AUTUMN CONCERT—3 p.m. The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble presents their Fall Concert. The theme is “Diversions” and will be conducted by Andrew Pease and Amy Hoxie. Free, open to the public. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Visit catskillwinds.com
BE AN ANGEL – The Angel Tree Program has returned. The community is invited to adopt a family and then find Christmas gifts for each of the children listed. Gifts are due unwrapped and without tags to either the office of The Freeman’s Journal at 21 Railroad Ave. in Cooperstown, or at the Salvation Army Church at 25 River St. in Oneonta. Visit allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ for details
JUNIOR/SENIOR PLAY – 7 p.m. The students of the Cooperstown Central School present ‘She Kills Monsters’ a dramatic comedy about Agnes Evans who discovers the D&D world of her sister, Tilly, after her tragic death. Tickets, $10 at the door. Rated Pg13 for mild language and battle scenes. Auditorium, Cooperstown Central School. (607) 547-8181 or visit cooperstowncs.org
VOTE – Noon – 8 p.m. Early voting is open for this years general election. Otsego County residents can vote on their schedule at either Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta or at Meadows Office Complex, 140 County Highway 33W, Cooperstown. Visit otsegocounty.com/departments/board_of_elections/index.php for more information.
The Village of Cooperstown’s Library has something for everyone this summer. The Summer Reading Program has been an annual tradition since the 1890s. It was traditionally for children and teens, but there was never much that was offered for adults.
“As an adult reader I wanted to join in the fun so we’ve included adults too,” said Heather Urtz Amendolare, library director. “We wanted to be able to offer reading projects to all ages, not just children.”
This year the theme is “Oceans of Possibilities”. “We will be holding a range of programs for community members including twice weekly storytimes, Utica Zoo visits, book discussions, crafts, lectures, and STEAM related programming,” Ms. Amendolare said.
Summer hours are in effect at the Village Library of Cooperstown now through September 1.
These include additional evening hours, Sunday closure, as well as opening at 8 a.m. Monday through Friday to take advantage of free parking.
Monday: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Be sure to ask Library Director Heather Urtz Amendolare for summer reading recommendations; she’s currently reading Dearie: the remarkable life of Julia Child (non-fiction) and says Black Cake (fiction) is the last book she loved!
BOAT PARADE – 3 p.m. View annual ‘We Love Our Lake’ decorated boat parade this Independence Day weekend. This years theme is ‘Our Lake’s a Treasure’ and all boats are welcome. Meet at 3 mile point or join up on the way behind the Otsego Lake Association pontoon boat south along Otsego Lake’s West Shore. Concludes at Lake Front Park, Cooperstown. E-mail email@example.com or visit www.otsegolakeassociation.org
CONCERT – 6:30 p.m. Come enjoy a performance by the band ‘Lazy II’ for the Independence Day weekend. Followed by a bonfire and s’mores at 7. Under the Large Shelter, Gilbert Lake State Park, 18 CCC Rd., Laurens. 607-432-2114 or visit www.facebook.com/GilbertLakeStatePark/
PHOTOGRAPHY – 6 p.m. Photographer Dmitri Kasterine presents ‘Photographs and Encounters’ featuring pictures he’s taken in his 60 years of photography, from Queen Elizabeth II to Mick Jagger, and more. Village Library of Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
PRODUCT SWAP – 6 p.m. Received beauty product gifts that your don’t need or don’t suit you? Bring new (or slightly used) products to swap for something more your style. Accepting shampoo/conditioner, lotions, bodywash, unused makeup, etc. Village Library of Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
FILM SCREENING – 7 p.m. Join the Cooperstown Film Society for screening of ‘Asteroid’ (filmed in Oneonta) with a pre-film talk by Executive Producer Korey Rowe. Village Library of Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/FilmSocCoop
UKRAINE BENEFIT – 5 – 8 p.m. Enjoy delicious Spaghetti Dinner to support refugees from Ukraine. Suggested donation, $10. The Rusty Bison, 4938 St. Hwy. 28, Cooperstown. 607-282-4347 or visit www.facebook.com/thebisoncoop
BOOK COLLECTION – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Bring books, audio-books, DVDs, and CDs to donate for the library books sale. Please no old textbooks, older encyclopedia sets, or outdated travel books. Hosted by the Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
LOCAL AUTHOR – 6 p.m. Welcome local author Chelsea Lauren for discussion of her YA Fantasy novel ‘Creatures Most Vile.’ Followed by Q&A session and a book signing. Copies will be available for purchase. Hosted at The Village Library of Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/
BLOOD DRIVE – 2 – 7 p.m. Laurens Fire Department, 34 Main St., Laurens. 1-800-733-2767 or visit www.redcrossblood.org
LIBRARY LOVERS MONTH – Kick-off at 3:30 featuring a mayoral proclamation, cookies, and contest announcements.
Month long celebration of the Village Library. Festivities will include a writing contest, literary themed snow sculpture challenge, literary specials from local businesses, and much more. Culminates with annual book sale open March 4, 5 & 6. Presented by The Friends of the Village Library of Cooperstown, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-434-3418 or visit www.villagelibraryofcooperstown.org
HALLOWEEN PARADE – 5 p.m. Celebrate Halloween in style. Bring out your best costume, bring the kids in theirs, and march down Main St. Mask and Social Distancing required. Organized by Cooperstown PTA and the Cooperstown Library. Participants will be gathering on the Library Lawn, 22 Main St., Cooperstown. 607-547-8344 or visit www.facebook.com/VillageLibraryOfCooperstown/