National art show set to open Friday

COOPERSTOWN —The Cooperstown Art Association’s 86th annual National Juried Art Exhibition will open with a preview party from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, July 9. The event is free and open to the public.

According to a media release, the exhibit includes drawings, paintings, photography, prints and sculpture. Juror Mary E. Murray selected entries by 135 artists from 19 states.

An awards presentation will take place at 6 p.m. and will include an announcement of the winner of the 2021 CAA Art Scholarship whose work will be displayed in a case in the hallway leading to Gallery C.

The show will remain available to view through Aug. 13. Open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday at 22 Main St. in Cooperstown, the show occupies all three of CAA’s galleries.

Visit www.cooperstownart.com for more information. 

Museum to host book signing event

COOPERSTOWN — A book launch, reading and signing by its author Tom Morgan, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 10, at Fenimore Art Museum.

According to a media release, Morgan’s book, “Trial in Cooperstown” is an account of a manslaughter trial that took place in the village in 2006. Following the reading, Morgan will sign copies of his book in the Museum’s Study Center. Refreshments will be available. Admission to the program is free. Registration is not required. Seating for the book reading is limited to 60 people.

As further stated in the release, Morgan spent years researching trial transcripts and other records to create a work of narrative non-fiction that encompasses his impressions of the trial he was witnessing, a description of the personalities and architecture of Cooperstown, and his conversations with those directly and indirectly involved with the trial.

“Trial in Cooperstown” is available for $29.95 at local bookstores, the Fenimore Art Museum Gift Shop and on Amazon. Proceeds from book sales will benefit the Fenimore Art Museum.

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 concert series will be free.

Initially, 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 14: Nelson Brothers

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.

Live performances on tap this summer

COOPERSTOWN — Fenimore Art Museum’s Glimmer Globe Theatre will present live performances of “The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)” by Adam Long, Daniel Singer and Jess Winfield. According to a media release, the farce combines all 37 of the bards plays and sonnets into 100 minutes.

Featuring Michael Henrici, Danielle Henrici and Jason Francey, the production will be set against the backdrop of Otsego Lake at the museum’s Lucy B. Hamilton Amphitheater.

Performances will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesdays, Thursdays and select Fridays from July 14 to Aug.18. Advance tickets are available through Eventbrite.com at www.shakespeareabridgedevent brite.com. Performance details and protocols will be emailed to ticket-holders before their arrival. Blankets and chairs may be brought to sit on during the performance.

Limited spaces for socially-distanced seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Masks will not be required for fully vaccinated individuals.

Fenimore Art Museum is at 5798 State Route 80 just outside the village of Cooperstown.

Visit FenimoreArt.org for more information.

 Free circus to have two performances

PHOENIX MILLS — Cooperstown Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing on Phoenix Mills Cross Road will present A Night at the Circus on its grounds at 5 and 8 p.m. Friday, July 16, for the community. Each show will last about 75 minutes.

According to a media release, seating is limited. Those who plan to attend are advised to bring their own lawn chairs.

The Susquehanna SPCA will provide assistance and food vendors will also be on site from 5 p.m. on.

Contact Alicia Klein at Cooperstown Center at 607-544-2600 or AKlein@CentersHomeCareOtsego.net for more information.

Sundae Run/Walk to benefit center

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Community Center is accepting registrations for its 19th annual Sundae Run and Walk scheduled for Sunday, July 18. Participants may also register race day from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Veterans Club at 13 Lake St. in Richfield Springs

According to a media release, categories include a 5K, 10K and 2 mile walk. Complete race information is available along with registration forms at www.richfieldspringscommunitycenter.org or www.runsignup.com/RSCC.

Contact Coordinator Bill Kosina at 315-749-3286 or bill@richfieldzone.org for more information.

Students wanted for Bible school week

CHERRY VALLEY — The Cherry Valley Community Vacation Bible School will be held from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Aug. 9 to 13 at Assembly of God Church. The closing program will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, at Cherry Valley Presbyterian Church. Parents may register their children by calling 607-264-3000.

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 — 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 Charlie and the Roomers on July 9; Tailor Made on July 16; 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.

Anglers sought for bass tournament

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Richfield Springs Community Center’s annual Bass Tournament is scheduled for Saturday, July 17, rain or shine, at the Canadarago Lake Boat Launch on 135 Dennison Road in Richfield Springs.

Participants will check in from 5:30 to 7 a.m. Fishing will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Weigh in will be at 1:30 p.m. A free lunch will follow weigh in. The fees are $20 for adults and $10 for those 12 and younger.

Cash prizes total $800 plus 25% of registration fees and will go to the top three boats (total bag weight) and heaviest lunker. There is a limit of three bass per boat.

There will also be 50/50 and beer basket raffles and door prizes.

The event has the cooperation of the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation — Central Region. The Canadarago Lake Improvement Association will perform mandatory boat inspections to prevent the spread of invasive species.

Proceeds will benefit the Community Center.

Contact Tournament Coordinator Bill Kosina at 315-749-3286 or bill@richfieldzone.org for registration information.

Cooperstown church plans 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. July 16, 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

HYDE PARK — 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., July 12, and 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 appointment. Appointments 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 4841 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. 

Rides available to vaccination clinics

Getthere, a program of the Rural Health Network of South Central New York, will provide transportation to COVID-19 vaccination clinics to clients living in the counties of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego, as well as Broome and Tioga, unable to get there on their own.

Interested individuals may call 855-373-4040 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays to speak with a mobility and transportation advocate about scheduling rides.

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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