Soccer club planning Venice to Munich trip

The Cooperstown Soccer Club will hold an information meeting at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the cafeteria of the Cooperstown Elementary School at 21 Walnut Avenue in Cooperstown. Representatives from CSC and Challenger Sports will be on hand to discuss a proposed soccer trip to Venice, Italy and Munich, Germany, which is planned for spring break 2021.

This is a preliminary meeting, and no immediate commitment is required.

The Cooperstown Soccer Club is also looking for board members and coaches for its 2020 seasons.

Contact Greg Klein at for more information.

Center schedules holiday market

MORRIS — The Butternut Valley Arts and Crafts Center at 124 W. Main St. in Morris will have its annual Holiday Market featuring handmade crafts and a raffle from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 12 and 13, and 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

The Holiday Market will continue from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 19 and 20, and 9 am. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21.

Festival of Trees drawing to close

EDMESTON — More than a dozen Christmas trees, decorated by members of local businesses and organizations, will be displayed at the Edmeston Museum at 1 North St. in Edmeston from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14; and 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Call 607-547-6564, 607-293-6635, or email for more information.

Dancers to gather for holiday party

COOPERSTOWN — The Doubleday Dancers Modern Western Square Dance Club of Cooperstown will have its Christmas dance from 7:30 to 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, at Cooperstown Elementary School on Walnut St. Ray Taylor will call mainstream and plus dances and Elma Taylor will cue.

Admission is $5 per person, payable at the door.

Call 607-264-8128 for more information.

Smithy Clay Studio to host marketplace

COOPERSTOWN — The Holiday Marketplace at Smithy Clay Studio will consist of a pop-up ceramic shop from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. the weekend of Dec. 13, 14 and 15.

A free, public, preview party will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12.

According to a media release, functional and decorative ceramic creations made by Smithy Clay artists and guest artists will be featured. There will be mugs, vases, bowls, dishes, teapots and sculpted items, all suitable for gift-giving.

Participating artists include Eileen Anania, Amanda Chase, Leigh Connor, Ann Geiger, Adam Jennett, Abbey Koutnik, Kathy Lloyd, Justin Mastrangelo, Bob McCann, Jenny Richman, Melissa Schuermann, Bruce Schwabach, Javi Sierra and Willow Silver with special guests Chris Pettingill and Peggi Sue Peters of C&P Studios and Charlie and Dee Varney.

Smithy Clay Studio is at 1 Otsego Court, in the alley near Cooley’s Tavern.

Finger foods, including light snacks, cookies and desserts, are needed for the preview party. Anyone planning to bring something is asked to notify the studio in advance by calling 607-547-8671.

Visit for more information.

Holiday event set at area museum

COOPERSTOWN — Candlelight Evening at The Farmers’ Museum will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14.

According to a media release, horse-drawn wagons will take visitors through the grounds. Free rides on the Empire State Carousel will be available and a bonfire on the tavern green will have complimentary wassail brewing. Food and other drinks will also be sold.

Groups such as Ah Coopella, Women of the Chamber Singers and Eight is Enuf will perform in the Cornwallville Church. Local high school bands and Hartwick Brass will play holiday favorites in Bump Tavern. Children may visit with Saint Nicholas as he strolls around the village.

Free shuttle service will start at 2:30 p.m. Visitors may also walk from the village and enter through the museum’s south admission gate.

The museum is at 5775 State Route 80, outside Cooperstown.

Tickets for children 6 and younger are free, adults are $12 and discounted tickets are available for juniors and seniors. They will be sold at the door and are also available on

Visit for more information.

Women’s breakfast set for Saturday

HARTWICK — A free women’s Christmas breakfast will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 14, at Cooperstown Assembly of God at 4354 State Route 80 in Hartwick.

In addition to the meal, there will be a devotional and music. Attendees will make crafts, prizes will be awarded and there will be a $5 optional gift exchange.

Call 845-216-0788 for more information.

Author to read from latest book

COOPERSTOWN — Friends of the Village Library will present Cooperstown resident Marly Youmans, who will read from her latest publication, a series of connected poems called “Book of the Red King” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, in the upstairs ballroom at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, Youmans is an American poet, novelist and short story writer. Her five books of poetry and nine novels have won national awards and “best of the year” citations. Her fiction and poetry have been lauded by writers and critics.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Focus of service to be remembrance

COOPERSTOWN — A service of remembrance will be held at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, at St. Agnes Chapel at Church Episcopal at 46 River St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, pain and sadness often experienced during the holidays because of the loss of a loved one will be acknowledged.

The service is open to all and especially to those who have suffered a loss in the past year.

Call 607-547-9555 for more information.

School to test emergency plan

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Central School District will conduct a required test of its emergency plan on Friday, Dec. 20.

According to a media release, in order to complete the drill, students will be dismissed 15 minutes earlier than normal on that day.

Holiday art show and sale underway

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Art Association will continue to host its annual Holiday Show and Sale through Monday, Dec. 23.

The show offers works for sale by local and regional artists. The CAA galleries will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays through Saturdays, and 1 to 4 p.m. Sundays during the show.

The Cooperstown Art Association is at 22 Main St.

Call 607-547-9777 or visit for more information.

First Night talent contestants sought

ONEONTA — The theme for First Night Oneonta is “20/20 — I Can See Clearly Now!” According to a media release, it is meant to provide everyone with a clear vision of their hopes and dreams for the new year. The event is described as an all-volunteer, alcohol-free, family-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration focused on the arts and will be held at Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center on Market Street.

New this year will be a talent show and contest for which entries are sought. Finalists will compete for $1,000 in prize money. Entry information and forms will be provided by emailing

A detailed schedule of events is available at

Volunteers are needed to carry giant puppets. Email for more information and to volunteer.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the event financially may mail tax-deductible donations to First Night Oneonta Inc., P.O. Box 101, Oneonta, NY 13820.

Food pantry to get matching grant

COOPERSTOWN — The Scriven Foundation is offering a matching grant for donations made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry up to the total of $7,500 during December. These donations will aid the Cooperstown Food Pantry with providing emergency food assistance to families in northern Otsego County.

Donations may be sent directly the food pantry at 25 Church St. Cooperstown, NY 13326. For every $1 of cash donations, the Cooperstown Food Pantry can purchase $10 worth of food from the Regional Food Bank for the 700 to 800 people seeking assistance every month, according to a media release.

The Cooperstown Food Pantry is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday. For more information, visit and

LWV seeks students for Albany program

The Cooperstown League of Women Voters is seeking nominations of Cherry Valley, Cooperstown, Edmeston, Laurens, Milford, Schenevus and Worcester high school students for the 20th annual Students Inside Albany conference, which is scheduled to be held May 17 to 20, in Albany.

The conference, sponsored by the League of Women Voters of New York State Education Foundation Inc., is designed to increase students’ awareness of their responsibility in a representative government and provide the tools necessary for meeting that responsibility, according to a media release. The interactive conference will bring together high school students from across the state to learn about state government and the process by which citizens can participate in the policy-making arena. As part of the program, students will also tour the Capitol and observe the Senate and Assembly in action by spending an afternoon shadowing their legislators.

Students are sponsored by one of the 50 local Leagues of Women Voters throughout New York; all their expenses are covered, including travel and three nights at a hotel in downtown Albany.

Contact Maria Kaltenbach at 315-525-5410 at for more information by Dec. 20.

Library displaying baseball artifacts

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.

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 607-547-8902 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.


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