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October 11, 2012

Events being added to community celebration this weekend

JIM AUSTIN
THE COOPERSTOWN CRIER

— Events are being added to the schedule for this weekend’s first end-of-season community celebration — Fall for Cooperstown.

“I’ve definitely heard people are getting excited,” Mayor Jeff Katz said Tuesday morning. “There’s more and more interest.”

Katz said that in the first year for the celebration, there seems to be a lot of enthusiasm in the community and people are looking forward to it.

“I’m sure whoever participates will have a good time,” he said, adding that he plans to spend a lot of time Main Street this weekend listening to music, sampling some beer and enjoying events at the Hall of Fame and elsewhere.

“I’ll be out and about,” he said.

Following is the latest schedule of events for the weekend:

Saturday

Music in Pioneer Park: noon to 1 p.m., Ed Badgley and George Ehrmann; 1 to 3 p.m., Scott Anderson; 3 to 4:30 p.m., Cooperstown Big Band; 5 to 6:30 p.m., Cooperstown Central School; 6:30 to 8 p.m., Phil Zenir and friends.

Local brewers will have tasting tables.

Space is available for informational tables from nonprofits on the lawn of the village library. Call the village office for available space, 547-2411.

Saturday and Sunday

The Fenimore Art Museum, The Farmers’ Museum and the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum will offer free admission to residents of the village of Cooperstown on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 13 and 14.

Visitors must provide a proof of village residency such as a drivers license.

Visitors can be among the first to see the Fenimore’s new fall exhibition Tasha Tudor: Around the Year, organized by the Norman Rockwell Museum. Several other exhibitions will also be on view. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

At The Farmers’ Museum, residents may have free carousel rides, take part in special family programs and more. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

On Saturday, the Baseball Hall will feature hands-on activities for families throughout the museum. On Sunday, the museum will feature a special edition of its Author Series programs, in celebration of the 100th anniversary of Fenway Park. Red Sox radio announcer Joe Castiglione will  discuss his latest book, “Can You Believe It: 30 Years of Insider Stories with the Boston Red Sox,” and sign copies in a co-presentation with author and historian Curt Smith.

Free play at Doubleday Field — baseball, softball, touch football — will be available. Call the village office at 547-2411 for available times.

There will also be sidewalk sales and open houses by participating merchants on Main Street.

Sunday

First Baptist Church: A 10 a.m. sermon by the Rev. Douglas Deer titled, “Good City, Good Citizens, Good God!” Everyone is welcome.

Church Crawl: The churches of Cooperstown are planning the first village Church Crawl in conjunction with the Celebrate Cooperstown weekend. A series of short historical-architectural tours of church buildings will be offered and participants are encouraged to walk from church to church to learn more about the heritage of faith and the artistic treasures of the village.

The schedule is 1 p.m. Bassett Chapel, 1:30 p.m. Christ Episcopal Church, 2 p.m. Presbyterian Church, 2:30 p.m. First Baptist Church, 3 p.m. Saint Mary’s Catholic Church, 3:30 p.m. United Methodist Church, 4:15 p.m. Evangelical Lutheran Church, Hartwick Seminary.

For more information, call Pastor Mark Michael at 547-9555.

Village Library: Author panel discussion at 2 p.m. The Friends of the Village Library will present a panel of authors — Lesley Diehl, David Krajicek, Glenn Nilson and Peter Troy — who will discuss the ideas and motives behind their books, the writing process and a bit about their lives. For more information, call 547-8199.

Community harvest supper: Main Street from Fair Street to River Street, 4 to 7 p.m. The street will be closed for the day. Area residents are invited to bring a potluck dish and pull up a chair to the dining table lining Main Street for an outdoor dinner with friends and neighbors. The supper is organized by members of Growing Community, who suggest using locally grown ingredients in your dish to pass. They also want participants to remember place settings, drinks and clothing appropriate for weather conditions.

Call the village of Cooperstown at 547-2411 for more information. No reservations are necessary and all Cooperstown and area residents are welcome.