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Swart Wilcox House

Vintage Tractors On Display At Swart Wilcox Open House

Vintage Tractors On Display

At Swart Wilcox Open House

John Keahey, West Oneonta, stands beside his 1953 Ford Golden Jubilee Anniversary Edition tractor, on display on the the lawn of the Swart Wilcox House Museum during their Open House this afternoon. Also on site was his 1950 John Deer B, which he has owned his whole life. “We used to plow with a horse and wagon!” said Keahey, “We could not wait to get a tractor.” He had it restored in 2014 by Brian Van Buren in Roseboom. “I traded a John Deer Elevated Scraper for three paint jobs.” said Keahey, “He did such a good job, the look and run better than they did new!” (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/

Tree’s Company

Tree’s Company

City, Students Plant

Tree For Arbor Day

In honor of Arbor Day, fourth graders from Riverside Elementary School joined Mayor Gary Herzig and other City of Oneonta officials to plant a birch tree on the lawn of the Swart Wilcox House this morning. Above, Yussef Pomero and Joe Jarmillo grab shovels and take their turn in helping to shovel the dirt around the 10 year-old tree that was supplied by Asbury Gardens. “This is the first birch tree we’ve planted in 32 years of planting.” said City Engineer Jim Hawver, ‘They are a nice hearty tree and we like to plant different types of trees in different locations so we have more of a variety.” Before the Mayor read an Arbor Day proclamation, the students spoke with the Mayor about the importance of having trees. “These are the young people who will take care of these trees.” said Herzig, “This is the first year the kids helped. We wanted them to understand the value of them. We walk down the street and see them all the time and we take them for granted. This is a chance to have them recognize how important they are and how to better care for them.” Afterwards, Craig Vollmer of FORECOM, right, gave a demonstration on inoculating Ash trees against the emerald ash borer, a small insect whose larvae has invested the trees since their first appearance in Detroit fifteen ago. “We are injecting the trees with an insecticide that is absorbed into the trees.” explained Vollmer. “The injection is good for about two to four years.and contains the best pesticide on the market. You can treat a tree several times for the same cost as it would take to remove an already infested tree.” The City has already made the investment to inoculate  87 other Ash trees throughout the city. “It’s better to be proactive that reactive.” said Hawver. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

Local Artifacts Showcased At Sunday Series Finale

Local Artifacts Showcased

At Swart-Wilcox Sunday Series

Above, Len Pudelka, Oneonta, a former history professor at Hartwick, gives the final Sunday Series talk of the season on the lawn on the Swart-Wilcox House  this afternoon. His talk was on the local skirmishes in the surrounding area during the Revolutionary War. At right, Helen Rees, Oneonta holds a stone weight that Natives used for net fishing in the area. The artifact, and others like it, are part of a collection found in the fields around the Swart-Wilcox House in the 1950’s by Emerson Horth.  He later donated the collection to the Swart-Wilcox House museum where it remains on display. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUG. 27
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUG. 27

Poetry & Fiction

At The Windfall Barn

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OPEN MIC POETRY – 3 p.m. The Barn welcomes those of you who would like to share your poetry with others on a summer afternoon at the Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd., Cherry Valley. www.windfalldutchbarn.com/events.html

ENGINE SHOW – 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Engine enthusiasts from across the state join together to display their prized antique crank engines from the 1900s. Fly Creek Cider Mill, 288 Goose St., Fly Creek. Call (607)547-9692 or visit www.flycreekcidermill.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUG. 13
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUG. 13

Bringing Back

The Renaissance

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RENAISSANCE FAIR – 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Dress in a period costume and take a step back in time on this 2nd day of the faire. There will be vendors, crafters, games, Celtic step dancers, and other performers. Enjoy a pig roast and other food vendors. Admission, $5. Windfall Dutch Barn, 2009 Clinton Rd., Cherry Valley. www.windfalldutchbarn.com/renaissance-fair.html

SUMMER SUNDAY SERIES – 1-3 p.m. Woodworking was an important resource for early settlers. Join Jack Ewen as he describes the techniques used such as carving, turning, splitting, drilling and even decorating with twigs. He will also provide examples. Junction of Wilcox Ave. & Henry St., Oneonta. Call 607-287-7011 or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/summer-sunday-2017/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 30
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 30

Inductions At The Sports Center

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HOF INDUCTION – 1:30 p.m. Clark Sports Center, Cooperstown. baseballhall.org/events/Induction-Ceremony-17?date=0

CONCERT – 3 p.m. Redeeming Love performs abolitionist and shape notes songs, , coinciding with Oneonta’s Music History exhibition. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. Call (607)432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 26
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, JULY 26

Baseball Authors

At Hall Of Fame

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BASEBALL AUTHOR – 1 p.m. Bernie Carbo and Peter Hantzis, authors of “Saving Bernie Carbo,” comes to the Baseball Hall of Fame to discuss the book and take questions from the audience, followed by a book signing in the atrium. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame. baseballhall.org/events/author-series-bernie-carbo-peter-hantzis?date=0

WEDNESDAY WORKSHOP – 1-3 p.m. Try a new activity in a small group setting with a knowledgeable instructor. This week its Metal Detecting on the grounds of the museum with Alex & Michelle Osterhout and Christ & Kim Altman. Reservations required. The Swart-Wilcox House Museum, Wicox ave., Oneonta. Call (607)287-7011 or visit swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com/wednesday-workshops-2017/

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 23
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 23

Opening The Hyde Hall Art Show

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OPENING RECEPTION – 6:30-8:30 p.m. Hyde Hall’s Bicentennial art show featuring artists renderings of their favorite aspect of Hyde Hall, opens with a reception. The exhibit will continue thru October 6. Kent Center, Hyde Hall, Cooperstown. hydehall.org/call-to-artists/

KITE FESTIVAL – All Day. Come fly a kite with the NY Kite Enthusiasts. Includes food, vendors, and professional kite flyers to help get your kite in the air. Edgewood Mountain, 216 Crow Hill Rd., Laurens.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 16
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, JULY 16

Ages Of Aluminumware

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SUMMER SUNDAY SERIES – 1-3 p.m. Learn about Aluminumware with Jim & Diana Hickling. Learn its history from a collector and share your own stories. Junction of Wilcox Ave. & Henry St., Oneonta. swartwilcoxhouse.wordpress.com

SQUARE DANCE – 5-9 p.m. An evening of Round and Square dancing with Dr. Weismore. All persons age 18+ are invited. Cost, $9 per person. Oneonta Moose Club, 87 W. Broadway St., Oneonta. Contact Sandy @ 988-7753

This Old House

This Old House

Swart-Wilcox House Celebrates 210th Birthday

Fran Bliven, Linda-Rae Nichols, Linda Reese, Debby Clough, Yolanda Sharpe, Ann Shultz and Joan Kollgaard sing ‘Happy Birthday’ in front of the Swart Wilcox House this afternoon where the Friends of the Swart-Wilcox House celebrated the 30th anniversary of the organization and the 210th year the house has stood. Built in 1807, the Swart-Wilcox house Oneonta’s oldest standing structure. It was occupied by the Swart and Wilcox families for 103 years, until it was closed in 1970. The City of Oneonta bought the house in 1976, but it wasn’t until 1987 that four school teachers approached the city about rehabbing the site and turning it into a historic destination. Speakers detailed the history of the house’s occupants and it’s extensive restoration, highlighting the corn crib, wall paper and flooring. At right, Debby Clough, one of the founding members of the organization, and Milly Parish, cut an intricately detailed cake made by Barbara Clark of Otego, to serve to the guests. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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Colleges Head Into The Streets For Day Of Service

Colleges Go ‘Into Streets

For Annual Day Of Service

SUNY Oneonta students Alyssa LaMantia, right, and Rachel Drabczyk, clear the grounds of the historic Swart Wilcox House, Oneonta’s oldest, during annual “Into The Street” activities today, organized by the college’s Center for Social Responsibility & Community. Students, raked, painted, planted, organized, carried, scraped and cleaned at various locations across Oneonta and beyond.  The center’s director, Linda Drake, reported 600 students participated this year on 45 projects.  (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 29
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 29

Mozart Concert For 

Hans & Edith Wilk

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MEMORIAL CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. The Oneonta community remembers “Hans & Edith Wilk.” Features the combined voices of the Hartwick College Chorus and SUNY Oneonta Concert Choir performing Mozart’s Symphony #35 Haffner and Requiem with the Catskill Symphony Orchestra. Hunt Union Ballroom, SUNY Oneonta. Info, catskillsymphony.net/news-events/upcoming-events.html

SPIRITUAL ARTS & PSYCHIC FAIR – 10 a.m.-5 p.m. 2 day fair featuring reading by psychics, vendors, and workshops to help you heal, and find direction in your life. Oneonta Holiday Inn, 5206 State Highway 23, Oneonta. Info, www.shiftnewyork.com

Last Summer Sunday Showcases Brenner’s New Book, Historic Correspondence

Former Mayor Brenner

Reads From New Book

Former Mayor David Brenner was reading correspondence selections from his new book selections from his book The Life and Letters of Christopher F. Kompare U.S.N at the Swart Wilcox house as the last of their Summer Sunday series of talks and readings. In his hands he holds a folio of the original postcards that were collected and organized by Kompare's sister in the 1940's. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
Former Oneonta Mayor David W. Brenner reads selections from his new book, “The Life and Letters of Christopher F. Kompare U.S.N,” at the Swart Wilcox House.  Brenner’s appearance was the final program in the Summer Sunday Series.  In his hands he holds a folio of the original postcards the sailor mailed home during World War II that were collected and organized by sister in the 1940s.   Kompare, whose family moved from Albany to Oneonta while he was at war, died in a Kamikaze attack near the war’s end.  (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
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