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Tuesday, February 16-Sunday, 21, 2021

Restaurant and Shop Specials

(Throughout Winter Carnival week - February 16-21!)

Check out our page dedicated to local businesses participating in our theme of Around the World (But Safe at Home!) to see the delicious and fabulous offerings of our community for our week of winter fun! So many discounts and yummy specials!! 

Check out all of the amazing specials here>>

Family Movie Night
Friday, February 3, 6:30pm
Bring the whole family out for a fun movie night.
National Baseball Hall of Fame, 25 Main St., Cooperstown.

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Punch Card 

(Throughout Winter Carnival week!)
Visit at least 8 of the local businesses listed on the punch card to be entered in to win! Masks and following COVID-19 safety guidelines are required. You will collect a signature at each stop. Pick up your punch card Tuesday-Saturday of Winter Carnival week from any participating business to begin. These businesses will also be handing out our free 2021 Cooperstown Winter Carnival buttons! Turn in your cards to Kate's Upstate (134 Main Street) by Sunday, February 21 at 5pm to be entered in the drawing - one person will win the prize which is made up of gifts from all of the participating businesses! 

See the Businesses Participating!

Brooks BBQ Chicken Dinner
Friday, February 3, 4:30-6:30pm
Enjoy a delicious chicken dinner provided by Brooks BBQ to support a local charity.
Just $15 per dinner.
Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 69 Fair St., Cooperstown

Bowling Tournament
Friday, February 3, 6 pm
Test your skills in the bowling alley with with friends, your neighbors, and your family. 
$3 per member, $6 per non-member.
Clark Sports Center, 124 Co. Highway 52, Cooperstown.

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Storybook Trail Hike at Parslow Road!

(Throughout Winter Carnival week!)

Parslow Road Conservation Area
127 Parslow Road Hartwick, NY,


Looking for a free, fun, educational, and safe outdoor activity for the family? 

Take a walk along Otsego Land Trust's Storybook Trail at Parslow Road Conservation Area. This self-guided hike will take you through the story "We’re Going on a Bear Hunt", by Michael Rosen & Helen Osenbury. Enjoy each page of this classic story as you hike along the trail. The Storybook Trail will be up at the property from February 16 to February 21. The trail is a 0.75 miles easy hike. Please hike safely and adhere to all COVID related guidelines.

Book donated by the Village of Cooperstown Library! 

Winter Hike

Virtual Winter Carnival Tasks 

(Throughout Winter Carnival week!)

Tasks will be announced each day at 3pm during the week of February 16-20 at 3:00pm via video, and you will have 24 hours to complete each task! We encourage you to share your photos of what you make. The tasks will be purposefully vague to allow as much creativity as possible! Share what you create with the hashtag #CoopWC. For an example of what to expect, watch this video. 

Videos will be shared here and on our Facebook and Instagram pages!

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Otsego Octet Winter Challenge
(Throughout Winter Carnival week!)

Otsego Outdoors has a challenge for you! Complete 8 of the featured trails (hiking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing) and receive the Otsego Octet Winter Patch. Includes trails near Cooperstown and throughout the County. Otsego Outdoors is a collaborative program of Otsego 2000, Otsego County Conservation Association, and the Otsego Land Trust. Please follow COVID-19 safety guidelines while hiking. Visit for more info!


Medallion Hunt!

(Clues will be shared on this website and also on social media this year - during Winter Carnival week!)

The 1st 2021 Medallion was found on Tuesday, February 16 by the O'Brien Family! Because so many were looking forward to hunting, The Winter Carnival Committee would like to offer a second medallion hunt for the history lovers in the community. The first medallion was located within the Village proper in a village public park... but that may or may not be the case for the second mystery hunt. There will be one clue shared each day at 12pm on our Facebook/Instagram pages, and on our Medallion Clues page>> 

Please wear masks and socially distance if you run into people from other households on your hunt!  


A special “Thank-you” goes out to our esteemed local historian, Mr. Hugh Cooke MacDougall, who is responsible for the fascinating notes and stories found in the Cooper Society collections ( Mr. MacDougall is a treasure to our community. A second special thank you to Marcy Birch for putting together this additional Medallion hunt for you all!

The prize for the winners is sponsored by several local businesses (The Barnyard Swing, A Rose is a Rose, Cooperstown Diner, Mels at 22, Escape 2 Serenity, Bocca Osteria, New York Pizzeria, Upstate Bar & Grill, Ommegang Brewery, Stagecoach Coffee, and Kate’s Upstate)!


Skating at Badger Park

(Throughout Winter Carnival week!)

The ice skating rink on Beaver Street (located behind the CVS) will be open (weather permitting) throughout the week! Check their website for updated hours or the Friends of the Village Parks Facebook page for updates. Please note that the warming shed and skate rentals are not available this year. Masks and social distancing required.

Ice Rink

Around the World Quiz!

(Throughout Winter Carnival week!)

Test your knowledge on other countries and their flags! Quiz will be shared during Winter Carnival week. 
Take the quiz!

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Essay Contest - For all ages! 
(Submit your essay before Winter Carnival - read during the Carnival week!)

Submissions due by Wednesday, February 10th at 12pm to be entered in the contest! All essays submitted will be available to read here during the week of Winter Carnival, and the winner will be announced on Sunday, February 21. A panel will be selected to review the essays and select a winner. 500 words or less. Please email your submission, along with your age, and what town you are from, to Prize sponsored by Mels' at 22! 
The prompt: What does it mean to be a citizen of the world?

Read the essays here>>

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Virtual Snowman Building Contest
(Submit image before Winter Carnival - vote during the Carnival week!)

Photos of snowmen submitted by Monday, February 15th at 12pm have been entered in the contest! The snowman with the most votes will win a prize, and the winner will be announced on Sunday, February 21 at 5:30pm.! You never know when it's going to snow, so make sure to capture all of your snowmen between now and Winter Carnival! Image must be taken this year (images from previous years do not qualify!) This contest is sponsored by Bocca Osteria, Upstate Bar & Grill, and New York Pizzeria!

Vote for your favorite snowmen here!

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Share your Recipes from Around the World!

(Throughout Winter Carnival week!)

Email us your recipes, or make some recipes that are shared! Tag #CoopWC on Facebook and Instagram to share the images of the meals you create inspired by recipes from around the world!

Share your recipe     /    See the recipes shared

Super Health Food

Peace Poster - Get crafty! 

(Submit image before Winter Carnival - winner announced Carnival week!)

The Cooperstown Lions Club is sponsoring a Peace Poster Contest.  Participants must be 11, 12 or 13 years old on November 15, 2021.  The local winner will receive $250.  The winning poster will also be submitted to the Lions district for further judging and possible higher state and international level consideration and awards.


The theme for the contest is, WE ARE ALL CONNECTED.


Expression of the theme,

artistic merit and originality are the three criteria used

to evaluate the posters at all judging levels.


The links below show winning posters from previous years:


Photographs of the entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm on February 8, 2021 via email to Once the judges decide on the winning poster we will arrange to pick up the physical poster from the winner.


See complete rules, including size and materials allowed for the poster, in the document, COOPERSTOWN LIONS PEACE POSTER CONTEST RULES.

Art Supplies

Ice Bar at the Otesaga Resort Hotel!

(Tuesday February 16-Saturday February 20, 4-9pm!)

Join us for our popular Ice Bar as well as drinks and food specials at Hawkeye Bar & Grill. Masks and social distancing required, as well as following all other COVID guidelines. Visit their website for more information about the Otesaga's safety guidelines.

View the Hawkeye specials for the week!

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Friends of the Village Library Winter Carnival Book Sale 

(Several dates throughout the week!)

The Used Book sale will take place in the Village Board room downstairs from the Library at 22 Main St.  Masks and social distancing required.  All proceeds benefit the Village Library of Cooperstown.  Donations of used, good condition books will be accepted throughout the sale.

Wed Feb 17:                       Sale , noon to 6pm

Thurs, Feb 18:                    Sale, noon to 6pm

Friday, Feb 19:                   Sale, noon to 7pm

Saturday, Feb 20:               Sale, 10am to 5pm

Sunday, Feb 21:                 Sale, 10am to 3pm


Shopping at My Neighbors Closet

(Wednesday and Saturday - must reserve your shopping time!)

2020 has been a particularly difficult year for many, both financially and mentally. It has also been a time for cleaning and organizing during quarantine time. In response, the Angel Network of Cooperstown has recently opened a permanent store called My Neighbors Closet to collect clothing donations and display them for all community members in need of assistance.
My Neighbor’s  Closet  will  to be open during Winter Carnival on both:
Wednesday 2/17/21  9 am-1pm
Saturday 2/20/21  9am-1pm
For  individual people and families seeking warm clothing and coats, hats and gloves.

Please read below and click on link to sign up online to come shop. We will have a hot chocolate for shoppers to enjoy!

My Neighbor's Closet, at 3097 County Highway 11 in the hamlet of Hartwick next door to the Hartwick Post Office. Parking and entrance in the rear of the building.  Look for sign out front.
This link is to sign up to shop:
Or visit Angel Network of Cooperstown website
The shop is open to all.  We get donations constantly so the supply of clothing is always changing.  The My Neighbor's Closet has many stored items so if you are not finding what you are in need of please ask a volunteer for assistance. 

We currently have clothing ranging in sizes newborn to 2XL. There is a large variety of winter coats, hats, scarves and mittens and gloves.  Denim jeans and sweaters, lightweight coats, sweat shirts, mens and womens dress clothes.  Sheets, blankets and towels.  The clothing is organized for easy shopping and there is always a volunteer to guide and assist you.

The My Neighbor's Closet phone number is a Google Voice number: 607-431-8320.  If you are uncomfortable shopping at this COVID time, leave us a message and we will attempt to shop for you. Your collected clothing can be picked up from the store anytime we are open, Wednesdays or Saturdays from 9am-1pm.  We do follow the school closings schedule for both weather and COVID.

Cordially: Martha Clarvoe and Stephanie Nolan, Co-Chairs of My Neighbor's Closet for Angel Network of Cooperstown

- MNC Hours by timed entry only (see back for instructions)
- Wednesday 9am–1pm, Saturday 9am–1pm
- Gently used, clean clothing donations accepted during open hours
- 3097 Co Hwy 11 & Back Alley Rd
- Parking and entrance at rear located between Hartwick Post Office and Vet’s Club. - Store is located on second floor but shoppers will be served on first floor if needed.
- COVID Guidelines will be followed in store.

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Grand Opening for Rudy's Wine & Liquor  - Thursday (National Wine Day!)

February 18 11:00am

Rudy's Wine & Liquor located at 143 Main Street in Cooperstown will celebrate its new ownership with a private ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday morning, but when they open at 11am make sure to pop in to peruse their new selection of wines and spirits, and check out the newly designed shop! The store will offer 20% off NYS wines and 10% off International wines as part of Winter Carnival (Tuesday-Sunday.) Masks and social distancing required, as well as all other COVID-19 guidelines. New owners Matt Denison and Joe Festa reopened the redesigned store on February 1, 2021. 

View more restaurant and business specials here!

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Virtual Trivia Night!  - Thursday

February 18 7pm

Around the World/Winter Carnival themed trivia night to participate in from your home! Get a team of your housemates together! Hosted by Cooperstown celebrity, John Hodgson!

Watch the video here>>

Soup R' Chili - Friday & Saturday

February 19 & 20 11-2pm

First Baptist Church of Cooperstown, 21 Elm Street. Chili, Beef Barley Soup, and Broccoli Chowder available to-go in pints and quarts with oyster crackers, 11am - 2pm.  Minimum suggested donation of $5 for a pint, $10 for a quart. Advanced orders appreciated by emailing or leaving a message at 607-547-9371. In your order please note chili, soup or chowder, quantities, and pick up day and time. Orders are for take-out only; no seating will be provided.    


2021 Virtual Talent Show! - Friday

February 19 7pm

(Submit video before Winter Carnival - enjoy watching during the Carnival week!)

Submit a video of your talent by Wednesday, February 10th at 12pm to have your video included in the 2021 Cooperstown Winter Carnival Talent Show! All videos submitted will be virtually premiered on YouTube/Facebook/Instagram at 7pm on the Friday of Winter Carnival (February 19.) We can't wait to hear you sing, watch you dance, play an instrument, build something, etc. Everyone has a talent - what's yours?! Maximum of 5 minute long submissions.  

Video will below playable starting at 7pm Friday night! 

Watch the video here>>

Hanzolo Virtual Show!  - Saturday 
February 20 7pm

Tune in for your favorite local alt-funk band - Hanzolo! They will be playing a show that you can stream from your phone or TV (via Facebook) so you can safely dance your heart out at home!

Link to the live video >> 


Virtual Contest Winner Announcements - Sunday 
February 21 5:30pm

We will announce the winners of the Essay Contest, Peace Poster, Snowman Contest, Medallion Hunt, and the punch card! Winners will be announced on our home page at 5:30pm as well!

Watch the live video here!

Image by Giorgio Trovato
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