Thurs., Aug. 26
NY STATE FAIR – From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. A 13-day showcase of agriculture, entertainment, education and technology. At the Great New York State Fairgrounds, 581 State Fair Blvd. in Syracuse. For info: 315-487-7711 or visit nysfair.ny.gov.
HOME SCHOOLING – At 1:30 p.m. Join the library to learn about resources available to parents home schooling their children, or just how to support your child’s education. Learn about Britannica, School, Gale Elementary and much more. At the Village Library of Cooperstown.
AUTHOR SERIES – At 2 p.m. Join talk with former major league infielder Greg Pryor, whose book “The Day the Yankees Made Me Shave,” explores the turbulent history of the major leagues of the ’60s. Free, registration for Zoom required. Presented by The Baseball Hall of Fame.
SCHENEVUS HISTORY – At 6:30 p.m. Join the Town of Maryland Historical Society to learn the history of the Schenevus Bank. When was it founded? Was it robbed? Where was it? Masking and social distancing will be enforced. At the VFW, 16 Main St. in Schenevus. For info: 607-435-5849.
WORD THURSDAY – At 7 p.m. Enjoy open mic by local writers followed by readings by “Seeing Things” chapbook poets Lynne Kemen and Julene Waffle. Presented by Bright Hill Press, in Treadwell. For info: 607-829-5055.
►Friday, Aug. 27
DEADLINE – Last Day to register for TEDx Oneonta (if available). Visit tedxoneonta.com for info.
GOLF CLASSIC – At 1 p.m. Join the Otsego Chamber of Commerce for the 35th Annual Golf Classic to support the Chamber’s efforts to help the local community thrive. Sign up for golf tournament at 1 and lunch/networking event at 11:30. Registration required. At the Oneonta Country Club, 9 Country Club Dr. in Oneonta. For info: 607-432-4500.
BUTTERFLY GARDEN – At 6 p.m. Girl Scouts celebrate completion and opening of their Flowers with Wings Butterfly Garden. There will be seed packets and info for people to take home to start their own gardens. The space serves as an educational, fun space where children can learn about pollinators and their parents can relax. It is also listed as a Monarch Waystation on the migration route. At the Oneonta World of Learning, 167 Youngs Rd. in Oneonta.
FIRE PIT FRIDAYS – From 7 to 10 p.m. Get out and enjoy a fun night around the fire with friends, drinks and music. This week features music from the Psychedelic Groove Circus, performed by the Glass Pony band. At Brewery Ommegang, 656 County Route 33, in Middlefield. For info: 607-280-2900.
THEATER – At 7:30 p.m. Written and performed by Evan Zes, “Rent Control” is a comedy featuring 25 characters portraying a wild but true story of an artist who lucks into a rent-controlled apartment in NYC and makes money off it until the plan hilariously backfires. Free admission. At the Franklin Stage Company, 25 Institute St. in Franklin. For info: 607-829-3700.
►Saturday, Aug. 28
GARAGE SALE DAY – All Day. Stop in for the village wide Annual Fly Creek Community Day Garage Sale. Includes refreshments for sale starting at 8 a.m. and lunch of hot dogs, burgers, salad, more, served at the Historical Society. Maps can be found at the Fly Creek General Store, 6212 state Route 28 in Fly Creek.
PANCAKE BREAKFAST – From 7:30 to 11 a.m. or until sold out. Drop in for delicious breakfast of pancakes, real maple syrup, scrambled eggs, sausage, applesauce, more to support the Fly Creek Volunteer Fire Company. Cost, $10/adult. Masks required if unvaccinated. At the Fly Creek Firehouse, 832 county Route 26 in Fly Creek. For info: 607-547-5469.
BLOOD DRIVE – From 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. At the Burlington Flats Baptist Church, 101 Arnold Rd. in Burlington Flats. For info: 800-733-2767.
BOOK SIGNING – From noon to 4 p.m. Explore the history of New York’s underground cave network with author/explorer Dana Cudmore in his new book, “Underground Empires: Two Centuries of Exploration, Adventure & Enterprise in New York’s Cave Country.” Book launch will include a power point presentation, book signing and free tours to the original entrance to Howes Cave next door. Free admission, portion of book sales that day will benefit the museum. At Cave House Museum of Mining and Geology, 139 Blowing Rock Rd. in Howes Cave.
SAUSAGE & BREW FESTIVAL – From 3 to 9 p.m. Hobart Rotary Club presents festival of specialty sausages, made by local farms with the freshest ingredients, and wash it down with NYS craft beer and cider. Other fun includes live music, horseshoe games, square dancing and more. At 101 Maple Ave. in Hobart. For info: facebook.com/HobartRotaryClub/.
LIFESKILLS – From 4 to 6 p.m. Teens are invited to learn to cook with Lynn. Menu posted to Facebook. Seating is limited, reservations are required. Presented by The Oneonta Teen Center. At 50 Dietz St. in Oneonta. For info: 607 441 3999.
MOVIE NIGHT – At 7 p.m. Join the Richfield Springs Library and the community center for a showing of “Flora and Ulysses.” At the Richfield Springs Community Center, 6 Ann St. in Richfield Springs. For info: 315-858-0230.