HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, OCT. 21
SCARE FEST – 2-7 p.m. Bring the kids to a fun fall event featuring potato sack races, wheel barrow races, hayride, pumpkin painting, country music, a costume contest, more. Otsego County Fair Grounds, Mills St., Morris. Call 607-263-5289 or visit www.facebook.com/otsegocountyfair/
CONCERT SERIES – 7:30 p.m. Presenting “Friction Farm,” a modern fold duo of traveling troubadours who combine storytelling, social commentary and humor to create their songs. First Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1812 or visit cooperstownconcertseries.org/friction-farm-102117-at-cooperstown-first-presbyterian-church/
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for FRIDAY, OCT. 20
THEATER – 8 p.m. Performance of Woody Allen’s “Don’t Drink The Water.” Cost, $10-$15. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org
POETRY FESTIVAL – 6:30-7:30 p.m. Free reading open to the public features nationally recognized poets; Marie Howe, Major Jackson, Robert Pinsky. Auditorium, Sharon Springs Central School. Call 518-284-3426 or visit www.klinkhart.org/poetry
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for THURSDAY, OCT. 19
EXHIBIT RECEPTION – 5-7 p.m. Reception for “MYSTIC BLACK” exhibit featuring more than 20 paintings by Ruben Salinas using black tempura and acrylic on paper and canvas. Includes artist gallery talk. Exhibit open through Nov. 21. Project Space Gallery, SUNY Oneonta. call 607-436-3456 or visit oneonta.campuslabs.com/engage/event/1611557
WRITERS SALON – 7:30-9 p.m. Present your writing at the open mic then listen to work by this months featured artist Brett DeLanoy whose essays and photography have won awards in national and local competitions. Open to the public, refreshments included. The Community Arts Network of Oneonta, Wilber Mansion, 11 Ford Ave., Oneonta. Call 607-432-2070 or visit www.canoneonta.org/event/writers-salon-brent-delanoy/?instance_id=949
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for WEDNESDAY, OCT. 18
LECTURE – 7:30 p.m. Guest speaker Michael Burns, artistic director for the Mopco Improv Theater, presents on how communication skills can be developed, improved. Free, open to the public. Anderson Theater, Hartwick College, Oneonta. Call 607-431-4790 or visit www.hartwick.edu/news/artistic-director-burns-deliver-hartwicks-oconnor-chair-lecture/
PARENTING WORKSHOP – 6-8 p.m. 2-dy, “Kids in the Middle” workshop for single parents/caregivers, co-parenters, children involved in their lives. Includes childcare, refreshments. Continued 10/25. First United Methodist Church, 66 Chestnut St., Oneonta. Register, 607-432-2870 or visit www.facebook.com/thefamilyserviceassociation/
TODDSVILLE – Eugene R. Smith, 72, of Toddsville, a Vietnam veteran and longtime member of Hartwick Fire Department Co. No. 2 in Hartwick Seminary, and passed away Sunday afternoon, Oct. 15, 2017, at home in his favorite recliner surrounded by his family.
Gene – or Bobby, as he was affectionately known by family and friends – was born June 9, 1945, in Cooperstown, a son of Richard Frederick Smith, Sr. and Dorothy Arlene Roseboom Smith.
Twenty years ago today, Don Feinberg and Wendy Littlefield began production at Brewery Ommegang, the Belgian-style brewery that has become a Cooperstown and Otsego County tourism, entertainment and community centerpiece over the past two decades. Top photo, from Ommegang files, shows construction underway on the unique plant (right photo), modeled after a Belgian farmhouse. To celebrate the anniversary, the brewery has created a 20th Anniversary Ale, which is selling well, according to company President Doug Campbell, in its outlets in 48 states and the District of Columbia. (AllOTSEGO.com)