With the arrival of fall, it’s easier to feel close to the ancient food traditions of our ancestors who preserved the harvest in preparation for winter.

Our senses certainly get an abundant workout during autumn in upstate New York. Foliage, pumpkins and Halloween costumes dazzle the eyes. Apples, cider and donuts and other scrumptious foods please the tastebuds, while the sound of tractors and farm equipment are heard far and wide, bringing in the region’s bountiful harvest soon to be enjoyed at our kitchen tables.

The tiny town of Roscoe, NY, (pop. 541) was thrown into the public spotlight in 2011 when it won the title of Ultimate Fishing Town in a competition put on by the World Fishing Network. Roscoe was awarded $25,000, and local businesses stepped up to the plate (or, uh, fishing line?) to reinvigorate Trout Town USA – now the number one fly fishing town in the country.

What would summer be without cotton candy, bumper cars, and, um, a human braying contest? Welcome to upstate New York, where the county fair is king.

In addition to a spectacular list of inductees, this year marks the 75th anniversary of the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. So come on down to Cooperstown, and join thousands of baseball fans from across the country to witness history in the making!

Hot dogs and baseball are the quintessential American pairing -- and, as thousands of people prepare to attend this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony, my culinary mind turns not just to the hot dog, but more specifically to the accompaniment that truly completes it: sauerkraut.  

When thinking of all the wonderful things upstate NY has to offer, exotic butterflies are not usually what spring to mind. Unless, of course, you have already visited the Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory, in Oneonta.  

From yoga on the front porch to raw chocolate workshops among friends, an 8,000 square foot mansion named Spillian is the grand estate you always wished your family had.

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ONEONTA - Doris I. "Diz" Schlee, 81, passed away at home on May 19, 2020. Her obituary and services will follow in The Daily Star. Arrangements by Lewis, Hurley & Pietrobono Funeral Home, Oneonta; www.lhpfuneralhome.com.