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.
This year it will be held on Saturday, July 5 from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. on the church lawn in good weather and on the porches and in the chapel should the weather prove inclement. At the social there will be hot dogs and hamburgers both served with salads, lemonade, coffee and, of course, ice cream and homemade cake. Additionally, the will be an open air bazaar featuring handicrafts and a white elephant sale. There will also be games and other activities for the children. It is, we think, an excellent way in which to celebrate the start of the summer season in the Cooperstown community.
It is with sadness that we note the death of long time Cooperstown resident Alberta Bowes. Many people no doubt remember Alberta from Bassett where she worked in Nursing Administration from 1956 until her retirement in 1982. Others will remember her service as a nurse in WWII. And while we were well aware of these aspects of Alberta’s life, we remember her most fondly for the Thanksgiving dinners which we, along with other friends, shared with her at the Thanksgiving Home. To her brother Bill and her many friends, we extend our sympathy. She will be missed.
Not long ago we answered the telephone to hear a young male voice say “Hi Gramma.” We were somewhat taken aback as it just didn’t sound like either of our granddaughters, Abigail or Marin. Abby’s voice is much higher than was the caller’s and, to our knowledge, Marin doesn’t talk much yet. So we said, “Excuse me.” To this, the caller replied, “It’s me.” We then said, “That may be true but you are not related to me.” After a bit of hesitation the caller said, “Oh,” and hung up.