Thursday, March 25, 2010

The weekend (lots to do!)

Friday 26 March, 5-9pm, Oneonta YMCA Family Night Fundraiser. Call 607 432-0010, or visit

Also Friday, 8pm, Live Music: Concertante; 66 Chestnut St. Oneonta, NY, Sponsored by the Oneonta Concert Association (hint: attend the concert while your kids are at the Y!)

Sat 11am-3pm, The Crayon Carnival & Stroll of Nations at 39 Linden Avenue, Cooperstown. Email: The bouncy rides, auction, great food, games, music and fun make for a great community event. The Stroll of Nations offers a fun opportunity to learn about the games, dances, food and culture of other countries.

Sat, 7pm Springbrook "Three Times the Love" Book Signing at The Green Toad bookstore

Sat and Sun, 9am-4pm: Shaver Hill Farm open house. Horse Drawn Wagon Rides, Tree Tapping and Boiling Demos, Samples, Activities for kids, Maple Cotton Candy. It's an easy drive down 23 toward Stamford from Oneonta. Pancakes served all day.

The Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society is running the Easter Bunny Train 3/27, 3/28, 4/3 and 4/4. The train departs @ 2 pm. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 432-1143 (The trains often sell out).

Sugaring Off Sundays at the Farmer's Museum (through April 4th). Pancake breakfast, traditional maple sugaring activities, historic Carousel, 9 am - 2 pm.

Looking ahead:

Books Alive! An Interactive children's concert: singer songwriter Lee Knight has written original songs to our favorite stories. Children are invited to perform each song as if it were a musical number in a show with costumes, props and puppets. Ideal for families with children aged 3 through 9. Bring your camera! Saturday April 10th, 10:30 - 11:30am, Holiday Inn (Ballroom), Rte 23, Oneonta, NY. Suggested donation $5 per child. Call 607-431-8543, email, or visit Presented by Oneonta World of Learning (OWL). Made possible by a grant from the Unitarian Universalist Society of Oneonta and the generosity of The Holiday Inn, Oneonta.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The weekend

Spring is here! The beaver pond out back is noisy with the sound of geese as of yesterday, and the red wing black birds have been in our neighborhood for a week now. The boys even found a little woolly caterpillar out and about, enjoying the spring air.

There are some great events for older children going on this weekend.

Fri Mar 19th and again on Sat Mar 20th: March Madness Dessert Theatre with The Little Victory Players, 7:30pm at UU Church, 12 Ford Ave, Oneonta $15/adult, $8/student. Info: 433-2089,

Friday at 7:30pm: Concert In Memory of Alfred Gallodoro at Hartwick College. To benefit Gallodoro Scholarship Program. Free admission. Info: 431-4800, This will be a great show.

Every Sunday in March and Easter Sunday: Sugaring Off at The Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown! Ride the carousel, enjoy a pancake breakfast, see first hand how maple sugar is made and taste some maple sugar candy, fresh from the pot.

While you're downtown in Oneonta, stop by the Main View Gallery to see their latest exhibit 'Main Characters,' which runs through the weekend.

Looking ahead:

Bounce Around the World at the Crayon Carnival & Stroll of Nations, March 27, 11am - 3pm at the Cooperstown Middle/High School Gym. Presented by the Cooperstown PTO.

Mark your calendar for Books Alive! an interactive concert for kids, Sat April 10th. Details will be posted at

Monday, March 15, 2010

We're getting a new look!

I hope you saw our ad in the funny pages of The Daily Star. If not, then you'll be excited to know that OWL is getting a make over! Check out some of our proposed new logos and vote for your favorite at!

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Main Street Oneonta Branding

Now this is exciting! Main Street Oneonta is seeking to secure a consultant to develop a distinct brand for the Oneonta area. I think it is a great idea.

I grew up in Wyoming, and when I left home at the age of eighteen I knew the names of three cities in New York State: New York City obviously, Albany thanks to my geography teacher, and (believe it or not) ONEONTA! I actually did not know and maybe should not admit that for a long time I had no idea where Cooperstown was. I say this to make a point that the City of Oneonta is surprisingly well known even outside of the "Leather stocking/Upper Catskills/Foothills/Central New York-but-not-quite-Watershed" area.

Read the details of the request for proposal on Main Street Oneonta's website: Main Street Oneonta.

Now live jazz while making

Now live jazz while making noise makers - really a great event.

All sorts of instruments-musical exploration

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Friday evening the Main View Gallery offers an opening reception for their latest exhibit: Main Characters. Phone: 607 432-8595,

This Saturday from 10am - 2pm please join us for Musical Exploration: A hands on music discovery experience for children and their grown ups. Listen, compose, dance, sing, play, create! $5 per child (adults free with child). Foothills Performing Arts Center, Market Street, Oneonta. Appropriate for a wide variety of ages. For info, call Amy at 431-8543 or visit

Also Sat, at 11 Ford Ave, Oneonta, UCCCA presents a Mask Making Workshop at 10am. Phone: 607 432-2070 or visit

At 8pm on Sat, The Catskill Symphony presents a Cabaret Concert with Jay Ungar &
Molly Mason. Alumni Field House, SUNY Oneonta, For info:

Looking ahead:

Plan to see the Harlem Globetrotters at on Thurs March 18th at Hartwick College's Lambros Arena. For info: 602-707-7005

Thursday, March 4, 2010

The weekend

Friday night, March 5th: "Extra Innings Overnight" Sleepover at the Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main St, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-0312.

This weekend, Orpheus Theatre presents the play "Just Kidding" & a variety of Playwright Competition Readings. details at or call 607 432-9392.

Sugaring off Sundays at The Farmer's Museum are here at last! A more certain sign of spring than geese and robins, (or even beach toys on Walmart shelves). Details are at the bottom of this post.

Looking ahead:

Main View Gallery will hold its Spring Opening, "Main Characters". Opening Reception: March 12, 5-7 pm with live performance, poetry, visual art and refreshments. Stop by 73 Main St. Oneonta. Regular Hours: M-F 8-4 or by appointment. Exhibit runs until May 21, 2010.

Register for the Oneonta Teen Center Film Class, which will be February 26 to March 17, 2010. Details: or call 607.433.2009.

Sat March 13th Join us for "Musical Exploration", a hands-on music discovery experience for children and their grown ups! 10am - noon at The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Market St, Oneonta NY. $5 per child (adults FREE with child). Presented by Oneonta World of Learning and Hartwick College Music Department. See or call Amy at 607-431-8543.

Sugaring Off Sundays at The Farmer's Museum: pancake breakfast & maple sugaring activities. Carousel hours: 9 am - 2 pm. Adults - $8, Children (7-12) - $4, (6 and under - Free). March 7, 14, 21, and 28, and April 4.