Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Hogwarts & Hartwick!

Hartwick College Music Department and the UMC Children’s Ministries are producing a feast and concert entitled Hogwarts & Hartwick! Dress up as a Harry Potter character and bring your family to the First United Methodist Church on Saturday October 17th, 2009.

The festivities begin at 4pm with sorting the guests into their Hogwarts "houses." The feast follows in the Dining Hall at 4:30. The Magical Music Concert will be from 6 to 7pm in the Sanctuary.

Hartwick professors will be dressed as Hogwarts professors, and there will be door prizes, costume contest prizes and special guests. Music will be presented by the Catskill Valley and Hartwick College Wind Ensembles together!

Tickets for the feast are $8 for youths (aged 16 and under) and $10 for the young at heart (over 16). The concert is free and all are welcome to attend. Donations collected during the concert will benefit Oneonta World of Learning (OWL), a children's museum coming soon to Oneonta NY.

Menu: Chicken Tenders, Drumsticks, Corn, Broccoli, Dinner Rolls, Pumpkin Pie Bars with Whipped Cream, Apples Cider and Water.

For reservations, email the Hartwick Music Department at or call 607-431-4800.

The First United Methodist Church (FUMC) is located at 66 Chestnut St, Oneonta, NY and can be contacted at (607) 432-4102.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Children's, Infant's Tylenol recall

The list of recalled Tylenol products is here: I actually tossed all of mine, not because they were recalled, but because they were past their expiration dates. The kids haven't been sick all summer!

Thursday, September 24, 2009


Friday Sept 25th, the Oneonta concert series kicks off with some classical music at 8pm (be early) at the First United Methodist church in Oneonta. Details are here. I should add (from experience) that quiet children are more than welcome, noisy children less so, at these events. Yeah.

Sat and Sun Sept 26-27 from 1-4pm, the Bullthistle Model Railroad Society Inc. Museum (33 Rexford Street in Norwich) will be open. Also open by appointment, call 334-4522.

The Springbrook Rubber Duck Derby & Family Fest is Sat Sept 26th at Fortin Park, Oneonta (across the the Interstate from Price Chopper's), 10am-4pm. Adopt a "duck" and get in on the fun. Music, games, food and $1000 to the first prize winner!

Stamford’s Annual Scarecrow Festival is Sunday September 27th, 2009, 10 am to 4 pm in downtown Stamford, Rain Date Sunday October 4, 2009.

Also Sat, stop by the Oneonta Farmer's Market for the harvest festival from 9am-2pm.

The Oktoberfest train, sponsered by the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad departs the Milford Train Depot on Sat.

Sat 8pm in Oxford, NY there will be a bluegrass concert. Details are here.

Sat at 4pm, Charlotte Blake Alston performs at the Earlville Opera House.

Sunday, September 27th: MURAL & RAG To Co-Sponsor at ART EXHIBIT & YOUTH ART LESSONS.

Looking ahead:

Still hoping for more donations of paper towel tubes, toilet paper tubes and cereal boxes for racing and marble track crafts during the Pit Run, Sunday, October 4th. Maybe we can arrange a drop off location in Oneonta, closer to the event.

Be sure to visit the Hanford Mills Museum before it closes for the season. They are really just outside of town, and as a working, historic farm, they offer a lot of hands on experiences. You have until Oct. 15th.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

2-D Sesame art contest

In honor of Sesame Street's upcoming 40th birthday, WSKG is presenting 2-D SESAME, an art contest for our community. Children and youth ages 3-17 are invited to create a 2-Dimensional work of art that portrays their favorite Sesame Street character(s). Visit to download contest flyer, entry form, and rules.

Friday, September 18, 2009

Pitt Run activities planned

For the second year in a row, it will be our honor to present children's activities during the Pitt Run and community picnic. Festivities will be held on Sunday, October 4th from 9 am until noon in Neawah Park. OWL has chosen a racing theme, with opportunities for kids of all ages (infant and up) to create marble and race tracks. We'll also be showing off our new inclined plane race tracks, excellent for racing different objects to see which ones go faster. The activities are free and open to the public. I really hope you'll join us. The Pitt Run has to be one of the most professionally presented events in our area.

We're collecting paper towel and toilet paper tubes as well as empty cereal boxes to use for construction materials, so please save a few for us between now and then!

Thursday, September 17, 2009

NFL Punt Pass & Kick (and more) this weekend!

NFL Punt Pass & Kick is this Saturday in Neahwa Park, 11am-1pm! Details are on the City of Oneonta Parks and Rec Facebook page.

Sat 19 Sep 9am-2pm The Oneonta Farmer's Market adopts the theme, 'Breakfast at the Market' (sounds yummy).

Skate Jam 2009 Skateboard Competition is in Neahwa Park Sat from 10am-4pm. Sponsored by the Teen Center.

Head to Milford on Sat for the 9th Annual Susquehanna Valley Garlic Festival.

While in the vicinity, catch the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad and experience and old fashioned train robbery!

Also Sat, live music to benefit the Oneonta Teen Center & The Oneonta Theatre: The Wine Cellar, The Stamp Collectors, The Gambler, Nun & Radio 8pm at the Oneonta Theatre.

The High School Hall of Fame Cup is Sat and Sun at the Soccer Hall.

Auditions for the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble are Sunday at 1pm.
Looking ahead:

Sunday, September 27th: MURAL & RAG To Co-Sponsor ART EXHIBIT & YOUTH ART LESSONS Details available from the Roxbury Arts Group.

Sunday, October 4th OWL will be providing activities for kids at the Pit Run and community picnic from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. in Neawah Park. The theme for the day is racing and will feature activities such as building and creating a wide variety of marble and race tracks appropriate for ages infant and up. The activities are free and open to the public. SAVE YOUR TP & PAPER TOWEL TUBES FOR US! We're also going to need some empty cereal boxes.

Do check out the article in the Daily Star about Hanford Mills Museum's delightful fall workshops: timber frame building, handquilting & intro to woodlot and wildlife management.

Oneonta Taekwon-do
has some great fall offerings as well (and I hear good things about their programming).

Also consider your local library. They offer so much more than just story time, and most of the events are listed in one handy spot on the web!

Friday, September 11, 2009


I apologize for a shorter than usual post this weekend! You might try The Daily Star's redesigned event calendar for more: Events.

Colorscape Arts festival is in Norwich this weekend, Sept 12-13. of free entertainment!

Utica Music and Arts fest runs Sept 10-12, see for details.

The Walton Family Readiness Group cabaret performs Friday at 6pm, at the Walton Armory 55 South

'Self Stories' exhibit opens Fri Sept 11, 7pm at the Main View Gallery, 73 Main St. Oneonta.

The Bullthistle Model Railroad Museum will be open Sat and Sun at 1pm, 33 Rexford St, Norwich NY.

Friday, September 4, 2009

Have fun this weekend

Sat & Sun Sep 5-6: The balloon festival in Neahwa Park is Saturday and Sunday. Details are in The Daily Star, but basically, weather permitting, the balloons take off around 6:30am and again in the evening around 6pm, with really nothing going in between. At 8pm Saturday night the balloons will inflate and light up while remaining tied to the ground.

Fri through Sun, Sep 4-6: The Franklin Stage's presentation of American Fairy Tales continues (probably not for the youngest kids in the family).

Fri & Sat, Sep 4-5: the Summer Music '09 Millennium Strings 17th Festival of Classical Music presents concerts both nights at 7:30pm. Location is 19 Marion Ave, Gilbertsville, NY. Thank you for posting this one!!!

Fri Sep 4th: River Fest is from 3-6pm in Sidney. The event will take place at Whitaker's Lot next to the Sidney Bridge and will feature children's activities, live music and more.

Sat Sep 5th: Roxbury showcases a fireworks and community-wide party

Sun Sept 6th: The Oneonta Nursery School will host a Hands-On Family Craft Afternoon from 2 to 4 pm on Sunday. Hands-on activities for children ages 2 to 8 will be featured. This event is free and open to the public. Parents will need to accompany their children. The school is at 71 Chestnut St. in the First Baptist Church. Parking and the school entrance can be accessed on Academy Street.

Sunday from 1-4pm is the Garrattsville Fire Department annual chicken barbecue at the fire hall in Garrattsville; featuring craft vendors, DJ, bounce house, baker's auction and more.

Looking ahead:

10am Wed Sep 9th La Leche League breast-feeding information group meets at the First United Methodist Church, corner of Chestnut and Church streets, Oneonta. For info call Kate at 432-5984.

Get ready for the Farmers Museum Harvest Festival, this year with alpacas, September 12 & 13 in Cooperstown.


DALCROZE MUSIC & MOVEMENT: Active, Interactive Music Classes for Children with Susan Miller will be held at the Unitarian Church, Oneonta starting September 11 & 12. Friday age 1-4 from 11:15 - 11:45 (Ten Weeks $70). Saturday age 1-4 11:45 - 12:15 (Six Weeks $42). Saturday age 5 - 7 10:45 - 11:30 (Six Weeks $60) Call or email to register at 286-7935 or

Local websites:

Angelfood orders can now be placed online at Angelfood Ministries is located at 12 Grove Street, Oneonta, NY. Their number is 607-432- 2031.

And (ta-dum): Oneonta is on Craigslist!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

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Balloon fest this weekend at Neahwa Park

We can see the balloons from the ball field. The Tigers play thier last game tonight.

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Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Astrocast for September!

Tavi Graneir makes star watching easy with her September Astrocast, it's the best I've seen. Honestly, anyone and everyone can go outside this month and see the wonders of the heavens--even the moons of Jupiter! Enjoy.