Annual Meeting

Date: Tentative Saturday August 14th, 2019.
Time: Coffee & Donuts 8:30am. Meeting 9:00am-11:00am
Location: TBD.
Main Topic: TBD.

Mingle in the morning with free coffee, pastries and other goodies. Spend a couple of your Saturday morning hours learning about what's happening in and around Otsego Lake. Meeting is open to members and non-members. Invite your friends and neighbors.

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Photo credit: Paul Donnelly.

Otsego Lakes Festival

Date: Saturday in June 2019.
Time: Usually 10:00am-3:00pm
Location: Glimmerglass State Park or Lakefront Park.

Notes: Now called the Otsego LAKES Festival, this event is traditionally a day of educational outreach with a focus on water quality. Once a celebration that recognized Otsego Lake and its vital role to the region as the headwaters of the Susquehanna River, the festival focus has been expanded to highlight the importance of Otsego County’s other major water bodies, including Canadarago and Goodyear lakes.

The Otsego Lakes Festival is made possible thanks to the OCWQCC, established in 1992 as a sub-committee of the Otsego County Soil and Water Conservation District. The WQCC is comprised of a diverse group of people representing state and local government agencies, non-profit organizations, academic institutions, and lake associations. These members have technical expertise and knowledge and are committed to working to improve and maintain the quality of water in Otsego County through the reduction of nonpoint source pollution within its boundaries.

Photography & Arrangement: Richard and Elizabeth Walker

"We Love Our Lake, Fourth Annual Boat Parade"

Date: Thursday July 4th, 2019.
Time: 4:00pm.
Location: Lakefront in Cooperstown, Otsego Lake.

Notes: This year's theme is "Red, White, and Blue - It's the 4th of July", the start will be at Lakefront Park in Cooperstown. Rain or Shine!  Instructions/parade route for participating boats:  Line up behind the Biological Field Station research vessel, "Anondontoides", AKA "the barge", the lead boat for the parade, for a slow speed procession, heading north along the west shoreline of Otsego Lake to off shore near three-mile point, the finish of the parade.  There, judging will take place and prizes will be awarded in several categories.  There will be 5 general awards plus a grand prize award - all as determined by the judges.  The prizes will be named after local landmarks or persons such as Sunken Island Award, Natty Bumppo Award, Sleeping Lion Award, James Fenimore Cooper Award, etc.  There will also be a blessing of the boats by local clergy. There are no fees, rules or regulations except travel slowly, stay in line and be courteous.  Boats may join in the line along the parade route, especially small, non-powered craft who may not want to attempt the entire trip.  This is a fun filled, all-inclusive informal gathering of boaters on the water and viewers on the shoreline, simply celebrating coming together on and around our beloved Lake Otsego!

Annual Boat Parade Pictures
Photo credit: Michael Santulli.

Springfield 4th of July Parade and Celebration

Date: Thursday, July 4, 2019.
Time: See below.
Location: Parade begins at 11:00 a.m. in Springfield Center, Evening Concert and Fireworks at Glimmerglass State Park, concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

Notes: Springfield’s 105th Annual 4th of July Parade, themed “It’s a Grand Old Flag” begins at 11:00 a.m. in Springfield Center.

Following the parade, a Celebration at the Springfield Community Center will feature live music by the Camden Continentals Fife and Drum Corps, the Cooperstown Community Band, and Fritz Henry. OLA will be in attendance on the grounds and in the community center. We will have games and prizes for kids and merchandise for sale.

Brooks’ chicken barbecue, homemade pie, strawberry shortcake and much more will be available for sale.

Indoor displays include the 4th of July Quilt Show, the Springfield Historical Society Open House, and a Revolutionary War Era exhibit by the Fort Plain Museum and Historical Park.

Look for the Utica ZooMobile, plus games and activities for the whole family on the Community Center lawn.

Free parking for the Parade and Celebration will be available at the Springfield Community Center on County Route 29A

The Springfield 4th of July Committee will also present an Evening Concert and Firework Display at Glimmerglass State Park, featuring local classic rock band “Scattered Flurries”. The concert begins at 7:30 at the main pavilion, followed by fireworks over Otsego Lake at dusk.

Springfield… the place to be on the 4th of July!

Any questions?  contact Springfield.July4@gmail.com or visit them on facebook

Earth Festival at the Milford Central School

Date: Tentative Saturday April 20th, 2019.
Time: 11:00am-3:00pm.
Location: Milford School.

Notes: Earth Festival is an environmentally focused, interactive event featuring exhibits, workshops, vendors, food and entertainment, all with a fun, earth-friendly twist. OLA will be present to answer your questions. Stop by browse our handouts & posters. Fill out a membership form. Check out our stylish apparel.
Earth Festival Photos
Photo credit: Unknown.
In 2011, OCCA Board Member Tier French entertained and educated Earth Festival visitors as the ChicoBag™ Bag Monster®. The costume was used to illustrate the impact of single-use plastic bags.

Buffer Strip Maintenance

Date: Tentative Wednesday May 8th, 2019.
Time: 9:30am-?.
Location: Lake Front Park Buffer Strip.

Notes: Come join the Lake and Valley Garden Club, BOCES and OLA for a fun few hours maintaining our most used and well-known buffer strip.
Don't forget your gloves and sunscreen.
Lake Front Buffer Strip photos
Photo credit: Timothy Pokorny.

Aquatic Invasive Species Training

Date: Typically late April and May 2019.
Time: 9:00am - 4:30 pm.
Location: Biological Field Station Thayer Boathouse
7016 State Hwy 80 Springfield, NY.13333. ~7 miles north of Cooperstown.
Main Topic: Watershed Stewardship: Boat Inspections & Invasive Species Identification

Notes: FREE TRAINING. Learn how to become a steward for your lake. Spend a day with BFS staff learning about aquatic invasive species, how to prevent their spread & boat inspection procedures. Contact Paul.Lord@oneonta.edu for more information.
Stewardship Training Photos
Photo credit: Merideth Taylor

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