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Winter Carnival

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9

Summertime In Winter Concert

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WINTER CARNIVAL – All Day. Info at www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com

CONCERT – 3 p.m. Enjoy mix of American music for ‘Good Ol’ Summertime in Winter’ concert. Beat the winter blues with pieces like Carousel, America The Beautiful, more performed by Oneonta Community Concert Band. FoxCare Center, 1 FoxCare Dr., Oneonta. 607-432-7085.

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, JANUARY 24

Otsego Chamber Hosts

State Of The State Panel

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STATE OF THE STATE – 11:45 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Hear from your elected officials in local, county, state, federal government on the State of Otsego County. Learn about legislation & initiatives that may impact your business. Featuring Antonio Delgado, James Seward, John Salka, others. Cost, $40/non-member. Otsego Grill, Morris Hall, SUNY Oneonta. 607-432-4500 or visit otsegocc.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JANUARY 23, 2020
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, JANUARY 23

Auction To Benefit Wigs & Wishes

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FUNDRAISER – 5:30 – 8 p.m. Support Tracy Abrams to provide wigs to local community members who have lost their hair to chemotherapy. Enjoy Quarter Auction, food, drink, preview items. Partnered with 501c organization Wigs & Wishes. Oneonta Vets Club, 279 Chestnut St., Oneonta. 607-287-4294 or visit www.facebook.com/OneontaVetsClub

winter carnival fun

 

Winter Carnival Fun

Jim Kevlin/The Freeman’s Journal – Riley Dennis, 2, of Cooperstown takes her first horseback ride during the “Blizzard of Family Fun” event Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Cooperstown Winter Carnival. Leading her are Beth Heinrich and Quincy Chase of the Cooperstown Equestrian Center
Linda Cunningham, Cooperstown, marvels at the multi-colored quilts at The annual Fenimore Quilt Club show at the Coopers- town Art Association at 22 Main. The show opened for the 2019 Winter Carnival, but continues until Feb. 24.

 

Cooperstown’s Jack Stanton tries his luck at Irish Beer Curling, but instead of throwing the traditional “rocks,” contestants slid a case of beer toward the target. It happened Saturday, Feb. 9, in the parking lot of the Railroad Inn on Railroad Avenue. Ask organizer Dave LaDuke for the particulars.

 

Kelly Richmond and mom Shirley man the Creations by Kelly booth at the Winter Carnival Craft Show at 25 Chestnut, the fire hall, Saturday, Feb. 9.

 

Frankie Panzarella, 13, of Cooperstown, accepts a $500 check for finding the Winter Carnival Medallion. From left are dad Frank, brother Matthew, mom Jennifer and sister Emma, plus the family’s dog Rocco, who with Frank was with Frankie when he found the prize. Making the presentation is Jim Kevlin, right, editor/publisher of The Freeman’s Journal, Hometown Oneonta and AllOTSEGO.com.

 

The Rev. Joe Perdue, Cooperstown Baptist Church, and his wife, Julia, left, flank the Rev. Elsie Rhodes, First Presbyterian Church, at Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause, which drew 250 supporters of Otsego 2000 Sunday evening to The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 10

Grilled Cheese For A Cause

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FUNDRAISER – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause features gourmet sandwiches prepared by favorite local chefs with local ingredients, live music. Support Otsego 2000’s historic preservation program in Otsego county. Tickets, $30/adult. Farmers Market, Cooperstown. 607-547-8881 or visit www.otsego2000.org/2019/01/08/grilled-cheese-good-cause-february-11th/

WHEN WINTER WAS WOW!

WHEN WINTER WAS WOW!

Icy Lake Was Village’s Playground In Winter Carnivals Of Yesteryear

By LIBBY CUDMORE

Ian Austin / WINTER DREAMS

By LIBBY CUDMORE

Longtime Coopers- town Winter Carnival fans Bill and Carol Waller (Bill is a former carnival chairman) review clips of the days when frozen Otsego Lake was the revellers’ playground

COOPERSTOWN – If you looked out and saw cars out on Otsego Lake today, you would probably call a tow truck.
But in 1974, when Bill Waller was Cooperstown Winter Carnival chairman, it was all part of the fun.
“We had all sorts of events on the lake – Just as long as the ice was 18-inches thick,” he said.
The 52nd Winter Carnival kicks off Friday, Feb. 8
Back then, chief among the favorite activities was the annual gymkhana, where cars would race through cones across Otsego Lake’s ice.
“When we came up for the first Winter Carnival in 1969, I saw all these cars out on the ice,” said Waller. “I took my car out, but I had the wrong tires on, so I didn’t do very well.
“But Hank Phillips” – at the time, he ran Withey’s Pharmacy on Main Street – “he had this funny little Volkswagen, and he beat the pants off everyone.”

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB.10
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB.10

Walk For Heart Health

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HEALTH FAIR – 9 a.m. – Noon. Participate in the indoor Heart Walk, learn hands-only CPR, get free blood pressure, cholesterol, and glucose check, visit the pet therapy booth, more. FoxCare Center, 1 Foxcare Dr., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2000 or visit www.bassett.org/heartwalk/

QUILT SHOW – 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. The 28th Annual Fenimore Quilt Club Show opens with spectacular pieces both old and new on display thru Feb. 25. Quilt Club members will be available each day to demonstrate their craft or answer questions. Cooperstown Art Association. Call 607-547-9777 or visit www.cooperstownart.com

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB.9
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB.9

Kick Off The Winter Carnival

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CHILI LUNCHEON – 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. Enjoy Homemade chili or soup to warm the soul for Winter Carnival. All you can eat with bread, drink, tasty dessert. Donations support ongoing ministries. First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Visit www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com/event-schedule

ART SHOW – 4 – 6 p.m. Opening “Art in Winter: Rural Resonance” features 3 well know local artists: Tracy Helgeson, Alice Hudson, & Lavern Kelly. The Art Garage, 689 Beaver Meadow Rd., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-5327 or visit www.facebook.com/TheArtGarageCooperstown/

Janitz and Marvel Find Medallion In Snow

Winter Carnival Medallion Found

Janitz and Marvel Find Medallion In Snow

John Janitz Jr. and his girlfriend Katie Marvel pose with this year’s Winter Carnival Medallion. Janitz, Fly Creek, spent two hours searching for the medallion this morning with his girlfriend Katie Marvel, Oneonta, when Janitz found the medallion in a small bag under a tree stump near Council Rock. The two have already decided to split the prize money. (Parker Fish/AllOTSEGO.com)
Lions Club Recruiting Winter Fest Volunteers
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Lions Club Recruiting

Winter Fest Volunteers

Cooperstown Lions Club members were out in force today at a public reception at the Tunnicliff Inn to recruit volunteers for the 51st Cooperstown Winter Carnival, planned Feb. 9-11 at numerous venues in and around the village.  Seated, from left, are Lions  Jason Tabor, Deirdre Donley and Georgia Hren-Saphier.  Standing, from left, Bill Senif, Claire Kepner, Jane Willis, Winter Carnival chair Rich McCaffery, John Rowley, Dennis Hascup, Tom Hohensee, Dave Pearlman and Josh McMahon.  To volunteer to help with the carnival, called any of the Lions, which is the sponsoring organization.   The first clue in the annual hunt for the Winter Carnival medallion and $500 prize will appear in the next editions of The Freeman’s Journal and Hometown Oneonta, on newsstands this Wednesday afternoon.   (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Enjoy Final Evening Of Fun At 50th Cooperstown Carnival

Enjoy Final Evening Of Fun

At 50th Cooperstown Carnival

4-9 p.m. – Fire & Ice Bar, The Otesaga
5 p.m. – Carnival Closer, Cooperstown Farmers’ Market
5:30-9 p.m. – Hawkeye Special, The Otesaga
7-9 p.m. – Paint ‘n’ Sip, Pail Shop Winery, Fly Creek
7:30 p.m. – Annie & The Hedonists, Cooperstown Concert Series, The Otesaga
8 p.m. – 2017 Lip Sync Battle & Flux Capacitor, Cooperstown Farmers’ Market

SEE YOU ALL NEXT YEAR!

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 4
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, FEB. 4

Enjoy Final Day-Long Celebration

Of Coop’s  50th Winter Carnival

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FUN IN THE SNOW! Final day of the 50th anniversary Cooperstown Winter Carnival features snowman building, soup’n’ chili, soccer slushing in Pioneer Park,  the “Fatty Bumppo” bike race ghost tours, wine tasting, a chicken wing competition, the Fire & Ice Bar at The Otesaga, Annie & The Hedonists concert, and the carnival closer.  For full schedule of events, see  www.cooperstownwintercarnival.com/event-schedule

HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 3
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, FEB. 3

Hot Soup Restarts Carnival

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SOUP ‘N’ CHILI – The Cooperstown Winter Carnival starts up for a second weekend 11 a.m.-2 p.m., with Chili, Beef Barley Soup, Broccoli, Bread, Dessert, and drinks.  Adults $8, Children $4 at First Baptist Church, 21 Elm St., Cooperstown. Info, 547-9371

CONTRADANCE – 7:15-10:30 p.m. Otsego Dance Society hosts. Music by Eleemosynary, Robby Poulette calls. No partner or experience needed. All dances taught. Newcomers welcome at 7:15 for an introduction to some basic steps. Suggested donation $8 adults; $4 students and teenagers; kids 12 & under free. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Info, (607) 965-8232, 547-8164, www.otsegodancesociety.blogspot.com

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