STAFF REPORT • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
Glimmerglass Film Days, a program of Otsego 2000, will present a virtual film festival, plus five in-person events Nov. 4 to 11.
Curated by Artistic Director Margaret Parsons and Programmer Joey Katz, the slate of independent documentaries and narrative features and shorts reflects the theme “Rise.”
“Rise” is a word of elastic meanings, and we were first inspired by the term at the start of 2021, hearing Amanda Gorman’s use of it in her poem, ‘The Hill We Climb,’” said Parsons. “The films in this year’s program all reflect some note of ‘rising up,’ but these notes also are beautifully whimsical.”
Based on a survey, Otsego 2000 decided to hold the full festival online for the second year in a row. However, there will be five films shown at the Grandstand Theater at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and at Templeton Hall in Cooperstown. The five films also will be online.
“The theme ‘Rise’ captures this duality, as it serves as a beacon of hope and new beginnings but also a word of warning in terms of sea levels and global temperatures,” said Ellen Pope, executive director of Otsego 2000. The films include selections from 15 different countries as well as works by indigenous filmmakers.
A Glimmerglass Pass costs $75 and provides online access to 26 feature-length films and two shorts programs, plus online filmmaker talks. All films will be able to be viewed beginning at 7 p.m., Nov. 4. Tickets to individual online films are $5. Both the Glimmerglass Pass and online film tickets are good for a household.
Tickets to the in-person screenings are $10 per person and not included with the Glimmerglass Pass. To attend in-person events, proof of vaccination (NY Excelsior Pass or CDC vaccination card) and photo ID are required. Face masks will be required while watching films.
Passes, tickets, descriptions of each film, and trailers are available at glimmerglassfilmdays.org.
By CHRYSTAL SAVAGE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
ONEONTA – The Lishansky family of West Oneonta will be virtually auditioning for GSN’s hit game show, Family Feud, on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at noon.
The family, who has been practicing for the show with question cards every day since they landed the audition, is “excited” for the opportunity.
“In COVID times, this is a happy note,” matriarch Eileen Lishansky said of the socially distanced format for auditioning. “We’re a game-playing family; this gives us something to look forward to.”
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16
GHOST TOURS – 5:30 p.m. Explore historic village by lantern light and learn about the ‘Things That Go Bump In The Night.’ Tours leave at half hour intervals to 8. For social distancing 8 people/tour. Reservation required. Recommended for people aged 10+. Cost, $17/non-member. The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1534 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, AUGUST 21
THEATER – 7 p.m. Enjoy virtual performance of Oscar Wildes ‘A Woman of No Importance’ presented by the Glimmerglobe Theater. Fenimore Art Museum. www.facebook.com/fenimoreartmuseum/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, AUGUST 8
DINE ON MAIN – 4:30 p.m. Enjoy a socially distanced evening out. Enjoy diner and support local businesses on Main Street Oneonta.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, AUGUST 6
ESCAPE GAME – 7 – 8 p.m. Join resident Game Master and your friends for fun quest to escape imaginary Witches Hut. Solve puzzles to escape, cure the poison mushrooms you and your party have consumed. Available to 4 County Library System Users only. Presented by Huntington Memorial Library. Visit www.facebook.com/hmloneonta/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, JUNE 6
VIRTUAL PRIDEFEST – 2 – 8 p.m. Celebrate Pride 2020. Online event will include opening ceremony, speeches, musical performances, more. This years theme is ‘Colors of Pride.’ Visit www.facebook.com/otsegopride/ for info.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JUNE 5
VIRTUAL THEATER – Enjoy past productions recorded live from the Glimmerglobe theater. Showing ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ performed 2019. The Fenimore Art Museum. www.facebook.com/fenimoreartmuseum/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, APRIL 18
5K RUN/WALK – 1 p.m. Support local non-profit SADD ‘Strides For Safety’ providing educational programs for students. Participate in virtual 5k run/walk. Sign up, then run or walk the 5k anytime between April 17-20 along route of your choice (just abide by social distancing and stay safe). Post of picture of you completing your run with hashtags #saddstridesfor safety and #clarksportscenterevents. Runners are encouraged to wear past SADD run t-shirts or to show off school colors. Entrance fee, $10/person. Invite friends and family from everywhere for this virtual event. Register at saddstridesforsafety.itsyourrace.com//event.aspx?id=8944