Friday, December 31, 2010

Don't steal my magic beans!

Poppy town puppets right now, clinton plaza store front on main st.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

First Night!

Don't miss out on all the fun. There are tons of activities planned for First Night, December 31st, 2010 in Oneonta, NY. A majority of the children's activities will happen in the former McLaughlin's storefront in Clinton Plaza, on Main Street. Poppy Town Puppets will perform from 2:30-3:30. Oneonta World of Learning will be there from 3 to 4pm, celebrating the culture of the island nation of Mauritius with a story teller, art projects and games. At about 4 pm, Skip West will perform his locally famous children's songs. The parade will be at 5pm.

Activities are free for children under 12! For more information about everything else that's going on (and the list is extensive), visit imagineoneonta.com!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Weekend events!

Tonight's holiday tree lighting on Mainstreet Oneonta, was even better than ever! The kids were fascinated by the dancers in the display windows and the troupe performing a much shortened version of The Nutcracker for all to watch through the store windows. They were equally fascinated by the gingerbread house displays (one of the themes this year was 'classic toys.') There was wassailing at the history center (which felt like a combination of blues, gospel and holiday music). And of course wagon rides, cookies, cider and hot chocolate. We probably missed something but had to scoot home.

Here are a few of the events going on this weekend:

Sat Dec 4th: Hanford Mills Museum will have a Holiday Open House 1 to 3pm, featuring an exclusive preview of 2011 exhibits and events, complimentary refreshments, hands-on activities for kids, and a sale in the Museum Shop. The shop features Mill-made wood products, books on the region, vintage-style toys, science kits for kids, Yaktrax and more. The event will be held in the Museum Shop and Conference Room, behind the East Meredith Post Office. http://www.hanfordmills.org/

Saturdays in December, take your kids on the Santa Express with the Cooperstown and Charlotte Valley Railroad. Santa Claus and his helpers will be onboard. Complimentary Holiday Refreshments will be served. Details: http://www.lrhs.com/santaexpress.htm Not sure if you want to go? I've done it two years in a row. Email me and I'll give you a short and sweet review.

Santa will be on Main Street this month, so get your Christmas list ready and visit http://mainstreetoneonta.com/ for details about when and where to meet the big man! Too shy to talk to Santa? No one's too shy to talk to Mrs. Claus, who will be there too. My son asked for a pony, but I've been hinting that Santa can't actually make live pets in his workshop(!).

Looking ahead:

Please stop by and vote for the Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) tree this month during the Foothills Performing Arts Center Festival of Trees. It's the smallest one there but looks great with all the ABC’s, numbers, rulers, and etc. on it, with an OWL tree topper! All proceeds of the votes for this special tree go to OWL. Additionally, there is a VIP event on Wednesday, Dec 15 from 6-9pm in the Foothills' Atrium with Silent and Live Auctions, Musical Entertainment, Catering, and Cocktails, $10 per VIP (and everyone's a VIP). Details: http://www.foothillspac.org/fft.html

Orpheus Theatre presents "A Christmas Story" the weekend of Dec 10th - 12th. This holiday classic is sure to please the whole family. Details: http://www.orpheustheatre.org/home.htm

The Nutcracker: Friday Dec 17th, 7pm and Sat Dec 18th at 1pm and 7pm, at the Goodrich Theater, SUNY Oneonta, presented by the Decker School of Ballet. Details: http://www.deckerschoolofballet.org/fokine.shtml

Living window displays

Main st oneonta!

Tonight: Christmas Tree Lighting on Main Street!


The annual Oneonta Christmas Tree lighting ceremony is tonight from 5-8pm, on Main Street. The tree lights up at 6 pm. Don't miss the candle light, Gingerbread display, horse drawn wagon rides, live reindeer, music, dancers in display windows, refreshments, and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Details: Main Street Oneonta.


Thursday, November 18, 2010

Weekend events

I apologize for my two week hiatus from blogging. Let's just say that a stomach flu came around. Happily it has moved on, because there are some great holiday events coming up this weekend.

Santa Arrives in Oneonta! The parade will go down Oneonta's Main Street starting at 11am on Sat Nov 20th! Details: http://www.MainStreetOneonta.com. The Oneonta Theater will be showing a free children's movie before the parade at 9am. Details: http://www.OneontaTheatre.com. It's always a bit chilly (thank goodness for the Latte Lounge!)

Also on Sat, grammy-award-winning jazz composer, arranger, and pianist Jim McNeely performs in Cooperstown with The Jim McNeely Trio: details & ticket prices.

And more music on Sat: bluegrass comes to Bainbridge with Dan Paisley The Southern Grass! Details & ticket prices.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Paintfest - worskhops for Saturday!

Paintfest is next Saturday, November 13th from 10am to 2pm at 63 Lower River St, Oneonta, NY. Lower River St, which is not to be confused with River St, can be accessed by turning onto Cepperly Ave from Chestnut St, and then turning right at Lutz's Feed.

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The most fun you can have with paint in one day, Paintfest features a wide variety of fun and unique painting activities for the whole family as well as workshops for children with their grownups. This year's theme features painting three dimensional objects.

Open activities (recommended for ages 2 and up, no pre-registration required) will include ornament painting, stained glass, cookie painting, homemade puff paint, face painting and more. Additionally, the children will be painting a car, courtesy of Five Star Subaru. Workshops include Unexpected Still Life (age 5+), Treasure Box (age 5+), and Tie-Dye (all ages). A $5 donation is suggested, but all of the activities are offered for free except for the Tie-Dye workshop. There is a $10 charge to cover the cost of materials for the Tie-Dye workshop, which includes a new shirt which you get to keep. Registration is recommended for the workshops.

To register for Unexpected Still Life, Treasure Box, and Tie-Dye, email Amy at WorldOfLearning@live.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 607-431-8543. Please note the names and number of your children. There is room for up to ten children in each workshop.

Here are the workshop times:

Unexpected Still Life: Using bubble wrap to paint a still life! The result will be suitable for framing.
10:30am
11:45am
1:00pm

Tie Dye: Make your own tie-dye shirt and take it home with you! Materials fee of $10 applies.
10:10am
10:30am
10:50am
11:10am
11:30am
11:50am
12:10pm
12:30pm
12:50pm
1:10pm
1:30pm

Treasure Box: Decorate gift box in an unusual way.
10:10am
10:30am
10:50am
11:10am
11:30am
12:30am
12:50am
1:10am
1:30am

Paintfest T-Shirts will be given to the children, thanks to our generous sponsors, NYCM Insurance, www.JoeRuffinos.com, Amazable Science Adventures, Brooks BBQ, and Tri-County Glass, while supplies last. OWL would also like to thank Five Star Subaru, Long Island Pizzeria, Directive, Central New York Radio Group, The Daily Star, and Hometown Oneonta for their continued support. Lastly, we cannot thank The Arc Otsego enough for once again co-sponsoring this fantastic event with us.

Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) is a children's museum without walls, in Oneonta, NY. Chartered by the Regents Board of Education and a 501c3 non-profit organization, OWL has been formed by a coalition of volunteer parents, artists, educators and other local professionals dedicated to building our community. Learn more at OneontaWorldOfLearning.org, call 607-431-8543, or email WorldOfLearning@live.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Thursday, October 21, 2010

The weekend (woo hoo)

Discover the beautiful score of The Fantasticks, performed Fri and Sat at 8pm, and Sun at 2pm, by Orpheus Theatre at the Foothills. A great show for grade schoolers and teens alike. Details at http://www.orpheustheatre.org/specialevents.htm.

Saturday, October 23, 4 pm The Puppet People present "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" featuring hand crafted marionettes and special effects. Spooky fun for all ages! $5 per family.The Roxbury Arts Center, Vega Mt. Rd., Roxbury.

Saturday at Glimmerglass State Park, at noon, is a Spooktacular Halloween event (that's all the info I have).

Halloween comes to Southside Mall this weekend, Sun Oct 24 from 12 - 3 pm.

Also on Sunday, the First United Methodist Church of Oneonta presents their Annual Community Halloween Party. A dinner of hot dogs and chicken soup will be served at 4pm, followed by pumpkin carving, games, and a haunted house. Pick out a pumpkin at the church, or bring your own. Everyone is encouraged to come in costume. An optional donation of canned or dry foods will go to help the Salvation Army Food Pantry. The Church is located on the corner of Church and Chestnut. For more info call 607-432-4102.

Looking Ahead:

The Sidney Memorial Public Library, in Sidney, is kicking off their after school craft club for ages 8 to 11 on Wed Oct 27th at 4:00 PM.

Hogwarts and Hartwick, a Harry Potter themed feast, is Sat Oct 30th: Sorting Hat Seating at 4pm followed by feasting, music, costume contest and door prizes. For the young and the young at heart. Make Your Reservations now, $8, youth (16 and under) $10, (over 16), call (607) 432-4102. Proceeds benefit Oneonta World of Learning (OWL). Menu: Chicken Tenders, Drumsticks, Veggies, Dinner Rolls, Pumpkin Bars with Whipped Cream, and Apple Cider or Water. Magical music provided by Hartwick College Chamber Music Ensembles.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

The weekend

Fri 8:30am-2pm The Mt. Wellington Market in Cooperstown is celebrating Mommies at the Market, http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2793341/name/Mommies-at-the-Market.html or on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/Mt.WellingtonMarket#!/event.php?eid=151166624915876&index=1

Fri and Sat, Oct 15th - 16th, Country Thyme Gifts Haunted Trail and Hayride Weekend, at 247 Hawks Rd, New Berlin, NY. Haunted trail & hayrides Friday at dark. Bake sale, crafts, BBQ Sat at 3pm, trail and hayrides Sat at dark. Trail/hayride is $5 per person, under 5 free. Adults must be accompanied by a child. Call 847-6674.

Sat 9am-2pm Oneonta Farmer's Market http://www.oneontafarmersmarket.com/

Sat Oct 16th 12:30-4pm Science Saturday featuring "Professor Snape's Potions Class" and "Advanced Potions Class." Drop by the Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta for Professor Snape's Potions, featuring hands-on chemistry activities for children aged 2-13 with their grownups. Additional advanced potions workshops with SUNY faculty are being offered, one at 1pm for ages 5-9 and another at 2:30pm for ages 10 and up. In Advanced Potions Class, childen will watch as colors appear, disappear, and re-appear, create potions and take home their own glowing creation. Registration is required only for the advanced workshops, at http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/sdc/ Details: OneontaWorldOfLearning.org.

Also on Sat, The Brookwood School is having a Shop Around. Get your holiday shopping done early! 687 County Highway 59, Cooperstown, NY

Fall Foilage and Octoberfest train rides: http://www.lrhs.com/sched2010.htm

Looking Ahead:

Hogwarts and Hartwick, a Harry Potter themed feast, is Sat Oct 30th: Sorting Hat Seating at 4pm followed by feasting, music, costume contest and door prizes. For the young and the young at heart. Make Your Reservations now, $8, youth (16 and under) $10, (over 16), call (607) 432-4102. Proceeds benefit Oneonta World of Learning (OWL). Menu: Chicken Tenders, Drumsticks, Veggies, Dinner Rolls, Pumpkin Bars with Whipped Cream, and Apple Cider or Water. Magical music provided by Hartwick College Chamber Music Ensembles.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

First People Mural

I hope you have all had the opportunity to see the First People Mural in Oneonta, near the corner of Main and Chestnut Street! The ribbon cutting was this weekend. One lucky attendee won the drawing for the portrait shown here:

Friday, October 8, 2010

Tonight, Fri Oct 8th, Hair of the Dog performs Irish Folk Music at the Oneonta Theatre: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=156253324399844&ref=mf

On Sat, Oct 9th, St. Mary's School presents their 5th Annual Fall Family Festival. Pancake breakfast is served from 9-11am, then the festival opens. There will be games, raffles, crafts, vendors, and giant inflatables at this popular local event.

From 9am-2pm Sat it's pumpkin dat at the Oneonta Farmer's Market: http://www.oneontafarmersmarket.com/

Sat at 10AM the Fly Creek Cider Mill is hosting Cider Fest http://www.flycreekcidermill.com/

Starting this weekend, the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad will be running fall foliage trains. http://www.lrhs.com/

Also Sat, at Hanford Mills Museum, there is a Miller's Harvest Fest & Folkways Fair. See a water powered gristmill in action; there will be waterwheel & woodworking machinery demos; kids can grind their own cornmeal to feed the chickens; there will be live traditional music, cloggers, wagon rides, farm fresh products and beer tastings. http://www.hanfordmills.org/

Looking Ahead:

Thurs Oct 14 at 7pm at the Otego Elementary School Dave Ruch will present 'Traditional and Historical Songs of New York State'.

Science Saturdays return on Oct 16th, featuring "Professor Snape's Potions Class" and "Advanced Potions Class." Professor Snape's Potions class will feature open, hands-on chemistry activities at the Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta from 12:30-4pm (children aged 2-13, no registration required). Advanced Potions Class features two workshops with SUNY faculty (one for age 5-9, another for 10 and up). In Advanced Potions Class, childen will watch as colors appear, disappear, and re-appear, create potions and take home their own glowing creation. Registration is required only for the advanced workshops online at http://www.oneonta.edu/academics/sdc/

Hogwarts and Hartwick Sat Oct 30th: Sorting Hat Seating at 4pm followed by feasting, music, costume contest and door prizes. For the young and the young at heart. Make Your Reservations now, $8, youth (16 and under) $10, (over 16), call (607) 432-4102. Proceeds benefit Oneonta World of Learning (OWL). Menu: Chicken Tenders, Drumsticks, Veggies, Dinner Rolls, Pumpkin Bars with Whipped Cream, and Apple Cider or Water. Magical music provided by Hartwick College Chamber Music Ensembles. More info at oneontaworldoflearning.org

Sunday, October 3, 2010

Right now at the Pit Run

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Bosun's chair at Neahwa Park - do join us!

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Friday, October 1, 2010

The weekend

Otsego Co. Hazardous Waste Collection Day is Sat Oct 2nd at Otsego County Meadows in Cooperstown. Call 607-547-4228 for details.

Fun on Sat: Beer & Blues Customer Appreciation Day at the Oneonta Farmer's Market, Main St. Oneonta, 9am-2pm, sponsored by Brewery Ommegang. http://www.oneontafarmersmarket.com/

Waffles & Puppets 2010 is on Sat as well, from noon-5pm at Brewery Ommegang. Details: http://www.ommegang.com/?event_view_id=12&event_view=2009-10-10&mcat=3&scat=0

On Sunday, join Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) at the 17th Annual Ricky J. Parisian Pit Run 10K Road Race, in Neahwa Park. OWL will be offering children's activities and crafts with a theme of 'healthy muscles and bones' before and during the races (around 9:30am-noon) Have the kids wear their tennis shoes; they'll also want to participate in the Pit Run's Fun Run. More info: http://www.pitrun.org

Also on Sunday, at Colonial Ridge Golf, there is a Fall Festival to support relay for life, from 11am-4pm. There will be story telling, parachute games, and face painting in addition to a craft fair featuring holiday specials, jewelry, chirstmas, halloween stuff, local authors, and a silent auction.

Looking Ahead:

Science Saturdays return on Oct 16th, featuring "Professor Snape's Potions Class" and "Advanced Potions Class." Professor Snape's Potions class will feature open, hands-on chemistry activities at the Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta from 12:30-4pm (children aged 2-13, no registration required). Advanced Potions Class features two workshops for children with SUNY faculty (one for age 5-9, another for 10 and up). In Advanced Potions Class, children will watch as colors appear, disappear, and re-appear, create potions and take home your own glowing creation. Registration is required only for the advanced workshops. Details are at http://oneontaworldoflearning.org/categoriesdetailed.html

Hogwarts and Hartwick Sat Oct 30th: Sorting Hat Seating at 4pm followed by feasting, music, costume contest and door prizes. For the young and the young at heart. Make Your Reservations now, $8, youth (16 and under) $10, (over 16), call (607) 432-4102. Proceeds benefit Oneonta World of Learning (OWL). Menu: Chicken Tenders, Drumsticks, Veggies, Dinner Rolls, Pumpkin Bars with Whipped Cream, and Apple Cider or Water. Magical music provided by Hartwick College Chamber Music Ensembles.

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Pit Run and OWL

Here's a sample of one of the activities Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) will be offering during the Pit Run, in Oneonta's Neahwa Park the morning of Sunday, Oct 3rd. It's a bosun's chair. A line through a series of pulleys allows a child to lift themselves off the ground effortlessly! Additional activities and crafts will explore the theme of healthy muscles and bones.

Details about this and other upcoming events are available on the OWL website at www.OneontaWorldOfLearning.org

Friday, September 24, 2010

The weekend

I apologize for not having more to say! It's been a busy few weeks getting into the back to school schedule. I have only one event written down, but here's an opportunity for me to share with you where I get most of my info!

Check out these sites for more great local events information:
www.OneontaOnTheMap.com
www.SweetHomeOneonta.com
thedailystar.eviesays.com

This Saturday, September 25th: GREATER PLAINS FROG (Friends of Regional Organic Gardening) PRESENTS: the Local Food Festival at Greater Plains Elementary School, 1-4pm. This new event features local guest chef demos with food sampling, Skip West performing original children’s music, Maria Johnson (storyteller), local food representatives, bake sale, the movie "Fresh" (showing @ 2pm), face painting, games, arts & crafts and more! Email greaterplainsfrog@gmail.com for more details.

Looking Ahead:

Pit Run Sunday Oct 3rd: OWL will be providing children's crafts and educational activities in the morning during this event, in Neahwa Park, Oneonta.

Science Saturday Oct 16th, featuring Professor Snape's Potions, will be presented by OWL and the Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta. Open activities will be provided throughout. Workshop registration will be available at OneontaWorldOfLearning.org as the event nears.

Hogwarts and Hartwick Sat Oct 30th: Sorting Hat Seating at 4pm followed by feasting, music, costume contest and door prizes. For the young and the young at heart. Make Your Reservations now, $8, youth (16 and under) $10, (over 16), call (607) 432-4102. Proceeds benefit Oneonta World of Learning (OWL). Menu: Chicken Tenders, Drumsticks, Veggies, Dinner Rolls, Pumpkin Bars with Whipped Cream, and Apple Cider or Water. Magical music provided by Hartwick College Chamber Music Ensembles.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Science Saturday - Professor Snape's Potions Class

It's another Science Saturday!

OWL will be presenting "Professor Snape's Potions Class," featuring open hands-on chemistry activities for children with their grownups from 12:30 - 4:00pm on Saturday, October 16th at the Science Discovery Center. These activities will be geared toward children aged 2 - 13, and no registration is necessary for the open activities.

Additionally, SUNY faculty will be offering "Advanced Potions Class." Be an alchemist for a day: watch as colors appear, disappear, and re-appear, create potions and take home your own glowing creation. The first advanced workshop will be for ages 5-9 at 1:00pm. The second will be for ages 10 and up at 2:30 pm. Both classes will be about one hour long. Pre-registration through the Science Discovery Center is required for the advanced potions workshops. Call Hugh (607) 436-2011 or email scdisc@oneonta.edu This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) is pleased to partner once again with The Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta.

$5 recommended donation.

Don't forget to visit OWL's new website: OneontaWorldOfLearning.org!

Monday, September 20, 2010

Hogwarts and Hartwick

Harry Potter in the Muggle World presents:

Hogwarts and Hartwick


For youth and the young at heart, Saturday October 30th, First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St

Sorting Hat Seating begins at 4:00pm
Feast at 4:30pm

Dinner includes chicken tenders, drumsticks, veggies, dinner rolls, pumpkin bars with whipped cream, and apple cider or water.

Magical Music featured throughout, by Hartwick College Chamber Music Ensembles

Costume and door prizes!

Make your reservations now: $8 youth (16 and under), $10 (over 16), call Jeff at FUMC office 607-432-4102

Proceeds benefit Oneonta World of Learning (OWL)

Generously sponsored by Hartwick College and First United Methodist Church of Oneonta

New climbing stuff too

New tire swing - Wilber Park

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Another weekend

The Cherry Valley International Kite Festival is Fri and Sat, Sept 17th and 18th. The all day out door fly is Sat 10am - 5pm, with Precision Team Flying by the Rev Riders and Rokkaku Battle. A kid's kite building workshop is at 9am on Sat ($5 for materials). Indoor kite fly is at 7pm ($3). Details at http://www.cvartworks.org/artworks_event_KiteFestival10.html.

The Harvest Festival at the Farmer's museum is this Sat, Sept 18, 10am-5pm, with live music on from 6-8pm. Dozens of alpaca will be on site and there will be horse-drawn wagon rides, historic games, and craft activities. Admission: $12 adults (13+), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 children (7-12), children 6 and under and members of the New York State Historical Association are free. www.farmersmuseum.org

Applefest is Sat and Sun at the Fly Creek Cider Mill. $2 admission, featuring games, live music, antique tractors, food, apples and more! All proceeds to benefit Rotary which distributes the funds amongst local charities. www.flycreekcidermill.com

Looking Ahead:

Pit Run Sunday Oct 3rd: OWL will be providing children's crafts and educational activities in the morning during this event, in Neahwa Park, Oneonta.

Science Saturday Oct 16th, featuring Professor Snape's Potions, will be presented by OWL and the Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta. Open activities will be provided throughout. Workshop registration will be available at OneontaWorldOfLearning.org as the event nears.

Hogwarts and Hartwick Sat Oct 30th: Sorting Hat Seating at 4pm followed by feasting, music, costume contest and door prizes. For the young and the young at heart. Make Your Reservations now, $8, youth (16 and under) $10, (over 16), call (607) 432-4102. Proceeds benefit Oneonta World of Learning (OWL). Menu: Chicken Tenders, Drumsticks, Veggies, Dinner Rolls, Pumpkin Bars with Whipped Cream, and Apple Cider or Water. Magical music provided by Hartwick College Chamber Music Ensembles.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Grand and Glorious weekend

2010 Mayor's Cup runs Friday - Sunday this weekend, at Ravine Parkway in Oneonta. Details: http://www.oneonta.ny.us/community/mcschedule.asp

Sat September 11, 10 am - 5 pm join the Antique Engine Jamboree & Powerfest at Hanford Mills Museum, 51 County Hwy 12, East Meredith, NY. See antique engine enthusiasts from across the region exhibit their steam & gas engines, and watch the museum's boiler & steam engines come to life. Also, new this year, learn about and see demonstrations of modern power production, including hydropower, wind, solar and other renewable sources. Children's activities, refreshments, and mill tours available throughout the day. Festival and activities are included with regular admission. More info at www.hanfordmills.org

Also on Sept 11th, from 4-11pm: Irish Music and Step dancing to Benefit The Oneonta Teen Center/Wounded Warrior Project, 85 Chestnut st, Oneonta, NY. Call 607.434.2144 for details.

The Grand & Glorious Garage Sale and Oneonta Farmers' Market is also on Sat!!! 9am-2pm, downtown Oneonta. http://www.oneontafarmersmarket.com/

Sun Sept 12th is a Wild Plant Identification Walk at Harmony Hill Lodging & Retreat Center. Details at www.harmonyhillretreat.com/events.html

Looking Ahead:

Farmer's market in Morris NY is Thursdays, 3-6pm at the firehouse.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Labor Day Weekend

The main event this weekend is the Susquehanna Balloon Festival & Sat. Evening Glow, in Neahwa Park. The event kicks runs Fri-Sun, Sept 3-5. Details at http://www.BalloonNY.com.

It's time for another fabulous First Friday in downtown Oneonta! From 5pm on, September 3rd. Details at http://mainstreetoneonta.com

Also on Friday: The Arc Otsego’s Main View Gallery & Studio’s fall exhibit, Natural Resources, opens with a public reception on Friday, September 3, 2010 from 5-7 pm.

Sugarland and Little Big Town are performin at Doubleday Field in Cooperstown Friday night. Details: http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2692167/name/Sugarland-and-Little-Big-Town.html

On Saturday, the Oneonta Farmer's Market will be kicking it up a notch in celebration of Labor Day Weekend, from 9am - 2pm. I dropped in last Saturday during the 'corn roast,' while washing some oversized comforters at the (wow very nice) Soap and Suds next to Ruffino's. There was music, food to taste, grilled corn to sample, and I met a lot of my old friends. It felt like a festival and it happens every Saturday all summer long.

Also on Saturday, there is a free jazz and blues concert, featuring Julian Fleisher at Chapel Hall in Franklin. Reservations are recommended. http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/wskg/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1038930

Another option for jazz on Saturday: John Davy and his Jazz Trio in Cooperstown http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2692199/name/John-Davy-and-his-Jazz-Trio.html

On Saturday at 7:30pm, discover Summermusic 2010: featuring The Millennium Strings in Gilbertsville: http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2676465/name/Summermusic-2010--featuring-The-Millennium-Strings.html

Looking Ahead:

On Tuesday Sept 7th, you can enjoy Cambridge University's American Stage Tour Performance of 'The Tempest' for about $10. http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/wskg/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1057069

Meet your local La Leche League on Thursday Sep 9, 2010, 6-7:30 pm at the First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut Street, Oneonta NY

DALCROZE Music through Movement Classes for children and their grownups this fall: Contact Susan Miller to register. 607.286.7935 www.SusanZahiraMiller.com

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Natural Reaources - exhibit

The Arc Otsego’s Main View Gallery & Studio’s fall exhibit, Natural Resources, opens with a public reception on Friday, September 3, 2010 from 5-7 pm at 73 Main St., Oneonta, NY.

The exhibit, which features photographs of landscapes and created environmental art, found objects fetishes representing devotion to nature and plein air landscape paintings of Ouleout Creek was inspired by Main View Gallery artists’ concern over the effect of the recent oil spill on the water, wildlife and people of the Gulf.


Featured artist is Vincent Devine. The opening reception is free and open to the public and features artwork, art for sale, refreshments, a journalistic video project which examines the community’s response to environmental issues and a twenty-minute performance of an original adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest.

The exhibit runs through November 19. Hours are M-F, 8-4 pm and by appt. 607-432-1890 www.mainviewgallery.org

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Helping children understand the BP Oil Spill

Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) just posted some really great, hands-on activities to help children understand the BP Oil Spill. The activities allow children to experiment with a mini-oil spill and try to find ways to clean up and contain it. They are posted at OneontaWorldOfLearning.org/Parents-Educators/.

Friday, August 27, 2010

Weekend

On Saturday 28 Aug from 11am-3pm, celebrate with Paws for a Picnic: There will be a bounce house, free balloons, food, apple pie contest, pet therapy, obedience and training demonstrations, and more at Neahwa Park, all benefiting the Susquehanna SPCA. Bring your whole family, including your pet!

Also on Sat, the Oneonta Farmers' Market presents a Corn Roast, 9am-2pm on Main Street, Oneonta http://www.oneontafarmersmarket.com/

At 10 pm on Sat, Cornell Cooperative Extension Otsego County presents a Wild Edibles Workshop in Cooperstown ($3): http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2595493/name/Wild-Edibles-Workshop.html

Sat from 7-10pm, The Butternut Preschool presents an outdoor Toy Story screening at Centennial Park in Gilbertsville. http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2670055/name/Butternut-Preschool-presents-%27Toy-Story%27-outdoor-screening.htmls

Looking Ahead:

On Tuesdays in August, head to Lakefront Park in Cooperstown for a free concert: http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2422157/name/Cooperstown-Lakefront-Concert-Series.html

Labor Day weekend bring the Susquehanna Balloon Festival & Sat. Evening Glow back to Oneonta! Get ready. http://www.BalloonNY.com

Dalcroze Music Through Movement Classes are available through Susan Miller again this fall. Visit www.SusanZahiraMiller.com or see yesterday's blog post for details.

The Arc Otsego’s Main View Gallery & Studio’s fall exhibit, Natural Resources, opens with a public reception on Friday, September 3, from 5-7 pm at 73 Main St., Oneonta, NY. The exhibit, which features photographs of landscapes and created environmental art, found objects fetishes representing devotion to nature and plein air landscape paintings of Ouleout Creek was inspired by Main View Gallery artists’ concern over the effect of the recent oil spill on the water, wildlife and people of the Gulf. The opening reception is free and open to the public. The exhibit runs through November 19. Hours are M-F, 8-4 pm and by appt. 607-432-1890 www.mainviewgallery.org

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Music through movement classes this fall

Susan Miller will be offering DALCROZE Music through Movement Classes for children and their grownups this fall at the U.U. Church, Ford Avenue, Oneonta.

Ten week sessions start September 10 & 11, 2010:

FRIDAY 10:30-11 age 1-4 $70

FRIDAY 11:15 - 11:45 age 1-4 $70

SATURDAY 10:30 - 11 age 1-4 $70

SATURDAY 11:15 - 12 age 5-7 reading music $100

Contact Susan Miller to register:
607.286.7935
zahira@localnet.com
www.SusanZahiraMiller.com

Friday, August 20, 2010

The weekend

The Delaware County Fair in Walton, NY - last day is Saturday, Aug 21st! www.delawarecountyfair.org/dailyevents.htm

The Chenango Blues Fest starts this Friday at the fairgrounds in Norwich: www.chenangobluesfest.org.

The Goodyear Lake Day Festival is on Saturday. Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) representatives will be there in the morning with children's activities. Come find out what it's all about! The Goodyear Lake festival is an all day event, from 10am - 9pm, culminating in fireworks. Park on Lakeshore Dr. South, Milford, NY. More details at http://goodyearlake.org/default.aspx

Saturday is Berry Day at the Oneonta Farmer's market, 9am-2pm downtown Oneonta
http://www.oneontafarmersmarket.com/

On Sunday, at The Franklin Stage Company, will be a presentation by 'Big Chuck' D'Imperio, featuring stories from "Sidney Stories: My Town is a Cathedral." Free admission. http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2664204/name/%27Big-Chuck%27-D%27Imperio.html

Catskill Poetry Theatre will also be presenting an event on Sunday, at 2pm at the Smithy Pioneer Gallery. http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2666120/name/Catskill-Poetry-Theatre.html

On Sunday the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival continues with Anderson And Roe Piano Duo. More info at: http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/wskg/events.eventsmain

Looking Ahead:

On Monday August 23rd, daytime family music fest presents a family program as part of the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival. Meet the piano duo Anderson & Roe performing "One Piano, 20 Flying Fingers." The cost is for this program is $5 a person, or a total of $15 per family. Buy tickets at the door, or by phone, 877/666-7421 or online, www.cooperstownmusicfest.org. Full season details are available on the web site

On Tuesdays in August, head to Lakefront Park in Cooperstown for a free concert: http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2422157/name/Cooperstown-Lakefront-Concert-Series.html

Thursdays in August at Hanford Mills Museum: This week's activitiy features a tour of the Hanford House, which recreates home life in the 1920s. Children will make their own checker/draughts game board. For ages 5-7. No registration required. $6 for members, $7.50 for nonmembers. Visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

Also on Thursday, check out the Morris Farmer's Market from 3-6pm http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2420878/name/Morris-Farmers%27-Market.html

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Weekend events

The Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival continues this Friday, Aug 13th, when Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano Eric Comstock and Barbara Fasano perform the American Songbook at the Otesaga Resort Hotel. Showtime is 7:30pm.

The City of the Hills Arts Festival takes over downtown Oneonta this Saturday, Aug 14th, from 10am - 4pm. Let's get out and support our local arts association. You'll be glad you did. www.uccca.com/specialevents.htm

Stallions football is back! They take on the Ice Storm at Hartwick College (Wright Stadium), Sat. Aug 14th at 7:30pm. www.nystallions.com

The Delaware County Fair in Walton, NY kicks off this Sunday! www.delawarecountyfair.org/dailyevents.htm

Looking Ahead:

Monday Aug 16th: The Florence High Memorial Chamber Music Concert will be at the Pierstown Grange (Cooperstown), starting at 7:30pm. Musicians from the Glimmerglass Opera Orchestra and guests will perform, featuring music of Mozart, Barber and a klezmer ensemble. Free and open to the public.

Also on Monday, at 1pm, the Sidney Memorial Public Library will present Flipper, as the last of their Movies on Mondays summer series. No need to sign-up just show up for some fun.

On Tuesdays in August, head to Lakefront Park in Cooperstown for a free concert.

Drop in for Family Entertainment at the Sidney Memorial Public Library: On Wed, Aug. 18th at 6:30pm, "Buffalo and Brandy" will present a high energy magical/musical show. Family friendly and free. Call 563-1200 for info.

Thursdays in August at Hanford Mills Museum: This week's activitiy features a tour of the Hanford House, which recreates home life in the 1920s. Children will make their own checker/draughts game board. For ages 5-7. No registration required. $6 for members, $7.50 for nonmembers. Visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

Also on Thursday, check out the Morris Farmer's Market from 3-6pm.

Historic folk art carousel at The Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown.
A visit to Cooperstown and a stop at the Fenimore Art Museum!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Songs of the Catskills - this Wednesday

Historian, musician, educator, humorist and folklorist Dave Ruch will present a free musical program on the Traditional and Historical Songs of the Catskills Region on August 11. Ruch will tell the stories behind songs of New Yorkers from days gone by. A free hands-on children’s activity precedes the performance at 5:30 pm and the concert begins at 6pm. This program is made possible through the support of the New York Council for the Humanities’ Speakers in the Humanities program.

Hanford Mills Museum is located at 73 County Hwy 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12 in East Meredith, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi. For information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

Thursday, August 5, 2010

The weekend

You've got a couple more days to enjoy both the Otsego County Fair in Morris (ends Sun 8th) and the Sunshine Fair in Cobleskill (ends Sat the 7th).

Aug 6th: Another Fabulous First Friday kicks off the month of August, starting at 5pm on Main Street in Oneonta. Visit mainstreetoneonta.com.

Sat Aug 7th brings the Annual Youth Fishing Derby to Hodges Pond in Neahwa Park, at 4pm.

Also on Sat, it's Kid's Day at the Oneonta Farmer's Market, 9am - 2pm.

On Sunday, Aug 8th at 7:30pm, the Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival presents "Schumann and Chopin at 200", at 7:30 pm at The Farmers' Museum. Pricing and details: www.cooperstownmusicfest.org.

Teddy Bear's Picnic Concert at 3pm on Sunday: The Oneonta Community Concert Band performs in the upper level of Wilber Park, in the pavilion. The concert features multiple groups and shows and a free drawing for a teddy bear. Donations accepted. Details: 607-432-7977.

Looking ahead:

Monday at 1pm the Sidney Memorial Public Library (in Sidney) will show a family water themed movie, Surf's Up. There is no need to sign-up; just show up for some fun.

Wed Aug 11 from 10am-2pm: The 2nd Annual Children’s Festival at Delaware Opportunities Inc (35430 State Hwy 10, Hamden, NY). The theme is "Connecting Families through Play". This free event will be held rain or shine and offers fun activities to families, caregivers, and children of all ages. Food, refreshments and much more will be available. Info: 607-746-1620.

Also on Wed, at 6:30pm: Meatballs, a zany musical duo performs at the Sidney Library (free and family friendly).

Thurs afternoons in August at Hanford Mills Museum: Kids aged 5-7 can enjoy hands-on programs from 3 to 4:30 pm. Each afternoon features demonstrations of the Mill’s waterwheel and woodworking machinery, and time to play 19th century games along with a project to make and take home. No registration is required, and children can attend one, several or all Thursday afternoon programs. The fee is $6 for Museum members, $7.50 for non-members. Visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

Lucia and Levi return to Neahwa Park on Thursday at 7pm, bringing a close to this season's free concert series.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Thursday afternoons at Hanford Mills

This August, Hanford Mills Museum is offering hands-on children's programming every Thursday afternoon from 3-4:30pm, for kids aged 5-7.

Each afternoon features demonstrations of the Mill’s waterwheel and woodworking machinery, and time to play 19th century games. Each day will feature a different take-home project to make.

No registration is required, and children can attend one, several or all Thursday afternoon programs. The fee is $6 for Museum members, $7.50 for non-members.

On August 5, children can grind corn, make a bird feeder and create with sawdust clay. On August 12, children can chip ice, which was collected in February at the Mill’s Ice Harvest, and then help make ice cream. August 19 features a tour of the Hanford House, which recreates home life in the 1920s. That day children will make their own checker/draughts game board. On August 26, children will paint signs on butter tub covers made at the Mill.

For more details, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744. Hanford Mills Museum is located at 51 County Hwy 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12 in East Meredith, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi.

Friday, July 30, 2010

Loose Parts

My kids have a lot of toys. I mean A LOT of toys. But what do they play with most often? Sticks, rocks and sand. Oh, and broken toys. And when they play with their regular toys, as often as not they aren't using them quite in the way you'd expect.

The propeller from a cheap plastic airplane, half of a plastic Easter egg, one die from a set of dice, and a straw, and they'll be off making 'inventions.' In the tub, nothing is better than an empty syrup bottle. They have kept an old t-ball stand in the sand box all summer - it's a necessary sand toy for some reason.

Although I'll probably keep buying toys for my kids, I now have a better understanding of why they play with these seemingly odd items. A friend passed me an article created by the Penn State Better Kid Care Program. In it, they talk about 'loose parts' and 'open ended play.' Apparently, all those little bits are loose parts that can be moved from one context to another and recombined in unique ways.

The article does a better job of explaining the concept: http://betterkidcare.psu.edu/TIPS/Tips1107.pdf

I found myself chuckling when I realized what it meant for play to be 'child directed.' Of course what my kids had been doing was child directed. No sensible adult would give a child a t-ball stand and tell them to go play in the sand box.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

A classic weekend

From classic cars to classical music:

Fri July 30, 6-9pm enjoy classic cars during 'Cruise In' on Main Street, Oneonta. The band "Just Throw Money" will be playing.

On Sat, head to Glimmerglass State Park in Cooperstown from 10am-6pm for Sand Blast! 2010. Sand sculpting lessons, art activities and more! "Just Throw Money" plays at 6:00pm. Entry fees apply to 12+ ages. Call 547-8662 or email friendsofglimmerglass@gmail.com.

Sat July 31 is the Grand Re-Opening of Oneonta Theatre Gala, 47 Chestnut St, Oneonta. For all ages. Doors open 6pm, show begins 7pm. Check out their website for the LONG list of performers: http://www.oneontatheatre.com/

Sat 9am - 2pm Oneonta Farmers' Market http://www.oneontafarmersmarket.com/

Both Sat and Sun: Shakespeare in the Valley and Picnic Dinner at The West Kortright Centre. Click here for prices and info.

Sunday Aug 1st at 4pm: The Honest Brook Music Festival presents Jeanine DeBique, soprano. Cost is $20, K-12 Free. A concert in a dairy barn: click here for prices and info.

Also on Sun, at 7:30pm: Cooperstown Chamber Music Festival presents Borromeo String Quartet at the Otesaga Hotel. Click here for Prices and info.

Looking ahead:

Daytime Family Music Fest with the Borromeos on Monday, August 2, 10:30am at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown (60 Lake St). Two members of the Borromeo offer a kid-friendly tour of musical styles. Following the concert, kids can try out a variety of stringed instruments at the Instrument Petting Zoo. Childrens crafts table at 10:30am, concerts starts at 11am. $5 tickets at the door or $15 per family. Call 877-666-7421 or visit www.cooperstownmusicfest.org.

Free concerts Thursdays in Neahwa Park, 7pm.

Schenevus offers Sunday night concerts, at 6pm on Borst Field. Call 638-5656 for info.

Thursday, July 22, 2010

The weekend

Fri at 7:30pm, Sat at 3pm and 4pm, the community is invited to attend free concerts as part of Hartwick College’s Summer Music Festival performances. www.hartwickmusicfestival.org

Fri July 23 is Kid's Night with the Oneonta Outlaws at Damaschke Field, 7:05pm. All kids FREE admission. Adults Gate Price $3.00.

Sat 9am - 2pm Oneonta Farmers' Market: Grill Day http://www.oneontafarmersmarket.com/

Looking ahead:

Free concerts Thursdays in Neahwa Park, 7pm: http://www.oneonta.ny.us/community/smsschedule.asp.

Schenevus offers Sunday night concerts, at 6pm on Borst Field. Call 638-5656 for info.

New playground equipment at Wilber Park!

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Voice! 6


The Arc Otsego presents Voice! 6, the sixth annual juried art exhibition of work by artists with developmental disabilities from across New York State, July 16-July 31 at The Martin-Mullen Art Gallery, Fine Arts Bldg., SUNY College at Oneonta. This year’s exhibit features 72 works by 61 artists representing 19 counties in New York State.

Voice! opens with a reception on July 16 from 5-7. Following the reception, the Voice! Celebration Dance takes place at The Holiday Inn, State Hwy 23 from 7:30-9:30. Featured musical group is Flame-an internationally known cover band made up of individuals with developmental and other disabilities. Both events are free and open to the public. Sponsors are Gilroy Kernan & Gilroy Insurance, Gordon B. Roberts Agency, Inc., Corning, Inc. and KeyBank. For more information: www.arcotsego.org/607-432-8595.

Thursday, July 15, 2010

The weekend

Weekend events:

Fri and Sat at 8pm and Sun at 2pm, Catskill Theatre Works presents "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" - a musical comedy performed at the Delaware Academy High School Auditorium on Sheldon Drive in Delhi, New York. For additional info, call Al Davino at 607-746-7396. Find them on Facebook or at their website: http://www.catskilltheatreworks.org.

Fri through Sun, 9:30am - 4pm, enjoy R/C Flyers: Airshow 2010 Hospice Fundraiser at Bloom St./Polo Field, Gilbertsville, NY. http://www.rcbuzzards.com

On Sat, it's the Oneonta Outlaws Vs.Cooperstown Hawkeyes at Damaschke Field! On Sun they play the Mohawk Valley Diamond Dawgs. oneontaoutlaws.com.

Sat brings the Oneonta Farmers' Market to Main St, Oneonta (Kim K. Muller Plaza), 9am - 2pm http://www.oneontafarmersmarket.com/. Entertainment this week includes bellydancing.

Sat at 9am is an OCCA walk (Bear Swamp) http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2467635/name/OCCA-walk--Bear-Swamp.html

Also Sat, Franklin Stage presents "Hot Jazz, Sweet Melodies" at 8pm, 25 Institute St. Franklin, NY, http://www.franklinstagecompany.org/2010event.html.

And also on Sat: Toshiki Usui, Piano & Dr Ray Iwazumi, Violin. This concert is part of the New York Summer Music Festival, so expect a crowd of teenage band camp attendees, and the concert may not start on time, but it will be free and the musicians will be excellent. http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/wskg/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1034822

Another Sat concert: The Honest Brook Music Festival/Jupiter String Quartet performs in Meredith NY. $20 ticket price, K-12 are free. http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/wskg/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1028620

Schenevus offers Sunday night concerts, at 6pm on Borst Field. Call 638-5656 for info.

Looking ahead:

Mondays are family movie nights at the Sidney Memorial Library. No need to sign up, just join the fun. Call the library at 563-1200 for details.

Tues evening bike rides with the Oneonta Rec Dept, 5:30pm. Find them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lafollette8#!/pages/Oneonta-NY/City-of-Oneonta-Parks-and-Recreation/46188144419?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=15

Tues July 20th Oneonta World of Learning Education and Programming Committee meeting (newcomers welcome), 7:30pm at The Main View Gallery, Main St. Oneonta.

On Wed, at 10:00am, the Sidney Memorial Library presents "Big Rigs- explore some really big trucks up close" as part of their summer family entertainment series.

Wed July 21: ProAm Community Concert, 7:30 pm at The Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown - Celebrate the love of chamber music with a free concert that combines the talents of professional musicians and distinguished amateurs. The culmination of an intensive seminar, this performance features works by Brahms, Mozart, Bach, and Durufle. No ticket or reservation necessary.

Just Throw Money performs in Neahwa Park next Thursday, 7pm: http://www.oneonta.ny.us/community/smsschedule.asp.

Of interest:

How tot lots became places to build children's brains: http://imaginationplayground.org/images/uploads/press_pdf/NewYorkerRebeccaMeadLR.pdf

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Sidney Library offers summer entertainment

Sidney Library offers Family Entertainment for the summer:

Movies on Mondays Series

Each Monday at 1:00 pm the Sidney Memorial Public Library will show a family water themed movie. There is no need to sign-up just show up for some fun.

July 12 Finding Nemo
July 19 Disney’s The Little Mermaid
July 26 Andre the Seal
Aug. 2 Shark’s Tale
Aug. 9 Surf’s Up
Aug. 16 Flipper
If any questions call the library at 563-1200.

Family Entertainment at the Sidney Memorial Public Library

July 14 10:00am Barrel of Fun Puppet Show Picnic at the Lake- It’s Old McDonald’s farm and the puppets are going to the lake.
July 21 10:00am Big Rigs- explore some really big trucks up close
July 28 10:00am Merry Mischief- Pirate musical group
Aug. 4 6:30ppm Dirtmeister – get “Wet and Wild” with science
Aug. 11 6:30pm Meatballs- zany musical duo
Aug. 18 6:30pm Buffalo and Brandy- high energy magical/ musical show

All Sidney Library family entertainment is sponsored by The Friends of the Libraries. The Sidney Library is located on 8 River Street in Sidney. Call the library at 563-1200 for more information. Where else can you get all this family entertainment for FREE!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

Independance Day weekend activities

Fri July 3rd: Fabulous First Fridays on Main St, Oneonta continue with live music, fly tying, chalk art, and mural priming. Union Street plays Cajun and acoustic blues and country 5-7pm in Muller Plaza. Penny and Ethan Cypress, mother and son duo, will play viola, featuring a variety of fiddle, classic and jazz pieces at The Green Toad Bookstore from 7-8pm. Stop into the Oneonta History Center (5-8pm) to watch David Brandt, Oneonta fly fisherman extraordinaire, demonstrate the art and science of fly tying while he recounts stories of his fishing adventures. Sidewalk Chalk Drawing 5-7pm - Stained glass artists Lauren & Rhonda Epps will demonstrate the various stages of their craft in Muller Plaza. Also on Main St, from 5pm until finished: Wear your painting clothes and help prime the wall for the new mural while you're downtown for "FFF." Cynthia Marsh will be priming the wall for the mural. Sherwin Williams is donating the primer and supplies - volunteers welcome!

Sat July 3rd, don't miss Hanford Mills Museum's first Summer Steam Saturday! Come see them work the boiler & engines, and get yourself a free, delicious 'boiler dog' in the process! From 12-3 p.m.

Sat July 3rd, 9am-2pm, The Oneonta Farmer's Market presents a strawberry festival, Main Street, Oneonta.

Sun July 4th, 3-4 pm: The New York Summer Music Festival presents the NY Metropolitan Opera's Dr. Jon Fredric West, (tenor, distinguished alumnus of Juilliard and the Manhattan School of Music) performing with the NYSMF Chamber Orchestra as part of the NYSMF Visiting Artist Series. The NYSMF Wind Ensemble, Select Jazz Orchestra, and Student Recital Winners also perform. Goodrich Theatre, College at Oneonta. http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/wskg/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1034823

July 4th 10am-5pm at Hanford Mills Museum: Independance Day Celebration (County Route 12, East Meredith, NY - not far from Oneonta's Southside). Call Phone: 607 278-5744 or visit http://www.hanfordmills.org.

The area's biggest fireworks display will bring a clost to Oneonta's 4th of July Hometown Celebration in Neahwa Park, July 4 from noon until dusk.

Looking ahead:

Tues evening bike rides continue with the Oneonta Rec Dept, 5:30pm. Find them on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/lafollette8#!/pages/Oneonta-NY/City-of-Oneonta-Parks-and-Recreation/46188144419?ref=ts&ajaxpipe=1&__a=15

Tues, 7pm at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown, free concert in their summer music series: http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2419148/name/Small-Town-Big-Band.html

Wed July 7th - Oneonta World of Learning Development meeting at Capresso's on Main Street, 7:30pm. Newcomers welcome.

Although this little event at The Foothills Performing Arts Center may be more interesting than the development meeting: Wed July 7th from 7-9pm: An Evening Gallery of Mediumship with International Psychic Medium Jennifer Wallens. Get a message from your Loved one! $7.50 donation thru the Foothills Performing Arts Center, or at the door, proceeds go to the Catskill Area Hospice and Foothills. Info 607-431-2080, www.jenniferwallens.com.

Also on Wed: Pajama Story time at the Sidney library, 6:30pm http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/1760648/name/Pajama-Story-Time.html

Catch the Oneonta Community Band concert in Neahwa Park next Thursday! Free concerts Thursday nights at 7pm: http://www.oneonta.ny.us/community/smsschedule.asp.

Consider a History-Themed Camp for Kids at Hanford Mills Museum, July 19-22. For information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

Schenevus offers Sunday night concerts, at 6pm on Borst Field. Call 638-5656 for info.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Ice Cream Social coverage on WBNG

WBNG - Binghamton Channel 12, aired a brief clip covering the ice cream social a few weeks back. Here's a link to it for those of you who are interested! http://vimeo.com/12513944

It was very exciting to see OWL on the news! I can't thank Jessica Vecchione enough for filming the event and sharing her time and talents so generously.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

The weekend :)

Saturday, 26 June is Family Day at Glimmerglass State Park. There are some exciting events planned. Visit http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/event/iid/2419371/name/Family-Day-at-Glimmerglass.html for event information.

Sat at 10am is 'fishing day' at the Roger's Environmental Education Center. http://thedailystar.eviesays.com/venue/id/94956.html

The Oneonta Farmers' Market, 9am-2pm on Saturdays. This is an open-air market located on Main Street Plaza in historic downtown Oneonta. For info call 437-0158 or visit oneontafarmersmarket.com.

For an affordable and fun family outing, check out the Oneonta Outlaws game schedule. Local games are held on historic Damaschke Field in Neahwa Park. Weekend games are at 7:05pm On Sat these collegiate athletes will take on the Cooperstown Hawkeyes. On Sunday, they will confront the Watertown Wizards. Visit oneontaoutlaws.com.

Looking ahead:

Mon June 28th at 8pm Yamaha Artist DANA LEONG, international jazz ambassador for the US State Dept, performs an exciting FREE concert on the Yamaha SV Electric Cello as part of the New York Summer Music Festival (NYSMF) Visiting Artist Series. Hunt Union Ball Room SUNY Oneonta. http://events.publicbroadcasting.net/wskg/events.eventsmain?action=showEvent&eventID=1034818

On Tuesday, 29 June, consider going on a bike ride, starting at the David Brenner Recreation Center in Neahwa Park. Call 433-2236 for info.

My family had a great time listening to Country Blend, in Neahwa Park this Thursday! Look for a new concert every Thursday night at 7pm this summer, at the bandstand in good weather, under the pavillion if it rains. Details are at http://www.oneonta.ny.us/community/smsschedule.asp.

Schenevus offers Sunday night concerts, at 6pm on Borst Field. Call 638-5656 for info.

Register for Orpheus Summer Musical Theatre Workshops! Call 607 432-9392 or visit http://www.orpheustheatre.org/workshops.htm.

Also, consider a History-Themed Camp for Kids at Hanford Mills Museum, July 19-22. For information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

Friday, June 18, 2010

The weekend is here

This weekend is the Baseball Hall 2010 Classic Weekend in Cooperstown http://community.baseballhall.org/Page.aspx?pid=329, June 18 to 20

June 18 to 19, Show & Celebration to benefit Heifer International: Elizabeth Nields Clay Workshop, 429 Chicken Farm Road, Otego, Phone: 607 783-2476 http://www.elizabethnieldsclayworkshop.com/heifercelebratio.html (Friday 3-6pm, Sat. 11-6)

O-Teen Film Festival, 4 Academy St. Oneonta, Phone: 607 433-2009, Sat June 19 (hours TBD).

Sat is Dairy Day at the Oneonta Farmer's Market, Kim K. Muller Plaza, Main St. Oneonta, http://www.oneontafarmersmarket.com/, 9 am - 2 pm

Sat at noon in Neahwa Park: Bark For Life is a non-competitive 1-mile walk for dogs and their people to raise funds, and awareness in the fight against cancer! Email: oneontabarkforlife@gmail.com

Sun brings the 36th Annual Antique & Classic Auto Show & Flea Market at Scramling Ave. (6th Ward Athletic Field) Oneonta. Sponsored by The Reminiscers Car Club, 9 am - 4 pm rain or shine

Sunday brings another Outlaws game to Oneonta: The best collegiate players in the nation compete at Damaschke Field this summer. Enjoy great baseball, great food and live entertainment Sunday. Be part of the excitement in the Outlaws first season! oneontaoutlaws.com

Looking ahead:

Every Thursday this summer, enjoy free music in Neahwa Park http://www.oneonta.ny.us/community/smsschedule.asp, 7 - 8 pm

ProAm Community Concert, Wednesday, July 21, at 7:30 pm at The Farmers' Museum - Celebrate the love of chamber music with a free concert that combines the talents of professional musicians and distinguished amateurs. The culmination of an intensive seminar, this performance features works by Brahms, Mozart, Bach, and Durufle. No ticket or reservation necessary.

It's time to register for Orpheus Summer Musical Theatre Workshops! Call 607 432-9392 or visit http://www.orpheustheatre.org/workshops.htm

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

History Camp! July 19-22

History-Themed Camp for Kids at Hanford Mills Museum, July 19-22

Children 8 -12 are invited to take a trip to the 19th century this summer at Hanford Mills Museum in East Meredith. The Summer Apprentice Workshop (SAW) day camp, which will be held July 19-22, features science experiments, woodworking, nature explorations, arts and crafts, and 19th century games. A special family party on the last day of camp will be held for the children to display their crafts, and to serve and enjoy treats they made at camp. Le by Museum staff and held on the Museum’s 70-acre site, the camp runs 9 am–3 pm each day.

The fee for the four-day camp is $75 for Museum Members, $90 for non-members. Pre-registration is required. You can register online on the Museum’s web site, www.HanfordMills.org, by phone 800/295-4992. Funding for this program is provided by Stewart’s Shops.

About Hanford Mills Museum

Hanford Mills Museum, listed on the National and New York State Registers of Historic Places, is one of only a handful of operating water powered mills in the country. Hanford Mills Museum is open Wednesdays through Sundays, and on holiday Mondays, from 10 am to 5 pm, through October 15th. Hanford Mills Museum is located at 73 County Hwy 12, at the intersection of Delaware County Routes 10 & 12 in East Meredith, just 10 miles from Oneonta, and 15 miles from Delhi. For information, visit www.hanfordmills.org or call 607-278-5744.

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Thank you sponsors!!!

Oneonta World of Learning would like to thank The Daily Star, The Arc Otsego, The City of Oneonta and The Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center for sponsorship & support of our Second Annual Ice Cream Social.

It was a joy to bring this event to the community.Additional support donated by WSKG, Exit Realty, Hartwick College, SUNY College at Oneonta, Central New York Radio Group, Green Toad Bookstore, Latte Lounge, OfficeMax, DTi, and First United Methodist Church. Ice cream supplied at cost or gratis by Schwan’s, Huff’s Ice Cream, Pie in the Sky, Friendly’s Ice Cream, the Golden Guernsey, and Stewarts Shops.

Sweet Home TV has posted a video clip of the event at http://www.sweethometv.com/#videonews.

And don't forget to check out Oneonta World of Learning's new website at www.OneontaWorldofLearning.org!

The weekend

I apologize for being a bit behind schedule, but here's the run down for the rest of the weekend:

Oneonta Farmers' Market: Knitting in Public Day, Main St. (Kim K. Muller Plaza), Oneonta http://www.OneontaFarmersMarket.com, Sat June 12, 9 am - 2 pm

The Bowmans FREE Concert in the New Theater, Foothills Performing Arts Center, 24 Market St., Oneonta. Sponsored by Five Star Subaru of Oneonta, June 12, 7:00 pm


Meredith Dairy Fest (Meridale), Turnpike Road off Route 28 Meridale, http://www.dairyfest.com June 12 to June 13, 10 am - 5 pm

Little Delaware Youth Ensemble Spring Concert at the Anderson Theater, Hartwick College, Oneonta, call: 607 435-3857607 or visit: http://www.LDYE.org June 13, 3:00 pm

Please check out the new Oneonta World of Learning Website (donated by DTi!!!) www.OneontaWorldOfLearning.org.

Looking ahead:

Come on out to a ballgame: Oneonta Outlaws Baseball: SUNY Oneonta Alumni Night at Damaschke Field, Neahwa Park, Oneonta www.oneontaalumni.com, June 17 (rain date June 24)

Summer time concerts are back! Every Thursday enjoy free music in the park: Oneonta City 2010 Summer Music Series (Thursdays), Neahwa Park Bandstand, Oneonta, http://www.oneonta.ny.us/community/smsschedule.asp 7:00 - 8:00 pm

Summer workshops:

Paperkite Creative Summer Workshops are a fun and creative way to spend summer vacation. Workshops are available for grades 1-6 and offer a variety of activities from arts and crafts to creative writing and imagination workshops. All classes meet at the Smithy-Pioneer Gallery classroom, 55 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NY and include a healthy snack. All work will be exhibited and presented at an end of season celebration. Please visit http://www.paperkitecreative.com for details and course descriptions.

And check out Oneonta Outlaws Baseball Camps http://www.oneontaoutlaws.com/pages/camps.asp

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Ready to go!

Ice Cream Social - will

Ice Cream Social - will be inside the atrium at the foothills, 1 - 5 pm.

Ready for the Ice Cream Social - At the Foothills under the tent in back today, 1 - 5 pm.

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Thursday, June 3, 2010

Too busy to blog

Yes, the weekend is here, but can there be anything going on other than the Ice Cream Social? I honestly haven't time to check.

The Ice Cream Social is from 1-5pm in Wilber Park! Park in the High School Parking lot and join us for science in the park activities, entertainment on the stage, free ice cream, remote control aircraft and much more!

I do recall that the Outlaw's opening night is also on Sunday, so meander over to Damascke Field after you've had your fill of ice cream.

Still looking for something to do? I recommend www.TheOneontaCalendar.com, www.OneontaOnTheMap.com and the Daily Star's online events calendars.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Ice Cream Social - This Sunday

It's an Old Fashioned Ice Cream Social!

Please join Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) in Wilber Park, upper level, this Sunday from 1-5pm for free ice cream, entertainment on the mobile stage, children's science activities and more. There will be remote control aircraft demonstrations in the lower level of the park.

For details, visit www.OneontaWorldofLearning.org.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Summer exhibit at Main View Gallery

Main View Gallery & Studio’s summer exhibit, Family, opens with a public reception on Friday, June 4, 2010 from 5-7 pm at 73 Main St., Oneonta, NY.
Family explores the feelings and memories invoked by family connections and extends the traditional view of family to include friends, class members, teachers, coaches and roommates. Abstract acrylic paintings reflect feelings and thoughts of those we call family. Collaborative screen prints represent the Main View Gallery design family and jewelry symbolizes family crests and relatives. The eclectic personalities of the Main View Gallery artists come across to create a colorful, fun and loving family environment.

The featured artist is David Zimmerman. The work in the exhibit was created under the direction of Main View Gallery Artistic Coordinator/Curator Zena Gurbo and visiting artists Karin Bremer, David Kenny and Simone Mantellassi. Bremer, Kenny and Mantellassi assisted in the design and installation of various parts of the exhibit and each will show a piece that is representative of the work created in their classes.

The opening reception is free and open to the public. Visitors will have the opportunity to meet the artists, and enjoy refreshments. Regular gallery hours are M-F 8-4 pm or by appointment. The exhibit runs until August 20, 2010. For more information call 607-432-1890 or visit the website at www.mainviewgallery.org.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend events

The historic General Clinton Canoe Regatta is this weekend! May 28 to May 31 Check the website for details.

Memorial Day Weekend Fly-In (remote controlled aircraft event) will be held at Bloom Street in Gilbertsville, NY through Fri the 28th, 9:30am - 4pm. Call 607 293-7974 for details or visit http://www.rcbuzzards.com

Fishing Tournament and Family Fun Day - Sat May 29th, 2010 11am - 3pm for children age 12 and under. Cost is $5/child. Location is 247 Hawks Rd, New Berlin NY 13411.Call Lois for details 847-6674.

Master Gardener Plant Sale Sat May 29th, 10am - 1pm at Cornell Cooperative Extension, 123 Lake St, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2536 for details.

Train Robbery!!! Ride the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad Sat May 29 and step back in time. Train departs at 1 pm.

I'm just a huge fan of these guys: JimKata & Horseshoe Lounge Playboys at the Autumn Cafe Sat May 29th, 9pm.

Chief Joseph Brant Bicycle Regatta Sun May 30, 8am - 5pm in Cooperstown Contact: bicycle.bob@gmail.com

Don't miss the Ice Cream Social next Sunday, June 6th, 1-5 pm in Oneonta's Wilber Park!!! Free ice cream, free entertainment, kid's hands-on science activities, remote control aircraft, an event for the whole community. Sponsored by The Daily Star, The Arc Otsego and the City of Oneonta. Brought to you by Oneonta World of Learning (OWL).

Get ready for summer camp:

Paperkite Creative Summer Workshops are a fun and creative way to spend summer vacation. Workshops are available for grades 1-6 and offer a variety of activities from arts and crafts to creative writing and imagination workshops. All classes meet at the Smithy-Pioneer Gallery classroom, 55 Pioneer Street, Cooperstown, NY and include a healthy snack. All work will be exhibited and presented at an end of season celebration. Please visit http://www.paperkitecreative.com for details and course descriptions.

It's not to late to register for Oneonta Outlaws Baseball Camps http://www.oneontaoutlaws.com/pages/camps.asp

Friday, May 21, 2010

Forecast for fun

I'm in a bit of a rush this morning, so please forgive any spelling or grammar errors! But here's the forecast for fun this weekend:

Fri and Sat, The Earlville Opera House is presenting "Nathan Williams - The Zydeco Cha-Chas."

Sat May 22, 10am, The Rogers Environmental Center, Sherburne, is having a salamandars program.

The Oneonta Farmer's Market is back!!! Sat 9am - 2pm, Main Street, Oneonta.

Saturday - Otego Sale Days: Community yard sales throughout the town! Otego Fire Department chicken BBQ 11am - 4pm.

Sunday: Five Star Subaru of Oneonta and Science Plus Inc. Present: The Science of Sports with THE DIRTMEISTER! SUNDAY May 23rd 1:00 PM at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta, NY. This program features many activities that kids CAN DO AT HOME and is ideally suited for children in grades k-8 and their parents. Free but tickets are required. Contact Five Star Subaru of Oneonta at 607-432-0201.

Also on Sunday: Oneonta Family YMCA Mother & Son Bowling, 5198 Highway 23. Oneonta, NY, 5:30-7pm info 607 432-0010

Friday, May 14, 2010

TGIF

Thank Goodness It's Friday! Here's the line up for the weekend:

Bye Bye Birdie, a musical presented by Orpheus Theatre, plays Fri and Sat at 8pm, Sun at 2pm at the the Goodrich Theatre, SUNY Oneonta, call 432-9392 or email orpheus@stny.rr.com. The show has been recommended to me for children with the understanding that there is a little suggestive content.

The Fly Creek Cider Mill is now Open Daily 9-6 for its 154th Delicious Season! www.flycreekcidermill.com.

You have until May 15th to help The Farmer's Museum name their new calf! Also on facebook.

Fri May 14th, 8pm, the Roger's Environmental Center is hosting a 'Dusk Walk.'

Fri at 6:30, there will be an evening of Irish music and dance at the Bainbridge Town Hall Theatre

Harry Allen Jazz Quintet, Sat May 15th, 8pm

Sat at 2pm there will be a wild medicinal plant species walk at the Harmony Hill Retreat Center


Sun May 16th at 1pm there will be a Praise in the Park Concert in Neahwa Park, on War Memorial Drive

Looking ahead:

Five Star Subaru of Oneonta and Science Plus Inc. Present: The Science of Sports with THE DIRTMEISTER! SUNDAY May 23rd 1:00 PM at the Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta, NY. This program features many activities that kids CAN DO AT HOME and is ideally suited for children in grades k-8 and their parents. Free but tickets are required. Contact Five Star Subaru of Oneonta at 607-432-0201.

Friday, May 7, 2010

Children's medicine recalled

There has been a recall of certain children and infants medical products, including certain lot numbers of children and infants Tylenol, children and infants Motrin, children's Zyrtec, and children's Benedryl. Read more about the recal in the Times, and find listings of recalled products at McNeil Products Recall website.