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‘Starting Nine’ turns museum into personal scavenger hunts
One of the artifacts for New York Mets fans to discover in the ‘Starting Nine’ program in is the jersey Mike Piazza wore in his first game back after the Sept. 11, attacks. (National Hall of Fame and Museum.)

‘Starting Nine’ turns museum into personal scavenger hunts

By CHARLIE VASCELLARO • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

COOPERSTOWN — Like Dorothy taking her first steps on the Yellow Brick Road in the Land of Oz, first time visitors to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum are often advised that “it’s always best to start at the beginning” moving in a linear and chronological fashion through the game’s formative years and early history.

Returning visitors to the museum and more seasoned veterans might make a beeline to a new installation or favorite exhibit moving through the museum at their own pace or in a more unorthodox fashion; like former New York Met Jimmy Piersall circling the bases backwards when he hit his 100th career home run.

The Hall of Fame’s new “Starting Nine: The Must-See Artifacts from Your Team” and “Ultimate Fan Experience” allow fans to carve their own path through the museum on an interactive scavenger hunt through their favorite teams’ histories.

Devised by the Hall of Fame’s curatorial staff, “Starting Nine” highlights nine team-specific objects for each team, culled from tens of 1,000s of artifacts in the Hall’s collection.

Visitors can begin their journeys almost anywhere they choose after receiving a team “line-up card” available at the Hall on its mobile website.

Looking through teams’ Starting Nine lineup cards, the game’s history and evolution unfolds and stirs the reflective imagination and makes one realize the depth of the Hall of Fame’s collection, including:
The catcher’s mitt that Yogi Berra wore when he caught Don Larsen’s perfect World Series game in 1956;
Roberto Clemente’s retired No. 21 Pittsburgh Pirates jersey;

Baseball Hall of Fame to begin Summer hours

Baseball Hall of Fame to begin summer hours

STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

The Baseball Hall of Fame is beginning its expanded Summer hours starting on Memorial Day weekend, Sunday, May  30.

New hours will be from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and will last through Sunday, Sept. 5, the day before Labor Day.

Masks are required but disposable ones will be provided at the entrance for those needing one.

The Hall of Fame’s bullpen theater, Learning Center and Sandlot Kid’s Clubhouse will remain closed until further notice.

Tickets are $25 for adults (13 and over), $20 for seniors (over 65) and $15 for juniors (7-12). There is no charge for members, active military service members and children six or younger.

Go to baseballhall.org or call 607-547-7200 for tickets or more information.

 

For Mead, family separation became too tough

For Mead, family separation became too tough

By CHARLIE VASCELLARO • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

It came as a surprise to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and the baseball community at large when Tim Mead stepped down from his position as President of the Hall of Fame after less than two years on the job.

What would seem to be the dream job for almost anyone who works in the baseball industry was never fully realized for Mead whose brief tenure coincided with the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and was marred by the unprecedented passing of 10 members of the Hall of Fame in about a year.

“What Dale and Jeff (former presidents Petrosky and Idelson, respectively) had been able to accomplish in terms of the travel and all, obviously we had 10 Hall of Famers pass away and we weren’t able to attend those services, the only one I was able to go to was Whitey Ford’s mass and Jeff was able to fly in from San Francisco for that one,” Mead said in an interview before his departure from the Hall on May 15.

Former National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum President Tim Mead, left, poses with his predecessor and successor, Jeff Idelson, in this 2019 photo.

With the 2021 baseball season underway and the Hall of Fame announcing its decision to hold this year’s induction ceremony indoors in a custom-made television studio*, and without fans in attendance, Mead announced his decision to step down from his post on April 16.

“It’s particularly tough with family being back (in California),” he said. “I have a grandson that is 30 months old and a granddaughter coming in September. That aspect of things has been a bit more challenging than perhaps I allowed myself to believe it would be.

Mead was hired to replace Idelson in June of 2019, presiding over the Hall of Fame’s 2019 Induction and represented the Hall of Fame at the Major League All-Star game in Cleveland.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, MAY 29

Workshop On Aromatherapy

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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 WEDNESDAY, MAY 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAY 16

Hanford Mills Opening Day!!!

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OPENING DAY – 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Kick of the 45th season the museum with guided tours of the water-powered sawmill, gristmill, woodworking workshop. Admission $9/adult. Hanford Mills Museum, 51 Co. Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Call 607-278-5744 or visit www.hanfordmills.org

BE INFORMED! – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Learn about food gardens, including what plants are best for our climate, when to start planting and how to care for your garden. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Call 607-282-4087 or visit occainfo.org/calendar/be-informed-lecture-series-food-gardens/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUG. 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUG. 27

Poetry & Fiction

At The Windfall Barn

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OPEN MIC POETRY – 3 p.m. The Barn welcomes those of you who would like to share your poetry with others on a summer afternoon at the Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd., Cherry Valley. www.windfalldutchbarn.com/events.html

ENGINE SHOW – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Engine enthusiasts from across the state join together to display their prized antique crank engines from the 1900s. Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Call (607)547-9692 or visit www.flycreekcidermill.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUG. 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUG. 13

Bringing Back

The Renaissance

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RENAISSANCE FAIR – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dress in a period costume and take a step back in time on this 2nd day of the faire. There will be vendors, crafters, games, Celtic step dancers, and other performers. Enjoy a pig roast and other food vendors. Admission, $5. Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd., Cherry Valley. www.windfalldutchbarn.com/renaissance-fair.html

SUMMER SUNDAY SERIES – 1-3 p.m. Woodworking was an important resource for early settlers. Join Jack Ewen as he describes the techniques used such as carving, turning, splitting, drilling and even decorating with twigs. He will also provide examples. Junction of Wilcox Ave. & Henry St., Oneonta. Call 607-287-7011 or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/summer-sunday-2017/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 16

Ages Of Aluminumware

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SUMMER SUNDAY SERIES – 1-3 p.m. Learn about Aluminumware with Jim & Diana Hickling. Learn its history from a collector and share your own stories. Junction of Wilcox Ave. & Henry St., Oneonta. swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com

SQUARE DANCE – 5-9 p.m. An evening of Round and Square dancing with Dr. Weismore. All persons age 18+ are invited. Cost, $9 per person. Oneonta Moose Club, 87 W. Broadway St., Oneonta. Contact Sandy @ 988-7753

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 1
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, MAR. 1

Museum Reopens, Features

Fun Activities For All Ages

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MUSEUM REOPENING – 10 a.m.-3 p.m. The A.J. Read Science Discovery Center reopens to the public featuring new exhibits and activities for all ages. SUNY Oneonta. Info, www.oneonta.edu/sdc/ or email douglas.reilly@oneonta.edu

GUITAR BASICS – 5-7 p.m. Free workshop with instructor John Arlet to learn to play guitar. Bring your own instrument. Space is limited. Registration required. The Library Room at The Turning Point, 22 Elm St., Oneonta. Info, www.friendsofrecoverydo.org/events

SUNY THEATER – 8 p.m. Theater department production of “Colony Collapse.” Hamblin Theater, Fine Arts Building, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info, oneonta.edu/academics/theatre/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOV. 25
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, NOV. 25

1840s Thanksgiving

At Farmers’ Museum

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To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

THANKSGIVING AT THE FARM – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Learn about Thanksgiving Traditions of the 1840s. The Farmers’ Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info, farmersmuseum.org/Thanksgiving-at-the-Farm

THANKSGIVING BOOK SALE – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 30% for books in 6 local bookshops. Hobart Book Village, Main St., St. Rte. 10, Hobart. Info, www.hobartbookvillage.com

BOOK SIGNING – 1-4 p.m. Local mystery/thriller author Adam Cornell signing his latest book “Hollow Pointe.” Mysteries and More, 688 Main Street, Hobart. Info, www.hobartbookvillage.com/mysteries–more.html

SANTA TRAIN – 2-4:30 p.m. Afternoon train ride with Santa and Mrs. Claus and their helpers with holiday music, goodies and refreshments. Dress. Tickets $20 adults, $19 seniors, $17 for children (3-12), under 3 free. Weekends through Dec. 17., reservations required, seating limited. Milford Depot, 136 East Main Street, Milford. Info, reservations, (607) 432-2429 or visit www.lrhs.com.

COOPERSTOWN SANTA – 5:30 p.m. Santa arrives at his Christmas Cottage in Pioneer Park, Cooperstown.

FAMILY FLOAT NIGHT – 6:45-7:30 p.m. Family fun in YMCA pool Members free, family $18, youth $5. Oneonta Family YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, oneontaymca.org

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