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Ten Reasons to Visit Cooperstown This June!

June is very likely the best month of the year for a relaxing visit to the Cooperstown Area. The weather is warm, but not too hot; everything is open for the season, but it is still on the quiet side.  Although many schools in the southern US finish their year in May, most schools in the Northeast don’t get out until mid to late June.  Family vacation season starts in July!

Here’s a list of a few of the things going on in the area this June (not in date order)!

The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival presents The Schubert Trout Quintet for a special Father’s Day performance on Sunday, June 19 at 7:30 pm at the Otesaga Resort Hotel.  http://bit.ly/1p4YrRM 

Glimmerglass Festival Special ‘Lounge’ Events including Blacklist on June 11 and Boheme(s) to Rent on June 26th. http://bit.ly/1Ww060g 

Third Annual “Race the Lake” Event with the Clark Sports Center – includes options for both half and full marathons. http://bit.ly/1QcyhT4

The NY Faerie Festival in Harpursville on June 24-26.  Definitely a one-of-a-kind event! http://bit.ly/1Ww0trB

The 5K Color Run in Cooperstown on June 18th.  http://bit.ly/1qZPjzu

Father’s Day Grilling Weekend at Fly Creek Cider Mill on June 18 and 19 – Demonstrations, Tastings, discounts and recipes!  http://bit.ly/1QcyNjZ 

77th Birthday celebration for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum with special programs on Sunday, June 12.  http://bit.ly/1Ww0XOz

The sixth Annual Cooperstown Sprint Triathlon starting at Glimmerglass State Park for an 800 meter swim in Otsego Lake, followed by an 18 mile bike ride through the rolling hills and countryside, and ending with a 3 mile run taking place entirely within Glimmerglass State Park.  http://bit.ly/1QcAv4R 

Otsego Lakes Festival on Saturday, June 11 at Lakefront Park from 12-5pm  – a full day of fun and festivities celebrating Otsego County’s lakes.  Exhibits, Activities, Workshops, Lake tours, Food, Music, Art. http://bit.ly/1Ww2jbX 

The 37th Annual Friendship Craft Festival in Spring Park on June 11 from 9am to 3pm.  Over 100 Crafters,  Famous Brooks House of BBQ and a HUGE bake sale!

 

These are just a few of the great reasons to visit Cooperstown this June – there are many more!  To book your stay today at Fieldstone Farm Resort, call us at 888-353-3276!

Earth Festival

Each year, since 2005, our region hosts Earth Festival, an environmental awareness event at the Milford Central School, about 10 miles south of Cooperstown, NY.  This is the one time of year when most of our local environmentally-focused  organizations are together in the same room as a public awareness event.  This year, the event takes place on Saturday, April 9th from 11am to 3pm.

The event has grown significantly over the years and includes around 40 vendors and exhibitors, workshops and seminars throughout the day, children’s activities and great food options and a number of specialty recycling options including a confidential document shredder service, clean styrofoam, textiles (shoes) and more.  This year, there are yoga sessions that have been added to the event for both adults and children,to encourage healthy minds and bodies as a start to creating a healthy environment.

Complete information about the event can be found at http://bit.ly/1Rgd6DG with a full list of activities for the day that will be posted as the target date approaches.  So – save the date and if you are in the area for the day, plan on making Earth Festival a destination for the day. Learn about what our local organizations are up to and maybe sign up to volunteer with a few of them.  We hope to see you there!

Ansel Adams at The Fenimore – April 1 to Sept 18

We are extremely fortunate to have world class venues and museums in our region that bring amazing opportunities to our local population and our seasonal visitors.  The Fenimore Art Museum is one such venue, situated just outside of the Village of Cooperstown on the southern end of Otsego Lake on the west shore, across from the Farmers’ Museum.  The museum is housed in a 1930’s neo-Georgian mansion on a site that was once part of James Fenimore Cooper’s 150 acre farm.  

Public Domain Photo by J. Malcolm Greany
Public Domain Photo by J. Malcolm Greany

 

This year, the Fenimore Art Museum brings the early works of Ansel Adams as a featured  exhibit that will run from April 1st through September 18.  Adams is known for his stunning black and white landscape photographs and is considered as both a groundbreaking  American photographer and an environmentalist.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Sierra Club for 37 years and was committed to wilderness preservation.  He was recognized with the Conservation Service award in 1968 by the Department of the Interior and with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980.  

 

 

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“Evening, McDonald Lake, Glacier National Park,” Montana., 1942 – U.S. National Archives and Records Administration

For more information about this highly anticipated 2016 exhibit in Cooperstown, visit The Fenimore Art Museum website.  

Revisiting the Cooperstown Beverage Trail

The Cooperstown area has a long history of involvement in the craft beverage industry.  It was originally known as the hops growing capital of the world and we are now seeing farms dedicated to hops again over the last few years.  Looking into some of the Cooperstown region’s highlights, we were reminded that the Cooperstown Beverage Trail is an ever expanding opportunity.  While it was originally established with four beverage producers, it has grown to include eight establishments in our region that offer locally produced goods.

The eight properties on the beverage trail include:

  • Brewery Ommegang
  • Fly Creek Cider Mill & Orchard
  • Bear Pond Winery
  • Cooperstown Brewing Company
  • Butternuts Beer & Ale
  • Rustic Ridge Winery
  • Cooperstown Distillery
  • Pail Shop Vineyards

Over 20,000 visitor explored the 37 mile beverage trail last year, learning about production, sampling the wares, and visiting the specialty shops at each establishment.

If you are considering a trip on the beverage trail during your stay in the area, make sure you bring along the coupon page so that you can pick up a complementary gift at most locations, and bring along the form so that you can collect your stamp at each stop.  When you complete the page, you can submit for a free Cooperstown Beverage Trail glass at any of the trail properties.

Participants in the beverage trail program must be 21 or older.  There are local businesses available in our area that will help you with our transportation needs during the beverage trail tours, including Doubleday Drivers and Cooperstown Hop On Tours.

For complete information about the beverage trail and each of the properties, visit their website at CooperstownBeverageTrail.com

Winter Events at the Otesaga

otesaga-headerEach winter, in the “off” season, the Otesaga Resort Hotel in Cooperstown offers a wonderful series of events that help make the winter months more enjoyable.  These include special musical events, art events, cooking classes and international food nights at the Hawkeye Bar and Grill.

International nights are one of our favorites for a mid-week evening out. Each Wednesday from mid January through the end of March, the chef prepares options for a creative, internationally themed meal taken from standards of worldwide cuisine.  This year, in February, diners can sample fare from: India (Feb. 10) – a meal which includes Naan Bread, Masala Dosa, Moghul Style Chicken with saffron rice, and Kneer rice pudding;  Greece (Feb 17) – including Psomi Bread, Spanakopita with tzatziki, Grilled Biftekia and Baklava Cheesecake; and Argentina (Feb 24) – Chipas Bread, Empanadas de Camaron, Grilled Flank Steak and Chocotorta chocolate wafers & dulce de leche for dessert.  March themes include meals from Thailand, Cuba, Ireland, Mexico and Brazil.  For a three course specialty meal, the cost for International Night dinners is well-priced at $17.95 per person. Reservations are required.

Learn more about all of the winter events at the Otesaga at their website at http://www.otesaga.com/events/allevents.aspx.  Whether you are a local or a visitor, you are sure to find something fun to do!