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What’s Fun In Otsego County: Virtual Theater, Celebrate Pride, Or Go Camping
What’s Fun In Otsego County

Virtual Theater,

Celebrate Pride,

Or Go Camping

Libby Cudmore is managing editor of Hometown Oneonta, The Freeman’s Journal and AllOTSEGO.com

It’s a virtual night at the theater as the Fenimore Art Museum presents the Glimmerglobe Theatre’s 2019 performance of “The Taming of the Shrew.” Friday, June 5, The Fenimore Art Museum. www.facebook.com/fenimoreartmuseum/

Now that the weather is nicer, take a guided walking tour of Oneonta and learn the history of the Oneonta Hotel, The Fairchild Mansion and other buildings. Afterwards, tour some of the History Center’s past
exhibitions. www.gohstours.com

Celebrate Pride 2020 in an online event with an opening ceremony,
speeches, musical performances and more, all with the theme “Colors of Pride.” 2 – 8 p.m. Saturday, June 6, www.facebook.com/otsegopride/.

Make a delicious, old fashioned maple cake, just like they did in the Historic Village with a recipe from The Farmers’ Museum’s farmhouse cookbook. www.facebook.com/farmersmuseum/

Spend a night under the stars as Glimmerglass State Park and Gilbert Lake State Park open for camping. Please observe social distancing protocols; on beach, only wading allowed. Reservations, www.newyorkstateparks.reserveamerica.com

First Friday goes virtual with themed cocktails, live music by Tyler Westcott of the band Folkfaces, an Art Talk, illustration instruction and more. 6 p.m. Friday, June 5, YouTube, mwpaimobi, Facebook, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MARCH 20, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, MARCH 20

Livestream Birding Presentation

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BIRD ATLAS – 7:30 p.m. Learn about history, importance of the third Breeding Bird Atlas with project coordinator Julie Hart and Delaware-Otsego Audubon Society. Elm Park United Methodist Church, 401 Chestnut St., Oneonta. In process of shifting to a virtual event people will be able to participate in from home computers. Follow the link for updates. 607-397-3815 or visit www.facebook.com/DelawareOtsegoAudubonSociety/

3rd Annual Pridefest Celebrates  Love & Acceptance For All

3rd Pridefest Cheers

 Love And Acceptance 

Event organizer Elayne Moser Campoli, above, Oneonta, waves as she leads hundreds of participants thought the streets of Oneonta earlier this afternoon during the parade that kicked off the third annual Pridefest on the 50th anniversary of the riots at Stonewall. At right, Ryan Harrington, Oneonta, hands out rainbow leis to onlookers along the parade route as he marches. Pridefest continued through the afternoon with live music, awards, vendors, food, drag shows, fireworks and celebrations of love, diversity and acceptance. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Pomp & Pizazz At OPA Drag Show

Pomp & Pizzazz

At OPA Drag Show

With thumping music and flashing lights, Opal Essence, Albany, struts her stuff in front of Granny Bola, Oneonta, and the rest of the crowd who filled My Father’s Place for the second annual Winter Wonderland all ages drag show on Saturday evening. At right, Ryder Knightley, Oneonta, brought his A-game with a bedazzled shirt and pants during his dance performance.  All proceeds from the event go towards the 2019 Pridefest. Their next show is slated for February. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Oneonta Celebrates Diversity As Pridefest Returns

2nd Pride Day Features

Parade, Entertainment

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)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 2
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 2

Great Retirement Rumpus

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COMMUNITY CELEBRATION – 3 – 9 p.m. Great Retirement Rumpus celebrating the career of Martha Van Burek, Executive Director of West Kortright Center. Includes pet parade, Shakespeare retrospective performances, Brooks BBQ dinner, dancing. Admission by donation, RSVP appreciated. West Kortright Center, 49 West Kortright Church Rd., East Meredith. Call 607-278-5454 or visit westkc.org/event/community-celebration-marthas-retirement/

PRIDEFEST – Noon – 8 p.m. Celebrate human diversity, raise awareness in the community. Gather at Noon, rally at 1, parade thru downtown Oneonta at 2, family friendly festival 3-8 p.m. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Call 607-386-1508 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegopride/

300 Celebrate Oneonta’s 1st Pridefest

A FIRST FOR COUNTY, TOO

300 Celebrate

First Pridefest

Over 300 people, some from as far away as New York City, gathered in Oneonta’s Muller Plaza this morning to kick off Oneonta’s first Pridefest. After speeches, songs and honoring the dead, the revelers paraded down to the large pavilion in Neahwa Park for an afternoon of family fun activities. There was live music, carnival games, Zumba, vendors, singers and, of course, a drag race. Above, members of the Oneonta High School Rainbow Connection – Caroline Bagby and Dakota Davis – sit in the front row as Lilly Bola, left, a drag queen from Binghamton who will be attending SUNY Oneonta in the fall, welcomes the crowd to the event. At right: MacGuire Benton, Cooperstown, marches along Main Street with friends in the parade to Neahwa Park. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 11
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JUNE 11

First Ever Oneonta Pridefest

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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

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, MAY 18

Party For Pridefest

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MARDI GRAS – 5:30-8:30 p.m. Fundraiser for Oneonta Pridefest. Enjoy a fabulous party with appetizers from Humphrey’s, beads and masks, a photo booth, raffles, and more. Admission, $5. Humphrey’s, 437 Main St., Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/events/393988020988511/

WRITERS SALON – 7:30-9 p.m. Opens with an open mic followed by a presentation from author of the month, Jake Wolff. Community Arts Network of Oneonta. Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.canoneonta.org/calendar/

Oneonta Pridefest Becoming A Reality

Fundraiser Helps Pridefest

Become Oneonta Reality

Pridefest 2017 organizers Cheree Ruff, Kirsten Eggers, Stan Miracle, Elaine Mosher Campoli, Jim Koury, Diana DeGarmo, Patti Noon and Staj Marie Blasetti pose outside of Oneonta’s Roots Brewing Company last evening for a photo following their fundraiser for Pridefest 2017. Proceeds from the auction and drink donations from Roots went towards supporting the first-time event, planned Sunday, June 11. It will feature a rally in Muller plaza, a march, followed by food, music and family entertainment in Neahwa Park. “We tried to get something like this to happen before but it didn’t happen.” said Mosher Campoli. “But now, the political climate has changed. People are motivated and it feels like the right time.” Pridefest organizers are seeking to raise $2,500 to make the event happen. People interested in helping may make donations at Gofundme.com/pridefest2017. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 21
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, APRIL 21

Inspirational Broadway Cabaret

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INSPIRATIONAL CABARET – 7:30-10 p.m. “Hope Spring Eternal” cabaret of hopeful and inspirational Broadway songs presented by Orpheus Theater. Admission, $15 and includes a dessert buffet. Oneonta Elks Club, 84 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/OrpheusTheatre/

MUSIC – 7:30 p.m. The Oneonta Concert Association presents The Todd Williams Quartet. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Info, oneontaconcertassociation.org

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