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We Need Your Pumpkins!

We Need Your Pumpkins! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The Cooperstown Art Association challenges the community to help us put together the largest “Pumpkin Glow” yet on the front porch and lawn.

 

Bring your carved or decorated pumpkins to the CAA porch anytime by 6 p.m. on Sunday, October 28th. Don’t forget a candle to light your pumpkin!

 

We will add them to our dazzling debut of plentiful pumpkins that evening October 28 from 6 – 7 p.m. Anything goes - all pumpkins are welcome! You can even make this a fun project for your group, organization or school.

 

The “Pumpkin Glow” and its goodies are free and open to the public although donations are always welcome.

 

...and come see us on the Ranch:

 

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I LOVE NEW YORK » Erie Canal Flagship Joins Waterford Tugboat Roundup

I LOVE NEW YORK » Erie Canal Flagship Joins Waterford Tugboat Roundup | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

One of the oldest working tugboats in America will join the Waterford Tugboat Roundup September 7-8-9, the New York State Canal Corporation announced.


The tugboat Urger will be docked at the Waterford Harbor Visitors Center, where the Mohawk River meets the Hudson River. The Urger will be open for public tours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. The Visitors Center is at One Tugboat Alley Waterford, New York 12188.


On Friday, September 7, the Urger will lead the “tugboat parade” from the Port of Albany to Waterford Harbor.


Launched in 1901 and listed on the National Historic Register, the Urger has served as the Canals flagship and floating classroom since 1991.

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Cooperstown Puts Its Art Right Out On The Front Porch!

Cooperstown Puts Its Art Right Out On The Front Porch! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Saturday and Sunday, September 1-2, is a date many look forward to in historic Cooperstown (Otsego County). The Cooperstown Art Association holds its fabulous “Fine Arts on the Lawn” show featuring dozens of some of the best pieces by an amazing conglomerate of Upstate artists. Live music, refreshments and children’s activities all add up to a delightful art event in one of Upstate’s most beautiful communities.

 

The site of this seven-decade long event is the majestic 1898 multi-columned Cooperstown Public Library building on Main Street. The porch will be filled with paintings and tents will be set up across the large front lawn to hold other vendors. The library, at 22 Main Street, is directly across the street from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and is just two blocks from gorgeous Otsego Lake.

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What's with the Hotels around Cooperstown, NY?

What's with the Hotels around Cooperstown, NY? | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

If you travel in and around the United States, you quickly find out that there are lots of small towns without any hotels at all. There are some small towns with a hotel on the highway pull-off. They tend to be really ice-cold, chain hotels. Sometimes they’re called suites these days. But if there isn’t somebody local owning and running them, you pretty much get a Burger King-style room for the night. Then you drive off in the morning.

 

That’s ok. Burger King is not cheap and it’s not something you want to eat more than once in a while, but those kinds of highway hotels serve a purpose. Plenty of small towns would love to have one open up. Some other small towns don’t even know that one is doing business, there, over the hill by the interstate where no one ever goes anyway.

 

Cooperstown, New York, is different.

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The Arts as an Engine: Study measures the considerable local economic impact of culture

The Arts as an Engine: Study measures the considerable local economic impact of culture | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

In his book, “The Performing Arts in a New Era,” former Syracuse University Professor Arthur Brooks writes: “The arts provide a variety of instrumental benefits for society ... at the individual, community and national level.”

 

Don Lovoie and Emily Chamlee-Wright of the Cato Institute go a step further, linking the arts to community prosperity. “Economic development is, at its heart, a cultural process,” they write.

 

Now a study makes explicit that implied connection between the arts and the economy — in Central New York.

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Equestrian: Politics, royalty and shifting power

Equestrian: Politics, royalty and shifting power | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

With royalty, politics, seismic shifts in the map of horse power and historic success for the home team, equestrian sports in the London Games were as full of twists and turns as the Olympic courses designed by Sue Benson and Bob Ellis.

 

There were not one but two royal medalists - Zara Phillips, granddaughter of Queen Elizabeth II, won team eventing silver and Prince Abdullah Al Saud, grandson of the Saudi king, captured team show jumping bronze.

 

Mainstream media turned out in force, drawn by the royals and by Rafalca, America's most political horse by virtue of part-owner Ann Romney, wife of presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

 

Once-dominant nations faltered while new forces emerged.

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Ellsworth Kelly: At home upstate New York

Ellsworth Kelly: At home upstate New York | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Ellsworth Kelly still producing incredible work at 89. W Magazine visits Kelly’s home and studio in Spencertown, NY. Photographs by Kelly’s life lifelong partner Jack Shear.

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At Glimmerglass, ‘Aida,’ ‘Armide’ and ‘Lost in the Stars’

At Glimmerglass, ‘Aida,’ ‘Armide’ and ‘Lost in the Stars’ | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

A band of Egyptian soldiers, taking refuge in a bombed-out presidential palace after an onslaught by Ethiopian enemies, plots a counteroffensive and chooses a stalwart young army officer as its leader. But that officer has secretly fallen in love with a daughter of an Ethiopian royal family, who has been captured by the Egyptians and is hiding her true identity. When, having led a rout of the Ethiopian invaders, the young officer is caught revealing state secrets to his beloved, he is waterboarded to get the truth out of him.

 

Is this a news account of an ill-fated love story amid the Arab Spring? No, it is a new production of “Verdi’s “Aida” set in present-day Egypt at this year’s Glimmerglass Festival here in bucolic Cooperstown.

 

Directed by Francesca Zambello, now in her second season as the festival’s general and artistic director, this topical take on the opera has been generating hot debate since it opened last month. During a performance on Saturday night — except for the last two scenes, in which Ms. Zambello, who tends to go too far with her concepts, did so again — I found this grim, updated “Aida” exciting and provocative.

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12 Things to Do When You're Not at Glimmerglass | B&B Ranch

12 Things to Do When You're Not at Glimmerglass | B&B Ranch | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I’m a novice at opera. I like to go, but I fall asleep. I love to wake up, because it’s always like a dream is being staged in front of me, and usually I was actually dreaming along with the music. I’ve done this, when I could get away with it, at just about every performance I’ve been to in the past 20 years.

 

You know what? Going to any performance still makes me nervous.

 

I know for a fact, though, that people are traveling from all over the east coast, and even from far afield. From the west coast and from Europe they are coming this summer to Glimmerglass for Lost in the Stars, Aida and The Music Man. Armide is the one I still have tickets for this summer, but every performance is guaranteed to, well, lull me to sleep… at some point. Not because I am not enthralled, but because, well, that’s just how it is with me. Sorry.

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Native Americans to celebrate rare white bison in Connecticut farm

Native Americans to celebrate rare white bison in Connecticut farm | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Hundreds of people, including tribal elders from South Dakota, are expected to attend naming ceremonies later this month at the northwestern Connecticut farm of Peter Fay, a fourth-generation Goshen farmer.

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Galleria Transylvania: Bringing Transylvanian crafts to upstate New York

Galleria Transylvania: Bringing Transylvanian crafts to upstate New York | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Situated about half-way between New York City and Montreal is the small, picturesque city of Glens Falls, otherwise known as ‘Hometown U.S.A.’ In it’s downtown section of the city, a former textile mill called ‘The Shirt Factory’ is now home to Glens Falls’ thriving art community.

 

Amongst the 50 working artists studios and galleries, including printmakers, potters, textile artists, photographers, woodworkers, and even a violin maker, is Galleria Transylvania, a shop and studio run by Transylvanian born Adela Tavares.

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77th National Exhibit Preview Party at the CAA Friday, July 13th

77th National Exhibit Preview Party at the CAA Friday, July 13th | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The 77th Annual National is a juried art exhibition organized by the Cooperstown Art Association, which is open to all fine artists.

 

The show encompasses a wide range of media including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture.

 

With entries from across the United States representing 21 states, the show is always both eclectic and stimulating. 

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10 great places for antiques shopping

10 great places for antiques shopping | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
Shopping may be a favorite vacation pastime, but there's no reason to limit it to outlet malls and souvenir shops.
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Haines Falls Free Library Love

Haines Falls Free Library Love | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Check out the public library in Haines Falls, NY. A unique, humble and information loaded corner of the Catskills.

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OMMEGANG WITH A BANG!

OMMEGANG WITH A BANG! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Let me tell you about a magical place, way up in the mountains of upstate New York where the trees are ever green, cows are forever happy, Belgian beer flows like water and baseball memorabilia is in every possible direction you look!

 

My friends, I’m talking about Cooperstown NY.

 

Friend of COOK, Hahri, and I got invited to Cooperstown to participate in the annual Ommegang Brewery Festival. OBF is a 2 day extravaganza where some of the best breweries in America showcase their beers and make sure you are pretty much hammered for 48 hours straight.

 

A huge draw of the weekend’s festivities was the “HopChef” final competition where local boy and Philly Mag “Best of Philly Chef” George Sabatino was competing for the title against 3 other chefs from that won “HopChef” competitions from in Maryland, DC and NY.

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What's with the Hotels around Cooperstown, NY?

What's with the Hotels around Cooperstown, NY? | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

If you travel in and around the United States, you quickly find out that there are lots of small towns without any hotels at all. There are some small towns with a hotel on the highway pull-off. They tend to be really ice-cold, chain hotels. Sometimes they’re called suites these days. But if there isn’t somebody local owning and running them, you pretty much get a Burger King-style room for the night. Then you drive off in the morning.

 

That’s ok. Burger King is not cheap and it’s not something you want to eat more than once in a while, but those kinds of highway hotels serve a purpose. Plenty of small towns would love to have one open up. Some other small towns don’t even know that one is doing business, there, over the hill by the interstate where no one ever goes anyway.

 

Cooperstown, New York, is different.

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The Cooperstown Art Association-Current Exhibition

The Cooperstown Art Association-Current Exhibition | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The Cooperstown Art Association is excited to announce the opening reception of two new exhibits on Friday, August 24th from 5-7pm.

 

Gallery A will be showcasing the 21st Annual Made in New York: Style & Decor” fine craft invitational show. “Style & Decor” is entirely devoted to one-of-a-kind functional and non-functional creations in all media that relate to decorating chic spaces and embellishing glamorous ensembles. Featuring work by 35 talented local and regional craftspeople you will find furniture, jewelry, lighting, vessels, apparel, hats, tiles and wall hangings that are sure to delight!

 

In Gallery B: Made in New York & Paintings by Buffalo Artist, Chad Grohman

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Verdi’s Contemporaries at the Keyboard | Glimmerglass Festival Blog

Verdi’s Contemporaries at the Keyboard | Glimmerglass Festival Blog | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Giuseppe Verdi enjoyed one of the longest careers of any composer of the nineteenth century, lasting from the premiere of his Oberto in 1839 to his death in 1901. The length of his career made him a contemporary of nearly every great composer of the century from Schumann and Mendelssohn to Brahms and Debussy.

 

This Saturday, August 18, the Glimmerglass Festival will present pianist Terry Eder in a concert of piano music by these great minds including Felix Mendelssohn, Robert Schumann, Johannes Brahms and Franz Liszt. Eder will be joined by 2012 Young Artist Karen Chia-ling Ho for a rare performance of songs by Fanny Mendelssohn Hensel, the older sister of Felix Mendelssohn.

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Central Headlight!!!

Central Headlight!!! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The 3rd Quarter 2012 issue of Central Headlight has been mailed to all members in good standing. How does a railfan get to be a railfan? For openers in this issue, distinguished rail enthusiast Dr. Richard C. Leonard tells us how it happened to him, and how he came to take some of the fine photographs that appear on his “Richard Leonard’s Rail Archive” website.

 

Following Richard’s narrative, we’ll visit an unusual New York Central covered bridge that carried no rail or vehicular traffic, take a centerfold look at some of our members enjoying themselves during our 2012 Convention, and enjoy Part 2 of Ron Goldfeder’s discussion of New York Central’s pony inspection locomotives.

 

Finally, Tom Bailey and Doug Leffler will explain to us why, when it comes to railroading, it’s best never to say “never,” and in a story penned by the late Jim Stuart, we’ll hear about two cold and hungry elephants whose transportation arrangements were woefully inadequate.

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Cooperstown Belgian Beerfest

Cooperstown Belgian Beerfest | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

With 70 breweries from across Belgium and the U.S., Brewery Ommegang's annual Belgium Come to Cooperstown celebration is regarded by many as one of the best Belgian beer fests in the country. It's nestled in the rolling hills of upstate New York and provides an ideal backdrop for a day of great beer and live music followed by an evening of camping, fireworks, an outdoor movie, and more great beer.

 

This year we scoured the tents for the best of the breweries' offerings, many of which were rare or one-off beers brewed especially for BCTC. Of the many brews (and ciders!) we tried, these were our 11 favorites.

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To Great Acclaim: Homecoming of the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art | Fenimore Art Museum

To Great Acclaim: Homecoming of the Thaw Collection of American Indian Art | Fenimore Art Museum | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

March 31 - December 31

 

Revealing the extraordinary range of art produced by Native American cultures, To Great Acclaim surveys the extraordinary achievements of North America’s first artists in more than 100 objects of transcendent beauty, including ritual objects, ceremonial clothing, pottery, and basketry.

 

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Dallas Museum of Art and Indianapolis Museum of Art all hosted the exhibit to great acclaim by the public and media. In these institutions over 100,000 visitors took advantage of the opportunity to see this superlative collection. In the words of Joe Horse Capture, curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, “If you are ever going to see a Native American Art exhibit, this is the one.”

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12 Things to Do When You're Not at Glimmerglass | B&B Ranch

12 Things to Do When You're Not at Glimmerglass | B&B Ranch | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I’m a novice at opera. I like to go, but I fall asleep. I love to wake up, because it’s always like a dream is being staged in front of me, and usually I was actually dreaming along with the music. I’ve done this, when I could get away with it, at just about every performance I’ve been to in the past 20 years.

 

You know what? Going to any performance still makes me nervous.

 

I know for a fact, though, that people are traveling from all over the east coast, and even from far afield. From the west coast and from Europe they are coming this summer to Glimmerglass for Lost in the Stars, Aida and The Music Man. Armide is the one I still have tickets for this summer, but every performance is guaranteed to, well, lull me to sleep… at some point. Not because I am not enthralled, but because, well, that’s just how it is with me. Sorry.

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GLIMMERGLASS ANNOUNCES 2013 SEASON

GLIMMERGLASS ANNOUNCES 2013 SEASON | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. – The Glimmerglass Festival, the Central New York summer opera and musical theater company, has announced its 2013 season and its partnership in The Festival of American Romantics in Cooperstown, New York.

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Cooperstown Antique Show

Cooperstown Antique Show | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The 50th Anniversary of the Cooperstown Antique Show


…on Sunday July 1st 2012!

 

The show opens at 9 am and runs until 4 pm. Food will be available, provided by Andres Blue Ribbon BBQ from Cooperstown Junction. There will be approximately 75 dealers on the field with a interesting variety of merchandise. And the weather is going to be fabulous, so don’t miss it!

 

 

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Munson-Williams Arts Festival to begin Friday

Munson-Williams Arts Festival to begin Friday | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
One might not expect to see an old pair of sneakers featured at the Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute Arts Festival.
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