Hamilton also talked about the importance of water to Brewery Ommegang’s business, a resource they believe fracking threatens.
“One of the reasons that Brewery Ommegang is in Cooperstown is cause it has some of the most excellent water quality,” said Hamilton. “We consider groundwater such a high priority.....we just can’t take any risks.”
The event has two seatings, one at 6 and another at 7 p.m, and will be held in a heated tent on the grounds of Brewey Ommegang. Ticket holders will be given 1/4 of each sandwich, a bowl of soup , a free beverage and desert. There will also be plainer grilled cheese sandwiches on hand, that the chefs will prepare for children who don’t want extra ingredients on their sandwiches.
Entertainment at the event will be provided by the folk band Tributary.
“It provides a really nice festive atmosphere,” said Pope, of the music.
Two baskets, each containing local cheeses and Ommegang beer, will also be raffled off, with the proceeds also going to defend home rule. Pope says that an effort is also made to have the cheese makers at the event as well.
The capacity of the event is about 100 people for each seating. Pope says that the event sold out last year, and that this year’s 6 p.m. seating has already sold out as well.
“If people want to get their tickets they should get them soon,” said Pope.
Tickets are $25 for adults and $15 for children six to 12. Children under six are admitted free. Those wishing to make reservations can call Otsego 2000 at 547-8881.