Quilt group to meet Tuesday

The In Stitches quilt group, which is open to all area quilters, will meet from 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Sidney Memorial Public Library at 8 River Street. The group will meet the second Tuesday of each month through May. An exception will be in November, when the meeting will move to the second Wednesday, Nov. 12, because of Veterans Day.


Community Services Board to meet

The Otsego County Community Services Board will meet at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the 3rd floor conference room of the Otsego County Mental Health Clinic at 242 Main St. in Oneonta. 


Craft Club to have idea meeting

The Otego Craft Club will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the Harris Memorial Library in Otego to set up programs for the year. Participants should bring ideas for this meeting. Supplies will be furnished to make pasta flowers. For more information, call Joan Camp at 988-6842.

The club meets the second and fourth Thursday of the month at the library at 334 Main St.


Bike Otsego 2014 set for Sept. 20

Registrations are now being taken for Bike Otsego 2014, to be held on Saturday, Sept. 20. There will be a choice of five bicycle rides. The “Grand Slam” event covers 75 miles with more than 5,500 feet of climbing and takes riders into the village of Cooperstown in celebration of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s 75th anniversary. A challenging 31-mile ride offers intermediate riders scenery and challenging hills, with more than 1,700 feet of climbing

A 12-mile ride is suitable for all ages and levels and is the familiar Back River ride formerly sponsored by Opportunities for Otsego. In addition, mountain bike riders have a choice between a beginner’s route and an intermediate/advanced route through Oneonta, an estimated 1½ or 2½ hours, respectively.

All rides begin and end in Neahwa Park. Registered riders will receive a free T-shirt, full rider support including rest stops, and a post-race meal. The registration fee is $35; $40 after Wednesday. For more information and to register, email info@bikeotsego.com or visit info@bikeotsego.com.


Friends of Library programs to begin

The Catskill Puppet Theater will present “The Lion’s Whiskers” at 7:30 p.m. Saturday for the first program this season of the Friends of the Village Library, 

The show will be on the lawn in front of the Cooperstown Library at 22 Main St., with a rain date of Sunday.

A musical adaptation of a traditional Ethiopian folk tale, the play dramatizes with masks and puppets, ranging from three-quarter life-sized to larger, the story of a lonely girl who marries a widower with a young son and consults a wise man for advice. He tells her that to win the heart of the little boy she must first pluck three whiskers from a wild lion. How she finds the courage to do this and to tame the lion and gain the love of her new family provides the theme of this story.

The Catskill Puppet Theater, co-founded in 1979 by John Potocnik and his wife, Carol Mandigo of Laurens, who created the large puppets, has toured in several countries.

As are all Friends of the Library programs, admission is free and open to all.


County grange to meet Saturday

The Otsego County Pomona Grange will meet at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pierstown Grange Hall on Wedderspoon Hollow Road, off state Route 80 outside of Cooperstown. The flower show entries entries are to be in place before the meeting for judging. The Symbol Craft and any completed Grange Family Trees are to be brought to the meeting for display and will be going to State Session in October at Holiday Inn in Oneonta.

During the meeting, reports of the Pomona officers, subordinate granges and Pomona Grange committees will be given.

The Pierstown Grange will provide supper at 5:30 p.m. At 6:30 p.m., the Lecturer program will have Kathryn Mollach of Tanner Hill Herb Farm present a program. She will speak about her herb farm, which also includes perennials and vegetables.

The Fifth degree obligation will be given at 7 p.m. for any members who would like to be a member of the Pomona Grange. All officers are reminded to furnish two homemade pies for the Pomona Grange fundraiser being held at the Harvest Festival at The Farmers’ Museum at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The yearly report form for Lecturers is due to State Lecturer by Sept. 15. The Family Activities Report is due to the Pomona FAC, which will forward them to the State FAC to reach the Sept. 15 deadline.


Dinner planned at Aldrich Baptist

A chicken-and-biscuit dinner will be served from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Aldrich Baptist Church on state Route 28 in North Franklin.

The menu will includes chicken and gravy on biscuits, mashed potatoes, green beans, coleslaw, homemade pies, iced tea, decaf coffee and milk.

The cost is $9 for adults $9, $4 for children 5 to 12 and free for children younger than 4. Takeouts will be available.

Craft items will be for sale upstairs during the dinner.


Harvest Fest set at Farmers’ Museum

The 36th annual Harvest Festival at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

There will be food, music, activities demonstrations, books signing, a dedication and more. For more information and a schedule of events, visit FarmersMuseum.org/harvest.

One-day entry to Harvest Festival is included with paid museum admission of $12 for those 13 to 64, $10.50 for those 65 and older, $6 for children 7 to 12. Children 6 and younger and members of New York State Historical Association are admitted free. A discounted two-day festival pass is available for $18 adults for adults and and $9 for children.

The Farmers’ Museum is at 5775 State Highway 80 in Cooperstown.


Fall flea market set in Afton

The Afton Driving Park’s second flea market of the year will be held Saturday, rain or shine, and will open to the public at 8:00 am. There will be vendors, crafts, yard sale items and more. 

Additional vendors are welcome. The cost is $10 for a 10-by-10-foot spot. Vendors may reserve more than one space. Larger items, such as boats, trailers, etc, are a flat rate of $50 per item. Businesses are welcome and do not need special permits.

Go to theaftonfair.com to download the rules and application form to become a vendor. For more information, the Afton Driving Park office is open 9 a.m. to noon Monday, Wednesday and Friday and can be reached at 639-1525, or call Amy Schoelier, flea market chair, at 639-3843.


Free pulled pork luncheon set

A pulled pork luncheon, sponsored by the Meredith Republican Committee, will be held for the Town of Meredith 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the East Meredith firehouse.

The lunch is free and open to all members of the community. The event will not be a political gathering.

Donations will be accepted. For more information or to volunteer, call Shirley Niebanck at 746-3029.


Civil War to be topic of programs

On Sunday and Sunday, Oct. 12, at 2 p.m., the Richfield Springs Historic Association will present programs on local Civil War enlisted men and soldiers quilts. The Roll of Honor board lists 122 men from this area who served in the “War of the Rebellion.”   This enlistment roll was donated by Thomas R. Proctor in the early 1900s and is on loan from the village. It will be on display at the museum through October.

Fran Hazelton will speak about some of the veterans, their regiments and their families.  

During the war, quilts were made for soldiers to provide warmth, comfort and inspiration. Many quilts were sent from family to loved ones and others were distributed through relief organizations including the U.S. Sanitary Commission.

Lisa Ellsworth will speak about Soldiers’ Quilts and illustrate her talk with quilts that she and Hazelton have made in the style of identified surviving Civil War Soldiers’ Quilts.

The museum is at 134 W. Main St. in Richfield Springs. It is open weekends from noon to 4 p.m. through mid-October. Free admission. For information, call (315) 858-0027 or 858-0657. 


Mount Upton Park to have open house

There will be an open house at  Mount Upton Park from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday. Attendees will have a chance to meet the park committee and see recent improvements. Refreshments will be served. 


 Murder mystery set in Laurens

A “Murder du jour mystery dinner “will be held at 4 p.m., with dinner at 5 p.m. Sunday at the Laurens Central School.

Proceeds will benefit students traveling to France in March.

During the show, a Hollywood actress will invite participants and other guests to a dinner in Paris. While the food is served, a fellow guest will be murder, and participants will need to discover who did it and why.

Tickets in advance are $5 per person or $15 for a family of four. Donations will be taken at the door. Children younger than 5 may attend for free.

There will be multiple raffles for prizes and clues, a gift basket silent auction, trivia games, word challenges and charades and more.

For more information, call 432-2050 or 267-4673.

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