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6 Gifts Of Christmas

6 Gifts Of Christmas

Need Some Ideas? Just Look Around

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

While making gifts for family and friends, Sara O’Brien realized that she could not only bring a smile to someone at Christmas, but to her fellow cancer survivors.

“Tracy Abrams hasn’t been able to do fundraisers for her Wigs for Wishes charity because of the pandemic,” she said. “I took a few of the ornaments over to her, and she called me back that night and said they’d all sold.”

•TO HELP:

Wigs for Wishes ($5)

TO HELP: Sara O’Brien’s Rocky ornaments

They were in such high demand that she brought in Abrams, Gail Baden and granddaughter Susan Morell to help cut, glue and finish each handmade wooden ornament. “We’re making 160 of them,” she said.

The ornaments, which sell for a suggested donation of $5 each at Abrams Head to Toe salon, will help raise money to give free, custom wigs to women undergoing cancer treatments.
“Some people have donated more than $5,” said Abrams. “But we wanted to make them available to everyone.”

O’Brien’s handmade Rocky ornaments are just one of many local gifts you can pick up this Christmas, with many stores offering curbside pickup, online shopping or shipping to keep shoppers safe during the pandemic.

• TO DO:

“Half Truths” ($34.99)

Billed as this year’s big after-dinner party game by Nate Roberts, owner of Serenity Hobbies, “Half-Truths,” created by Richard Garfield (“Magic: The Gathering”) and “Jeopardy” champion Ken Jennings, asks players to place bets on which three of the six answers are truths, and which ones are lies.

“It follows the logic that everyone can play,” said Roberts. “Even grandma and the little kids, who might not have that trivia knowledge, because it’s multiple choice, so they can still guess.”

The game, which got started on Kickstarter, includes more than 500 questions, plenty to keep the party going. “It’s a party game that makes you feel smart,” he said. “And it’s a laugh riot.”

• TO WEAR

TO WEAR: Roxanne Marcello shows off Artisan’s Guild scarves

Poncho and scarves, Holy Myrrhbearers Monastery, The Artisan’s Guild, (Price Varies)

It’s rare that you get to see exactly where your garment came from, but with each hand-spun and hand-woven scarf and poncho, you get a photo of the Icelandic sheep who gave the wool.
“This poncho came from Fosco,” said Roxanne Marcellino. “All of these are made from the wool of sheep raised on the farm.”
In addition to the Holy Myrrhbearers garments, the Artisan’s Guild also offers handmade capes and children’s clothing, hand-knit scarves and hats, dyed silk scarves and other locally made crafts.

• TO READ

Richard Duncan, “Otsego County: Its Towns and Treasures” ($39.99)

TO READ: Tour Otsego County through the photos in Richard Duncan’s “Otsego County: Its Towns and Treasures.” Order at fenimoreart.org

Photographer Duncan wants you to see his “Otsego County: Its Towns and Treasures” book as a window to the world.

“I hope it stimulates memories,” he said. “Since there isn’t a whole lot we can do right now, we can look at pictures of places we used to go.”

The coffee-table book, his third, uses his own photos of the county, taken over two years, as well as photos from days past.

“I went to every historical society in the county and asked them to send me photos,” he said. “There’s a romantic bent to it, we have all of this precious land to take care of.”

The Utica-printed book is available at The Farmers’ and Fenimore museums, and through their website, and at the Green Toad Bookstore in Oneonta.

The photos range from a parade of elephants down Oneonta’s Main Street, to an early 1900s Decoration Day in Unadilla Flats.

“If you have the COVID blues,” he said. “Go for a drive with my book and try to find where I stood to take each picture.”

• TO EAT

TO EAT: Everyone loves treats from Bill Michael’s Fly Creek Cider Mill

Custom Gift Baskets, The Fly Creek Cider Mill, (Price Varies)

It’s easier to survive these dismal times if you’ve got the right kind of snacks.

That’s Bill Michaels’ approach at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, where he’s spent the last two weeks in his own version of Santa’s Workshop. “We do 60 percent of our online business during the holidays,” he said. “You can go online, fill your cart and we pack it up for you.”

Pick out some of the mill’s famous cheese, sauces and jellies, apple goodies and maybe some fudge, and Michaels will box it, tie it with a bow and mail it to the recipient of your choice. “This year, our corn salsa has been really popular,” he said.

But if you’re in a hurry, there are pre-made gift baskets ready to order, including a “Stay At Home Survival Kit” – with pancake mix, fudge, maple candy, apple crisp mix and more – or a “Celebrate Your Heroes” snack basket, with cheese, sausage and, most curiously, gummy frogs.

And he even throws in a few extras, including a catalog, a map of the Cooperstown Beverage Trail and an Otsego County Guide – for when the pandemic is over and they can come visit the mill for themselves.

• TO DRINK

TO DRINK: Mike Shaughnessy sets up local teas and coffees at The Green Earth

Tay’s Tea (from $4) and Roman Roaster Coffee (from $10) Green Earth Market

“Nini Ordoubadi is very particular about her tea,” said Mike Shaughnessy, manager, The Green Earth. “And she does it very well.”

Also from Delhi – and new to the Green Earth – is Roman Roaster Coffee, an artisanal, small-batch roaster owned by Andrea Ghersi, a former chef who moved to Delhi to open his business.

Both use sustainably sourced and fair trade ingredients in their blends.

“Buying local helps all of us stay in business,” said Shaughnessy.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOV. 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, NOV. 26

Pet Pictures With Santa

14-19eventspage Give the gift of Christmas to children in need. To participate in the Salvation Army’s Angel Tree program CLICK HERE!

VISIT SANTA – Noon-2 p.m. Visit Santa in his cottage. Bring your four-legged friends for picture. Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Visit cooperstownchamber.org/santas-house-in-cooperstown/

CHRISTMAS DISPLAY – 3:30-5:30 p.m. Enjoy Christmas decorations, music, refreshments with the Garden Club. Free, open to the public. Memorial Room, Richfield Springs Public Library. Call 607-547-5648.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 18
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, APRIL 18

Learn About The Returning Birds

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THE GATHERING PLACE – 2-4 p.m. Learn about the habitat and feeding of the Baltimore Oriole and Ruby Throated Hummingbird as they return to our area this spring. Also touches on the patterns of other migratory birds. Woodside Hall, 1 Main St,. Cooperstown. Info, Karen Cadwalader @ 607-547-0600 or visit www.facebook.com/Woodside.Hall/

CLIMATE LECTURE – 6 p.m. Learn about issues in climate change with Wenonah Hauter, Executive Director of Food and Water Watch, author of Foodopoly and Frackopoly. Hunt Union, Red Dragon ballroom, SUNY Oneonta.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 5
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEB. 5

Buy Bowl And Try The Chili

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CHILI BOWL FUNDRAISER – Noon-4 p.m. Opportunity for amateur and professional chefs to compete. Also a showcase for area potters and bowl decorator. Fees support the Community Arts Network of Oneonta. Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Info, www.canoneonta.org/events/chili-bowl/

BENEFIT RIDE – 10:30 a.m.-Noon. Come out and ride for 90 minutes to benefit Catskill Area Hospice and Palliative Care. $10 minimum donation. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com or call Amy Porter (607)547-2800 ext. 129

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JAN. 28
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JAN. 28

Fido Fest At Winter Carnival

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DOG COMPETITION – 10:30 a.m. Check out the Fido Fest Dog show where dogs and their owners compete for titles in categories like best trick, waggiest tail, and best mirror image. Part of the Winter Carnival Festivities. Pioneer Park, Cooperstown. Info, susquehannaanimalshelter.org/category/events/

WINTERFEST – 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Stay warm and have fun with outdoor activities like sledding, hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing,campfires and more. Cost, free. Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Road, Laurens. Info, www.cabinfeverwinterfest.com

CABIN FEVER FILM SERIES – 6:30 p.m. “The Jungle Book” (1967). Refreshments available with proceeds benefiting Susquehanna animal Shelter. Clark Sports Center, 124 Cty. Hwy. 52, Cooperstown. Info, baseballhall.org/events/cabin-fever-2017

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 19
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JAN. 19

‘Local Heroes’ Exhibit

Opening Reception

 

14-19eventspageART RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Meet the artists behind the “Local Heroes” exhibit. Project Space Gallery, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info, www.oneonta.edu/academics/art/gallery/gallery.html

PICKLEBALL – Noon-2 p.m. Come learn the sport. Gymn floor, Clark Sports Center, 124 Cty. Hwy. 52, Cooperstown. Info, www.clarksportscenter.com

CONSERVATION MEETING – 12:30-3:30 p.m. Discussion of manure spreading strategies to reduce nutrient runoff. A must for farmers spreading or storing manure this winter. Otsego County Meadows Complex, 140 Ct. Hwy. 33W. RSVP by 1/12, (607)547-8337 ext. 4. or email weaverb@otsegosoilandwater.com

AUDITIONS – 3-6:30 p.m. Catskill Choral Society opens auditions for new members and potential Dox Apprentices. Unitarian Universalist Church, 12 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 431-6060 to schedule and appointment.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 31
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 31

Ready To Kick Off New Year?

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New Years Eve!!!

FROSTBITE 5K – 1 p.m. 3rd race of the O’town Triple Crown. Begins on Market St., Oneonta near Sidney Federal Credit Union. Info, www.oneontaymca.org

NEW YEAR’S EVE DANCE PARTY FUNDRAISER – 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Come out to support the Standing Rock Medic and Healer Council with DJ Raphael. Tickets at door $25. Cantina de Salsa, 11 Main St., Cherry Valley. Info, www.facebook.com/events/249553308797227/

NEW YEAR PARTY – 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Ring in the new year with champagne and a midnight breakfast buffet with Burning Moonlight. Timber Creek Saloon and Restaurant, 2957 ST. HWY. 23, West Oneonta. Info, www.facebook.com/TimberCreekLLC/

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