Thistle Hill Weavers

Happenin’ Otsego: 08-06-23

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, AUGUST 6 Master Weaver Rabbit Goody presents on Coverlets of the Delhi & Catskill Regions SUMMER SUNDAY PRESENTATION—1-3 p.m. “Delhi and Catskill Coverlets” with Rabbit Goody. Free and open to the public. Bring own folding law chair; handicap accessible. Swart-Wilcox House Museum, 24 Wilcox Avenue, Oneonta.…


The Partial Observer: Drapery Project Results Revealed

Hyde Hall Board of Trustees Chair Gilbert Vincent, Executive Director Jonathan Maney, Rabbit Goody and Catherine Nark discuss the original draperies in 2019 at Thistle Hill Weavers. (Photo provided) The Partial Observer by John Aborn Drapery Project Results Revealed The early days of Hyde Hall were uncertain. There was no initial funding or plans for its recovery, and the structure was nearly demolished in the 1960s. However, the building was miraculously saved by a small, devoted group of friends. Over…


John Robert Oakley July 20, 1945 – December 17, 2021

In Memoriam John Robert Oakley July 20, 1945 – December 17, 2021 CHERRY VALLEY – John Robert Oakley, beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother who worked for many years as a logger and then a loom operator and technician for Thistle Hill Weavers, passed Friday night, December 17, 2021, at his home on Chestnut Ridge Road surrounded by his family. He was 76. Born July 20, 1945, in Muncie, Indiana, John was a son of William Marion Oakley and Ruth…


Jill Stauffer Maney November 19, 1964 – July 10, 2021

In Memoriam Jill Stauffer Maney November 19, 1964 – July 10, 2021 SPRINGFIELD – Jill Maney passed away on Saturday, July 10 in Springfield, with Jonathan Maney, her loving husband of 33 years, at her side. She is also survived by her parents, James and Dora Stauffer, her brother, Donald Stauffer, sister-in-law, Fiona Stauffer, and nephew and niece, Henry and Margot Stauffer, all of Rochester, New York. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Jill graduated from Amherst College summa cum laude and…



HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6 Fun Group Dance For The Holidays ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – From The Salvation Army and The Freeman’s Journal thank you to all the sponsors who have made this Christmas a little brighter this year for our families in need! CONTRADANCE – 7:30 p.m. Fun group dance to music by Tailwind with caller Robby Poulette. 1st Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8164 or visit…


Artist Honored, Boat Donated At Hyde Hall Bicentennial Gala

Artist Honored, Boat Donated At Hyde Hall Bicentennial Gala Guests at the annual Hyde Hall gala, celebrating its 200th anniversary, had the option to get their photo taken on a 1929 Chris-Craft motorboat that appeared on the lawn of the historic site. The boat, which has been on Otsego lake for over 80 years, was donated by Veronica Gil Seaver (seen above with son Jim Patrick) and her family to the historic site. The boat marks the christening of the…

Putting the Community Back Into the Newspaper

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$5.00 of your subscription will be donated to the nonprofit of your choice:

Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Cooperstown Art Association, Helios Care or Susquehanna Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.