We drive through Oklahoma a few times a year.
Eastern Oklahoma is beautiful, immortalized by Woody Guthrie’s “Oklahoma Hills.” It’s also a place of crushing rural poverty, as bad as “The Grapes of Wrath,” where the casinos, lotteries and dope shops hoover up the loose change of the working poor.
Oklahoma has become the largest producer of marijuana in America — surpassing Mexico as the low cost supplier of weed. More dope farms than all other Western states combined. More dope farms than corn or cotton. A gram of dope can be had for a small fraction of what it sells for in Colorado or California. Weed has become a commodity product — like milk.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14
BASEBALL AUTHOR – 1 p.m. John Carvalho, author of “Frick: Baseball’s Third Commissioner,” comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame to discuss the book and take questions from the audience, followed by a book signing. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame. Info, baseballhall.org/events/author-series-john-carvalho
FLAG BURNING – 6 p.m. This Flag Day, the American Legion and the local Boy Scouts host an American Flag Burning Ceremony to respectfully dispose of damaged American Flags. The Soldiers’ Monument, Commercial St., Gilbertsville. E-mail Roberta Halbert email@example.com or call (607)783-2691
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for MONDAY, JUNE 5
CCAL CLASS – 1-3 p.m. “Swart-Wilcox Ephemera: Piecing History Together Through Documents.” Learn how to use items of a short-lived nature, such as letters, checks, newspapers, flyers, tickets, etc, to piece together the history of a family, house, or town. Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta. Info, Debra firstname.lastname@example.org or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/summer-schedule/ccal-classes/
LOCAL SCREENING – 2-4 p.m. The Lincoln Center streams the reunion of band mates Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, and Robert Ellis. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org/adult-programs/
COOPERSTOWN – As the Glimmerglass Festival opens its 2016 season this weekend, it announced its 2017 season, which will include two favorite American musicals, Gershwin’s “Porgy and Bess,” and Rodgers & Hammerstein’s “Oklahoma!”
Also, the repeated visits of Supreme Court Justic Ruth Bader Ginsburg will be honored with the production of “Scalia/Ginsburg,” based on her opera-based friendship with her ideological foe, who passed away earlier this year. It will star 2017 Artist in Residence William Burden.