ONEONTA—Following a two-year, pandemic-forced hiatus, the Fokine Ballet Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” is back on the stage at SUNY Oneonta’s Goodrich Theatre this December 16 and 17.
The return of the Fokine Ballet Company’s Nutcracker also brings the return of Oneonta native, Kouadio Davis, who will be starring in the role of Cavalier. Growing up in Oneonta, Davis was a student of the Fokine Ballet Company and the Holbrook-Wade School of Dance. He is a graduate of Ellison Ballet and is in his third professional season with Dance Theatre of Harlem.
HOLIDAY WORKSHOP – 1 – 3 p.m. Children are invited to decorate their own Christmas bulb, sing along to Christmas carols on player piano. Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. 607-432-0960 or visit www.oneontahistory.org/index.htm
The Nutcracker (Caio Legname, right), and Clara (Julianna Brzezinski, left) dance with Sugarplum Fairy Maya Schonbrun during the Fokine Ballet Company of Oneonta’s annual production of Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” Saturday afternoon at SUNY Oneonta’s Goodrich Theater. Inset, Mouse King Evan Clark and The Nutcracker lock in a duel of swords beneath the Christmas Tree. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
HOLIDAY PARADE – 3 p.m. Celebrate the holidays on Main St. Line up at 3, parade at 4. Main St., Oneonta. Visit www.foothillspac.org
TREE FESTIVAL – 3 – 7 p.m. View Christmas Trees beautifully decorated by area individuals, businesses. Production Center, Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit www.foothillspac.org
TREE LIGHTING – 5:30 – 8 p.m. Celebrate the lighting of the Christmas Tree in Muller Plaza, Oneonta.
FUNDRAISER – 2 p.m. Final ticket drawing to win artwork from Luck of the Draw Exhibit. 80 tickets for $80, 80 pieces of art to win. Cooperstown Art Association. 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com
TAILGATE 5K – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m. Walk/Run 5K to support 6th ward Athletic Association Foundation. Includes kids 100 yard dash, post race tailgate party featuring food, raffles, football viewing. 6th Ward Athletic Club, 22 W. Broadway, Oneonta. 607-436-9136 or visit www.facebook.com/6th-Ward-Athletic-Club-430579165622/
CHRISTMAS DANCE – 7:30-10 p.m. Have a cheery evening with the Doubleday Dancers Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown. Ray Taylor will call, Elma Talyor will cue. Admission, $5/person. Cooperstown Elementary School. Call 607-547-8665.
NUTCRACKER – 7 p.m. The Fokine Ballet Company’s 29th production of “The Nutcracker.” Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta, 108 Ravine Pkwy., Oneonta. Info/Tickets (607)432-6290, email@example.com
WRITERS PROGRAM – 1:30-3 p.m. Group to host author Shannon Delaney. She will talk about her writing process and journey through publishing. Huntington Memorial Library, 62 Chestnut St, Oneonta. Info, hmloneonta.org
CONCERT – 4 p.m. The Voices of Cooperstown to sing “Handel’s Messiah”. Tickets $20 Adult, $10 Child. Christ Episcopal Church, Fair St., Cooperstown. Tickets available at Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown or Riverwood, 88 Main St., Cooperstown or Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce, 31 Chestnut St., Cooperstown.
CHRISTMAS CEILI – 7 p.m. A full Irish dance performance by the Iona Troupe. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstownart.com
STANDING ROCK FUNDRAISER – 4-7 p.m. Includes a raffle. Donations go to help the Water Protectors of Standing Rock against future pipeline atempts. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta.Info, www.firstumc-oneonta.org
SOMMELIER SERIES – 6 p.m. Join Sommelier Chad Douglas for his monthly wine tasting class. This months theme is “The Feast of the Seven Fishes” an Italian Christmas eve tradition. Cost $50/person. Info, Chad Douglas (607)544-2573 or visit www.otesaga.com/events
JAZZ HARMONIA CONCERT – 8:44 a.m.-10 a.m. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School, 39 Linden Ave., Cooperstown. Info, www.cooperstowncs.org