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October 18, 2012

Our Readers' Opinions: Oct. 18, 2012

Cooperstown, a wonderful place

to live

By all accounts, the first Fall for Cooperstown weekend was a resounding success. Big thanks to all the merchants, museums and churches that participated in this wonderful event, as well as the board of trustees who supported the idea at every step of the way. Even the weather helped us out!

With the music and beer tasting in Pioneer Park, the sidewalk sales and free museum admissions, Main Street was more crowded than usual for mid-October. Thank you to the committee of Margaret Savoie, Patti Ashley, Karen Katz, Matt Grady, Pat Szarpa (Executive Director, Cooperstown Chamber of Commerce) and Teri Barown for planning events and working on making things run so smoothly.

An especially huge thank you to Kristen Griger. Kristen and Growing Community were working on a community dinner idea at the same time the village was planning the Fall for Cooperstown weekend. By folding their idea into ours, the weekend ended on the most beautiful note, with over 300 people sitting together, sharing food, talk and laughs on the most perfect of fall afternoons. Thanks also to Brewery Ommegang for donating cases of beer for our communal feast and to our Main Street neighbors for embracing the event despite the inconvenience of having the street closed in front of their homes. The event was made much easier by the generous loan of all the tables and chairs by The Farmers’ Museum. 

One of the dinner attendees said that when she came down Main Street from Middlefield, she almost began to cry at the vision of a crowd of people enjoying each other’s company and, by example, showing to each other what makes Cooperstown so wonderful a place to live. It was truly magnificent.

Jeff Katz

Mayor of Cooperstown

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