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Check out the schedule and donor list from 2019 below. Follow Cooperstown Winter Carnival on Facebook and Instagram for updates on 2020.

2019 Events

Throughout the Weekend

Visit the Winter Carnival Welcome Center | Pioneer Park Play the Coolest Ice Games in the Village created by the Ice Farm! (Made especially for the Winter Carnival), get your 2019 Winter Carnival button, purchase tickets for the Lions Club Benefit Raffle, grab a program and a learn about the latest Winter Carnival specials (dining, drinks, tastings, local shops) offered throughout the Village, also available at cooperstownwintercarnival.com or on the Cooperstown Winter Carnival Facebook page. Deposit your used eyeglasses for Lions Club too!

Friends of the Village Library Book Sale | 9 am – 5 pm | Village Hall Meeting Room | 22 Main Street Benefits Village Library. Enter from Fair Street.

Make & Take Crafts | Village Library of Cooperstown | 22 Main St | Friday 9 am - 5 pm, Saturday 9 – 1 pm, Sunday 1 – 4 pm Come out of the cold and put your creative juices to work! (ages 4-10.) (Free)

The 2019 Fenimore Quilt Club Show at the Cooperstown Art Association | 22 Main St | Saturday 11 am - 4 pm, Sunday 1 pm - 4 pm Warm up with a visit to the 29th Annual Fenimore Quilt Club Show! This highly anticipated exhibit showcases a diverse array of about one hundred quilts and quilted items in both traditional and contemporary designs.  Members of the Fenimore Quilt Club will be present to demonstrate quilting techniques and to answer questions about their craft. Quilt Show will remain open through February 24, daily 11:00 am - 4:00 pm and Sunday 1:00 - 4:00 pm. (Free)

“Fudge Tasting Flurry” at Tin-Bin Alley | 114 Main St

“Snow Escape” Specials at the Cooperstown Escape Rooms | Pioneer & Main St Make your reservation at cooperstownescaperooms.com and use the code “snowflake” for ½ price Winter Carnival discount! Fee.

Fly the Coop Winter Carnival Chicken Wing Trail! Warm-up with Winter Carnival chicken wing & beverage specials at Alex’s Bistro, Cooley’s Stone House Tavern, Doubleday Cafe, Hawkeye Bar & Grill at The Otesaga, Mel’s at 22, the Pit at Tunnicliff Inn & Upstate Bar & Grill. Contact restaurants for serving times and cost.

Ice Skating at Badger Park | 93 Beaver St Fresh air and fun! Strap on some skates (limited supply of skates available to borrow at the skating hut) and enjoy this wonderful park’s well-maintained ice rink!

Friday 3 - 7 pm - Mixed use (family/open skating on ⅔ rink, hockey on ⅓ rink).

Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – Noon family/open skating; 12:30 to 6:30 pm mixed use skating (family/open skating on ⅔ or rink, hockey on ⅓ of rink).

Bourbon Tasting | Cooperstown Beverage Exchange | 73 Main St Free, 21+

Open Swim, Yoga, Group Fitness Programs | Clark Sport Center | 124 County Highway 52 Visit clarkssportscenter.com for schedules and fees.

Lions Club Benefit Raffle Tickets available at the Tunnicliff Inn, the Lions Breakfasts and Welcome Center.

Free Treats & Chance to Win a $100 Gift Certificate | Mohican Flowers | 207 Main St (Fri & Sat)

Winter Carnival Medallion Search Check the Freeman's Journal for clues on where the Winter Carnival Medallion is hidden! The Medallion Search Award will be presented, Feb 10th at 4:30 in the Welcome Center.

Star Wars Special | Toys of Fame | 51 Pioneer St Toys Of Fame will be offering a 10% discount on all things Star Wars during the Winter Carnival weekend.

Fire & Ice Bar and Hawkeye Bar & Grill Specials | The Otesaga | 60 Lake St Fuel the fun of Winter Carnival Weekend at Hawkeye Bar & Grill with a 3-course prix-fixe menu. $21.95 per person February 8th & 9th from 5:30pm - 9pm. Don't miss our Ice Bar next to the Fire Bar!

Friday 02/08

11am - 2pm | Soup R’ Chili Luncheon | First Baptist Church | 21 Elm St It’s chili in the Village! Enjoy homemade chili or soup to warm your body and soul. Gather with friends and neighbors in the fellowship hall or take some to-go for later, and delivery available within the Village. Hearty soup, breads, drinks, and tasty desserts included. Donations support ongoing ministries.

4:30pm - 6:30pm | Brooks Chicken BBQ Dinner to Benefit the Susquehanna SPCA | Christ Episcopal Church Parish Hall | 69 Fair St Winter-winter chicken dinner! Dinners include Brooks BBQ chicken half, potato, rolls, butter, salad and dessert ($10). Eat in or have it packaged “to go,” all for a great cause!

5 – 6:30pm | Early Bite Before the Movie, Family Dinner Specials at the Doubleday Café | 93 Main St Bring your group for an early bite and then walk down to the free movie at the Baseball Hall of Fame.

5:30pm | Ignite the Night and Kick-off at the Winter Carnival | Welcome Center | Pioneer Park Visit the Winter Carnival Welcome Center and kick-off the fun as Ellen Tillapaugh, Mayor, Village of Cooperstown, officially opens the Winter Carnival. Enjoy a cup of hot cider, complements of Fly Creek Cider Mill, try your hand at ice games made especially for the Winter Carnival, get your 2019 Winter Carnival button, purchase tickets for the Lions Club Benefit Raffle, grab a program and learn about the latest Winter Carnival specials (dining, drinks, tastings, local shops) offered throughout the Village. More info at cooperstownwintercarnival.com or on the Cooperstown Winter Carnival Facebook page.

6pm | Winter Carnival Bowling Tournament | Clark Sports Center | 124 County Highway 52 Open to member and non-member teams of 1 adult and 1 child (2nd grade and above) ($3 members or $6 non-members). Sign up in the CSC Bowling Alley or by calling (607) 547-2800 x108.

6:30pm | Keep Your Cool Family Movie Night featuring “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” | Baseball Hall of Fame | 25 Main St Come join us for a warm winter night. From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Morgan Neville (“20 Feet from Stardom”), “Won't You Be My Neighbor?” is an intimate look at America's favorite neighbor: Mr. Fred Rogers. A portrait of a man whom we all think we know, this emotional and moving film takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination. Rated 99% on Rotten Tomatoes. (Free)

7pm | Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tour To reserve spots on this highly entertaining and historic tour email bmarkusen@stny.rr.com or call (607)547-8070. ($10 adults, $5 children, kids under 5 free). Departs from the Welcome Center in Pioneer Park

7 - 9pm | It’s Trivia Time! | The Otesaga | 60 Lake St Grab a group or just stop over and join a team! Beverages and snacks will be available (for a fee). After Trivia Time bundle-up and head out to the Hawkeye’s “Fire & Ice” bar for a cool night out!

9:30pm | Charlie and the Roomers | Upstate Bar & Grill | 5418 State Highway 28 Dance the night away to music provided by this highly acclaimed band (must be 21+).

Saturday 02/09

8 - 11:30am | It’s Pancake Time! Lions Club Pancake Breakfast | Cooperstown Veterans’ Club | 60 Main St Start your day with delicious pancakes (gluten free, chocolate chip, blueberry or traditional), scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, tea and local maple syrup (provided by Otsego County Maple Producers). Adults $9, children 6-12 $6, children 5 and under free. Get a ticket for the Benefit Raffle, too! Sponsored by the Cooperstown Lions Club with assistance from the Leo Club.

9am | Winter Carnival Bowling Tournament | Clark Sports Center | 124 County Highway 52 Open to member and non-member teams of 1 adult and 1 child (2nd grade and above) ($3 members or $6 non-members). Sign up in the CSC Bowling Alley or by calling (607) 547-2800 x108.

9am -Noon | Brunch | Cooley's Stone House Tavern | 49 Pioneer St  Fuel up for the Winter Carnival with brunch at Cooley's.  (Fee).

10am – 2pm | Farmers’ Market | 101 Main St Local products and live music!

10am - 4pm | Winter Carnival Craft Show | Cooperstown Fire Department | 24 Chestnut St Take a break and come in from the cold and check out crafters from around the area with their unique items.

10:30am Registration - 11:30am Start | 47th Annual Bob Smullens 5k/10k Run | Cooper Park The kick-off race for the 3rd Annual Frozen Toes Race Series! Wear your favorite Winter Carnival pin from past years and get out and enjoy the winter scenery during this iconic Cooperstown Run. Pre-register at itsyourrace.com, or visit clarksportscenter.com for pre-registration, or stop by the Baseball Hall of Fame Library foyer for race day registration and race bag pick-up. $20/person $50 Family (max 5). Contact Doug McCoy mccoyd@clarksportscenter.com) for info.

11am | Making Tracks and Finding Tracks | Clark Sports Center | 124 County Highway 52 Strap on snowshoes and hit the trails with the staff of the Otsego County Conservation Association at the Clark Sports Center. Look for signs of animal life in the snow-covered woods and enjoy some fresh air. Open to all ages and all skill levels. A limited number of snowshoes are available courtesy of the Clark Sports Center Adventure Program so register early if you need a pair! All participants should pre-register online at occainfo.org/program-and-event-sign-up-form/. Please indicate if you need snowshoes in the “Notes for OCCA” section of the registration form. This is a free event.

11am - 2pm | Soup R’ Chili Luncheon | First Baptist Church | 21 Elm St It’s chili in the Village! Enjoy homemade chili or soup to warm your body and soul. Gather with friends and neighbors in the fellowship hall or take some to-go for later, and delivery available within the Village. Hearty eat soup, breads, drinks, and tasty desserts included. Donations support ongoing ministries.

 

1pm | Cooperstown Ghost Tour | Pioneer Park To reserve spots on this highly entertaining and historic tour email bmarkusen@stny.rr.com or call (607) 547-8070. ($10 adults, $5 children, kids under 5 free). Departs from Welcome Center.

 

1 – 3pm | A Blizzard of Family Fun! | Lakefront Park The Winter Carnival’s signature family-friendly event! Put away the phone, turn off the screen, and come enjoy outdoor activities designed to make Winter Carnival memories. Benefit Raffle tickets are available here.

    “Take a ride on the Wild Side” on inflatable animal shaped tubes

    Hop on a horse-drawn wagon rides or hand-led pony rides,

    NY Wildlife Rescue Center Wildlife Wagon

    Mr. Science (Peter Pollock) who will be making "Arctic Ice Blue Slime,"

    Roast marshmallows over a fire pit.

    Otsego County Relay for Life offering coloring for kids and pertinent information for adults.

    Hot Cider/Snacks/smores will be sold by Cooperstown Youth Baseball

    Limited edition Otsego Lake posters to benefit the Friends of the Village Parks. (Free Event)

 

1:30 – 2:30pm | Bird Watching | 127 Parslow Rd Sponsored by the Otsego Land Trust in conjunction with the Great Backyard Bird Count. Dress appropriately. To get to Parslow Road from Cooperstown:

- Get on NY28/80 towards Fly Creek
-Continue through Fly Creek towards Schuyler Lake for about 1 mile
-Right after you pass Jerry's Place restaurant there is a right hand turn onto Parslow Road
-The property is marked on the left and is before the sharp corner turn

(Free)

 

2 – 4pm | Irish Beer Curling | Railroad Inn | 28 Railroad Ave Check out the curling rink created for the Winter Carnival and watch teams curling their home-made curling pucks – specially-designed cases of beer. For info/to sign-up contact Dave LaDuke at 607-547-8551 (Must be 21+)

 

2 – 4pm | Wine Tasting | Rudy’s Liquor Store | 143 Main St Complementary (Must be 21+)

 

3 – 5:30pm - Hot Chocolate Bar & Olaf’s Warm-Up with the Movie “Frozen” | The Tunnicliff Inn | 34 Pioneer St Hot Chocolate Bar from 3 – 4 pm, followed by ”Frozen” from 4 – 5:30 pm. (Free)

 

4 - 8pm | Cooperstown’s Own Lip Sync Showcase & Flux Capacitor | Upstate Bar & Grill | 5418 State Highway 28 Lip Sync groups* will be followed by Flux Capacitor, Cooperstown’s premier 80s band! Parking at Upstate is limited, please park in the Blue Trolley Lot and catch the courtesy shuttle provided by Upstate Bar & Grill. (Must be 21+) ($10 admission for Lip Sync Showcase & band.) Lip Sync groups can sign-up early by emailing pugliesestephanie@hotmail.com.

 

4:30 – 6:30pm | Craft from the Craft | Masonic Lodge | 77 Main St Craft beer tasting, food available. ($ donations welcome). (Must be 21+ to be served beer)

5 7pm | Bingo at the Bev | Cooperstown Beverage Exchange | 73 Main St Who's ready to play Bingo at the Bev?  Each round with have a winner that gets to chose from a bin of Cooperstown Distillery mini spirits!  50% cocktails to participants.

 

6pm | Winter Sky-light Fireworks Over Otsego Lake! There is no better back-drop than beautiful Otsego Lake for fireworks! Wander down to the Lake before 6:00 pm so you don’t miss the bright colors splashed across the night sky. Made possible with personal contributions from Otsego County Clerk Kathy Sinnot Gardner, Otsego County Sheriff Richard Devlin, District Attorney John Muehl, Otsego County Treasurer Allen Ruffles, The Casale Group and the Lions Club of Cooperstown.

 

6:30 - 11pm | Bassett Health Care’s Annual Valentine’s Soiree | Ballroom of the The Otesaga | 60 Lake St Live music, delicious food and drink, and a picture-perfect setting, makes this a delightful night out! Tickets must be purchased in advance ($150 each). Proceeds will support Bassett Medical Center’s Arts in Health Care program. To purchase tickets call 607-547-3928 or write friends.office@bassett.org.

 

6:30 - 8:30pm | Community Movie Night featuring “Smallfoot” | Clark Sports Center | 124 County Highway 52 Enjoy a free movie! Non-members must have a signed waiver on file at the Clark Sports Center. Youth under 18 must have a parent sign in and leave emergency contact information. Children under the age of 10 must be accompanied by an adult. Movie starts promptly at 6:30 pm. (Free)

 

7pm | Cooperstown Candlelight Ghost Tour To reserve spots on this highly entertaining and historic tour email bmarkusen@stny.rr.com or call (607)547-8070. ($10 adults, $5 children, kids under 5 free). Departs from Welcome Center at Pioneer Park.

8 - 11pm | DJ Raphael | Cooperstown Beverage Exchange | 73 Main St

10pm | Hanzolo| Cooley's Stone House Tavern | 49 Pioneer St Sit back with a drink and let the ethereal acoustics of Hanzolo start the night for you.  (21 +).

 

Sunday 02/10

8 - 11:30am | It’s Pancake Time! Lions Club Pancake Breakfast | Cooperstown Veterans’ Club | 60 Main St Start your day with delicious pancakes (gluten free, chocolate chip, blueberry or traditional), scrambled eggs, sausage, coffee, tea and local maple syrup (provided by Otsego County Maple Producers). Adults $9, children 6-12 $6, children 5 and under free. Get a ticket for the Benefit Raffle, too! Sponsored by the Cooperstown Lions Club with assistance from the Leo Club.
 

10am | Geocaching Clark Sports Center (CSC) staff will guide adults and children* in how to use a GPS** in this high tech global treasure hunt. Be prepared to travel by foot to various locations in all weather conditions. Meet in the Welcome Center. (Free)

*Groups of children under 12 must have an adult with them.

**The CSC will lend participants GPS units to use for this program.

 

Noon – 4pm | Mini-Golf on Main Street | Henry March Gallery and The Champagne Hippie Vintage Clothing Store | 83 Main St Stop by and play the short course of mini-golf installed on the gallery floor. (Participation fee)

 

1pm | Pitch Tournament | Veterans Club | 60 Main St Teams of players gather at the Vets Club and play throughout the day. $20 per team, refreshments will be served.

 

1pm | Cooperstown History Tour To reserve spots on this highly entertaining and historic tour email bmarkusen@stny.rr.com or call (607)547-8070. ($10 adults, $5 children, kids under 5 free). Departing from the Welcome Center in Pioneer Park.

 

1 – 3pm | 10th Annual Cooperstown TREP$ Marketplace | Cooperstown Junior/Senior High School Gym | 39 Linden Ave Support young local entrepreneurs – students running their own businesses selling unique products and services, past product offerings have included soaps, spice mixes, wood crafts, pet gifts, photography.

 

2pm | Professional Whiskey Tasting | Cooperstown Distillery | 11 Railroad Ave Sign-up for this unique opportunity to score and rate the Cooperstown Distillery’s artisanal whiskeys and a blind whiskey while learning about the history and structure of Bourbon Whiskey. Participants get a complementary shot glass. Space is limited to 25, so pre-register at cooperstowndistillery@gmail.com. $20 per person with ½ of all participation fees donated to the Cooperstown Food Pantry (Must be 21+).

 

4:30pm | Medallion Search Award | Welcome Center | Pioneer Park Medallion Search Award presented by the Freeman's Journal in the Welcome Center.

 

5 - 8pm | Grilled Cheese for a Good Cause | Farmers’ Market | 101 Main St Come celebrate the end of the 52nd Winter Carnival and enjoy delicious gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, seasonal soups, dessert, local beer, wine, cider and live music. Proceeds will benefit Otsego Outdoors. Space is limited! Purchase tickets online, at the Cooperstown Farmers Market, or at Otsego 2000 Office. For information, please contact Josie Maroney at 607-547-6195 or market@otsego2000.org ($30 per adult, $15 per child 6-12, and free for children under 6).

Donors

Monetary Donors

Lions Club of Cooperstown | Bank of Cooperstown | Barnyard Swing Miniature Golf & Family Fun Center | Caruso Orthodontics | Central NY Mobile Marketing | Church & Scott | Community Bank N.A. | Cooperstown Dreams Park | Cooperstown Financial Services | Cooperstown Natural Foods | Cooperstown Optical | The Deysenroth Family | Dog Wild Pet Supplies and Resort | Doubleday Cafe | The Fly Creek Cider Mill | Kathleen Evans, DDS | Gable Chiropractic | Hubbell’s Real Estate | Hulse Hill Farmstay B&B | Lamb Realty | The Landmark Inn B & B | Leatherstocking Credit Union | Lyoncher B & B | Rich McCaffery | Mohican Flowers | Northwestern Mutual – Bill Senif | NYCM | The Otesaga & Cooper Inn | Paperkite Creative | Rainbow Group of Developers | Rudy’s Liquor Store | Sal’s Pizzeria and Restaurant | Schlather & Birch | Jack & Gayle Smith & Overlook B &B | Stagecoach Coffee Roasters | Martin & Meg Tillapaugh | Upstate Bar & Grill | Rosanne Westgate

Thanks to Everyone Who Helped Make This Event Possible

Alex’s Bistro | Christ Episcopal Church | Clark Sports Center | Cooley’s Stone House Tavern | Cooperstown Art Association | Cooperstown Distillery & Beverage Exchange | Cooperstown Escape Rooms | Cooperstown Fire Department | Cooperstown Ghost & History Tours | Cooperstown Lions/Leos Clubs | Cooperstown Masonic Lodge | Cooperstown Veteran’s Club | Cooperstown Youth Baseball | Destination Marketing Corp. for Otsego County | Doubleday Cafe | Fenimore Quilt Club | First Baptist Church | The Fly Creek Cider Mill | The Freeman's Journal | Henry March Gallery | Mel’s at 22 | Mr. Science, Peter Pollock | Mohican Flowers | National Baseball Hall of Fame | The Otesaga | Otsego County Conservation Association | Otsego 2000/Cooperstown Farmers’ Market | Otsego Land Trust | Mary Wiedeman Quinn | Railroad Inn | Rudy's Liquor Store | Tin Bin Alley | Trep$ Marketplace | Tunnicliff Inn & The Pit | Upstate Bar & Grill | Village Library of Cooperstown/Friends of Village Library of Cooperstown | Village of Cooperstown Trustees & Staff

How to Donate

Checks can be written and sent to:

    Cooperstown Winter Carnival

    PO Box 912

    Cooperstown, NY 13326

We appreciate any amount and thank you for helping sustain an event that is for the community, by the community.

2019 Cooperstown Winter Carnival Committee

Rich McCaffery Chair, Lions Club Member

Joshua McMahon Marketing, Lions Club Member

John Saphier Treasurer, Lions Club Member

Marcy Birch Event Co-Chair, Community Representative

Liz Callahan Event Co-Chair, Community Representative

This event is sponsored by the Lions Club of Cooperstown.

Reminder - there will be no printed schedule this year! 

Events may be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Check our Facebook for the latest.

The Cooperstown Winter Carnival mission is to bring light and laughter into dark days of winter by getting out and connecting with community, and celebrating and promoting our community organizations and businesses.

cooperstownwintercarnival@gmail.com

PO  Box 912

Cooperstown, NY 13326

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