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Wishing my children were young again so they may attend Oneonta World of Learning events

Wednesday, July 13th, 2011

Space is still available to register for:
Patterns in Nature
This Sunday, July 17

To register, click here.

Patterns In Nature
The Details:

Sunday, July 17
10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
We are inviting the whole family to spend the day at Pine Lake Environmental Campus. Grown-ups and teens can relax by the lake, swim, boat and hike while the kids participate in the Patterns in Nature with classes taught by locally, nationally and world reknown artists and scientists. Children will participate in a nature walk, art class, dance class and a photography class taught by world reknown photographer, Michael Forster Rothbart. Younger children may need to be accompanied by an adult. The cost of this day is $25 for the first child, $10 for each additional child and free for teens and adults. Lunch is included for all children. Entrance to Pine Lake is included with the registration fee for the children their all grown-ups and family members.
* Classes appropriate for children ages 3 and up.
* Bring a camera. A limited number of cameras will be available for those who do not have them.
* Don’t forget sunscreen, appropriate footwear for the nature walk, bathing suits and towels.
Events are scheduled for 11:00am to 3:30pm at Pine Lake (1894 Charlotte Creek Road, Davenport NY) but participating families are encouraged to spend the entire day enjoying the Pine Lake Environmental Campus. Dine at the nearby Tally Ho Restaurant on July 17th and if you mention OWL, 10% of your purchase will be donated to OWL.

Nikita Indoor Outdoor Convertible Furnishings: designer furniture made in Otsego County

Saturday, June 5th, 2010
Buy Local: Contemporary furniture made in Otsego County, USA can be found in the Oneonta Cooperstown area

Buy Local: Contemporary furniture (mahogany chair and white oak outdoor futon chaise longue) made in USA right here in the Oneonta Cooperstown area

Are you planning to visit the Oneonta Cooperstown area? Perhaps you’re a baseball family whose children are taking part in one of the upstate New York baseball camps: Cooperstown Dreams Park or Cooperstown All Star Village. Or your musically inclined teen is attending Oneonta Music Camp, the New York Summer Music Festival. If you enjoy combining vacations with shopping for unique local products, you won’t want to miss Nikita Indoor Outdoor Convertible Furnishings at 7 Elm Street (607) 267-4623 (next to Mama Nina’s Pizza), Oneonta, NY.

At the Nikita showroom in Oneonta you’ll find beautiful contemporary furniture reminiscent of Danish Modern style. Nikita beds, sofabeds, chairs, chaise longues are custom made according to your choices of size, style, wood, cushion and fabric cover. Designed and manufactured by Nikita Grigoriev, an innovator of indoor and outdoor furniture since the early 80s, this furniture has a patented lean back design. The Nikita website mantra is “just lean back” and your sofa with infinite recline will morph into a bed. Every piece of furniture Nikita makes can be made for indoors or both indoors and outdoors depending on the materials. Mahogany and white oak are suitable for outdoor pieces and work with outdoor cushions and Sunbrella or Outdura fabrics.

So if you appreciate good design and excellent craftsmanship and products locally made in USA, Nikita Convertible Furnishings will fill your needs for your den, bedroom, living room, deck or poolside. It’s amazing furniture and there is something for everyone: the graduate moving to first apartment who needs a space saving sofabed or newlyweds furnishing their first home to people downsizing who want spare room options.  Have fun shopping in Oneonta and Nikita has a store in Saratoga Springs as well (508 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, 518-796-1887).

Thanks for listening,

Mary Robinson
Nikita furniture customer for over 7 years
now official blogger for Nikita Indoor Outdoor

Welcome back my friends, to the show that never ends: Upcoming February 2010 Oneonta Events

Saturday, January 23rd, 2010 event calendar

Welcome back SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College students.  Are you looking for ways to chill out in Oneonta this semester?

If you like the cold,

  • Check out Plattekill Mountain Ski & Tubing Resort‘s website for special events such as $15 lift tickets (Jan. 27-29).
  • Hanford Mills Museum’s Annual Ice Harvest claims to be the region’s “coolest tradition.” It’s happening Feb. 6 from 10:00 am-4:00 pm.
  • Ice Skating on Hodges Pond in Neahwa Park is an Oneonta tradition, call 432-7997 for daily updates regarding hours and conditions (website:
  • Brrr, it’s time to register for the 15th Annual Goodyear Lake Polar Bear Jump (Feb. 20) benefit.  A Chinese Auction will be held Jan. 31 at Milford Central School to benefit this event. Check the website for Polar Bear Jump pre-registration info:; you must pre-register in order to participate.

If you’re the warm-blooded type, looking to hunker down under covers or stay in more temperate indoors, these Oneonta area activities may be just what to do until spring break comes:

  • screen2 Eat, Sleep, PLAY Oneonta — check out Neverdaunt N8, a MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) video game created by Oneonta local Calvin Goble. I’m trying to arrange a coffee shop gathering with Calvin; if you’re enthralled by his game and would like to tell him in person, e-mail me
  • Feb. 3 – 21st, Hartwick College’s Department of English and Theatre Arts is presenting DEARLY DEPARTED, Bottrell & Jones’ rip-roarin’ redneck farce about the Turpin family, proving that living and dying in the South is seldom tidy and always hilarious. Check‘s event calendar for the dates and times and reserve your tickets online at
  • B. Sharp Gallery is having an Art Exhibition Opening Reception Feb. 6 from 4-8 pm (The exhibition runs through Feb. 21). Plan to attend the reception to schmooze with local Oneonta and NYC artists.
  • Feb. 7 is the Sixth Annual UCCCA Chili Bowl Competition; watch for upcoming details.
  • Feb. 12 is SUNY College at Oneonta’s Tenth Annual Faculty Research Show.

Hope you’ve enjoyed this smattering of events and things to do when Oneonta cabin fever has got you down. Keep checking our website calendar or follow us on Twitter for continuous updates.  And feel free to add your college events to our calendar by clicking “add event”; we’re a website built by the Oneonta community!

Finally,’s  “Coupons to your cell phone” business promotion is up and running. Tell your favorite local stores/merchants to add their specials or coupons to our website so we can blog & Tweet about them and you can save $.  How great would it be to have all the Super Bowl Party Pack Specials listed on  Spread the word; let’s have fun with this!

Thanks for listening,

Mary Robinson
SUNY Oneonta ’06

The move that even surprised us …

Thursday, October 29th, 2009


For those of you who fear I have dropped off the face of Oneonta, this is not the case — although I’ve spent the last 8 weeks moving 25 miles outside the city to Roseboom or Pleasant Brook, NY to be more specific. The genesis of this unexpected, impulsive move reads like a Rube Goldberg chain of events: obtain funds to buy camper van- visit dogsitting daughter Rachel – dog bites dog- unexpected vet call- have to pick up cake – find out about property for sale – check it out, decide to buy–  bye bye camper van– three weeks later we’re the new owners of an 1840s schoolhouse and church. Whew.

People always ask, "What are you going to do with the church?"

People always ask, "What are you going to do with the church?"

It’s an adjustment (understatement) being back in the country, especially in dealing with satellite internet, our telecommuting jobs and website businesses. How will this move affect OneontaOnTheMap; should I change Oneonta Town Blogger to The Virtual Oneontan? Beyond the satellite internet snafus, I already miss the close proximity of our Chestnut St. home office to Main Street Oneonta restaurants and the hop, skip and jump to local events. I’m still in Oneonta several times a week, but find myself rushing to get errands done; I don’t have the same relaxed feeling of  “think I’ll go check out what’s new at the Salvation Army store”.  I fear my friends at the Undercover Eggplant may have forgotten what I look like, and with each passing week, my day job substitute teaching seems like a distant memory.

Thank goodness we designed to be an automated web portal built by YOU, Oneonta. I want to holler thanks to Hartwick College Theatre Dept., SUNY Oneonta Alumni, Main Street Oneonta, Hanford Mills Museum, The Artisans’ Guild (Happy 10th Birthday), our Twitter community and ALL the Oneonta businesses who have given us links or listed events. I survived the move and with your help have kept abreast of Oneonta events. I hope to continue to do so as The Virtual Oneontan.

Thanks for listening,

Mary Robinson