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Dear Members,


Open House/Grand Opening on Monday, September 8, 2014 at the Bank of Cooperstown located at 34 Main Street in Oneonta. The Open house will go all day from 8am to 6pm with snacks and giveaways.  The grand opening celebration starts at 4.30pm with a ribbon cutting by The Otsego County Chamber at 5.45pm.


Coughlin & Gerhart LLP will Present its 33rd Annual Labor & Employment Law Update on Tuesday, October 14, 2013, to provide the most current information available. This event will take place at the Doubletree by Hilton Binghamton at 225 Water Street in Binghamton.  Registration and buffet breakfast will begin at 7:15am – program will be from 8:00am – 12:00pm.  To register email [email protected] or fill the form out below and fax to 607-723-1530, Attn: Sarah Titus

Interested in starting a business and not sure how to do it?

The Otsego Chamber of Commerce and SCORE are presenting a workshop showing you the steps of how to go from an idea to “opening the doors”.  Legal, financial and marketing considerations and concepts will be discussed.  A two hour presentation will be followed by one hour of free time to meet one-on-one with a small business counselor to discuss your particular ideas.

Location:         SUNY Oneonta at Craven Lounge

Date:               Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Time:               5:30pm to 8:30pm



Traditions Draw Visitors to 36th Annual Harvest Festival at The Farmers’ Museum

Harvest Festival

The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Saturday and Sunday, September 13-14, 2014, from 10:00 am–5:00 pm


COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. (September 2, 2014) — A perfect blend of new attractions and trusted favorites make the 36th annual Harvest Festival at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown the most entertaining celebration of fall in the area. Taking place Saturday andSunday, September 13 and 14 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this event is a regional favorite, bringing together a wide range of performers, artisans, and exhibitors.


The Festival Tents will feature live performances and family activities such as crafts, storytime, and contests. Musical performances on Saturday include “Bourbon and Branch” and “Gravelyard.”  On Sunday see “Rusty Doves” and “Heaven’s Back Door.”  Other performances include the Blue Ribbon Cloggers on Saturday and the O’Donnell-Kelly Dance Company on Sunday.


The ongoing traditions of Harvest Festival contribute to its charm. Nineteenth-century music played by Jim Kimball and Dick Bolt on the porch of Bump Tavern has added to the festival’s ambiance since its beginnings in the late 1970s. Also part of Harvest Festival for nearly all its 36 years, Dickens the Clown will delight children and the young at heart throughout the museum grounds.


Animals are always a large part of Harvest Festival. Take in the whole museum on a horse-drawn wagon ride. Marvel at demonstrations of dog obedience and agility. Watch a parade of champion animals from the museum’s annual Junior Livestock Show. See cuddly alpacas and watch their agility in an obstacle course. An entire tent is home to these domesticated animals raised for their fiber.


Enthusiasts of historic trades won’t be disappointed at Harvest Festival. Many artisans show off their skills, such as the American Mountain Men demonstrating dugout canoe making. You can also learn from rope-making, spinning, and fiber art demonstrations.


In addition, Harvest Fest includes the chance to help with harvesting potatoes, beans, corn, and hops.  Children will enjoy agricultural activities that include corn shelling and grinding.  They can also enjoy the Children’s Barnyard filled with rabbits, goats, and donkeys. You’ll even watch apples pressed to make fresh cider. The entire family can enjoy free carousel rides, sponsored by Matt Sohns and family.


An abundance of delicious foods from the season’s harvest awaits festival-goers, such as roasted corn, sausage sandwiches, and pulled pork. Huff Ice Cream will be on the grounds with your favorite flavors. Children have fun with food during apple bobbing.


At noon on Saturday, stop by the Empire State carousel for the dedication of a new carousel plaque honoring New York State folk musician Pete Seeger.  Carousel creator Jerry Holzman will be signing the museum’s book detailing the history of the carousel.


On Sunday at 2:00pm, enjoy a book signing and reading with author Shannon Hayes and her new book Homespun Mom Comes Unraveled and Other Adventures from the Radical Homemaking Frontier.


For an up-to-date list of activities and more information, please visit FarmersMuseum.org/harvest.


One-day entry to Harvest Festival is included with paid museum admission: $12 adults (13-64), $10.50 seniors (65+), $6 juniors (7-12), children 6 and younger and members of NYSHA are free.  Purchase a discounted Two-Day Festival Pass for admission both Saturday andSunday plus free admission to Fenimore Art Museum: $18 adults (13+) and $9 juniors (7-12).  Purchase tickets in advance on our website or at the main entrance on the day of the event.


Sponsored in part by Organic Valley and by Matt Sohns and family. This event is made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.


The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 State Highway 80, Cooperstown, NY 13326.



Looking Up on September 14

Looking Up! will be held on Sunday September 14 from 1:00 to 5:00 PM, sponsored again this year by Greater Oneonta Historical Society (GOHS) and Main Street Oneonta (MSO). Last year more than 300 people participated in this inside look at downtown venues.


GOHS executive director Bob Brzozowski says, “Looking Up ticket holders can visit a dozen downtown venues at their own pace, and get an insider’s look at Oneonta’s past, present, and future. Last year, Looking Up meant looking at downtown’s under-utilized upper floors. This year, Looking Up reflects that things are “looking up” for downtown Oneonta – ground floors, upper floors, even a basement or two!”


Venues include the Oneonta Theatre; the First Church of Christ Scientist; the First Baptist Church; the Elks Grand Lodge; the basement of the Green Earth; the upper floors of the Ford Block; the Fairchild Mansion/Masonic Lodge; the former railroad workers rooming house above the former Newberry’s; the Industrial Development Agency’s space in the Oneonta Hotel;  one or more apartments at  Klugo’s Parkview Place, the former Bresee’s Oneonta Department Store building; an apartment at Klugo Enterprises’ 1 Dietz; Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center, and the History Center’s ballroom.


Tickets are on sale at the History Center, the Green Earth, the Green Toad, and the Plains at Parish Homestead. Same day tickets will be sold at the History Center, beginning at 12:00 noon. Ticket prices are $8.00, $5.00 for GOHS and MSO members and students. Advance sale tickets are $1.00 less.  An event guide will also be available at the History Center. The guide will include a short description of each venue, including history and current use. MSO is planning entertainment during the event and specials at downtown businesses for ticket holders on September 14.


For more information, contact 432-0960 or [email protected].



“Passing Through the Pillars: Celebrating 125 Years of SUNY Oneonta History” will open at the Greater Oneonta Historical Society’s History Center at 183 Main Street on Friday September 5. The new exhibit looks at the College’s history, including the establishment of the Oneonta Normal School and its development from a teacher training institution into a four-year liberal arts college.  There will be highlights from the administrations of seven presidents.  Accompanying the exhibit, a slideshow will provide a record of the College’s expansion under the presidencies of Dr. Charles Hunt and Dr. Royal Netzer.  Historic images will offer a glimpse of academic life and extracurricular activities, and document what it was like to be a student throughout the College’s history.  Traditions including the “Paper Hat Assembly” and “Candlelight Ceremony” provide a sense of continuity over the many years of changes.


The exhibit will feature photographs, scrapbooks, plates, commencement programs, class schedules, memorabilia, and yearbooks from the Alden Room, which houses the treasures of the College archives.  Named after Jessica Alden, College Librarian from 1912 to 1944, the Alden Room is located on the third floor of SUNY Oneonta’s Milne Library and is open for research by appointment.


In Honor and Good Faith: A History of the State University College at Oneonta, New York, and In Honor and Good Faith: Completing the First Century, 1965-1990, serve as the reference works for this exhibit.  This two-volume history was written by Dr. Carey Brush, College Historian and former Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The exhibit, prepared by Heather Beach, Mary Lynn Bensen, Elise DeAndrea, Lyndsie Robinson, and Anne Winchester of Milne Library, will run through Saturday November 8.


The exhibit is free and open




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Register immediately, while space lasts, by following this quick link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Internship_Fair_Registration

(Attendance is free!)


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