THANKSGIVING – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Walk off holiday meal on scenic stroll through historic village with your loved ones. Admission by donation. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org
SOCKHOP – 5 p.m. Fun evening features, silent auction featuring great deals from local businesses, dancing, food from the 50s. Benefit for 1st UMC Missions & Art Ministry, Oneonta Community Health Center. Cost, $5. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-432-4102 or visit www.firstumc-oneonta.org
PIT RUN – 10:45 a.m. Run or walk 6.2 miles through scenic Oneonta, passing through SUNY Oneonta campus, ending at Neahwa Park. Also includes 5k race, 2 mile stroll, or kids fun run. In memory of Ricky J. “Pit” Parisian NYS Police Investigator killed in Line of Duty. Start at Main Street Bridge, Oneonta. 607-432-8068 or visit pitrun.org
MUSIC FESTIVAL – 1 – 8 p.m. Celebration of Local Musicians features performances by 5 local bands, myriad individuals musicians. Donations support Gary Johnson Memorial Music Scholarship Fund. at Maple Street Park, Oneonta. 607-431-1001 or visit www.facebook.com/CleinmanNetwork/
COOPERSTOWN – At 1909, The Otesaga’s “intimate new dining experience,” it’s all about the presentation.
“Our Wagyu beef” – from a prized Japanese breed of cattle – “is prepared tableside,” said Jim Miles, general manager/vice president. “We have a special Japanese cast iron skillet and we sear it right at the table before serving with daikon and snow peas and a citrus Ponzu.”
Dressed only with a Himalayan salt, you can hear the sizzle halfway across the dining room – and experience the aroma, too.
“It’s meant for sharing,” said Miles. “It’s very rich, so a little goes a long way.”
Opened since July 4, the new entry – 1909 is the year the elegant resort hotel opened – is Miles’ brainchild, located in the former Lobby Bar and the small Glimmerglass Room reconfigured into an intimate dinner space.
“We use the Glimmerglass Room for our breakfast buffet and for lunch, but we wanted something different for the evening meal,” he said. “We removed two walls and opened up the double-sided fireplace, so now everyone feels like they’re in the main room.
Such a nice way to spend an hour! We went to The Hawkeye Bar and Grill at The Otesaga for lunch.
It’s one of my favorite places to go where I can pretend to be a tourist – the outdoor seating is by the lake and you’re only separated from the water by rolling grass. Skiers on the lake. Kids playing lawn games. People getting sun by the pool.
Touristy things. It puts everyone in a good mood!
And the lunch…I think they have about the best Caesar salad around, I had it topped with a perfectly seared piece of salmon. It’s so fresh and refreshing. My friend had an unusual dish, the Roasted Vegetable Tart. It was a Fontina crust puffed pastry filled with asparagus, goat cheese, onions, peas and fava beans. It had a little carrot salad on the side and looked tasty. The combination of all of the flavors really works.
Try The Otesaga for dinner as well, the “After 5 Menu” will satisfy everyone in your party. The last time we were there for dinner we enjoyed the slow roasted prime rib. Cooked perfectly and just melted in my mouth. Someone got the Truffled Mushroom burger, to die for! Roasted mushrooms, brie, arugula then topped with Truffle Aioli. You can’t go wrong with that combination. It’s served on a cutting board with fries. Delicious! (The Otesaga Resort Hotel 60 Lake St., Cooperstown)
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.
ENERGY SUMMIT – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Explore energy, climate change, our region’s economy with area industry leaders, policy makers from across New York State. Learn, network, more. The Otesaga, Cooperstown. 607-432-4500 ext. 104 or visit otsegocc.com
A CHRISTMAS CAROL – 3 – 5 p.m. Live performance of Charles Dicken’s classic tale featuring local performers. Tickets, $15/adult. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1450 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org/A-Christmas-Carol
THEATER – 2 p.m. Musical performance of Charles Dicken’s “A Christmas Carol” by Orpheus Theater. Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta. 607-432-1800 or visit www.facebook.com/OrpheusTheatre/