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Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Returns

Written By Editor on 6/28/22 | 6/28/22


Cooperstown Summer Music Festival Returns


Cooperstown, N.Y. – After a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival returns for its 24th season with five shows throughout the month of August. 


“This season, we are offering the Cooperstown community a collection of performances spanning an exceptionally wide range of musical styles and traditions,” says Festival Founder and Artistic Director Linda Chesis.


 This season’s Cooperstown Summer Music Festival lineup includes:


  • Imani Winds -Tuesday, Aug. 2, 7 to 9 p.m. at the Otesaga Resort Hotel: The GRAMMY-nominated Imani Winds is famous for their innovative programming and dynamic performances. Cooperstown audiences can expect a concert filled with their signature fresh energy and technical expertise.


  • Verona String Quartet – Monday, Aug. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Otesaga Resort Hotel: The multi-award-winning Verona Quartet returns to the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival with a program of Puccini, Beethoven, and Dvorak’s beloved “American” Quartet. 


  • Caroga Arts Ensemble: “Musical Kaleidoscope” – Tuesday, Aug. 16, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Otesaga Resort Hotel: Led by cellist Kyle Price, the Caroga Arts Ensemble will offer a program ranging from bluegrass and classical to jazz and pop. This show is a gift to the Cooperstown community, and tickets will be by donation.


  • Violinist Danbi Um and guitarist Jiji – Monday, Aug. 22, from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Otesaga Resort Hotel: Danbi Um and Jiji will join forces for a genre-spanning program that includes works by Corelli, Paganini, Piazzolla and Ella Fitzgerald.


  • Brazilian Jazz Legends: Trio da Paz– Monday, Aug. 29, 7 p.m. at The Farmers Museum: This Brazilian supergroup will transport the audience to South America with an evening of jazz.


Tickets for these shows are $30 for adults and $15 for students and children (except for “Musical Kaleidoscope” by the Caroga Arts Ensemble, where tickets are by suggested donation). Tickets for all events must be purchased in advance either online at or over the phone by calling Purplepass Tickets at 800-316-8559 and selecting option one. Please note there is a $2 service fee per phone order. Audience members will be required to show proof of vaccination, including a required booster shot for those who are eligible for all events.


For more information about the Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, visit or email Linda Chesis at


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Bids Wanted - Roxbury Fire District

Take notice:

Up for bid: 2000 International pumper. 4x4, two door. 4800 DT-466 manual transmission. 1250 hale pump with 500 gallon water tank and 20 gallon foam. Poly tank and electric drop down ladder rack. 11,564 miles. 1063 hours. Runs and pumps. SOLD AS IS. Taking sealed bids until July 14th 2022 @ 6pm. Mail or hand deliver to: 

Roxbury Fire Dept.

ATTN: Chief James Bouton

PO BOX 514

Roxbury, NY 12474

Any questions contact Chief Bouton (607)-267-2917 or no calls after 8pm.

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Step Back in Time to a Traditional 1840s Independence Day Celebration at The Farmers’ Museum

Written By Editor on 6/27/22 | 6/27/22

Independence Day Celebration
Monday, July 4, 2022

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

The Farmers’ Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Admission: Adults and Juniors (ages 13-64): $15.00; seniors (65+): $12.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): free.



Cooperstown, New York — The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown marks Independence Day on Monday, July 4, from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. with a traditional 1840s celebration featuring a dramatic reading of the Declaration of Independence, great barbecued food, and activities focused on family fun.


Starting at noon, watch as the Declaration of Independence is read aloud on the Bump Tavern Green. Take part in the 13 celebratory toasts as our Founding Fathers did with lemonade made from an 1840's recipe. Sit for an old-fashioned tintype portrait (weather permitting, $30 per 4 x 5 tintype). 19th-century children’s games will be provided for family play on the Bump Tavern Green.


During the event, museum artisans will demonstrate traditional blacksmithing, letterpress printing, and other trades throughout the day. At the print shop, you can pick up a copy of our 1840's lemonade recipe, printed on the museum’s Liberty Job Press. Everyone can snack on cotton candy, ice cream, and slushies.


At the Lippitt Farmstead, learn about life on the farm and delight in the baby animals at the Children’s Barnyard.


In the Main Barn, check out the new exhibition Growing Tomorrow’s Farmers and our historic tool collection.  You can also enjoy a ride on the Empire State Carousel, explore the Country Village, shop at Todd’s General Store, and visit the famous Cardiff Giant. Sit on our tavern green while you enjoy grilled favorites from The Crossroads CafĂ©.


The museum is open every day this summer from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  Admission: Adults and Juniors (ages 13-64): $15.00; seniors (65+): $12.50; youth (7-12): $6.00; children (6 and under): free. Museum members are always admitted free, as are active-duty and retired career military.  Through Labor Day, active-duty military and up to five family members are admitted free, through the Blue Star Museum program. Free admission for those receiving SNAP benefits—up to four people with the presentation of a SNAP Electronic Benefits Transfer (EBT) card.


The Farmers’ Museum is located at 5775 Route 80 in Cooperstown, just north of the village. Visit for more information.




About The Farmers’ Museum

As one of the oldest rural life museums in the country, The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, provides visitors with a unique opportunity to experience 19th-century rural and village life first-hand through authentic demonstrations and interpretative exhibits. The museum, founded in 1943, comprises a Colonial Revival stone barn listed on the National Register for Historic Places, a recreated historic village circa 1845, the Empire State Carousel, and a working farmstead. Through its 19th-century village and farm, the museum preserves important examples of upstate New York architecture, early agricultural tools and equipment, and heritage livestock. The Farmers’ Museum’s outstanding collection of more than 23,000 items encompasses significant historic objects ranging from butter molds to carriages, and hand planes to plows. The museum also presents a broad range of interactive educational programs for school groups, families, and adults that explore and preserve the rich agricultural history of the region.

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Talk & Community Discussion on NYS Climate Action Plan, July 7 at Bushel

DELHI —In their presentation entitled “Can New York Combat Climate Change Without Destroying Communities?” Dennis Higgins and Keith Schue will speak about the NYS Climate Action Plan on Thursday, July 7, 5:30 pm at Bushel Collective, located at 106 Main Street in Delhi. This program is free to attend and open the public. Seating is limited to 30; attendance is mask optional.

The state Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act (CLCPA) mandates that our electric grid be carbon free by 2040. The New York Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) believes this can be achieved through the installation of industrial solar and wind farms across upstate New York, along with sprawling transmission lines and giant batteries. The kicker is, we would still need as much dispatchable backup capacity as is provided by all the fossil-fuel power plants in the state today.

Higgins and Schue argue that the state’s analysis ignores not only the ecological impact of such a massive buildout, but also the cost to ratepayers and the dangers of an over-dependence on imported energy to power the grid. They will share hard lessons learned from similar efforts in California and Germany, and highlight the rising opposition to New York’s current renewable-siting process. Accelerated siting allows giant companies to override local laws in order to cover forests and farms with panels and turbines, threatening rural economies, the environment, and our quality of life.

Higgins and Schue ask: Wouldn’t it be a mistake to pursue a flawed energy plan that sacrifices nature, increases energy costs, and does little to decarbonize the grid? They will outline their ideas on a better way to address these critical issues. Afterwards they will lead a group discussion on their thought-provoking presentation.



Dennis Higgins taught mathematics and computer science at the University of Scranton, St. Lawrence University, and, for most of his career, at State University College of NY at Oneonta. He retired from teaching recently but continues to run a farm with his wife Katie. Higgins home schooled four daughters for most of their K–12 education. He has been involved in regional energy issues for over a decade.

Keith Schue has a master’s degree in engineering and worked in the private sector for fourteen years in hardware design. Before moving to New York, he was employed with the Florida Chapter of The Nature Conservancy on issues relating to the impacts of human development and infrastructure on ecosystems. He has been engaged in New York energy policy since 2010, and currently volunteers as a technical advisor for New York Energy & Climate Advocates. He has provided technical input on the federal Clean Power Plan, NYS Energy Plan, NYS Clean Energy Standard, industry regulations, legislation, and various projects.

BUSHEL is a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit, volunteer-led, mixed-use space dedicated to art, agriculture, ecology, and action. It is located at 106 Main Street in Delhi. For more information, go to

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Bassett Healthcare Network Announces Appointment of Chief Nurse Executive, Leadership Changes

Dr. Tommy Ibrahim, President and CEO of Bassett Healthcare Network, announces the appointment of Dr. Angela Belmont as chief nurse executive.

Dr. Belmont, who will begin her tenure at Bassett in August, brings more than 30 years of experience in nursing administration to the organization. Most recently, she served as chief nursing officer and vice president of patient care services at Cooley Dickenson Health Care, a member of the Mass General Brigham Health System in Massachusetts.

Dr. Belmont has deep roots in Central New York, having served from 2014 to 2017 as vice president of nursing for Mohawk Valley Health system, where she led efforts to significantly improve patient care services and outcomes across the system’s two hospital campuses. She has also worked in various positions at Faxton-St. Luke’s Hospital in Utica for more than 20 years.

“Dr. Belmont will be a wonderful addition to Bassett,” says Dr. Ibrahim. “She is a highly accomplished nurse and administrator, and her expertise, energy, and vision will help propel Bassett forward in many ways, including on its journey to Magnet designation and work to become a national leader in creating healthy rural communities.”


Dr. Belmont earned both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Master of Science in Nursing Administration degrees at the SUNY Institute of Technology – now SUNY Polytechnic Institute. She completed her Doctorate in Nursing Practice in System Leadership from Rush University in Chicago.


In addition to Dr. Belmont’s appointment, Bassett Healthcare Network announces several key leadership changes as the organization continues initiatives surrounding strategic integration and growth.

First, Dr. Reginald Q. Knight, who currently serves as chief hospital executive of A.O. Fox Hospital, has accepted a new position as chief integration officer. In this capacity, Dr. Knight will continue to serve as an important member of Bassett’s executive leadership team to lead large-scale strategic initiatives that drive network integration and growth.


As a result of Dr. Knight transitioning into his new chief integration officer role, Jeff Joyner, executive vice president and chief operating officer of Bassett Healthcare Network, will return to A.O. Fox Hospital to serve as chief hospital executive. Joyner, who served as president of A.O. Fox Hospital from 2016 to 2020, will resume leadership responsibilities in Oneonta. Bassett’s Critical Access Hospital (CAH) division (Cobleskill Regional Hospital, Little Falls Hospital, and O’Connor Hospital in Delhi) will continue to be led by Eric Stein, chief hospital executive of CAHs. Leadership at both A.O. Fox Hospital and CAHs will report to Paul Swinko, executive vice president, chief financial and administrative officer.


Additionally, Dr. Henry Weil, senior vice president, chief clinical and academic officer, will take on the supplemental role of chief operating officer of Bassett Medical Center. Dr. Weil will be assisted by Henry Knoop, PA, who has been named associate chief clinical officer for the network in addition to his duties as chief advanced practice officer.

Finally, Deanna Charles, who currently serves as vice president of operations for Bassett Medical Group, has been promoted to senior vice president, chief ambulatory and transformation officer for the network.

“I am energized by the great things that are happening at Bassett,” says Dr. Ibrahim. “While our leadership structure continues to evolve as it should, one thing that remains constant throughout is our focus on our people and creating the very best workplace environment possible. Bassett continues to advance its more than century-long legacy of innovative and exceptional patient care. Every day, we strive to exemplify Dr. Mary Imogene Bassett’s vision for rural care excellence.”

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Bassett Medical Center Offering Free Community “Stop the Bleed” Course on June 30

Written By Editor on 6/22/22 | 6/22/22

Cooperstown, N.Y. – Bassett Medical Center’s Trauma Program is proud to offer a “Stop the Bleed” course for interested members of the public.


Stop the Bleed Course

Thursday, June 30, 2022

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Bassett Hall Auditorium

31 Beaver Street (large building on the corner of Beaver and Pioneer Streets).

Cooperstown, NY 13326


Training consists of a brief lecture, supplemented with video clips, followed by hands-on practice of the newly-acquired skills. Training takes an hour to complete.


Attendance to this event is limited. Please pre-register by calling Becky-Ann Sears at 607-547-4812. If this class fills up and there is sufficient additional interest, we will offer additional classes in the future.


It takes as little as five minutes of uncontrolled bleeding for a person to lose their life. That timeline makes it very difficult for emergency medical technicians to arrive soon enough to control the bleeding and save lives—especially in our rural communities. According to the Stop the Bleed Coalition, 35% of pre-hospital deaths are a result of bleeding. Bystanders, often the first on the scene of an event, can be instrumental when properly trained and equipped in controlling major bleeding until first responders arrive.


The White House and the Department of Homeland Security started the national “Stop the Bleed” campaign in 2015. Its goal is simple: improving survival rates from life-threatening bleeding by training bystanders in the steps to control it. It was created in response to the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School and other mass casualty and gun violence events. The tragic shootings of the last two months underscore how important this training still is today.

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ONEOTNA, NY — Families must help save the world from time-traveling dinosaurs in  Dandelion Stage’s interactive outdoor theatre performance, Dinosaur Invasion. In this mash-up  between a “choose your own adventure” and a giant game of pretend, audiences take on the  role of Time & Space agents who must save the world from Vortex’s dastardly plot to destroy  the whole of time and space. Performances are presented at OWL’s children’s museum,167  Youngs Road in Fortin Park, Saturdays and Sundays in July, at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. Tickets for  all ages are $10. Children must be accompanied by an adult for this “free-range” theatre  adventure. Performance capacity is 10 children maximum with no adult attendance cap. Call  607-353-9502 for information. To purchase tickets, visit OWL’s Eventbrite page at: Dinosaur  Invasion.  

This imagination powered event, geared toward ages 5-12, includes a dino-themed  workshop at OWL and pre-adventure craft workshop for audiences build their very own  Time-Trap used in the performance. Coming to a Dandelion Stage outdoor summer  theatre performance is always an adventure, so audiences are advised to come  prepared for the changeability of Oneonta weather. 

Dinosaur Invasion is the result of an earlier creative collaboration between OWL and  Dandelion Stage founding Artistic Director and playwright, Malissa Kano-White.  “Several years ago, OWL and I collaborated to create a dinosaur themed imagination 

trail around the OWL museum and Fortin Park. Last year, when COVID closed all the  theatres I was inspired to reimagine that earlier project as an interactive outdoor theatre  adventure for families to enjoy playing and creating their own dinosaur adventure. Needless to say, I was thrilled when OWL board member Rachel Rissberger agreed this  latest creative partnership.” 

OWL is a museum dedicated to learning through play. Dandelion Stage creates innovative community-based theatre to enrich learning and empower creativity. 

Dinosaur Invasion will be performed at OWL, in Fortin Park, Saturdays and Sundays  in July, at 11:00 am & 1:00 pm. For more information contact Dandelion Stage at 607- 353-9503. 

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Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County is sponsoring the Walton Farmers’ Market which has been established for the convenience of all local residents and participants in the Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (FMNP) through WIC and Delaware County Office for the Aging. WIC clients and income eligible senior citizens may redeem their farmers’ market nutrition program coupons at the Walton Farmers’ Market. Participants in the Produce Prescription Program may also redeem their coupons at the market.

Walton Farmers’ Market

Veteran’s Plaza, 181 Delaware St, Walton, NY 13856

Every Friday, July 1-Sept 30, 11am-4pm

There will be music and events each week at the market this year and weekly Produce Spotlights with recipes. We will also have free Chobani yogurt for visitors every week. The full schedule of events can be found on our Facebook page at

This year we welcome back East Brook Community Farm, Brookside Maple & Farm, Butterfly Whispers Farm, Green Sun Orchard & Cidery, Olive Greene Naturals, Rock Rift Farm and introduce Moonwell Bake Shop. The market will feature fresh baked bread and pastries, fresh produce including beets, strawberries, blueberries, chard, herbs, kohlrabi, microgreens, melons, onions, peppers, spinach, cabbage, beans, squash, tomatoes and other fresh fruits and vegetables. Meat, poultry and eggs will also be available.

If you would like to be a vendor at the Walton Farmers’ Market contact Cornell Cooperative Extension of Delaware County at 607-865-6531 or e-mail Valerie at  We welcome customers, farmers, vendors, and musicians to our farmers’ market in Walton on Fridays July through September during the market season.

Cornell Cooperative Extension is an employer and educator recognized for valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and provides equal program and employment opportunities.

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Hixny and Healthy Alliance Partner to Integrate Clinical and Social Care

Written By Editor on 6/21/22 | 6/21/22

- Clinical providers can make social care referrals through EHR using HIN’s SMART on FHIR application. - 

ALBANY, N.Y.—To continue its work toward improving population health, Hixny has partnered with Healthy  Alliance (Alliance for Better Health and its affiliates) to offer clinical providers an easy way to get help for their  patients with social needs, such as benefits navigation or food insecurity. 
Hixny, a health information network (HIN), is leveraging its patient record snapshot application, which is available in many electronic health records (EHR) systems, to make referring patients to community-based organizations a simple—and efficient—process.  
“Eighty percent of a person’s overall health is the result of social, environmental, behavioral and lifestyle  factors,” said Mark McKinney, Hixny’s CEO, echoing thoughts he shared in a recent blog post. “And until now,  medical care providers addressing the other 20 percent haven’t had an easy way to help patients reach their  fullest health potential. Now they do.” 
Clinical providers can use Hixny’s application within their EHR to make referrals to Healthy Alliance and its  network of 500+ partners for help with everything from food insecurity to utility assistance to navigating  Medicaid benefits and much more. 
"Accessing and navigating social supports in the community needs to be easy for individuals who serve  community members. Our Referral Coordination Center is staffed with regional navigators who have a working  knowledge of programs and services in the communities we support and are dedicated to making sure  members get connected quickly and thoughtfully,” said Healthy Alliance’s CEO, Erica Coletti. 
Early results confirm that clinical providers need an easy way to access a referral tool and network of social and  behavioral services that doesn’t require them to navigate yet another technology application and allows them  to focus on providing great medical care and better supporting their patients. Since Hixny launched this  capability in March, 97 percent of referrals made through the platform were to the experts at Healthy Alliance’s  Referral Coordination Center, reinforcing that this collaboration takes away the guesswork around what social  resources are available within the community and assures clinicians that referrals are being robustly monitored  and managed. 
In the next phase of the project and collaborative effort, Hixny and Healthy Alliance are looking into ways to  make the process better for clinical providers that includes bringing together data from multiple sources for  outcomes measurement and looking toward interoperability options with other technology vendors. 
“The partnership between Hixny and Healthy Alliance is bringing together technology, services and data,” said  McKinney. “It’s making the right thing for patients, the easy thing for providers to do.”
About Hixny  
Hixny is the nonprofit electronic health information network (HIN) serving residents and the healthcare community in New  York’s 28 eastern counties north of New York City. Its secure technology allows people to contribute and use health records and the data they contain in real time, which improves consumers’ knowledge of their own records; ensures that providers  have the details they need to provide high-quality care; and forms the foundation of effective population- and community level health initiatives. Hixny is a nationally recognized leader in HIE technology innovation. 
About Healthy Alliance 
Healthy Alliance (Alliance for Better Health and its affiliates) connects the underserved to a growing network of  organizations – big and small – that provide services that are essential for a healthy life. Recognizing that health begins in  our communities, Healthy Alliance’s referral network and independent practice association (IPA) convene and collaborate  with community partners — from regional hospitals to local food pantries and everyone in between — to address social  needs (food insecurity, housing assistance, transportation needs, benefits navigation, and more) before they evolve into  serious and costly medical problems. With over 580 organizations spanning 22 counties in New York State, Healthy Alliance  works to provide all communities with consistent access to the resources they need to ensure every New Yorker has the  same opportunity to be healthy. 

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Bassett Research Institute Receives Grant to Investigate Telehealth in Rural Areas

This past January, Bassett Research Institute (BRI) launched an investigation surrounding health care access and the use of telemedicine within Bassett Healthcare Network. The project, funded by a $50,000 grant from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation, is an extension of digital health research BRI started in 2021.


“When COVID hit, Bassett had to move all our Living Well programs online,” explains Kristin Pullyblank, nurse scientist, at Bassett’s Center for Rural Community Health, a part of BRI. “Then we saw a sudden shift in the participants’ demographics—they tended to be younger and more educated. That sets off alarm bells for us. Are we leaving those other people behind?”


Last year, Pullyblank and Wendy Brunner, director of the Center for Rural Community Health, surveyed hundreds of patients to learn more. They asked about their experiences with telehealth, as well as about related issues like home internet access and the challenges they faced during the pandemic.


The results gave them a rough outline of what they hope to learn, but also raised more questions for investigation. For example, their survey data found that over 40 percent of participants reported that it was difficult to pay for essentials like food, housing, or medicine during the pandemic. That seems significant—but why?


“How does this financial hardship connect with telehealth?” wonders Brunner. “Is it a matter of not being able to afford the technology? Or maybe people who are emotionally drained by financial stress don’t have energy to figure out how to set up a telehealth visit in their home. Or maybe they are unrelated.”


The NIHCM grant allows them to dig deeper to hopefully tease out some of these whys. “With the grant, we’re following up the survey with key informant interviews,” says Brunner. “We are following up with patients who gave surprising answers and saying: ‘Tell us more about this answer. What does it really mean?’”


These concerns are not unique to Bassett. Telemedicine has grown common in many health systems during the pandemic. Researchers throughout the country are concerned with making sure patients don’t fall through the cracks. As a result, besides helping Bassett better serve its patients, BRI will be contributing to this growing body of research.


“NIHCM is interested in policy and practice implications,” says Pullyblank. “We hope, for the good of our patients, that our work has a null finding—that these differences in telehealth use are just preferences and no one is being underserved. But if we find that age, or broadband access, or finances, or concerns about data security, or any number of other factors is impacting access, it could have large implications for us and for rural health care as a whole.”


“We are really honored to be selected and to get this grant,” says Brunner. “This is what’s really satisfying about doing research. You observe a pattern and start to wonder what caused it. That turns into an idea about how to learn more. Then you find others at a funding agency who are just as interested. In the end you satisfy your curiosity, partner with others, and solve problems.”


To learn more about this and other studies happening at Bassett Research Institute, visit the BRI webpage. If you struggle with a chronic condition, visit our Living Well page to learn about that support program.

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Unmasking Venice Film Series Begins June 24 at Fenimore Art Museum with "The Comfort of Strangers"


The film is free to the public with a recommended donation of $5.00.



Film: The Comfort of Strangers

Friday, June 24, 7:00 p.m.

Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY, Auditorium

Free admission. (Recommended donation: $5.00)



Cooperstown, New York – Fenimore Art Museum is thrilled to announce the "Unmasking Venice Film Series", a series of free film screenings showcasing the many sides of this uniquely cinematic 'city of water.' The series complements the Museum’s current exhibition Unmasking Venice: American Artists in the City of Water on view through September 5The introductory film, "The Comfort of Strangers," is a riveting, ravishing, darkly romantic tour-de-force, featuring sensational performances by Christopher Walken, Hellen Mirren, Rupert Everett, and Natasha Richardson. The film will be screened on Friday, June 24 at 7:00 p.m. and is free to the public, with a recommended donation of $5.00. Light concessions will be provided. This film is recommended for mature audiences only (rated R​). More films to be announced shortly.


Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges.


Fenimore Art Museum is located at 5798 State Route 80, less than one mile from the center of Cooperstown. For more information visit 


Film Synopsis: A beautiful British couple (Rupert Everett and Natasha Richardson) are working on their relationship while on holiday in Venice when they fall under the spell of an older couple (Christopher Walken and Helen Mirren) who draw them into the sinister web of their opulent, old-world palazzo. Written by Nobel laureate Harold Pinter and directed by Paul Schrader (American Gigolo, First Reformed), this seductive, unsettling romantic thriller is imbued with an atmosphere of sumptuous dread by elegant gliding tracking shots filmed in location in Venice's most evocative locations.

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Fenimore Art Museum Presents a Three–Day Workshop: The Life and Landscapes of Susan Fenimore Cooper

Fenimore Art Museum Presents a Three–Day Workshop: The Life and Landscapes of Susan Fenimore Cooper


The workshop explores Susan Fenimore Cooper’s life and some of the specific landscapes around Cooperstown that informed her vision of landscape.


The program is led by noted researcher and professor Rochelle Johnson.




Three-Day Workshop: The Life and Landscapes of Susan Fenimore Cooper

Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday • June 28, 29, & 30 • 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Registration is required, visit’s calendar or go directly to
$160 Members; $185 Non-Members



Cooperstown, New York – Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown presents The Life and Landscapes of Susan Fenimore Cooper—a three-day workshop with noted scholar Rochelle L. Johnson on June 28, 29, and 30 from 5:30–7:30 p.m. The workshop explores Cooper’s life and some of the specific landscapes around Cooperstown that informed her vision of landscape. In each session, we will discuss aspects of her life experience, read selections from her writing, and discuss how her writing reflects her place-based understanding.

Cooper was a naturalist, author, artist, and the daughter of James Fenimore Cooper. Her 1850 book Rural Hours was the first major work of environmental nonfiction written by a woman. 

The three-day workshop takes place June 28, 29, & 30 (Tuesday–Thursday) from 5:30–7:30 p.m. The first class will be held on the Fenimore’s lake-view terrace and the other two days will be held at various locations around Cooperstown. Moderate walking required. Adults and teenagers are welcome. Registration is required: $160 Members; $185 Non-Members. To register, visit’s calendar or go directly to (Direct link:

About Rochelle L. Johnson

Rochelle L. Johnson is a leading scholar of Susan Fenimore Cooper and, with her co-editor, has made Cooper’s environmental writings available to today’s readers. The current president of the Thoreau Society and a past president of the Association for the Study of Literature and Environment, her work has been supported by grants from several organizations, including the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is professor of American literature and environmental humanities, and director of the honors program, at the College of Idaho. Her lecture is from a book in progress. Learn more at:

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Musicians of Ma'alwyck Concert Thursday

SCHOHARIE - The Old Stone Fort, a Schoharie icon, was constructed in 1772 as a High Dutch Reformed Church. Throughout its 250-year history, the fort has acted as a place of worship, a Sunday school, an armory, a Revolutionary War fort, and finally, a museum dedicated to preserving and presenting the rich history of Schoharie County and its people.

On Thursday, June 23, at 7 p.m. the Musicians of Ma’alwyck will lead a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the stone church’s construction with a performance of “Buxtehude’s Daughter” cantat

Proceeding the performance, Schoharie County Historian Ted Shuart will present a brief history of the 18th-century church and give insights into its connections to the Schoharie Reformed Church, the host for the evening’s celebration.

Owned by Schoharie County, the Old Stone Fort Museum is a collaborative venture with the Schoharie County Historical Society. It has operated as a museum since 1889, after receiving its official charter from the state of New York.

Musicians of Ma’alwyck is a professional chamber music ensemble in residence at the Schuyler Mansion New York State Historic Site and at Schenectady County Community College. They were founded in 1999 by violinist Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz who is also the director of the ensemble.

Their June 23 performance of the comedic “Buxtehude’s Daughter” cantata helps show that although Johann Sebastian Bach was never much of a comedian, his legacy offers some chances for laughter.

In 1705, Bach took a 250-mile walk to meet one of his heroes, fellow organist-composer Dietrich Buxtehude. He wanted to hear the soon-to-retire Buxtehude’s music, and apply to fill his soon vacant position. One of the requirements for winning the post, however, was to marry Buxtehude’s daughter, Anna. After meeting Anna, Bach, along with many other would-be candidates for the position, withdrew his application. “Buxtehude’s Daughter,” with music by Thomas F. Savoy and lyrics by Byron Nilsson, turns this legendary meeting into a hilarious impasse, suggesting that Johann and Anna were too particular in their demands to be suited for one another.

This Musicians of Ma’alwyck production features Yvonne Trobe singing the role of Anna, Charles F. Schwartz as Bach, and lyricist Nilsson as a bemused Buxtehude. The accompanying ensemble comprises Ann-Marie Barker Schwartz, violin and leader; Norman Thibodeau, flute; and AndrĂ© Laurent O’Neil, cello, with guest artist Malcolm Kogut at the keyboard.

Admission to the concert is a suggested $10 donation. Space is limited, so you are encouraged to reserve your spot for the performance by calling the Old Stone Fort Museum at (518) 295-7192.

This project has been made possible with funds from the Statewide Community Regrants Program, a program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by the Greene County Council on the Arts d.b.a. CREATE Council for the Arts.

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SUNY Cobleskill Fighting Tigers Weekly Recap

The National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) announced that six members of the SUNY Cobleskill softball team have been named to the 2021-22 Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar-Athlete Team. Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar-Athletes must have earned a minimum grade point average of at least 3.50 on a 4.0 scale in order to receive recognition. The Fighting Tiger team members earning Easton/NFCA All-American Scholar-Athletes Team recognition were: senior Noelle Bisignano, Cranston, R.I., Cranston High School East High School, junior Ashley Covert, Castile, N.Y., Letchworth High School, senior Maya Davies, Binghamton, N.Y., Chenango Valley High School/Onondaga Community College, junior Emma Duarte, Dighton, Mass., senior Jillian Nitchman, Ballston Spa, N.Y., and sophomore Abigail Scheurich, Oxford, Conn., Nonnewaug High School. 

The Fighting Tiger Athletic Department will be hosting a full slate of youth summer camps this year beginning with the: Tiger Tails activity camp from Jun 27th thru July 1st, followed by the Boys & Gils Youth Summer Basketball Camp from July 11th thru July 14th, the Boys Varsity Basketball Skills Camp from July 25th thru July 28th and the Girls Youth Basketball Camp from August 5th thru August 7th. For more camp information regarding cost, registration information and contact information, interested parties can go on-line to the camp section of the Fighting Tiger website at:!/camps/ 

 The American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) announced that three members of the SUNY Cobleskill baseball team have been named to the ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Division III Region 1 All-Region Team. Senior shortstop Eddy Garcia, Bronx, N.Y., World View High School, was named to the Division III Region 1 All-Region First Team while senior outfielder/designated hitter Samuel Gutierrez, Bayside, N.Y., Martin Van Buren High School/Queensborough Community College, and junior pitcher Wyatt Palmer, Camden, N.Y., Camden High School/Cayuga Community College, were both named to the Division III Region 1 All-Region Third Team. 


Men’s Soccer vs. MCLA 9/1, Alfred State 9/10, Utica College 9/11, Paul Smith’s 9/27 

Women’s Soccer vs. SUNY Purchase 9/3, MCLA 9/10, SUNY Polytechnic Institute 10/1             

Volleyball vs. Utica University 9/7, SUNY Polytechnic Institute 10/13, SUNY Canton 10/15 

Men’s & Women’s Cross Country hosts Steven A. Warde Invitational 9/10  

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