The Daily Star
---- — To organizers of the Oneonta First Night celebration.
The New Year’s Eve event was one of more than 200 held throughout the world, planned “to bring in the New Year in an uplifting, alcohol-free atmosphere,” according to the organization’s website.
The local event kicked off with a parade of dancers, flame-throwers, giant puppets and more at 4 p.m. It continued with performances and other activities in about 20 venues across the city. Fireworks closed the evening at 10:15 p.m.
David Hayes, chairman of the First Night Oneonta Board of Directors, estimated between 2,000 and 3,000 people attended the event, based on button sales.
“I heard universally positive comments,” Hayes said.
He also said the $45,000 budget for the event was covered through fundraising efforts and button sales.
“It’s a beautiful night in downtown Oneonta,” master of ceremonies Chuck D’Imperio called out as the parade passed.
We thank the organizers, performers and participants for making it so.
To all of the outdoor activities that help our residents enjoy the winter season.
This season we’ve seen something we didn’t see much of last year — snow. And while some people enjoyed last year’s lack of the white stuff, snowmobilers, skiers, sledders, snowtubers, snowshoers and the like are cheering.
Children were able to put their sleds to use on hills across the area.
Local snowmobilers couldn’t wait to get their motorized sleds out of a yearlong hibernation and hit many of the well-marked and maintained trails throughout the region.
Area ski slope operators didn’t have to rely solely on snowmaking machines to get the hills in shape for skiers, snowboarders and tubing-enthusiasts.
The Friends of Glimmerglass State Park announced tubing would begin at the park in the new year — weather-permitting, and this year, weather did permit.
And the Susquehanna Chapter of the Adirondack Mountain Club may actually be able to have snowshoe hikes this season.
A warm-up is expected this week, which may put a damper on things, but there is a long winter ahead, and for the snow-lovers, we hope this is the start of a good season.
To the folks who are offering things to do for people who may not like the snow and cold.
Libraries, groups and organizations across the area have classes and activities for all ages.
Talks, classes, crafts, lectures, get-togethers and dances abound in towns across the four-county region.
It’s important to keep busy and stay social, especially during the cold, winter months. If you are looking for something to do, check the community calendar, bulletin boards and social network sites. Classes, reading groups, game nights, children’s activities and more are offered in many towns.
The local colleges also have many events that are open to the general public.
It’s good to see so much to do, even in the dark days of winter.