We have a 2-year-old 17 lb. Cavapoo with a bad owner: ME. Since she was a pup, we have played rough, wrestling and playing “dodge the nips” with my sleeves and forearms. We both have had a blast. Due to social distancing during the worst of the pandemic, this aggressive play at home was not a problem. But predictably, as our socializing has increased she wants to play dodge the nips with friends and strangers approaching to pet her. This behavior, however well intentioned, is not welcomed by most! What can we do?
Cooperstown Central School presents the junior/senior play “Puffs” this weekend – a ‘clever and inventive play that never goes more than a minute without a laugh,’ says Nerdist. The show presents “a new look at a familiar adventure from the perspective of three potential heroes just trying to make it through a magic school that proves to be very dangerous for children.” Alongside them are the Puffs, a group of well-meaning, loyal outsiders with a thing for badgers who, says Hollywood Life, “are so lovable and relatable, you’ll leave the theater wishing they were in the stories all along.” From left to right, the cast includes Crystal Castle, Lilly Grady, Oliver Wasson, Simon Hurysz, Max Jones, Maddy Hayes, Annie Walker, and Quinn Lytel. Tickets are $5 at the door, with performances March 18 and 19 at 7 p.m. and March 20 at 2 p.m. at the Sterling Auditorium. For mature audiences (rated PG-13).
Kenneth Grahame’s beloved book “The Wind in the Willows” comes to life on stage when the Cooperstown Central School’s CCS Thespians open a weekend’s worth of performances beginning November 12.
“This is a huge undertaking, but we’re so excited,” said CCS music teacher and show director Tim Iversen. “We planned on a different show but we wanted to get as many people on stage participating as we could.”
EVENING PROGRAM – 6 p.m. Welcome Dan the Snakeman for an ‘Amazing Reptile Event’, learn about these amazing creatures. Front Lawn, Village Library, Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org
THEATER – 7:30 p.m. Set in 1839, “Possessing Harriet” portrays the enslaved Harriett Powell escaping from a hotel, finding refuge with an abolitionist and his young cousin Elizabeth Cady. Free admission, suggested donation $20/person. Reservation strongly recommended. Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St., Franklin. 607-829-3700 or visit franklinstagecompany.org/shows-events/this-season/
CONCERT – 6:30 – 8 p.m. Local band The Butternut Valley Boys perform mix of country, gospel, bluegrass, more to benefit inn’s restoration. Major’s Inn, 104 Marion Ave., Gilbertsville. 607-783-2967 or visit www.themajorsinn.com
BASEBALL AUTHOR – 1 p.m. Reading by Jane Leavy, author “The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created.” Discuss baseball history, ask questions, get your copy signed. Included with Museum admission. Grandstand Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. 607-547-7200 or visit baseballhall.org/events
ART EXHBIT – 5 – 7 p.m. ARC Otsego celebrates opening of 15th annual Voice! Of work by artists with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Reception includes refreshments, art for sale, prize, people’s choice voting, more. Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, SUNY Oneonta. 607-432-8595 or visit www.arcotsego.org/voice/
PLAY – 8 p.m. The play, ‘The Night They Lit Up Wrigley’, about a serendipitous meeting at a Cooperstown bar, by THE CHURCH producers, opens. $20-$17, 2381 State Hwy. 205, Mt. Vision. Info, 607 638 5119, www.upsi-ny.com
FAMILY PROGRAM – 6 p.m. The Dancing Bear Puppet Theater with Melanie Zimmer presents “Race To The Moon” featuring Roquefort the Mouse. Front Lawn, Village Library, Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org
LECTURE – 10 a.m. Learn from Dr. Diane Lewis “The Great Healthy Yard Project” how you can help keep drinking water safe while maintaining a healthy yard. Free, open to public. Templeton Hall, 63 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. 201-410-2514 or visit www.lakeandvalleygc.org/whats-in-your-water
RACE – 9 a.m. Run the 4.4 mile Council Rock to Council Rock Race sponsored by Clarks Sports Center. Proceeds going to the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team Kid’s Camp. Registration: $25/indiv, $55/family (5 ppl max). Race starts at 11 a.m, Council Rock Park, Lake & River Sts., Cooperstown Info, www.clarksportscenter.com, 547-2800, ext 111.
RELAY FOR LIFE – 4-10 p.m. Celebrate cancer survivors, remember lives lost & raise money for the American Cancer Society. Survivor Walk, family fun activities, food, live music, raffles & bake sales, w/lighting luminaria & fireworks at end. Wilber Park, 1-9 S Main St State Hwy 28 Milford. Info, www.relayforlife.org/otsegocountyny
FREE MUSEUM ADMISSION – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Mothers, grandmothers, and mothers-to-be get free admission to the Fenimore Art Museum and Farmers’ Museum. Free glass of wine to mothers & or grandmothers w/purchase of food item in Fenimore Café from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 NY-80 & Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. Info, (607) 547-1472