Fourth of July happenings
The Otsego Land Trust invites the public to enjoy fireworks over Otsego Lake from Brookwood Point starting at 6 p.m. Saturday July 6.
Admission, $5 a person or $25 for families of six or more, will be used to contribute directly to assuring Brookwood Point can remain a public site for all to enjoy.
Brookwood Point is located at 6000 State Route 80 (West Lake Road) in Cooperstown. For more information, visit www.otsegolandtrust.org or call Marcie at 547-2366.
Celebration planned at Hanford Mills Museum
Hanford Mills Museum will hold its annual Independence Day Celebration from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.Thursday, July 4. The festival will feature a children’s fishing derby, a frog-jumping contest (bring your own frog), live music, Holiday Pop-Up Farmers’ Market, food, and guided mill tours. Tours include water-power demonstrations featuring the 1926 Fitz Overshot waterwheel, and steam-power demos with the steam boiler and steam engines.
According to organizers, a popular feature of the Independence Day Celebration is ice cream, made on a steam-powered churn and chilled with ice from the museum’s Ice Harvest. Free samples will be available throughout the day.
Fiddler Henry Hermann will be performing noon to 3 p.m. Eagle Ridge BBQ and Ate.O.Ate Catering will offer food for sale. Members of two Plein Aire Painters groups will be on site, and visitors can watch as they capture scenes of Hanford Mills. Shaver-Hill Farm will be selling maple products, including maple cotton candy.
A new addition is the Holiday Pop-Up Farmers’ Market organized by the Greater Stamford Area Chamber of Commerce. The market, which will run 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature Catskills-made produce, products and crafts. The market will be open for visitors coming to the celebration, as well as community members who just want to browse and pick up something special for the holiday. The market will feature fresh baked goods (waffles, bagels, cookies, donuts), artisan breads, jams and jellies, Hereford beef, honey, free range eggs, fresh greens, beeswax candles, photographs, books, woolen items, pottery, handmade totes and more. In addition to selling alpaca fleece items, Gunhouse Hill Alpacas will be bringing alpacas.
There will be a children’s fishing derby on the mill pond from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., with prizes being awarded for the largest fish. Children 14 and younger should bring a pole and bait (or borrow one of the poles that will be available courtesy of the Department of Environmental Conservation in Stamford.) There also will be sack races, tug-of-war, and frog-jumping contests (at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., bring your own frog).
A new exhibit marking the museum’s 40th anniversary will be on view. The exhibit tells the story of Hanford Mills transitioning from a 120-year old working mill to a vibrant museum.
Celebrate at the Farmers’ Museum
The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown will mark Independence Day on July 4 with the sounds of 1776. Visitors will be able to hear the muskets blast and listen to a reading of the Declaration of Independence at 1 p.m. on the historic village green. Visitors will also have the chance to enjoy the traditional 19th century music performed by Katie Boardman throughout the day.
Ongoing demonstrations will include blacksmithing, printing, open hearth cooking and more. Special highlight activities will take place at select times. Visit FarmersMuseum.org for more information.
The museum is open July 4 and every day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults and juniors (13-64), $10.50 for seniors (65+) and $6 for youth (7-12). Admission is free for those age 6 and younger. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military. Through Labor Day 2013, active-duty military and up to five family members are admitted free, through the Blue Star Museum program.