Milestone anniversary open house to be held

SIDNEY — A 100th year anniversary open house will be held from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at Charles L. Jacobi American Legion Post 183 at 22 Union St. in Sidney. An official ceremony will take place at 1 p.m. Refreshments will be available. The event will honor the Post’s 100 years of continued service to area military veterans and their families.

Call 607-563-8031 for more information. 

Fly-in pancake breakfast to be held at area airport

COOPERSTOWN — The Middlefield Volunteer Fire Department will have a fly-in pancake breakfast from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Cooperstown/Westville Airport on state Route 166, outside Cooperstown. 

All-you-can-eat pancakes with real maple syrup, eggs, sausage and beverages will be available to adults for $7.50 and $5 to children younger than 12. 

Talent showcase planned for Saturday at Grange

GILBERTSVILLE — The Butternut Valley Grange will host a talent showcase titled “A Little Bit of Broadway,” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, in the Gilbertsville Grange Hall auditorium at 7 Bloom St. in Gilbertsville.

The showcase will feature performers from Norwich, Afton, Greene, Sidney, Oneonta and Gilbertsville. They will perform vocal and dance solos, duos and large group numbers. The ensemble includes dancers from Studio B Performing Arts Academy, Donna Frech School of Dance, Elite Dance Academy, opera singers Claire Nolan and Kayla Farrell and vocal soloists Cat Robinson, Leslie Tallmadge, Ariana Cornell, Alyssa Marcellus and Mike Roldan.

Tyler Lindsley is artistic director. Steven Rivera is musical director. He will be accompanied by Karen Clark. Kate Simeon is stage manager and Brooke Anderson is technical director.

Concessions will be sold by the Grange. Admission is a $5 suggested donation.

Proceeds will be donated to The Major’s Inn to benefit its ongoing roof restoration project.

Program to feature Stamford mountain 

DELHI — A narrated slide show on the history of Stamford’s Mount Utsayantha will be given at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 17, at the Delaware County Historical Association at 46549 State Highway 10 in Delhi. Local author, historian and Stamford Village Library archivist Karen Cuccinello will give the presentation. 

Admission is free. Light refreshments will be served. Call 607-746-3849, or email: dcha@delhi.net for more information.

Anti-Rent War to be discussed at program

MARGARETVILLE — “Ghosts on the Land: How Hardscrabble Farmers Changed History,” will be the topic of a program presented by the Historical Society of the Town of Middletown at 778 Cemetery Road in Margaretville on Saturday, Aug. 17.

According to a media release, essayist Jennifer Kabat of Margaretville will be the speaker and guide of a two-part exploration of the Anti-Rent War of the 1840s, its local impact and connections to international social movements of the time.

Kabat will share her research into the history of the land that she and husband, David Rainbird, recently built a home on Bull Run Road near Margaretville. The project led to the article “Ghostlands,” published in March 2019 by the British magazine Granta.

At 5:30 p.m. Kabat will lead a short walk on her property at 1314 Bull Run Road to stone foundations of buildings that were once part of the Clum family farm (directions and info: jenkabat@gmail.com). The Clums were tenant farmers on lands owned by the Livingstons, part owners of the Hardenburgh Patent.

At 7 p.m. at the HSM hall on Cemetery Road, Kabat will present an illustrated talk about the Anti-Rent War, when costumed farmers banded together and used guerrilla tactics to overthrow the feudal land-holding system that originated in 18th-century England. She will trace the uprising’s connection to the international economic collapse of the 1830s, which spawned an anti-capitalist backlash.

Admission is by donation.

Visit mtownhistory.org for more information.

Oxford to have sales, car wash and barbecue

OXFORD — Oxford’s “Trash or Treasure Community Sale” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Aug. 17, in Oxford. Free maps identifying 30 or more sale sites will be available at the Farmers’ Market along with 50/50 raffle tickets for a drawing to be held in October.

The Oxford Academy Winter Guard will sponsor a car wash and bake sale from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Blueox on North Canal Street.

The Oxford American Legion Fort Hill Post 376 at 17 S. Washington Ave. will have a chicken barbecue from 8 a.m. until sold out to benefit the Oxford Episcopal Church.