As an appreciative public has learned to expect, a full house at this hour is listening to maestro Dan Foster conduct the Voices of Cooperstown’s annual Christmas concert at Christ Church, Episcopal, on River Street. This year’s work is Bach’s “Christmas Oratorio,” with Handel’s “Messiah” rotating back next Christmas season. At right, mezzo-soprano Helen Karloski sings “Sleep Now, My Dearest,” leading up to tenor Quinn Bernegger’s “And suddenly there was with the angel.” Bernegger, who will be joining Opera Saratoga this summer, was the one soloist with local ties this year. (Jim Kevlin/AllOTSEGO.com)
By PARKER FISH • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com
TREADWELL – Celebrating 25 years of existence, the Bright Hill Press & Literary Center made several announcements about the current state and the future of the Treadwell-based literary center at a special event today.
Founder and Executive Director Bertha Rogers was on hand to debut Bright Hill Press’s newest anthology “Like Light,” published to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Bright Hill with poetry and prose from 220 poets and writers.
Rogers also announced the dedication of Bright Hill’s reading room in honor of her late husband, Ernest Fishman, who served as the literary center’s president until his death in 2016.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SUNDAY, DEC. 17
PERFORMANCE– 3-5 p.m. Enjoy this production of Charles Dickens’ classic tale “A Christmas Carol.” Tickets, $15/adult. The Farmers Museum, Cooperstown. Call 607-547-1453 or visit www.farmersmuseum.org
CHRISTMAS CONCERT – 2 p.m. “Our Lady of the Lake” presented by St. Mary’s Church. Features traditional Christmas carols sung by the congregation. St. Mary’s Church, 31 Elm St., Cooperstown. Call 607-547-2213 or visit www.stmaryscoop.org
The American Legion and Kiwanis Club held their second annual Christmas Party this afternoon in the ballroom of the American Legion in Oneonta. Children and their families were treated lunch, cookies, and of course free photos with Santa Claus by Jamie Novick Photography. Above, Santa made sure each child he met with received a present. Here, Zachary Stall, Oneonta, receives his gift, while Cindy Cecil, Oneonta keeps a grip on her grandson Michael Phillips, who is enamored with the jolly old Elf upon his arrival. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
Drivers can expect to see sobriety checkpoints and more patrols, using marked and unmarked vehicles. Also, underage drinking enforcement details will be deployed.
HAPPENIN’ OTSEGO for SATURDAY, DEC. 16
CONCERT – 4:30 p.m. Enjoy the Bach Christmas Oratorio as presented by the Voices of Cooperstown. Concert begins 5 p.m. Cost, $25/adult. Christ Church, Episcopal, 46 River St., Cooperstown. Visit www.facebook.com/events/909332185899869/
DANCE PARTY – 8 p.m.-Midnight. Enjoy a night of Dancing in the 90s. Enjoy the music, & wear a costume. Cost, $3/costume, $5/no costume. The Foothills Performing Arts Center, Oneonta. Call 607-431-2080 or visit foothillspac.org