September Splendor: A Journey through the First Week

Author: Ryan Geraghty

From Fly Creek Labyrinths to Ommegang Concerts: Embracing Art, Nature, and Community in Cooperstown and Beyond

Welcome to a vibrant tapestry of events and activities this week! Unravel the mysteries of nature exploring the Otsego Land Trust's parks, paired with a breathtaking painting exhibition. Venture into the labyrinthine wonders of Fly Creek Valley Corn Maze during its grand opening weekend. Revel in handcrafted brilliance at the Cooperstown Artisan Festival, the beauty of the exhibitions at the Fenimore Art Museum and by the Cooperstown Art Association and be transported back in time with The Farmers’ Museum's Templeton Players on the Tavern Green. And as the week draws to a close, let the melodies of Ommegang's Fire Pit Friday Summer Concert Series serenade you under the stars. Dive in and immerse yourself in a September to remember! 


Arts & Culture


Cooperstown Artisan FestivalCooperstown Artisan Festival

Sept 2 & 3

Returning for its 6th year, the Cooperstown Artisan Festival lights up the Otsego County Campus this Labor Day Weekend, 2023. This outdoor 2-day event showcases over 50 regional artists and their exquisite handcrafted creations. Enjoy musical delights from bands like The Small Town Big Band and The Council Rock Band, savor treats from Tacocat and Brake from the Grind food trucks, and engage in activities like face painting and the Utica ZooMobile. Set on September 2nd and 3rd, this rain-or-shine event is free for all. Discover more at Cooperstown Artisan Festival's website.



The Fenimore Art Museum: Day to Night: Photographs by Stephen Wilkes

Closing Sept 10

Delve into the mesmerizing world of "Day to Night," an exhibition at the Fenimore Art Museum featuring the breathtaking work of Stephen Wilkes. From May 20 to September 10, 2023, experience a unique blend of time and light captured from a singular viewpoint. Over 24 hours, over 1500 images distill into one seamless photograph, transporting viewers to familiar locales reimagined through Wilkes' innovative lens. Experience time's fleeting beauty. Learn more and visit soon



Cooperstown Art AssociationCooperstown Art Association

Celebrate the end of summer at the Cooperstown Art Association, marking their 95th Anniversary! As they usher in new exhibits and welcome back beloved community favorites, the CAA legacy of artistry shines. Explore the revamped Gallery Shop, brimming with diverse artworks by local CAA Member Artists. The Art Association is open Tuesday-Saturday, 11am-4pm. Revel in the creativity of your community! Learn more by visiting the Cooperstown Art Association Website.







The Farmers’ Museum - Templeton Players present Period Farces

Sept 1 & 2

The Templeton Players are The Farmers' Museum's resident theatre troupe, specializing in performing rare comedic gems from the mid-late 19th century. All shows are free with museum admission and are performed on the Leatherstocking Stage in the museum's country village! Two performances each day: noon and 2:00pm - Saturdays/Sundays. Find More information about the Templeton Players performance on the Farmers' Museum Website.


Fly Creek Valley Corn Maze

Discover a delightful autumn adventure just 3 miles from the four corners in Fly Creek! Spread across 5 acres, our corn maze and pick-your-own pumpkin patch are open every weekend from Labor Day to Halloween, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Both kids and adults relish our corn pool and engaging yard games. For a twist, check out our special weekend, night, and wine events on our website. Want more? Our Facebook page offers food truck schedules and additional activities. Dive into fall fun with us! Check out the Fly Creek Valley Corn Maze Website for more details.



Brewery Ommegang

Sept 1

Start your adventurous week at Ommegang's Firepit Friday, kicking off at 8 pm! Gather around for a night filled with harmonious tunes with Gooseberry taking the stage, a roaring bonfire, delectable food, and refreshing beer. Entrance is free, with food and beverages available for purchase. Bring your blankets and chairs, and enjoy an all-ages evening of communal vibes and melodies. Check out the Brewery Ommegang Event for more information.



Otsego 2000 Land Trust

Dive into the natural wonders of Otsego Land Trust's conservation areas. Brookwood Point boasts 22 acres of diverse ecosystems, from historic Italianate gardens to lake shores and wetlands, complemented by ADA-accessible trails and rowing opportunities. Fetterley Forest offers stunning panoramic views atop Panther Mountain, with scenic trails through sustainably harvested woodlands. At Lordsland Preserve, traverse two picturesque trails through hilly terrains, once frequented by the Mohawk Indians, and witness beavers in their natural habitat. For more on these magical spots and others, click HERE for more information.




Experience September's serene charm with our partner lodging packages. Savor Montezuma Winery through The Menagerie at The Corey House, explore with The Rail Trail or the splendors of Fall during your stay at The Otesaga Resort Hotel, enjoy Cooperstown on the Lake's special seasonal discount, or step up to the plate at Landmark Inn for their Savanna Bananas Package.

Unwind at The Otesaga Resort Hotel with three exclusive packages. The Summer Sunset Special (Aug. 27 - Sept. 7) offers a $75 resort credit and a cozy blanket for lakeside relaxation. The Rail Explorers Fall Foliage Package (Sept. 4 - Oct. 31) invites guests to pedal through autumnal beauty on custom rail e-bikes, complete with snacks and souvenirs. Lastly, the Fall Harvest Package (Sept. 4 - Oct. 31) pairs charming stays with a nostalgic trip to The Farmers’ Museum, honey included! Dive into these deals here.

Landmark Inn's ultimate Savannah Bananas Weekend Package! Join the fruity frenzy with our special package, which includes a delightful two-night stay (Sept 15 & Sept 16), a pair of tickets to the SOLD OUT Savannah Bananas game—plus an exclusive welcome surprise that'll have you grinning from ear to ear. Don't miss out on the action – book your spot by giving us a ring at 607-547-7225 or shoot us an email at 

The Menagerie at The Corey House looks forward to welcoming you to Cooperstown this fall! We are thrilled to be partnering with Montezuma Winery to offer two free Wine Tasting with each room booked from September 1 to October 31. Enjoy evenings at our firepit along with our S'mores kits and a hearty breakfast each morning. Please call Pam DeLuca directly at 201-755-6327 for questions or to book your room today! 

Cooperstown on the Lake - the luxurious rental properties offer stunning lake views, elegant interiors, and 5% off bookings mentioned in this ad. Limited time offer, expires Nov 2023. Book now and embrace the beauty of Cooperstown in style!

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