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Yoga, Art Together; A Brisk Road Race, And Poetry Galore!


Yoga, Art Together;

A Brisk Road Race,

And Poetry Galore!

Take a few moments for spiritual development amid the stress of quarantine with the annual Spiritual Arts Fair, now in a virtual format! Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26.

Libby Cudmore is managing editor of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and

What better way to relax than with art and yoga? Mary Murray leads an art talk about the Munson Williams Proctor galleries, followed by a yoga class with Lisa Gallagher. 10 a.m. Saturday, April 25,

Get outside after being cooped up for so long! The annual Cider Run 5K/10K is now a virtual race, so pick your own course and take a jog, all to benefit the Susquehanna Animal Shelter. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 25,

Kids can take a virtual field trip through the Baseball Hall of Fame and learn all about the geometry of a baseball field and the angles of the game in a math-focused lesson. Registration required. 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, April 28,

The poetry of Word Thursdays has gone digital with Bill Stratton and Cicada Musselman reading their work. 7 p.m. Thursday, April 23,

And if you’re inspired, write a poem or create a piece of art for LEAF’s annual Art and Poetry contest on the theme of “I Can See Clearly Now,” finding a clear vision of dreams free from the problems associated with addiction. Deadline, Friday, Aug. 21. Submission,

Tricks And Treats, Scary Ghost Stories And Pumpkins Glow!


Tricks And Treats,

Scary Ghost Stories

And Pumpkins Glow!

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

T’is the night for tricks and treats! Stroll through downtown and show off your costume before you hit the streets to collect your sweets! In Cooperstown, the parade kicks off at 5 p.m. on Main Street. In Oneonta, 7 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 31.

Get a head-start on the candy collecting as you trick or treat through the Historic Village. Admission free to kids, accompanying adult with donation.
1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. (607) 547-1450.

Hunt for spooky specters with the NY Shadow Chasers Team. Tickets, $15. 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 25, Harris Memorial Library, 334 Main St., Otego. (607) 988-6661.

Can you survive a trip through the scariest haunted house in county? Admission $2, or bring item for teen toiletry closet. 6-10 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, Oneonta Teen Center, 4 Academy St., Info (607) 441-3999.

Race through the streets of Cooperstown in costume as part of 19th annual Coop Loop 5k & 10k. Prizes for scariest, funniest and best costumes! 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. (607) 547-2800.

Avoid the cold and trick or treat indoors at Mall-O-Ween! Then stick around for a Halloween-themed Zumba dance party! Noon-2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, Southside Mall, Oneonta. Info (607) 432-4401 ext. 101.

Carved pumpkins on display, plus treats and ghost stories by Bruce Markusen. Drop off at 1-6 p.m., Glow 6-7 p.m. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., (607) 547-9777.

Tour Farms, Watch Madonna, And Lots To Do In Fly Creek


Tour Farms, Watch Madonna,

And Lots To Do In Fly Creek

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

As the harvest draws near, explore farms throughout Otsego County to witness and try out activities from fish
farming to beekeeping, more. Pick up farm guide from participating farms, farmer’s markets, libraries, or download guide at 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24. Questions? Call (607) 547-2536.

It’s bargains galore as you explore 50+ lawn sales, with shows, special events to entertain you while you shop. And whenever you get hungry, stop by and enjoy breakfast (7:30-11, Fly Creek Fire Hall), lunch (11, Grange Hall), and bake sale (Fly Creek Methodist Church). 7:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug, 24, downtown Fly Creek, Route 28. Plus, 26th annual Antique Engine Show at
Fly Creek Cider Mill.

Enjoy the fourth annual Community Softball Game as the Family Resource Network takes on the Oneonta Job Corps Academy. Also includes contests, prizes, fireworks, more. 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, Damaschke Field, 15 James Georgeson Ave., Oneonta. (607) 432-0001.

Help the Susquehanna SPCA celebrate groundbreaking of its new building for the Animal Shelter. Afterwards, enjoy refreshments, take your pet in the photo booth, meet the mascots and more. Free, open to public. Noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, 5088 St. Hwy. 28, Cooperstown. (607) 547-8111.

See “Madonna: Truth or Dare,” (1991, R), last movie associated with this summer’s Herb Ritts’ photo exhibit $7/non-member. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, Fenimore Museum, Cooperstown. (607) 547-1400.

Bring old & new quilts to share, or brag, then learn about quilting with Debby Clough and the Susquehanna Valley Quilters.
1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wilcox Avenue, Oneonta. (607) 287-7011

The Musicians of Ma’awlyck present “American Dreams of Russia.” Features Russian-inspired American music, and purely American “From A Dream Of Russia.” Admission, $20. 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 25, The Star Theater, The Foundry, 44 Main St., Cherry Valley.

Lots To Do Outside, From Art By The Lake To R-boom Power Days


Lots To Do Outside,

From Art By The Lake

To R-boom Power Days

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

The only thing better than art is Art By The Lake! The annual juried art exhibit celebrates the relationship between artists and landscape. Features artist demonstrations, food by Origins Cafe, music, more. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, back lawn, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. (607) 547-1400.

The annual Antique Power Days showcases tractors and farm vehicles from the past to the present, including the tractor parade! Food, vendors and more. 10 a.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 17-18, corner of Routes 166 and 165, Roseboom. Info, (607) 264-3015.

Celebrate Otsego County’s hops history with beer tastings, food trucks, live music, family activities, and more in The Farmers’ Museum. Admission $12/adult. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. (607) 547-1450.

Experience a Civil War encampment complete with soldiers in authentic uniforms drilling/performing tactical maneuvers, performing period songs. At 7 p.m.  Sunday, enjoy concert by the Musicians of   Ma’alwyck. Concert tickets, $10. Encampment, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 17-18, Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park Road, Town of Springfield. (607) 547-5098.

Honor those who served with a free concert by the

10th Mountain Division Jazz Band as it salutes our veterans with songs from each branch of the military. Free, all invited. 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta.

Whether you’re in a high-end kayak or a homemade boat, you can race in the fifth annual Luke Hazen Memorial Regatta. If land’s more your scene, stick around for the cornhole tournament. Cost, $25/adult paddler, cornhole tournament, $10/person. 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, Schenevus Lake Park, Lake Road, Schenevus. (607) 638-9295.

Celebrate the opening of the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s latest exhibit, “The Oneonta ‘49ers,” which follows Oneonta storekeeper Collis Huntington as he leaves for California to find his fortune. 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. (607) 432-0960.

The movies aren’t the only things with stars as the Clark Sports Center screens “Pokemon Detective Pikachu” on the lawn. Bring snacks, blankets, chairs. Free, all welcome. 9 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 14, Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. (607) 547-2800

Induction Over, But Art Scene Thriving


Induction Over, But

Art Scene Thriving

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

As this week’s  cover story on “Possessing Harriet” at the Franklin Stage shows, dramatic, as well as the visual arts, are robust in Otsego County.

Start your weekend off with a farce as Stuff of Dreams production of Ken Ludwig’s “Lend Me a Tenor.” Cost, $17/adult.
7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, July 26-27, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 28. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. (607) 432-5407 or visit

Kids inspired by the shows they’ve seen this summer? The Fenimore Art Museum is offering a free acting workshop for children aged 6-12 and 12+, all themed around their production of
“Taming of the Shrew.” 1-5 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Fenimore Museum, Cooperstown. (607) 547-1400.

Celebrate the arts in all forms as resident artist Richard Whitten opens his latest exhibit at Gilbertsville Expressive Movement Gallery and Sculpture Park. 5-8 p.m. Saturday, July 27, Commons Drive (off Bloom St), Gilbertsville. (607) 783-289

Tour exhibit “Broadway Revealed: Behind the
Theater Curtain” with photographer Stephen Joseph, theater aficionado Patrice Macaluso. 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28, Foreman Gallery, Hartwick College, Oneonta.
(607) 432-0960.

It’s a full afternoon of music as the Leatherstocking Pipe & Drum Band march down Main Street to St. James Episcopal Church. And that’s not all! Cajun Pete’s Jazz Band, as well as Pipe Organ and Vocalists, will perform at the church. 3 p.m. Sunday, July 28, Begins at Mueller Plaza, Main St., Oneonta. (607) 432-1458.

Celebrate opening of exhibit “Forged In History” featuring works by guest & member artists. And don’t forget the first-floor exhibit “Picturing the Grange” by Andy Baugnet showcasing B&W photos of granges from throughout NYS. 5-7 p.m. Monday, July 29, The Smithy Art Gallery, Cooperstown. (607) 547-8671.

Enjoy Otsego County from above with hot air balloon rides courtesy of the Lauren’s Fire Department! Their annual Fun Day includes refreshments starting at noon, with hot air balloon rides starting at 6:30, Saturday, July 27, Laurens Fire Department,
34 Main St., Laurens.
Info (607) 433-2906

Get Ya Baseball Here! Induction Weekend Here


Get Ya Baseball Here!

Induction Weekend Here

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

It’s the biggest weekend of the year, as the Boys of Summer return to Cooperstown for their Induction – the 80th – into the Hall of Fame at 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 21, in the field next to the Clark Sports Center.  The induction is free; bring a lawn chair or blanket for comfortable viewing. Info

In the Parade of Legends at 6 p.m. Saturday on Main Street, welcome Mariano Rivera, Edgar Martinez, Mike Mussina, Lee Smith, Harold Baines and the family of the late Roy Halladay – as well as dozens of Hall of Famers – to Baseball’s Mecca. The parade runs from Doubleday Field, up Fowler Way, down Chestnut Street to Main, and up Main to the Hall of Fame. Info

But it’s not just players who get in. Announcer Al Helfer will posthumously receive the Ford C. Frick Award for baseball broadcasting excellence and Jayson Stark will take home the J.G. Taylor Spink Award for meritorious contributions to baseball writing. 4:30 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Doubleday Field.

You’ll need something to eat over the weekend, and a Brooks Chicken BBQ – complete with homemade salads, sides
and desserts – may hit the spot! Take home or eat under the big tent. Noon-4 p.m. Saturday, July 20, United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Coopers-town. Info 607-547-5782.

There’s more to Hall of Fame weekend than the Big Game, and The Church presents “The Night They Lit Up Wrigley” which tells the story of Rita “Slats” Meyer, the Peoria Redwings baseball player who helped inspire “A League
of their Own.”
8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, July 18-20, The Church, 2381 Route 205, Mount Vision. Info 607-638-5119.

The Arc Otsego’s 15th Annual Voice! a juried art exhibition of work by artists with developmental disabilities opens with a free public reception 5-7 p.m. Friday, July 19, at the Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, located in the Fine Arts Building of SUNY Oneonta. During the reception, over $1,500 in prize money will be awarded, and visitors may vote for the People’s Choice Award winner.

Butternuts Beer & Ale hosts a weekend-long festival featuring Northern Outlaws, Cousin Jake and others. Day pass, $10. Opens 2 p.m. Friday, July 20, 9 a.m. Saturday, July 21. Butternuts Beer & Ale, 4020 Route 51, Garrattsville. Info 607-263-5070.

Take in a little music under the stars as the Pathfinder Village summer concert series continues with Blues Maneuver. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 20, Pathfinder Village, Route 80, Edmeston. Info 607-965-8377 Ext. 126.

What’s Your Choice? From 38 Special To, Yes, Borodin


What’s Your Choice? From

38 Special To, Yes, Borodin


Summer has arrived in Otsego County and there is so much to do! Whether you’re looking to shop, learn, listen or celebrate, there is something fun every day of the weekend!

Start your summer off in a rockin’ mood as “Caught Up In You” and “Hold on Loosely” stars 38 Special perform the Celebrity Concert fundraiser for the Oneonta YMCA. Tickets, $20-$225. 5 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 6th ward Booster Club Field, Oneonta.  Info,

If the symphony is more your musical style, the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble plays Mozart, Borodin, Beethoven and Faure. Reception to follow. 3 p.m.  Sunday, June 2, Foothills Atrium, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info,

And while you’re in the mood for music – whatever you listen to – swing by The Fenimore Art Museum for your’s truly Libby Cudmore’s talk on music and memory, including personal stories from my career as a music critic! 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 Route 80, Cooperstown.  Info, 607-547-1400,

Pride Month kicks off with a rally, a family-friendly festival and fireworks. Celebrate who you are and show your alliance to the LGBTQA community. 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Neahwa Park. Info,

Artist Joseph Kurhajec may work in paints and prints, but he also builds toys! He’ll show off some of his original designs and discuss vintage toy-making books. 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell. Info,

With gardening season in full bloom, there’s still time to pick up some new plants at Unitarian Universalist Society’s annual plant and book sale. After noon, everything you can fit in a bag will only cost you a buck! 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave, Oneonta. Info,, (607) 432-3491.

Cheer on the hard-hitting gals of the Hill City Rollers as they take on the Ladies Death & Derby in a high-speed roller derby bout. Admission by donation. 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Interskate 88, 5185 Route 23, Oneonta. Info,

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Libby’s Best Bets: It’s Mom’s Day


Black Comedy,

Treats For Mom,

Princess of Pop

Booze, a branch, two bad boys and four scathing, seething parents make up Yasmina Reza’s savage comedy, “God of Carnage.” 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday, May 10-11, 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12, Foothills Performing Arts Center,
24 Market St., Oneonta.
Info (607) 434-6606

Madonna makes her film debut in “Desperately Seeking Susan” (PG-13) as part of the Fenimore Art Museum’s summer film series in conjunction with the Herb Ritts photography exhibit. $5 members, $7 non-members. 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 10, The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Info www.fenimoreart

Treat mom to a proper English garden party with a high tea and a tour of the new furnishings at Hyde Hall. Free, open to the public. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Hyde Hall, 267 Glimmerglass State Park, Cooperstown. Info (607) 547-5098.

Explore the history of the Oneonta Theatre and the artists who have come through town with the opening of “The Oneonta Theatre: Reflecting Popular Culture Since 1897” exhibit. 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 11, Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta.
Info 607-432-0960,

Make a lovely garden gift for
Mom and learn how to start seeds
with a Master Gardener workshop
for kids age 7-11. Free. 10 a.m. – Noon, Saturday, May 11, Cooperative Extension Education Center,
123 Lake St., Cooperstown.
Info (607) 547-2536.

Mother’s Day Tea, Spring Fest Choir Sings, ‘Dancing Queen’


Mother’s Day Tea, Spring Fest

Choir Sings, ‘Dancing Queen’

It’s a lovely day for tea! Foothills hosts the annual Mother & Daughter tea party with treats, crafting, dancing and more. Tickets $25-$55. 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sunday, May 5 Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info

Do a traditional cake walk & win a cake or gift card for a cake donated by local bakers. Free admission, $2/cake walk. Friday, May 3, Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 5-8 p.m. Info 607-432-0960

The Catskill Choral Society presents “An American Miscellany: 250 years of American Choral Music” as their spring concert. Advance/At the door: Adults $19/$22 Seniors $15/$18 Students $5 Under 12 Free. 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 3, 3 p.m. Saturday, May 4, First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info 607-431-6060

Copes Corners Park Spring Fest offers family-fun events, fishing derby, zoomobile, ice cream social & more. Free, camping available. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Copes Corners, 620 NY-51, Gilbertsville. Info 607-783-2203.

Relive the music of ABBA as Orpheus presents “Mamma Mia!” Under 12 $10; Senior Citizens, $12; Adults $20. 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday May 3-4, 2 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, May 4-5. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Info & tickets


LIBBY’S BEST BETS: Racing Season Starts Heal Your Soul, Or Learn About Voting


Racing Season Starts

Heal Your Soul, Or

Learn About Voting

Winter is behind us and two 5K/10K races ramp up Otsego County’s favorite warm-weather activity. First, enjoy a sweet treat on the course as part of the Oneonta Donut Dash to raise money for the Rebecca Douglas Siegfried Scholarship fund at Morris Central School. 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27 Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Info

If you prefer your race day treats in a glass, the annual Cider Run 5K/10K and Kids Fun Run raises money for the Susquehanna Animal Shelter – with a cold glass of cider at the finish line! 10 a.m. Saturday, April 27, Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St.,
Fly Creek. (607) 547-9692

If running isn’t your speed, enjoy a hike through Robert V. Riddell State Park, lead by Steven Kent, Otsego County Conservation Association.
1 p..m. Sunday, April 28, meet at the Pine Lake Environmental Campus of Hartwick College at 1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Davenport.
Info (607) 547-4488.

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