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Cooperstown, N.Y. - The Cooperstown Summer Music Festival, under the artistic direction of flutist Linda Chesis, celebrates its fifteenth anniversary season with a diverse offering of musical experiences. From rebellious Baroque innovators to a critically-acclaimed jazz songstress, this year’s Festival promises to excite and inspire. The Festival presents five classical concerts, an evening of jazz with Hilary Kole, and four free community concerts that pair accomplished amateur musicians with professional artists.
The Festival opens July 7 with the concert Birds of Paradise: Music for Winds and Piano. In addition to works by Debussy, Mozart, and Poulenc, the evening features a new multi-media work that pairs a live performance of Robert Sirota’s 2008 composition Birds of Paradise with videos and bird calls from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology’s Birds-of-Paradise Project. Read more »
Little Falls, N.Y. - The unknown history of a well-known historic site will be on display at the Herkimer Home this summer. Hallowed Ground, an intimate guided lantern tour of the Herkimer Home State Historic Site will open on Saturday, June 1st at 7:30 p.m. at the site’s visitor center.
This tour is unique, covering four episodes from the historic properties past that many visitors have not been exposed too. These stories and more will be presented to the public through dramatic scenes acted out by Herkimer Home volunteers. The tour will be led by lantern and a Herkimer Home tour Director. Read more »
The Pickup Truck: America’s Driving Force
May 25 - October 31, 2013
Cooperstown, N.Y. - The pickup truck is an icon of respected American values and virtues: it is honest, hard working, durable, and reliable. It is also the best-selling vehicle in the United States today. The Pickup Truck: America’s Driving Force, an exhibit opening Saturday, May 25 at The Farmers’ Museum in Cooperstown, New York, examines the fascinating story of this uniquely American favorite. The exhibition runs through October 31.
The exhibit follows the route of the pickup truck from its beginnings when demand for pickup trucks actually preceded their supply. Until 1900, passenger vehicles were modified by dealers and buyers to create cargo wagons - replacing horse-drawn farm wagons. Read more »
The Wyeths: A Family Legacy, May 25 - September 2, 2013
Cooperstown, N.Y. - The Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown, New York presents The Wyeths: A Family Legacy, an exhibition exploring the work of three generations of artists from this prominent family. The Wyeths have greatly influenced each other’s techniques, media, and subject matter and have taught each other back and forth across the generations. Informed by a deep attachment to home and place, their works stand together to create a unique vision of American life. Works from N.C., Andrew, James, Henriette, and Carolyn Wyeth are included, as well as Howard Pyle and Peter Hurd. The exhibition opens Saturday, May 25 and runs through September 2, 2013. Read more »
Iroquois Cultural Festival, May 25-26, 2013
Cooperstown, N.Y.- New demonstrations and artists expand the Iroquois Cultural Festival in its second year. On Memorial Day weekend, May 25-26, the festival takes place on the expansive lakefront lawn of the Fenimore Art Museum in Cooperstown. A remarkable gathering of Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) artisans, dancers, musicians, and interpreters, this festival can’t be missed!
Joining the festival this year, Ronnileigh Goeman, Onondaga, demonstrates traditional Iroquois methods of weaving ash and sweet grass into baskets and embellishing them with moose hair and quills. Barry Keegan shows the process of knapping flint to create tools throughout the festival. On Saturday, visitors can watch an exposition of lacrosse, a game played to settle disputes, essential to keeping the Six Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy together. Read more »
Howes Cave, N.Y. - The Iroquois Indian Museum in Howes Cave, NY announces its 4th Annual Early Technology Day, this year-on Saturday, May 18th, from 10 am to 4 pm. You’re invited to join the staff for flint knapping demonstrations, atl-atl shoot, and various demonstrations of early technology. The museum’s archaeology department will have a staffed display of local finds, artifact identification and more information on local digs.
Flint knapping is the ancient art of making chipped stone tools. Are you a knapper? Please join us! Curious? Want to learn? Come and see or learn hands-on! Are you interested in archaeology? Have you ever found an artifact? Please bring your finds and staff will try to identify them. The museum has one of the largest point-type collections on display, so you can compare your finds to theirs! This is a public event, please bring a friend. Read more »
Tourism Summit Generates New Ideas to Bring More Visitors to New York State
Governor: NYS Tourism Equals Business
Albany, N.Y. (May 8, 2014) - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of New York’s largest tourism campaign in decades, committing nearly $60 million to grow the industry, create jobs and attract even more visitors to the Empire State.
The Governor’s announcement came at the conclusion of the New York State Tourism Summit, where hundreds of tourism experts gathered in Albany to discuss ideas and new ways to bring tourists to every corner of the state. As the fifth largest employment sector in New York, tourism supported 714,000 jobs and generated more than $29 billion in wages in 2012. One out of every 12 jobs in New York is tourism-related. The more than 202 million international and domestic visitors to the Empire State last year resulted in $57 billion in direct tourism spending, and generated $7 billion in state and local taxes.
“New York State has some of the most beautiful tourist attractions in the world. From the peaks of the Adirondacks to the beaches of Long Island, no matter what you’re looking for you can find it here,” Governor Cuomo said. “I want the world to know about these assets, too, and am committed to making the State a ‘must see’ global destination and creating new jobs and investments in New York.” Read more »