“We see ourselves as a local business,” said Bennett, who also praised the festival’s economic goals. “We see it as important to be part of the community.”
As for how the environment affects their business model, Bennet cited the importance of water to Brewery Ommegang.
“If anything happens to our water we are really up a creek.”
Pope hopes that the festival will draw 1,000 people to Cooperstown over the weekend, and says that they are on track to accomplish this. She said that one festival event, the Black Maria Short Film Festival screening at the Cooperstown Distillery, had already sold out, and that a number of others were close to selling out as well.
“I think it’s going to be successful,” said Pope. “I would just encourage people to come.”
More information on the festival can be found at www.otsego2000.org/glimmerglass-film-days.