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End of Summer Celebrations at B&B Ranch

End of Summer Celebrations at B&B Ranch | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The fact is, lean, low-fat Piedmontese beef cooks a lot faster than the mystery beef you get from the grocery store. In fact, it will cook 30 to 50 percent faster - and with less heat.

 

Piedmontese beef gets snapped up from the butcher – when you can find it - because it’s tender, tastes better, and it doesn’t have the high cholesterol and fat that people are always fleeing in other beef. But keep these tips in mind when your order shows up.

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Expert Horse Racing Tips

Expert Horse Racing Tips | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The summer horse racing season is in full swing as experts to novices flock to racetracks around the country, whether in Del Mar, California or Saratoga Springs, NY or places in between such as Delaware, for the exciting thrill of professional horse racing.

 

For first-time players, placing a first bet on a horse can be an intimidating experience. But luckily, the process of handicapping, or picking a winner, is not all luck, and can be much easier with the right resources and information in hand.

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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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Prison In Upstate New York For Sale, Just $390,000

Prison In Upstate New York For Sale, Just $390,000 | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

A former correctional facility in New York state is for sale for only $390,000.

 

Camp Georgetown Correctional Facility in Madison County, New York, will be auctioned in September, the state announced.

 

The state website advertising the property includes mention of 44 buildings.

 

The facility includes cell blocks, a pavilion, a mess hall and a gym. There are three dormitories and 75 bathrooms.

 

Its not clear when the prisoners last lived there, but the state is now advertising to hunters because of the surrounding woodlands.

 

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5 Reasons To Join Community Supported Agriculture (CSA)

5 Reasons To Join Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I first learned about CSA last year when I heard people talking about a CSA farm in our area. I was interested because I was trying to get my family and animals on an organic diet and an organic horsekeeping regimen and I was looking for ways to find organic produce. Beyond that I did not even know what the initials CSA stood for. When I contacted the farm, I discovered the time for buying shares had passed for the upcoming season. I did more research on the CSA movement so I would be ready for the next year.

 

CSA stands for community supported agriculture. Interested people pay for shares in the farm at the beginning of the year in February and March and then each week through late spring, summer and fall, you receive a share of the produce. CSA or community supported agriculture is an amazing vehicle for those who want to eat locally grown produce and support local farmers. We sent in our payment in March and received our first share in late April. All I can say after an incredible summer of beautiful produce is that CSA has been a huge success for our family.

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NY State Fair Concerts, Events and Attractions.

NY State Fair Concerts, Events and Attractions. | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Over the years I think everyone gets used to it every summer and therefore takes the Fair for granted. While I will admit that it is very much of the same thing every year, there are always new details and pretty good concerts every time.

 

There are plenty of people I know who skip the Fair completely and while I certainly get that, I still think the Fair is worth your time. Some locals might be jaded but that doesn’t take away from the excellent planning and hard work that goes into such a massive event.

 

Like anything else I say don’t take it for granted. People travel from all over and even camp out for the Fair–clearly there’s a reason. So now that I’m done w/ the spiel, let’s look at a few early highlights!

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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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Welcome to the Leatherstocking Sheep Dog Trials!

Welcome to the Leatherstocking Sheep Dog Trials! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
August 17, 18 & 19, 2012

 

The Leatherstocking Sheepdog Trial is sanctioned by both the North East Border Collie Association (NEBCA) and the United States Border Collie Handler's Association, Inc. (USBCHA).


The Sheepdog Trial is a competitive dog sport in which a dog moves sheep around a field, through gates, and into enclosures as directed by their handler. The workmanship between dog and handler, and the ever unpredictable sheep, make for a fascinating sport to watch.

 

Mark your calendar for the 2012 17th Annual Leatherstocking Sheepdog Trial held on the Robert F. Clark field off Beaver Meadow Road.

 

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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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Aftercare Regulation, Funding Aired Out Again

Aftercare Regulation, Funding Aired Out Again | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
New York government would involve itself in the inspection and accreditation of facilities for retired racehorses, but one legislator believes the industry should devise such a program and decide how it would be funded.
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Your Hometown: Schroeppel Mansion

Your Hometown: Schroeppel Mansion | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Before the 1800s, most of Oswego County sat untouched. However, as settlers and businessmen packed up and headed west, Central New York underwent a transformation.

 

In this week's edition of Your Hometown, Candace Hopkins takes us to the town of Schroeppel, and the centerpiece of the town, the Schroeppel Mansion, where time has stood still.

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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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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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B & B Ranch, Guest House & Spa on Google+

B & B Ranch, Guest House & Spa on Google+ | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Check out our Google+ page for news, updates and everything from the ranch in Fly Creek. 

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New York State Has More Leaves Than Anyone Else

New York State Has More Leaves Than Anyone Else | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Albany, N.Y. - Okay, while we cannot say with absolute certainty that New York State has more leaves than anyone else, we can say that we believe New York’s foliage bounty and beauty make it the most desirable autumn travel destination for “Leaf Peepers” nationwide.

 

And it is a fact that New York State has almost as many acres of broad-leaved trees (which help give the region’s foliage a spectacular color range) as the rest of the Northeast combined.

 

The change in colors, from the greens of summer to the brilliant reds, oranges and yellows of fall, draws thousands of leaf lovers to the state’s roadways and waterways, hiking and biking trails, small towns, scenic vistas, country fairs and harvest festivals every year.

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Glossary of Equestrian Terms

Glossary of Equestrian Terms | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Loriner -  A maker of metal parts for harnesses, bridles, spurs, and other horse apparel.

 

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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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Animal Power Connects Past & Present

Animal Power Connects Past & Present | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Cooperstown, N.Y. - On August 25-26, step back in time to when oxen and horses provided much of the power needed for agriculture. During Animal Power Weekend at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, admire these animals in action and the people who worked with them.

 

Experience agriculture at the animal’s pace, as farmers cultivate with horses and pick up hay with oxen. Admire the skills of craftspeople making ox-yokes and other equipment. Enjoy activities that engage the entire family, such as walking on a treadmill designed to churn butter, or perhaps feeding the baby animals in the Children’s Barnyard.

 

Machinery from the museum’s extensive collection will be on display, including animal-powered patent models. You can meet a mini-horse team, and take a ride around the Historic Village in a wagon. All the delightful activities replicating life in 1845 continue this weekend, with delightful additions such as making farrier’s ointment at Dr. Thrall’s Pharmacy.

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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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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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25 Towns of Otsego County, New York | B&B Ranch

25 Towns of Otsego County, New York | B&B Ranch | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Most folks know that we're pretty new in the Cooperstown area. This is just one more way we're learning where we are, exactly, and who some of our neighbors are.

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New York’s Food And Beverage Trails

New York’s Food And Beverage Trails | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

There is a culinary revolution in America and it’s all about going to the source: for apples and cheese, bread, beer, wine, even chocolate, and New York is leading the way. From late summer until the snow starts to fall, visitors throughout New York this year will have multiple opportunities to explore incredibly delicious food and beverage “trails” to discover what the great new restaurant chefs have already found out: that nothing beats homegrown, hand-crafted and local food and beverages.

 

Enthusiastic foodies can even stop for a day or two and learn from the chefs themselves or take a “farm fresh” cruise. Combine a culinary tour or two with welcoming accommodations at hotels, motels and inns throughout the state, and the result is a flavorful mini-vacation.

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Saratoga Horse Lovers Guide

Saratoga Horse Lovers Guide | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

If horse racing, harness racing, or horses in general are a major draw that brings you back to Saratoga Springs over and over again, then you've found the right place! Our Horse Lovers Guide is a great resource for the Saratoga-bound equestrian fan.

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