SPORTS HISTORY—11 a.m. Join Temple Beth El for a presentation, “The Diamond District—Jews in Baseball,” featuring lectures “Marvin Miller: From Brooklyn to Cooperstown” by Jeff Katz and “The Jews, Dodgers and Brooklyn: The Jackie Robinson Decade” by Bill Simons. Reserve a complimentary kosher hotdog and all the trimmings supplied by Chabad of Oneonta. Free, all welcome. Held at Cooperstown Village Hall, 22 Main Street, Cooperstown. (607) 432-5522 or visit templebetheloneonta.org
SPRING SWING—2-6 p.m. The community is invited for an afternoon of swing dancing. Start with a beginner West Coast swing lesson with Linda Leverock and then dance the day away. Includes light refreshments and a cash bar for those aged 21+. Admission, $20 at the door. Foothills Performing Arts & Civics Center, Oneonta. (607) 434-9878 or visit foothillspac.org
SUGARING OFF—8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy a full pancake breakfast in the morning then contemporary, historic demonstrations of maple sugar production. Admission, $10/adult. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. (607) 547-1450 or visit https://www.farmersmuseum.org/events/
BENEFIT BREAKFAST—8 a.m. to 2 p.m. All are invited to the Cabin Fever Breakfast, featuring eggs, sausage, bacon, pancakes with real maple syrup, biscuits and sausage gravy—the works! Includes a 50/50 drawing, a lottery to win $100 in scratch-off lottery tickets and a basket raffle. Support the Laurens Fire Department, 34 Main Street, Laurens. (607) 433-2906 or visit facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064565867355
Temperatures in the teens made it look like The Farmers’ Museum volunteer Steve Davis (top photo) was walking on a cloud, as he manned the syrup-making evaporator on the museum’s grounds on the shores of Otsego Lake, Cooperstown, part of the demonstrations that accompanied the pancake, eggs and sausages that are all part of Sugaring Off Sundays, which are planned (this year, and traditionally) each Sunday in March. How was the food? Jase Moore’s face says all you need to know. The 6-year-old (inset, right) was attending from Hartwick. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
SUGARING OFF – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy full pancake breakfast in the morning then contemporary, historic demonstrations of maple sugar production. Admission, $10/adult. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/stec_event/sugaring-off-sundays/0
FOOD FESTIVAL – 3-6 p.m. The 19th Annual Epicurean Food and Wine Tasting features samplings from 30 different restaurants, as well as a silent auction, all to benefit Catskill Area Hospice. $90, reservations required. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. Info, reservations, (607) 432-6773.
RECEPTION – 10 a.m. The 2019 Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump recipients will receive their checks during a church service. Public welcome. Portlandville United Methodist Church, 2878 NY-28, Portlandville. Info, (607) 286-7101.
LIBRARY TALK – 3 p.m. Dr. P. Jay Fleisher presents “Cooperstown Scenery-in Geologic Time.” Free, Sponsored by the Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown. Village Library, 22 Main St., Cooperstown.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Sugaring Off Sundays include pancake breakfast with fresh maple syrup, demonstrations and tours of the Farmers Museum. The Farmers Museum, 5775 Route 80, Cooperstown. Info, www.farmersmuseum.org.
CHILI CONTEST – Noon – 2 p.m. Taste-test the entries, vote on your favorite for the peoples choice, get a bowlful with corn bread and a beverage. A guest judge will determine the winner. Hartwick Community Center, Co. Rt. 11, Hartwick. Call 607-293-7530.
THEATER – 2 – 3:30 p.m. Jane Van Boskirk presents her documentary play “Eleanor Roosevelt: Across the Barrier of Fear.” Admission, $15/adult. The Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org/event/eleanor
Oneonta pals Tom and Amy Pondolfino, left, and Dave and Rachel Rissberger, brought their families to The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown this morning, as the March-long Sugaring Off Sundays got underway. Folks feasting on pancakes and enjoying the syrup-making exhibits reported coming from as far away as Cropseyville, on the other side of Troy. At right, Christine and Rodger Potocki, New Hartford, ask resident farmer Mykel Goodwin of Morris about the details of sap boiling. It’s not too late to partake: Breakfast is served until 1 p.m. (Jim Kevliin/AllOTSEGO.com)
SUGARING SUNDAY – 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Features contemporary and historic maple sugaring demonstrations, activities for the kids, more. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org
When Sugaring Off Sundays begin at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, can spring be far behind? Despite temperatures slightly above single digits, the pancake business was brisk in the museum’s Louis Jones Center. Servings continue until 1 p.m., and sugaring-related activities on the museum grounds, until 2. In top photo, Julu Alessi, 4, of Cooperstown, demonstrates she has the capacity to eat lots of flapjacks. With her are mom Jo and sister Sofia, 3. At right, Keelan Chu-For, visiting his Cooperstown in-laws, is served by Claire Satriano of Cooperstown, assisted by Richard Stelling, Oneonta. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)