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Carlton Manzano is my favorite artist working here in upstate New York. I think he is in a league with Gauguin or Monet or van Gogh. I do. Manzano is also a humble guy.
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Ambition has never been in short supply at the Alice Busch Opera Theater, the cozy 900-seat auditorium that long housed the Glimmerglass Opera, and now is the principal setting for its successor, the Glimmerglass Festival. But even measured by the high standard this annual affair has sustained, this year’s festival — which runs through Aug. 24 here — rises to new levels of innovation, curiosity and, yes, chutzpah.
Shout-out to all my fellow Upstate New York BuzzFeeders! This is for you. (49 things people from upstate New York love http://t.co/fOFBPAbFL8)
The Old Stone Fort Museum will commemorate the 235th anniversary of the 1778 Battle of Cobleskill by hosting a day of history clinics on the battle and other destructive events of 1778 on Saturday, June 15 from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
Two formal clinic presentations beginning at 11:00am and 2:00pm on the fort lawn, will encourage audience participation to provide more in-depth examinations of the tactics, weapons and skills employed at the Battle of Cobleskill and other 1778 engagements and raids. Throughout the day, historian Jeff O’Connor will be on site to inform museum visitors about the raids and battles on the New York frontier and their impact.
Part of New York State Museums Week, these history clinics are included with regular museum admission.
Absolutely love this kind of thing!!
Washington Times Five summer beers to try this season Washington Times The masters of Belgian-inspired ales out of Cooperstown, NY have a new summer offering released this May called Fleur de Houblon, or “Hop Flowers.” This Belgian pale ale uses...
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There is a rock singer from Minneapolis named Craig Finn, who is so full of joy he makes every phrase he sings a celebration. Even though the genre is different, I find him to be tremendously inspiring.
Animal shelters nationwide are overfull, and a Canastota shelter is doing an outreach aimed at cutting down on unwanted pets.
Wanderer's Rest Humane Association has won a grant from the ASPCA to fund a low-cost Spay/Neuter Assistance Program. New York residents need to prove their income eligibility to get vouchers, which cover about half the cost. The service is for both dogs and cats.
When shelter Executive Director Mark Christensen visited Weekend Today in Central NY on Sunday morning to talk about the service, he also brought along Mr. McPhee, a very friendly pit bull mix, an example of why spaying and neutering is so important. The dog was an unwanted stray. He's now been neutered, and is ready for his 'forever' home.
Christensen also reminded us to save the date for 'Bone Appetit.' a Wanderer's Rest fundraiser coming up on April 26th at Cazenovia's Lincklaen House. The Wine, Beer, Cider, Cheese and Chocolate tastings benefit shelter operations, as will a silent auction.
A rebound year for apples? Central New York orchards celebrate a 'normal' spring Syracuse.com In the apple orchards around Central New York, comparing the start of the 2013 growing season to the start of the 2012 season is like, well, comparing...
Oneonta Daily Star - The Leatherstocking Railway Historical Society and the Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad will host a ride with the Easter Bunny on Saturday and Sunday, and again on March 30 and 31.
Join The Farmers’ Museum for what has become a springtime tradition for families and friends throughout the region. The event features historic and contemporary sugaring demonstrations, children's activities and more. A full pancake breakfast is served from 8:30 am to 1 pm with other activities scheduled 9 am to 2 pm.
Have a taste of “jack wax” — hot maple syrup poured over snow! Children enjoy activities throughout the day. and the Empire State Carousel, a favorite attraction at the Museum, is open from 9 am–2 pm. Watch brooms being made in the Westcott Shop. The blacksmith will also be working in his shop; stop in to watch a true craftsman.
You can find spring items, unique gifts, crafts, and books at The Farmers’ Museum Store and Todd’s General Store, which are open 9 am–2 pm. Delicious local maple products will also be for sale by the Otsego County Maple Producers.
Ages 13 and up: $9.00 / Ages 7–12: $5.00 / 6 and under are FREE! Admission includes full breakfast. Reservations are not required.
“Perhaps accidentally, or luckily and certainly thankfully, I see new businesses and business owners who are invested in the idea of building a more livable town, not simply a town more attractive to tourists. And interestingly, I’m talking to more and more tourists who are stopping by because our town feels livable, inviting and interesting.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today that all 172 highway-paving projects in the state have been completed through a $230 million contract over the last nine months through the NY Works program, Gannett’s Haley Viccaro reports.
The replacement of pavement at all of the sites included about 2,157 miles of road. The last project in the program was the Long Island Expressway between exits 68 and 73 in Suffolk County.
“NY Works aims to improve the state’s transportation infrastructure and increase safety for drivers, while cutting costs for government and creating jobs for our families,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The pavement projects were all completed on time and within less than 9 months of the governor’s 2012-13 budget, Cuomo said. The improvements were all within the budget.
The NY Works program expedites infrastructure projects and also creates jobs in the state. The goal of the paving projects was to improve roads in fair condition to good condition.
“The infusion of NY Works funding helped to improve the overall health of our state’s roads while creating immediate jobs and supporting economic development across New York,” said State Department of Transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald in a statement.
The Cooperstown Art Association proudly presents the 23rd Annual Fenimore Quilt Club Show which opens Saturday, February 9 and runs through Sunday, February 24.
Within easy walking distance of all the festivities of Cooperstown's Winter Carnival this is a show not to be missed! This highly anticipated exhibit will showcase a diverse array of about one hundred quilts and other quilted items in both traditional and contemporary designs. This year's collection will exhibit quilts created by many talented men and women ranging from bed quilts, lap quilts, wall hangings, pillows and more! Both old and new quilts will be featured and several will be for sale.
And come see us on the Ranch when you're done.
Swimming holes have always held a sort of mythical quality. Everyone seems to have heard of that one sweet secret location through a friend of a friend: the still pool of crystal water hidden at the end of a winding path, untainted by tourists, inviting a skinny dip. But in the Hudson River Valley, isolated places to shed one’s clothes on hot days are becoming tougher to find as a more urban, unencumbered crowd heads upstate, colonizing this part of rural New York as a kind of Williamsburg North.
At the end of June, the New York State Board for Historic Preservation recommended the addition of 17 properties, resources and districts to the State and National Registers of Historic Places.
Listing these properties on the State and National Registers can assist their owners in revitalizing the structures, making them eligible for various public preservation programs and services, such as matching state grants and state and federal historic rehabilitation tax credits.
The State and National Registers are the official lists of buildings, structures, districts, landscapes, objects and sites significant in the history, architecture, archeology and culture of New York State and the nation. There are 90,000 historic buildings, structures and sites throughout the state listed on the National Register of Historic Places, individually or as components of historic districts. Property owners, municipalities and organizations from communities throughout the state sponsored the nominations.
Once the recommendations are approved by the state historic preservation officer, the properties are listed on the New York State Register of Historic Places and then nominated to the National Register of Historic Places, where they are reviewed and, once approved, entered on the National Register.
Jennifer and her husband Melvin work Polymeadows Farm, a small goat dairy farm and dairy plant in Vermont. They are currently milking about 120 goats. During kidding season, twice a year, the newborns spend their first night in a barrel of hay in the kitchen. This is important during Vermont winters, but also in summer, so that Jennifer knows the kids are healthy before they go out and join the rest.
My sister and I live very different lives. She’s a dairy goat farmer and I do genetics research at Penn State University in the middle of Pennsylvania. I spend much of my day at a computer in my small office, or sometimes in the genetics lab that I manage, and she spends her days outdoors, haying, watering and graining her goats, bottle-feeding the babies, milking the dams, or in the dairy plant making cheese or yogurt and bottling milk."
on farming, for a Saturday afternoon...
"...The town of Exeter, with about 900 residents... has no website, although the town of Otsego, east of Exeter, does have one."
Some towns still resist setting up websites. The town is part of a consortium known as Digital Towpath, based in Barnevald, which provides websites and email systems to nearly 200 local governments in New York.
Time to get out there and experience the best Central New York has to offer. Tee up at some of the country’s finest golf courses, get ready for windows-down weather at the Northeastern Classic Car Museum, take a historic trip to Fort Klock or hit the always-popular Cooperstown Beverage Trail. It’s all out there waiting for you in Central New York, so just go!
The landscape of Central New York has inspired artists for centuries, from Hudson River School painters to performers who take up residence at Glimmerglass each summer. In our 2013 we explore the ideals of the Romantic movement, including operas by two of the most important 19th-century composers, Verdi and Wagner.
The Glimmerglass Festival, Fenimore Art Museum and Hyde Hall join forces for The Festival of American Romantics, inspired by Romantic composers, painters and writers.
The 2013 Festival features three opera productions, a great American musical, and a full slate of special concerts and Meet Me at the Pavilion performances from some of opera's brightest stars.
We think you'll agree that The Glimmerglass Festival is a one-of-a-kind summer destination, blending world-class opera with a relaxed, casual atmosphere and a beautiful lakeside setting in the heart of Central New York. We look forward to seeing you in 2013 and encourage you to begin planning your Glimmerglass experience today.
Diving with sharks, helping with a cattle round-up, watching a battle reenactment, and attending pow wows aren’t the first things that come to mind when someone mentions New York. However, just a short drive from the skyscrapers and bustle of the nation’s most populated city, the state of New York has glorious white sand beaches, vast farmlands and the Adirondack Park, the largest park outside of Alaska, with mountains that peak at more than a mile above sea level.
Whether you want to step back into the 16th century at the Sterling Renaissance Festival, bask on an award-winning beach, or race around the mountains at adrenaline-pumping speeds, look no further than New York State.
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Sometimes the best vacations are close to home! What is close to you that you've overlooked or been too busy to explore?
It's that time of year, when most Americans lose an hour's sleep setting their clocks ahead. (Remember? Spring forward, fall back.) So here are answers to questions about the time switch and about sleep.
In most of the United States, we'll be moving our clocks ahead for daylight saving time in the wee hours of Sunday morning. The official switch comes at 2 a.m. Sunday, which instantly becomes 3 a.m. Most people, however, move their clocks ahead just before going to bed Saturday night or just after getting up Sunday morning.
The day of the big switch used to be the first Sunday of April, but in 2005, Congress changed the rule to make it the second Sunday in March, as an energy-saving measure.
We had no idea so many wineries could possibly exist in the humble Empire State. But here they are, a full 302 of them, complete with hours and driving directions.
Don't forget. Come and visit us on the Ranch...
Look at the map - it's fair to say that Otsego County is truly the heart of New York. Less than two hours from Albany, more like three or four from metro NY, it is another world - a place where you can escape today's stress and step back in time, if you're so inclined.
Yet there are many folks who move there to have it all - green, rolling hills and quiet towns with an Internet connection that hooks you into the global marketplace.