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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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Cooperstown, NY Visit

Cooperstown, NY Visit | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Although we didn't get to visit the Baseball Hall of Fame, we did go to the Fenimore Art Museum and the Farmer's Museum in Cooperstown. The Art Museum had an art fair and the Farmer's Museum held a hops festival. We also had dinner at the Brewery Ommergang.

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Sexy Sax Man at Brewery Ommegang!

Sexy Sax Man at Brewery Ommegang! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Tom Hamilton’s American Babies performed at Cooperstown, NY’s Brewery Ommegang on Saturday night. Internet sensation Sergio “The Sexy Sax Man” Flores attended the show and sat in with American Babies for a cover of the Grateful Dead’s classic “New Speedway Boogie.” He remained onstage as the group moved into the Sexy Sax Man’s trademark cover, George Michael’s “Careless Whisper.” The Sexy Sax Man also sat in with The String Cheese Incident at Bonnaroo in 2011.

 

American Babies are currently working on their next studio album. They will perform at Kennett Square, PA’s Kennett Flash on August 10.

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Just Go: Otsego County

Just Go: Otsego County | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The Otsego County area, whose name is derived from a Mohawk word meaning "place of the rock," blends heritage with natural beauty in the rolling foothills of the northern Catskills.

 

Culture is abundant with world class opera, national art exhibitions, theater and concerts, and a rich historical past is evident everywhere from hands-on history museums and American Indian art to baseball games.

 

The hunt for antiques and crafts never ends along the rural roads of the area and the quaint country inns of Otsego offer serenity and comfort unlike anywhere else. Popular attractions range in theme from science to history to agriculture to sports: The Joseph L. Popp Jr. Butterfly Conservatory, The Petrified Creatures Museum of Natural History, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown & Charlotte Valley Railroad, The Farmers Museum, National Baseball Hall of Fame & Museum, Northeast Classic Car Museum and Glimmerglass Opera.

 

The Otsego County area entertains a wide variety of travelers, from art lovers and history buffs to sports fanatics and antique-hunters.

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Taking the Fork in the Road: Russ and Yogi

Taking the Fork in the Road: Russ and Yogi | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

To visit Cooperstown we actually stayed at an RV park in Richfield Springs, New York which turned out to have a fascinating history.

 

The first thing was noticed about the town was the streets filled with large, old ornate Victorian frame houses, festooned with gingerbread trim and gables. A few were in good shape but most had clearly seen more prosperous times.

 

It turned out that Richfield Spring had been a thriving resort town in the late 1880s where people came to “take the waters” from the springs there. Even Theodore Roosevelt had visited at one time.

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The “Catskills Great Outdoor Experience” Photo Contest

The “Catskills Great Outdoor Experience” Photo Contest | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The Central Catskills Great Outdoors Experience Festival is just over a month away. To get you excited, we’re having a photo contest, sponsored by the Peekamoose Restaurant & Tap Room. Winners will also have their photos featured in the “People’s Guide to the Catskills” section of our forthcoming Catskills Outdoors Guide.

 

Here’s how the contest works:

 

Share a photo of your favorite Catskills outdoors experience, along with a short explanation. (Hint: Funny is good. For an example, see the contest winner from last year above: “The Huckleberry Brook Dancing Bear,” by David Barry, winner of the 2011 Watershed Post’s “Best-Kept Secret in the Catskills” photo contest.)

 

You can submit entries by posting a photo and a caption on our Facebook page or by emailing your entry to Julia Reischel, Central Catskills Chamber of Commerce board member and Watershed Post publisher.

 

A jury will chose winners to be announced at the Great Outdoors Experience Festival on August 25 in Margaretville. A selection of winners will be featured in a Catskills Outdoors Guide to be published by the Watershed Post. One grand prize winner gets dinner for two at Peekamoose in Big Indian.

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An Upstate New York Town In Pictures

An Upstate New York Town In Pictures | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

I have been commissioned by my town to take pictures of area farmers.

 

The project has made me want to become a better documentary photographer(I am most comfortable taking photos of cows and steaks), and has introduced me to so many diverse and passionate farming neighbors.

 

I have been fortunate to meet a lot of local farmers with my column Ulla’s Farm Fresh Notes, but meeting so many in such a small town is particularly moving and illuminating. I want to do all these fabulous character’s justice with my photographs.

 

It’s also interesting to take photos of a town in the mist of a drought, in the middle of the photo project we had a few days of much needed rain, and you could immediately see the difference in the eager pastures. Meeting and taking photos of all these farmers, their land, animals and farms I am struck by how vulnerable farmers are to the weather, economics and the fickleness of market access, and despite these challenges they are all so passionate about their animals, fields and community. Here are some instagrams I took of Meredith, NY while traveling around for this project. I will share the professional photos later!

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A Surprisingly Coherent Upstate New York Art Fair

A Surprisingly Coherent Upstate New York Art Fair | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
A few of the locals intermingled with the art world of New York City and Miami in the huge Barn-like building of Basilica Hudson on the outskirts of the town where NADA held its 2012 Hudson art fair.
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3 Central New York Physicists Explain "God Particle"

3 Central New York Physicists Explain "God Particle" | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

The scientific world is toasting the discovery of the Higgs boson at the Large Hadron Collider near Geneva, Switzerland. The giant collider — a 17-mile circular tunnel nearly 600 feet below the earth — isolated the so-called “god particle” by crashing beams of high-speed protons into each other and measuring the sub-atomic wreckage.


It’s been hailed as one of the greatest scientific achievements in history.


Unfortunately, it’s a bit hard to explain.

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Experience Cooperstown

Experience Cooperstown | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Come to Cooperstown and cool down lakeside during the dog days of summer at the Fenimore Art Museum's Art by the Lake event on August 4.

 

Celebrating art and the natural world around us, the event will feature landscape artists working across a number of mediums. Peruse the artist booths, observe live Plein Air demonstrations as participating artists capture the world around them, and listen to curators discuss current exhibitions at the Fenimore Art Museum.

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Shale gas holds timeless impact on smalltown USA

Shale gas holds timeless impact on smalltown USA | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Wilber, a former environmental reporter who has been covering the fracking debate from the beginning, combines a storyteller’s ear with a journalist’s eye, offering a sensitive and especially timely take on the issue… This book will be essential background reading for the still-unfolding fracking drama.

--Publisher's Weekly

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500 Bicyclists Complete 400-Mile Journey along Erie Canal

500 Bicyclists Complete 400-Mile Journey along Erie Canal | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Celebrating upstate New York’s unique history and scenic beauty, 500 bicycle riders from 36 states joined with state and local officials at Quackenbush Square in Albany to mark the completion of Parks & Trails New York’s annual week-long bicycle tour from Buffalo to Albany.

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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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Fast Trains: Upstate rail languishes while politicians debate

Fast Trains: Upstate rail languishes while politicians debate | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Taiwan’s bullet trains started running in 2007 and now carry 32 million passengers a year on 214 miles of track, at speeds of up to 186 mph.

 

Germany’s carry 74 million passengers on 798 miles of high-speed track. France’s trains hurtle 1,178 miles at up to 220 mph, carrying 114 million riders. Japan’s pioneering bullet trains carry 289 million passengers on 1,655 miles of track.

 

China may soon have more high-speed track than the rest of the world combined. Spain, England and Italy already have fast trains, soon to be joined by India, Iran, Turkey, South Korea, Belgium, the Netherlands, Brazil, Argentina, among others. So far there are at least 10,000 miles of track, built with government funds.

 

America was once a railroad pioneer, but that was before today’s car-crazy culture of urban sprawl. Rail service across New York state now is creaky, dusty, unreliable. Fewer than 500 train travelers begin or end their day in Syracuse. Amtrak carried 11 million passengers in New York in 2011 — mostly in the Northeast corridor around New York City.

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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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Hops and Beer at The Farmers’ Museum

Hops and Beer at The Farmers’ Museum | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Cooperstown, N.Y. - On Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5, step back in time to when hops were king in central New York. Hops and Beer Weekend, next in the series of “Step Back in Time” Weekends at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, is your opportunity to discover a plant with roots in local history. Walk a field of hops, tour a real hop house, and discover the importance of hops in New York State in the 1800s. Take the next step and watch a cooper making barrels and the process of brewing table beer and making yeast cakes.


At this celebration of hops and beer, meet modern-day hop growers from the Northeast Hop Alliance. Be sure to enjoy tastings from local breweries on Sunday afternoon and enjoy Ommegang cheddar beer soup all weekend.


All “Step Back in Time” Weekends are held at The Farmers’ Museum from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Entry is included with your paid museum admission: Adults and juniors (13-64): $12.00; seniors (65+): $10.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): Free. NYSHA members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military.

 

Through Labor Day 2012, active-duty military and up to five family members are free, through the Blue Star Museum program.

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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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Equestrian Trail Project to Move Forward

Equestrian Trail Project to Move Forward | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

MAYVILLE – Chautauqua County has been approved for funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), for the development of Phases I & II of the Equestrian Trail System Plan in the Towns of Charlotte and Cherry Creek. The plan is being administered by Southern Tier West.

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COOPERSTOWN ADVENTURE!

COOPERSTOWN ADVENTURE! | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Megan, the kids and I headed up to Cooperstown this morning. I took this opportunity to show them my favorite places in Cooperstown: Brookwood Gardens, The Indian Mound, the stone bridge, Council Rock. I think Megan particularly liked Brookwood Gardens.

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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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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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The One Hundred Year Inheritance of a Small Town

The One Hundred Year Inheritance of a Small Town | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

One of the most known collections in the Fenimore Art Museum/New York Historical Association’s photographic collections, is that of Smith & Telfer.

 

Washington G. Smith and Arthur J. Telfer recorded approximately one hundred years of history in Cooperstown, New York – a small rural town in Central New York located along Otsego Lake. They employed primarily the technique of wet and dry glass plate photography. Telfer, the successor to Smith, continued to use glass plates for most of his career, even while working throughout the evolution to film photography.

 

A reluctant Telfer joined Smith upon invitation in 1887 in order to take over as the town’s primary photographer. Telfer became well-known around town and was nicknamed by residents “Putt” Telfer. Why “Putt?” Well, as it was, he purchased a boat and residents say when he was out on Otsego Lake (camera in hand) they would hear his boat going by, and the resounding “putt, putt, putt….” That boat was eventually sold, but the ca. 1915 car Putt drove until he was in his 90’s endured.

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Saturday in Cooperstown

Saturday in Cooperstown | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it
It’s been a beautiful day of weather in Cooperstown, on Saturday. Low 80s, sunny and not humid. The town is bustling with people, and I’d say the count of Reds fans easily dominates over all others.

 

I visited one of my friends, who happened to be born and raised in Cooperstown and went to the house where he grew up. This town, set really in the middle of nowhere in central NY state, is the kind of place where you can leave your front door unlocked and let your kids run around and play without worries about safety. Bucolic would definitely be the fitting term to describe Cooperstown.

 

Here are some pictures from Saturday morning/afternoon:
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Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Sausage

Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Sausage | Central New York Traveler | Scoop.it

Blog post at Upstate Ramblings : This is a quick pasta recipe with a little bit different taste.  The tomatoes are roasted instead of sautéed, which gives the dish a deeper flavor.

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