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Induction 2016

It’s That Time of Year Again!  New Members enter the Hall of Fame at Induction 2016


Crowd at the 2014 Induction Ceremony; Photo via National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum.
Crowd at the 2014 Induction Ceremony; Photo via National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum.


It always makes for a pretty incredible week in Cooperstown.  Trolleys are packed with visitors, cars are everywhere – on streets, lawns and driveways – and a constantly moving mass of pedestrians undulates throughout Main Street.  Shopkeepers in the area need to make special preparations for the crowds this weekend, whether they are operating retail or dining establishments.  It is often said by local merchants that Induction Weekend can make or break a business.

This year’s inductees, Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Piazza are sure to bring in crowds from their team states, not to mention people who will come for the chance to see more than 50 additional Hall of Famers that are expected to return to Cooperstown to attend the events for the weekend.  Last year’s induction brought about 45,000 people to town and although there are no recorded predictions for the 2016 event, it’s sure to be a crowd.  Local lodging for the weekend has been pre-booked in many cases since last summer and reports are that reservations for the next two induction years are well underway as well.

Although there are always some who will complain about the crowds and the traffic, there are none that will argue that Induction Week is a huge boost for our local economy.   Our winter population of 2,000 residents in Cooperstown does their best to roll out the red carpet for our area visitors.  There is an implied understanding that we all become an ambassador during the summer season.  If you have visitors here that enjoy our hospitality during induction weekend, they are likely to make plans to come back to Cooperstown and share in all of the other wonderful things our region has to offer or stay for a few additional days to relax by the lake and experience the things that make our area a one-of-a-kind destination.





Cooperstown on a Budget

Central New York is an amazing place to visit, especially in the summertime.  If you are traveling to Cooperstown on a budget, there are a lot affordable things available for recreation and entertainment!

  • Cooperstown Village is located at the southern tip of Otsego Lake, made famous as “Glimmerglass” by author James Fenimore Cooper, son of Cooperstown founder William Cooper.   Towards the northern end of the lake is Glimmerglass State Park.  One fee per car and a picnic lunch provides you with a great day at the lake!
  • Free music concerts on Tuesday evenings in July and August at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown – right by the water – from the Cooperstown Lakefront Concert Series!
  • Watch a baseball game at historic Doubleday Field! Teams come to Cooperstown all summer long and the stands are open for spectators.
  • Go for a game of miniature golf at Barnyard Swing, then grab some ice cream for everyone when you are done!
  • Hike the Natty Bumpo Trail (the character is the Deerslayer in J. F. Cooper’s “The Leatherstocking Tales“), just off of Highway 31 on the East Lake Road.  Parts of the trail are steep but getting to the top with an amazing view of the valley is worth it!
  • Tour the Cooperstown Beverage Trail (21 and over)!  Typically there is a nominal per person fee for tastings, but it’s a great way to learn about our hoppy history.

These are just a few ideas of things you can do (affordably) in the Cooperstown area.  If you are looking for more, just ask a local!  We are all ambassadors.



Happy 4th of July

Celebrate the 4th of July in Springfield!

One of the great 4th of July traditions of our area actually takes place in the little town of Springfield, about 10 miles north of the Village of Cooperstown.  The Springfield 4th of July Parade and Celebration celebrates 102 years this summer – certainly a well-loved tradition for all.

The day this year begins with a “Star Spangled Celebration” parade that begins at 11am in Springfield Center and then is followed by a day of festivities at the Springfield Community Center.  (If you are planning on seeing the parade, it is recommended to arrive early to find a place to park.  Free parking is available at the Springfield Community Center at 137 County Route 29A, in Springfield Center.  

The “patriotic celebration” that follows the parade presents live music this year from a wonderful lineup by the Camden Continentals Fife & Drum Corps, the Cooperstown Community Band, and a long time local favorite, Fritz Henry.

4th of July Parade in Springfield Center;
4th of July Parade in Springfield Center;

Among the attractions for the day are a quilt show, a revolutionary war display with the Springfield Historical Society, friends from the Utica ZooMobile, and other assorted children’s entertainment including a bounce house, arcade games, Rosie the Clown.  Raffles and plenty of great food will be available too: everything from Brooks’ BBQ chicken, to hotdogs and hamburgers, french fries, pies, strawberry shortcake, popcorn, snow cones, ice cream, fried dough, coffee and more.

New York’s Erie Canal Trail

The Erie Canal Trail offers History and More

When completed (anticipated in 2017 – perhaps on the bicentennial of the groundbreaking in Rome, NY), the Erie Canalway trail will provide a 365 mile trail that runs alongside the Erie Canal connecting Buffalo to Albany.  A great resource for those who would like to bike all or parts of the trail is available through .  According to the NY Natural Heritage, about 75% of the trail is currently completed and is safe for all ages for hiking, biking and cross-country skiing during the winter months.  

Our site at Fieldstone Farm Resort is just a short drive away from the 14 mile Rome to Utica section of trail as well as part of the 86 mile Mohawk Hudson Bikeway from Little Falls to Albany. If you prefer a more relaxing trip ‘on the water’, you can enjoy a 90 minute  trip with Erie Canal Cruises in Herkimer, NY.  Travel through lock 18, operating with equipment that is still functional at 100 years old and enjoy the spectacular scenery of New York’s beautiful Mohawk Valley.  

Traveling through Lock 18;  Image courtesy of Erie Canal Cruises.
Traveling through Lock 18; Image courtesy of Erie Canal Cruises.

The website at Parks and Trails New York offers a host of information about attractions within each region, along with events that might be scheduled in the area during your trip and information about some of the recent visitors on the trail.  The Erie Canalway National Heritage Corrider  website, is also a wonderful resource, rich with history, facts, events, and other resources about the Erie Canal.  

Specialties of the Cooperstown Farmers’ Market

Central NY’s Local Bounty at Cooperstown Farmers Market

One of the wonderful things about living in our region is access to our fresh agricultural bounty.  Weekly, each Saturday throughout the year, 30 vendors come to Cooperstown’s Main Street to sell their goods at the Cooperstown Farmers Market.  They provide an exceptional array of  high quality locally produced products that include “fresh produce, meats, poultry, eggs, milk, cheese, honey, maple syrup, jams, bread, baked goods, wines and spirits”.    In addition, there is a presence from area artisans selling their crafts with things like locally spun wools and yarns from sheep and alpaca, fleece and hides, pottery, beeswax candles, artwork, soaps and lotions, and more.  There is also access to local trade work like knife-sharpening services (but be prepared to wait as there tends to be high demand).

The Cooperstown Farmers’ Market brings in approximately 40,000 people per year.  It’s a great place to catch up with neighbors and take advantage of everything our local area has to offer.  Supporting our local farmers through shopping at the Farmers’ Market is important for our economic stability – it helps to keep our agricultural heritage in tact and maintains much of the open space that makes our region so very special.

So, come for the social aspect, enjoy live music, support our local growers and artisans, and eat healthy! You can even sign up for a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) subscription for automatic weekly delivery to the market for items that are currently in season through the year.

The Farmers’ Market is open on Saturdays year round from 8am-2pm May through August, with special Tuesday markets available from 12-5pm during July and August.  The opening times on Saturdays change depending on the season – September to December: 9am; January to April 10am.

The Cooperstown Farmers Market has been sponsored and administered by Otsego2000, a local non-profit organization, since 1991.  For additional information, visit