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Girls Of Summer, Harvest Festival, Garlic & Pottery


Girls Of Summer,

Harvest Festival,

Garlic & Pottery

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Meet three of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League players who inspired “A League of Their Own” at a Q&A at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, followed by the film at 7 p.m. Check for The Hall of Fame’s annual film festival showings that continues through the weekend. Tickets free, reservations required. Bullpen Theater, Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown. Info (607) 547-7200.

It’s Harvest Time and The Farmers’ Museum is ready to celebrate the season’s bounty! Live performances, activities, demonstrations and more.
10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 21-22, The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. (607) 547-1450.

Garlic makes everything good and you can celebrate the people who make it grow with the annual Susquehanna Valley Garlic Festival! Tastings, music, products, food, T-shirts, more. Free, suggested $5 donation. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, Wood Bull Antiques,
Route 28, Milford.

Kids 8-12 can make pottery and learn about the California Gold Rush with the stories of the brave Oneonta men who went. Reservations recommended.
10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Sept. 21, Oneonta History Center, 183 Main St., Oneonta. (607) 432-0960.

Annual Out Of The Darkness Walk seeks to garner support for Suicide Prevention Awareness. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 6th Ward Booster Club Field, 7 Scramlin Ave., Oneonta.

Even After Fourth, Lots To Do Here – And Fireworks, Too


Even After Fourth,

Lots To Do Here –

And Fireworks, Too!

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Just because the festivities on the Fourth of July may be done by the time you pick up this edition, that doesn’t mean the fun is over! This weekend is filled with arts, music and celebration all over the county.Even the fireworks aren’t over yet!

Fireworks will be shot over Otsego Lake Friday, July 5, with viewing from Brookwood Point, courtesy of the Otsego Land Trust.
Beginning at 7 p.m., bring a blanket and chairs, and enjoy music and free ice cream. $5 suggested donation, Brookwood Point, Route 80, Cooperstown. Info 607-547-2366

The annual Stagecoach Run Arts Festival invites art lovers to view open studios and galleries, meet with artists, and bring home some new artwork! 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, July 6-7. Start at Bright Hill Literary Center, 94 Church St., Treadwell. Info

The Hartwick Fire Dept. Co. #1 Emergency Squad celebrates 50 years of saving lives with a party! Enjoy refreshments, honor the members of the company and check your health with free tests. Noon-3 p.m. Saturday, July 6, 3088 County Highway 11 , Hartwick. Info 607-293-7530.

Ever dance on a moving train? Now’s your chance, as the Cooperstown Blues Express hosts a train dance with music by the Horseshoe Lounge Playboys. $20. 6:30 – 10 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Milford Train Depot, 136 East Main Street, Milford. Info, 607-432.2429,

Get MOOOO-ving to The Farmers’ Museum Annual Junior Livestock Show, featuring best livestock and youth exhibitors from a nine-county region. Opens w/barbecue dinner and ice cream social and continues through Tuesday, July 9, with showcases and prizes. 5 p.m. Sunday, July 7, Iroquois Farm Showgrounds, County Hwy. 33, Cooperstown. Info 607-547-1461.

The Swart-Wilcox House Museum wants to thank all donors and supporters with an open house featuring live music, games, tours and cake. 1-3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, Wilcox Ave, Oneonta. Info 607-287-7011

There’s nothing like music under the stars and Pathfinder Village is ready to play! The opening show of their annual concert series features the Sidney Community Band performing popular music, showtunes. 7 p.m. Saturday, July 6, Pathfinder Village, 3 Chenango Rd., Edmeston. 607-965-8377 Ext. 126

Celebrate the opening of the “Watercolors and Ink Drawings: A Dialogue” art exhibit. 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, July 5, West Kortright Center, 49 W. Kortright Rd., East Meredith. 607-278-5454

Get Ready For Fourth’s Parades, Fireworks, Concerts, More


Get Ready For 4th’s

Parades, Fireworks,

Concerts, Boats!

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Independence Day is Thursday, July 4, but it’s not too early to start making plans for how to celebrate! There are parades on land and water, old-fashioned farm fun,
music, games and, of course, fireworks!

Oneonta’s annual Hometown Fourth of July starts with a 5K Color Run at 9 a.m. and ends with fireworks at dusk – with plenty of fun in between! The annual parade is at noon, followed by an afternoon of fun in the park, including music, bounce houses, a baseball game, and a visit from Oneonta’s own Ninja Warrior, Anthony Eardley, all free of charge. 9 a.m.-10 p.m. Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Info, schedule

The second-oldest Fourth of July parade in the country is right here in Springfield Center, with fancy floats, a fife and drum corps, a flag-raising ceremony and Revolutionary War display, as well as games, food and live music to follow. Stick around for fireworks and a community concert in the evening! 11 a.m.-dusk, Springfield Community Center, 129 County Route 29A, Springfield Center, Info, schedule, “Springfield 4th of July Parade and Celebration” on Facebook.

Remember what Independence Day is all about with a reading of the Declaration of Independence at The Farmers’ Museum, complete with a traditional militia muster. Then stick around for tintype portraits and a tour of the 19th-century celebrations on the farm. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. Info, schedule

If fireworks are too loud, head out to the Windfall Dutch Barn for the annual Quiet Concert for the Fourth, featuring a program of classical Indian music. Bring a dish to pass and enjoy a potluck supper! 4 p.m., Windfall Dutch Barn, Salt Springville. Info 607-436-3419.

But Independence Day isn’t just for the Fourth of July! In Cooperstown, the annual patriotic concert and fireworks display will be held 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, in Lakefront Park. Start your weekend with a bang!

Parades aren’t just for the streets! The annual Boat Parade. This year’s theme is “Red, White & Blue,” so decorate up your boat and try to win a prize. 4 p.m. Lakefront Park, Cooperstown. Info 518-542-6630

And don’t take off the decorations just yet! There’s a second boat parade at Canadarago Lake, with fireworks to follow. 6 p.m. Saturday, July 5, Canadarago Boat Launch, Richfield Springs.

Best Bets: From Rock ‘n’ Roll To Ninjas Warriors


From Rock ‘n’ Roll

To Ninjas Warriors

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to

Summer has OFFICIALLY arrived in Otsego County! Celebrate the best time to be here with games, theater and a major rock band coming to town!

“I Will Possess Your Heart” hipsters Death Cab For Cutie will perform their soulful indie rock on the Ommegang stage with Jenny Lewis opening. All-ages show, $45, Camping +$15. 5 p.m. Friday, June 21, 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown,

There are games and sweet treats at the Clark Center as it celebrates the first day of summer with giant Jenga, Corn Hole and free popsicles! 3-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, Clark Sports Center.  124 County Hwy 52, Cooperstown.  Info, 607-547-2800, ext. 103.

If it’s not sunny enough for you here, why not take a trip to Agrabah? The Orpheus Theatre Starstruck Performers perform “Aladdin Jr.” 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, June 21-22, 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22. Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta,  Info, 607-287-1288

Find some tranquility in a performance of “Peace Tales around the World,” an original production by LEAF, Inc. and Mountains View Wellness Center’s Theater Arts Troupe. 6:30 p.m. Saturday, June 22, First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta.  Info, (607)433-1714 ext. 201,

Take the whole family out to the ballgame at historic Damaschke Field as the American Legion teams play a game. 5:30 p.m. Friday, June 21, Neahwa Park, Oneonta. Info,

The Oneonta Community Concert Band welcomes summer with “Olympic Fanfare and Theme,” “On a Hymnsong of Philip Bliss,” “National Emblem March,” and more. Bring a lawn chair and enjoy a free concert! 3 p.m June 23, Pavilion, Wilber Park, Oneonta. 607-437-0152.

Oneonta has our very own Ninja Warrior, Anthony Earley, and you can help cheer him on during a big-screen watch party of “American Ninja Warrior.” 7 p.m. Monday, June 24, Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info,


THINGS TO DO: Lumberjacks, Jazz, Rock & Roll Guitar


Something For Every Dad,

From Lumberjack To Daddy-O

Show Dad how much you care with whirring chainsaws, enormous hacksaws, a rodeo, live music and more outdoorsy fun at the annual Lumberjack Fest. Friday-Sunday, June 14-16, Alden Field, Cherry Valley. Info, full schedule,

Think your dad rocks? Check out two events themed around the “Herb Ritts: The Rock Portraits” exhibit at The Fenimore Art Museum this weekend. On Friday, catch a screening of Jamie Foxx in “Ray.” $5 members $7 non-members, 6:30 p.m. Friday, June 14 in the auditorium.
And on Saturday, Tom Lieber presents “The Art of the Guitar,” a peek at instruments he made for Jerry Garcia, Pete Sears and others. $50/$45 members, 6 p.m. Saturday, June 15.
But if you just want to look around, basic admission to The Fenimore and The Farmers’ Museum is free for dads and granddads. Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 NY-80 & Farmers’ Museum, 5775 NY-80, Cooperstown. Info 607-547-1472.

But if your father’s more of the Daddy-O type, treat him to an evening of brand new jazz by the Blake Fleming Trio. 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 14, The Star Theater, 44 Main Street, Cherry
Valley. Info

The annual summer series at the Swart-Wilcox opens with “The Man of the House,” a program that offers Henry Wilcox’s 1867-1911 diaries’ excerpts to show drastic changes in that role since. Refreshments, house tours. Free, 1-3 p.m. Sunday, June 16, Swart-Wilcox House, Wilcox Ave., Oneonta.

Tour an old-fashioned country fair and help the Pierstown Grange with their rebuilding efforts. Plants, baked goods and other items for sale. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Saturday, June 15. Pierstown Grange, 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Road, Cooperstown. Info 607-547-8261.

And for more old-fashioned fun, the Hanford Mills Museum offers a Free Family day with hands-on activities. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Saturday, June 15, 51 County Hwy. 12, East Meredith. Info,, 607-278-5744.

Can’t do all sorts of fun stuff over the weekend if you don’t start the day with a hearty breakfast! The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department hosts all-you-can-eat pancakes with plenty of food to fill your plate – and stomach! $7.50 adults, $5 under 12. 7:30 – 11 a.m. Saturday, June 15, Cooperstown/Westville Airport, Rte/ 166. Cooperstown.

Let’s Go To Concerts, Drink Beer Or 2, Raise Money For Good Cause


Let’s Go To Concerts,

Drink Beer Or 2, Raise

Money For Good Cause

By LIBBY CUDMORE • for Summer Dreams

Not only are there some great concerts planned this weekend, there are great fundraisers too. Support arts, animals, raise a glass and  hit the dance floor!

Strike while the iron is hot – literally!

The Farmers’ Museum hosts a Blacksmithing Weekend – different! – with demonstrations on making traditional farm tools. Free with admission. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday-Sunday, June 7-9, The Farmers’ Museum, 5775 NY Rte. 80, Cooperstown. Info, 607-547-1450.

What’s a rock and roll exhibit without some music? The Hudson Valley band, Upstate, will play a free show at The Farmers’ Museum’s Louis C. Jones Center in conjunction with The Fenimore Art Museum’s Herb Ritts exhibit, 7-9 p.m Friday, June 7. The Farmers’ Museum, 5775 NY Rte. 80, Cooperstown. Info 607-264-2626

Rock band FLAME performs a free concert as part of the Family Resource Network’s 25th anniversary celebration. These talented performers celebrate the “ability” in “disability.” 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 8, Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta.

Experience the excitement of a day at the track without ever having to leave Cooperstown! The Smithy Gallery’s fundraising event, “Triple Crown Infield Fest,” will feature Belmont Stakes screening, silent auction, refreshments, and more. $55-$65/adult. 5-8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, The Smithy Gallery & Clay Studio, 55 Pioneer St., Cooperstown. Info, 607-547-8671,

Taste up to 10 local brews and help raise money for a new animal shelter
with the HOPS Brewclub’s Hops for Hounds fundraiser to benefit Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans. $25 gets you tastings and a commemorative glass!
1-4 p.m. Saturday, June 8, American Legion, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Info, 607-441-3227

Enjoy an ice cream social and stick around for a concert! The Exeter Historical Society and the Schuyler Lake Fire Department host a concert by Brother’s Blue. 2-3:30 p.m. ice cream social, Exeter Historical Society, Corner of Rtes. 28 and 22, Schuyler Lake. Info 315-858-3138. 3:30 p.m. concert, ($10 suggested donation) Old Stone Church, 7370 State Highway 28, Schuyler Lake. Info 315-855-9949.

Bring home one-of-a-kind handcrafted gifts, tasty baked goods from the annual Church for Christ Uniting Friendship Craft Festival, 9-3, Saturday, June 8, Route 20 and Church Street, Richfield Springs. Info 315 858-1451.

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What’s Your Choice? From 38 Special To, Yes, Borodin


What’s Your Choice? From

38 Special To, Yes, Borodin


Summer has arrived in Otsego County and there is so much to do! Whether you’re looking to shop, learn, listen or celebrate, there is something fun every day of the weekend!

Start your summer off in a rockin’ mood as “Caught Up In You” and “Hold on Loosely” stars 38 Special perform the Celebrity Concert fundraiser for the Oneonta YMCA. Tickets, $20-$225. 5 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 6th ward Booster Club Field, Oneonta.  Info,

If the symphony is more your musical style, the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble plays Mozart, Borodin, Beethoven and Faure. Reception to follow. 3 p.m.  Sunday, June 2, Foothills Atrium, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Info,

And while you’re in the mood for music – whatever you listen to – swing by The Fenimore Art Museum for your’s truly Libby Cudmore’s talk on music and memory, including personal stories from my career as a music critic! 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Fenimore Art Museum, 5798 Route 80, Cooperstown.  Info, 607-547-1400,

Pride Month kicks off with a rally, a family-friendly festival and fireworks. Celebrate who you are and show your alliance to the LGBTQA community. 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Neahwa Park. Info,

Artist Joseph Kurhajec may work in paints and prints, but he also builds toys! He’ll show off some of his original designs and discuss vintage toy-making books. 3-5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, Bright Hill Literary Center, Treadwell. Info,

With gardening season in full bloom, there’s still time to pick up some new plants at Unitarian Universalist Society’s annual plant and book sale. After noon, everything you can fit in a bag will only cost you a buck! 10 a.m. Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta, 12 Ford Ave, Oneonta. Info,, (607) 432-3491.

Cheer on the hard-hitting gals of the Hill City Rollers as they take on the Ladies Death & Derby in a high-speed roller derby bout. Admission by donation. 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, Interskate 88, 5185 Route 23, Oneonta. Info,

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Winter Carnival Brings Comedy, Dancing,Treats

Winter Carnival

Brings Comedy,


WINTER DREAMS – Kyle Morris and Jesse Pascale, Cooperstown, were hard at work making oven-roasted loaded baked potato sandwiches for last year’s Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause fundraiser.

Beat the winter blues with the annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival! Get the blood pumping at the Bob Smullins 5K/10K race, show off your trivia skills, dance the night away with Flux Capacitor and front your own imaginary band in the lip-synch contest. Friday-Sunday Feb.8-10, Main Street, Cooperstown. Info

On Friday, get some Brooks Chicken to help the Susquehanna SPCA. 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Parish Hall, Christ Episcopal Church, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown. (607) 547-9555. On Sunday, cozy up with a Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause to support Otsego 2000’s historic preservation program. Tickets, $30/adult. 5:30-7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 10, Farmers Market, Cooperstown. Info (607) 547-8881.


Unique Holiday Wreaths

At CAA’s Adorn-A-Door

Horse hair, seed pearls and porcelain curlers adorn the wreath outside the wig-maker's shop in Colonial Williamsburg. (Susan Reimer/Baltimore Sun)


To Learn How You Can Help Area Families This Holiday Season CLICK HERE.

ADORN-A-DOOR – 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Silent Auction of Decorated Wreaths. Cooperstown Art Association, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. To learn more CLICK HERE.

CONCERT – 7:30 p.m. “Front Country” performs live at the Otesaga Resort Hotel, 60 Lake St., Cooperstown. Info, (607)547-1812,,

VIKING DINNER – 7-10 p.m. Oneonta Teen Center, 4 Academy St., Oneonta.

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