Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Happy New Year and Happy Weekend!

There are plenty of things to do this New Years:

The Annual Oneonta Frost Bite Race! 20-26 Ford Avenue, Oneonta, Phone: 607 432-0010, 1pm Dec 31.

All the local New Year's events appear to be listed at (perhaps I'll see you at one of them!)

The Interskate 88 New Years Party is probably the most 'family friendly.' Located on Oneonta's Southside, Route 23, Oneonta, NY. 8pm - 1am, Phone: 607 432-0366.

That said, kids are free at the Foothills Performing Arts Center New Year's celebration. Info 431-2080.

At 6pm on the 31th, the Oneonta Chess Club (yes) is meeting at the Capresso Coffee Bar on Main St. Info: 206-0510.

Do not forget to look up at the moon and enjoy a 'blue moon' on New Year's Eve. Even if you are really planning to just go to bed at nine.

The new Mayor will be sworn in at noon on Jan 1st.

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Looking ahead:

Monday-Wednesday, Jan 4-6th: Sculpture Workshop, 10am - 4pm at 429 Chicken Farm Rd. Otego, NY, Phone: (607) 783-2476,

If you are looking for artsy entertainment in the local area or further out, do check out WSKG's arts calendar. It's easy to look through and they are easy to post an event to!

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

A blue moon for New Year's

This New Year's Eve will feature a full moon, not only a full moon, but a 'blue' moon, which simply means it is the second full moon in a month.

Sky Diva Tavi Greiner is leading the countdown at

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays

I hope you are all snug and warm this weekend. I've really enjoyed spending extra time with my kids and our traditions of making cookies, singing songs, and visiting family. We have a new tradition in our house: Santa puts onions in the kid's stockings. I forget how this got started, but they each asked Santa for an onion once again this year! I will fry them up for Christmas dinner. Lucky me, my mother in law is doing the rest of the cooking.

Normally I would post the weekends events, but I really didn't find much. But if you're thinking ahead:

New Year's Eve at The Foothills: 2 parties for 1 ticket, Food, drinks, live music, parade, interactive art for kids, for info: 431-2080. 5:30 pm - 2am, kids free.

Mark your calendar for the Hanford Mills ice harvest Jan 6th.

All the best!


Thursday, December 17, 2009

The weekend!

Take some time out from Holiday Shopping to enjoy some of the great events going on this December:

See The Nutcracker this weekend when the Fokine Ballet performs at The Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta; 7pm Fri Dec 18 and at 1pm and 7pm on Sat Dec 19, call 607 432-6290.

The Samadhi Band will be playing a free concert at the Green Earth Health Food Market (4 Market St) in Oneonta, Sat Dec 19th from 1-4 pm. Local band members will be playing original acoustic music with uplifting lyrics about peace, spirit, nature, paradise, joy, and children's topics. There will be bells for children to use and join in the music and dancing fun. Green Earth: 432-7160, Samadhi Band: 607-783-9492.

Enjoy a Christmas Concert: a cappella trio 'Redeeming Love', at the Green Toad Bookstore on Main St, 7pm on Sat Dec 19th.

Handel's Messiah will be performed Sat in Cooperstown Sat at 8pm at the Christ Episcopal Church ($18 tickets).

Sunday 20 Dec brings Candlelight Evening to The Farmer's Museum (1,156 candles--it will be beautiful).

View more, including Breakfast with Santa at Ruffino's at

If you're closer to Cooperstown, try the Chamber of Commerce's new site, which has some great event listings.

Friday, December 11, 2009

The weekend

If you're in downtown Oneonta this Sat Dec. 12, stop by the Greater Oneonta Historical Society History Center, 183 Main St., to see their electric train set and holiday decorations.

Breakfast with Santa Sun Dec. 13 8am-1pm Otsego Firehouse River StreetOtego, NY

36th annual Community Christmas Carol at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta, NY Featuring Catskill Choral Society Girl Choir, First United Methodist Church Brass Choir, Pathfinder Village Bell Ringers and soloists.

Free Children's Movies at the Oneonta Theater, 47 Chestnut Street, Oneonta, NY 13820, Sat December 12, 2009 at 10:00 a.m.

Downtown Oneonta Open House!
Main Street, Oneonta, NY 13820 December 12, 2009 10 am - 5 pm.

Sint Niklaas Visits the Brewery
(Cooperstown) 656 County Highway 33, Cooperstown, NY 13326-9248, 800 544-1809 December 12, 2009 12 - 5 pm

Orpheus Theatre: The Producers SUNY Oneonta (Goodrich Theatre), Oneonta, NY 13820, 607 432-9392. Not for kids, but fun! December 11, 2009 to December 13, 2009

Santa Express Trains 136 E. Main St. Milford, NY 13807 607 432-2429 Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad December 12, 2009 to December 13, 2009, departing at 2 pm

Fokine Ballet: The Nutcracker, Ravine Parkway Oneonta, NY 13820 607 432-6290 December 18, 2009 to December 19, 2009

Sat 12 Dec 2-4ppm Come join Santa for cookies and cocoa. Santa will be handing out a gift to all good boys and girls. Free craft project. Free Dec 12 2-4:30 at K and B Craft Supplies 6 Center Street Milford. Across from the post office parking lot.
For info: 286-7924

Visit Santa on main st: see The Oneonta Calendar for dates and times.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Wow, wow, wow

I have to say that I was beyond impressed by the presentation provided today by the students of the Cooperstown Graduate Program. They were 100% professional, very positive, and they have clearly outlined very realistic next steps for Oneonta World of Learning (OWL). I cannot thank them enough, and I can't wait to get my hands on a copy of their complete evaluation - a very thick book outlining their research, complete with accompanying cd filled with reference materials.

They gave their presentation at the Fenimore Art Musuem. Do drop by there tonight and see It's A Wonderful Life on the large screen (for a nickel!).

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Cruel to be kind

Tomorrow, the Cooperstown Graduate Program will present the results of their semester's study on, well, Oneonta World of Learning (OWL). A part of me wants them to be kind. After all, we've worked so hard. Yet I know that isn't what we need. What we are truly hoping for is an honest evaluation of our organization, the area we live in, and the road ahead.

Perhaps I'm equally excited about just getting together with my team mates.

Monday, December 7, 2009

'Tis the season

I for one couldn't be happier with our first snow fall this season! The tree in Muller Plaza couldn't look better and the sledding is terrific, especially since this year the boys are eagerly pulling their own sleds up the hill! What a difference a year makes.

We also made graham cracker houses for the first time together. NOT a recipe for a relaxing family evening! But fun nonetheless. The mess in the foreground: my oldest decided that his house was caving in from snow.

Happy Holidays everyone!

Friday, December 4, 2009

The weekend 5-6 Dec 2009

It's not possible to keep up with all of the events during Dec. There are just too many! If you are bored this weekend, it's your own fault:

Sat and Sun 10am-4pm, The Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard will offer demonstrations on how to make Wassail, the traditional holiday drink, as Wassailing Weekends continue.

Festival of Trees at the Glimmerglass State Park 12-8pm on Sat, 12-5pm on Sun.

The Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad is offering Santa Trains, Christmas Lights Trains, and more this December. Call 607 432-2429 or visit

Sat there will be holiday events in Franklin. Details are at

Main View Gallery & Studio’s winter exhibit, Small Wonders, opens with a reception on December 11 from 5-7 pm at 73 Main St. Oneonta, NY. Small Wonders features an eclectic array of affordable original work including metal jewelry, ceramic pieces, silk screenings, ornaments, fabric sculptures and small paintings plus other gift items. Opening reception 12/11/09, 5-7 pm. Exhibit runs until 3/1/2010. 73 Main St. Oneonta, NY 607-432-1890

Family Service Association fund raiser and donations drive at the Oneonta Boys and Girls Club, 70 River St, Sat 5 Sept 11am-2pm. Accepting new and gently used items. Also offering bake sale, crafts with Mrs. Claus, face painting, chair massages. Contact Laura 607-643-8029.

With weather this nice, might as well drop by the Oneonta Farmer's Market. Santa's making regular appearances. Details at

There are free movies at The Oneonta Theater this weekend, holiday bazaars by the dozen in the area, concerts, holiday workshops, and most of the listing are on

There are also a lot of visits from Santa listed on

Looking Ahead:

Free pictures with Santa Claus Thurs 10 Dec at Otsego Physical Medicine, 12:30-6:00pm. Donations of unwrapped, unused toys donated to Woman's Violence Intervention and Opportunities for Otsego.41-45 Dietz St Oneonta, 431-9191.