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September 6, 2012

Help to Celebrate Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN — We think the mayor and village board’s suggestion of a weekend for the residents to ”Celebrate Cooperstown” is a good one.

“Our vision is that on the Saturday and Sunday after Columbus Day (Oct. 13 and 14) the village takes two days to celebrate itself,” Mayor Jeff Katz wrote in a letter to the editor last month.

In the letter, Katz offered four ideas for inclusion in the weekend as a starting point:

• opening Doubleday Field on both days free of charge where teams could play baseball, or a father and son or daughter could play catch or perhaps Frisbee or touch football,

• a “Taste of Cooperstown,” where restaurants from the village could sell signature dishes to ticket-holders who have purchased in advance,

• a Main St. “open house.” All businesses interested would simply welcome Cooperstown residents enthusiastically into their shops to demonstrate Main Street is not all baseball.

• Dinner on Main St. organized by Growing Community.

“It’s after the season. People exhale and return to Main Street,” he said last week.

During the board’s August meeting, Katz appointed a Celebrate Cooperstown committee that met for the first time this week.

We have to agree with long-time Crier columnist Cathe Ellsworth, who suggested in a recent column that such a celebration “might well work toward a goal of restoring Cooperstown’s sense of community.

“We well remember the sense of community that the village had when we moved here in 1982. And quite frankly, we miss it. In fact, we have concluded that what we see as a noticeable division in the community has proven to be somewhat less than pleasant. In fact, at times it is downright annoying,” she wrote. “And we would like to think that an event like “Celebrate Cooperstown” would start a process to rejuvenate that sense of community that we have enjoyed for years. Cooperstown is indeed a special place and it is not a bad idea at all that, from time to time, we get together to remind ourselves of that.”

The mayor and committee are still looking for ideas and volunteers willing to help make it a reality. Katz can be reached by email at


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