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Otesaga Makes Sure Easter Is Celebrated

115 DINNERS SOLD OUT

Otesaga Makes Sure

Easter Is Celebrated

The Easter spirit was evident today at The Otesaga, where the team turned out to deliver 115 pre-ordered “to go” dinners (enough to serve 400 people).   Equipped with the masks of this season are, from left, Patrick Dawy, Alex Bose, Dan Snyder, The Easter Bunny (don’t tell anyone, but it’s Ksenia Hanlon), Bob Faller and Gordon Clarkson.  The takeout Easter feasts were an innovation in light of the current threat, and it was a sold-out initiative.  (Tara Barnwell/AllOTSEGO.com)
Otesaga’s Hawkeye Grill Joins Takeout Operations

GOVERNOR’S ORDER SPURS INNOVATION

Otesaga’s Hawkeye Grill

Starts ‘To Go’ Operations

The Otesaga’s venerable Hawkeye Grill is closed to the public for now under the Governor’s order closing restaurants, but the food is still available via takeout. (otesaga.com photo)

COOPERSTOWN – As of Monday, March 16, The Otesaga’s Hawkeye Grill also reacted to Governor Cuomo closing restaurants by implementing a “To Go” service, allowing patrons to order the famous Butcher’s Burger, signature pizza and more.

When they arrived in the parking lot, customers find their orders ready and delivered to their car windows.

To order, call 544-2524.

“The community’s made me feel welcome, and I’d like to return the favor,” said John Shideler, who became Otesaga general manager in early July.  “At this time,  I’d like the community to feel welcome to come to us for Hawkeye favorites.”

Lola Rathbone, Otesaga Will Be Honored At 20th Epicurean Fest

Lola Rathbone, Otesaga Will Be

Honored At 20th Epicurean Fest

Lola Rathbone

COOPERSTOWN – Helios Care will honor Lola Rathbone of Milford, former president/CEO of its predecessor, Catskill Area Hospice, and The Otesaga at its 20th annual Epicurean Food & Wine Tasting, planned 3-6 p.m. Sunday, March 29, at The Otesaga.

The event is open to the public and will benefit nonprofit Helios Care, the leading provider in palliative and hospice care and grief counseling locally.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19

Learn To Ice Fish

On Canadarago Lake

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FISHING CLINIC – 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. All ages are welcome to come learn basics of ice fishing with DEC. Bait & tackle provided. Experienced anglers encouraged to bring your own. Dress warmly. Free. Relocated to Canadarago Boat Launch, 135 Dennison Rd., Richfield Springs. 607-547-8662 or visit www.facebook.com/GlimmerglassStatePark/

Otesaga Featuring Ice Bar To Kick Off Weekend Fun

CLICK FOR 2020 WINTER CARNIVAL EVENTS

Otesaga Featuring Ice Bar

To Kick Off Weekend Fun

The Otesaga isn’t letting a little snow get in the way of Cooperstown Winter Carnival fun. A few minutes ago, Gordon Clarkson, the hotel’s director of special events, left, and Gene Marra, Cooperstown Distillery proprietor, were putting the finishing touches in the Ice Bar, which will be open for business 5:30-9 p.m. this evening next to the Fire Bar on the hotel’s back lawn, on the shores of Otsego Lake. Dinner is being served at the Hawkeye Grill, and you can also take in a round of wintertime miniature golf in the hallway. (Jim Kevlin /AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 15

Showing ‘Yesterday: What If No One

Remembered The Beatles But You?’

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FILM SOCIETY – 7 p.m. Cooperstown film society presents ‘Yesterday: What if no one remembered the Beatles but you?’ (2019) with long time rock tour manager John Draper welcoming all to the third season of Film Society. Cooperstown Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/FilmSocCoop/

Helios, Rustic Ridge Join Best Of The Best

CHAMBER CELEBRATES SUCCESS

Helios, Rustic Ridge

Join Best Of The Best

Honorees at the Otsego County Chamber of Commerce’s “Ignite the Fire of Entrepreneurial Spirit” banquet that ended a few minutes ago at The Otesaga are, from left, Helios Care’s board Chairman Connie Jastremski and President/CEO Dan Ayres, winners of the Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Breakthrough Award; Laura and Rick Bennett, proprietors of Rustic Ridge Winery, Burlington, winners of the Key Bank Small Business Award; and NBT Insurance Agency Interns of the Year Jared Ciccarelli from SUNY Oneonta and Caitlyn Herlihy from Hartwick College.  At right are Chamber President Barbara Ann Heegan and board Chair Al Rubin.   Some 250 attendees helped celebrate the honorees’ accomplishment.  Assemblyman John Salka, R-Brookfield, presented Assembly citations to the honorees; and Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig delivered the closing remarks where, among other things, he urged Caitlyn and Jared to pursue their careers in Otsego County.  (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
New State Republican Chair At GOP Pre-Vote Celebration

LANGWORTHY: GOP ‘COMING ALIVE’

New State Republican Chair

At GOP Pre-Vote Celebration

At his first public appearance locally, Nick Langworthy (inset, left) of Buffalo, elected chairman of the state Republican Committee in July, advises 100 candidates and party members at The Otesaga today that the GOP “is a party that’s coming alive” in the face of the state Democrats’ downstate tilt.  Albany decisionmakers come “from five square miles” in New York City, he said.  “There’s no one in the power structure right now who understands us.”  A Republican revival is necessary because Governor Cuomo “taxes too much and spends to much, and he’s driving people out of the state” — 2 million since taking office in 2011.  Langworthy was speaking at the party’s “Pre-Election Celebration” in advance of Tuesday’s polling.   Candidates in contested races, top, then posed for photos between Langworthy, right, and county Chair Vince Casale, left.  Front row, from left, are state Supreme Court candidates Chris Baker, Oliver Blaise and Mark Masler; back row, from left, are  Josh Bailey, Oneonta Common Council, Ward 8;  Rick Brockway, county board District 3 (Laurens-Otego); Len Carson, Oneonta Common Council, Ward 5, and Marcia Hoag, county board District 2, (Butternuts, Morris, Pittsfield) (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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40 New York State Mayors In Conference At Otesaga

BEEKMAN BOYS KICKED OFF PROGRAMS

40 New York State Mayors

In Conference At Otesaga

Peter A. Baynes, left, New York State Conference of Mayor executive director, confers with Oneonta Mayor Gary Herzig this afternoon in the lobby of The Otesaga, where 40 mayors from across the state have gathered for the NYCOM’s 110th Annual Meeting & Training School. Today’s first program was the Fabulous Beekman Boys – Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcel – and how their business in Sharon Springs is the kind of enterprise that can revive rural downtowns. This is the first time in a while that the conference has been held outside of Albany. Sessions will be held through noon tomorrow. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Very, Very Antique Cars Rallying Around County

Very, Very Antique Cars

Rallying Around County

Janet and David Campbell of Pittsburgh pose alongside their 1912 Rolls Royce in downtown Cooperstown a few minutes ago, but their not alone. The Campbells are among 57 people driving 27 cars in the Friends of Ancient Road Transportation (figure out the acronym) who are using The Otesaga as a base of operations through Saturday. Today, they visited the Northeast Classic Cars Museum in Norwich. Tomorrow, they drive to Hamilton (home of Colgate University) and Saturday to Utica, according to Bob Williams, one of the organizers. The club was founded in 1980, and is unusual in that only cars that are older than 1915 can participate. This is the Spring Tour, Williams said; the Fall Tour will be in Virginia this year. Inset is Tom Whitlock, who works for Off Brothers, Richland, Mich., discussing panel instruments on a 1913 Fiat with a passerby outside The Otesaga. Most of the cars were delivered her by truck. Classic cars are loved by many and the market for them is very high, some car enthusiasts will buy used cars and build one up from the parts that are spare from sites such as https://www.zemotor.com, doing this means that they get their own unique car without the high cost of buying straight from vintage. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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