[Enews] Soccer Challenge, Tourism Brochure Exchange, More

[Enews] Soccer Challenge, Tourism Brochure Exchange, More

Dear Members,

Here are some highlights of upcoming events for this weekend and the month of May.

Reservations Deadline Today for Annual Celebration of Business Dinner

The Otsego County Chamber of Commerce requests the pleasure of your company for an evening of dinner, music and celebration at the Annual Dinner & Celebration of Business on Thursday, May 3, 2018 at 5:45p.m. at the Foothills Performing Arts and Civic Center in the Wright/Wilber Bank Atrium.

We will be Honoring NBT Bank as the Distinguished Business of the Year and Eugene A. Bettiol Sr. as the Eugene A. Bettiol Jr. Distinguished Citizen.

Please RSVP by Friday, April 27, 2018 by completing the attached reservation form. We look forward to seeing you at this Spring event!


The Fields Are Alive

This weekend, Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29th, the Wright National Soccer Campus will be alive with activity as 90 teams from throughout New York State will be competing in the Sixth Annual I-88 Challenge sponsored by the Oneonta Soccer Club.  The event is expected to bring well over 3,500 players and supporters to the area this weekend.

Oneonta Soccer Club has been managing the Wright National Soccer Campus since 2014 in an effort to keep the community dreams alive after the National Soccer Hall of Fame closed.   The cost of maintaining the campus exceeds $70,000 annually.   This tournament event brings in needed dollars to support the maintenance of some of the best outdoor soccer fields in the Northeast.

While the Otsego Now continues to hold deed to the Campus, it is the Oneonta Soccer Club Board of Directors’ hope that the campus will survive as an example of what a solid group of volunteers coming together can accomplish to preserve a valuable asset in the Oneonta and greater Otsego County area.

Please stop out to support the teams and the club.   You will have a chance to see amazing soccer played by our boys and girls with teams ranging from age eight to 19.   The Oneonta Soccer Club is a nonprofit organization managed entirely by volunteer efforts.


Annual Tourism Industry Brochure Exchange

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

5:00 – 6:00 Exchange followed by networking and tasting with food pairing

Hosted by Pail Shop Vineyards


Link to more information:



May Events attached for The Otesaga

The easy way to get away …

Oneonta Bus Lines / Eastern Travel offers the following upcoming excursions. Call for reservations, 607-432-5418 or 1-800-458-1556. Reservations can also be made easily online at www.easterntrav.com. All Eastern Travel tours include attendant and refreshments. SCROLL DOWN FOR FULL LIST OF CURRENT TRIPS AS WELL AS CHARTER INFORMATION.


Join us for breakfast, wine tastings and a Pace Car ride!

Eastern Travel is headed to the Finger Lakes Wine Festival on Saturday, July 14! Your admission to this event — held at the Watkins Glen International race track — includes the Great Western Breakfast Buffet in The Glen Club; a Pace Car ride around the track; tastings and sales from more than 90 New York State wineries; wine seminars and cooking demonstrations; a food court featuring farm and gourmet foods; free taster's guide and souvenir glass; arts and crafts vendors; and live music and outdoor demonstrations. Book online now at http://www.easterntrav.com/trips/find-book-4.html?trip=1344



Boston Pops July 4th multi-day trip now available for booking

Don't miss our "Boston Pops Concert Getaway." This multi-day trip from Tuesday, July 3 through Thursday, July 5 includes the following: Boston Pops Rehearsal Concert; Boston Harbor Cruise; JFK Library and Museum; Historic Boston Tour; Charlestown Navy Yard; and much more! Prices for single, double, triple and quad occupancy at the four-star Hyatt Regency Cambridge. Call 607-432-4040 for details.


Learn more about these one-day trips, coming up soon:

We'll be traveling to Tioga Downs Casino for the first time on Monday, May 14. $45 per person includes $30 slot play and $10 food credit! Book online now at http://www.easterntrav.com/trips/find-book-4.html?trip=1342, as only a handful of seats remain.

Rhinebeck Crafts Festival, Sunday, June 24. “The Rhinebeck Crafts Festival is located in the heart of the Hudson Valley and is a destination event not to miss. Meet a unique mix of 200 emerging and seasoned artists whose extraordinary skill and vision help make this one of the region’s most anticipated yearly events. Enjoy hands-on craft demonstrations, interactive family activities, tantalizing foods and gourmet specialties, and more!” — Artrider Productions, Inc. For details and a list of participating artists, visit http://www.artrider.com/rhinebeck-crafts-festival-2018

Sign up now for "A Summer Mystery Trip" on Saturday, July 28. Hints: Water, Wine, Wildflowers! $129 per person includes three attractions and lunch. Book online now at http://www.easterntrav.com/trips/find-book-4.html?trip=1343

Eastern Travel reserved seating for the "Go Bowling at The Glen" Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series race on Sunday, August 5 is in Section 1, Turn 1 of the Grandstand on the Frontstretch. Secure your spot(s) for our "NASCAR at The Glen" trip online at http://www.easterntrav.com/trips/find-book-4.html?trip=1341

Mark your calendars: Thursday, September 13 is the date for the much anticipated "Lobsterfest … Beach Style!" This year, we've chosen a beach theme for our popular annual event at The Log Cabin in Holyoke, MA, and beach-inspired attire is encouraged. $150 per person includes hors d'oeuvres and family-style lunch (with a whole lobster per person and unlimited water, tea, and soda) followed by "Swingin' Thru the Sixties," a live musical performance by Jimmy Mazz and Janice Dee. See more information at http://www.easterntrav.com/trips/find-book-4.html?trip=1339

"A Day at Skirmish Paintball." Enjoy Skirmish Paintball – home of more than 50 of the best paintball maps on the planet, located in Albrightsville, PA – on Saturday, September 22. Three hundred paintballs per person, admission, paintball gun, goggles/facemask, a ref, lunch, unlimited N2 air refills and all-day play for $102 per person. Available for booking online now at http://www.easterntrav.com/trips/find-book-4.html?trip=1297

SAVE THE DATE: Thanks to overwhelming interest from Eastern Travelers, there will be a "Special Monday" New York City Free Day on Monday, October 8.


OBL announces collection on behalf of animal rescue group

This spring, animal lovers can drop off donations of much needed pet supplies at Oneonta Bus Lines/Eastern Travel and receive the gift of travel in return.
“Dry cat food, dog and cat toys, cat litter, and pet beds are among the items we are collecting on behalf of Super Heroes in Ripped Jeans,” said OBL/ET General Manager Peggy M. Bush. “For their generosity, donors will be able to select a gift certificate at random in denominations ranging from $5.00 to $20.00 and will become eligible to win a $100.00 gift certificate.”
SHiRJ is a 100 percent volunteer-run program formed in September of 2017 and incorporated as a non-profit in February of this year. The organization’s mission is to improve the lives of animals and their caretakers.
“We do this by means of low cost spay/neuter, free trap-neuter-vaccinate-return (TNvR) for feral cats, a pet food pantry for struggling caretakers, and assistance with emergency medical costs,” said SHiRJ Founder and Board President Terra Butler. “It’s our goal to keep animals in their homes with families that love them and out of our shelters. By the end of this month, we will have made spay/neuter possible for 500 animals.”
Butler formed SHiRJ after her years of working in local animal shelters revealed a huge need for assistance with spay and neuter, emergency services, and routine needs (food, flea medication, etc.) for feral cats and low-income families with pets requiring care.
Located at 697 Winney Hill Road in Oneonta, SHiRJ is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day except Wednesday (closed occasionally for spay clinics). SHiRJ is currently caring for 60 adoptable animals, with another 34 becoming available as they are well enough and/or old enough.
There are adoptable animals at the Winney Hill facility, Butler explained, but the bulk of their animals are dispersed in foster homes. The adoption fee is $40.00 for cats and $75.00 for dogs.
“We have a number of special needs animals available for adoption,” she continued. “We work with local shelters, other rescue groups and veterinary offices to try to save those that are most vulnerable.”
According to Butler, SHiRJ’s special needs animals include dogs with behavior quirks, FIV/FeLV+ cats and “seniors.”
The full “wish list” of supplies currently being collected at OBL/ET is: dry cat food, cat litter, flea medication (any brand), cat and dog toys, bleach, laundry detergent, 39-gallon garbage bags, paper towels, and pet beds.
Items from this list can be dropped off weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the OBL/ET offices at 41 Orchard Street, Oneonta.


Check out our full list of trips currently available for booking and prices, below, and "like" us on Facebook for the latest updates:

Multi-Day Tours
Tuesday, July 3-Thursday, July 5: "Boston Pops Concert Getaway," CALL FOR DETAILS.


One-Day Tours
Thursday, April 26: "Philly Food Tour," $105.00
Saturday, April 28: “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” (Broadway), $200.00
Saturday, April 28: "Destiny USA – Shop, Dine, Play," $40.00
Tuesday, May 8: "Lunch & Jesus In Lancaster" (Sight & Sound Theatres), $190.00
Sunday, May 20: "The Bronx Zoo Awaits!", $102.00 (child); $107.00 (adult)
Saturday, June 9: Boston Free Day, $95.00
Sunday, June 24: "Rhinebeck Crafts Festival," $75.00
Saturday, June 30: "Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island," $85.00
Saturday, July 7: "Kutztown Folk Festival," $85.00
Saturday, July 14: "Finger Lakes Wine Festival," $116.00
Wednesday, July 25: Boston Free Day, $95.00
Saturday, July 28: "A Summer Mystery Trip," (Hints: Water, Wine, Wildflowers), $129.00
Tuesday, July 31: "Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island," $85.00
Sunday, August 5: "NASCAR at The Glen," $118.00
Saturday, August 18: Boston Free Day, $95.00
Monday, August 27: "NYS Fair: Law Enforcement/Senior Citizen Day," $50.00 (l/s); $63.00 (others)
Tuesday, August 28: "A Day In Lancaster – Lunch & Jesus" (Sight & Sound Theatres), $185.00
Thursday, September 13: "Lobsterfest … Beach Style!" $150.00
Saturday, September 22: "A Day at Skirmish Paintball," $102.00
Saturday, September 22: Boston Free Day, $95.00
Sunday, September 23: "Bronx Zoo Fun!", $102.00 (child); $107.00 (adult)
Saturday, September 29: "Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island," $85.00


New York City Free Days: $63.00
Saturday, April 21
Saturday, May 5
Saturday, May 19
Saturday, June 2
Wednesday, June 13
Saturday, June 30
Saturday, July 7
Wednesday, July 11
Saturday, July 21
Saturday, August 4
Wednesday, August 8
Saturday, August 18
Saturday, September 1
Wednesday, September 12

Saturday, September 15
Monday, October 8
Wednesday, October 10
Saturday, October 20
Saturday, November 3
Wednesday, November 14
Saturday, November 17
Saturday, November 24
Saturday, December 1
Saturday, December 8
Wednesday, December 12
Saturday, December 15
Saturday, December 22
Saturday, December 29


Turning Stone Free Days
Tuesday, May 1: $45.00
Tuesday, June 5: $45.00
Tuesday, July 3: $45.00
Tuesday, August 7: $45.00
Tuesday, September 4: $45.00
Tuesday, October 2: $45.00
Tuesday, November 6: $45.00
Tuesday, December 4: $45.00


Other Gaming Tours
Monday, May 14: "Introducing Tioga Downs!" $45.00
Saturday, May 26: Atlantic City Resorts Casino Day Trip, $75.00
Monday, June 18: “Gaming at Yellow Brick Road Casino,” $45.00
Saturday, June 23: Atlantic City Resorts Casino Day Trip, $75.00
Saturday, July 21: Atlantic City Resorts Casino Day Trip, $75.00

Monday, August 20: “Off to Yellow Brick Road Casino,” $45.00
Saturday, August 25: Atlantic City Resorts Casino, $75.00
Saturday, September 29: Atlantic City Resorts Casino, $75.00

Monday, October 15: “Yellow Brick Road Casino Fun,” $45.00
See the website for other casino trip dates.



Oneonta Bus Lines: Whatever, whenever, wherever!

Established in 1947 and owned by the Hilts family since 1993, Oneonta Bus Lines is Oneonta’s full service motorcoach company, offering both retail tours and charters. Wedding parties, concerts and events, winery/brew tours, church groups, school trips, senior groups – whatever, whenever, and wherever your destination, we can provide you with your own motorcoach and personal professional driver! For a charter quote, or to view details on upcoming trips, visit www.easterntrav.com or call (607) 432-4040. LET US DO THE WORK, SO YOU CAN PLAY!


You can book your seats day or night, 24/7

The Oneonta Bus Lines/Eastern Travel offices are open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Trip reservations can be made 24 hours a day, seven days a week online at www.easterntrav.com. (Picking up regularly at Oneonta, Sidney, Binghamton, Great Bend PA and Cobleskill.)

STAY TUNED for new trips, to be announced soon.


For complete details on all trips, visit our website at www.easterntrav.com

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