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SUNY Cobleskill Welcomes Dr. Darcy L. Medica as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Written By Editor on 5/23/23 | 5/23/23


COBLESKILL, N.Y. -- SUNY Cobleskill is pleased to welcome Dr. Darcy L. Medica as its new Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, beginning in July 2023.

As the Chief Academic Officer, Dr. Medica will ensure the College’s academic enterprise remains vibrant and relevant through program innovation, curriculum development, and advancement of student achievement while sustaining a culture of inclusion and belonging.

“Dr. Medica joins us at an exciting stage in the evolution of our history, in which we continue honoring the applied learning traditions on which the institution was founded while leading innovative practices that will shape our future,” said Dr. Marion A. Terenzio, President of SUNY Cobleskill. “We will look to her as a source of vision and inspiration for our academic community as we collectively work toward fulfilling our 
continued goal to be a thriving and effective College.”

“I am excited to join SUNY Cobleskill and contribute to efforts already underway in providing hands-on learning and engaged scholarship,” said Dr. Medica. “This College is poised for growth while maintaining its focus on student success, and I look forward to working with President Terenzio and the faculty, staff, and students in fulfilling the vision of SUNY Cobleskill as the premier institution for agriculture and technology that serves as a model for the integration of liberal arts in agricultural and technical education.”

Dr. Medica comes to Cobleskill from Pennsylvania State University, Schuylkill Haven, where she served as Director of Academic Affairs since 2016, in addition to her faculty position as Associate Professor of Biology. As Director, she oversaw all aspects of the academic functions and curriculum at Penn State Schuylkill, including supervision of all faculty and academic staff, support of students, and the implementation of new initiatives, which resulted in increased student retention and graduation rates.

Dr. Medica also presided over the expansion of undergraduate research opportunities, the growth of the campus honors program, and the expansion and modernization of STEM and healthcare laboratories, classrooms, and student social spaces on campus, including a $6.5 million renovation of the campus dining facility and student center.

She holds a Bachelor’s degree, a Master’s degree, and a doctorate in Animal Sciences from Rutgers University.

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Cobleskill, N.Y.: The SUNY Cobleskill Athletic Department announced today that first-year Charlie Foote, Cobleskill, N.Y., Cobleskill-Richmondville High School, a member of the men’s outdoor track & field team has been named the Fighting Tiger Athlete-of-the-Week for the week ending Sunday May 21, 2023.

The Cobleskill, N.Y. native was men’s outdoor track & field finisher at the 2023 All-Atlantic Regional Track & Field Conference (AARTFC) Outdoor Championships hosted by Susquehanna University at the college’s Doug Arthur Stadium on Wednesday May 17 and Thursday May 18.

The Fighting Tiger first-year sprinter was the team’s top finisher placing 21st in the 400-Meter Dash in a time of 50.64 seconds as Cobleskill tied for 44th overall in the 60-team field at the championship meet.

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DELHI, NY - The SUNY Delhi announces a Red Cross Lifeguarding Class to be held from May 30, 2023 to June 12, 2023 on Monday’s – Friday from 4 pm - 7 PM.  CLASSES TIME AND DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE 

Attendance at all sessions for the class is mandatory.   

The Lifeguard Training Class pretest will be on Tuesday, May 30 at 4 pm. Students can sign up for a free Lifeguarding Class if they live in Delaware Co., the Delaware Co. Youth Bureau will cover the cost of the class, all others $270.00 payable to SUNY Delhi.  Minimum age is 15 years old. Other physical requirements found on the SUNY Delhi Athletic web page. 


Please make checks payable to SUNY Delhi Swimming Pool, questions call John Kolodziej at 607-746-4263. Please check in your vehicles at University Police to get a free parking pass for the semester.   


For register forms and more information go to or Bronco Connect. 

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Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser June 10th

Written By Editor on 5/22/23 | 5/22/23

Chatham, N.Y. - It’s time to eat pasta with a purpose! Help raise funds for CCPR’s Recovery Center on Saturday, June 10, from 4 to 7 P.M. at the Ghent Reformed Church, 1039 Cty. Rt. 22, 12075.  Tickets for homemade spaghetti dinners cost $15 for adults and $10 for children under 12. Dine-in or takeout available.  Tickets must be purchased by Sunday, June 4, 2023.


For tickets email, or call 518-596-4742 or


WHAT: CCPR Hosts Spaghetti Dinner to Support Chatham Recovery Center, 1 Taconic Place, Rt. 66

WHEN: Saturday, June 10, 4 to 7 P.M.

WHERE: Ghent Reformed Church, 1039 Cty. Rt. 22


More About Columbia County Pathways to Recovery (CCPR)

Founded in 2016, CCPR is a 501 (c) (3), not for profit, with a recovery outreach center originally located on Milo Street in Hudson and is Columbia County’s only Recovery Community Organization to date. CCPR operates a confidential, Recovery Helpline 7 days-a-week, 9 am to 9 pm which can be reached at 877-HOPE-365 or (877-467-3365).  Serving both Columbia and Greene Counties, the helpline is made available in part through the generous support of Columbia County Board of Supervisors. Volunteers provide detox/rehab placement, referral services, and offer support, compassion, and assistance to people seeking help.


Contact CCPR at our website; by email at; by telephone at 518-966-2775; or on Facebook at Columbia County Pathways to Recovery and CCPR recovery community center.


To assist us in our mission, CCPR gratefully accepts donations through our website or by mail at PO Box 486, Ghent, NY 12075.

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Drum Circles Return to Landis!

Join us from 6:30 to 8:30 PM on the first and third Wednesdays of the month (June 7 and 21, July 5 and 19, August 2 and 16, and September 6 and 20) to be part of the Landis drum circle. We’ll be in or near the Peace Pavilion at Landis to drum with leader Art Teale. Art is a dedicated musician (his group is Waitin’ on Bob) and a well-respected handyman in the area who welcomes seasoned drummers and newbies for a fun and relaxing experience.

Please bring:

A drum (or a plastic bucket that makes a nice sound when struck), or rhythm sticks or other rhythm instrument

A chair or if you prefer, a lawn blanket to sit on

Water (stay hydrated, people!)

Bug stuff to repel both mosquitos and ticks

Drumming is free for everyone. If you enjoy drum circle, though, your donations will help us maintain the beautiful Peace Garden where we meet.

Landis Arboretum, 174 Lape Rd, Esperance.

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Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical Education Center announces graduation dates, times

Capital Region BOCES Career & Technical Education Center announces graduation dates, times 


ALBANY/SCHOHARIE – Capital Region BOCES is pleased to announce that students in the Career and Technical Education Center will graduate on June 7 during two separate ceremonies.


Students in programs located on the Career & Technical Education Center – Schoharie Campus will graduate during a 9 a.m. ceremony at Cobleskill-Richmondville High School. The school is located at 1353 State Rt. 7, Richmondville, NY 12149.


Meanwhile, students who attend programs on the Albany Campus will graduate during a 6 p.m. ceremony to be held at Proctors Theatre, which is located at 432 State Street, Schenectady, NY 12305.


During the ceremonies, approximately 500 hundred students from every area high school will be honored for their achievements in 28 separate programs that prepared them for careers as varied as auto mechanic and nurse, video game designer and diesel mechanic. The seniors are graduating  from their Career and Technical Education programs and head on to college, technical school or start work in the skilled trades where employers are desperate hire workers in a multitude of skilled trade careers.

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The Mountain Eagle is Expanding!

The Mountain Eagle is proud to announce that with this week's 52-page edition, we have begun covering and selling in our fifth county! The weekly newspaper now covers Greene, Ulster, Delaware, Schoharie, and now Otsego counties.
The Mountain Eagle has grown to become the largest and best selling weekly in the region with over 3,200 sales per week.
If you want to join the growing legion of Mountain Eagle readers, please check out our special subscription deal on the front of the Cobleskill Herald section this week. If you pay for a print or digital subscription you get $15 gift certificates to the Brimstone Bakery in Sharon Springs and Dairyland in Sharon free!
Welcome to our new readers, especially in Cherry Valley, Roseboom, and Sharon!

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ASF Readies for Second WIM Road Cycling Event

WINDHAM – The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) will be welcoming more military veterans next week as it hosts its second of two Warriors in Motion® (WIM) road cycling events from Tuesday, May 23-Thursday, May 25.

The ASF is expecting six veterans to make the trip up to Windham to participate in the program, which will take the group to several different towns in the surrounding area, an aspect that ASF Program Manager Tony Vasile really enjoys. “We cover so much ground, which allows us to see so much of what the Catskills have to offer,” he said. “Going from town to town, it seems like every 10 miles the scenery changes so much.”

The warriors and ASF volunteers will meet for the first time on Tuesday afternoon at the ASF’s Gwen Allard Adaptive Sports Center for bike and equipment fitting and lunch before they raise their kickstands and go out for their first ride. The group will venture on an uphill ride from the Windham Path entrance on Route 296 to CD Lane Park in nearby Maplecrest and back, for a total of around 10 miles. After the initial trek, the warriors will check into their hotels and get ready for a catered dinner at the ASF Lodge.

Depending on how the warriors fare on the hills into Maplecrest, Wednesday’s ride will be one of two routes. They will either make their way from the Windham Path parking lot to Colgate Lake in East Jewitt, an 11-mile ride that features an 1,100-foot climb in elevation along the way, stop for lunch and ride back or they will bike from the Windham Mountain parking lot to Hunter along Route 23A, stop for lunch at Dolan’s Lake, continue their ride Devil’s Tombstone Campground and ride back to the lake, a total of over 25 miles. The ride to Colgate Lake involves a significant climb, but the ride into Hunter is a longer distance. Either way, the WIM group will get an intense full-day workout. After the ride ends, the ASF shuttle bus will drop the warriors back at their hotels to get ready for another dinner at the ASF Lodge.

The veterans and volunteers will meet at the ASF at 9 a.m. Thursday morning for a recovery exercise session that will help them recuperate after Wednesday’s ride and get them ready for an easier ride more local to Windham. Afterwards, the group will have lunch at the ASF Lodge before departing.

Vasile is always excited to run ASF’s WIM events, as the participants show vast improvement over the three days of the activity. “The warriors’ self-efficacy goes way up, they get better from where they start on Tuesday to where they end up on Thursday,” Vasile explained. “At the beginning of the trip a lot of times they question what they can handle, and usually by the end of the trip they’ve proven to themselves that they can handle more than they initially thought. The biking is usually faster and more efficient.”

The cycling will be the star of next week’s event, but what Vasile looks forward to the most is the veteran camaraderie that he gets to witness and be a part of. “Whatever the activity is, it provides the experience and the stories for the veterans, but mealtime is when those experiences and stories get shared, which is a fun part for me.”

The Warriors in Motion program provides participating injured United States servicemen and women with a basic knowledge and practice of wellness and the importance of lifelong healthy living. All WIM programs are goal-oriented and empower the warrior to take charge of their own fitness and wellness.

The ASF’s Warriors in Motion program is funded by donations that were generously given to the organization. Thanks to these donations, the ASF is able to provide bicycle rentals (to those who need them), helmets, water bottles, all meals, hotel rooms, snacks, water, sports drinks, sunscreen, bug spray, ponchos (if necessary) and maps. For more information on the Adaptive Sports Foundation’s Warriors in Motion program, or how or donate to the program, visit 

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DCHA Summer Season Opening Saturday, May 27, 2023

Explore the rich history of rural America at the Delaware County Historical Association. Visit the 1797 federal-style Frisbee House where eighteenth-century politicians met to form Delaware County. Located on the site of the historic Frisbee farm visitors may view the original barns, Frisbee family cemetery and outbuildings, as well as numerous nineteenth-century buildings from throughout the county that have been moved to the site. These latter include: blacksmith shop, one-room schoolhouse, gun shop and tollgate house.

New this year: Museum visitors will receive a free copy of our new self-guided cemetery tour booklet, "Graves of Interest in the Frisbee Family Cemetery."

Also, visit our newest exhibit in the Elijah Thomas gallery at DCHA: In My Day, Museum Collections, 1950s – 1990s.


Historic Buildings and Exhibit Galleries hours: Tuesday - Saturday, 11am - 4pm.
H. Fletcher Davidson Library and Archives hours: Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am - 3pm. By appointment only.

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Concert Friday at Landis

New York based rock band Sly Fox and the Hustlers was formed in 2010 and are billed as “Heavy Voodoo Blues over Sweaty Funky Grooves – an exciting high energy show not to be missed!” John Popper of Blues Traveler called Sly Fox and the Hustlers, “one of the best bands I’ve seen in a long time!”

Sly Fox and the Hustlers

Friday, June 2, 7:00 PM

Wherever they travel, Sly says that a connection with the audience is paramount:

“We love to be on the road and traveling, seeing new faces and sharing our music with people that feel our vibe. We just love playing live, putting all of our heart and soul into every performance. So often people come up after the shows and say, ‘we felt it man’ and we know exactly what they mean.

Sly Fox and the Hustlers have been named Best Original Blues Rock Band multiple times by Albany’s Metroland magazine and have released two full-length albums, a live EP: “Live at the Egg,” a Christmas cover of the Ray Charles classic That Spirit of Christmas and most recently in Spring ‘22, the single Find Someone. The band is currently in the studio wrapping up their new album, which they plan to release in early 2023.

Members and non-members: $10. Kids 12 and under, free.

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Adaptive Sports Foundation Named an Official Charity Partner of the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon

WINDHAM, N.Y.— The Adaptive Sports Foundation (ASF) has been named an Official Charity Partner for the 2023 TCS New York City Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, November 5. The ASF will be among more than 550 official charity partners providing thousands of runners the opportunity to run in the world’s biggest and boldest marathon.

The TCS New York City Marathon is one of the city’s most anticipated and iconic annual sporting events, attracting runners and spectators of all backgrounds, ages, and abilities from around the world. More than 50,000 runners are expected this year after the race returned to full capacity last year.

The Adaptive Sports Foundation provides year-round outdoor recreation and activities for both children and adults with cognitive disabilities, physical disabilities and chronic illnesses. The ASF provides trained volunteers and state-of-the-art equipment to its participants for them to thrive in the activity and to empower their lives. 2023 marks the fourth time the Adaptive Sports Foundation has been an Official Charity Partner of the TCS New York City Marathon. This year the ASF has five runners participating in this year’s marathon.

“We are thrilled and honored to once again be a charity partner of the New York Road Runners for the TCS New York City Marathon,” ASF Executive Director John Iannelli said. “The marathon’s iconic energy and the incredible support of our community makes this partnership truly special. Together, we will make a lasting impact and empower individuals with disabilities to achieve their athletic dreams.”

“The TCS New York City Marathon is one of the most exciting days of the year and thanks to our incredible charity partners it is also one of the most impactful and purposeful sporting events in the world,” said Christine Burke, Senior Vice President of Strategic Partnerships, NYRR. “New York Road Runners is proud to support the Adaptive Sports Foundation team and the incredible impact they have made to their communities as they raise important funds to benefit their mission of empowering lives through adaptive sports.”

The NYRR Official Charity Partner Program offers an opportunity for nonprofit organizations to raise funds to support their missions and services. Participating charities can offer guaranteed entry to runners who fundraise on their behalf.

Since its inception in 2006, the TCS New York City Marathon Official Charity Partner Program has raised more than $460 million for more than 1,000 worthy nonprofit organizations across the globe. Prior to the start of the official program, the New York City Marathon had served as an outlet for individual philanthropic runners since the 1980s.

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Sidney Drug Dealer Sentenced to State Prison

DELHI, NY - Delaware County Acting District Attorney Shawn J. Smith announced that Thomas J. Wright, Jr., 36of Sidney New Yorkwas convicted of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, with Intent to Sell, a Class B Felony on May 15, 2023. 

Wright appeared in Delaware County Court on Monday, May 15, and pleaded guilty to Possessing Methamphetamine with the Intent to Sell, a Class B Felony. Wright was alleged to have possessed over two ounces of methamphetamine. During the plea proceedings, the defendant admitted that he had been selling methamphetamine in the Town of Sidney.  

After entering his guilty plea, the Honorable Gary A. Rosa, Acting Delaware County Court Judge, sentenced the defendant to 4 years in state prison, to be followed by 2 years of post-release supervision. The defendant was then remanded to the Delaware County Correctional Facility without bail, pending his transfer to State Prison.  

This defendant was indicted with co-defendant Alexa Tefft.  Tefft previously pleaded guilty to Reckless Endangerment in the First Degree, a Class D Felony.  During Tefft’s plea proceedings, Tefft admitted to recklessly endangering the life of her one-year-old child by permitting the baby to be near the methamphetamine that Wright was selling. 

The Village of Sidney Police are currently pursuing additional unrelated charges against Thomas Wright. If Wright is convicted of those new charges, the defendant would face an additional consecutive state prison sentence. 

Acting District Attorney Shawn Smith stated, “I commend the New York State Police for their investigation of this case, which resulted in a conviction without the need of a trial. My office will continue to partner with law enforcement to remove drug dealers from our communities.” 

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Take a Fresh Look at Your Finances

Remember those financial resolutions you committed to at the beginning of the year? If they seem like a distant memory, the start of summer is an excellent time to reset and take stock of your progress. Follow the tips below to recommit yourself to your financial goals.

  1. Start with a clean slate. Review your financial situation and recent spending patterns. Is your spending aligned with your financial goals? Re-evaluate any bad money habits that may be holding you back from making better financial decisions. Remind yourself that healthy financial behaviors can become part of your daily routine. 

  1. Commit to financial stability. It’s easier to do something when you are intentional. Just like you set aside an afternoon to clean out the garage, set aside a few hours to clean up your finances. During this time, reflect, organize and make a conscious commitment to take responsibility for your financial future. 

  1. Create, update or review your plan of action. A financial plan provides a roadmap for spending and saving, and encourages you to allocate your money toward the items or experiences that matter most to you. Your plan should articulate how you intend to handle your day-to-day finances, while working to achieve your long-term goals such as paying off your home mortgage and confidently retiring on your terms. If a large expense comes along, you may need to re-evaluate your financial priorities. Adjust as necessary and then get back on track as soon as possible. Likewise, if you receive a raise or windfall, consider how the additional funds can be applied to your financial plan.

  1. Spend within reason. Your plan can provide you with guardrails to keep long-term goals in sight as you satisfy near-term wants and needs. When you know your emergency fund, retirement and other goals are on track, you can purchase tickets to the big game or plan a family trip without feeling guilty or worried that the costs will prevent you from achieving your larger financial goals. 

  1. Prepare for the unexpected. Life can throw challenging curveballs. Unexpected events such as unplanned medical bills or losing your job can greatly impact your bottom line. The only certainty is uncertainty, and that’s why it’s critical to assess your insurance policies to ensure you’re fully covered, and establish an “emergency fund” to cover surprise expenses. Consider reviewing your life, disability health, home and auto insurance policies with a financial professional who can help you identify and close any gaps in coverage. If you’ve acquired artwork, collectibles, technology or other valuables, make sure they are covered under your current home insurance plan. Also, use this as a time to update beneficiaries on your policies if needed. 

  1. Find joy in the process. The desire to keep your finances in good order is an admirable aspiration, and it has lasting impacts. Focusing on your finances today may help you to achieve a more comfortable financial future for you and your family tomorrow. Consider working with a financial professional to help create a plan to reach your goals. With renewed energy and a well-defined plan, you can feel good about your financial choices.

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Written By Editor on 5/17/23 | 5/17/23

Cooperstown’s First LGBTQ+ Pride Weekend 

To Take Place June 1-4, 2023 

COOPERSTOWN, NY (MAY 11, 2023) - June is Pride Month, a celebration of LGBTQ+ self-identity,  inclusivity, and equality. To celebrate, local businesses have partnered with Otsego Pride Alliance to present Cooperstown’s first ever Pride Weekend. Celebrating what makes Cooperstown unique,  Cooperstown Pride Weekend is a way to gather the entire community to promote equality and  celebrate diversity. The festivities will start Thursday morning, June 1 and will continue through  Sunday, June 4, 2023.  



8:30 AM  



Cooperstown will celebrate Pride Month with the raising of the Pride flag at the Village Hall on  Thursday, June 1 at 8:30 AM. Former Cooperstown Trustee MacGuire Benton will be in attendance  to kick-off the first ever Cooperstown Pride Weekend with a special performance by students from the  Cooperstown Central School’s Identity Alliance organization. Complimentary hot chocolate and  coffee will be provided by Stagecoach Coffee. Be sure to join us at Mel’s at 22 for dinner as they will  be donating a portion of their sales that evening to the Cooperstown Central School’s Identity Alliance  organization.  


7 PM – 10 PM 



We’re kicking-off Cooperstown Pride Weekend with a bang! On Friday, June 2, 2023, Ommegang  will be presenting a special Fire Pit Friday celebrating Pride Month. The all-ages event will feature  drinks, food and a bonfire! The evening will also include a special welcome address by Cooperstown’s Mayor, Ellen Tillapaugh, a live DJ-set by DJ TRUMASTR and a spectacular fireworks display sponsored by Hanna Majestic, John Webb, Nelson Mondaca, Weinert's Elk Creek Farm and  the Landmark Inn. Local businesses will be onsite selling special Cooperstown Pride Weekend merchandise with a portion of the proceeds benefiting the Cooperstown Central School’s Identity  Alliance organization. Free to attend, beer and food will be available for purchase with a portion of the  proceeds from Neon Rainbows sales that evening donated to Otsego Pride Alliance.  


2 PM – 8 PM 



Presented by Otsego Pride Alliance, this year’s Pridefest will kick-off with a parade starting at the  Foothills Performing Arts & Civic Center leading up to a special Block Party on Main Street in  Oneonta! Join us for live music, family friendly drag shows, kid’s activities, vendors, speakers, yoga,  community resources and much more! To see the full schedule of events, visit 


Noon – 3 PM 



The Landmark Inn partners with Barnyard Swing to present Family Pride Day. The fun-filled event will  include family friendly activates such as face painting, spin art, fossil safari, miniature golf, music by  DJ Raphael, a special appearance by Rapunzel and much more. Hot dogs and beverages will also  be available for purchase. Be sure to come dressed in your favorite rainbow colors and receive a free  soft serve ice cream. The Susquehanna SPCA will be in attendance with pets available for adoption.  A portion of the proceeds from Family Pride Day will be donated to the Cooperstown Central School’s  Identity Alliance organization.  

To learn more about Cooperstown Pride Weekend visit 

About Cooperstown Central School’s Identity Alliance 

The Cooperstown Central School’s Identity Alliance mission is to provide a more inclusive and  celebratory environment for our LGBTQ+ community, allies, and all students. Every student deserves  to be seen and celebrated for the unique that is their life. Identity Alliance’s goals and objectives for  extracurricular is to maintain a safe space for all students to express themselves and realize that their  identities are valid and should be celebrated. Creating clear expectations that students have rights to  take up space in our school community and beyond. To understand their voice and rights while being  affirmed in their journey of identity. We will create space where students have a network of safe  adults and peers, a place to find and secure needed resources and tools as they navigate their way. 

About Otsego Pride Alliance 

The mission of Otsego Pride Alliance is to support, raise awareness, and create understanding of the  LGBTQIA+ community and its needs in the Otsego County area. We work to foster open mindedness and the creation of safe places for members of the community, allies, friends, and family  to express themselves freely. By recognizing the full spectrum of sexual orientation and gender  identity we seek to promote an environment in which all feel welcome. To these ends we engage in  community outreach, activism, and other activities including an annual Pridefest. 

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Beautiful Music Indoors and Out

Written By Editor on 5/15/23 | 5/15/23


HUDSON – Pianist Gili Melamed-Lev, co-founder of Jazz and Classics for Change, starts each season by assembling a stellar group of musicians for each concert.  Often, she works with Eugene Drucker from the Emerson String Quartet and professionals affiliated with the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, one of the classical industry’s most sought after sources.


For this Saturday’s presentation, Melamed-Lev will be joining St. Luke’s colleagues and others to present what she anticipates will be a beautiful and joyful concert.  “Dvorak’s Piano Quintet is one of the great masterpieces of chamber music repertoire,” the pianist explains. “No less than Johannes Brahms was a fan of his work.  Then we’ve selected an Intermezzo by Kodaly.  And finally, a contemporary composition by Seth Grosshandler – a sonata for violin and piano that he wrote during the pandemic.”  The ensemble includes Krista Benion Feeney – violin, Anthony Bracewell – violin, David Cerutti – viola, Sarafim Smigelskiy – cello and Melamed-Lev.


“JCFC is dedicated to bringing music to everyone,” the Ghent resident added.  “Besides our public concerts, we also have an extensive outreach program.  Through “Kids Need Music” – founded and run by Craig Bender, we provide musical instruments to students of all ages.   And we also perform before those with special needs, seniors in elder care facilities and children of the incarcerated.  We want to reach people beyond race, gender, age or ethnicity and not be limited to one genre, or to a single geographical place.”


And, that’s one reason this week’s concert is being held in a barn.  “It’s a beautiful farm that we originally learned about during the pandemic.  Doors open on all sides and people can hear the birds in the background.  Those who’d like can bring blankets and sit on the lawn and enjoy nature.” 


Music lovers Brian and Lindsay Shea, owners of Tydeman Farm, 564 County Route 10, Germantown, are opening their [barn] doors to these classically trained musicians and the public for the day.  “This concert is open to all, in a barn open to all.  We hope the audience will appreciate great music in a wonderful setting.” The concert begins at 4PM.  Reservations are recommended. Go to

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Take an After-Hours Tour with One of America’s Most Iconic Photographers, Stephen Wilkes


Day to Night: After-Hours Exhibit Tour with Photographer Stephen Wilkes
Saturday, May 27 • 5:30 PM
Adults: $20 members; $25 non-members.
To purchase tickets visit or


Cooperstown, New York  Join photographer Stephen Wilkes at Fenimore Art Museum for an exclusive in-person, after-hours tour of his new exhibitionDay to NightThe tour takes place Saturday, May 27 at 5:30 p.m. Adults: $20 members; $25 non-members. To purchase tickets visit or

About the exhibition...
Day to NightStephen Wilkes’ most defining project, began in 2009. He and his team traveled to some of the world’s most well-known locations, including the Grand Canyon, Paris, Venice, several celebrated spots in New York City, and many others. Working from a fixed camera angle, he captured the fleeting moments of humanity and light as time passed. After approximately thirty hours of photographing and over 1,500 images taken, he selected the best moments of the day and night. Using time as a guide, all of these moments were seamlessly blended into a single photograph in post-production, visualizing places that are part of our collective memory. In each image, the landscape is masterfully captured with vibrant color and incredible detail.  




About Stephen Wilkes

Since opening his studio in New York City in 1983, photographer Stephen Wilkes has built an unprecedented body of work and a reputation as one of America’s most iconic photographers, widely recognized for his fine art, editorial and commercial work.


His photographs are included in the collections of the George Eastman Museum, James A. Michener Art Museum, Houston Museum of Fine Arts, Dow Jones Collection, Carl & Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, Jewish Museum of NY, Library of Congress, Snite Museum of Art, The Historic New Orleans Collection, Museum of the City of New York, 9/11 Memorial Museum and numerous private collections. His editorial work has appeared in, and on the covers of, leading publications such as the New York Times Magazine, Vanity Fair, Time, Fortune, National Geographic, Sports Illustrated, and many others.


Wilkes’ early career interpretations of Mainland China, California’s Highway One, and impressionistic “Burned Objects” set the tone for a series of career-defining projects that catapulted him to the top of the photographic landscape.


In 1998, a one-day assignment to the south side of Ellis Island led to a 5-year photographic study of the island’s long abandoned medical wards where immigrants were detained before they could enter America. Through his photographs and video, Wilkes helped secure $6 million toward the restoration of the south side of the island. A monograph based on the work, Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom, was published in 2006 and was named one of Time magazine’s 5 Best Photography Books of the Year. The work was also featured on NPR and CBS Sunday Morning.


In 2000, Epson America commissioned Wilkes to create a millennial portrait of the United States, “America In Detail,” a 52-day odyssey that was exhibited in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco.


Day to Night, Wilkes’ most defining project, began in 2009. These epic cityscapes and landscapes, portrayed from a fixed camera angle for up to 30 hours capture fleeting moments of humanity as light passes in front of his lens over the course of full day. Blending these images into a single photograph takes months to complete. Day to Night has been featured on CBS Sunday Morning as well as dozens of other prominent media outlets and, with a grant from the National Geographic Society, was recently extended to include America’s National Parks in celebration of their centennial anniversary and Bird Migration for the 2018 Year of the Bird. Day to Night: In the Field with Stephen Wilkes was exhibited at The National Geographic Museum in February, 2018.


Day to Night was published by TASCHEN as a monograph in 2019. The book is available as an XXL Edition and an Art Edition, the latter including one of two fine art prints from the Day to Night series.





About Fenimore Art Museum

Fenimore Art Museum, located on the shores of Otsego Lake—James Fenimore Cooper’s “Glimmerglass”—in historic Cooperstown, New York, features a wide-ranging collection of American art including folk art; important American 18th- and 19th-century landscape, genre, and portrait paintings; more than 125,000 historic photographs representing the technical developments made in photography and providing extensive visual documentation of the region’s unique history; and the renowned Eugene and Clare Thaw Collection of American Indian Art comprised of nearly 900 art objects representative of a broad geographic range of North American Indian cultures, from the Northwest Coast, Eastern Woodlands, Plains, Southwest, Great Lakes, and Prairie regions. Visit


MUSEUM HOURS: Open April 1–December 31, 2023. Spring hours (April 1–May 26): 10:00 a.m.–4:00 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays). Summer hours begin May 27: open daily 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. Museum admission is free for visitors 19 and under. Find more information at

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