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U.S. Men’s National Team Watch Party

U.S. Men’s National Team Watch Party

Photo by Sean Mebust.

COOPERSTOWN—Local soccer fans gathered at Upstate Bar & Grill to watch the U.S. Men’s National Team’s long-awaited Group Stage showdown against England at the 2022 World Cup in Al Khor, Qatar on Friday, November 25.

Though the fixture proved scoreless in the end, watchers were treated to a fast-paced, physical match-up between one of the tournament favorites in England and a scrappy, youthful U.S. squad. With their 1-0 win against Iran on Tuesday, November 29, the U.S. team finished second in Group B, advancing to the Final 16 knockout round for the first time since 2014. They play next on Saturday, December 3 against the Netherlands.

Staff Picks: July 1, 2021

Staff Picks

Delicious salad, ice cream at the
Guernsey, locally sourced food

Larissa Ryan
Business Manager
Upstate Bar & Grill
Conveniently located just outside of Cooperstown on State Route 28, the Upstate Bar & Grill is an excellent restaurant offering American-style dining.
It’s also a great place to catch a sports game on the televisions throughout the restaurant and bar area.
The food offerings include steak, salmon and everything in between.
I recently ordered the Cobb salad and enjoyed its toppings of bacon, corn, egg, avocado and honey mustard. The egg, corn and bacon made for a rich blend of flavor and texture that I will definitely be ordering again.

Upstate Bar & Grill
5418 State Route 28

Tara Barnwell
Golden Guernsey Ice Cream
The Golden Guernsey in Oneonta is so much summertime fun!
Like eating dessert first, here you have to start with the fries! They are fried to golden perfection. Get them loaded with bacon and cheese sauce.
I tried a hotdog that I’d never had before, the Texas hot, with raw onions, homemade Texas chili and mustard. Great combination!
The ice cream selection is about the best around. They have the best hard ice cream that has bits of coconut in it, but my favorite is still the brownie with vanilla ice cream, then smothered in hot fudge sauce. You can’t go wrong with that!

Golden Guernsey Ice Cream
15 Main Street, Oneonta

Greg Klein
Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative
I wanted to wait until after his primary election was over to say I got to visit the Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative and I am so impressed with what Dan Sullivan had put together.
Sullivan moved Upstate to buy a farm decades ago and Otsego County has been better for it ever since. His venture at 140 Main Street in one of the quaintest parts of the village, is a storefront for local foods and a showcase for local farmers. You can get pretty much anything grown locally, at the RSCFC. I remember marveling at the shelf of locally grown spices, thinking I have to come back with a proper list. You can get proteins, dairy, fresh fruits and vegetables and lots of jams and local honey.
There’s prepared food, too, with specials based on the season. Watching the RSCFC Facebook page, I sometimes wish I was closer at lunchtime! Plus there are t-shirts and artwork for sale, along with books from local authors or about local history.
As I said, the Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative really blew me away and I wish every small town had something so special. If you love locally sourced food and are  anywhere near the northern part of the county, you should make the trip to Richfield Springs and stop in at the food cooperative.

Richfield Springs Community Food Cooperative
140 Main Street,
Richfield Springs

Kevin Limiti
Danny’s Market
I keep eating the “oh, yeah”
from Danny’s on Main Street in Cooperstown and I continue to love it. It’s a roast beef sandwich with cheese, sautéed peppers and onions, with an awesome garlic pesto dressing. This sandwich is top quality. I’m not someone that usually likes peppers but it meshes really well with their sandwich overall. They also have great Reubens.
Danny’s overall is just one of the best delis I’ve been to. Highly recommended.

Danny’s Market
92 Main Street,

Kathleen Peters
Graphic Designer
Red Shed Brewery
Red Shed Brewery in the town of Middlefield is a New York State Farm Brewery, meaning they use at least 60% beer ingredients and hops grown in the state.
The food truck, just outside the bar, makes all the food onsite, also using local ingredients.
One of the best parts of eating here is that you can sit inside if the weather is uncooperative. They also have a large outdoor beer garden with plenty of seating, some under tents, some with Adirondack chairs and small tables out in the field, and great views all around.
Even better, you can bring your dog! (This is true only if they are well behaved dogs, unlike my two.)
Better still, they have live music out there sometimes.
The husband is not a fan of outdoor dining, so we sat inside, which is equally pleasant. He had the shed burger, which is a local grass-fed beef burger with American cheese and shed sauce; and a Bent Nail Black Lager.
I had the Jack’s BBQ, a grilled chicken breast with Jessica’s Red BBQ Sauce, bacon, cheddar and onion rings; and a Weathervane Farmhouse Ale.
The food menu is not all that large, but there is enough variety that you should be able to find something to suit your taste. There are a few vegetarian choices, and a mac ’n’ cheese that sounds fantastic, made with golden ale gouda cheese.
The beer menu is all that large, and there are some local wines and hard ciders as well, even Adirondack sodas, if you’re not a drinker.

Red Shed Brewery
709 County Route 33


Halloween Dinner,

& Costume Party


HALLOWEEN PARTY – 4 – 11 p.m. Enjoy Halloween themed dinner specials, costume party/contest, specialty drinks, more. Accepting & matching cash donations for Cooperstown Angel Network to be presented to Abram Family Fire Relief Efforts. Mel’s at 22, 22 Chestnut St., Cooperstown. 607-435-7062 or visit

LECTURE & DISCUSSION – 8 p.m. “Civic Literacy: Engaging in American Society & Government Today” with Chris Di Donna, expert speaker, engaged member of local community holding BA of History & Political Science, more. The CHURCH, 2381 NY-205, Mt Vision. 607-638-5119 or visit


Kick Off The Relay Season


RELAY FOR LIFE – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Otsego County Kick-Off event. Upstate Bar & Grill, 5418 NY-28, Cooperstown. Call 607-766-6925 or visit

PUBLIC MEETING – 3:30-4:30 p.m. Discuss and comment on the Otsego county Draft Local Solid Waste Management Plan. Available for comment through Mar. 18. Huntington Memorial Library, 3rd Floor, 62 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Call 607-547-4225 or visit

Work Nears Completion At Upstate Bar & Grill

Work Nears Completion

At Upstate Bar & Grill

Upstate Bar & Grill maitre d’ Art Bodin, top, points out the two dozen beer taps that will offer local and regional craft brews, imports Guinness and Stella Artois, as well as key national brands when the new 225-seat establishment at Cooperstown’s Southern Gateway opens sometime later this month. As restaurateur Joe Vezza, in right photo, reviews plans with contractor Tim Winslow, renovations that expanded and transformed the former Peppermill Restaurant, going on for months, are nearing completion. With the taps as the centerpiece of the sports bar, the restaurant will focus on American cuisine, with a menu that includes prime rib and entrees from land and sea. More to come as opening day nears. (Jim Kevlin/

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21 Railroad Ave. Cooperstown, New York 13326 • (607) 547-6103