Tuesday, June 30, 2009
My father in law, a grounds keeper in Oneonta, was mowing Neahwa Park after last year's fireworks display, and ran over a firework that hadn't exploded! My husband, who was in nearby Damaschke Field, compared the explosion to the sound of a Navy 5 inch gun going off. Imagine his amazement to see his father's lawn mower cruising out of a huge billow of smoke. Apparently, he was going to just keep on mowing! By some accounts, the police recieved phone calls from Nader Towers, well away from the park, reporting the explosion and siting of a cloud of smoke.
I played with fireworks as a kid! It was fun. But, as seems to be the case with everything, I have a little different perspective on the matter now that I'm a parent. I'm not so comfortable watching six year olds run around with sparklers (which burn at up to 1800 degrees Fahrenheit, by the way).
Something to keep in mind: According to the Otsego County Department of Health, bystanders are more frequently injured by fireworks than the people who are using them.
There, you've heard my two cents on 4th of July Safety. Now let's get out and celebrate! And mow with caution the following day.
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Tonight, Thursday June 6, 2009, from 7:00pm-8:00pm, the Summer Music Series in Neahwa Park continues with Backroads (From country to soft rock to classic pop standards, they will entertain you will sweet harmonies) Info: 432-6450, www.oneonta.ny.us
Friday 26 June, 8:30pm Summer outdoor movies series: 'The Sandlot' in Cooperstown at the West Shelter, Glimmerglass State Park. Free, open to the public. For info: 547-8662.
Sat 27 June, 10am Frederick Simrell Ironman Walk-A-Thon in Unadilla at the Community Field, 70 Main St. For info: www.ironmanwalkathon.org or (508) 392-9050
Sat 10am-12pm Family Fishing Day in Sherburne at the Rogers Environmental Education Center, state Route 80. For info: 674-4017.
Sat also brings the Eastern States Hedgehog Show in Schoharie at the Holiday Inn Express. For info: www.hedgehogshow.com (see website for time).
Suday 28 June, 2-4pm, Oneonta American Legion Auxiliary strawberry social in Oneonta at the Veterans Club, Chestnut Street.
Sun 6:05pm 6:05pm, The Oneonta Tigers vs. Lowell at Historic Damaschke Field, 95 River St. web.minorleaguebaseball.com
NEW YORK SUMMER MUSIC FESTIVAL SCHEDULED: The first of three two-week sessions begins on Sunday, June 28. Participants will be presenting concerts on a daily basis. Each session culminates in nearly non-stop day & evening presentations on Fridays and Saturdays, including July 10 & 11; July 24 & 25; and August 7 & 8. Free and open to the public. Visit: http://www.NYSMF.org
Monday 29 June, 7pm, Primitive tool program in Schoharie at the Schoharie Free Library; with Paul Trotta. Free, open to the public. For info: (518) 295-7127.
Also Monday, the Tigers play at 7:05pm vs Tri-City, web.minorleaguebaseball.com.
Tuesday 30 June, 6:30pm, Singer Jim Dorn in Sidney Center at the Sidney Center Branch Library.
July 2: Next Thursday's Concert in the Park will be the Oneonta Community Band, at 7pm.
Lastly, be sure to get your tickets for Books Alive!, an interactive concert Sat July 18th:
"Is your child Stagestruck .. always, singing, dancing and acting? Here's their chance to be part of the action!"
"Lee Knight has written original songs to their favorite stories. Children of all ages are invited to perform each song as if it were a musical number in a show with costumes, props and puppets. Kids will also have the opportunity to make a costume to wear in the show as well as a book. "
Sat 18 July at 11am, at the Bugbee Children's Center, Auditorium, State Street, Oneonta, NY. $3 per ticket, be sure to reserve yours ahead of time. Call Rachel at 432-3528 or email Amy (me) at WorldOfLearning@Live.com
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
The All American Apple Pie - A Reading and Baking Adventure
Grades K-2 • July 6 - 10 • Cooperstown Performing Arts Monday – Thursday, 9 am - noon Friday, Reception 5 – 6 pm
Write Your Own Fairy Tale Adventure
Grades K-2 • Aug 3 - 7 • Cooperstown Performing Arts Monday – Thursday, 9 am - noon Friday, Reception 5 – 6 pm
Write Your Own Fairy Tale Adventure Grades 3-5 • July 13-17 Monday – Thursday, 9 am - noon Friday, Reception 5 – 6 pm
Design KIDS Grades 3-5 • July 20-24 Monday – Friday, 9 am – noon
Become a Travel Writer Grades 3-5 • Aug. 10-14 Monday – Thursday, 9 am - noon Friday, Reception 5 – 6 pm
It’s All About Me - Starring in Your Own Life Story Grades 6-8 • Aug. 10-14 Monday – Thursday, 9 am - noon Friday, Reception 5 – 6 pm
The Delicious Art of Food Writing Grades 6-8 • Aug. 3-7 Monday – Thursday, 9 am - noon Friday, Reception 5 – 6 pm
Fee for each workshop: $125 Design KIDS includes a fee of $20 for materials. Register at the open house, send an email, or call Elizabeth at 607-267-0613. Their website is http://email@example.com
OPEN HOUSE AND SUMMER REGISTRATIONTUESDAY, JUNE 23 • 5-7 PMCOOPERSTOWN PERFORMING ARTS, KEY BANK BUILDINGMAIN STREET, COOPERSTOWN, NY.
Friday, June 19, 2009
Fri 4-8pm Friday Strawberry festival, Masonville Federated Church, Masonville.
Saturday 20 June 2009 8:30 pm Summer outdoor movies series: 'The Pacifier,' in Cooperstown, West Shelter, Glimmerglass State Park. For info: 547-8662.
Sat 9:30am Dairy Day celebration, in Norwich, Chenango County Fairgrounds; featuring exhibits, vendors, music, refreshments, parade and more.
Sat 10am Free family-rated movie in Masonville, Masonville Branch Library.
Sat 11am-3:30pm, 37th annual Strawberry Festival, in Worcester, First Presbyterian Church, 174 Main St.
Sat 10:30am-5:30pm Fifth annual UMC Street Festival, in Walton, First United Methodist Church, 101 North St.
Sat 9-2 pm Oneonta Farmers' Market presents Dairy Day, Muller Plaza, Main Street, Oneonta. For info: 437-0158.
Sat 1pm 'Train robbery' rail ride, from Milford, Milfrod train depot, state Route 166/East Main Street. For info: 432-2429.
Sat all day, Heifer Project Benefit at Elizabeth Nields Clay Workshop. Proceeds will go to buy chickens, goats, and water buffalo to be sent to families in need through Heifer International. For info: 783-2659 elizabethnieldsclayworkshop.com
Sunday 21 June 2009 Wild plant walk (free) 3-4:30pm at Harmony Hill Retreat call 278-6609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for info.
Sun 9am-4pm 35th annual classic car show and flea market in Oneonta, Sixth Ward Athletic Field, Scramling Avenue; presented by the Reminiscence Car Club. For info: 988-2812.
Sun 10am Public canoe outing in Norwich, Hale Street canoe launch; presented by Chenango Greenway Conservancy. For info: www.chenangogreenway.org.
Sun 12-4pp, 10th annual Cavalcade of Cars, Howes Cave, Howe Caverns. For info: (518) 296-8900 or (518) 922-8630.
Sun 6-9pm Sunday Evening in the Park in Schenevus, Borst Field; featuring fundrisers, music and free rides on the fire department carousel. For info: 638-5656.
Sun 6:05pm The Oneonta Tigers, minor league baseball, Historic Damaschke Field, 95 River St.web.minorleaguebaseball.com
Sun 9am-5pm Father's Day at the Butterfly Conservatory, 5802 State Highway 7, Oneonta, 435-1147, http://www.poppbutterflyconservatory.com
Wed 6-8pm Greater Oneonta Historical Society walking tour of Riverside Cemetery in Oneonta, meet at cemetery entrance, 296 Main St.; $2, or $1 for members.
Wed is a Wild Edible Plant Identification Walk, 694 McKee Hill Road, in East Meredith, 278-6609, http://www.harmonyhillretreat.com
Thurs 7pm Oneonta's Summer Music Series presents Backroads: from country to soft rock to classic pop standards, they will entertain, Neahwa Park, free.
Friday, June 12, 2009
"Spaces is an eclectic exhibit that explores the ideas of inside/outside through landscapes, fabric mobiles, colorfully ornamented wood-burned bird/doll houses and the studio’s very first animated short film featuring the musical group, The Zebras. Spaces runs June 12-Sept. 1. All of the art work is completed by artists from The Arc Otsego’s Center for Self Expression. Gallery and gift shop hours are M-F, 8-4 pm."
"So stop on down for the opening, see the exhibit, meet the artists, have some refreshments and be the first to see the premiere screening of the short film! (cover art is an untitled lino-block by Linda McCord)!"
For more information please call 607-432-1890 or visit the website at http://www.mainviewgallery.org/.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Fri 7pm 'People of the Rainbow' cabaret, First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St. Oneonta; featuring storytelling, vocal and instrumental music, African drumming and more.
Sat June 13, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. Oneonta Farmers' Market, Muller Plaza, Main Street, Oneonta. For info: 437-0158.
Sat 9am-12pm Connecting to Nature Retreat, Rogers Environmental Education Center, state route 80, Sherberne. For info: 674-4017.
Sat 12-2pm Strawberry Fest, Trinity Lutheran Church, state Route 10, Stamford.
Sat 10am-5pm Alternative healing Workshops, Food & Drinks, Childcare, Music for the whole child, Psychic Readings, chair massage, and much more. For info contact Dawn at 278-4035, Skin Wellness and Pampering Center, Davenport.
Sun June 14, 6-9pm Sunday Evening in the Park, Borst Field, Schenevus, live music, fundraisers and Schenevus Fire Department carousel. Free, open to the public. For info: 638-5656.
Sun June 14, Celtic Festival featuring Irish music, vendors, Ommegang, games and more! Admission is included in the regular admission price, Butterfly Field at Popp Butterfly Conservatory, 5802 State Hwy 7, Oneonta, For info: 435-1147 and email@example.com
Sun 3-4:30pm Wild plant walk at Harmony Hill, free, call to rsvp 607-278-6609 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Wed June 17, Pajama story time, Sidney Memorial Public Library, River Street, Sidney. For info: 563-1200.
It's not too late to join the Cooperstown Crew! High school students planning to attend college are invited to find out if rowing is 'their sport!' Call Andrea, 607-433-0160.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Glen Brook Farm, located just one mile from Downtown Oneonta, is offering summer workshops for both children and adults from July 20th through August 27th.
Visit Glen Brook Farm at 142 Glen Drive, Oneonta, NY, call Cynthia at 607-432–0932, or review the available workshops online: http://www.oneontaworldoflearning.org/glen_brook_farm_2009_workshops.pdf
Monday, June 8, 2009
The ice cream social was generously sponsored by:
The Daily Star
The City of Oneonta
The Arc Otsego
SUNY College at Oneonta.
Additional support donated by:
Green Toad Bookstore
Five Star of Oneonta
Amazable Science Adventures
The Home Depot
First United Methodist Church.
Ice cream was supplied at cost or gratis by:
The Schwan Food Company
Huff’s Ice Cream
Pie in the Sky
Friendly’s Ice Cream
The Golden Guernsey
Special thanks to Tanya Shalor, Carol Blazina, Pat Knuth and Mayor John Nader.
Sunday, June 7, 2009
The big news: we are now officially chartered as a children's museum by the New York State Board of Regents!!! How wonderful to be able to make the announcement during the ice cream social! If all goes well, we'll have non-profit status by the end of October.
Thank you to the many wonderful volunteers who moved tables, made phone calls, manned booths, got blisters scooping ice cream (!), painted signs, drove golf carts, and made this whole thing possible. I'd like to list our sponsors here, but I'm exhausted, it's a LONG list, and I can't seem to find the email right now. Check here tomorrow or look in The Daily Star!
A few surprises: if you couldn't find the zoomobile, it's because they had to cancel last minute. Other than than, things went surprisingly well! As always, we've learned a lot for next year. Yes, we will be doing this again!
Before I forget: mark your calendars for Saturday July 18th, when OWL presents Books Alive!, an interactive concert. The event is at 11am at Bugbee Children's Center, State St, Oneonta, in their beautiful auditorium. Lee Knight has written original songs to your child's favorite stories. Children of all ages are invited to perform each song as if it were a musical number in a show with costumes, puppets and props. $3 per ticket, email me at WorldOfLearning@live.com.
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Tonight, Thurs Jun 4, 7pm: 'In the Good Old Colony Days: Songs of Early America' in East Meredith at the Charlotte Valley Presbyterian Church, 10044 Elk Creek Road; presented by Meredith Historical Society. Free, open to the public. Info: 746-8083.
Fri Jun 5, 8:30pm Summer outdoor movies series, Cooperstown, Glimmerglass State Park West Shelter; film to be 'The Adventures of Milo and Otis.' Info: 547-8662.
Fri 4:30-8:30pm Schenevus Family Fun Night, Schenevus, Schenevus Central School; featuring food, games and family activities.
Fri 7pm Bat box building activity, Sherburne, Rogers Environmental Education Center, state Route 80. For info: 674-4017.
Sat Jun 6, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 'Take in the Outdoors' event, Cooperstown, Glimmerglass State Park; volunteers sought for trail cleanup and repair. For info: 547-8662.
Sat 1-3pm Mary Wilcox Memorial Library's 50th Anniversary celebration, info 607-692-3159. Reminisce and share memories and photos of the people and events that have made the library an important place in our community.
Sat 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Blow the Barn Doors Off For Spring Open House, Delhi, Black Willow Morgans, state Route 28; featuring horse show, horsemanship seminar, free lunch, tack sale and more. For info: blackwillowmorgans.com or 746-3979.
Sun 7 Jun 1-5pm Ice Cream Social, Wilber Park, Oneonta NY: free ice cream and family friendly entertainment with Oneonta World of Learning (OWL) (door prizes, remote control aircraft, dance troupes, theater, music, a mime, storytelling, games with the Farmer's Museum, zoomobile, paper doll making activity, mask making art activities, woodworking projects, scavenger hunt, PVC pipe play set, make your own bubble wands, disability awareness obstacle course, more). A shuttle will be available for those who park in the Onenota Middle School parking lot. Rain location is the SUNY Oneonta Hunt Union Ballroom. See more details in yesterday's blog post or download (and share) the poster.
Sun 8pm Spring bird walk, Jefferson, Paulson Preserve; with Audubon guide. For info: (518) 234-1942.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Door prizes (be sure to pick up a free ticket when you arrive)
Remote control aircraft (lower level of the park)
Dance troupes, theater, music, a mime, and storytelling at the portable stage
Old time games with the Farmer's Museum
Paper doll making activity
Mask making art activities
PVC pipe building play set
Make your own bubble wands
Disability awareness obstacle course
Informational tables by 17 child and family centered organizations
Park in the Middle School lot and take the shuttle to the ice cream social or follow the nature trail.
Directions: From I-88 Exit 15, follow the sign toward Oneonta. Continue on Maple Street. Turn right at Center Street. Turn left at East Street. Go 0.6 miles and turn Right at the stop light. Turn right again to enter the Middle School parking lot.
In the event of severe weather, the ice cream social will be held in SUNY Oneonta's Hunt Union Ballroom.
The Ice Cream Social is being presented by Oneonta World of Learning (OWL), a children's museum coming soon to Oneonta, NY, with generous sponsorship by community businesses and The Daily Star.