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Kite Festival Returns to Cherry Valley

Kite Festival Returns
to Cherry Valley

A scene from the 2018 Cherry Valley Kite Festival. This year the festival will be held Saturday, September 24 from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Campbell Rd., Cherry Valley.

“Kite Festivals across the world were all called off because of COVID and now they are all coming back,” said Jane Sapinsky, Executive Director Cherry Valley Artworks and coordinator of the Cherry Valley Kite Festival. “The last Kite Festival we had was 2018.”

“The kiters love the Cherry Valley event. They look forward to it every year,” she said. “We are working on getting all of those kiters back this year.”

“This event is magical. There is nothing like it, it’s such a fun event,” Ms. Sapinsky said. “They are always wonderful. When I see the results, I feel the actual act of getting it together is worth it.”

Editor’s Notebook by Greg Klein: Film COOP spreads love of region to women’s group

From left, Elizabeth Zephyrine McDonough, Lauren Sowa, Cheyenne Phillips, Ellie Pink and Skye Bailey ride the Leatherstocking Trolley on Saturday, Oct. 2, to see film locations as part of Film COOP’s first women in film event and location tour. (Greg Klein/AllOtsego.com).

Editor’s Notebook by Greg Klein:
Film COOP spreads love of region to women’s group

Last weekend my film commission office, Film COOP, hosted a bunch of female filmmakers for a destination weekend location tour and networking event.

As with our too long and klutzy legal name, the Cooperstown, Oneonta, Otsego County Film Partnership, Inc., the name Film COOP presents the Women in Film Peak Leaf Weekend Location Tour and Networking Event soon fell by the wayside. The shorthand Women in Film Weekend, or even shorterhand WIF, became the usual references.

We had five official customers who signed up for the four-day event, plus three industry-connected board members who went on parts of the tour, a Delaware County union location scout who did one day of touring with us and our college intern, Ellie Pink, who is studying film at Boston University.

Art on the Trail: Cherry Valley Artworks event brings sculpture to community; opening to be held Friday, July 2

‘The Whole Earth Cabinet’ by the Dora P. Manny Collective in West Winfield is an interactive piece where visitors can take and leave gifts for other visitors (Greg Klein/Allotsego)

Art on the Trail: Cherry Valley Artworks event brings
sculpture to community; opening to be held Friday, July 2

By KEVIN LIMITI • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

CHERRY VALLEY – The biennial Cherry Valley Sculpture Trail will open with a viewing and launch party scheduled for Friday, July 2.

Jane Sapinsky, executive director of Cherry Valley Artworks, said this year’s sculpture trail stands out because of the “beautiful pieces” and said that it is a “COVID-friendly activity.”

There are 24 sculptures, ranging from small ones to half-ton sized.

One piece, by Shiro Shinohara of Westmoreland, was more than 1,000 pounds and had to be delivered by crane. It’s called the“Baku Nightmare Buster.”

Other pieces on display include “Whole Earth Cabinet,” which was created by the Dora P. Manny Collective in West Winfield. The idea behind the cabinet, according to Sapinsky, is “give
a little, take a little.” Visitors can take things from the cabinet while leaving something else behind.

“We thought it was a good community activity,” Sapinsky said.

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