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Fall 2015 Events in the Cooperstown Area

There are many wonderful events in our area each fall – more every year, it seems!  These are a few of our favorites coming up over the next few weeks.


Teacher Appreciation Day at the Fenimore Art Museum, during normal business hours:

Teachers are invited to visit the Fenimore Art Museum without students for a day to preview the newest exhibitions (see the new Lavern Kelley exhibition) and learn more about the programs and resources available to teachers. Teacher Appreciation Days are a time for the Fenimore to say “Thank you!” to our school educators. Pre K-12 educators are admitted free with valid ID or proof of educator status. Guests are admitted at the regular admission rate. For questions, call (607) 547-1461.


Sunday Sounds at Fly Creek Cider Mill, Sundays, September 20, 27, October 4, 11 2015, 12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Join a performance by comic lyricist and impressionist, Ody B. Goldy, from noon until 4:00 as he entertains guests with his humorous tributes to well-known celebrities. Name the song and writer and you might win some fresh cider. Please note that in cases of snow or rain Ody’s performance will be cancelled.


Train Robberies aboard the Cooperstown-Charlotte Valley Railroad, Saturdays, 9/26 and 10/10, 1pm departure.


Travel back in time to the exciting world of Outlaws and The Wild West! The train is carrying a strong box full to the brim with money and the local Outlaw Gang knows it. Will the bandits get away with the loot, or will the Lawmen prevail? Find out as a passenger on the Train Robbery featuring action packed shoot outs, period costumes, and fun entertainment for the whole family.

Reservations are encouraged, but not required – please call (607) 432-2429.  Tickets cost $19 for adults, $18 for seniors, $16 for children 3-12, and free for kids under 3.


Cooperstown Blues Express, Saturdays, September 12, 19 and 26, 2015, 7:00 p.m.

The Cooperstown Blues Express in Milford invites you to join them on a 3-hour rockin’ blues party every Saturday night from May 16 – September 26, featuring some of the finest bands in upstate New York! You must be 21 with Valid ID. Tickets cost $18 and reservations are encouraged, but not required – please call (607) 432-2429.

Drops to Hops Bike Race, Saturday, September 26, 2015, 9:30 a.m.

Racers of all levels are invited to participate in the Drops to Hops bicycle race, sponsored by Clark Sports Center and Brewery Ommegang. The late September road race is perfect for fall foliage viewing as you ride and has something for every skill level. The event consists of two different length courses that follow mostly secondary roads through the valleys and hills of Otsego County.

The Elite Race (“A” Ride) will begin at 10:00 a.m. and the Citizens Race (“B” Ride) will start at 10:10 a.m.

  • The “A” ride (43 miles) is for experienced racers only, equivalent to USCF Cat 3-4. Men and women will race together.
  • The “B” ride (23 miles) is a Citizen’s fun race. Despite being labeled as a race, we encourage riders of various levels to participate in the “B” field as long as they are comfortable with the distance and terrain. No experienced “licensed” racers will be allowed to ride in the “B” race. The “B” race will also be a shortened, less difficult route than the “A” course.

Both of the courses start and finish at Brewery Ommegang with the host offering an after race party with a band, drink (first beer on them) and food for a reasonable cost. The awards ceremony will be held under a tent after the last racer comes in. Overall male/female in each race and also age group awards will be given.


For additional information, contact Race Director Doug McCoy at (518) 547-2800 x111 or visit the Drops to Hops event page on the Clarks Sports Center website.


Duck Derby Weekend at Fly Creek Cider Mill, Saturday, 9/26 and Sunday, 9/27, 2015, 10am-4pm


Enjoy an exciting weekend of rubber duck racing down Fly Creek and a chance to win valuable prizes. To benefit the Cooperstown Lions Club this weekend is filled with family fun and entertainment. Event hours are 10:00 – 4:00 each day and parking is free.


Fall Foliage Trains with the Cooperstown-Charlotte Valley Railroad

Saturdays and Sundays, September 26 – October 11, and Columbus Day Monday October 12.  Boards at Milford Depot., 1PM – Trip Duration: 2 1/2 Hours


All Fall Foliage Trains that are not Train Robberies are standard fare.

Adults $15, Seniors (62 and over) $14, Children (3-12) $12, Under 3 FREE.

Reservations Encouraged but Not Required.  Food and beverages for sale on board.

A breathtaking ride along the tranquil Susquehanna River is the perfect way to take in the gorgeous fall foliage of the Cooperstown area – named one of the best places for foliage by The Today Show and Fodor’s! The ride begins at the Milford Train Station, and travels through forests filled with vibrant colors and farm fields with beautiful views of the foothills. Travel along the tranquil Susquehanna River, through farm fields with beautiful views, and forests with colorful foliage.

Oktoberfest Train with Cooperstown-Charlotte Valley Railroad, Saturday, October 3, 2015, 6:00 p.m.


The evening starts by boarding our vintage train, grabbing a German beer, traveling with experienced crew to a location down the tracks for live German music, food and dancing. Many guests dress for the occasion but everyone enjoys the evening. You can remain relaxing in one of our 1926 passenger cars while crew pass out hors d’ouevre or enjoy the evening in our open air gondola. Many passengers lounge in our bar car before entering a recreated Hofbräu at O’Neil Station. Authentic German Food, and Beer, combined with Traditional German Music makes you feel like you are at one of the Famous Beer Gardens of Bavaria. As past patrons can attest Das Wunderbar!


All passengers must be 21 or older. Adults $30, Seniors $25, Groups of 10 or more $25. Reservations required – pleae call (607) 432-2429.


Big Squeeze Weekend at the Fly Creek Cider Mill, Saturday and Sunday, October 3 & 4, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month with the Fly Creek Cider Mill’s hosting of Bassett Healthcare’s Mobile Mammography Program. Information regarding breast cancer and early detection through the use of mammography, and about the health beneifts of apples will be distributed. Bassett’s Mobile Cancer Screening Coach will be on-site for screenings and exams.

Please note screening and exams are by appointment.


Tractor Fest at the Farmers’ Museum, Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Learn about the world of tractors and all the activities they powered on New York farms. See classic tractors and new tractors, small engines, and other machinery, representing the growth of farming technology.

Event Activities

  • Over 30 classic tractors.
  • See tractors at work thrashing and baling
  • Hit-and-miss engines from the early to mid-1900s will be operating
  • An exhibit of antique milking machines
  • Wagon rides pulled by the Ford Golden Jubilee tractor
  • Kiddie tractor pull (age 7 and younger)
  • Browse hundreds of farm toys from years gone by in a farm toy exhibit
  • Tractor parade in Cooperstown (Sunday morning)


Fly Creek Cider Festival, Saturday and Sunday, October 10 and 11, 2015, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.


Enjoy cider, autumn’s most flavorful beverage, at the peak of Upstate NY’s spectacular fall foliage. Observe cider making operations throughout the day using the Mill’s vintage equipment dating back to 1856. Sample our cider made without modern technology that provides a taste of NY’s water-powered past.


Celebrating Labor Day Weekend

FineArtLawnAs a weekend first instituted as a worker holiday, Labor Day marks the wrapping up of the summer travel season.  In many places (particularly the northeast US), it is the last weekend for vacations or trips before children return to school.  Summer homes are closed up and winterized in preparation for the colder months ahead, boats are pulled out of the water and put in storage until next year, and our area prepares for our busy Fall Foliage season.  It’s one of our favorite weekends for stepping back to celebrate the end of another wonderful summer while looking forward to a beautiful fall.  


One of our favorite area events each Labor Day weekend is Fine Arts on the Lawn, an outdoor exhibit put together each year by the Cooperstown Art Association.  The “lawn” is located at 22 Main Street in Cooperstown, a historic building that houses the Cooperstown Art Association, Cooperstown Public Library and Cooperstown Village Offices.  The event runs Saturday and Sunday of Labor Day Weekend from 10am-5pm and features art, music and activities that feature the work of local artists.  It’s a great way to support art in our community and to celebrate the amazing talent that we have in our region.  The event is free and open to the public.  For full details, view the prospectus!


Where does the time go?

Mid-August already – really?  It seems we were just at the beginning of our busy season and now the summer is winding down.  We will be moving into fall (one of our favorite seasons here in the Cooperstown area) and enjoy the changing of the season to cooler weather and brilliant foliage – about a month away.


Summers in our area are wonderful, with days never really getting too hot (with the exception of maybe a week in late July or early August) and evenings that are perfectly cool and comfortable. The season is always busy as all of our local attractions are in full swing, taking best advantage of the weather and the summer audience.  From barbecues and picnics and fresh blueberries, to operas and induction ceremonies, water fun, fishing and nights out with friends, it is a season that is fully enjoyed by all.

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As much as we love the summers, we also have a special appreciation for our fall season.  The cooler weather with kids back in school brings a more relaxed schedule full of fall fairs and festivals that focus on the harvest and allow us to appreciate the full bounty of what our area has to offer.  If you are planning for a fall trip, we would love to count you among our guests!  Give us a call today, toll free, at 888-353-3276.

Antiquing in Central New York

Antiquing is not just a pastime for some, but a lifestyle choice.  Along with being an earth-friendly alternative to buying new things, it’s a great way to find the perfect gift – something you know will be unique and not easily replaced.  Although not always a budget-friendly activity – as some antiques can be pretty expensive – typically you can find great values by looking through the rooms in area shops and happening upon things that just work.

There is a difference in production quality when you look at items created in the pre-Walmart era.  Part of the beauty of upstate life are the older homes – colonials from the 1700’s, victorian farmhouses from the 1800’s – all with nooks and crannies and a charm that is not found in much of today’s modern design for the masses.   So, when you are looking for a light fixture, you might be better off looking in the antique shop for a suitable replacement than in the Home Depot if you want to find something consistent with the style and feel of your home.


In our region there are some special antique shops, including the following:

Wood Bull Antiques

3920 NY-28
Milford, NY
(607) 286-9021

Mancave Antiques

6393 NY-28
Fly Creek, NY
(607) 322-4052

Old Gristmill Antiques & Collectibles

2838 NY-28
Portlandville, NY
(607) 441-3152

Brooklyn Bridge

3975 NY-28
Milford, NY
(607) 286-9288

Au Fil De L’Eau Antiques

957 County Rd 13
New Berlin, NY
(607) 847-8549

Ralston Furniture Reproductions Antique Furniture Repair Furniture …

4711 NY-28
Cooperstown, NY
(607) 547-2675

Blue Farm Antiques

322 Main St
Franklin, NY
(718) 781-5487

No discussion on antiques in New York is complete without mention of the Madison-Bouckville annual event.  It is touted as the largest antique fair in New York State and has been held in Madison-Bouckville for the last 44 years.  The fair – known as Antique Week – runs this year from Aug 10-16 and features over 2000 antique dealers and vendors.   You can find more information about this event at their website, here.

Cooperstown’s Restaurant Boom on Main Street

restaurantsThe Cooperstown Area has been successfully expanding opportunities for your palate! There are a number of new restaurants on Main Street open this summer that offer a wonderful selection of food options year round.


Some of the new ones include:

Mt. Fuji (Japanese) – This one is brand new, so information is hard to find about their Cooperstown location, but their base location in Oneonta provides great sushi and hibachi.  We are looking forward to checking out the restaurant in Cooperstown soon.


Cantina de Salsa (Mexican) – The old favorite, Alex and Ika’s, closed this May as the owners decided to reconfigure the business and bring Mexican to Main Street.  The reviews locally so far have been outstanding!


Mel’s at 22 (American) – This new American fare restaurant has had a great crowd right from the start with their opening this past Spring.  It appears pretty fancy from the outside, but the atmosphere is casual, the food is wonderful and the price point is perfect.


Food Truck Cooperstown (Eclectic) – Now open on Main Street, the Food Truck Cooperstown gives take out food a whole new meaning.  “Featuring many of the eclectic and tempting treats you would expect to find on food truck menus across the country.  Food Truck is all about trying new things.”  Their menu changes weekly and they offer online ordering for pick up through their website.