Posts Tagged ‘things to do in Oneonta’

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.

June 2010 Happenings … OneontaOnTheMap’s calendar fills up

Monday, June 7th, 2010


As we move into June, our Oneonta event calendar is filling up; we hope you are checking it weekly because there are new happenings as well as some traditional June events listed below:

  • Meredith Dairy Fest, June 12 & 13, in Meredith, NY.  We’ll see you there!
  • Jonathan Wood Raptor Project show with Birds of Prey you can see and photograph close up:  June 12 at the Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory,
  • Oneonta Outlaws baseball season has opened. Check their web page so you won’t miss any home games.
  • There is a free concert with The Bowmans (Sponsored by Five Star Subaru of Oneonta) on June 12 celebrating the opening of the Foothills Performing Arts Center theatre. Check the website to find locations where you can pick up the free tickets.

cowicon2010There are so many events in June that you may want to check our calendar for Oneonta Farmers’ Market Events, auction listings, Cooperstown Blues Express Train and more live music venues. We’re looking forward to the July grand opening and scheduled concerts at The Oneonta Theatre.

Having fun at Oneonta area events,

Mary Robinson
with a calendar of Oneonta happenings

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

Canadian Fiddle Champion & British Jazz Violinist at workshop & in concert

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

webWwhat'supSpring has arrived and it’s time for the violins to be ringing, like lovely singing, so the song goes. Yes, it’s time for the Little Delaware Youth Ensemble Workshop & Concert. Each year Little Delaware Youth Ensemble hosts world class string musicians and this year is no exception.

ivonnehernandezphotoOneonta, New York has the privilege of welcoming Canadian Fiddle Champion Ivonne Hernandez ( and internationally acclaimed British jazz violinist Ben Powell ( The workshop and concerts are free and open to the public. Free and open to the public; sounds so amazing that I had to restate it.

On Tuesday, March 30, at 10:00 a.m., the duo will perform a public concert in the Hunt Union Ballroom on the campus of SUNY Oneonta.    Following the performance, at 12:30 p.m., the duo will teach an improvisation workshop to any interested musicians from the community.  Be sure to bring your instruments to the afternoon session.

A second concert will be performed at 7:30 p.m. in IRC 3 (Instructional Resource Center) on the SUNY campus. The evening concert is part of the Hewitt Pantaleoni Memorial Concert Series and is partially funded by the Catskill Conservatory.

Julie Signitzer, music director of LDYE, invited Hernandez back to Oneonta after hearing her play last year with the Folk Arts Quartet who accompanied Eugene Friesen in the annual workshop.   “Ivonne is a young, hard hitting fiddler who has five times been declared the Grand North American Fiddle Champion.   She is also an amazing step dancer. (I was there last year and she was awesome!)

In addition, LDYE invited her friend, 23 year old Ben Powell, to join her.  He is a stellar jazz violinist who has already performed throughout much of the world.  The contrasting styles should inspire the students to explore their instruments in many different ways.  I am sure it will be an exciting event for all who participate”.  The two young fiddlers are recent graduates of the Berklee College of Music in Boston and have successfully launched extensive performance careers.

This residency is sponsored in part by the Foothills performing Arts Center, The SUNY Oneonta Music Department, the A. Lindsay and Olive B. O’Connor Foundation, the Future of Oneonta Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts Decentralization Program administered in Otsego County by the Upper Catskill Community Council of the Arts and the Catskill Conservatory.

Thank you to these wonderful organizations (and Julie Signitzer) for making these concerts/classes possible to enrich our children and our community.  My daughter is a former member of LDYE so this thanks is heartfelt, and why I especially call attention to Little Delaware Youth Ensemble events.

I do have to warn you, however, if my daughter can’t attend, I may borrow her violin this year, and I’m a little rusty …

Hope to see you there.

Mary Robinson

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

Eat, Sleep, PLAY Oneonta

Saturday, January 16th, 2010

webWwhat'supHere’s some exciting news for Oneonta, NY gamers and adventurous spirits who want to try a MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) video game.  Neverdaunt (N8) created by Oneonta native Calvin Goble is now in Beta production and you can play for free at

Neverdaunt (N8) is getting rave reviews and Calvin was recently interviewed by a U.K. gaming magazine  (I’ll add the link when the interview is published). This is impressive for a self-taught programmer/artist attempting a formidable task: creating a MMO (Massive Multiplayer Online) game as his first project.  He’s had the game idea for many years: designing a game around players making up their own games to play, so participants can create and teach each other something new. After three years of full time designing and coding,  Neverdaunt is a reality.

I had hoped to enter the world of Neverdaunt before writing this post, but due to our new location and slow satellite Internet, I am not able to play MMO games from home.  OneontaOnTheMap followers, I am counting on you to check it out and spread the word about Neverdaunt (N8);  I hope to see you in that world shortly. This news is so important, we’ve put the Neverdaunt link on our front page, making a new right hand section with news from our blog. Neverdaunt is for ages 13+.

P.S. – If you’re interested in meeting up with Calvin at a local coffee shop to talk more about Neverdaunt N8 or game design programming, let me know (leave a comment or e-mail ) and we’ll try to arrange it.

Holler Oneonta,

Mary Robinson
OOTM your Un-official Guide

And now for something a little different (Oneonta NY City of the Hills Art Festival)

Monday, August 3rd, 2009
Woman walking her pet pot bellied pig at the Oneonta City of the Hills Art Festival

Woman walking her pet pot bellied pig at the Oneonta City of the Hills Art Festival

Oneonta On The Map: Are we there yet? no. Are we having fun yet? YES!

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009


Beautiful Day, Belly Dancers, Holistic Health at the Oneonta Farmers’ Market, Kim Muller Plaza, Main St. Oneonta

This past Saturday (July 18, 2009) was a fun day — Holistic Health Day at the Oneonta Farmers’ Market, then the Leatherstocking Buzzards Remote Control Aircraft Mini-Fest Hospice Fundraiser (they do some crazy flying!) and in the evening the new B. Sharp Gallery Art Exhibit Opening where we met some interesting artists in a close personal setting.  I usually have to coax Rick to attend art openings, but after this experience his interest in art is piqued.

It’s been a year since we launched*; each week as I reflect on developments: businesses adding listings and events, local Tweets from Twitter, photograph entries for July’s contest, and stats and feedback from people who’ve found our database of Oneonta happenings helpful … of course I see so much more that could be done. One of my favorite proverbs, “All beginnings are hard” aptly applies and most computer people will second that notion. I feel overwhelmed by the lofty goals of creating an online community in concert with the Oneonta NY business community, and trying to provide the elusive interactive Internet experience that will keep visitors returning. When I’m in an overwhelmed state, just reading about the numerous exciting events taking place in Oneonta stresses me out.

But Rick, being the pragmatic programmer, brings me back to reality and our original goals: to help people find business and event information and directions quickly, and support the  Oneonta business community by enhancing their web presence (free listings, exposure, social media marketing). I think we’re on the right path, so I’ll relax and enjoy — have fun with our website and around Oneonta.


Rick enjoyed mingling with artists at the B. Sharp Gallery Exhibition Opening.

So yes, we are having fun with this, and hope you’ll hang in with us as we tend our database and watch it grow.  If you’ve found our website and information helpful, let businesses or event organizers know you found them here. Now it’s back to work as we have some new features we’ll be announcing soon.

Thanks for listening,

Mary Robinson — Telling you what you want to know & where to go!

* has been up and running for over a year; however, we officially launched it in Dec. 2008.

OneontaOnTheMap celebrates locally owned and operated Oneonta businesses

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

A bit of good news concerning our Oneonta business & event directory:  In May/June we had over 840 visitors to our website! Word is getting around and we’ve had a flurry of activity and hits on Oneonta events. Thanks to all the businesses taking time to submit events; your work is not in vain.


July brings the Annual Oneonta Hometown 4th of July Celebration and fireworks in Neahwa Park.  Check our event calendar for MORE area 4th of July happenings.

July 6 is a special Oneonta Tigers Baseball game vs. Aberdeen, at 7:05 pm. It’s Sam Nader Bobblehead night: Honoring a Legend. First 1,000 fans with paid admission get a Sam Nader Bobblehead. Gates open at 5:45 pm. would like to celebrate July Independence & Festivities by turning our attention this month to promoting locally owned and operated businesses. What can be more American?

Here’s a personal testimony about how one can live in a small town for 19 years and yet still discover a gem of a business. In June, Rick & I celebrated our 27th anniversary and Rick went to buy flowers at Wyckoff’s to surprise me. The florist noticed Rick’s hat with SUSE Linux embroidered on it, and they began talking about Linux, which led to Rick talking about OneontaOnTheMap. Flowers were paid for and later that evening Wyckoff’s added their business to our website database.


Wyckoff's Florist, the oldest business in Oneonta, NY still in its original location

Here’s what they entered for their info:

Wyckoff’s Florist is the oldest business in Oneonta still in its original location. We have a 128 year tradition of supplying beautiful fresh cut, arranged and wedding flowers to the Oneonta area.

Wyckoff’s Florist is committed to more that just beautiful flowers. First we must state that money is not everything “For what shall a man be profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul?” [Matthew 16;26]. Taking a lead from Paul Newman, we have decided to give all of our 2009 profits to charities & schools. Yes, that’s right, 100%, … we hold nothing back. ” Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belt, take no bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or staff; for the worker is worth his keep.” Mat 10;9

Now, in these days, you can go to a grocery or department store and get flowers at cost. You will pay less, true, but by also sacrificing quality and care that goes into every arrangement. As well, it begs the question as to what we have done to the “mom & pop shop”, “family” or “neighborhood business” in America? For the sake of paying a few cents or a few dollars less, we have sent nearly all of our production & manufacturing overseas and we go to a single “mega store” to get everything. The products are cheap, of poor quality (even dangerous at times) and need to be replaced in a year. Spending in this way sends all the proceeds to a corporation that cares nothing about the community, personal relationships & customer care that the mom & pop shop focuses on. When buying your flowers here at Wyckoff’s, you can rest assured that the few dollars extra you might have paid will go to good causes and people in need, not an executive’s pocket or an overseas dictatorship.

Wyckoff’s Florist is also trying to make a change for our country & economy. We’re working hard to ensure all products sold from Wyckoff’s are made in the USA. We are not there yet, but we’re making choices toward this goal. We’ll update this post when we’re 100% in this area too.

Wow, talk about local and green:) and giving to our community (it is almost too good to be true); Wyckoff’s Florist says it all. I think this is part of a new business model of which we are seeing more and more; I am reminded of Go Wireless Community Appreciation Day, The Daily Star Ice Cream Social and Oneonta World of Learning events.

At OneontaOnTheMap, our coupon feature is nearing completion, and we are looking to highlight locally owned/operated businesses by marking them with a star icon, or flag if the product is made here in Oneonta. We’re getting excited about business here and hope you are too. Holler!

Finally, don’t forget the 2009 Oneonta City Summer Music Series Thursday concerts in Neahwa Park, a great way to unwind from hot humid days. Concerts are free; thank you City of Oneonta.

See you around town,
Rick & Mary Robinson

Oneonta On The Map announces April 15 contest winners

Monday, April 27th, 2009

webwwhatsup1Winning the $50 gift certificate to Elena’s Pastry/Bakery, we have Valerie K., pictured below. I asked Valerie how she heard about our Oneonta On The Map website and she said,

“Also I found out about the website from you. I work at ______ and one day you returned something and asked my coworker if she twittered and I said that I did. You gave me your card and told me about your site. I’m really glad that you did!”

Word of mouth advertising does produce results:) However, Craig B., winner of the $50 gift certificate to Green Toad Bookstore, found out about our site when we placed a couple of ads in the Pennysaver. Craig is a programmer/web developer for the Pennysaver and started following us on Twitter.

At the OH Fest this past Saturday, we raffled off a $30 gift certificate to Kid’s Stuff toy store (on Main Street Oneonta), a $30 gift certificate to the Undercover Eggplant (Oneonta’s West End), and 2 tickets to the Joseph L. Popp, Jr., Butterfly Conservatory. Congratulations to the winners, and special thanks to the Joseph L. Popp, Jr. Butterfly Conservatory for the donation of the two tickets. And of course a HUGE Thank You to SUNY Oneonta and Hartwick College for creating OH Fest IV for our community. We hope you will continue to work together on many OH Fests in the future!

Thanks for listening,
Mary Robinson
Your Hometown Home Page … supporting the Oneonta business community … and having fun doing it!