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FRIDAY RECEPTION—The Cooperstown Art Association will hold an opening reception for two new exhibitions on Friday, August 18 from 5-7 p.m. Gallery A will feature “Made in New York: The Art of Wood” and the “Paint the Point!” installation will be in Gallery B. (Photo courtesy Cooperstown Art Association)

Time Out Briefs: August 17, 2023

Author Keane To Visit Library

COOPERSTOWN—Acclaimed national bestselling author Mary Beth Keane will visit the Village Library of Cooperstown for a talk and book signing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, August 23. Copies of her book, “The Half Moon,” will be available for purchase, thanks to The Green Toad Bookstore.

Milford Plans Family Fun Day

MILFORD—Otsego County Relay for Life will hold a Family Fun Day event at Wilber Park in Milford from 11 a.m. to dusk on Saturday, September 23. There will be a children’s color run, car show, vendors, food, bounce houses, games and activities, fireworks at dusk, and more family fun.

Library To Host Museum Tour

JORDANVILLE—The Village Library of Cooperstown will run a special guided tour of the Russian History Museum at Holy Trinity Orthodox Seminary in Jordanville at 1 p.m. on Thursday, August 24. The event will tie in to the library’s group discussion of “Fathers and Sons” by Ivan Turgenev on August 9. Pre-registration for the museum trip is required; call the library at (607) 547-8344 or visit the circulation desk to sign up. The library will organize carpooling for participants without reliable transportation.

Fashion Show Headlines Event

FRANKLIN—Franklin’s traditional summer festival will return on Saturday, August 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Institute Street near Main Street. It will feature two popular local bands, Off the Record and Terri Whitney and the Country Express Band. The Oneonta Dance Club Square Dancers will perform with the latter group around 1 p.m. There will be children’s activities, including a bounce house, St. Paul’s famous pie sale, more than 30 local and regional artisans and crafters, and many options for food and drink. Community organizations will have tables, and there will be yard sales around the village. Franklin Central School will hold an all-class reunion at St. Paul’s Church from 5:30-8 p.m.; BYOB alcoholic beverages are permitted. Contact or (607) 434-7120 to reserve a spot at the reunion.

“Old Franklin Day showcases the Village of Franklin’s history and traditions with a welcoming community, engaged local organizations, old-fashioned hospitality, talented artists and crafters, and just plain fun for kids of all ages,” said Connie Martin, Old Franklin Day coordinator.

“Whether you want to shop, eat, play, dance in the street, learn more about the community, catch up with old friends or make new ones, there’s something for everyone,” added Coordinator John Wilson.

The headline event of the day will be the fashion show. This year’s show, “A Century of Everyday Fashion,” will feature local models exhibiting clothing styles of the 20th century. It is presented by Threads Past and Present and The Vintage Closet, vintage clothing businesses in Unadilla. The show starts at 2 p.m. at Franklin Central School, 26 Institute Street. Admission is free. The show is curated by Linda Hovey, owner of Threads Past and Present, and Johanna Marr of the Vintage Closet.

“Johanna and I are bringing the show back again by popular demand,” said Hovey. “The show will take the audience on a fashion journey from 1900 to 2000, with models ranging from adults to teens to a young family wearing everyday fashions for daytime work, school, and evening. It’s fun for everyone and the vintage fashions are sure to bring back great memories.”

For more information on the fashion show, contact Hovey at (607) 353-2944 or To learn more about Old Franklin Day or to become a sponsor, visit, visit the Old Franklin Day Facebook page, or contact Connie Martin at

Community Day, Sales Return

FLY CREEK—The 23rd annual Fly Creek Community Day and Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, August 26. The Fly Creek Area Historical Society will be serving lunch, including hamburgers, hot dogs, desserts, and hot and cold drinks, at the Old Grange building on Cemetery Road at 11 a.m. Donations of cookies and brownies are appreciated. To sign up for the yard sale map, submit a sign-up form and $5.00 to cover printing to the Historical Society. Contact Dora at (607) 547-8321 for the form or more information. Ten-foot square spaces for sales on the Historical Society grounds are available for $10.00 and tend to be reserved quickly. To pick up a home yard sale sign or drop off food donations, visit the Historical Society between 5 and 7 p.m. on Friday, August 25.

Tasting Set for Friday

ONEONTA—Oneonta Rotary will host its summer five-course wine tasting fundraiser at Social Eats Café-Project 607 from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, August 18. Non-alcoholic options are available at registration. Tickets are $75.00 per person and must be purchased in advance. Call (607) 431-4808 or visit the Oneonta Rotary Club Facebook page to register. The event usually sells out quickly. All proceeds will benefit the club’s work.

TEDx Speakers Named

ONEONTA—The TEDxOneonta planning team released the lineup of speakers for the 2023 independently-organized TED event to be held next month. TED is designed to bring together a diverse group of community members to share new ideas and foster change. Josiah Brown will present “Could Tourists Save Your Town?” Julianne Kirkland will follow with “Managing Multiple Identities.” Keneea Linton-George will be third with “The Paradox of Ethical Fashion,” followed by Noemie Florant’s “Painting a Diverse Future: Inspiring Young Minds to Erase Algorithmic Bias in AI.” Jean Tien will present “Hard Work Doesn’t Have to be Hard.” Juan Montenegro will conclude the evening with “Unleashing Human Potential Through Volunteerism: A Dyslexic’s Journey to Self-Discovery.”

The event will take place at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center at 6 p.m. on Friday, September 15. Tickets are $25 until August 18 and $30 thereafter. Space is limited. Visit to make a reservation. Since TEDxOneonta’s inception in 2017, its speakers have been viewed more than 500,000 times. The 2023 event, following the theme “Look Around, Look Ahead,” received over 90 applications from prospective presenters.

Golf Outing Planned

ONEONTA—The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce will hold its 37th Annual Golf Outing at the Oneonta Country Club on Friday, September 8. Registration and breakfast begin at 8:30 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 9:30. The outing is $699.00 for a foursome, $369.00 for a twosome and $199.00 for an individual ticket; a cart, breakfast, lunch, drink tokens and swag bag are included. There will be prizes for three flights, longest drive, straightest drive, marshmallow drive, a putting contest and a closest-to-the-pin contest. For more information or to register, e-mail


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