HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 1
AUTHOR’S TALK – 2 p.m. In “Rock Music & Memory – An Exploration with Author Libby Cudmore,” the local author shares her personal stories as both a music fan and music critic. Part of Fenimore Art Museum’s Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits. Members free; nonmembers, price included with admission. Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 Route 80, Cooperstown. Info, 607-547-1400, www.fenimoreartmuseum.org.
Hundreds of LBGTQ and their friends, family and allies took to the streets of Oneonta on Saturday to celebrate during the second annual Pridefest. The event, hosted by the Otsego Pride Alliance, included a rally in Neahwa Park honoring Rev. Theresa Sivers and Rev. Craig Schwalenberg for their support in the movement. Above, Oneonta’s Fiona Maloney, Caroline Bagby and Kate White march along Main Street during the parade. At right, Reese Cash, Oneonta, gets her photo taken with drag queen Janyra as festivities in the park kicked off with live music, The Catskill Puppet Theater, the Ithaca Gay Men’s Chorus, a drag show, Cosmic Karma Fire and more. “I did not anticipate how much this event meant to people.” said event organizer Elayne Mosher Campoli, “We feel valued and respected in our identities. The reaction to Pridefest has been overwhelmingly positive.” (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 11
PRIDEFEST – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Celebrate the First annual Pridefest in Oneonta. Gather for a rally with speakers in Muller plaza at 10 followed by a sidewalk march to Neahwa Park at 11:30. Then enjoy a festival with entertainment and vendors at the pavilion from Noon to 4. Friends, family, and supporters welcome. Info, www.facebook.com/otsegopride/
PLATES 4 PEACE – 12:30 p.m. Dine on Mediterranean or Croatian cuisine with an artistically decorated plate. Benefit for the UUSC-UUS Refugee Crisis fund providing aid to families fleeing the wars in the Middle East. Suggested donation $5. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, uuso.org