Community News: July 20, 2022 |

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The concerts continue in Spring Park

RICHFIELD SPRINGS — The Concerts in the Park summer series is underway in Richfield Springs. Concerts are presented at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in Spring Park on U.S. Route 20.

According to a press release, the free concerts are sponsored by the Richfield Springs Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with the Village of Richfield Springs, the Otsego County Community Events Program and the Community Foundation of South Central New York.

Those present are invited to bring garden chairs and/or blankets for their comfort.

The remaining gigs include:

July 20: Oldies Show Band, bringing back wonderful memories of the 50s, 60s and 70s.

July 27: The Nelson Brothers, featuring classic country.

August 3: New Horizons Barbershop Chorus and Individual Quartets singing a capella in barbershop style.

August 10: Double Chase-Matt and Thelma, performing old, new and classics.

August 17: Cincinnati Creek, with Blue Grass

August 24: Rylee Lum Band, Keepin’ It Country

August 31: Salt City Brass, featuring a variety of music.

A blues band ready to play on the train

MILFORD — The Cooperstown Blues Express will feature Becca Frame and The Tall Boys on Saturday, July 23.

According to a press release, based in upstate New York, Becca Frame and the Tall Boys are described as delivering a timeless presentation of powerful vocals and transcendent lyrics. Combined with polished but improvisational guitar work (Brian Shafer), intoxicating dynamic rhythm (Steve O’Connell and Daniel Colon) and captivating keys (Brian Mangini), the group provides a strong dedication to stir the soul.

Boarding will begin at 6.30pm at Milford Depot and leave the station at 7.00pm. The train ride includes a full cash bar. Tickets are $25 each payable in cash only. Passengers must be 21 years or older to travel. Call 607-353-8030 or visit www.thecooperstownbluesexpress.com for more information.

Reservations required for picnic for seniors

GLIMMERGLASS STATE PARK – The Otsego County Seniors Picnic in the Park hosted by the Otsego County Seniors Council will be held Wednesday, August 10 at the West Pavilion of GLIMMERGLASS State Park. Glimmerglass.

The event will begin at 10:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts and will be followed by lunch at noon and games at 1 p.m. A corn hole will be played with card, lawn and board games. There will also be a guided hike, tai chi demonstrations and music by DJ Jim Dorn.

Lunch box options include a sandwich made with turkey, ham, or egg salad, fruit, fries, and cookies.

Reservations, required by August 1, can be made by mail to OCCSC/Lachance, 6137 State Highway 28, Fly Creek, NY 13337. A payment of $7 per person must be included with a lunch choice. If transport is required, this must also be indicated on the booking form.

Call 607-547-4232 for more information.

Monthly dinners available at the church

COOPERSTOWN — The First Baptist Church at 21 Elm St. in Cooperstown will offer monthly $13 take-out chicken dinners prepared by Brooks’ House of Bar-BQ from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on the third Friday through October. The next dinner will be on August 19.

Dinners will include half a chicken, a baked potato, coleslaw and a bun.

Advance orders are strongly encouraged no later than the Wednesday before dinner. Email baptistcooperstown@gmail.com with a name, number of dinners, and phone number to confirm the order. Payment can be made in cash or by check.

The cemetery board needs members

FLY CREEK — The Fly Creek Valley Cemetery Association is looking for volunteers to serve on its board of directors. The council meets six times a year, usually monthly on the first Thursday.

Call Sherlee at 607-547-9334 or contact Board Chairman Bruce Andrews for more information.

Artworks announces schedule of events

CHERRY VALLEY — August performances from Cherry Valley Artworks include Shatter On Impact on Friday, August 5; Fenimore String Quartet on Sunday August 7; and Ensembles Large and Small of the Glimmerglass Festival Orchestra on Sunday August 14.

The Rubber Band is scheduled to play on Saturday September 3rd and the Cherry Valley Kite Festival will take place on Saturday September 24th.

All events will take place at the Star Theater at 44 Main St. except for the Kite Festival which will take place on Campbell Road.

Find Cherry Valley Artworks on Facebook or visit www.cvartworks.org for more information, including how to purchase tickets and sponsor or be a food or merchandise vendor at the Kite Festival.

Events for seniors held twice a week

COOPERSTOWN — The Cooperstown Senior Community Center is open from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in the red building behind St. Mary’s Church at 31 Elm St. in Cooperstown.

According to a press release, offerings include exercise classes, card games, Mahjong, trivia, talks and guest speakers on Thursdays.

A calendar of events is regularly posted at Tops, Price Chopper and the Cooperstown Village Library.

All COVID safety measures are followed, including air filters.

Find the Center on Facebook or email coopseniorcenter@gmail.com for more information.

Bereavement counseling available locally

Helios Care in Oneonta continues to offer free grief counseling to anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one during the ongoing pandemic.

According to a press release, the counseling is provided by phone or video by licensed clinical social workers who specialize in bereavement counselling.

“Grief can be isolating and lonely to begin with,” said Alisha Rule, Director of Helios Care Family Support Services, “There is no need to deal with grief alone.”

As noted later in the release, social distancing requirements disrupted the ability to be with family or friends late in life. Commonly practiced mourning rituals that accompany death had to be modified or suspended. The added challenges can complicate the grief, whether the death is directly related to COVID-19 or a loss during the pandemic.

Contact Alisha Rule at 607-432-5525 or alisha.rule@helioscare.org or visit www.helioscare.org/grief for more information.

Volunteers wanted by the Big Buddy group

The Big Buddy program for at-risk youth needs adult volunteers in Delaware and Otsego counties.

According to a press release from program sponsor Delaware Opportunities, youth ages 5 to 14 are paired with an adult model who is at least 18 years old to serve as their big buddy.

Great buddies, serving as mentors, typically spend at least four hours a month with their boyfriend engaging in mutually agreed-upon activities.

The program also includes group activities which may include community service, educational, recreational or cultural experiences.

Contact Heather McAdams at 607-746-1746 or hmcadams@delop.org for more information and to volunteer.

Otsego County Seeks Child Care Providers

Delaware and Otsego Counties Catholic Charities Child Care Support Services can help guide people in Otsego County through the process to become registered family child care providers. . Once registered, child care support services can help providers establish a quality child care program. Start-up repayment funds may be available. Call 607-432-0061 for more information.

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