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The Beekman Boys

Beekman Boys Speak, Sign Books At Wellness Fair

The Beekman Boys Speak,

Sign Books At Wellness Fair

Linda Osborne, Oneonta, gets her copy of her book “A Seat At The Table: Recipes to Nourish Your Friends, Family and Community” by The Beekman Boys, aka Brent Ridge and Josh Kilmer-Purcell, Sharon Springs, who were keynote speakers at this year’s annual Love The Life You Live event at Foothills Preforming Arts Center. The event featured over 20 vendors promoting a wide variety of healthy lifestyle choices. Guests also enjoyed wholesome food, shopping, information tables and guest speakers. 350 people attended the event which is the annual fundraiser for the Helping Hands Hygiene Closet. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

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HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 15
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, APRIL 15

Love The Life You Live

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WELLNESS EXPO – 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Love the Life you Live expo features a fashion show, 25+ local vendors, & a presentation from the fabulous Beekman Boys. Meet your neighbors and find your path to a better tomorrow. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit www.facebook.com/thefamilyserviceassociation/

SUMMER CONCERTS – 4 p.m. The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival kicks off with concert “Death and the Maiden” featuring the American string quartet and Linda Chesis on flute. The program features peices by Schubert, Debussy, and Griffes. Tickets, $25. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. Call 877-666-7421 or visit www.cooperstownmusicfest.org

Neighbors Gather Downtown For Harvest Supper

Cooperstown Harvest Supper

Brings Neighbors Downtown

Eileen Dean and Vera Talebi, Cooperstown, wine and dine at the 5th annual Growing Community Harvest Dinner held this evening on Main St. in Cooperstown. Neighbors brought out all their signature dishes to share with friends and family as they usher in fall in upstate New York. (Ian Austin/ALLOTSEGO.com)
Cooperstonians Vera Talevi, center, and Eileen Dean, right, wine and dine at the 5th annual Growing Community Harvest Dinner this evening on Main Street in Cooperstown. Neighbors – including the Beekman Boys Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Dr. Brent Ridge from nearby Sharon Springs – brought out all their signature dishes to share with friends and family as they usher in fall in Upstate New York. (Ian Austin/ALLOTSEGO.com)
On The 12th Day Of Christmas – Local Writers Signing

On The 12th Day Of Christmas – Local Writers Signing

By LIBBY CUDMORE • allotsego.com

Edition of Thursday-Friday, Dec. 4-5, 2014

Jim and Anne Atwell, Calvin Boal, Anna Membrino, Chuck D’Imperio, Marly Youmans, Santa Claus, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, Cindy Falk and Richard Duncan were all on hand to sign their books at The Fenimore Art Museum’s holiday book signing event.
Jim and Anne Atwell, Calvin Boal, Anna Membrino, Chuck D’Imperio, Marly Youmans, Santa Claus, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, Cindy Falk and Richard Duncan were all on hand to sign their books at The Fenimore Art Museum’s holiday book signing event.

There’s only one way to beat the winter blues, and it’s to curl up inside a good – and local – book. Or better, how about a dozen.

“When you’re buried in a Cooperstown snow drift, a book is a very handy thing!” said Marly Youmans, whose latest novel, “Glimmerglass,” was one of the a dozen featured books by a dozen local authors at The Fenimore Art Museum’s Holiday Book Signing on Friday, Nov. 28.

The event was packed, with The Beekman Boys, Josh Kilmer-Purcell and Brent Ridge, selling out their latest, “Beekman 1802: Heirloom Vegetables” in the first 15 minutes.

“Our take on the sweet potato casserole is going to be the most used this holiday season,” said Kilmer-Purcell. “We use coconut milk, lime, a little chili powder for kick and toasted coconut on top.”

Also signing were photographer Richard Duncan, village trustee and CGP professor Cindy Falk, Jim Atwell, “Big Chuck” D’Imperio, Anna Membrino and Santa Claus.

“We were trying to come up with a “shop local” event for Black Friday,” said Sue deBruijn, visitor services and retail manager for museum. “I started thinking about having an author here, but then I couldn’t decide which one to invite – so why not invite them all?”

Thirteen authors were invited in total, but Bob and Trish Kane, authors of “New York State’s Covered Bridges,” were unable to make it from Syracuse due to the lake-effect storm there.

“I made it just in time,” said Youmans. “I was in White River Junction, and the roads were bad!”
But those who did make it were treated to a chance to meet and get books signed from their favorite authors – for themselves and to give.

“I’ve got two young granddaughters and lots of friends with young children, and this book is a good inspiration,” said Betty Vogelaar, who was up from New Jersey visiting friends for the holidays and purchasing two copies of Membrino’s “I Want to Be a Ballerina.”

“And these are for me!” said Christine LaBurre, Cooperstown, who purchased Falk’s “Barns of Cooperstown” and Atwell’s “From Fly Creek.” “I love that these authors are my hometown people, people I see and talk too.”

Over 80 books total were sold during the four-hour event. “We want to promote what talented local people we have in this region,” said deBruin.

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