Seventy-six of American Legion Riders, Nam Knights and The Red Knights, took off from Oneonta’s American Legion Post 242 this morning on the 2nd annual Foliage Ride, to benefit LEAF. The ride also drew attention to a new “Dry Run” patch adopted this year, signifying their rides are alcohol-free. Created by the riders Assistant Director Chris Chase, the patch is gaining popularity in the region, and efforts are being made to have it go nationwide. “Veterans are our treasure!” said LEAF Executive Director Julie Dostal, seen above with, from left, Chase, Chris Dennis and Rob Martinez. “The fact they are willing to do this and keep them all safe is phenomenal.” Other chapters are already having their own custom “Dry Run” patches created to promote happy, safe and sober riding. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 30
FAIR OPENING – Noon. Celebrate opening of the Fair with NY State Sire Stake Harness Racing, Fire Service/School Band Parade, fireworks show, much more. Otsego County Fair, 48 Lake St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 22
WORLD MUSIC – 8 p.m. – Contemporary West African music performed by world-renowned vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Sona Jobarteh at West Kortright Center. $28 Non-members($32 day of); $24 Members ($28 day of); $10 under 19; free 8 and under. 49 W Kortright Church Rd, East Meredith. Info, (607) 278-5454, www.westkc.org
A visitor to Otsego County from Vermont a few days ago described what seems to be a sensible end to marijuana prosecutions in the Green Mountain State.
Smoking pot has been decriminalized, not legalized. Folks who smoke it are allowed to grow enough for their own use. End of discussion. Live and let live.
Alas, poor New York State, where we’re focused, not on live and let live, but on extracting the maximum in revenues from a prospective $3 billion industry and spreading it around among our partisan friends.
After months of smoke and fiery rhetoric over marijuana legalization, Governor Cuomo Monday, June 3, doused hopes, saying it probably won’t happen this year.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 22
TURKEY TROT – 9 a.m. Start Thanksgiving day with a 5K run or 2.5K walk to support Catskill Area Hospice & Palliative Care. Registration, $35 day-of. Oneonta Boys & Girls Club, 70 River St., Oneonta. 607-432-5525 or visit www.Hospice5k.com
COMMUNITY DINNER – 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. Celebrate Thanksgiving with the community. Transportation or takeout available. All welcome, no charge. Oneonta Elks Lodge, 84 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-433-0356 or visit www.facebook.com/LEAFinc/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JULY 24
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE – 8 p.m. One night program featuring chamber music and literature with cellist Jan Vogler, pianist Vanessa Perez, and violinist Mira Wang performing selections from Bach, Schubert, and readings from Walt Whitman and James Fenimore Cooper. Also including Bill Murray (Ghost Busters, Lost in Translation, Moonlight Kingdom, etc.). Glimmerglass Festival, 7300 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-2255 or visit glimmerglass.org/events/bill-murray-jan-vogler-and-friends-new-worlds/
CONCERT – 7 p.m. Dyer Switch Band performs traditional tunes from 1st-generation bluegrass giants, as well as originals. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5256 or visit richcooperstown.org/lakefront-concert-series/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JUNE 8
BASEBALL – 7 p.m. Support the Oneonta Outlaws against the Utica Blue Sox. Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-6326 or visit www.facebook.com/oneontaoutlawsbaseball/
CONTRADANCE – 7:30 p.m. Have fun at the Ice Cream Social Dance with friends. Admission, $5/person. Cooperstown Elementary School. Call 607-264-8128.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 29
PROGRAM – 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Learn to make your own oil diffuser and about the benefits of aromatherapy. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-432-1980 or visit hmloneonta.org/calendar/
FILM SCREENING – 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Showing “Smacked: Addiction & Recovery in Rural America” showing how/why people become addicted to heroin and what the medical, law, education systems are doing to combat it. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-432-0090 or visit www.facebook.com/LEAFinc/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 13
FIGHT WALK – 6 p.m. – Midnight. Enter to raise awareness and money for local families battling cancer. Features food, activities, music. Entry, $15. Field House, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3310 or visit suny.oneonta.edu/csrc/oh-fight-walk
OPENING RECEPTION – 5 – 7 p.m. Celebrate the opening of exhibits “In Motion,” featuring works by Christopher Murray and Akira Nitsu, and the solo exhibit “Possum’s Persimmon Picnic” by Mary Lou Ganio. Cooperstown Art Association. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com
At the first Otsego County Healthy Living Expo today, organizer Mathew Johnson, left, and Julie Dostal, right, look on as Bassett physician Richard Brown briefs state Sen. Jim Seward, R-Milford, on National Take Back Week, an initiative to collect outdated prescriptions. Inset photo, Allistair, left, and Alex Scorzafava, center, present Michael Gardner, Milford, with a brand new bicycle provided by New York Central Mutual; the company will be giving out another 25 bike tomorrow (Saturday), when the Expo resumes from 10 to 4 in Foothills’ Atrium. The event features 40 local organizations providing information on healthy living. Visitors can get information and resources, plus fresh produce courtesy of Pathfinder village. You can pet animals from the Utica Zoo, listen to guest speakers, or have your feet checked for weight distribution. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 25
CABARET NIGHT – 5 p.m. Enjoy an evenings entertainment with FOMA. Features Brooks BBQ, auction, 50/50 raffle, and the student, faculty, & family bands performing. Tickets, $15/adult. Cooperstown High School. Call 607-547-8181 or visit www.cooperstowncs.org
GALLERY RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Opening reception for “Cotton: The soft dangerous beauty of the past.” Exhibit explores both the beauty of cotton and how it prolonged slavery in the US. Reception features gallery talk and dance performance “Cotton in Motion.” Exhibit on display thru 3/16. Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta. Call 607-436-3456 or visit suny.oneonta.edu/art-department/art-galleries