Column by Dr. Richard Sternberg
Last week, I took a major step for myself and poked my head out of my shell. I decided that the situation with COVID is really not going to get much better. It is going to be endemic like the flu or the common cold and we’re going to have to deal with it. It’s time to get life back to as normal as possible.
I decided to take a trip to New York City, specifically Manhattan. There were several things that I wanted to do, and I haven’t been able to do for over two years. My personal schedule gave me a small window of opportunity to make the trip. I was also interested to see the response in the city to the continued presence of COVID and increase in lab-positive cases.
I went to a museum and I went to a Broadway show off Times Square. I also had a report from a friend of the crowd reaction at New York Rangers hockey game.
One day I went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art specifically to see a special event, a major retrospective of the works of Winslow Homer. By the way, if you have any interest in American art, you must get down to see this exhibit. It is worth the trip. These major retrospectives of Homer occur only approximately once every 25 years. This one is every bit as spectacular as the last one was in the mid-90s.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, JUNE 22
PRIMARY ELECTIONS – 6 a.m. – 9 p.m. Come vote in the primary elections. 607-547-4247 or visit www.otsegocounty.com/departments/board_of_elections/index.php
BIRDING – 8 – 9 a.m. Learn about beginner bird watching. Registration required. $1 donation requested. Presented by the Cooperstown Senior Community Center. Brookwood Gardens, 6000 St. Hwy. 80, Cooperstown. 607-547-8471 or e-mail email@example.com
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 17
VIRTUAL TOUR – 2 p.m. Zoom meeting featuring walk through of exhibit ‘Albrecht Dürer: Master Prints’ with Assistant Curator of American Art Ann Cannon featuring in-depth discussion and Q&A session. Free, registration required. Suggested donation $5. Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown. 607-547-1400 or visit www.fenimoreartmuseum.org
ANGEL TREE PROGRAM – Give the Gift of Christmas this holiday season. Adopt a family in need. Visit www.allotsego.com/angel-tree-program/ to learn how.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 29
OPERA – 12:55 p.m. Performance of “Agrippina,” by Handel, streaming live from Metropolitan Opera House. Cost, $20/adult. Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. 607-431-2080 or visit www.foothillspac.org
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB.23
FLOAT NIGHT – 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. Make a boat with the family and race it in the pool. All supplies provided. All welcome if accompanied by a YMCA member. Oneonta YMCA, 20-26 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-0010 or visit www.oneontaymca.org/upcoming-events.html
THEATER – 7:30 p.m. SUNY Oneonta Theater dept. presents “Barefoot in the Park,” a romantic comedy about a newlywed couples emerging life in NYC. Admission, $5/person. Hamblin Theater, SUNY Oneonta. Visit connect.oneonta.edu/event/1163087