Contradance set with musical duo

COOPERSTOWN — The Otsego Dance Society’s will present a contradance on Friday, June 7, at the Presbyterian Church in Cooperstown. Eileen Nicholson Kalfass and Harvey Nusbaum will provide the music and Bob Nicholson will call.

According to presenters, Nusbaum, playing guitar and banjo and Kalfass on fiddle, have been making music together for more than a decade.

Nicholson has been calling contra and square dances since 1990 and is one of the organizers of the Syracuse Country Dance. He is known for his ability to select the right dance for the crowd and his relaxed teaching style has made him an especially successful caller with beginner dancers.

Contradancing is described as having a lively style. No dance partner or experience is needed since the caller teaches each dance. Plus, newcomers may arrive at 7:15 p.m. for an introduction to the basic steps.

Dancing begins at 7:30 p.m. and continues until 10:30 p.m., with a short break for refreshments. There is a suggested donation of $8 for adults, $4 for students and teenagers. Children younger than 12 may attend for free. The maximum per family is $20. The Presbyterian Church is on the corner of Pioneer and Elm streets.

Call 607-965-8232 or 607-547-8164 or visit www.otsegodance society.weebly.com for more information.

Registration openfor 5K color event

COOPERSTOWN — The fourth annual Cooperstown 5K Color Run/Walk will be sponsored by the student organization Leadership Training for Athletes at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, June 13, at the track at Cooperstown Central School on Linden Avenue in Cooperstown.

Fees are $10, $25 or $30, depending on age and participation as a single or team. Online registration is available at https://cooperstown5kcolorrun walk.itsyourrace.com//register.

Registration will be from 3 to 3:30 p.m. the day of the event.

Proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association.

Masons schedule dinner for Sunday

LAURENS — An all-you-can-eat chicken-and-biscuit dinner hosted by the Laurens Masonic Lodge will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Masonic Lodge at 7 Brook St. in Laurens. The meal will include mixed vegetables, mashed potatoes, jellied cranberry sauce, pickles, drinks and strawberries and ice cream. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children.

Proceeds will fund lodge functions and maintenance

Historians to hear talk by archaeologist

LAURENS — The Township of Laurens Historical Society will meet at 7 p.m., Monday, June 3, at the Laurens Presbyterian Church Hall at 3 Main St. in Laurens. The Archaeological History of the Township of Laurens and Otsego County, will be presented by David Moyer, owner of Birchwood Archaeological Services in Gilbertsville and a registered professional archaeologist. The meeting is open to the public and anyone interested in the organization is welcome to attend. Contact Yvonne Eckert at 607-293-7356 or yreckert@yahoo.com or Mary-Ellen Crawford at 607-432-0277 or pcrawford@stny.rr.com for more information.

Tickets availablefor Smithy Fest 

COOPERSTOWN — The Smithy’s annual fundraiser, The Triple Crown InField Fest, will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, June 8, at the gallery at 55 Pioneer St. in Cooperstown. The event will feature small plates and drinks inspired by the Preakness, Kentucky Derby and Belmont races, a silent auction, fancy hat contest and screening of the Belmont Stakes.

Ticket sales will be limited to the first 100 adults guests and may be purchased during gallery hours at either the Smithy Gallery or Cooperstown Art Association. Tickets purchased in advance will be $55. Tickets at the door will be $65. Guests will receive a hand-crafted ceramic cocktail cup made by Smithy Clay Studio artists. 

Call 607-547-8671 or visit www.smithyarts.org for more information.

Yard Sale Dayset for June 1

COOPERSTOWN — Cooperstown Community Yard Sale Day will be Saturday, June 1.

According to a media release, village residents may participate for a $15 fee. Participants will be listed on a map for distribution, receive a yard sale sign, be included in any promotions and automatically registered with the village clerk’s office.

Applications are available online at http://richcooperstown.org/yard-sale-day/ or may be requested by emailing richcooperstown@gmail.com or calling 607-547-5256. The application is also available on Facebook at Cooperstown Yard Sale Day where participants may complete and submit it online or download a form to print and mail.

Checks should be made payable to Cooperstown Yard Sale Day and mailed to Rich McCaffery at P.O. Box 483, Cooperstown, NY 13326. The fee covers expenses and ensures continuation of the sale.

Garden Club plans sales, tours, demo

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Garden Club of Richfield Springs will sponsor a plant sale on the grounds of the public library on at 102 W. Main St. in Richfield Springs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, June 1. Perennial and annual plants, a bake sale, free garden tours, raffles and a container plant demonstration at 10 a.m. will be available. The sale will be held rain or shine.

Call 607-547-5648 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 is open from 3 to 6 p.m. Fridays from early August until fall.

According to a media release, about six vendors are regulars, there are sometimes as many as 11; and room exists for more. 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.

Big Buddy group needs volunteers

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 HMcAdams@delop.org 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 www.cooperstownfoodpantry.org. 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 directorcfp@gmail.com for more information.

Otsego 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.