Gallery talk set on Lavern Kelley

COOPERSTOWN — Art Garage Founding Director Sydney L. Waller will present a gallery talk on Lavern Kelley (1928-1998) at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24.

According to a media release, the farmer-artist was known for his carved vintage trucks, a selection of which is on display in the show Roots. He also carved dozens of figures of all sizes. Waller’s talk will touch upon Kelley’s life experiences and his many art forms in addition to carving. Space is limited. Reservations are recommended. Text 315-941-9607 or call 607-547-5327. Visitors are reminded to park only on gallery lawns.

Also a photographer, Kelley specialized an approach to showcase his carvings. He would compose photographs of each finished work, arranged so that the trucks appeared to be life-size.

He made two-sided ‘folk art’ drawings that celebrated the latest farming equipment of the time until the early 1950s, when he stopped drawing and devoted his art exclusively to carving.

An illustrated catalog will be available, with dozens of photographs of his work, co-published with the Catskill Arts Society, designed by Doreen DeNicola with Lin Vincent, editor. “Lavern Kelley: Farmer Artist,” documents his output and features excerpts from his essays. Selected images will be available on FBArtGarageCooperstown.

Waller and Gallery 53 co-founder Anne Gourlay Gabler introduced Kelley to the world in the 1980s, courtesy of guest curator Bette Alexander and artist/antiques dealer David Montgomery. “He took the world by storm the last decade of his life becoming the first State Master Folk Artist, as designated by the State Council on the Arts” Waller said in the release. The Art Garage represents the Kelley estate of trucks, drawings and photographs, all available for viewing by appointment.

Sharon Spa church to sponsor sale day

SHARON SPRINGS — The Sharon Springs Methodist Church will sponsor its 30th annual  community-wide garage sale day on Saturday, July 24, with sales beginning at 9 a.m.

The event will be held rain or shine and some sales may continue on Sunday. Free sale maps  will be available at the church on U.S. Route 20 across from the school beginning at 8 a.m.

The church will also sponsor a sale for browsers, along with several independent sales on the lawn. Food and beverages will also be available at the church.

Call Donna Barlow at 518-284-2675 for more information.

Smithy set to offer options for artists

COOPERSTOWN — “All About Coffee,” a four-week advanced wheel throwing class will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Mondays from Aug. 2 to 30, at the Smithy Clay Studio at 1 Otsego Court in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, participants will use the wheel to create pottery related to the consumption of coffee, including mugs, creamers, sugar jars and carafes.

A four-week independent study will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays from Aug. 6 to Sept. 3.

Requested demonstrations for both wheel throwers and hand builders will be held along with one-on-one discussions.

Open Studio sessions are also scheduled to resume for a fee.

The schedule will be 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Monday; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday; 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday; and 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday.

The studio will be closed Aug. 16 to 20.

Clay Studio Manager Adam Jennett will instruct both the class and the study. Each has a fee of $150 and includes a bag of clay.

Email gallery@smithyarts.org to register. Visit www.smithyarts.org/the-clay-studio- for more information.

Church to sponsor cold picnic supper

CHERRY VALLEY — The Cherry Valley United Methodist Church at 84 Main St. will have a cold picnic supper from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 4.

Included will be baked ham with potato salad, coleslaw, roll and pie. The meal will be $10 per person or $38 for a family of four. The required reservations may be made by calling 607-264-3255 or 607-264-3703.

Summer concerts set at Lakefront

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series has returned with free live music from the bandstand at Lakefront Park at 1 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays in July and August.

Concert goers are encouraged to bring folding chairs, blankets and picnic suppers.

Upcoming concerts include:

July 27: Hanzolo

Aug. 3: Cooperstown Community Band

Aug. 10: Becca Frame and the Tall Boys

Aug. 17: Barn Paint Blue

Aug. 24: Eileen and Shirley with Tom Burr

Aug. 31: Rickety Fence

Richfield to have Wednesday concerts

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Concerts in the Park will return to Richfield Springs this summer at 7 p.m. Wednesdays in Spring Park on U.S. Route 20.

According to a media release, sponsored by the Richfield Springs Area Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the Village of Richfield Springs, the free concerts will be held in the park’s historic bandstand. Attendees should bring a lawn chair or blanket. In the event of inclement weather, every effort will be made to reschedule the concert and when repairs to the park pavilion are completed, concerts will be held there.

The concert lineup follows.

July 21: Let Me Be Frank

July 28: Dirt Road Express

Aug. 4: Small Town Big Band

Aug. 11: Double Chase with Matt and Thelma

Aug. 18: New Horizons Barbershop Chorus and Quartets

Aug. 25: Jon Liebing

Call Judie Stone at 315-858-0964 for more information.

Events for seniors held twice weekly

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Senior Community Center is open from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the red building behind St. Mary’s Church at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown.

According to a media release, offerings include exercises classes, card games, Mahjong, trivia, conversation and speakers on Thursdays.

A calendar of events is posted at Tops, Price Chopper and the Village Library.

All COVID safety measures are followed including air filters.

Find the Center on Facebook or email coopseniorcenter@gmail.com for more information.

Vendors sought for fall craft fair

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Applications are being accepted for a craft fair to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at Cullen Pumpkin Farm at 587 Cullen Road, just outside the village of Richfield Springs. The craft fair is being coordinated by the Church of Christ Uniting in Richfield Springs and will benefit its annual fundraising efforts.

According to a media release, Cullen Pumpkin Farm, a longtime family-owned business, is described as a popular fall destination that attracts visitors from a wide area. More information is available on their website at www.cullenpumpkinfarm.com.

Visit www.rschurchofchristuniting.com, e-mail friendshipcraftfestival@yahoo.com, or call Carla at 315-858-1451 for more information and an application.

Ommegang Fridays fill air with music

MIDDLEFIELD — When it isn’t raining, Brewery Ommegang’s Fire Pit Fridays continue to fill the air with music from 7 to 10 p.m. outside its Tap House. Guests are encouraged to bring folding chairs or blankets if they intend to sit on the lawn. The Tap House café will provide table service on its patio for diners. There will also be an outdoor bar and food truck available. Purchases are not required to attend.

Performing next weather permitting will be the Nate Gross Band on July 23; Hop City Hellcats on July 30; Woodshed Prophets on Aug. 6; Gridline on Aug. 13; Without a Net on Aug. 20; and Glass Pony on Aug. 27.

COVID-19 guidelines will be followed.

Brewery Ommegang is at 656 County Highway 33 in Middlefield.

Visit ommegang.com for more information.

Cooperstown church plans monthly dinners

COOPERSTOWN — The First Baptist Church at 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown will offer monthly takeout Brooks’ chicken dinners from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Aug. 20, Sept. 17, and Oct. 15.

Dinners will include a half chicken, baked potato, coleslaw and roll. The $12 per dinner cost may be paid in cash or by check. A $1 convenience fee will be added for payment by PayPal to cover processing fees.

Advance ordering is strongly encouraged and should be done no later than the Wednesday preceding a dinner. Orders may be placed by emailing baptistcooperstown@gmail.com. Orders should include a name, number of dinners and phone number for confirmation

Rabies vaccines available locally

INDEX — Rabies vaccination clinics for pet dogs, cats and ferrets will continue to held monthly on the following Mondays at Susquehanna SPCA. From 4 to 7 p.m., Oct. 4; and 2 to 5 p.m., Aug. 16, Sept. 13, Nov. 15. and Dec. 13.  Call 607-547-8111, ext. 11, for an appointments which will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis with a limit of 15 pets per person. The clinics are in conjunction with the Otsego County Department of Health. 

Dogs must be on leashes and cats and ferrets in carriers.

Proof of a previous vaccine is required to receive one good for three years.

The shelter is at 5082-5088 State Highway 28 in Hyde Park.

Free delivery service offered to pantry patrons

CHERRY VALLEY — The Daily Bread Food Pantry at 2 Genesee St. in Cherry Valley offers free home delivery in its service area. 

According to a media release, the pantry serves the Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School District. Patrons interested in free home deliver service need to register online at www.tinyurl.com/dailybreaddelivery or by calling 607-435-6064.

The pantry is open for walk-ins from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays. 

Online food source features local items

COOPERSTOWN — The SourceWhatsGood online farmers market is up and running, according to a media release from Cornell Cooperative Extension of Otsego and Schoharie Counties.

Local meat products, eggs, mushrooms, early greens, garden plants, herbs, spices, rubs, teas, jams, pancake mix, baked goods, honey, a selection of artisanal fermented cabbage and items suitable for gift giving are among the items now available. The selection of products is expected to grow as the growing season progresses and more farms go online.

Customers interested in shopping from local farms and food producers may order products online at https://sourcewhatsgood.com/. On the designated delivery day, customers may pick up their orders at one of six drop sites in Schoharie and Otsego counties. Visit https://tinyurl.com/ybazv3ym for more information about the sites.

Call 607-547-2536, ext. 231 or email otsego@cornell.edu for more information about SourceWhatsGood.

Health care options available locally

Bassett Healthcare Network’s Convenient Care at 1 Atwell Road in Cooperstown is operating from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

The Bassett Convenient Care location at One Associate Drive in Oneonta is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

According to a media release, same and next-day appointments are available for minor illnesses and injuries including sprains, rashes, minor cuts, minor burns, colds, sore throat, vomiting/diarrhea and urinary problems.

Safe care processes in place include protective gear for staff, masks for visitors and patients, temperature checks at entrances, frequent disinfecting and cleaning, frequent hand sanitizing and social distancing measures.

Patients are also encouraged to enroll in MyBassett Health Connection, the network’s secure online patient portal, by calling 607-547-5900 or 877-498-5715.

More information is available at BassettConvenientCare.org.

Help available to seniors in need

COOPERSTOWN — Homebound seniors who need groceries or medications may call 607-547-2213 or email coopseniorcenter@gmail.com. Volunteers from the Cooperstown Senior Community Center and/or Cooperstown Lions Club will assist them with their needs.

Grief counseling available locally 

Helios Care in Oneonta continues to offer free bereavement counseling to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one during the ongoing pandemic.

According to a media release, counseling is provided by telephone or video by licensed clinical social workers who specialize in grief counseling.

“Grief can be isolating and lonely to begin with,” said Helios Care Director of Family Support Services Alisha Rule, “There’s no need to face grief alone.”

As further stated in the release, social distancing requirements have disrupted one’s ability to be with family or friends at the end of their life. Commonly practiced mourning rituals that accompany death have had to be altered or put on hold. The added challenges can complicate one’s grief whether the death is directly related to COVID-19 or a loss during the pandemic.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or alisha.rule@helioscare.org or visit www.helioscare.org/grief for more information.

Volunteers needed by Big Buddy group

The Big Buddy program for at-risk youths needs 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 is at least 18 to serve as their big buddy.

Big buddies, serving as mentors, generally spend at least four hours each month with their little buddy engaging in mutually agreed upon activities.

The program also includes group activities that may include community service, educational, recreational or cultural experiences.

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

Otsego County seeks day care 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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