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."
Although the program is open to the public free of charge, those wishing to attend are asked to make a reservation by calling Deborah Ziegler, director of community relations, at 373-7817.
And next Thursday, June 26 at 7 p.m., Woodside Hall will present a program featuring the Pathfinder Village Bell Choir. Again those wishing to attend should contact Deborah Ziegler.
We have learned, as a result of an e-mail we received that informed us that “we have the chain saw, ax throwing, log splitting, wood carving championship of the world going on at the lake front,” that there was an event held recently in Lakefront Park which has us wondering about the use of public property in the village.
On Saturday, June 7 the “Cooperstown Lumberjack Legacy Invitational Lumberjack Competition” was held. This was followed on June 8 with the “Professional Northeast Qualifier” held in anticipation of the U.S. Pro and Collegiate Championship, sponsored by Stihl Timbersports, to be held at a later date at the Norfolk Scope Arena in Norfolk.
Now we realize that any number of events have been held over the years in Lakefront Park. But unlike this event, those events were for the most part sponsored by non-profit organizations having something to do with that which is Cooperstown. As our e-mailer wrote: “The park has generally been used for not for profit organizations to have shows, raise money or entertain people.” However, it would seem that this chainsaw event in Lakefront Park is not only a part of a commercially sponsored undertaking but also has little, if anything, to do with the Cooperstown community.