair 08-04-21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 4

Rodeo, horseback games, Butternut
Valley Grange singers, more at County Fair

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OTSEGO COUNTY FAIR – 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come out for the 6 best days of summer featuring livestock shows, rides, games, food, the Rafter Z Rodeo (admission $10), 4-H games on horseback, Butternut Valley Grange singers in the grange building, Karaoke contests, much more. Otsego County Fairgrounds, 469 Mill St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org

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