Chicken barbecue set for Saturday

PIERSTOWN — Pierstown Grange will have its annual chicken barbecue on Saturday Aug. 17, at the Grange Hall at 137 Wedderspoon Hollow Road, north of Cooperstown. Take county Route 28, Pierstown Road, from state Route 80 to get there.

Serving will begin at 4:30 p.m. Adult dinners will be $12, half chickens only will be $7. Dinners for children younger than 12 will be $7. Takeout service will be available.

Call 607-264-3069 for more information.

Store announces change in its hours

SIDNEY — The Nex-To-New Thrift store will open at 9 a.m. and close at 3 p.m. starting Saturday, Aug. 17. The store is at 11 Main St. in Sidney.

Barbecue selections to be sold Sunday

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Drive-through, takeout Brooks’ Bar-B-Q chicken and rib dinners will be available from noon until sold out Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Church of Christ Uniting at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs.

Customers will enter the church’s circular drive way, place orders from their vehicles and proceed to a pickup point.

Chicken dinners are $11 and include a chicken half, roasted potatoes, baked beans, roll with butter and cookie. Chicken halves may be purchased for $8 each. Rib dinners with the same offerings are $14. An order of ribs is $11.

Geologist authors to preview book

ARKVILLE — Geologists Robert and Johanna Titus will preview an expanded third edition of their soon-to-be published book, “The Catskills in the Ice Age” from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Catskills Visitor Center in Mount Tremper.

The presentation will be accompanied with slides. It is free and open to the public and is part of the Catskill Center’s member program series.

Call 845-586-2611, email cccd@catskillcenter.org, or visit catskillcenter.org for more information.

Walking tour set along area river

UNADILLA FORKS — Five historic buildings and sites along the Unadilla River in Otsego County will be open to the public during a walking tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.

Sponsored by the Upper Unadilla Valley Association, the tour will include Unadilla Forks Baptist Church, near the intersection of Forks Road and county Highway 18; Town of Plainfield Courthouse, a former school academy on county Highway 18A; the Dale and Jeanne Gates residence on County Highway 18B; David and Linda Denham residence at the corner of Sunset Lane and county Highway 18; and Unadilla Forks Dam on county Highway 18. A representative will be available to discuss the dam’s history, answer questions and share photos.

A tour booklet will be available at the church, where the tour will begin and parking is available. It will serve as the admission ticket to all five sites. The cost is $5. Anyone 12 and younger will be admitted for free. Signs will be posted in front of each tour location. A book about the area, “Unadilla Forks Remembered,” will be available for $40.

Barbecue selections to be sold Sunday

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Drive-through, takeout Brooks’ Bar-B-Q chicken and rib dinners will be available from noon until sold out Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Church of Christ Uniting at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs.

Customers will enter the church’s circular drive way, place orders from their vehicles and proceed to a pickup point.

Chicken dinners are $11 and include a chicken half, roasted potatoes, baked beans, roll with butter and cookie. Chicken halves may be purchased for $8 each. Rib dinners with the same offerings are $14. An order of ribs is $11.

Pancake breakfast to include bake sale

CHARLOTTEVILLE — An all-you-can eat pancake breakfast with a bake sale will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at Charlotteville Schoolhouse on Main Street in Charlotteville. Call 607-397-9180 for more information.

Barbecue selections to be sold Sunday

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — Drive-through, takeout Brooks’ Bar-B-Q chicken and rib dinners will be available from noon until sold out Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Church of Christ Uniting at 22 Church St. in Richfield Springs.

Customers will enter the church’s circular drive way, place orders from their vehicles and proceed to a pickup point.

Chicken dinners are $11 and include a chicken half, roasted potatoes, baked beans, roll with butter and cookie. Chicken halves may be purchased for $8 each. Rib dinners with the same offerings are $14. An order of ribs is $11.

Proceeds will benefit youth programming at the Richfield Springs Community Center.

Call 315-858-3200 for more information.

Lecture to divulge contents of letter

SCHOHARIE — Saratoga National Battlefield Park Ranger Eric Schnitzer will present a lecture about the contents of a 1777 letter discovered by historians at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18, at the Old Stone Fort Museum in Schoharie.

According to a media release, the letter was written by Nathaniel Bacheller, a militia adjutant from New Hampshire, to his wife, Suzanna, on Oct. 9, 1777. It was discovered when it appeared on the auction site eBay last winter and was sold to an unknown buyer for $2,925. A digital copy was downloaded and a transcript of the letter was made before it went to join the buyer’s private collection.

As further described in the media release, the letter represents an account of the conversations, command decisions and field actions of Generals Horatio Gates and Benedict Arnold during the ongoing 1777 Battle of Saratoga.

Admission is $5 for adults and free for students and Schoharie County Historical Society members. Refreshments will be provided by the Schoharie-Leatherstocking Chapter of Sons of the American Revolution.

The Old Stone Fort Museum is at 145 Fort Road in Schoharie.

Call 518-295-7192 or visit TheOldStoneFort.org for more information.

Tickets available for society party

NORWICH — The Chenango County Historical Society will host its annual “Summer Barn Party” from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 23, in Loomis Barn on the CCHS campus.

According to a media release, hors d’oeuvres will be provided by Wild Owl Café along with artisanal ice cream from Gilligan’s Island of Sherburne. The CCHS “Wednesday Work Crew” volunteer group will offer interactive demonstrations on antique molding and surface planes. The event will also include tastings by Old Home Distillers of Lebanon, vintage lawn games and music by disc jockey Jim Baldwin. Brewery Ommegang of Cooperstown and the Norwich Beverage Corporation will provide an open bar.

John C. Mitchell, author of “A History of the I.L. Richer Company,” will be the featured guest. Mitchell led what is reportedly the oldest privately-owned feed business in the Northeast from the late 1970s until it was sold in 2008.

Proceeds will support the organization’s annual operating budget.

Early bird tickets purchased by Aug. 16 will be $39 each. Tickets purchased after that date will be $45 per person.

Visit Commerce Chenango, the Chenango County Historical Society or www.Facebook.com/ChenangoHist for more information.