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Social Media Safety for the Holidays

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Social media is a great way to stay in touch with friends and family from all over the world, but privacy settings only go so far to limit what people can see and learn about you.  Although this is not a new topic, we just want to remind our friends and families and guests to please be careful with the information that you share on your social networks.

According to AAA, over 46 million Americans will be traveling over this holiday season.  Don’t make your home a target for break-ins by sharing details about your travel plans on your social networks, as your family and friends might not be the only ones watching.  Avoid accepting friend requests and connections from people you don’t know, and make sure your privacy settings are set correctly for your security.

If you are leaving town, boost your home security by letting friends and neighbors know where you will be and ask them to keep an eye out on your house.  Make arrangements for someone to pick up your mail while you are away or ask the post office to hold delivery for the time that you are expecting to be away.  Prevent easy entry to your home by making sure all your doors are locked and your windows are secured.  If you are traveling with your smartphone, make sure you disable “geotags” on the applications you use so that information about your real-time location doesn’t get shared publicly.

Holidays are special times to be with friends and family, and photos are a great way to record and preserve those memories of time together – but we suggest you wait until you get home to post those pictures!

 

Your Friends at Fieldstone Farm Resort wish you all a Happy and Safe Holiday Season!

Candlelight Evening at The Farmers’ Museum

Experience the magic of Candlelight Evening!
Saturday, December 13, 2014 • 3:00–7:00 pm

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Join us for one of the region’s best-loved holiday traditions, Candlelight Evening. The landscape of the museum takes on a magical appearance, decorated in greenery and illuminated by hundreds of candles.

  • Ride through the museum’s grounds in wagons pulled by draft horses adorned with “jingle bells.”
  • Children take part in holiday arts and crafts activities.
  • Visit with Saint Nicholas.
  • Ride the Empire State Carousel; free rides courtesy of Matt Sohns and family.
  • Complimentary wassail, warmed in kettles over open fires.
  • Bonfire on the Tavern Green
  • Warm up with something hot from our delicious food and drink offerings at the Crossroads Café and L.C. Jones Center.

Music and live performances:

  • Join in caroling in our candle-lit historic buildings: magical!
  • “A Living Nativity” presented by members of the congregation of Christ Episcopal Church.
  • Holiday favorites played by local school bands.
  • Traditional holiday favorites sung by the Catskill Chamber Singers.

A visit to the Museum this holiday season is not complete without a stop at The Farmers’ Museum Store and Todd’s General Store, where a large selection of handcrafted items from the museum are available as well as other seasonal favorites.

Candlelight Evening visitors should dress warmly and wear boots.

Parking:

  • Free shuttle service starts at 2:30 pm, serving the parking lots at the Otesaga, Cooperstown Elementary School, and the three trolley lots at the perimeter of the village.
  • Please re-visit this page for updated parking and shuttle information. Or call (607) 547-1450.

Admission: $12.00 adults, $10.50 visitors age 65 and over, $6.00 children age 7–12. Free for children 6 and younger. Free for members of the New York State Historical Association.

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Candlelight Evening is sponsored in part by NBT Bank, the Golub Foundation, Cathedral Candle Company, and Matt Sohns and family. Candlelight Evening is also made possible with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts, a state agency.

A Christmas Carol

Sunday, December 14, 2014
Two performances at 2:00 and 5:00 pm
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Two performances at 3:00 and 7:00 pm

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Enjoy a live performance of Charles Dickens’s A Christmas Carol.

The play tells the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, a bitter old man who devoted his life to money and business until three ghosts teach him the error of his ways.

The production features a cast of local talent.

Each performance is 90 minutes long, plus an intermission. Concessions will be available, and The Farmers’ Museum store will be open for your holiday shopping!

Tickets: $15 (ages 13 and older), $10 (ages 7–12). Children younger than 6 admitted free.

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or call (607) 547-1461.

Our thanks to Matt Sohns and family for their generous support of this project!

 

Getting through the Rural Winter

To quote the popular Game of Thrones, “Winter is Coming”.  We are at the very beginning of it now and have to get through the next few months or more before we get to almost Spring.  Winters in upstate New York are long, and temperatures can get quite cold.  Roads are messy and hazardous to drive, and every time we step out the door, we know it might be an adventure.  For those of us who obsess about getting to the other side of the season, these tips are for you!

Indulge

ruralwinterLet yourself indulge in all of the things that make winter pleasurable. Sit by the fire, drink your hot chocolate, and put on those thermal pajamas. Find the good in lazing around your home; draw that landscape picture you always wanted to, read that book everyone is talking about, or take the time to relax and recuperate from the long days of work. Don’t let yourself get caught up moping around the house. Take this winter opportunity to do that one thing you’ve always wanted to.

Dress Appropriately

As much as everyone loves open toed shoes, they will not help keep you comfortable during the winter months. If you’re cold- you’re unlikely to enjoy the winter. Be sure to invest in a warm coat, wool socks, and proper boots. Thick wool sweaters are your friend as are long underwear. Fingerless gloves can help for around the house too!

Winter Food

Don’t be afraid of the crock pot! Winter is a great time for food- hearty and delicious stews that simmer all day and fresh baked pies. Not only will the smells make your house aromatic, using the kitchen is another way to keep you warm and toasty.

Resign Yourself

Take advantage of what makes rural living special- it gives you the opportunity to reconnect with nature and your family. Accept that winter will happen, you will be stuck inside. Make the best of your situation and use the winter as an opportunity to get closer with your family.  Explore your property during one of the most beautiful seasons that rural communities get to experience.

Thanks, Cooperstown…

… for making our area a great destination!

November is a time of year where, in the U.S., we typically will take some time to step back and think about the things for which we are thankful.  According to a CNBC 2014 cost of living report, New York State is the most expensive state to live in (up from 4th in 2013), and many small business owners will tell you that it’s also not the easiest place to operate a small business.  Working in the lodging industry in the Cooperstown area, however, does provide some amazing perks – for which we consider ourselves fortunate.

We have a great community with world class attractions that bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to our region each year.  People come to the Cooperstown area for many reasons:

  • It’s a breathtakingly beautiful upstate New York location that combines rural landscapes, friendly locals and small town charm.
  • Cooperstown is home to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, a life destination for baseball fans from all over the globe.
  • The region boasts the finest medical care facilities (one of the top 100 most integrated health systems in the nation).
  • Other world-class attractions include Glimmerglass Festival, Farmers’ Museum and Fenimore Art Museum and the New York State Historical Association.
  • The relative new-comers with strong followings like Cooperstown Dreams Park and Brewery Ommegang.
  • Many more things like our beautiful golf courses, Fly Creek Cider Mill, local and regional art organizations and venues, Clark Sports Center.
  • and the list goes on.

All of these businesses and attractions work individually to market their respective venues.  In addition, many work together to market the region through collaborative support and coordination with our regional tourism program (thisiscooperstown.com).  The marketing and ad dollars that are invested by these venues and groups therefore provide a return for all of the other businesses located in the region.

How wonderful is that?  We think it is awesome!  And so, we will take this opportunity to just say “Thanks, Cooperstown”, for the things that we might overlook sometime, but that make this a pretty special place to live and operate a small business.

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Cooperstown depicted on an 1890 panoramic map; Handdrawn map of Cooperstown, New York, by L. R. Burleigh, published 1890.  Public domain.

Hyde Hall Ghost Tours

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GHOST HUNTERS© TOURS RETURN TO HYDE HALL!

This candlelight tour visits all places in the Mansion where ghostly manifestations have been reported over 150 years, including those identified by Ghosthunters(c) in their Halloween 2013 special.  $20 per person; call 607.547.5098 for reservations.

Last year’s popular “Ghost Hunters© Tours” focused on events and places featured on the Syfy cable channel network’s popular investigative series, Ghost Hunters in 2013, will return to Hyde Hall this Halloween season.

These exclusive candlelit tours will be held on Oct. 24th, 25th and 30th at 5:30, 6:00, 6:30 and 7:00pm, and are limited to 15 participants each. The cost is $20 per person, and tickets must be reserved in advance.

In early 2013, The Ghost Hunters team spent over a week in Hyde Hall in the chill of March, where they set up ultra sensitive equipment in empty rooms to record continuously through the nights. What they found at Hyde Hall was revealed on their Halloween special, in one of the best Ghost Hunters episodes ever. This year’s special candlelight ghost tours on will feature the areas Ghost Hunters found were most haunted.