Market, shows setat former Manor
There will be a farmers’ market and craft show from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby of Focus Rehabilitation and Nursing Center at Otsego, the former Otsego Manor, on Thursdays, Nov. 13 and Dec. 11. Music will be offered from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
The Christmas Craft Show will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Dec. 4 and 5.
All of the proceeds from the Christmas sale will benefit the Life Enrichment Activities for the residents at the home
Hand cut Christmas Angels in memory or in honor of a loved one are available for $10 each. Those interested in participating at the market are asked to call Amy Rose at 544-2699.
Church to have harvest pork dinner
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Ministry Outreach will sponsor its annual harvest pork dinner at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Parish Hall on Public Landing Road in Springfield Center. The menu will feature roast pork, mashed potatoes, stuffing, gravy, applesauce, vegetables, rolls and apple desserts. Takeout will be available. Guests should bring their own place settings. The suggested donation is $8. Proceeds benefit the ministry outreach of St. Mary’s.
Turkey to be served at church
The Portlandville Methodist Church will hold a turkey dinner on Sunday, Nov. 16. The cost is $10 for adults, or $5 for children 5 to 12. Reservations are required for both eat-in and takeout meals. Servings are at 1, 2:30 and 5 p.m. For reservations, call Sue at 286-7582 by Nov. 14.
Dinner for seniors set at CV-S
The Cherry Valley-Springfield Central School Student Council will host a senior citizen dinner from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in the CV-S cafeteria. Those who wish to attend are asked to call Laura Carson at 264-9332, ext. 501, by Nov. 14.
Senior citizenturkey dinner set
Students from the Cooperstown Junior/Senior High School are preparing for the senior citizen turkey dinner that will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, at the school cafeteria. This event is free and open to all retired residents of the Cooperstown Central School District as well as retired Cooperstown faculty and staff. Takeout meals and deliveries are available for those senior citizens unable to attend. Call Deb Geci at 547-8181 by Friday, Nov. 14, to make reservations or to order a delivery.
The dinner is staffed by volunteers from the school faculty and staff and students, The Lions and Leo Clubs of Cooperstown, and the Cooperstown PTA.
Additionally, the event is funded by the Junior and Senior High School Student Councils, Students Against Destructive Decisions, the Cooperstown Lions and LEO Clubs, the CCS Faculty Association and the Varsity “C” Club.
Craft nights planned at library
The Kinney Memorial Library will be host craft nights starting Friday, Nov. 14. Participants will make a different gift item for five Fridays at 7 p.m. Each participant will be charged $1 each session to help with the cost. Each participant will have an ornament with instructions to make more at home. Those who are interested or would like more information should call 293-6600. The event is open to adults.
Holiday Show and Sale to start
The Cooperstown Art Association’s Holiday Show and Sale will kick off with a public opening from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, and will feature the musical offerings of Ah Coopella. On display through Dec. 22, work in the show is geared toward holiday gift giving and includes cards, ornaments, glass, sculpture, jewelry, apparel, wood work, paintings, prints, stained glass, photos, fiber arts, toys, furniture, pottery and much more.
Adorn-A-Door raffle ticket for “Dinner’s On Us,” a week’s worth of gift certificates to local area restaurants valued at $400, will also be available for $10 each. The drawing will be held at the Adorn-A-Door Wreath Festival at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29.
The CAA is at 22 Main St. in the Village Building on the corner of Main and Fair Streets. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday through Saturday and 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday. The gallery will be closed Thursday, Nov. 27, for Thanksgiving. Call 547-9777 or visit cooperstownart.com for more information.
Food, farming conference planned
“A Celebration of Our Agricultural Community,” a conference on food and farming at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, and is free to the public.
The conference’s keynote speaker is Richard Ball, commissioner of the state Department of Agriculture and Markets. Addressing the topic of food systems will be Jason Evans, assistant professor of agriculture at the State University College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill. Doug Thompson of G&T Farm will speak on the impact farming has on our communities and economies, as well as pasture management.
As a prelude to the conference, the documentary The Great American Wheat Harvest will be shown at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at the Fenimore Art Museum, across the road from The Farmers’ Museum.
Admission to the conference and the documentary are free and advance registration is not required. Farmers and agricultural partners are invited to share their products or information at the conference for a small fee. For more information, call Joan Cullen at (888) 547-1450, ext. 461.
The Farmers’ Museum is at 5775 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown. For more information, visit FarmersMuseum.org/food-farm.
Vendors sought for festival
The Milford Booster Club will have a fall vendor festival from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Milford Central School.
There will be a variety of vendors in attendance. The Milford Booster Club will sell food, run raffles, and have a bake sale at this event.
Admission is free.
Vendor spaces are $25 each and can be reserved by calling Gwen Mertz at 437-4225.
Ensemble to present fall concert
The Catskill Valley Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Scott Rabeler, will present its fall concert at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 16, in First United Methodist Church at 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. The concert is free and open to the public, with donations accepted.
The program features music in varying styles written by American, Russian, French and British composers. The American selections are R. W. Meacham’s march “American Patrol”; an arrangement of the folk song “Shenandoah” by Frank Ticheli; Norman Dello Joio’s “Satiric Dances”; and “Celebration Overture,” a contemporary work by Darren W. Jenkins.
The Russian pieces are the final movement of Tchaikovsky’s “Symphony No. 4” arranged for band by W. F. Safranek, and Aram Khachaturian’s “Three Dance Episodes” from the Ballet “Spartacus” arranged by Donald Hunsberger. Hector Berlioz’s “March Hungroise” from “The Damnation of Faust,” arranged by Yo Gotoh, is the French example, and the British selections are two famous works for band written by Percy Grainger: “Irish Tune from County Derry” (“Danny Boy”) and “Shepherd’s Hey,” an English Morris dance.
The Ensemble was founded in 2001 by Thomas S. Murphy and is composed of music educators, experienced adults and students, some driving as many as 50 miles one way to attend rehearsals at Oneonta High School. Rabeler has led the group since 2002.
For more information, call 432-7085 or visit www.catskillwinds.com.
Church plans harvest dinner
Turkey, trimmings and homemade pie will be served at the Cooperstown United Methodist Church Harvest Dinner from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15. Dinners will be $9 for adults and $5 for children. Takeout orders will be available.
Call 547-9540 for information.
The church is at 66 Chestnut St, at the corner of Glen Avenue in Cooperstown. The building is handicapped-accessible.
Speaker to address chestnut blight
Allen Nichols, president of the New York Chapter of The American Chestnut Foundation, will be the keynote speaker at Otsego County Conservation Association’s annual dinner and meeting on Monday, Nov. 17. Nichols will provide an overview of the history of the American chestnut and TACF’s efforts at saving the species.
The American chestnut was once one of the most common trees in the Northeast. According to a media release, it was prized for the strength and durability of its wood while the nuts were a staple for humans and wildlife. However, the tree was not able to withstand the chestnut blight, a parasitic fungus introduced from Asia in the early 1900s. Within 50 years, the blight had wiped out virtually all mature chestnuts. Today, the American chestnut exists in our forests as a small tree sprouting from old stumps. Instead of giants more than 10 feet across, they rarely reach 20’ tall or get much more than 6 inches in diameter before the blight gets them. And they rarely produce viable nuts.
The New York Chapter of TACF has been supporting the efforts of SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry for 25 years and has developed a truly blight-resistant American chestnut through genetic engineering, bringing TACF closer to achieving its goal: restoring this keystone species back into America’s forests.
Historical Society to meet Nov. 19
The November meeting of the Fly Creek Area Historical Society will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, at the home of Charlie Contro at 211 Bissell Road in Toddsville. Contro will give a tour of his home, the Carr Homestead, built in the early 1800s. Refreshments will be served.
Church to host barbecue dinner
There will be a Brooks barbecue chicken dinner and pie sale at Christ Episcopal Church from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, to benefit the church’s Global Mission Outreach. The dinner will be held in the Parish House at 69 Fair St. in Cooperstown and will feature Brooks chicken as well as coleslaw, baked potato, baked beans, roll, dessert and beverage. The cost per dinner will be $10. Takeout meals will also be available.
For more information, call the church office at 547-9555.
Food pantry to mark move
The Cooperstown Food Pantry, at 25 Church St, will celebrate its move to a newly renovated first floor location with an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 23.
Refreshments will be served, tours given, and an ecumenical blessing of the pantry will be offered by local clergy at 12:30 p.m..
Beginning December first, hours of operation will expand to 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, and 10 a.m. to noon the last two Saturdays of the month.
A Holiday Matching Grant given by The Scriven Foundation is in effect again this year for donations received in November and December, up to a total of $5,000.
The Cooperstown Food Pantry has been providing emergency food assistance for 37 years. Its serve residents of northern Otsego County, providing five days worth of food for every member of the household. In October, assistance was provided to 859 people.
A Backpack program providing supplemental nutrition to children in the Cooperstown Central Schools over weekends during the school year has 48 students enrolled.
Donations are tax deductible and may be made to the Cooperstown Food Pantry, 25 Church St., Cooperstown, NY 13326
For more information, visit website www.cooperstownfoodpantry.org.
Civil War round table to meet
There will be a meeting of the Abner Doubleday Civil War Round Table at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24, at the Upper Susquehanna Cultural Center on state Highway 28 in Milford. Peter Lindemann will speak about his recently published book concerning the men of Schoharie County who served and died in the Civil War.
PTA plans Masquerade Ball
The Cooperstown PTA is planning a new fundraiser for this school year. A Masquerade Ball will be held on Saturday, Jan. 24, at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. Unlike the group’s other family fundraisers, this PTA fundraiser will only be for adults.
Organizers are seeking items for a silent auction, including weekends away or sports tickets or concert tickets with accommodations. For more information, contact the PTA, at email@example.com.
Winter carnival seeks volunteers
The Cooperstown Lions Club, overall sponsors of the annual Cooperstown Winter Carnival, announced the 48th annual event will be Feb. 6, 7 and 8.
The club is seeking volunteers to serve on the planning committee. For more information, email committee members Josh McMahon at firstname.lastname@example.org or Marissa Davidson at email@example.com.
Free blood pressure clinics offered
Volunteer services at Bassett Medical Center in Cooperstown will sponsor a free blood pressure clinic every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon in the Bassett Clinic lobby.
The clinic is open to the public.
Walking program starts at school
The Cooperstown Junior/Senior High School building is open from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. for walking when school is in session. Those wishing to join the program may do so by signing up in the Superintendent’s Office between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. This program is free and open to all district residents.