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Rabbit Goody

John Robert Oakley July 20, 1945 – December 17, 2021

In Memoriam

John Robert Oakley

July 20, 1945 – December 17, 2021

CHERRY VALLEY – John Robert Oakley, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother who worked for many years as a logger and then a loom operator and technician for Thistle Hill Weavers, passed Friday night, December 17, 2021, at his home on Chestnut Ridge Road surrounded by his family. He was 76.

Born July 20, 1945, in Muncie, Indiana, John was a son of William Marion Oakley and Ruth (Dunn) Oakley.

For many years he was employed by Otsego Electric Cooperative, Inc. as a foreman for the line clearance crew. In recent years he joined with his wife, Rabbit Goody in operating Thistle Hill Weavers in Cherry Valley. John was especially adept at maintaining and repairing the complex looms and machinery involved with the day-to-day operations at Thistle Hill Weavers, and was greatly appreciated for his expertise and engineering skills.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 5

Demolition Derby, Chain Saw

Art, Desserts, More At Fair

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O-COUNTY FAIR – 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. See best Otsego County has to offer. Daily shows, rides, more. Highlights include demolition derby, cake walk, chain saw art auction, goat show, dessert contest, more. Otsego County Fair, Mills St., Morris. 607-263-5289 or visit www.otsegocountyfair.org

MUSIC FESTIVAL – 7:30 p.m. Enjoy music by world renowned jazz guitarist/vocalist John Pizzarelli with Mike Karn, bass, and Andy Watson, drums. Trio performs works by George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Antonio Carlos Jobim, others. Ballroom, The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 800-838-3006 or visit www.cooperstownmusicfest.org/events/

Artist Honored, Boat Donated At Hyde Hall Bicentennial Gala

Artist Honored, Boat Donated

At Hyde Hall Bicentennial Gala

Guests at the annual Hyde Hall gala, celebrating its 200th anniversary, had the option to get their photo taken on a 1929 Chris-Craft motorboat that appeared on the lawn of the historic site. The boat, which has been on Otsego lake for over 80 years, was donated by Veronica Gil Seaver (seen above with son Jim Patrick) and her family to the historic site. The boat marks the christening of the Hyde Hall maritime boat collection. Plans for the future include boat rides on the historic craft as well as the reconstruction of the Hyde Hall dock that once stood on the edge of Otsego Lake. At right, Executive Director Jon Maney, dressed in tophat and tails, presents the seventh annual Anne Hyde Clarke Logan Cultural Preservation Award to Rabbit Goody of Thistle Hill Weavers with an engraved silver platter. Maney credited Goody on not only with his choice to move to Cooperstown, but being instrumental in bringing the splendor of Hyde Hall’s heyday back to life with her historically accurate textiles which can be seen throughout the house. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)Save

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