Museum to offer August art classes

COOPERSTOWN — Drop-in art classes for kids ages 4 to 8 will be held on Wednesdays in August at Fenimore Art Museum. According to a media release, each program will relate to the museum and its collections and include a visit to an exhibit, storybook reading and creation of a hands-on art project. Activities will range from painting to drawing to sculpting.

“On Paper Wings: Building Paper Birds” will be taught from 1 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at Fenimore Art Museum.

Led by Shannon Delany, participants will use basic papercutting and paper folding techniques to create a raised, multidimensional bird or winged creature on a background that can be placed into a shadow box frame. Students should bring images of birds as references for their project.

The workshop is suitable for any adult or teen with hand-eye coordination, patience and scissor or X-acto blade handling competence.

According to a media release, Delany has been working in scherenschnitte and other papercutting styles since the second grade. Her work has been featured by the Guild of American Papercutters and she has traveled to Germany to learn more about the roots of the art. 

Materials are included with the workshop fee of $67 for members or $75. Register at or call 607-547-1510.

Fenimore Art Museum is at 5798 State Route 80, outside Cooperstown.

Visit for more information.

Spa youth program to note milestone

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — A 20th anniversary celebration for the Zone youth program, featuring food, entertainment and games, will be held from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2, at Richfield Springs Community Center at 6 Ann St. in Richfield Springs.

According to a media release, a select group of community-minded individuals created the program in 1999 to instill a positive impact on middle-and-high school-age teens.

Housed at first in various locations, fundraising efforts began in 2008 for a permanent home and the Richfield Springs Community Center was born.

Programs offered include Stories Come Alive for pre-schoolers, SOUPer Seniors for the area’s older residents and Family Fun Night. The center is also available to individuals and groups for a fee.

Call 315-858-3200 or e-mail for more information.

Health screenings to be offered at fair

MORRIS — The mobile screening coach will be at the Otsego County Fair at 469 Mill St. in Morris from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday,  Aug. 2, to provide free mammograms and pap tests to qualifying women 40 and older. Take-home colorectal cancer screening kits will also available for men and women 50 and older.

Call 1-888-345-0225 for more information or an appointment.

Brookwood picnic tickets available

COOPERSTOWN — Picnic at the Point will be hosted by Otsego Land Trust from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at Brookwood Point at 6000 State Route 80 near Cooperstown.

In addition to the picnic there will be live, local music by the Glimmerglass Young Artists at 2 p.m.; tours of the property, a boat tour, paddleboard, kayak and canoe demos and rentals and prize drawings.

Admission is $30 per person. Children 14 and younger may attend for free. An RSVP is required by Aug. 2. Proceeds will benefit OLT’s Blueway Management Fund for public access.Tickets may be purchased at OLT’s office at 101 Main St. in Cooperstown from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., by mailing a check to OLT, P.O. Box 173, Cooperstown, NY 13326, calling 506-547-2366, ext. 108, emailing, at the door or visiting Click on Donate Now. In the box for special purposes, indicate 2019 picnic. 

Iroquois culture to be celebrated

COOPERSTOWN — The natural world and Iroquois (Haudenosaunee) culture will be celebrated in song, dance and storytelling with a outdoor performance by storyteller Kay Olan and the Ahkwesahsne Women Singers Sunday, Aug. 4, at Fenimore Art Museum. According to presenters, the Mohawk Nation performers will tell Iroquois stories mixed with songs.

The audience may participate with dancing and music-making and children may take part in an Iroquois-themed take-home craft. Performances will be at 1 and 3 p.m. at the Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater overlooking Otsego Lake. In case of rain, the event will take place in Fenimore Auditorium. Entry is included with regular museum admission.

Fenimore Art Museum is at 5798 State Route 80 outside. Cooperstown. Visit for more information.

Smoke detectors to be distributed

EDMESTON — A smoke detector giveaway and education program will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, at the Edmeston firehouse. All all welcome to attend the free event.

According to a media release, a representative from each household present will receive a 10-year sealed smoke detector as well as instructions on how to properly installed it. The event is part of Justin Brown’s Eagle Scout project.

Club members to share hobbies

WORCESTER — The Worcester Woman’s Club will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, in the club rooms at 168 Main St. in Worcester.  Members will share their hobbies, crafts and collections.

Geocaching program to be presented

EDMESTON — The Edmeston Museum’s summer youth programming will continue with Geocaching for Kids, a free program for those 9 to 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, Aug. 7 and 8, at the museum at 1 North St. in Edmeston.

Described as treasure hunting, geocaching uses GPS trackers to locate the cache. The first night will be spent learning about geocaching and how to use GPS trackers. Participants will create small tokens to leave at sites. The second evening will feature a modified geocache trail to locate treasures within walking distance of the museum.

Registration is required. Email or call Deb at 607-293-6635 for more information and to register.

Area ghost stories to be shared

HARTWICK — The Otsego County Historical Association will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at Kinney Memorial Library in Hartwick.

Local historian and ghost tour operator Bruce Markusen will present “The Ghosts of Cooperstown and Otsego County.” According to a media release, Markusen will tell area ghost stories based on history and research at local libraries and interviews with homeowners and community members.

The program is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Call 607-547-8070 or email for more information.

Summer potluck planned for Aug. 10

COOPERSTOWN — A community summer potluck dinner will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 10, at the Fly Creek United Methodist Church. Bringing a dish to pass is optional Drinks and dinnerware will be provided.

Exhibit created with ball season in mind

WORCESTER — The Worcester-Schenevus Library in conjunction with the Worcester Historical Society, is displaying original memorabilia and artifacts from the sports career of Worcester resident Jim Konstanty, a Major League relief pitcher for more than a decade and National League Most Valuable Player of 1950. The exhibit, for the public, was purposefully timed with baseball season in mind.

The library at 168 Main St. in Worcester, is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays.

Call 607-397-7309 for more information.

Farmers’ Market wants more vendors

HARTWICK — The Hartwick Farmers’ Market is preparing for its fifth season.

Created by Gloria Waro as a community service, the market will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays from early August until fall.

Vendors bring their own tables and displays and are not charged for the use of the space.

The market is between the post office parking lot and a building Waro is renovating to open as a store.

Growers who may be planning their gardens, crafters and others who may be interested are encouraged to call Gloria at 607-293-8087 for more information and to become a vendor.

Fitting station available locally

COOPERSTOWN — Bassett Medical Center offers a nationally-certified car seat fitting station overseen by the State of New York. Car seat technicians at Bassett Medical Center work in collaboration with its Trauma Services Program to bring the service to residents to improve their child’s safety and to protect them in the event of a car accident.

According to information provided in a media release from Bassett citing statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 13. In 2016, 38% of children killed in car crashes were unrestrained; further, 74 to 90% of all car seats are used incorrectly.

A child unrestrained could be ejected from the vehicle if involved in a collision, or a child not properly restrained could end up tangled or stuck in their car seat. Proper car seat use reportedly reduces the risk of injury or death to a child in the event of a car accident.

The car seat fitting station is open seven days a week by appointment only.

Volunteers needed by Big Buddy group

The Big Buddy program is seeking adult volunteers in Delaware and Otsego counties.

According to a media release from program sponsor Delaware Opportunities, youths between 5 and 14, are matched with an adult role model who serves as their big buddy.

Big buddies spend at least four hours each month with their little buddy for a minimum of one year engaging in mutually agreed upon activities.

The program also includes group activities from eight to 10 times a year where big and little buddies may go to the movies, sporting events, museums, or bowling, hiking, etc., or perform a type of community service.

Activities are structured to encompass at least one educational, one cultural, one community service and one recreational event.

Contact Heather McAdams at 607-746-1746 or for more information and to volunteer.

Backpack Program sponsors needed

The Cooperstown Food Pantry is seeking sponsors for its Backpack Program that benefits children in the Cooperstown Central School District. According to a media release, a monthly sponsorship of $20 will provide a student with a backpack full of food each Friday for the weekend. Backpacks are filled with kid-friendly meals and snacks and fresh fruit.

Each year, the Backpack Program serves about 50 children who attend Cooperstown’s elementary and junior-senior high schools. Donations may be made online at Checks may be mailed to Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326. Write Backpack Program in the subject line of the check.

Contact Cooperstown Food Pantry executive director Stacey Smith at 547-8902 or for more information.


Otsego County seeks daycare providers

Child Care Support Services of Catholic Charities of Delaware and Otsego Counties can help guide individuals in Otsego County through the process of becoming registered family day care providers. Once registered Child Care Support Services can help providers establish a quality child care program. Startup reimbursement funds may be available. Call 607-432-0061 for more information.