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February 20, 2014

Swing and a miss on PumpkinFest

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We have since learned that Jeter was inducted into the Kalamazoo Central’s Athletic Hall of Fame in 2003. It also renamed its baseball field in his honor in 2011. So, when Jeter’s time comes to enter the Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, we suspect we might not be the only Kalamazooites in town.

We were somewhat surprised to read that the Cooperstown PumpkinFest will be no more. Unfortunately, it was one of those events we were always going to attend, but never did. And now it seems we won’t. However, from what we have read, it will be replaced by another event, “Fall into Cooperstown ... Where Pumpkins Fly,” which will transform Cooperstown into a “magical fall-inspired village.” It almost sounds like something out of the Magic Kingdom at Disney World.

It reminds of the time when we were planning the 1986 Cooperstown Bicentennial when a representative from I Love New York came to give us some pointers. And the one thing that we really remember was her advice concerning organic versus synthetic events. The organic events, which she felt tended to be more successful, grew naturally out of a community in that they were related somehow to the comings and goings of the community. Synthetic events were imposed on the community even though they had little, if anything, to do with the community. And thus we tend to use this explanation when judging various events.

And while we don’t think Cooperstown was known for its growing of large pumpkins, we always thought that at least the pumpkin growing spoke to our agricultural background, making it an organic event. And for us at least, it also reminded us of the rather unusual pumpkins which our late husband’s grandfather used to produce. Somehow, the man was able to write the he-we’s name on the pumpkin seed which would result in a pumpkin vine producing a pumpkin with the he-we’s name on it. And we understand this was done for other members of the family as well.

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    July 24, 2014

  • Thoughts on traffic and roads We recently enjoyed a brief visit from Jon Battle, one of our late husband's college buddies, who always enjoys visiting Cooperstown and passing howdy on the front porch. And while the front porch is not as welcoming as it used to be since there are no chairs on it, we were able to pass howdy from the comfort of our family room. And during the many subjects that we covered in our conversation, the topic of potholes came up.

    July 17, 2014

  • Potholes and oversights bring bumps We have received a number of comments regarding our discussion on potholes in last week’s column. And most of them were in agreement that the potholes are indeed a problem.

    July 10, 2014

  • Potholes need place on village agenda We have long thought that the concepts of perspective and priorities have the ability to present problems for people. As we are inclined to say, getting one's ducks all in a row is often difficult. And as we have learned about issues currently under consideration by the Village of Coopertown it does make us wonder about their ducks.

    July 3, 2014

  • Summer unofficially begins with ice cream Although summer officially arrived this past weekend, we have long thought that the kick off event for the summer season in Cooperstown is the annual Ice Cream Social sponsored by the First Presbyterian Church on Pioneer Street.

    June 26, 2014

  • Splitting logs gives splitting headache We are happy to report that Woodside Hall is continuing with its presentation of programs which are open to the public. This evening at 6:30 p.m., they are hosting Glimmerglass Festival designers Troy Hourie and Erik Teague who will discuss their role in the company's summer production of Strauss' opera, "Ariadne in Naxos: Unplugged."

    June 19, 2014

  • Summer right for driving in the streets We have realized, having consulted our trusty calendar, that next Sunday is Father's Day. And thus this past weekend we were online looking for an appropriate printable Father's Day greeting card which we might send to the wee-we. Since we have been somewhat housebound this year, we have discovered the convenience of printable holiday cards. We used them rather successfully, we thought, when we sent them to the granddaughters for both Valentine's Day and Easter.

    June 12, 2014

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    June 5, 2014

  • Presidential reading replaces viewing ince we knew we were not in a position to take in any of the festivities surrounding the president's recent visit to the Hall of Fame, we decided we needed to celebrate in another way. And, as luck would have it, we are currently reading the recently released biography, "James Madison: A Life Reconsidered." What better way, we thought, to mark the current president's visit by reading about a former president's life. It seemed perfect. Besides, it gave us a reason to spend the day with our nose in a book.

    May 29, 2014

  • Best not to push luck on spring This week we note that the Literary Discussion Group meeting, originally scheduled for today, May 22, has been postponed until Thursday, May 29 at 2:30 p.m. in the Village of Cooperstown Library. William Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew" will be the topic of discussion at the rescheduled meeting.

    May 22, 2014