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Ice Harvest

Ice Harvest

Ice, Ice, Baby!

Crowds Flood Hanford Mills

For Annual Ice Harvest

It was a perfect winter day for the festivities at the annual Ice Harvest this morning at the Hanford Mills Museum. Above, Steve Kellog, left, Watertown, a volunteer blacksmith at the event, works with Lucas Nouko, Oneonta, and Nathanien Francisco, West Oneonta, as the demonstrate making cooking forks for visitors. At right,  Erin Neal, Walton, and son Tanner, try their hand at cutting blocks of ice from the lake alongside volunteer Jim Decker, East Meredith, Tanner Matz, East Meredith, and volunteer Robert Dianieh, East Meredith. The ice was then hauled to an ice house, where it will be stored until July 4th where it will be used to make free ice cream for museum guests.(Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Ice Harvest Fest At Mills

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ICE HARVEST – 10 – 3 p.m. Participate in traditional ice harvest. Includes ice carving, ice fishing, horse-drawn sleigh rides, snowman village, hot soup buffet, food truck, blacksmithing, cooking demonstration, exhibits by local businesses, farmers. Cost, $9/adult. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org/programs/events/ice-harvest/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB.11

Grilled Cheese For A Good Cause

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GRILLED CHEESE NIGHT – 5 – 7 p.m. Enjoy comfort food from local chefs as well as local beer, wine, cider, live music, more. Proceeds benefit Otsego2000 & Otsego Outdoors. Cost, $25/adult, $15/child. Cooperstown Farmers Market, 101 Main St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-8881 or visit www.otsego2000.org

SNOWSHOE WALK – 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Look for signs of life past, present and future with a guide from OCCA. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-4488 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/winter-carnival-snowshoe-walk/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB.3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB.3

Festival Of Ice

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ICE HARVEST FESTIVAL – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Participate in a traditional ice harvest using tools from the 19th century. Includes ice carving demos, hot soup buffet, horse-drawn sleigh rides, local vendors, an a snowman village. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Call (607)278-5744 or e-mail info@hanfordmills.org or visit www.hanfordmills.org

PLAY READING – 4-6 p.m. Presenting “Helen of Troy,” a new work by Central New York Playwright Kathrine Ambrosio. Feedback welcome. Admission by donation. Next reading, 2/17. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/event/next-readings-new-works-regional-playwrights-play-reading-series

Perfect Day For Ice Harvest At Hanford Mills

Perfect Day For Ice Harvest

At Hanford Mills Museum


The Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith may have drawn a record crowd to today’s annual Ice Harvest.  Visitors to the mill could cut and haul ice, sample soups and drinks from the area, ice fish and take a sleigh ride courtesy of Seth Finch and his two Pecherons, Roxy and Cheyenne, above.  At right, Juliana Patterson and her brothers Nathan and Adrian Johnson help haul a sled of ice blocks with their grandfather Paul Patterson, Oneonta, who they were visiting from Albany. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 4

Enjoy Final Day-Long Celebration

Of Coop’s  50th Winter Carnival

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FUN IN THE SNOW! Final day of the 50th anniversary Cooperstown Winter Carnival features snowman building, soup’n’ chili, soccer slushing in Pioneer Park,  the “Fatty Bumppo” bike race ghost tours, wine tasting, a chicken wing competition, the Fire & Ice Bar at The Otesaga, Annie & The Hedonists concert, and the carnival closer.  For full schedule of events, see  www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com/event-schedule

No Snow, Plenty of Ice At Hanford Mills Festival

No Snow, Plenty of Ice

At Hanford Mills Festival

There was no snow on the ground, but the recent cold snap meant there was plenty of ice for harvesting the Hanford Mills Ice Harvest Festival today in East Meredith.  Here, Freddy Cargill, Ella Gerster and Amber Cargill, Davenport, pull a freshly cut block of ice from the pond to the ice house in the East Meredith mill's annual celebration of winter farmtime fun.  The fun continues until 4 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
There was no snow on the ground, but the recent cold snap meant there was plenty of ice for harvesting the Hanford Mills Ice Harvest Festival today in East Meredith.  Here, Freddy Cargill, Ella Gerster and Amber Cargill, Davenport, pull a freshly cut block of ice from the pond to the ice house in the East Meredith mill’s annual celebration of winter farmtime fun.  The fun continues until 4 p.m. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
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